So Lee and Amanda have left the agency for a talk.. they’re walking down a busy street..
Lee: I just don’t want to believe it, Amanda. Paul Barnes has always walked on water for me. He…he baptised me in this business, he gave me my code name, he saved my life. And now, I…I…I don’t know, I just think I’m goin’ nuts or something.
Wow.. there is so much in this dialogue here no? Sooo is this why Lee didn’t tell Billy about that perfect correlation? he suspects Paul, but isn’t sure?
The language used here is fascinating.. it has a god-like quality..he walked on water? he ‘baptised’?.. it’s like Paul is responsible for Lee’s scarecrow existence.. he named Lee, he baptised him.. he ‘saved Lee’s life’ ?? what does he mean by this? Paul was his saviour 10 years ago?? How? Was Lee’s life going off track before he made it to the oz network and got his code name?
I figure Lee had Paul on pedestal and now Paul is falling off – spectacularly.. Lee had an idealised view of Paul – but with everything that is happening, this is no longer possible.. oh my.. does this come back to that theme again- of people not really knowing the real person underneath the persona?? Did Lee see the ideal Paul rather than real Paul who is possibly fallible?? No one can live up to that.. Is that what this is about?? presenting an ideal version of yourself to the world, but by doing that never really being known?? I wonder if that’s what Lee has been trying to do up till now.. Hmm.. just my rambling ideas.. sorry! I digress..
Amanda: Lee, there’s gotta be a perfectly logical explanation.
[Yes there does! and with a baddie out there, you’d think they might wonder if he is behind it no?? or at least question it??]
Watch the extra in the blue t-shirt.. lol.. she seems to stop randomly and then start again so she stays in the shot! ha!!!
A bus drives past and uh oh..
Lee sees randomly appearing Dorothy – oh I know.. she can be ‘pop up Dorothy’!
Lee sees pop up Dorothy on the bus as it drives past and is completely distracted by it.
[had Lee idealised Dorothy too? hmm.. just wonderin..]
….What’s the matter?
Lee: Look, on that bus. It’s Dorothy!
Lee runs up to the bus and gets on to see pop up Dorothy in the flesh.. but she’s nowhere to be found (she’s the blonde in front -without the wig- who is finding herself a seat when Lee gets on) oh dear.. poor Lee!!! Did anyone recognise her as the women Lee had seen as pop up Dorothy? I can’t remember what I thought..
Poor Lee.. he looks so tortured..
Haunted I guess..
Anyone struggle to get on board (lol literally!) with this pop up Dorothy? I do!! I mean how did the baddie know Lee would be walking along that street at that moment to get pop up Dorothy on the bus like that??!!! and.. if Lee had asked one of those bus passengers if there was a brunette there someone would have told him that blonde there took her wig off – I mean who misses that on a bus??!!! hello?! ohh it’s a stretch I tell ya.. but I know.. I need to go with it.. Poor Lee.. someone saw the movie Gaslight and decided to mess with his perceptions and do a real number on him!
Lee moves toward the exit.. where Amanda has joined him..
[why does it look like the road is behind Amanda? I thought she was on the footpath?]
Lee: She was here, damn it.
Is it just me or does Lee even look a little teary here? awh!!!
…She was right here!
Amanda doesn’t say anything.. she remains silent.. an understanding presence…she looks scared for Lee here though..and a bit baffled.. how would you describe it? go for it!
Moving on.. we find the evil brown sedan is parked on the other side of the street watching Amanda again. LOL only he is magically parked in front of a park when they were on a busy downtown street with no park to be seen whahahaaa!!
Cue the evil music!
We see the baddie has a folder on his passenger seat.. How did the baddie get hold of this?? Certainly makes it seem like the baddie is inside the agency.. do they explain this? hmm I guess I’ll see!
Seems the baddie has been busy.. and got his photograph from Amanda he took yesterday developed and enlarged.. whoooooooo..
Baddie: Do svidaniya, Mrs King. (muahaha!) How does he know her name is ‘Mrs King’? ahh right.. the title of the show probably gave it away right?
I guess we do know it is Serdeych don’t we.. but at this point, the audience doesn’t know for sure.. and this folder could look bad for Paul… Anyway.. the baddie uses his texta to put a big X on Amanda’s photo.. why?! LOL!!! Amanda is the next target!! She’s gonna die!!! argh!!!!! don’t go to a commercial break now??!!!
Back from the break, and Lee and Amanda have ordered a drink at an outdoor cafe for a chat.. Does anyone NOT love this scene??!!!
Love how Amanda is now ordering herself a grown up drink.. not milk!
Lee: Amanda, how long have we known each other?
[Lee seems to be not looking directly at Amanda here as he asks that.. he is staring off in his own thoughts..]
Is this after lunch?? because Lee has a napkin on his leg.. and there is no cutlery on their table.. (and was it a ‘date’? whahahaha)
Amanda (super casual!) : Ohhhhh I don’t know – about 2 years or so.
Lee (matter of fact): 25 months…
[really? you know I would have guessed it would be longer! I was thinking three years.. but okay..cool.]
Amanda: And 2 weeks.
[whahahaa! Nice one Amanda.. play it cool and vague until you know where Lee is at! This is a wonderful clue to just how much he values his relationship with Amanda huh!!]
Lee actually manages a quiet smile when he hears Amanda add the two weeks
Lee quietly: yeah..
We hear Amanda give a quiet little chuckle..
Lee: In all that time,…
…have you ever known me to see things that aren’t there – people that aren’t there. [aha!!! there’s that ‘knowing’ again!]
[okay I’ll get this out of the way so I can just enjoy.. looks to me like this was filmed in two locations – behind Amanda doesn’t fit with the wide establishing shot we saw! She looks to be up high no? ]
Amanda: Well, yeah, now there was that time that you kept seeing that flasher on the Senate Park bike path…
Lee gives a look of annoyance..
Oh Amanda!! such a couple thing to do!! he’s annoyed at her response tee heee but he’s still with her and their bond is not affected
… I never saw him.
Lee even seems to eventually give a little smile..
Lee: You were gonna go out there with binoculars.
haaa.. too cute.. I love that they argue about this in the middle of Lee worrying he is losing his mind! ha!
Amanda: No, it was much safer that way.
Lee: No, I don’t mean flashers. I mean…
Amanda: I know, you mean…
(Amanda pauses a moment)
Lee: Yes, she was on that bus, Amanda. Not an illusion, not a fantasy….
…It’s just not possible…
[Lovely touch by BB, the rubbing of his eyes here.. like he is trying to cope with what he saw- seeing Dorothy die.. but also.. seeing pop up Dorothy.. give them a good rub- you can’t believe what they are seeing.. and it’s very endearing and little boy like no? awh..]
…Dead is dead.
Actually.. I’ve seen Remembrance of things past… and You Only Die Twice – dead is not dead! 😉 which is a way the spy world can really mess with your head!
Amanda: And you’re sure she was killed?
[How can it be that in this moment, Lee is so sad.. and full of grief – but lookin so gosh darn good??!!!!!!]
…I held her body in my arms…
…I tried to breathe life back into her…
…until they finally had to pull me off….
[Yep.. you can’t get any more certain than that.. unless this is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet! which… it isn’t! 😉 ]
…It was the first time…
(Lee pauses a moment.. ) Love the super close ups here in such a poignant moment!
…– the first time I’d ever seen somebody killed like that.
Amanda: Look, you were 24 years old. It wasn’t your fault.
…Now you gotta stop taking all the blame.
[Amanda the armchair shrink.. she understands Lee well! Guess this means Lee is aged 34 years here..you know, I would have thought he was older.. not sure why..]
Lee: But somebody has to. Somebody has to answer for her….
…A person shouldn’t just die and her only epitaph be a footnote in an old file.
Oh my gosh.. BB is amazing here.. Lee is so sad.. he sounds like he is about to cry. So full of grief. It’s very touching sorting through all these screen caps looking for the right ones to convey what Lee is going through.
[Interesting.. that because the agency didn’t address Dorothy’s death- Lee has carried it with him all these years. Because someone shouldn’t be just forgotten when they gave their life for a cause.. poor Lee! I think there is a little disgust at how the agency has dealt with Dorothy here too.. maybe Lee’s cover in Burn Out was based on this harsh reality.
This also makes sense of Lee’s earlier reaction to Paul’s cold-hearted response to Pamela’s death and knowing the risks.. not good enough. they deserve better. I agree with Lee! This is where Lee and Paul are dissimilar – Lee cares deeply.. and hasn’t lost that quality.. I’ve discussed Paul more in the next post though so I won’t say more about him yet.. I am thinking Lee feels guilty to have not avenged Dorothy’s death- but not sure he feels guilty for her death especially.. other than that he lives and she died I mean – I’ve discussed who I think he blames in the next post.. I’ve never really thought about all this before! ]
Amanda: I know “Agent Lost, Betrayed”
Lee: Yeah, that’s what it says.
Amanda: I know.
Lee: “Terminal betrayal.”…
…Wait – I never told you I was 24 then.
Lee: You read that file.
Amanda: I used Francine’s card. Oh c’mon…
[It seems to me like Amanda reaches out to touch Lee’s hand here.. but it’s out of view.. anyone else think so? I mean they don’t make anything of it.. but still..]
Lee gives Amanda a growling look! yeah.. growling!!
…I know I don’t have clearance but I was so worried about you….
Lee looks around here trying to get a grip on himself and this situation.. oh boy!!
…Look, you won’t talk to anybody and you just act like you’re some kind of a superman…
…and you’re not a superman, you’re just a man, but…
…you’re really a…
…– a pretty special man and… [I think Amanda hesitates here not out of embarrassment.. but because she isn’t sure how Lee is going to take this kinda talk…what do you think?]
Lee quietly looks at Amanda.. [hoooooo haaaaa]
Amanda isn’t sure how Lee’s taking this..
…– hey, I’m sorry.
Amanda says this and leans back. Seems to me she has removed her hand from his.
[Amanda is careful to not push Lee beyond where he is comfortable.. she’s a wise woman..]
Lee’s reaction is almost instantaneous..
He immediately reaches out to take her hand (Out of shot- argh!!) and replies emphatically: Lee: No, don’t be…
We see a lovely close up on Lee here
…It’s important to me that you care. (swoooooooonyyyyyy!)
[I do love this moment after tail of the dancing weasel and their fight about Lee not being able to get good and steamed.. it’s like what was unspoken in that episode finally is given words here]
Amanda gives Lee a warm smile, content that he has accepted her caring, and that he has reached out to her and taken the initiative here.. It is great that Lee is clear with Amanda here about where she stands with him- Well done Lee!!!!
Sooooo come on everyone – what’s that your seeing in Lee’s eyes here huh??!!!
Can we stop here at this point in the scene?? [The next line has Amanda ask about Paul and change the subject anyway.. so this is a good place to stop]
This moment reminds me of a few previous smk moments.. Remembrance of things past – where Amanda didn’t care that Lee didn’t care that she cared. but Lee did care awh!
And.. a couple of cafe scenes!
Legend of Das Geisterschloss – where Amanda took Lee’s hand to comfort him because he was worried about his friend Emily. The moment ended in sweet awkwardness because they were not completely comfortable with the strength of their connection ( IMHO).. and what was welcome or not welcome.
Burn Out – Another reconnect at a cafe!
The big ‘I really do understand’ scene – and Lee’s ‘you are amazing’ look on his face ?? wow… Here in Wizard he has another more quiet moment of appreciation me thinks..
Interesting to compare these two cafe scenes with where they are now. Though of course the burn out scene is slight different in context and not so straightforward a comparison-feel free to go for it! Any other previous smk moments come to mind?? Love to hear about it!!!
They’ve come a long way since Giesterschloss huh.. now Amanda is comfortable.. but gives Lee an opening to pull back without embarrassment – and he doesn’t take it up – he reaches out to Amanda and chooses to keep her close. Wow.. a ‘wonderful touch’ to a wonderful scene!! Was anyone else thinking of these scenes?
Lastly, Amanda’s telling Lee he is not a superman but he is a special man – resonates a lot with me and this theme I’ve been enjoying in this episode – about the self you present to the world.. and who you really are.. Amanda even says Lee ‘acts’ like he is superman. But he isn’t!
Lee and all his Astronaut covers or whatever don’t matter to Amanda – she prefers the real Lee and thinks he is special.
To be a superman is to be never known.. always slightly removed.. disconnected.. up on a pedestal – like how Lee has held Paul for years maybe.. here? Amanda tells Lee he is not on a pedestal for her (what a contrast to season one huh!!!).
At this point in the episode.. she knows of his dating behaviour (which is not admirable), she knows the true Lee – and still thinks he is pretty special. Then.. to top it all off? she gives Lee the chance to step back from all this, she doesn’t push him into a closeness or honesty he isn’t ready to go to – she lets him choose – and he chooses to be honest with her and to stay close.. even reaching for her hand again..
It is Amanda who averts her eyes..
while Lee looks at Amanda and admires what a pretty special woman he has as a friend.
IMHO at the end of this section of the scene here – Lee is taking the lead in their intimacy.. and it’s a wonderful reward for Amanda’s loyalty!!!
I know I haven’t mentioned love.. I think Lee is in love by now.. but he is not ready to recognise it or deal with it!!!! He is preoccupied with other happenings in his life now, for me- Lee has to deal with his dating history and old ways before he can begin to even think about a normal relationship -where he can really be known.. and before he can begin to deal with his feelings for Amanda. There will be more to say on this after this episode’s events!!!
This is one of the best scenes in the whole flippin show. Brilliant! Sorry I’ve gotta split it up!
Anyone have any thoughts they’d like to share about this scene? oh ho hum.. yes it is very boring….you probably won’t be very interested in this scene now will you? 😉 kidding!! tee heee!!! Go for it everyone!!!
Byeee for now!