Moving on we see a Trans-oceanic Industries truck pull into a factory. O’Keefe is looking at a newspaper article mourning the death of Rawlings.. he closes it and gives Tarzan a good whack. [the script had an article next to it about the murder of Kurt Magnusson.. that makes more sense of O’Keefe’s anger here IMHO] Tarzan is confident that Lee didn’t see his face.. O’Keefe checks the car can’t be traced back to them.
Tarzan: it’s registered to an old lady! There’s no way they’re gonna trace it back to us. Look! I said I know my job!
O’Keefe: Then do it. Find out who he was. What he knows. And if you have to, make him disappear.
My goodness.. O’Keefe likes a high body count huh!
Back at Amanda’s place. New outfit.. I guess this is the next day..
Oh my.. just look at the milk, eggs and crispy critters randomly out.. I guess this is telling us it’s morning? looks very staged..
Amanda is in the kitchen on the phone – she’s looking at the newspaper article also.. [again, it being about Magnusson makes more sense.. but whatever!]
Amanda: Yeah well I’ve been trying to call Elizabeth all morning and she’s not on the boat and she’s not at the save our bay offices.
(Amanda hears Phillip and Jamie at the front door.. something’s going on) …okay well, if you hear anything would you just umm ahh find me, I’ll be at the shooting range…
(Amanda listens to the person on the other end, but we can still also hear the boys excitedly at the front door) … yeah.. okay.. alright.. I’ll see you later. bye byee.
Amanda hangs up.. err who was she talking to?? Lee?? I guess it is.. ? and umm could she have mentioned any louder that she was going to be at THE SHOOTING RANGE!!!!! Oh what am I thinking.. the boys ears would sooo not prick up at hearing this if they had!
Amanda calls to the boys: Hey Fellas!!!!
she rushes to the front door.
Doh! once again Amanda is faster than Dotty!!! Amanda reaches the front door and the parcel just before Dotty!
Amanda: what have we here? Rebecca’s fantasies!?
Dotty comes up from behind Amanda and snatches the parcel away.
Dotty: that’s for me.
[BTW- Notice Amanda has magically carried a serviette with her to the hallway from the kitchen, where before she wasn’t carrying one! I think they filmed this part, with Amanda using the serviette as a prop, so they then had to add the breakfast items to the previous scene to hint at breakfast.. don’t mind me! ]
Back to the lingerie!
Amanda: Mother, what have you ordered?
Phillip and Jamie are confused.. and fascinated by this little display!
Amanda knows the box is from Rebecca’s fantasies!!!! What does she think is in there!!! and she asks Dotty about it in front of the boys??!!! What is Amanda thinking?!!! I think Amanda is so confused right now her brain is all disconnected!!!
Dotty: well to be perfectly honest…
(Dotty hugs the parcel close to her, and glances at the boys then back to Amanda. Amanda notes the boys also.) …I really don’t think any of this should concern you.
Amanda: Mother, I have to know. You’re my mother.
You’re a parent. You’re a grandparent.
The camera cuts to Phillip and Jamie
watching them back and forth like it’s a tennis match!
Dotty: I’m also an adult. And a woman…
…With interests, needs. You’re my daughter.
Interesting that Amanda raises Dotty’s role as a parent and grandparent – in response to her concern about what she’s ordered.. says a lot no?? Amanda is struggling to reconcile a parent and grandmother ordering anything from.. there!
Love that Dotty’s response is that she is an adult, a woman and has needs!!!!!! And.. she reminds Amanda of her role – daughter! Amanda is not her parent!!!
Dotty rocks. She continues: … when I ask you questions like this you tell me not to.
Amanda smiles (though not really!) : Fellas. Why don’t you take the trash out.
the boys: right on grandma! Go for it!!!
they run away.. Hmm.. why are they saying that? do they know what’s in the box?? or.. are they just happy that Dotty told Amanda it’s none of her business? The boy’s reaction here confuses me!
Dotty begins to laugh as the boys leave..
she’s finding this whole situation a bit of a laugh though kinda awkward..
at least she isn’t angry with Amanda for asking her such questions – especially in front of the boys.
Amanda isn’t seeing the funny side though. She’s fixated on that box!!! [I can hear it now!!! Amanda and her boxes!!! her Tupperware!! Has Amanda been forced to deal with her own Amanda’s fantasies box? ]
Dotty: I just realised what it must have sounded like when you’d sneak in at 3am…
(more quietly) …and I’d been waiting up.
Amanda jumps in pretty fast here.. Is Dotty saying she knows Amanda gets home sometimes at 3am?? and is Amanda cutting her off before she pursues that avenue of discussion? that last line of Dotty’s is confusing me.. not sure.. anyone?
Amanda is still fixated on that box: Mother. Please!!!! [heck, I think Dotty should have told her nothing!]
Dotty: alright. alright. Hunter Conrad asked me to the coast for the weekend.
Amanda wrings that serviette now tightly (ah now I see why she has it!!!) : Hunter Conrad??!!
…Do you mean… Mr.. Conrad?? Daddy’s old fishing buddy?
Dotty quietly: Amanda, he has been a widower over six years!..
…You’re sounding very old fashioned about this.
Amanda’s distress is increasing here: Mother!!! You are going to the coast, where you.. ..and Daddy use to go with Hunter Conrad .. (she whispers this last bit pointing at the box) .. with that!!!!!
Dotty is unflinching: Yes…
(she looks down at the box she’s holding in her arms, then looks back up at Amanda. We cut to Amanda.. rofl the look on her face!!! Oh my!!!!! )
Dotty’s delivery of her yes yes yes here is perfect! Dignified, confident in herself.. and your problem is not my problem Amanda!
We cut to Amanda and Lol at the look on her face!!!!!! Conniptions!!
Dotty walks off to leave Amanda to try and get her head around all this!
Amanda closes her eyes and cries quietly: Ohhhh..
and lets out a big sigh while making a fist… she’s so restrained!!
but her hand clenching is a bit of a give away she did the same thing last week in response to Francine’s comment about her mother having the same pyjamas in fuchsia!
So did you notice the boo boo with the box?? how one moment you can read the label and the next moment you can’t???!!!!!
Okay everyone!!! soooo come on!!!! do share.. what do you think is going on here??
I’ll share a few ideas too..
I think Amanda is totally out of line with her questioning of her mother!! Does anyone disagree?
but.. I’ll also cut Amanda some slack because she’s going through a tough time this episode.. she’s very confused!!! Both Lee and Amanda make mistakes and are very confused this episode!! I think Dotty will be just fine though, no permanent damage
I think as opposed to Amanda’s reaction to Rebecca’s fantasies earlier – this time, Amanda is reacting not to the product, but to Dotty’s buying the product.. I think she was taken by surprise here.. and why would Dotty want it?? for who?? who is Dotty seeing??
Then.. it turns out the guy is an old friend, that Dotty and Amanda’s father use to see – on the coast, where Dotty and he are about to go!!! this is all too much for Amanda to take in all at once! what do you think bothers her most??
Dotty having a weekend away with a man? or away with a man who was friends with her and her first husband? or.. is it the location?? and all the memories that go along with ‘the coast’? Or.. is it a combination??!!!
I am guessing that Dotty ordering parcels from Rebecca’s fantasies is raising thoughts Amanda really doesn’t want to deal with right now – her own love life.. her own interests and needs.. she may have to admit again that she has them.. and right now she is trying not to! Since first uncovering the catalogue Amanda has learned of Lee’s ‘friend’ and I think this is in the back of her mind.. she senses something is different..different?? she doesn’t like that!!!! She was happy and settled and coping with the way things were.. and now what’s going on??!!! with Lee?? with Dotty??!!!
I think again here we see a changing relationship – Dotty and Hunter Conrad are moving their old friendship into new territory with a weekend away together – I think this is hitting very close to home for Amanda and the feelings she is fighting for Lee. Friendships don’t just change into romance! do they?? Well, I think this question is now finally beginning to be addressed in Amanda’s mind about her and Lee – a question she has not dared to ask herself up till now IMHO!
To top it all off, I think Amanda is feeling a little left behind.. Lee has a new relationship, Dotty has well.. a weekend away and Amanda? nothing right now! I think she’s struggling a bit with all the change she is seeing around her, when inside of her things are starting to change in a scary way for her too – as she is beginning to realise just how deep her feelings for Lee go nowadays.. that unconscious is starting to break through and it is freakin Amanda out!!!!
Your mother having a sex life?? well.. you don’t get any more Freudian than that do ya? I swear! the writers are into psychoanalysis!
I guess in addition, Amanda is dealing with the stress of being at the bombing, worrying about Elizabeth and how to help her and her family (it’s extra stressful given that she very much identifies with Elizabeth- a mother trying to make the world a safer place, championing for the environment.. she’s alot like Amanda) and Amanda is probably anxious about finally going to the firing range – scary!!! Oh and there’s another change huh- Amanda hates guns!!!! Amanda has a lot to deal with this episode and it all comes at once!!! (and we haven’t even actually had Amanda confront the really big change that’s coming yet!)
BTW- interesting to note the script had the two scenes in this post in the opposite order to that in which they aired.. hmm..
Poor Amanda!! Why don’t you head off to the shooting range and get rid of some of that tension hmm??!!! 😉 Well.. I better stop here for now.. lots to discuss in this one – lol hopefully we didn’t discuss it all in the first post! Byeee for now!!!