On to IFF, whoooo a new exterior shot! And a lady in yellow is now patrolling the perimeter. Maybe Ms Walker has been promoted..
We cut to a big close up on Harry V. Thornton’s portrait in the foyer.. lol love how we don’t see portraits here until the plot requires it
Amanda stares at the painting..
Mrs Marsden: Mrs King??
Amanda’s attention turns back to Mrs Marsden,
she hands Amanda a guest pass (boo!)
Amanda: Thank you Mrs Marsden.
Amanda points at Harry’s portrait) ..Mrs Marsden?…
she doesn’t finish her sentence as the elevator door opens and Billy and then Lee exits the elevator.
Billy gives Amanda a big smile to greet her.
Billy: good morning Amanda.
Lee also gives Amanda a big smile (me thinks bigger, he’s happier to see Amanda than Billy! )
Amanda: good morning sir!
Lee nods at Amanda and continues with his big smile.. Hmm so does Billy.. I think Billy has a reason he is so happy to see her!
Amanda: good morning Lee.
Lee: good morning.
[okay, why is it suddenly all echo-y in the foyer?!]
Billy approaches Amanda: this is really great timing!
[aha! thought he wanted something! Both Lee and Billy are happy to see Amanda sure… but they are really happy because they need her help!] … are you ready for a big job?!
Amanda: Ohhh.. Yes Sir!
Lee: Now, think twice! Billy means Big!…
…You see, we had to scooch..
(Lee glances at Billy and back at Amanda)
… ah.. I mean.. fire an agent…
(whooo is that why it’s called a burn notice now? because they ‘fire’ an agent? sorry I just made this connection! eek!) …Larry Crawford?
Billy: We have to seal his office and then clean it out, it’s never fun.
Lee: yeah, it’s like creeping under his bed, only his personal things are in there.
[LOL I thought Amanda was the one who didn’t like invading people’s privacy.. now Billy and Lee sound like Amanda when they are trying to convince Amanda to take on this job?! Maybe this is a case of agents having one expectation of everyone else that doesn’t apply to themselves?]
Amanda: can’t he do it himself?
Billy: no no. Security.
Billy: are you game?
Amanda nods: yes Sir! I’m game!
[Lots of ‘game’ references this week.. not sure why.. maybe you guys can make sense of it! Or as we progress maybe we’ll figure this out together.]
We cut to the wide shot and Lee is grinning at Amanda.. honestly, I think he looks proud of her and her enthusiasm and can do attitude.. no complaining like Francine!
Billy tells Mrs Marsden: there’s a red flag on Crawford.
[Watch Lee as Billy says this to Mrs Marsden.. he’s watching Amanda.. and.. he licks his lips, watching her put on her guest pass!! hooo haaaaa..]
Mrs Marsden: I’ll make a note.
Billy: If he shows up, detain him.
ohh Lee can’t stop grinning at Amanda here.. he is too cute! Billy to Amanda: the offices are upstairs in the overflow.
Amanda: Yes sir.
Lee really does seem pleased to see Amanda here.. it’s almost like he had this lousy job he had to do.. and now Amanda is with him, he is happy to do it with her
They all head for the stairs and start climbing..
Amanda grabs Lee by the arm to stop him.
Okay.. I need to stop here a second.. this moment here reminds me of this:
Anyone else reminded of this cute moment?
I love that this time, the moment on the stairs is relived, with Amanda having knowledge that Lee doesn’t!!!!
Amanda points at the portrait: who is that man in the portrait?
Lee’s cheek muscle is flexing here.. hmm.. why?
Lee: That’s Harry V. Thornton.
Okay, you guys see the blooper in this shot of the portrait that they show at this moment??
See the brown blob in the bottom right hand corner? that’s Amanda’s hair! they’ve reused the same shot from earlier when the scene opened and Amanda was staring at the portrait.. only now Amanda is suppose to be standing on the stairs! whooo time travel!!
Anyway, they continue walking up the stairs as Amanda calls out to him: Do you know him?
[Ahhh I see Amanda really isn’t taken in by Harry’s compliments attributed to Lee… or she wouldn’t be checking if Lee knows him! I wouldn’t buy it either Amanda.. good thing she checks out that Lee knows him!]
Lee: why all the sudden interest?
[And why all the portraits of men men men on the wall at the agency? Meh!!!! ]
Amanda: it’s not sudden interest, it’s sudden asking
Lee: yes I know him, he’s the guy who hired me.
Amanda: So you know him pretty well?
Ohhh it is has been sooo long since I heard what this new office is about.. it’s great to finally find out about it!
Billy fills in Amanda: This was the agency, until we moved underground… [ah! confirmation all that agency couldn’t fit in that teeny tiny building? tee heee] … in 1960. We’re out of room so we’re moving back up…
…Crawford’s office has an IFF cover as a film library but it’s really the Q bureau.
Amanda: what’s the Q bureau?
Billy: Q for Question Mark…
rofl is it is just me or is this really funny? imagine working in an office called the question mark. What the heck goes on in there? no one knows!
Billy continues and manages to keep a straight face:
…the odd cases the real puzzlers.
Lee walks around taking it all in..
Hey I’m liking that we have never seen this room before!! In airing order we had that whole weird lets pretend we’ve never seen this office before when we have seen this office before! tee hee..
Billy to them both very chirpy sounding: well! good luck!
Billy to Lee: it’s all yours.
Lee’s confused: all mine?
Billy just smiles in response..
Lee: well its gonna take a few days… (Lee takes off his jacket, lol he seems to be thinking he is doing this big job with Amanda- awh!! so that’s why he was so happy whoo he has a hip holster on!) … we’ll keep a computer inventory going..
Billy: I mean.. it’s ALL yours! (he points at Lee)
Uh oh.. Lee is stunned!! not happy!!!
From the looks of Lee this is news to him! rofl! I think Billy has waited until Amanda is there to break the news to Lee – doesn’t that say a lot!!! haaaa!!!
Lee quietly: Oh No… (stunned silence)
then Lee lets out a big snappy: …Noooo!!!
Whahahaaaa I love the way Lee does this!! so funny!!
Billy just smiles serenely.. unaffected by Lee’s affect
Amanda: what’s the matter?
Lee: he thinks he’s going to give me this Q bureau for keeps!
Amanda: well that’s wonderful!
Lee: No it’s not! It’s just more work!
(Oh Lee.. if only you knew all the fabulous things you can get up to with a door you can lock ahem.. argh!! I must resist!! I must I must!!! )
Love how Billy just ignores Lee’s complaints here: now here’s the combination to the vault, it’s really a shambles in there…
…We’ll get all the locks changed, and this button is the silent alarm. [Hmm flower pot.. silent alarm.. got it!]
Lee: now I know why they issued us cyanide capsules. you make me do this and I’ll use mine! [where does Lee keep it?!]
Billy: feel free.
(to Amanda): Amanda?
Amanda: Yes Sir.
Billy: If he lives, help him straighten things out…
start with the fire this morning at state. You’ll have to be clever getting in there. They’ve tossed a big blanket over it.
Haaaa this fight is so funny! I love grumpy Lee and assertive deadpan Billy, just laughing at Lee, unmoved haa!!
Lee calls after him: Biiiillllly!!!!!
…Billy, you come right back here!! [we hear Lee and Billy off-screen, and Amanda sneaks over to search Lee’s jacket]
…You’re not going to get away with it!
Billy: you’ve wanted your own office, you got it!
[He has has he!]
Lee: awh get that smile off your face! Billy!!
(Love how Lee sounds like he is 10 years old and complaining to his parents or something.. )
Lee suddenly bursts back into the room surprising Amanda..she suddenly pretends she wasn’t searching his jacket. LOL does he notice? He doesn’t give anything away.. but I think maybe looking back on it later he might wonder…
Lee: I’m gonna be gone for a while. Now you make sure this door is locked? because the security is very light up here.
[I love that in the middle of Lee’s err distress with being given an office, Lee stops to sort out Amanda’s safety ]
Amanda: Oh okay.
Lee: and please start alphabetising those files huh?
Amanda (super chirpy): yeah, good idea.. take all the time you need I’m fine.
Lee gives a look like.. ugh.. I’m not!! You know what’s funny about this – Lee said he wanted his own office!..
I think this is a clue for us that Lee doesn’t like change! (and a change in his relationship with Amanda is something he is not going to just jump into after last week..IMHO of course!)
Lee closes the door.. and Amanda locks it behind him.. looking very sneaky tee hee! Lee is sooo going to pick up on the fact that she is sneaking.. oh lol.. that she is lying and sneaking!
After all.. she is workin for the government! 🙂
Well guess I should pause here for now..
I must say, I am enjoying this episode’s change of pace- it has a really different vibe to many which have come before it.. This episode is very ‘spy heavy’ in theme.. all the talk of cyphers, IDs, codes, spying.. the Russians.. double, triple agents.. it is truly spy like (maybe that explains Lee’s trench coat in his opening scene). The show had gotten bogged down a bit in stories Amanda stumbled into the middle of..
Here, we are back to a bit of political intrigue.. Only this time, Amanda is much more of an active participant, rather than tagging along.. which I love!!! Amanda is really stepping up in this episode (not that Lee would know it yet) and working for the agency.. trying her hand at a bit of subterfuge here and searching Lee’s pockets?? did you ever think you’d see Amanda doing that??!!! she’s come a long way!!!
For me, the vibe with Amanda is that she is now very much on board with the spy biz, she’s Lee’s partner.. and she’s making progress!!! and I’m enjoying this more professional Amanda!!
Can’t wait to hear from you all! do share your thoughts on this.. whatever you like! Only, just please resist jumping ahead bye!!