We see an establishing shot here we’ve never seen before.
Does anyone recognise it??
I’m not sure if this tells us they are there. But when we cut to Lee and Amanda in conversation –I’m thinking they are suppose to be standing in front of James’ hotel.
Lee is sceptical..
Amanda: That was no accident. I am positive. Somebody tried to run him down.
[Here we see James arrive in the background, he stands in the doorway unnoticed by Lee and Amanda but listening in]
Lee: Amanda this is Washington. Jaywalkers are fair game. Especially when they’re out (he points to the road) on their hands and knees picking up nickels.
Amanda: Lee, he’s in danger. I know it.
We cut to James.. still listening in unnoticed. (In a trench coat no less )
Lee: Look at this. This is a telegram that Billy got...(Amanda takes it and reads it)
…Brand is suppose to be under observation at a sanatorium in Cornwall…
[Ah! ‘Brand’ again is it Lee..not ‘James’ anymore? oh dear!]
…Orders from MI6-
Amanda interrupts: no, uh uh.. I don’t believe this!
…He’s here on his own vacation and he’s doing this on his own. And besides that- why did Mr Melrose get this now huh??!!…
…He checked Brand out when he first got here, right?…
(At this Lee wryly smiles..)
…Why didn’t he hear about this before?
Lee with finality: It’s out of our hands…
(he takes the telegram back) .. Billy has been asked to hold onto him until the MI6 guys arrive then we’ve got to turn him over.
Amanda: that’s not fair.
Amanda: It’s really not fair. He may be a little different but he’s not crazy.
(We see James here begin to make a move out of the hotel, past Lee and Amanda to his car)
Lee: Amanda, he is an accountant who thinks he’s bloody James Bond…
…The guy is a little strange.
Amanda: A little stra-?
Amanda: Everybody is a little strange sometimes.
Lee changes tactic.
Lee: Okay… (Lee nods)
…I know a research guy at the Library of Congress. I will run James’ story past him and see what he can corroborate. All right?
Amanda smiles: Way to go big fella.
She gives Lee a playful punch in the chest thrilled he is not giving up on James. They are too cute here!
Lee chuckles in response..
The moment is broken by the sudden roar of an engine.. James drives off in his car.
Lee: I don’t believe it. He’s running.
Amanda: no, he’s not running. He’s just.. wandering…
…Don’t worry I’ll follow him.
Lee checks his watch and heads for his car: yeah well you’ll have to. I’ve got a four o’clock with Stanley.
Amanda: Yeah. Oh well. another session with Dr Pain huh?!
Lee: the last session. the worst.
Amanda watches down the road where James is driving..
Amanda: try to remember the cobra death grip.
Lee disbelieving: the cobra death grip!
Lee drives off.
Amanda takes her time getting to her car to follow James no? Oh well..
On to the Library of Congress. Ta da!!! is this really the Library of Congress? can someone confirm? I’ve never been there.. Seems Lee doesn’t listen to accountants, but he does listen to librarians tee hee.. okay I exaggerate. this guy is an ‘Antiquarian’.
So here is our introduction to T.Percival Aquinas (Guessing the Aquinas is a reference to Saint Thomas Aquinas the philosopher?). okay okay.. Lee has probably built a relationship with T.P and so trusts him.. I’ll go with it. TP is occupied by his box of chocolate as he explains to Lee what he knows.
TP: So a telegram from London says that Mr Brand is as mad as a hatter (whooo Alice in Wonderland Reference!) big deal, Shmig deal!
Lee: Big is not the question here TP. Now if we presume he’s not nuts, how can you explain it huh?
[der.. isn’t it obvious? okay.. I”ll go with it..]
TP: haa Leezo, isn’t it obvious?
[whahahaa!! yeah I thought so!! haaaa!!] …I mean the Englishman is a big potato he’s well connected…
…Mr Brand is a pipsqueak. A simple transatlantic phone call could have motivated that telegram.
Leezo: what about Clayton-Dobbs’ involvement in these economic incidents around the world?
TP: oh well I doubt the seventh earl of twickensham (does he say frickensham?!) would get his delicate fingers dirty on such things. Particularly since he died in a Turkish bordello in uh 1957.
Lee: He’s dead?
TP: mm hmm
Lee: why doesn’t anybody know about this?
[Um didn’t James say earlier the guy wasn’t upper class as he made out? Lee shouldn’t be so shocked to hear this? Honestly he must have zoned out everything James said except the KGB lady! how does this fit with Dobbs being in Suez in 56? was he not an earl then?! me confused.. ]
TP: Well, the earl of Twickensham has never been a very weighty title. Uh nobody bothered to keep tabs out there. And since this was more bizarre than your standard Englishman’s bordello death the family just hushed it up and let him fade away.
[The family was happy to just ‘lose’ this title?? anyone else find this strange? ]
At this, we see TP pricks the chocolate so he can suck out the liqueur inside the chocolate.. I guess this is 101 in how to make exposition interesting – kooky eating habits of guest stars! [what was it Amanda was saying- We’re all a little strange?!]
TP: Mmm Mmm
TP sucks on his chocolate..
Lee: so do you, TP, so do you.
– I’ve found the time frames in this episode a bit confusing.. because here is Lee in a new outfit.. but Amanda is still in her pink pyjamas! I figured that the garden party was the second day, and the episode’s events happen over two days. but still I couldn’t figure out a way for Lee being in a different outfit here, after the garden party- no sense at all. I counted that on this day – Lee will wear four different outfits counting the tag as a third day. Though I love the blue shirt on Lee
-I love this little exchange between Lee and Amanda… they’re such a couple.. and um… Lee is looking mighty fine here with his less styled Hairdo.. once again we have bit of a tense moment here between Lee and Amanda though it is always evident how much these two care, value and respect each other 🙂 I love it when they fight and they don’t fight often! I think the way they fight is also a good sign- that they have a healthy relationship.. they resolve things well here awh!!
This sets things up well for the next episode.. ahem.. Amanda is beginning to stand up for herself and her point of view more. This is a big step for Amanda here wouldn’t you say? Has she really argued her case like this to Lee before? about a case?? Gosh.. I can’t think.. Anyone?? what do you all make of Amanda here?? I mean they’ve disagreed about things before, but usually Amanda makes her point in a much less confrontational way. I think it’s because she is standing up for James. She finds it easier to stand up for others than she does for herself. So because of this, Amanda gets to stretch out here and gain some confidence in pleading her case. go Amanda!!!
– Seems Lee has done a bit of backtracking with James.. since he is suddenly ‘Brand’ again! Lee’s confidence in James has been shaken by the set back. I am sure he has not gotten any encouragement from Billy to support James .
With this new information, Lee seems to try to take a step back from it all and wash his hands of it. James is strange, and it’s not worth the heat. Everything Amanda says here makes sense.. and I think ordinarily he would have thought those things himself. But because it’s James and he doesn’t want to be involved. He doesn’t see things clearly.
IMHO Lee is still fighting those rash judgements.. he is jumping to conclusions.. and has not completely learned his lesson.. James is an accountant who thinks he’s ‘bloody James Bond’ – that is not what you base your beliefs about a case on.. what about the evidence?? the KGB agent?? all forgotten by Lee now!
BTW is it just me or is it strange tactics for the baddies to try and kill James at this point?? I mean KCD had the telegram sent.. let MI6 pick him up.. why try and kill him? It only helps to support the fact James is on to something!!
-Again we see Amanda and her accepting, non-judgemental attitude toward James, reminding Lee that everyone is a little strange sometimes. The script has Amanda mention to Lee that Lee is a bit strange because he admitted his favourite song was ‘secret agent man’ or something like that but guess that got cut.. it’s probably more gracious and Amanda like for her not to directly raise a way Lee is a bit strange no?
– Amanda manages to convince Lee to not give up entirely on this case. She is fighting for James and IMHO because she is fighting for him, Lee makes this offer to try and do a bit more investigating. I think at this point, Lee is only doing it for Amanda.
-Amanda knows it too, and rewards Lee with a big smile.. a ‘Big Fella’ sighting!!! Amanda acknowledges Lee is giving a little here. Good for you Lee… This shows how Lee is making allowances for Amanda now, taking her views into consideration and though he doesn’t want to think there is anything to it – he’ll check it out for Amanda. Progress! Small progress.. but progress none the less.
-By the way.. is something funny going on with the location for Lee and Amanda’s chat?
One moment they are on a very quiet, empty street with a tree behind them..
and the next, Lee’s car is behind them, no tree and suddenly there are passers by!
Well hello TP!
‘Mr Brand is a pipsqueak. A simple transatlantic phone call could have motivated that telegram.’
Okay.. ordinarily, Lee would be able to work this much out for himself.. Lee is being a bit dim at the moment ( the plot requires it ) maybe if Brand wasn’t so much of a pipsqueak Lee would have given him more credit. I love that description! Pipsqueak!!
LOL just what is with this ‘Leezo’ business? oh dear.. sooo glad they didn’t continue with that.. or at least I don’t remember if they did. Leezo?? ugh.. sounds awful! sleazo leezo!! that’s enough of that!
So.. Lee is able to corroborate that Dobbs is not as upright a citizen as he makes out. Funny thing though – why couldn’t the all powerful all knowing agency find this information out??!!! I’ll put it down to Billy being completely uninterested in James and his accusations against Dobbs – Billy to me is like Larner in Spiderweb = already convinced he knows what’s going on and only looking for evidence that supports it.. or making up the evidence..
-BTW James already told Lee that he wasn’t really an Earl. How did James know this? well we never find out..
-having TP confirm Dobbs is dirty, Lee is excited again that maybe Dobbs is up to no good.. trouble is.. he’s got to see Dr Pain… Trying to stop the ruin of the US economy apparently has to wait for Dr Pain haaaa..
-Lee tells Amanda he has a 4 o’clock with Dr Pain, but the clock behind James in the foyer says 420pm! After catching up with TP Lee will be really late for his appointment – maybe he’ll buy Stanley some chocolates too
Okay I shall finish up here for now.. What did you make of this part of the episode?? see anything differently?? agree on anything? (ha! ) Aren’t Lee and Amanda together here too cute?! We don’t see alot of them together this week.. but this exchange is wonderful!!! More than makes up for it IMHO! byeee for now!