Amanda heads into the agency..whoo hooo we see Amanda’s car gets to enter via the garage under the Q bureau.. so it’s not just Lee then
Amanda enters the bullpen smiling at everyone hello. whooo a hello to some new random male agent..
[I see the new handbag is still more modern. hooray!]
Amanda: Morning Francine.
My goodness.. why that is quite evil err I mean civil of Francine no?!
tee hee.. okay- what’s with the flowers on everyone’s desks?? Amanda takes a seat next to Francine.
uh oh! Billy is almost sprouting poetry about the beautiful sunrise.. and Francine’s filling with dread!! tee hee.. she knows him so well!
Francine: Ugh.. we’re in trouble….
Billy: The complaint I get most is that some of you feel cooped up, chained to your desks!…
Francine:Oh no. Spring cleaning.
[rofl.. maybe Billy put all the flowers on the desks because he was so excited about spring! ]
Amanda leans in and whispers to Francine: what is spring cleaning?
Sure enough, Billy announces it’s spring cleaning time..
[Billy is too cute here! LOL!!]
This is an interesting choice of assignment for this episode. Spring usually suggests new beginnings, changes, things coming to life.. new life.. even- frisky behaviour Do you think that is part of what they are hinting at here?? Dotty’s catalogue suggests she is getting frisky! Could this also be hinting at this episode’s theme of changing relationships.. new beginnings..?? Will be interesting to see how this plays out.. again – I’m thinking this through with you all as we walk through this!
By the way, we saw Amanda spring cleaning in Life of the party- does this mean it has been a year since life of the party??
Francine is reacting to Lee.. whoa.. he’s looking pretty casual and scruffy.. me like
Anyone else reminded of Lee in Burn Out here?? and .. he isn’t even suppose to be playing burned out here.. uh oh!
Gee thanks Francine.. love how she announces his lateness. just in case people didn’t notice Lee arriving late!
Billy silently points to Lee and motions to him.. probably that he wants a word in a minute..
Billy: now, every year a couple of hundred new organisations crawl onto the shore seeking their place in the sun, struggling to find a voice (Like mothers for a safe environment were!), rouse some rabble (tee hee!) we want to know who, what, where and why they are.
As Billy gives his speech we see Lee in the background put his jacket on and yawn.
Billy passes out the folders..
The random agent (Do we ever see this one again?!) passes the files onto Francine.. and…
Francine passes many of the files onto Amanda..
Francine: oh I am not getting stuck with these!
Amanda checks out her files..
Amanda: Oh some of these do look a little strange Sir!
We see the groups Amanda has are called:
Ladies Auxilliary of the Cosmic Cabal
(Isn’t the correct spelling ‘ Auxiliary’? or is this American spelling?)
Citizens for Celestial Celibacy
Save our Bay
Billy: okay! Everybody set?!
(Lee behind Billy has gotten himself a coffee and is guzzling it with great need!)
.. Let’s hit it!
Billy walks to Amanda: Amanda.
Amanda: yes sir?
Billy: I want you to get on to this for now, but err.. tomorrow I’ve got you set up at the firing range.
Amanda is stunned by this! It seems to me this is the first Amanda has heard of it!!
Amanda nervously looks at Francine who looks up to Amanda on hearing this) Billy continues: … I think it’s about time… [Love that Billy says this– rofl!!! what an understatement!! ]
Amanda smiles: Yes sir.
[though her smile doesn’t seem to be genuine.. more one of terror! As much as Amanda has wanted more training and is ready to progress- she seems taken by surprise here and not at all expecting the firing range- of all things! gosh.. couldn’t they give Amanda a tranquiliser gun to use?! 😉 ]
Billy: and don’t shoot yourself in the foot. [I love how pleased Billy looks with this decision to give Amanda some new training good decision Billy! ]
Amanda: No Sir.
Billy leaves Francine and Amanda.. Interesting that Francine doesn’t say anything about Amanda going to the firing range.. instead she diverts attention right back to Lee and his midnight rambling.. I would have thought Francine would have a snide remark to make about Amanda you know.. Look out world! kinda thing.. I think it’s quite positive that she chooses not to comment on Amanda and the firing range.
Watching this episode straight after WTAMB, the idea that Billy is suddenly pushing Amanda on to broaden her skills in this way is interesting! It could be seen as Billy acknowledging the work Amanda did in WTAMB- [which Billy had completely, wrongly dissed don’t forget! ]
I like it! This seems to be Amanda’s reward for the strides she took in WTAMB!
We cut back to Lee as Francine tells Amanda: the last time I saw him look this bad was when the Russian Circus came to town. (Francine and Amanda stand up and join Lee who is fixing his collar/tie) Aha!!!! Playing into spring again- Francine is assuming Lee is getting frisky with a new lady friend!
Francine continues to mumble: … Bulgarian sword swallower.. what was her name?
Amanda to Lee: Good morning.
Lee doesn’t say anything to Amanda but smiles at her.
Francine is still determined to catalogue Lee’s exploits: Sasha?? Sonya??
Lee puts Francine out of her misery: Svetlana.
Lee: she was a juggler.
In the exchange about Svetlana.. Francine is having a good time – Amanda though remains quiet and just takes it in..most of the time with a big smile plastered on her face..but I don’t think she’s happy. Jealous? What do you think?
Me? -No I don’t think she’s jealous.. I don’t think Amanda has ever really enjoyed hearing about Lee’s errr busy social life with the ladies.. it makes her… uncomfortable.. why??
Maybe it’s a part of his life she doesn’t want to be a part of. She respects him but doesn’t agree with that kind of lifestyle, so she puts it to one side and focuses on Lee’s good qualities and stays out of it. That’s my guess- how about you?? I think at this point, Amanda has no reason to believe that Lee’s dating life is any different than it’s always been.
Then.. Amanda looks down at Lee’s feet and does a double take.
What are they looking at??!!!
Francine: well, on a national scale of dissolution and dissipation
(Amanda looks up to Lee’s face shocked at whatever she saw down there )
… I’d say you rate a strong thirteen today Stetson.
ROFL!!! What’s so shocking down there???!!!
Why do Francine and then Amanda give Lee’s feet a funny look?? LOL maybe he has two different argyle socks on just like Mr Brand- we all know now that means he isn’t a grabber!
AHA!! I found the reason for the random shock at Lee’s feet in the script (thanks Petra’s site for hosting it!!)…. I actually kinda wish they had kept this exchange..because to me the looks make no sense without it, I find this all confusing the way they edited it in the end.. As it is, they’ve left Amanda’s thoughts about Lee’s late arrival unarticulated.
In the script, they had Lee talk to Billy and then Billy walks off leaving Lee alone.. yawning.. then Francine says to Amanda: This must be one hot little mud wrestler
Amanda: I think it’s more serious than a mud wrestler. He’s got on two different socks.
Francine: Yesss.. I guess he does. Is this some kind of wash day voodoo? I don’t see the significance.
Amanda: To get two different socks, you have to reach in your own drawer. (the script says Amanda is ‘beat and dismayed’ while saying this) I think he took this girl home!
End of script quote.
I guess this was cut late in production, maybe edited out, and we were left with the weird expressions from Francine and Amanda.. but no explanation for it!
By cutting this, it seems to me they’ve left Amanda at this point in the episode, assuming Lee has found a new Randi baby.. there is no reason for her to think this girl is serious because the random expression is never explained. bit of a dog’s breakfast.. whereas the non matching socks and dialogue to explain the significance of this leaves Amanda knowing Lee’s new squeeze is serious.. I think this realisation would change what Amanda thinks.. so I find this change unfortunate.
For now I guess I’ll go with what we got in the episode: Amanda is thinking it’s a woman and it’s the same old same old! thoughts??
Francine seems to relish Lee’s womanising ways.. I think she’s very comfortable with Lee in this role.. and were he to every change his way of living- I think Francine would be very put out! [okay, I know this is dealt with in season 4 but I think I can infer this from what we know at this point]- Recounting this story to Amanda, Francine seems to be very happy with this state of things.. very happy to see Lee arrive late, looking like he’s getting plenty of action.. ahem! ]
Lee: Francine, do you mind. Huh!
Lee: It’s insomnia that’s all.
Francine wordlessly seems to motion that she isn’t buying it..
Lee says it’s insomnia.. Francine assumes it’s a woman.. what do you think? I’m not drawing conclusions just yet about this – but I will say, if Lee is whooping it up with a new woman and having a good time? he doesn’t look it! He doesn’t look happy or energised or ‘giddy’ you know?? He seems kind of subdued.. can’t wait to hear what you guys make of Lee here!
Do you think Amanda is jealous here?? After having seen Lee’s socks?? I don’t believe Amanda is jealous here when realising Lee has a new ladyfriend – as she really doesn’t see a relationship with Lee as being a possibility for her, and without the socks comments – I think she has no reason to see this is a serious ladyfriend. (I’m sure we’ll revisit this idea in future scenes!!!)
Lee walks over to Billy who is waiting to talk to him.
Lee whispers: yeah?
Billy gives a quick side glance at Francine and Amanda..
and then says: insomnia huh? chronic too.
[Billy notes that it’s chronic – does this mean he isn’t buying insomnia either?? ]
Lee turns to give a sideways glance at Francine and Amanda.. why?? Are they not wanting to be overheard?? what’s going on here?
Billy again glances sideways before adding: Same problem for the last four days….
There’s a way you can make it up to me.…Amanda’s never been spring cleaning.
Lee doesn’t want to have a thing to do with spring cleaning!
Lee: ohhh now wait a minute Billy..
…She doesn’t need a nursemaid. She’s been around enough to know how to handle a few crack pots. Come on!
[Lee is usually happy or at least expecting to keep an eye out for Amanda – he feels responsible for her- but here?? he seems to be putting a little distance between them.. or wishing to.. Why? because he doesn’t like spring cleaning?? because he’s too tired and just doesn’t want to work? thoughts?? do tell!! ]
Billy: Listen handling is one thing but Amanda gets…. enthused!
Lee kinda sighs.. and looks to the side.. he can’t argue with Billy on that one..
[While it’s great Lee is giving Amanda more independence- here IMHO it seems a little neglectful of Lee, because he is tired and doesn’t want to do the work??… IMHO Lee knows Billy is right- Amanda does get ‘enthused’ and regularly into trouble 😉 Lee should go along with Amanda for this one..]
Billy continues, while Lee looks over at Amanda (what do you see here?)
I think he looks at her with affection.. but with something else also.. sadness? Pain??? yeah.. to me he looks to be feeling pained about what Billy is staying about Amanda.. but why?? I’m not quite sure what to make of Lee here..
what do you all think? I’m feeling with this episode that I don’t have as clear a picture of this episode as I do of others starting out – so don’t be surprised if throughout posts I toss around ideas… I think this one is going to be a ‘process’ !
Lee and Billy together: Crackpots!
Hmmm I don’t know if it’s the lack of sleep but he even seems to me not happy.. a little sad?.. thoughtful? Whoa!!! there goes Lee’s cheek..
Except for his famous cheek.. he looks quite calm..
[and ruggedly handsome ]
Seems underneath that calm looking exterior Lee is a bundle of tension at the moment.. why?? I think at this point we haven’t been told this yet.. it is only hinted at.. at least.. I think so!
I’m going to keep this in mind as we continue to walk through this episode.
What do you make of this conversation between Lee and Billy??
Is there a subtext to what Billy is telling Lee here?
I think Lee is tired, and has been for four days.. Billy wants to teach Lee a lesson – because this lack of sleep is beginning to affect his work – turning up late is not okay. Billy even says there’s a way Lee can ‘make it up to me’ . So Billy makes sure Lee can’t get out of spring cleaning.. he’s going to make him help Amanda.
Well at a minimum, we are left knowing Lee has had trouble sleeping for the last four nights. Lee says it’s insomnia, but everyone assumes it’s a woman Lee is dating called ‘insomnia’ but we don’t know which is the truth.. do we??? do we ever?? we’ll see..
I’m looking forward to hearing what you all think!!! Got any questions of your own? Love this episode.. but it is not a straight forward one at all IMHO! So maybe there will be lots of different ideas on what’s going on! byee for now!