We’ve given a different format a go with Vigilante Mothers and Welcome to America Mr Brand – We’ve found the old format is better – where I just comment throughout and don’t restrain myself basically So back to the old format it is!
As always – all views and opinions are very welcome! My ideas are not expert.. just my ideas – and I’m keen to encourage open discussion.. feel free to throw what ifs out there.. play devil’s advocate..whatever! I’m not just ‘the recap writer’ – I’m a fellow member just like you looking to join a discussion of this wonderful show here with you all.
Lovesmk has generously created some ‘Over the Limit’ banners which will appear at the top of the blog as we walk through this episode- so keep an eye out for these treats!! (Lovesmk is so good at these!) They will change depending on where we are up to in the episode 🙂 Thanks Lovesmk!!!
So, finally!!! on with Over the Limit!!!!!
The episode opens with the usual vistas of Washington DC and some grumpy music… yes grumpy! A grumpy man is pacing in the waiting room of Secretary Rawlings’ office.. We hear the usual guest star jibber jabber.. but I guess we should pay attention so we can understand the plot somewhat [oh wait, there’s a plot? 😉 ]
Walter O’Keefe is not happy about being kept waiting. The phone rings and the receptionist is heard to tell someone the Secretary is not in. Walters is now really cross!
Walters: he’s not here? Then why have I been waiting here a whole hour?
Receptionist: Oh he’s here for you Mr O’Keefe I’m just careful about his calls.
Secretary Rawlings finally makes an appearance. He’s in a hurry and doesn’t want to make time for Walter O’Keefe. We hear a Miss Sullivan from ‘Save our Bay’ has called at least 4 times and left a message..Walter and his staffer roll their eyes at hearing this.
Secretary Hamilton Rawlings goes to leave but the staffer or is that a goon, Towne, blocks his path so he has to talk to Walter.
Walter: You can give me five minutes! So now you’re dancing cheek to cheek with Elizabeth Sullivan? What’s going on?
[Has anyone seen the Weird Al Yankovich movie Vidiot-UHF? Walters was the baddie in that.. and played it so over the top it was hilarious! I can’t help but think of this character throughout this episode!!]
Rawlings: Political reality. The President’s taking a lot of heat. I may have to pacify people like Elizabeth Sullivan.
Rawlings gives Walter the brush off and suggests he make an appointment for next week.
Rawlings: And you can leave Tarzan (pointing to the goon) at home.
Walter has $20 million in transoceanic and he’s not happy with the secretary trying to pacify Elizabeth Sullivan.. Walter: if my trawlers can’t fish over the limit I’m out of business!… ( well there’s the title!! ) .. now you know the deal. I put you in this office now you keep me in business.
Rawlings wordlessly turns to leave, they open the office door to find dead fish and a sign to save the bay in his way.
Rawlings: call security Pam, Mrs Sullivan has left us another calling card.
Seems Rawlings has heard Mrs Sullivan..
Rawlings reneges on his arrangement with O’Keefe..
Rawlings: priorities change.. even allies.
Sounds like their arrangement is now dead in the water (get it?? how many fishing puns can we fit into this episode everyone??!! err before we reach our ‘quota’?!!)
Walter storms off swiping away the collection of dead fish. Rawlings instructs his secretary to tell Mrs Sullivan he’s gotten her message. Wow.. here we have it again – a campaigning mother for the environment trying to protect her family’s future!!! Goooo the women!!! And she seems to be making herself heard with her surprise dead fish and constant phone calls.. LOL maybe she learned the lessons of Mothers for a Safe Environment!
So, it seems fishing over the limit will no longer be protected or supported by Secretary Rawlings – the relationship between Rawlings and Walters is changing. And Walters is not about to cut bait! There’s a lot of changing relationships in this episode.. here is our first- Rawlings and Walter!
Amanda enters to turn the kettle off and finds her mother distracted by her Sun west living magazine!
Uh oh.. Amanda is wearing one of her ties!!! ugh!! does she have to wear a tie with that red skirt?? why!!! ugh.. seems now the hair don’t is gone I have a new complaint- I’m so hard to please!!!
Amanda rushes around the kitchen getting herself a glass of milk and explaining to Dotty: Ah Mother look, I’ve got a meeting that’s probably going to last all afternoon and Jamie has a worm farm to make. [More homework for Amanda and Dotty to do? ]
… so if you could get him started on it I would appreciate it and I’ll finish up when I get home this afternoon. (We see Dotty is still engrossed in her magazine, it’s doubtful whether she is actually listening to Amanda’s request) …. I’ve already gotten the worms and everything he needs just get him started.. mother?
Dotty doesn’t respond.
[Given this episode is about fishing over the limit, Jamie’s worm farm is an interesting addition to the plot no?? Worms are used as bait to catch fish no?? do you think this is deliberate?]
Amanda: Mother! (She walks over to Dotty. With her glass of milk..) … earth to Mother!! haa!
Dotty clutches her Sun west magazine close to her chest.
Dotty: ha haaa.. Darling do you think a woman becomes more or less attractive as she gets older.. to men?
Amanda thinks a moment: …I guess it depends on the woman (good answer!).
Dotty: And the man. (another good answer!)
and uh oh.. Dotty’s reading material falls out from behind the magazine she was hiding behind –
Amanda: what is that?
Amanda quickly grabs it. She’s quicker than Dotty!
Dotty: that is just.. one of those.. throwaway things they put into these magazines.
Amanda: Mother this is not one of those throw away advertising things this is an entire cata- (she quickly looks at the cover) … Rebecca’s fantasies! This is an entire sexy lingerie catalogue.
At this we see Dotty’s wordless reaction.. was I looking at that? never! dooo deee dooo..
Notice Amanda has a reeeeally good look.. ahem..
Amanda the disapproving school marm: Oh would you look at that,…
…I don’t know why anybody would want to wear this stuff…
…you can read through it.
Amanda disapproves of the catalogue before she knows that Dotty had been reading it. My goodness.. what has happened to Amanda since Always look a gift horse?? Remember when she told Penny about her tried and true way of resolving things with her ex-husband? (whahahaa.. yes ironic huh! ) .. hot mulled wine and a sexy nightgown..
Amanda sounds so old fashioned and disapproving here.. I don’t think it registers with Amanda that Dotty would have even been looking at it. What do you think? do tell!!
IMHO Amanda thinks- well, would you look what they secretly stuffed into your magazine! what’s the world coming to!
Is this a lack of continuity that Amanda no longer sees the power of a sexy nightgown?? or are we seeing here that maybe Amanda has shut down the sexy part of herself?? (Maybe she has set a ‘limit’ on that part of herself for a while now?? and gee.. why would she be doing that huh???!!!! Struggling with certain feelings for a certain someone???!!) whoooo could that partially explain the (duh duh duuuhhh!!!!) Hair – don’t????!!!
Dotty holds her hand out for Amanda to give her back the catalogue.
Dotty: you could, but I don’t think when you put one of those things on you want to curl up with a good book.
I think Amanda is surprised her mother wants the catalogue back.. I think Amanda is wondering- What’s going on here??!! Why is my mother interested in that catalogue?
Do you think Dotty is watching Amanda here thinking: how did I raise such a repressed daughter??!!! Why was Dotty hiding it in the magazine in the first place? the kids aren’t around.. Wasn’t Dotty in ACM Kid talking to Amanda about how Dr Bain thought she carried all her passion in her arches or something? I remember Amanda was a bit shocked at hearing this from her mother – but it’s never stopped Dotty before 😉 that and her suggestion of seeing the new Richard Gere movie.. what episode was that?? anyone?? I won’t go look.. I’ll leave it to one you guys – I’m sure you’ll know!
What do you all make of this scene between Dotty and Amanda?
Amanda hands the catalogue back.
.. I’m outta here!
[The fact that Amanda gets herself a glass of milk to drink while this conversation takes place is very interesting! A very pure and innocent drink that children tend to enjoy more than adults?? She holds it up quite prominently throughout this exchange. Also notice.. she heads out the door while still holding her glass of milk rofl! Now that’s hanging on to your childhood! ]
I don’t think Amanda really wants to know the answers to the questions she is asking herself about this situation – she takes off pretty fast!
Love how Dotty goes back to reading the catalogue not even looking back up at Amanda as she mumbles: bye.
– not her usual farewell is it.. usually Dotty is very attentive with her goodbyes no?
By the way, some would call the products which Rebecca’s fantasies’ sell another form of ‘bait’
Well, am I excited to hear from you all about Dotty and Amanda!!! do tell!!! Okay byeee for now!!!