We left Amanda struggling to cope with her mother’s shopping habits.. next thing, we see a street shot of IFF.. (looks like spring to me..) and then suddenly we see a marketplace in the middle east somewhere..
We cut from the marketplace to Amanda moving her gun around a bit pointing at it.
Oh boy.. she looks freaked out!!!
She’s on edge.. waiting for something to happen!
A shot rings out in the marketplace.. Amanda’s still aiming but not shooting as she can’t see who the shooter is.. the non-shooters in the marketplace run away, revealing the shooter- a young girl with a really big gun!
Amanda sees it’s her, can see she has a gun.. but doesn’t shoot.
Amanda can see the girl is going to shoot- and seems to have decided- I’m not gonna shoot her, she can shoot me!!!
And.. she does.. well it’s not real life! I think it would be different if it really was Amanda’s life on the line..
Amanda squeezes her eyes shut as the girls ‘shoots’ at her.
We hear a voice off screen declare: You’re dead!.. Again! [Lol I love the addition of that one word ‘again’ – it tell us so much!! ]
Amanda’s eyes are still closed!!!
Amanda: I know, I’m sorry.
Amanda looks so disappointed here.. ah bless her.. it’s sweet that she apologises..
Leatherneck finally steps into view. Have we met him before? Gosh.. I’m thinking this is our first introduction! Welcome Leatherneck!
Leatherneck: Oh for Pete’s sake.. at least fire the thing.. it’s the only way to switch this thing off.
His words are a bit harsh.. but his delivery I think is dripping in good humour This is cute… I bet Leatherneck has never had to deal with anyone like Amanda!
ROFL! To fire the gun.. Amanda still doesn’t point at the screen.. she shoots at the ceiling!!! whahahaah!!
The lights come back on..
Amanda just cringes at the screen.. so disappointed.
Leatherneck tries to make light of it, he points to the screen: Look! You just got the agency’s all time low ball score.
Amanda lets out a huge sigh.. oh poor Amanda! man is she having a tough couple of days! I think if it had been a man she could have had a much easier time of it.. she could have imagined him tell her his ‘friend’ would look grrrrrr great in Amanda’s dress! teee heee.. oh what am I saying?! Oh I know.. they should have made it a Rebecca’s fantasises salesperson!
Leatherneck: see the logic of this thing…
…is to fire your weapon at your adversary….
[his delivery here is awesome! so deadpan and cheeky! Anyone got a crush on Leatherneck? I thought he’d be a good foil for Francine someday.. did that cross anyone else’s mind?? I digress again! eek!]
… not the ceiling…
…The ceiling is on our side!
Amanda says flatly: I couldn’t shoot the little girl.
Leatherneck: she shot you! just like the Nun before! ‘Nun before’? Oh roflmbo!!!! I love it!! great dialogue here! funny.. and says so much with so little! I will say, shooting nun? LOL! whoa.. they really make it hard here for Amanda.. couldn’t she start off easy and be asked to shoot a umm.. bear? or.. umm a haystack??!!!! Here’s a gif of it!
Remember this moment in A Class Act?? The one other time we have seen Amanda packin’ heat! And there.. it was a shotgun.. and part of a sequence to laugh at how inept Amanda was at this spy stuff.. yep.. I wasn’t laughing.. I had steam coming out of my ears! how about you?]
Leatherneck: Okay, we’re gonna try this one more time.
She works herself up (as much as Amanda does! LOL) readying herself for the next round.
Leatherneck: Get ready.
Amanda aims the gun at the screen.
Amanda lets out a deep breath.. and at this moment.. Lee opens the door behind them.
Leatherneck turns to greet Lee.. and we see Amanda in the foreground- she turns part way around.. but not quite..
She seems to me disappointed- that Lee has shown up now?? or at how she’s going? what do you think? or heck maybe both. I don’t know!
Then Lee asks: hey, how’s she doin Leatherneck?
[Given Amanda is still pointing the gun at the screen and NOT looking at Lee – I’d say he’s guessed things are not going well!! He may be clueless about his feelings for Amanda and the dress! but.. he is otherwise pretty attuned to her and how she is travelling- would you say?]
Leatherneck: It’s gonna be a lot of work pal.
[whooo I don’t think Leatherneck knows that’s what Lee calls bad guys! ]
Leatherhead err neck mumbles under his breath as Lee approaches Amanda: .. a lot of work!
Lee doesn’t respond to Leatherneck here.. instead..
Lee licks his lips and looks at Amanda pointing the gun at the screen with a quiet, indulgent smile here..
[Hey- I’m guessing he’s remembering the hairdryer!! What do you think? tee hee.. ]
Amanda to Lee admits: I don’t like to shoot.
Amanda lets out a big sigh and puts the gun down, but she still doesn’t look at Lee…
Lee, now by her side.. looks down at the gun and quietly responds: yeah… I know.
[The quiet way he says that is too swoony for words! Very endearing!! He knows Amanda so well now, and doesn’t judge her for it here.. very sweet!]
Hey I guess this is why there was the weird phone call in Amanda’s kitchen – guess that was Lee she was talking to… Lee knew where to find her, and knew to search for Elizabeth.. Anyway..
Amanda immediately asks about Elizabeth..
I think Lee is so gentle with Amanda here as he delivers the bad news – he knows Amanda cares about Elizabeth.
Lee: In a way,… she’s got some more trouble.
What trouble? Amanda knows better than to ask..
she lets Lee lead her out of the shooting range as he quietly takes Amanda by the arm: come on.
Oh my.. Lee pretty much has his arm around Amanda as they turn to leave!
At the door, Amanda turns back to Leatherneck and gives him a last look. What do you make of this look? To me, the look is: determination! She’s saying- this isn’t finished! I’ll beat this!
I love it!!! So Amanda.. she’s had a set back this time.. it’s gone badly – but she isn’t giving up. In typical Amanda style, she’s going to keep trying until she gets there.. I love Amanda’s tenacity! It’s a quiet tenacity.. unlike Francine’s hey everyone I am woman hear me roar! you know?
Lee notes her final look and chuckles quietly to himself as he follows her out, shaking his head too haaa! [Last time I remember Lee doing that?? after the super sweet and intense moment where Lee tells Amanda her being in hospital will give him peace of mind in OOADP!]
Whooo see the map on the wall? seems Billy’s map has found a new home!
This scene for me shows Amanda is on the road to being a professional agent.. separate to Lee- good to see he isn’t the one training her! She’s got her own battles to fight, fears to conqueror and difficulties to overcome! But she approaches it with honesty, and determination.. she isn’t giving up!!!
I also get the vibe here from Lee that he isn’t judging her for it either.. he accepts her as she is.. and quietly supports her struggle here. He was wise to stay silent when she lamented she didn’t want to shoot IMHO – it was just a nice silent camaraderie and non-judgement.. Lee has come a long way here!!! but.. I liked too how focused on Amanda he was – his first question is how is she doing? Not how are you leatherneck.. nope he’s concerned for Amanda.. she is his focus. ain’t it wonderful?? he seems to be attuned to the vibe of the room – things aren’t going well – and he knows Amanda really doesn’t like guns!
I can’t wait to hear what you all make of this scene! A couple of very superficial comments before I finish up! I loathe this sweater of Amanda’s!!! the red section in the middle makes it look like she’s been shot – and it went straight through! maybe the Nun and the young girl were successful!!!! [No.. I will not comment on any possible future injuries to Amanda.. I won’t I won’t! eek!!]
Aaaand Lee.. lovin the jeans.. always lovin the jeans.. but.. ahem.. the jacket?? with the sleeves rolled up?? 80s central! He looks so dated. I’m sure at the time all the ladies were swooning in their living rooms.. and vowing to go shopping the next day and buy their husbands a brown vinyl jacket – where did Lee get it from? did he make it himself? I doubt it!!! so they were probably in with a good chance. LOL!!!!
I’m not sure why.. but to me Lee suddenly looks older. He’s still gorgeous.. but he no longer has the boyish thing happening – he’s definitely a grown man.. could this be because of his maturity?? or.. is it the really deep tan (and sun damage wahahaha) after the summer break in filming? Thoughts?
Ahhh yes.. I like to go deep and get all Freudian.. but.. there are also the superficial things in life to chatter about no?? How about you?? Go as deep or as shallow as you like I say! I am looking forward to having a discussion about this shooting range scene – bye for now!