Back to the King home.. wow.. I’ve gotta get use to this new exterior shot!
Next thing we see is Mr Brand having tea with Dotty back at the house and they are discussing ancestors they may have in common..yadda yadda.. Henry Stuart Richard blah blah.. if someone else wants to transcribe it feel free
From the looks of the tea tray – Dotty has gone all out! Welcoming this Englishman and relishing the excuse to get the tea set out Lots of tea sipping – and they’re not baddies! eek!
Amanda rushes into the kitchen, relieved to have found James. Amanda: Oh James! I’ve been so worr- (she realises she’s talking in front of her mother.. so cuts herself short.) … Ha.. we got .. a telegram.
James: Yes, I know.
…I saw you and Lee…
…talking about me.
[whoa!!!!! did you catch it??!!! see comments]
Amanda reacts to what James says quickly looking at Dotty, hoping James gets the hint to not talk in front of Dotty!
James responds carefully: Uh but it’s not what it seems
[funny, there are many many things in this episode that are not what they first appear to be ]
Dotty can see the conversation is being censored because of her presence now.. drat.. no more to find out here Dotty! LOL..
Dotty picks up the fancy tray set and begins to exit saying: I think I’ll take the boys some tea. ha haaa..
Amanda laughs like oh yes! Nothing interesting is going on here! As Dotty passes Amanda, she notices Amanda’s pyjamas are dirty..
Dotty: Amanda dear, why don’t you invest in a nice pair of overalls for work?!
Amanda humours Dotty.. as she leaves them.
James states he is sure Dobbs had the telegram sent to discredit him. Anyone with half a brain would have guessed that by now James sees the telegram and the attempt on his life as encouragement ‘It means we’re on the right track.’ – go James! He isn’t going to back down. these setbacks just make him more determined..
James asks Amanda if she believes him or thinks he is crazy… She says she believes him and he’s not crazy..
With that all cleared up, James is in a hurry to get back on the case!
James: ah good. Smashing. Smashing! Come on. No time to lose. [Gosh, suddenly James reminds me of Lee hurrying Amanda..]
They rush out of the kitchen but Amanda stops him.
Amanda: uh you know James, I really can’t go anywhere like this. I’ve gotta change. [Oh I agree! You never should have left the house in that outfit 😉 glad you have seen the error of your ways! 😉 ]
James: Oh… (he pauses a moment).
…Don’t ever do that Amanda.
Amanda: Hmm.. uhhh excuse..
she touches him on the shoulder and rushes upstairs to get out of her pyjamas finally! James smiles.. he’s had a threat on his life, his reputation is in tatters, but he is on the case, he has a lead and Amanda believes him
On they go to stake out Dobbs. Parked on the roadside in James’ car, James explains when he left the agency he picked up Clayton-Dobbs outside the British Embassy and tailed him to a Hungarian restaurant where he met with Krulnikov again.. in daylight?? ugh.. so stupid..
James taped their conversation with a czech made tape recorder but.. drat.. it’s not working haaaa.. or did he just wipe it? LOL! Love how he just brushes it off ‘bloody foreigners!’ when he was just saying it was the latest technology.. he’s shameless
oh well anyway.. at least he heard what they were talking about, even if he can’t play it to someone else. I’ll pick up transcribing this scene from here.
James: long story short. Clayton-Dobbs went on and on about uh intercepting tankers and press runs and shipments of worthless money.
Amanda recaps: Intercepting tankers, press runs and worthless money. What does it all mean?
James: ha ha! well, that’s the $18 billion question isn’t it eh? ha ha!
And the coal miner’s son is sitting on all the answers.
Amanda: James you know the whole agency is looking for you. I’m probably risking my job. You’ve gotta let me make a phone call.
James: Amanda. you trust me. Uh perhaps Lee does as well. But Mr Melrose- (he shakes his head)
Amanda: Probably thinks you’re nuttier than a fruitcake.
James: yes exactly. Well, you see, …I need time to prove him wrong, until tonight.
Amanda: okay. But just until tonight. And I’m gonna keep my eye on you every second all right? Because somebody’s gotta be responsible for you haa James Brand!
James looks at Amanda warmly.
James: I have a confession or two.
Amanda turns to look at him. uh oh what??!!
James: My name’s not really Brand….It’s Pott…
…James Clarence Pott. I changed it to Brand.
Amanda: you changed it to Brand.
James: Yes. I saw those movies too. and read the books. suddenly James Clarence Pott from Claxton commons seemed so ordinary…
The camera cuts to Amanda here and we see her response to James’ honesty (IMHO): Acceptance and affirmation!
James continues: And I always wanted to be soooo extraordinary.
Amanda: ahh you must have broken your poor father’s heart.
James: no no I I.. I haven’t ever told him.
James looks over and sees Dobbs getting into a taxi..
It’s time for them to move on…They follow the taxi.. but I’ll finish up here for the moment
So what do you all make of Dotty’s constructing the family tree and this discussion with James about common ancestors? What were the writers trying to get at?
Hmm.. I’ll have a guess, though really I don’t know!
It could it be about James knowing who he is. Interesting to hear him discuss his lineage when he has been determined to be like James Bond, another person, as much as he can. This could also be related to James’ confession that he hasn’t been using his real family name. Amanda even says he must have broken his father’s heart. In a sense, he has been forsaking all his ancestors and who he is, in hopes of becoming like James Bond. Which he comes to realise is no healthy way to live.
Huge!!!!! James mentions the name ‘Lee’ in front of Dotty!!!Dotty can see this is a private conversation so she offers to leave them to it.. but.. she must have heard Lee’s name mentioned – and she has chosen to store that one away for future reference.. Amanda reacts so touchy to this name being mentioned – Dotty couldn’t help but notice. funny, I’d forgotten about this!haaaa! Dotty decides to take the boys some tea – only.. I don’t think the boys drink tea!!! haaa!
– James is so happy after talking to Amanda in her kitchen. She has given him the support he needed, the confidence to continue to pursue Dobbs. what do you make of James’ remark to Amanda to never change? It’s quite awkward.. but sweet and sincere – which I think is perfect for James. I believe he means it. He appreciates Amanda the way she is – from the start he has seen Amanda is someone he can trust and count on – he chose his friend well. I love that it’s not too smooth how he expresses it
-How could James go find Clayton-Dobbs “when he left the agency”? After the agency Amanda gave him a lift back to his hotel where the attempt was made on his life. or if it was the day before, they went from the agency to Munson’s.. nope.. this doesn’t make sense to me.. anyone? Honestly.. I think the script editor (who shall remain nameless, collects his pay check and then heads off for goofy golf!)
-James and Amanda seem to have a pretty clear view of where everyone stands huh.. Billy thinks James is nuttier than a fruitcake.. tee hee.. I love how Amanda says this
-Somebody’s gotta be responsible for James Brand.
Isn’t Amanda wonderful to be looking out for James like this. I love the look James gives Amanda here when she says this. It’s like his mask has come off. he is no longer the stuffy James Bond wannabee. He’s himself and very grateful for Amanda’s support and trust.
-So here finally we see that James has made huge progress with letting go of his James Bond fantasy and accepting himself for who he is. He is enough. He doesn’t have to be James Bond.
What do you all think of this? I think it’s a huge moment for him in the car, confessing the name change, and why he changed it to Amanda. I think he confessed because he wanted to be real, and he knew he was safe with Amanda. She accepted him, and liked him – even if he was a bit strange.. because everyone is a bit strange. He’d heard her defend him to Lee.. she’s been exactly the encouragement he needed to go for it, see this case through, let go of James Bond in preference for the true reality of who he really is.
Between sneaking off from the hotel and waiting for Amanda at her home, James must have considered running. Giving up and putting it all behind him. He had a lot against him. But he didn’t. He chose to stay and fight. He chose to fight while letting go of the James Bond mask he tried to hide behind or used as a crutch maybe– I think this is very courageous of him. A defining moment for the character.. so I have a soft spot for James..
Through his own courage, I think James ends up encouraging Amanda to be herself and step up in her job more.. their relationship has benefits for Amanda too! they are both kindred spirits persisting to make a place in the world. It’s all really interesting.. and I remember my favourite line from James to Amanda is yet to come I’m loving the opportunity to explore these characters more through this episode’s events.
-BTW James’ delivery of how he hasn’t told his father? I think this is the funniest line of the episode! Well, he was very deluded for a while there.. of course he hasn’t told his father.. you don’t discuss your delusions!! it’s just not done! whahwhaahaa.. I have no idea if this would have tickled anyone else.. but it’s done in such a blasé way that it’s delivery is just brilliant. I do believe James becomes less annoying and much more likeable as this episode progresses. I hope you are enjoying his transformation too
-Finally.. Lee thinks James is strange because he wears the mask of ‘James Bond’ – when Lee himself tends to wear a mask to cope with his work and protect himself too.. both men know they can let their mask down with Amanda- and they are accepted and safe awh!!!
Okay well this is a big one so much stop now! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Lots of big themes this week! byeee !!