[‘Folks’ Lee??!!!! lol!]
Whooo black jeans.. nice.. I like the shirt with the white shirt look for Lee.. and hooray! Brown vinyl jacket is gone.. hopefully Lee reached his limit with it
Elizabeth responds: we never really wanted that much.
Eric: just to make an honest living.
Eric gives Elizabeth a hand getting onto the boat.. gosh darn, this couple is just the salt of the earth! and well everything is right in the world again because these good people are free to go about raising their family again! (God Bless America!)
only.. we don’t know if things are right in Lee and Amanda’s world yet.. they seem friendly enough, and very fashion co-ordinated.. but.. where do things stand between them?
Amanda: well, there shouldn’t be anything standing in your way now.
[Ohhhh boy.. I wonder if this statement relates to Lee and Amanda too.. only Amanda doesn’t know it yet?!!]
Lee: yeah, especially with that new legislation in the congress. [There’s Lee and Amanda legislation? oh wait..]
Ummm what new legislation? I didn’t think Legislation was the problem? Transoceanic knew the limits and they were just getting away with it because they were corrupt.. What new law was needed? that you really really should follow the existing law? weird.. anyway, when Lee says it – it sounds really good! 🙂
Lee shakes Eric’s hand and wishes him luck, the Sullivans say their thank yous and Lee and Amanda walk off.. with big smiles on their faces! [Yes they are moving. hooray.. my dvds don’t like screen grabs when they are moving! I’ll just have to go with the best ones.. ]
Amanda lets out a big satisfied sigh, happy the Sullivans are safe again.
Things seem a little awkward between them… friendly.. but lots of nervous smiles.. Amanda is quiet, and lets out another sigh..
Lee: ahhhh. You’re probably busy tonight right?… (Amanda shrugs) …PTA, Den mother’s club… [he’s getting to know her world isn’t he!]
Amanda: No haa..
Lee: you’re mother’s card club? [Oh? is this the first time we’ve heard of this?]
…I thought maybe umm .. I thought maybe we’d have dinner tonight… [ah! Lee’s hands are flapping! bless him! go on Lee you can do it! ]
…You know just the two of us…
Rofl! I think this means without Leslie..because last night she tried to weirdly include Amanda in their dinner plans! Interesting that Amanda doesn’t seem terribly affected by this offer.. not realising yet what Lee is really saying!!
Amanda: well you and Leslie have a dinner party at the Russian Embassy tonight.
[oh hooray! the continuity actually works here! lol!]
Lee: ahhhh.. Yeah..
[Lee is doing that cute bashful thing again he did earlier in the police station.. how are these moments similar? Hmm maybe it’s because Lee is wearing his heart on his sleeve in both situations- he is saying: Amanda is important to me? Thoughts anyone?
Lee doesn’t seem to have forgotten this prior engagement with Leslie.. he seems to have already decided what he’d rather be doing IMHO!]
(Lee nods and gives a far off look and a bit of a wry smile.. )
He looks so gorgeous here!
…she won’t be lonely believe me…
Ie. don’t worry about her! [I’m not! 😉 ]
…she’s working anyway….
Whoa!!!! This is where Amanda finally reacts with shock, though lol she seems to be trying to contain herself.. What do you make of this? Amanda wasn’t thrilled until she knew Lee preferred her company to Leslie?? I think Lee is saying Leslie and him are not that close after all –squeeeee!
…She’s got her own invitation..
(Amanda smiles at hearing this! awh!!)
…No I thought err maybe err you know a nice steak errr…
…a bottle of red wine..a baked potato on the side…
…no shop talk for a change?…
(Amanda wordlessly reacts to this last suggestion- ahh!!! )
…you know we…
…don’t do enough of that…
Too many pics here?? nooo I didn’t think so!! 😉
(Lee quietly smiles here- this another one of his wistful smiles like we saw earlier in the episode?? what do you think? )
Amanda shakes her head: not by a half.
My my… after all the dramas.. it is quite a sweet and peaceful ending! Well I certainly can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks!!! If you haven’t jumped in yet –feel free!!
Isn’t this lovely.. Lee seems to be telling Amanda he prefers her company to Leslie’s and that it isn’t just about work.. It is all quite subdued though don’t you think?? sincere, but low key.. I think some may see this as Lee letting Amanda know he romantically prefers Amanda, what do you think? for me.. I don’t really see it though..
I do think Lee has started thinking about how he could have one special woman in his life he can trust, and be honest about all aspects of his life with. Huge progress here!!!! He went looking for that with Leslie – the trouble was- he already had that with Amanda! So things didn’t work out the way Lee had planned… but he learned a thing or two I think! 🙂
Does this mean Lee is now committed to romancing Amanda? do share your views!!!
I’m thinking no… this tag here has more of a peacemaking, reaffirming their friendship kinda vibe.. and maybe even building on their friendship, and making it broader than just revolving (or pretending to) around work. This does not have a romantic, flirty quality to it, which would suggest Lee wants to take it to the next level romantically.
I think this tag is about their friendship, and Lee lets Amanda know she is more important to him than Leslie.. and I guess it could also be an apology – Lee does like to do dinner as an apology lol! Lee has lots to be sorry about but.. he is certainly the wiser for it all! and Amanda is gracious and accepts his offer, and takes up the opening to expand their friendship some more with no shop talk!!! whoo hoo!
Sooooo where do you see Lee now?? Where do you see Amanda now??
I think Amanda has had a big shock this episode, and had to admit to herself she does still have some romantic feelings for Lee after all – (which were buried deeep in her unconscious!) – she thought she had dealt with them. Plus, Lee has given her something to think about with what he now considers ‘perfect’ – seems normal is now ‘perfect’… Lee has changed!!!! Sooo I think Amanda begins to question whether she can actually have a romantic relationship with Lee now.. I think she is on watch, wait and see status at the moment.. she isn’t jumping into anything.. at this point, while Lee did pass up this one night with Leslie, that doesn’t to me mean it’s over (and yes we’ll discuss this all after wizard!!) but happily Lee has let down one of his walls, and opened up even more of himself to Amanda. I think Lee is also telling Amanda that it’s okay – he will begin to treat her better, not take her for granted.. and be a better friend to her – they don’t do that enough!
So I see Lee at this point as having begun to shift toward wanting a serious relationship, and though he doesn’t yet understand what it is, he is beginning to explore the very strong feelings he has for Amanda now.. He isn’t calling it that though– he is taking it very slowly and starting off by just opening up his life a little more to her.. and Leslie?? well at this point, I think he might still be dating her, but IMHO it won’t be for long because Lee’s heart is already well and truly Amanda’s.
For me-it is at this point that he begins to stop denying it, and actually honestly start exploring it within himself. But it is going to take time for him to work this out. we can discuss what he needs to work through as we progress-I’ll resist that discussion for now! But.. I would say that for now, he will not move beyond friendship with Amanda..
Do you think Amanda is in love now?? I’m still not seeing it as really truly ‘in love’ but she has romantic feelings for him sure! I would describe Amanda now as being open to the possibility because of the episode’s events.. whereas before, she had Lee in the ‘never gonna happen’ category! I think she really respects and values his friendship, so she isn’t going to push things along in a hurry or seek to define things.. she’s just going to wait and see.. [I don’t even think I have a clear picture of when I know for sure Amanda has fallen in love with Lee – I’m looking forward to finding out when I see it as we continue our walk!] So there you have it from me..
Now- What about you??? What do you think?
I don’t know about you guys, but I almost feel like there is a part of this episode missing? I mean where is the moment where we see Lee realise he wants to be with Amanda? lol.. big jump from Lee angry that Amanda didn’t shoot O’Keefe to this! I would have liked to have seen that.. we are only left to surmise it from Lee’s decision in the end..maybe they wanted us to wonder what happened – and be unsure if Lee was still dating Leslie at this point.
There are a few scenes in the script here towards the end that were removed.. Straight after Lee and Amanda say goodbye to the Sullivans Lee and Amanda walk off and Amanda asks: [Script Only]
“Amanda: time for the midnight rambler to saddle up? [yuck!!! ]
Lee: not yet. I made an appointment with Leatherneck Nelson at the firing range for five o’clock.. for both of us.
Amanda: for both of us?
Lee: I though we’d review some basics.
Amanda thinks about this, not sure how she feels.
Lee: we’ll be finished in time to make the seven-ten show at the Rialto.
Amanda: The show? you and me?
(Lee nods, smiling)
Lee: ‘Annie Oakley’ It’s a movie about another well-known female sharp shooter…
Amanda: funny big fella, very funny..
Off Lee’s smile and Amanda’s reluctant grin the scene ends.”
Then!!!! they have a tag after this back at Amanda’s between Dotty and Amanda!!! (Amanda waiting up late for Dotty) I might hold off transcribing this, though someone else can share it if they like!
But! I did like the Lee/Amanda second shooting range mention – only because it showed Lee was going to help Amanda with her shooting and he wasn’t blaming her for doing a poor job of it. I felt like this was missing from the episode we got after Lee was such a jerk!
But.. I didn’t like how Lee assumed they could go to the shooting range for an appointment and a movie. I like how in what we got- Lee wasn’t sure Amanda was free.. and I much prefer the tag that we got any day (none of which was in the script). I think the tag is a change revolving around all the changes to do with the Leslie character.. it gave us a clue that Leslie was on the way out – or at least soon would be and.. it upped the status of Lee and Amanda’s friendship to close friends outside of work too.
I also enjoyed the steak, red wine and baked potato suggestion.. lol.. it was nearly hamburgers! but it did remind me of the end of ROTPast and Lee and Amanda trying to hide their regret that they wouldn’t have hamburgers and wine after all ‘like real people’ 🙂
I also liked the potato on the side – as it said to me Lee is looking for ‘normal’. He isn’t looking for fancy set tables, candles, orchids on the table etc. He thinks having dinner with Amanda and no shop talk is special enough already!!! This is just my take on it though.. so feel free to share your own thoughts with us all!!
Ohhh and I never did get back to the insomnia thing.. oospie.. What caused it? Was it because he was with Leslie?? Hmm.. I’ve decided it was because he was up all night mentally and emotionally wrestling with his demons from the past.. and what he was doing in this new relationship, and how he could help things to be better with Leslie (the dress! get that dress!!) I think at the start of this episode Lee was up to his neck in denial about Amanda so would not have been focusing on her. Was he also up late with Leslie?? who knows.. I think it’s possible…maybe and maybe not.. thankfully this is not confirmed to us!!! (clever powers that be! ) I’ll leave that one up in the air.. I don’t know and I think I never will know and you know what? (LOL) I think I don’t want to know!!! 🙂
One last thought from me- when Lee turns down the evening with Leslie at the Russian embassy to have dinner with Amanda – he isn’t just turning down Leslie.. he’s turning down the dress! the party! and trying to recreate that wonderful night he had experienced with Amanda one new years.. you know? He has in essence chosen to not try and recreate it- he has instead chosen to go with the real thing: Amanda. Rather than a woman who resembles Amanda in a dress that resembles Amanda’s dress at the Russian Embassy again – this is big no? Lee went out and bought that dress and gave it to Leslie for the party that night- and now Lee isn’t even going to go!!! He’s totally turned his back on that plan.. Squeeeee!!! No wonder Amanda reacts most surprised to the moment when Lee tells her Leslie won’t be alone and has her own invite. Given Amanda knew Lee was trying to replicate Amanda’s dress for Leslie that night, I think it would mean a lot!!!!! Double Squeee!!! 🙂
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This episode has been wonderful to walk through with you all!!! you’ve given me new insights into this biig episode!!! thanks everyone!!! So what’s your overall take on this episode? anyone? everyone? 🙂 Okay- byee for now!!!