So we left Lee and Amanda at quite a special moment between them…
Having had her caring affirmed by Lee, Amanda chooses to steer the conversation away from how much they care about each other, and back onto the situation at hand.. look forward to hearing your thoughts on this..
Amanda: So, why did Paul Barnes give you the codename Scarecrow?
Everyone remember the last and only other time Amanda asked Lee this question?!!! She’s wanted to know from the beginning (and so have we!) HERE is a link to the scene in Magic Bus.. but alas.. I didn’t do much dialogue back then! (I’ll fix that once I’ve finished walking through the whole show- I’ll redo season 1)
Sooo…. here is the dialogue from magic bus.. in the middle of a very cool scene where they are both very curious about each other!
From Magic bus: [thanks Claudia for the transcripts!!!]
Lee: All right, what is it that you want to know?
(Amanda smiles, pleased. She shrugs.)
Amanda: Well . . . why is your codename Scarecrow?
Lee: That’s very personal.
(He walks past her.)
Amanda: Oh, terrific.
(He stops and turns around She turns too so that they are facing each other again.)
Lee: Look, I’m sorry. You just happened to ask the one thing that was very personal, that’s all.
Knowing what we now know, it’s understandable why Lee responded the way he did way back then!
I love to remember this moment.. and compare them in Magic Bus with the way they are now!! Sooo how will Lee respond to this question now?
Let’s see! Back to Wizard!
Lee laughs quietly to himself: You’ll have to ask the Wizard… [No rebuff anymore! hooray!! Seems Lee doesn’t really know?! Oh and lol it’s not because of Dorothy?!] …And 10 years ago Paul Barnes was the Wizard…
It’s flashback time again!!! cue the sideburns! We see Scarecrow, Dorothy, the wizard and the sideburns back at the airport again..
…Equal parts hocus-pocus, black magic and pure bull. He formed the Oz Network as a special taskforce to handle any crisis. [Interesting.. a very vague description of what the Oz network actually does!] …When he picked me for it, it was like being drafted by the Yankees. It was the best….
… The other team members were codenamed Dorothy and Tin Man. [Okay, I’m leaning toward ‘Dorothy’ being only a codename.. but.. think what you like! Seems we never get to see Tin man, not even in the flashback?]
…They had a line on a Soviet operation stealing anti-tank missiles from Fort Mead…
..The missiles were hidden in boxes of greenhouse roses, and flown out of Silver Springs airport….
…Tin Man went undercover with the Russians…
[Ohhh so are we to assume one of the guys in the hockey mask is the tin man? Sorry if I’m being a bit slow! It’s been years since I saw all this!]
…He was with them when we brought the hammer down….
(We see Scarecrow, Dorothy, Wizard and the sideburns taking cover under an airplane wing- Paul points and gives Dorothy her orders )
[Did Lee see Tin man die? why does he never wonder if he is not still alive? We only had Harry being a triple agent last week in Weasel.. maybe Tin man is a double.. or is that a triple.. ohhh my head hurts…]
(Paul also gives Lee his orders.. and they all separate to make their move on the Russians)
LOL.. Umm shouldn’t the three of them like umm you know have some like cover to hide behind?? lol!!
The Russians see these three coming for them.
LOL not quite sure how they could have spotted them 😉
The Russians hide behind the conveniently located stacks of boxes and take their convenient machine guns out of the open boxes and start shooting. how convenient!
We see both the Russians have machine guns and are shooting – so what are we suppose to make of this at this point? Is one of those masked men Tin man? or.. are we suppose to think neither is? and Tin man is already dead? (or off on a Caribbean island in hiding )
Lee doesn’t seem to address it..
We see lots of shooting going on.. and magically none of the bullets hit Lee! polite baddies!
Paul is seen shooting at Russians too.. and then an airplane appears in the sky.
We see Lee yell like in the first flashback: Dorothy!!!!
Again, the plane firing at Dorothy as she runs away.. she’s shot and falls to the ground [why would you just run in a straight line?? Umm wouldn’t you switch directions or something?? *shrug* what do I know..]
Then, Lee grabs his grenade and throws it at the two Russians (okay guess he knows they are both baddies and he is thinking neither is Tin man?!)
The Russians, the boxes and the roses go Kaboom..Do svidaniya Russians Baddies!!
Cool shot here of the explosion.. a very colourful one..
Nice touch.. as we see the flaming debris fall from they sky..and the torn apart roses raining down on Lee..
Then, one of the Russians is seen to climb on board the plane and make a getaway- one of the Russians survived that huge explosion? (how did he survive that?!) drat!!
(How do you say ‘I’ll be back’! in Russian? )
Love the artsy close up on the burning hockey mask surrounded by roses.
Shades of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera no? What year was that?? Whooo the stage show started in 1986! SMK is inspiration?! ;)(Wizard aired on 30 Sep 1985) though the original novel dates back to 1910.. I’m not sure that the rose became part of the Phantom Motif until the musical.. can anyone shed some light on this?
Anyway.. I digress.. Phantom.. Wizard of oz.. lots of musicals going on!
Lee and Paul run for the plane shooting but it manages to get away.
Next thing we see Dorothy – no blood though.. lots of death and violence in this episode.. but never any blood..
We see Lee quietly turn Dorothy over..
Stunned he reaches out to hold her hand.
then, touch her face.
We see a close up on the rose on her chest.. and then once again we hear Lee’s voice in the present speaking to Amanda.
Lee: …And Dorothy died there with all the roses on the ground…
(Lee stands up)
…That’s why the smell of them makes me sick.
[Hmmm.. it didn’t ‘make you sick’ when Amanda gave you one in Over the Limit- ahem! And such a pivotal idea for Lee’s character.. hmm.. It does make sense if Wizard is first though.. Hmmm.. Could this help you figure out the order you prefer?? We’ll discuss this fully in the final post at the end of this episode at least.. I hope we will! ]
Lee takes a wad of cash out of his pocket and throws it on the table – whooo he paid for Amanda
Amanda: Yeah. Lee –
Lee’s not finished unloading.. phew.. when he decides to go for it- he really does go for it!
Lee: I swore to her then I’d find the one who sold us out, make him pay.
[Even then, Lee knew someone had sold them out..]
Amanda: Is it possible that it could have been the Wizard. [doh! No questions about Tin man?? and.. even more mysteriously.. why was there no Lion? LOL I’ve come up with a ridiculous theory on Neds– ha!]
Lee: It’s a good question. He never quite pulled out of it – we all assumed that’s why he drifted off. It’s not the same Wizard I knew. [but Lee did you really know him? seems you idealised him to me..]
A few thoughts/questions on this dialogue of Lee’s- Paul ‘drifted off’? what does this mean? and Paul never ‘pulled out of it’? – meaning the oz network? why would he? And.. like Lee, maybe he wants to catch Serdeych and seek justice for everyone. Why is that not considered? I find the whole ‘lets try and portray Paul as potentially the baddie’ a bit of a lame side plot..
gosh.. this is pretty full on.. I mean okay so Paul isn’t the genius he once was, does that automatically make him a traitor?! All rather black and white.. and to me a sign that Lee isn’t thinking clearly here!
Amanda: So you never found out who it was.
Lee: No. It’s a good chess move though. Killing Tin Man and Dorothy, nearly shutting down the Oz Network for good. It’s the kind of play I’d expect from Serdeych.
[So does Lee think Paul is Serdeych at this point or no? Lee seems to be double minded about this. Shutting down the Oz Network is not something the wizard wants – so why would Paul be behind everything? And when and how did he find out the Tin man had died? Was anyone at this point wondering about the Tin man? maybe I wasn’t .. I don’t remember!
Oh wait. I know who betrayed them! It was the sideburns!!!! nasty! whahahaa]
Amanda flatly: Heartless.
[thanks for the reminder Amanda! Was Paul’s cold hearted persona suppose to lead us to the idea that he was infact ‘heartless’?]
Lee and Amanda: Yeah.
Amanda is matter of fact, but Lee is deep in thought..he looks thoughtfully at Amanda here.
Lee reaches out again to take Amanda’s hand
…I’m really glad I told you,…
…you know that?…
…I’m getting a – a clearer picture in my head.
Isn’t this wonderful to watch! Love how Lee reaches for both her hands!!!
It seems this is all a bit of a revelation to Lee.. the whole idea of sharing your problems with someone.. he’s been the lone wolf for a long time [like Paul?!] – he seems to me to be realising here the value not just of Amanda specifically, but of being known by someone, and by being able to share all aspects of your life with someone- it feels pretty darn good. It’s a huge relief. And something Lee the astronaut, cellist, PI, whatever was never able to do- or even realised he could want to.. but here? he told Amanda he needed to talk, and was proactive about it. He chose to do this – and he is feeling pretty darn glad that he did
A little awakening here for Lee about how he has been living his life and his relationships.. maybe.. just maybe there is a better way to live?
What about Amanda here?? does anyone get the sense that she is wondering if this is more than friendship?
Well, for me.. I don’t get that sense at all here..whereas I did start to sense that in Over the Limit.. hmm!
For me, in this ep, Amanda is all about their friendship. In Over the Limit- the lines begin to blur a little..but hey.. this is just my own view we can come back to this more fully later
Feel free to share your own views- but discussing episode order fully will need to hold off till the end of this episode..
Amanda (gently): Lee, you know, maybe that’s where Dorothy really is….
…ought to talk to someone.
Lee: I thought that’s what I was doing.
[whoaaaaa!!! Is it just me or did Amanda really just put her foot in it?! Lee looks really hurt here! considering how hurt he was by her suggestion, his response is very mature. Good for Lee.. Having just been hurt, it would be classic Lee to get angry and pull back.. but he doesn’t do that here.. more progress!!
Maybe grief and trauma are the ‘logical explanations’ Amanda was talking of earlier for seeing pop up Dorothy!
Amanda doesn’t mean to hurt Lee though, that much is clear yes? ]
Amanda: No, I mean talk to someone. I don’t mean just anyone. I mean talk to some…
Lee: Yeah, yeah, you mean a shrink.
[Okay, Lee isn’t thrilled at the idea, but nor does he cut off Amanda Maybe in Lee’s world a shrink is someone that is seen as a threat, and not a help. Dr Pfaff was certainly not ‘helping’ Paul in that other scene!]
Amanda: You don’t have to call him a “shrink”. Now don’t you have a doctor at the Agency, somebody who understands the way an agent’s mind works when he’s under pressure. I mean, maybe he could tell you something that you’d never find out by yourself.
Lee: Yeah – he just might.
Wow.. it seems Lee has not just shut down the moment Amanda said something slightly threatening.. more progress!
And.. he has decided she might have a point.
Wow.. that smile!!! sghaoghaohanbh
What does he hope to get out of meeting with the shrink? I guess we’ll see when he catches up with him, but it’s at least clear that Lee has seen it might help him in some way!
Phew! I think telling Lee he could benefit from seeing a shrink was hugely threatening to Lee.. but after having had the ‘you are not superman, but you are a pretty special man’ conversation – I think Lee was able to accept this.. even if he didn’t like it. He isn’t superman, he tries to be and he knows he isn’t.. and he knows Amanda doesn’t see him as a superman either! So not rejecting this idea of Amanda’s is a further sign IMHO of Lee’s growing Maturity.
Raffie I miss you!! If you are out there – I’d love to know if you think Lee is a grown up now!! 🙂
[hope you are well- I miss being in touch with you!]
So.. a few final thoughts about what we’ve learned in the cafe scene. This is the second time Lee said Dorothy was the first person he saw die that way – I think this is part of why Dorothy’s death has affected him so much.. it’s not all down to how close he was to her, it’s a combination of things. The trauma Lee experienced.. this was his first time… the betrayal which caused the death.. Lee’s pledge to find her killer – which to date he has not kept, all combined with the close bond with Dorothy mean Lee has never healed this traumatic experience. The nausea over roses tells us this. I have not done a lot of study on trauma..(if you have feel free to share your insights please!) but I do know it is deeply embedded in a person’s brain.. That Lee has finally told the story to someone, to Amanda is probably a big step in helping him to find healing.. I guess we’ll stay tuned to find out how that healing plays out over the rest of the episode..
Lee’s view of Paul as being god like plays into this too – It’s almost like Lee is thinking God (Paul) shouldn’t have let Dorothy die! When.. Paul is a man.. not a God.. and not a superman..
Lee seems to be struggling with this- is Paul really a devil?!
He is still double minded on this I think..
I don’t know if any of this resonates with any of you – but I am loving this aspect of the story – I’ve never really explored it before.. I was too caught up first time with Lee and Amanda! But exploring these wider stories IMHO makes Lee and Amanda’s journey even richer!!
It is clear at least to me, that Dorothy was special.. more than that? I have no idea!.. I don’t think the show gives us enough info on it.. Though I can’t know for sure, I suppose I tend to see Lee not falling for Eva (who IMHO I think Lee had also idealised!) the way he did if this tragedy with Dorothy was the death of a true love or something.. hmm.. but don’t know!
Hey I found some cute emoticons but I keep forgetting to use them.. doh!
Lastly, not wanting to ruin this wonderful moment.. I’ve left it till last to point this out.
Did you notice the crew’s lighting being reflected in Amanda’s back window?? I do think that’s why she leaves her windows down so much 😉
Thanks for stopping by and reading! I hope you are enjoying the character’s journeys as much as I am!! If you can – do let us know you stopped by.. always wonderful to hear from my fellow smk fans – and feel free to share any thoughts, opinions, insights you like (Just don’t jump ahead with the story please ) Okay, byeee for now!!