We pick up the episode with Tarzan (O’Keefe’s goon Towne) and a bomb maker who has been undercover working with Mrs Sullivan for 6 months.. The Bomber heard Rawlings’ upcoming speech as he gave Mrs Sullivan a preview..
The bomber reports that Rawlings is intending to go: back to the old boundaries, strict catch limit. If Rawlings makes his upcoming speech- O’Keefe can kiss his fancy fleet of trawlers goodbye.
[Hmm boundaries and limits.. an ongoing theme in this episode!]
O’Keefe needs the bomber to stop this speech.. he says he’s ready to do just that..
I guess at this point, we don’t know who the bomb is for.. Rawlings? or Sullivan?
The scene ends there. Great how we don’t spend too much time with the baddies this week.. get the info we need.. and get out! We wants Lee and Amanda!
Next thing we see the corvette being parked in a part of town we don’t see often. whoooo is this actually on location?? It looks like the corvette parking on that street really is in DC.
Next thing, we see a close up on beer, poker chips and playing cards all laid out for a game of poker.
The camera pans out to reveal the players are a group of elderly ladies!
I think we were to assume they were men from all that beer.. I think smk likes to have fun playing up to or completely subverting stereotypes!
The ladies are holding hands and humming with their eyes closed! [beer buzz?! ]
We see Lee and Amanda arrive, oh LOL call me crazy but this looks like the foyer to IFF!!! They’ve just added a bit of wall and the beads- and those stairs behind Amanda lead up to the Q bureau!!! no?? see for yourself and let me know what you think! I’m going to keep moving here..
Lee: the less time we spend with these oddballs the better..
Amanda: you’re pretty cranky when you don’t get your sleep aren’t you.
[Love that Amanda doesn’t let the grumpy sleepless Lee thing slide.. Love feisty Amanda! Lee tries to respond to Amanda’s comment about not getting his sleep but Amanda doesn’t give him a chance 😉 ]
…What’s so oddball about a woman’s club?
[Interesting.. is this Lee putting women into one of those boxes of his? ]
Lee: Let’s just get the info and get out?!
Amanda is curious about it all.. and Lee just wants to get out of there.. Lee is far too dismissive- Call me crazy, but the job required finding out about them. not turning up, deciding they are crack pots and leaving – we already knew they were crackpots!
One of the ladies sees them and walks over to greet them.
Lady: Hello I’m Jenny Weeks.
Amanda: hello, we’re from the people’s encyclopaedia and ah we’re making a directory of all the non profit groups in this area and we just wondered if we could ask you a few questions.
Lee watches Amanda carefully as she delivers her cover here
– though smiling as part of his own cover.
Jenny: Oh yes, we’re the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cosmic Cabal...
(rofl!! man I’d love to see their cookbook!!)
…We get together on Wednesdays to play poker, and to commune with the spirits of the departed rock and rollers. [so this is Wednesday I guess! 😉 ]
LOL love Lee and Amanda’s reactions to this!
We cut to a view of the ladies.. continuing to humm and err commune! whoo hoo!!! the jiggling bouncing begins too!
Jenny: Ohhh they’ve made contact.
Amanda: what does that mean?
Jenny: we’re talking to Richie Valens. The Big Bopper is with him!!
Jenny rushes over all excited at their connection!
She motions to Amanda to come in and join them. Amanda smiles, Lee looks horrified.. ugh..
he so doesn’t want to be doing this. Amanda looks at Lee and shrugs..
who knows what this is all about.. but hey, they are harmless..
Suddenly, Amanda steps into the room. Not checking with Lee.. Lee whispers after her to stop her but she doesn’t pay attention to him.
She moves in closer to the table to find out what the ladies are up to.
Back in the entrance.. Lee is smiling.. but only on the outside.. inside he is cursing being there!
Yep he keeps up the smiling pretence about 2 seconds.. he’s had enough!
Amanda is doing a better job here than Lee is and he is the one who is suppose to be watching out for her? In fact so far this episode, Amanda is more professional than Lee full stop. He didn’t even turn up to work on time!
The next thing we see is Lee and Amanda exiting.
Lee: well! We were in there, 30 minutes!
[Is that all? boo flippin hoo]
Amanda: well, we had to let them finish singing before we could fill out the questionnaire.
Amanda: you’re pretty antsy. Got a date?
Lee quickly: No! (Lee sighs) .. I’m just a little preoccupied that’s all.
Ah! we have arrived at this BIG scene!!! I’m going to need to split it in two- there are two parts to this scene anyway.. you’ll see what I mean..
Amanda: well if you want I could finish these off they’re all close by.
Lee suddenly upbeat: You’re sure?
Lee: Oh that’s great.
…yeah Amanda, remember that new years eve…
…party at the soviet embassy?
[how wonderful is it to see Lee is remembering fondly a new year’s eve party he went to with Amanda! For work – of course ]
Amanda laughs: oh yeah, you tried to match Gorbchov vodka for vodka and you ended up in the Borscht!
[I love that they share a laugh about Lee ending up in the Borscht. Seems Lee and Amanda have been err ‘socialising’ on the job quite a bit more than what we’ve seen on screen! But.. it’s still ‘on the job’ – hmm..]
[these pics are a tad blurry..but have to include them anyway-they are adorable!..they’re blurry because they are ducking below that dumb tree and walking! but.. it’s wonderful to see them both laughing so heartily together]
Lee laughs heartily: right!!
He shakes his head to himself and adds: ahh…
…you sure looked beautiful. [whoa!!!!]
BTW- I hate that tree Lee walks behind as he says this!
Hmm! I find the idea that Lee so readily admits the dress was fabulous and she looked beautiful in it really lovely.
At the same time, maybe it also speaks volumes- that he admits it so readily- that’s how detached he is from his feelings for her right now– denial!
It was such a wonderful moment in Service Above and Beyond when Lee told Amanda ‘you look fabulous’ -I don’t know that we’ve heard him say anything like it since.. but.. here we have confirmation he was thinking it, though he wasn’t saying it or showing it ]
Amanda: Oh thank you.
I am guessing many will disagree with me here- I think Amanda enjoys Lee’s compliments but she is so open with her smiles and enjoyment – I don’t see her as reading anything into it. She accepts the compliment quite simply and naturally.. there’s that wonderful self-esteem of Amanda’s again To me, she does not react here like a woman receiving a compliment from a romantic prospect – she isn’t acting like she has hopes.. To me, she still has Lee firmly in the just friends category. Amanda’s feelings for Lee haven’t popped out into her consciousness yet!! (or okay, out of that Tupperware container yet! ) However.. every friendship has it’s limits!!!- as we shall see in the next post! so I’ll expand more on that next post.
Lee: remember how we danced? [wha?! boooooo.. why didn’t we see this??!! ]
Amanda: Oh yeah..
Lee: Amanda? Amanda: hmmm?
Lee seems to have mentally made a decision here as he moves the topic of conversation onto what he was thinking about when he was preoccupied. Hold this thought! This is a good place to stop as this is the moment where Lee decides to go ahead and ask Amanda about her dress that night..
If we can hold off fully discussing the second part of this scene until the next post that would be great.. Splitting it in two is necessary, but it will also help us to focus not just on the big whammy at the end of this scene, but on the beginning part of this scene also- which can be overlooked by the ending. I think this first half of the scene is full of significance all by itself Can’t wait to hear all your thoughts everyone! byeee!!