Moving on.. we find a random blonde running down her stairs to answer the phone in a semi-open bathrobe.. my goodness lots of women’s bodies on display in this ep.. Women’s bodies on show? Women being randomly killed as part of some game between male spies? If I focused on this.. this could reaally bug me.. women are not objects, they are people! okay okay.. snap out of it iwsod..
Sooo the blonde answers her phone call – a friend is meeting her at the courts or something.. we see in the background Amanda pull up out front in her car.
I love the note pad she writes her note on.. like something a little girl would have! Uh oh.. a menacing hand comes into view behind the blonde.. this can’t be good.. uh oh.. the music confirms it: this can’t be good!!
Amanda is seen walking up the stairs and knocking on her door..
The blonde answers..
Amanda: Hi, is this Cheryl Bartlett’s house?
Cheryl doesn’t answer.. instead she slumps to the ground dead. Poor Cheryl.
The scene ends there.. Okay – maybe I am overthinking things (again) but.. if it is Paul or Serdeych – just how does this person know Lee once dated Cheryl Bartlett?! Is she an agent? It’s not like the baddie followed Amanda there, he beat her to the place.. oh well.. This plot is such a drag
Back from the commercial break and Lee is looking mighty shaken up..
he checks out the scene and then walks over to join Amanda at her car.
Lee: Ah, it’s Cheryl…
…I only worked with her a couple of times.
[but you dated her no?! And other victims have been non agents you dated so why say that? me confused.. is it who he has dated or worked with? anyone?]
Ohhhhh kaaayyy so Cheryl is someone Lee worked with a couple of times..
Amanda (quietly): I didn’t see anything, I didn’t hear anything.
[Is it just me or is it unusual that Lee doesn’t touch Amanda at all in this scene? he has his hand on her car.. not her..]
Lee: Look, he was standing right there, only a few feet from you. Now, I want you to go home, alright? [Lee’s panic seems to be rising..]
Amanda: I can’t help if I go ho-
…I don’t want to argue with you about this…
…Now you please go home and stay there until you hear from me, alright?…
…Now you almost walked into a murder today Amanda King…
…That could have been you.
(Lee pauses a moment)…Please?
I love that Lee says please sweet..
Lee is seriously on edge.. and the last thing he can cope with is Amanda so close to danger.. Everything is piling up for Lee here – and he is becoming an emotional mess – which IMHO makes things more dangerous for everyone..
Amanda wisely doesn’t argue anymore once she sees she can help the most by going home- and reassuring Lee that she is out of harm’s way..She nods..
It is awesome to see Lee so upset that Amanda was so close to the action and contemplating her nearly being killed.. yeah that matters – but I also think this is Lee reacting to the whole situation. Which is soooo not awesome!
I find most fascinating about this moment Amanda’s surprise at Lee’s reaction – she seems surprised at how deeply affected Lee is here.. IMHO she shouldn’t be – maybe it’s because Amanda underestimates how much she means to Lee – for self preservation reasons??
Interesting that Amanda stands there with her arms around herself.. almost hugging herself – Lee doesn’t offer to take her in his arms?? boooo.. he did in Over the limit! hmm maybe this episode belongs before over the limit?? where Amanda’s brush with death had Lee holding her for comfort? Just sayin…
Also, in over the limit, Amanda is not surprised by how much Lee cares – like she is here.. hmm..
One other interesting thing about this scene: ‘go home’ and ‘ I don’t want to argue about this’ are very similar to what Lee says in the fight in Over the Limit.. [Lee says: Lee: Amanda King. I am not going to fight with you about this. ]– he even uses her full name, just like he does here in wizard.. Hmm.. coincidence? thoughts? Sorry- I can’t fully explain my ideas on the order till the end.. but I’m thinking of it as we walk through this episode..
Looooove Lee’s pleading eyes here.. oh my..
And to top it all off, Lee opens Amanda’s car door for her
Sooo the scene ends there with Amanda going home..
In the script, next up we have the infamous scene between Lee and Leslie..surprise!! kisses!!.. well.. it never made it into the episode.. anyone like to transcribe it? Feel free to.. I won’t – I’ll just ponder why it was cut..
If wizard is before OTL, it was maybe cut so that Leslie’s reveal was more of a surprise (to the audience along with Amanda) in OTL. or..maybe it was cut because Lee had not yet made the realisation he wanted a relationship with someone ‘normal’??
But.. if OTL was before wizard, maybe it was cut so that the relationship was not seen as that serious? to appease the fans? hmm.. [Am I messing with your head enough here guys?!! ] thoughts???
Well.. moving on to the episode we got!.. it’s night time at the King home..
Uh oh!!! the boys have found Amanda’s Russian tapes!!! Phillip looks very confused!
Tape: When all else fails, create a diversion. [Oh my goodness.. well Amanda could have written that part herself! she’s been doing that since day one!] …Something totally unexpected. [Again.. Amanda has been doing the unexpected since day one! She’s a natural ] …For example, shouting “The Red Chinese have taken Vladivostok” – “Krasnyye Kitayskiy vzyali Vladivostok” [Kudos kiwismh!! thanks sooo much for transcribing this!!!]
Amanda: Hey! What are you fellas doing?..
…C’mon you’re supposed to be upstairs in bed. Now move it! Boys: Awhhhh Mom!
Amanda: C’mon, scoot, scoot, scoot, go, go, go on, go on, go on. [wow.. we saw the boys for like 5 seconds! Is this the only time we see them this ep? LOL I have no idea..I’ll see! ] Off the boys go to bed.. leaving Amanda alone with her Russian. Behind her, Lee knocks on her side window and motions for her to come outside.. No smile from Lee.. Hmm things are pretty serious..
Amanda joins Lee outside.. Ohhh dear.. her sweater is actually tucked into her jeans? LOL!! Now that is ridiculous looking!! Focus iwsod!
Amanda quietly: Hello, what are you doing here? There are not any new…?
Lee: No, no.
Amanda: Oh, good.
Lee: Now look, this morning, outside the Agency, I saw someone – remember? [that was outside the agency? didn’t look it.. but okay!]
Amanda: Ohhhhh, yeah.
Lee is sounding pretty intense.. curt..
Lee: You looked at her too.
It’s clear from his tone he wants her to say yes. It would have been tempting for Amanda to humour him.. but she doesn’t.. she goes with honesty..
Amanda: No I didn’t see anybody.
[I agree with Lee. Amanda should have seen her in that reflection, we even saw her looking. but heck.. the plot requires her to suddenly not be able to see reflections so.. we’ll go with it.. Gee what would that do to Morley’s window Reflections huh?!! I guess Amanda looked at her, but didn’t see her!]
Lee: Yes you did.
Amanda: Lee, I didn’t see anybody.
Lee: Amanda, you had to –
Amanda: I didn’t see anybody.
Lee: Amanda, look…
Amanda: Lee, I’m sorry.
[it’s hard.. Amanda wishes she could say yes.. but she isn’t going to lie to him – she thinks she didn’t see anybody.. ]
Lee pulls a picture out of his pocket.
Lee: Alright, here. [He says this almost gruffly- like fine! make me show you the picture!]
… This woman.
as Amanda looks at the picture she responds: I’m sorry, I didn’t see her. Who is she.
Lee: Her name is Dorothy. She died 10 years ago.
[her name is Dorothy?.. Hmm.. her codename was Dorothy.. Hmm..] The implication of what Lee is saying is just starting to sink in for Amanda– you’re seeing a woman who died 10 years ago??
and just at that moment.. we hear Dotty approaching.. what timing! ugh!! Is it a coincidence or mildly disturbing that they are discussing Dorothy who died 10 years ago and then Dotty (full name Dorothy) calls out to Amanda???!!!]
Lee leaves.. and Dotty opens the back door.. Amanda still has the picture.. and holds it behind her back so Dotty can’t see it.
Amanda: Yes, mother! Hi mother.
Dotty: What are you doing out here?
[man.. she’s so suspicious this episode! Can Amanda not stand on her back veranda without explaining herself?!! ugh!!]
Amanda: Oh, I’m just out here practising my Russian, mother. You know, “The warthog wants more caviar.” It’s a very important phrase although no-one understands why. Dotty: It’s probably the reason why our two countries just don’t get along. Not so loud Amanda or we’re going to have the same problem with the neighbours.
[Amanda was being loud?! Hmm.. I guess Lee was so worked up about Dorothy and all they forgot to keep their voices to a whisper? hmm.]
Amanda: Right mother.
Dotty & Amanda: The Warthog wants more caviar –
Amanda: Yes mother, I’ll be very quiet.
Dotty heads back into the house and Amanda pulls out the picture for another look..
She turns it over and reads the writing on the back.
Hmm interesting.. before she turned it over- there was no writing on the back!
Soo looks like Dorothy gave Lee a photo of the two of them together – smiling, looking happy.. but not touching each other at all in any kind of a romantic way.. and Dorothy calls him ‘Lee’ not scarecrow..(rofl though the writing makes Lee look like ‘Wee’! whhahahaa) hmm.. but.. the message on the back of the photo? is all about work – and the oz network never having it so good.. I’m leaning towards their special relationship being non-romantic and work based.. but still a special, touching relationship for Lee.. and Dorothy’s loss was a significant moment for Lee.. what about you?
Well I guess I should finish up here for now.. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!!! Very excited to hear some of you have started watching the section of the episode along with me! whoo hoo!!!! byeee for now!