Back to IFF, Senator Drake is on the TV talking about how he’ll never forget Hamilton Rawling (I thought it was Rawlings but.. whatever!) – hey isn’t that Billy’s map behind him? so that’s where it went.. looks the same..
Billy talks over the top of the broadcast. Billy off screen: every cabinet officer in town is going to be worried. Well, we’ve just got to make sure this isn’t part of a pattern! Let’s get right on this!
The shot widens to show Billy switching off the TV – Rofl! You can tell they originally filmed this scene with all of Senator Drake’s dialogue, but they’ve since dubbed it with Billy’s meaningless ramblings- the audio doesn’t even sound the same!
Billy: We have a level two alert.
Amanda: what’s that?
Lee: It’s an agency wide preparedness alert. We are to assume a conspiracy exists until it’s proven otherwise.
We can see here Amanda takes a huge breath and audibly lets it out.. she’s really feeling it right now..
Lee leans in closer to Amanda and asks her gently: Now, did that woman mention any other names?
[‘that woman’?! ugh.. no wonder Amanda is incensed here! but interesting that Lee is gentle in his tone with this enquiry- do you think he predicted Amanda would defend Elizabeth?]
Amanda quickly: Lee! She is a good person. Not a mad bomber
and if there is a conspiracy she isn’t in on it! Look!…
(we cut to Lee who sees he isn’t going to be able to stop Amanda from her rant, he takes a seat and quietly smiles to himself..) … she is a decent, hard working mother who is just trying to look out for her family! That’s all!!!! In the wide shot we see Lee is making hand gestures to placate Amanda..
and uh oh.. In walks Francine (oh yeah, that will placate her! not!) – a bit stunned to find Amanda speaking so firmly me thinks..
Francine: That’s enough! The most dangerous creature on God’s green earth. [and don’t you forget it Francine! though I confess, this is a cool quip.. if not a little unfortunate for Amanda with the timing! ]
Amanda looks at Billy: Ohhh Francine!
Billy silently motions ugh! in response to Francine..
Francine sweetly: I’m just kidding!!!
She smiles and takes out the photos from the box to show everyone all the surveillance photos that were taken at the event.
We do see Lee kind of grimace behind Francine in response to her defence that she is just kidding.. what do you think Lee is thinking here??
I’ll have a go.. I think Lee is thinking: I don’t think Francine knows what ‘kidding’ means..
Love how Lee tilts his head to the side and gives Billy a ‘yeah right’ look.. but otherwise he still stays out of it.
Francine: alright, here we’ve got the photo surveillance of the rally.
Amanda: who took these?
Francine: Ohhh NSA, CIA, FBI…
Francine flaps her hands to say- whoever! hmm guess this means ‘the agency’ is neither of those three.. but.. gets it’s information from all three. hmm interesting! Anyone able to make some sense of this? Homeland Security? no idea! Anyone?
Amanda picks up a photo: would you look at that!
(she points to the photo, then turns it around to show it to Billy.) To Billy: Sir, this is Kurt Magnusson…
…I met him at the Save Our Bay office…
[Lee seems interested.. but he doesn’t say anything..]
…What is he doing with that baby carriage?
Amanda is fired up.. thinking she is on to something..
We cut to Billy who to me looks like he doesn’t really give a stuff.. love ya Billy, but sometimes you are just plain wrong!!
Billy responds: koochy cooing the baby.
he motions like.. isn’t it obvious?
Amanda: no sir. There is no baby in that carriage! Elizabeth had her baby with her.
Amanda is speaking very assertively here. This is no longer ‘the tentative, thanks so much for allowing me to sit in on your meeting even though I am a lowly nobody’ Amanda! whooo hoooo! Go Amanda!
Francine responds: Do we have a photograph of the woman holding the baby?
[wow.. you know, Francine doesn’t automatically tell Amanda to shut it.. she actually follows up Amanda’s observation. progress! Maybe Marlin is on Amanda’s side.. and threatened Francine to behave I think we need a fan fic where we find out Marlin was really a KGB agent in disguise..]
Amanda searches the photos: Yes right here.
She hands the photo to Francine.
But Billy doesn’t even let Amanda finish her sentence before he contradicts her here: yes yes.. but we don’t know the tiiiiiimiiiiing (me thinks Billy talks to Amanda here like he is doing a little koochy cooing of his own. Bletch!!!)
… what order were they shot?
oh sooo true Billy.. if only there had been someone actually there when the bombing took place, someone who could have told you what happened.. what a shame.. ahem.. Yes total sarcasm from iwsod here! I feel like Amanda must be dreaming this.. it’s so ridiculous!!! gosh.. maybe she wore an Amandaband too tight again..
Billy is silent a moment to let his earth shattering revelation about not knowing the order the photos were taken in sink in-
Yes Amanda.. Billy thinks you are a silly dingbat to actually think you saw what happened when you were there and saw what happened!
Billy continues: the most we can do is show it to the cops. (really?!)
Amanda: that’s it?
[wow.. Amanda is quite forceful with Billy here!]
Billy: you gave them a statement. I’ll have scarecrow look after things.
Oh great, so now Amanda can’t work on it, it’s turned over to scarecrow? but.. it’s really turned over to the police.. ugh.. so annoyed with Billy in this scene!
…but it’s police work now. They’re pros. Let them do their job Amanda.
Amanda: I’m sorry Sir, but that isn’t enough…
…I like Elizabeth Sullivan and I’m gonna try to help her. Excuse me sir.
Amanda gets up and leaves without waiting for a response from anyone. [I’m cheering!! can you hear me??!!! anyone else cheering??!!!!! I think I can hear some cheers! ]
They are all left quite stunned.
Lee kinda nervously chuckles and says: Amanda! calling after her..[like- ‘ah you enthused non agent who is very endearing’ me thinks!] he looks at Billy and Francine as if to say – I’ll deal with her.. and he chases after Amanda.. he catches up with her in the bullpen.
Before we get to that.. what do you all make of this scene? Brace yourselves for an iwsod rant! (whoo do go ahead and do some ranting of your own! )
Some may say Billy is right to just turn it over to the cops. I don’t see this scene that way myself.
Feel free to see things your own way and share it with us all!
I think what we see here is more of the underestimating and dismissing of Amanda that’s been going on (and I like that they don’t just forget this issue, it’s regularly seen IMHO)- it was on full display in Welcome to America Mr Brand. This works really well directly following that episode!
[Lovin the order Morley! ]
Amanda was actually there, at the rally!! Not only that but she was with Elizabeth at the Save our Bay office, accompanied her to the rally, was talking to her the whole time before Rawlings even arrived, and she even helped push the flippin baby carriage!!! She was with Elizabeth when she took her baby out of the baby carriage, and saw Elizabeth not put her baby back in there again.
If this was a member of the public who had seen and done all this – I half suspect they would have actually paid more attention! but with Amanda? well.. they can’t just believe it because she says so! I find this insulting.
Plus, this comes after Lee explains there is a level 2 alert- which assumes there is a conspiracy until it is proven otherwise.. gee how do you prove otherwise if you have just handed it over to the cops? and if you are treating it like a conspiracy, why would you be happy to just believe it was the save our bay lady working alone??!!!! it is more likely you would believe someone set her up – what bomber kills someone with her own baby’s baby carriage!!!! [ babies get heavy to carry all day long ]
This is just all plain stupid to me.
Then.. to really top it off.. we have photos.. lots of them.. evidence!! and.. they even back up what Amanda saw with her own eyes – but- that is still not enough! no Amanda still shouldn’t be listened to. I take this personally… and I wonder if Amanda takes this personally. She is certainly not going to just accept this. You go Amanda!!! This is a little reminiscent of Mr Brand no? All the evidence he had didn’t count for much because it was him who was the witness.. I’m having a rant because I don’t like it, but I think it’s great storytelling- and I love that in one episode it isn’t dealt with and forgotten.. Amanda earning her stripes is a process that takes time..IMHO too long! but.. that’s part of the story too! 🙂
I think there is a little bit of the agency forgetting the little people going on here.. Amanda is much more personally involved, especially given Elizabeth is someone just like herself – a mother trying to look after her family [isn’t this someone the agency should be working to protect?!]. The agency should not fob off Elizabeth like this.. I agree with Amanda!
You know what else? Amanda was with save our bay on official agency business. Doing spring cleaning for the agency. Why send Amanda to do that if what she reports back won’t be listened to anyway?!!! she was there, had done some background on Save Our Bay. The agency should listen to her, and they should update those federal files the cops refer to with Amanda’s information! ugh!!! I get so frustrated with this scene.. do you ?? I think Amanda does also.. maybe things at the agency have reached their limit too? – Maybe it’s time this relationship changed.. maybe it’s the last straw and it’s time for Amanda to be taken more seriously…. so while Amanda takes a stand for Elizabeth’s sake here, I believe she is also taking a stand for her own sake. She can’t get no respect!!!!! and.. she’s earned it!! time to set some limits and demand more.. right Amanda?? what do you all think??
I find this whole idea that the agency is happy to just forget Elizabeth Sullivan and ignore Amanda very interesting, when we consider Hamilton Rawlings’ final words.. Here again is what he said in his speech: …since we are a nation of laws and not the jungle, because we are a civilisation that cares what happens to our members, we must now and again pause and take stock of how we treat each other… in our personal relationships, in our businesses and in our government-
Apply this to how the agency is responding is fascinating! Because it seems to me the agency doesn’t care what happens to community members and maybe it’s time for them to take stock of how they treat each other! sometimes I get the feeling the agency treats the world like it’s the jungle.. I think this is a bit of a kick up the pants to the agency. but then.. maybe it’s just me seeing what I want.. there is that too.. but I like it.. it resonates with me, and I’m going with it! what do you all think?
Boy am I interested in hearing other’s thoughts!! I better finish up now – we’ll pick right up again with Lee catching up to Amanda in the bullpen! Busting to hear what you all think! byee for now.