[the shot cuts to the women who are all in the conference room.. with Lee standing to the side looking down at the ground… oh boy! Awk-Ward!!!!!]
…but we don’t know why…
[cue the creepy chimes again! ]
…Now most of you have worked with him or dated him…
[Ohhh phew.. they haven’t all dated him! I was worried cos that lady in the foreground here? she was a waitress working for Party Planners in Life of the party.. and an officer at the officer’s club in A Relative Situation oh wait.. but she works with Lee? she’s a plant!!! it’s her!!! she’s in on it!!! sorry all this ick factor is making me all weird!]
When Billy mentions Lee having dated some of them- Amanda IMHO reacts to this – she’s seen looking around the room stunned (horrified even?!). First she looks to Francine..
Does she know Lee and Francine once dated at this point?
Is Amanda wondering how many of these women Lee has dated?! Ugh..
How many? I wonder if Amanda is wondering…
There’s no glossing over Lee’s womanising ways in this ep for Amanda.
Though she is seen to get over her shock and determinedly pull herself together here!
…So we want you to report any unusual activity,…
…strange phone calls, contacts – tell me or file report with Lee…
…upstairs in the new Q-Room…
[Aha! Well- that’s confirmation that this ep should definitely be after tail of the Dancing weasel!! IMHO that one is clear cut! Actually you know what I think? I think this line ‘upstairs in the new Q room’ was added post production. It sounds different.. does that mean they added in the Q bureau’s existence?? lol I don’t remember what’s ahead in this ep.. we’ll see!
There are some strange things happening in the eps early season 3- like the Marlin that is back on Billy’s wall again but that wasn’t there for Weasel, but was there for Mr Brand? Hmm.. I’m just going to take note of all this and keep it in mind as we continue – any thoughts on this? do let us know! ]
… And please, please be careful. That’s it.
Whooo the creepy chimes transition into quite a sad music theme here as the meeting finishes up..a beautiful score.. oh wait was it this ep? Hang on.. Yep!!!! This is the episode that won an Emmy award for Arthur B. Rubinstein in the category ‘ Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a series (Dramatic Underscore)’ Three cheers for ARB- hip hip!! Hooray!!! Congrats!!!! I think it is well deserved- already I’m loving it!!! Do let us know what you think of the music everyone [ ohhhh I miss Karen Rudolph!! I do wish she’s stop by and say hi.. loved all your musical insights Karen Rudolph- missing you!!]
Okay sorry.. I digress.. getting back to the episode! In the next scene, we find Lee walking down a street..
he joins Francine and Amanda and he knows they are up to something! He is suspicious but in a ‘awh you guys!’ sweet kinda way me thinks
Lee: What’s going on?
Amanda: Well… [Amanda points to Francine indicating she’ll fill Lee in]
Francine: Well, we…we know how hard this must be for you…
Amanda: Yeah, so we have a plan.
Amanda: Go ahead Francine.
Francine: Okay, you know all the women who didn’t make the meeting, you have to contact them right?…
Lee doesn’t seem to be comfortable with where this is headed..
He is seen to react, but try and cover it.. then he looks over to Amanda..
… So Amanda suggested we just all get on the phone-
LOL Amanda looks happy here to have a way they can help Lee.. though anxious to reassure Lee. She looks from Francine, and back to Lee and takes over explaining she can’t help it! LOL!
Amanda: And we’ll, uh, we’ll call them and if we’re all calling we can get the whole thing done in half an hour…
We cut to Lee.. very sheepish and squirmy Lee!
… and you won’t have to worry anymore.
Lee: Well, a half an hour won’t quite cut it…
…Billy wants me to contact all my non-agency friends too.
[There’s that ‘friends’ again – when really he is referring to former dates. Gosh.. it really does seem to be Lee’s code for ‘dating’ which is terribly complicated when it comes to Amanda.. I don’t think she is one of those ‘friends’ at all!.. then again Lee seems to prefer referring to everyone as a friend these days.. aie! ]
We see Amanda quickly turn to Francine and give her a look – what do you make of it? I think it’s a be kind to Lee Francine please kinda look…Amanda doesn’t trust Francine not to score points out of this.. can’t say I blame her!
… All right – okay.
(Francine is sensitive enough here to try and hide her delight at Lee’s awkward situation. she smothers a smile and tries to stay professional!)
…So that’s fine, here’s what we’ll do. You give us your black book,
[The shot cuts to Lee. Ohhhh boy!!!!!]
…. we’ll divide it up and we’ll just start dialling.
(Lee looks at the ground here.. unable to look up.. Ohh my goodness.. Poor Lee! Of all the times for him to have to admit to the extent of his womanising ways..)
Amanda: Right, sure. (Amanda’s so lovely here.. trying to sound upbeat – it’s no big deal, we’ll help you. It’s all about Lee.)
Lee (eyes still looking at the ground): Books!!
Lee looks up at Francine.
(Lee still doesn’t meet Amanda’s eyes yet- he delays it IMHO)
(I love how she says this.. like it’s a statement rather than a question..and said so sweetly! oh noo it’s boooooooks?)
Lee: I have four of them.
Finally, Lee looks at Amanda and finishes this sentence. Ouchy ouchy.. It hurts to look in a mirror right now huh Lee?
Francine (this time, she can’t resist a smile and chuckle at Lee’s err grandiosity) : I should have known….
[We cut here to Lee’s eye talk to Amanda as Francine continues..]
… I’m gonna go clear off my desk and we’ll just jump on it this afternoon, okay?
What do you see Lee’s eyes saying to Amanda here everyone?
I think Lee is saying: – eek this is so awful!! don’t think too badly of me!!! I know it looks bad- but you know me!!! Lee has made mistakes in the past with collecting 4 black books worth of numbers.. I see regret there in his eyes..and he is pleading with her to understand..
what do you see?
Amanda appears surprised at the grandiosity of Lee’s history fleetingly.. the guy is very exposed here.. all his previous sins? shenanigans?? in plain view – and Amanda is gentle with him.. it is all pretty funny how busted he is- but she has the grace to hide it.. haaaaa.. they’re very cute here!
Amanda can see this is awkward, very awkward, she smiles and looks at the ground..
Lee is so busted.. that she can’t help but have a little snigger -sheesh!!! tee hee!
Amanda seems to raise her eyebrows like- ahh gee!!
Well 4 books is an awful lot no?!
Amanda: Alright. See you later Francine.
Lee: Thanks a lot Francine.
(Francine manages to sound like she is trying to stay upbeat here for Lee’s sake too.. good for her! For Francine this is pretty thoughtful her response haa!)
Francine leaves. And Lee starts looking at the ground again now he is alone with Amanda..
Amanda: Now look. Just don’t worry because it’s gonna be alright.
Lee gives Amanda a quiet smile here as they stand next to the hot dog stand..
His attention is then drawn to a reflection,
Amanda looks where Lee is looking.. and asks..
What is it?
We see what’s being reflected.. a woman and a random flower stand that looks to be parked in the middle of the street- rofl!
Lee looks up at what was being reflected..
But.. she’s no longer there.. [lol.. this whole disappearing woman thing is irritating! or is it just me?! I mean Amanda could see her reflection too?! come on!! Most irritating of all – when Lee is seen to look up at the reflection and see this:
You can see plain as day that the woman’s reflection was still there when he first looks around to see her!(see the pic above) What are we stupid?!]
Lee: I…I don’t know. I just saw someone I knew – an old friend.
[‘friend’ huh.. man I am finding Lee and his definition of ‘friend’ very confusing!!]
Lee: C’mon Amanda, let me walk you to your car.
[Awh.. He’s freaking out.. thinks he might have just seen a mirage or something.. but he’s still looking after Amanda! I love this gentlemanly side of Lee that really starts to shine in Season 3- he walked Amanda to her car in Weasel also though we know that was so he could talk to her about what she was hiding! ]
The scene ends here… so I’ll stop here for the moment.. sooo much has been going on!!! I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this scene! I love that Francine is there when Lee confesses to just how grandiose his number of ‘friends’ really is!!!
The contrast between the way the women react is great, and while Francine isn’t cruel and compared to her usual standard she’s pretty understanding – it is evident that Amanda is being more thoughtful and caring towards Lee.. and this contrast with sniggering Francine only highlights that further.
You know what I find wonderful about this scene? Lee’s regret.. I think he’s ashamed of what he got up to in the past, and he wishes he didn’t have to reveal he has 4 black books. This says a lot about where Lee is at nowadays no? I think early Lee would have thought who cares?! I’m young and single.. I’m cute! A real relationship isn’t for me!
Now? Lee no longer looks on his behaviour in this way- he’s changed. He now believes it was not okay, and it is not something he is proud of. This tells me Lee’s values are starting to change- (maybe he always valued a real relationship but he buried it under bravado and good times with lots of friends- but he now seems to no longer be able to hide) It is at least clear to me from Lee’s reaction here that he doesn’t value having 4 black books full of ‘friends’ – he now regrets it, and is seeing it with new eyes. Maybe Lee is now thinking he has played around too much.. – which begs the question everyone.. what has brought about this change in Lee??
I suspect it’s hearing that so many female agents he dated are now dead – and it may be because of him. Plus, he is publicly exposed by all this – that he’s been one of those players he would always warn Amanda about.. this does make me wonder if Lee deep down thought he was too much of a player for Amanda.. that he didn’t deserve her – but for me.. I feel like this is only now beginning to become an issue for Lee. Up till now I see him as having buried any thinking along those lines. But.. this is just my own view of where I see Lee now.
Whoa.. and what a wake up call for Amanda! First time I saw this, I thought she was showing her acceptance of him.. because she’s in love with him. Now? Nope! I don’t think she is in love with Lee- not romantically.. though there are feelings there sure..
I think Amanda is a bit stunned by just how much Lee has gotten up to in the past. It doesn’t make her question what a wonderful man he is.. or her acceptance of him as a friend.. but.. I think it would make you think once or twice. I think all this would remind Amanda to be careful not to give her heart to Lee Stetson prematurely- for both her sake and for Lee’s. Because he has a long track record of collecting ‘friends’ and you don’t want to be added to the book and lose the genuine friendship that they’ve been able to foster no? The stakes are pretty high right now for Amanda to be taking this kind of a chance.. I don’t see her jumping into anything nowadays!
But.. I’ll hold off there for now and look forward to continuing to explore these ideas! byeee for now!! Whooo this ep is so juicy!