Back to IFF, and the fab four are in Billy’s office comforting Amanda after her close call.
Billy: You want a little of this?
[Billy gets the alcohol out for Amanda..]
Amanda: Uh, no thank you sir, just some water, please sir. [She already had one at lunch with Lee Anyone else a bit miffed we didn’t get to see Lee’s reaction to hearing about this?? or when he first saw her after? Hmm.. maybe the writers are avoiding focusing on this aspect for now..?]
(Amanda holds out a glass for Billy- the boss, the very hands on and supportive boss- to pour her a glass of water)
…I’m sorry I’m so shaky. I know it isn’t very professional.
[wow!!! How about this for a demonstration of how far Amanda has come – she is concerned about looking professional!!! Ms I don’t know how I could tell the kids their fish died in the car??!!! (Spot Quiz! what ep was that?) Progress!!! Not only does Amanda care about being professional – IMHO she IS very professional here all things considered!! ]
Lee: Hey, it’s okay Amanda. Only amateurs don’t shake…
[whooo hooo!!! Seems Lee just said in front of everyone that Amanda is no longer an amateur!!]
…The good news is he probably wasn’t trying to kill you. It was too close to miss…
[Well Thank goodness for that- because it did look really lame.. but then baddies try and kill people in smk all the time and look that lame: and they are trying to kill them! lol!]
(Lee whacks Billy on the arm here, like he has already run his idea by Billy)
…it fits, it all fits.
[Oh dear.. I sense a bit of confirmation bias coming our way! I suspect Lee has decided what the story is here, and is interpreting events to match what he has already decided.. uh oh.. Lee’s really not thinking clearly!
So why did the baddie made this faux attempt on Amanda’s life? rather than kill her?? what do you all think? Does he hate wagoneers/cruisers or whatever with the wood panels?? ]
Francine: We can’t get a ballistics match on the bullets, we don’t have any fingerprints. What fits? [Ummm Amanda is a woman, who has worked with Lee.. and someone shot at her- reason enough?!]
Lee: The attacks are getting closer and closer to me… [whooooo so Lee is saying Amanda is closer to him than all these other women?? Okay, even if this is just referring to her being his work partner, or friend- I like!!!] …. It’s like a spiral, don’t you see that?..
…He didn’t even know who Amanda was before he got here. Now she’s the target.
[Uh oh.. I hear a tinge of ‘if you don’t see what I see then there must be something wrong with you’ in Lee’s tone here! No she doesn’t see. There is more than one way to look at all this!]
Amanda looks concerned at hearing that she is now the target from Lee no? man.. I cannot wait for her to be out of that awful outfit!!!
Billy: Hold it, hold it. No accusations unless you can back them up. [Ahh Billy.. a voice of reason- but.. will anyone listen to Billy? but who does Billy think Lee is accusing? I’m guessing Paul? ]
Lee: How about that red mask?
[There goes Lee with that pose again! ]
Francine: Assassins often wear masks.
[And assassins usually shoot at their victims to kill them.. soo what’s your point?!]
Amanda: Uh, excuse me, this was red hockey mask just like the ones the men wore who killed Dorothy.
[okay, so it’s connected to the Dorothy killing.. still doesn’t mean it has to be Paul..]
Billy: You’re seeing Dorothy and maybe now you’re both hallucinating!
[Ahh I was wondering if Lee had told Billy about pop up Dorothy! but Billy.. oh dear – just like in Mr Brand and OTL, Billy tries to dismiss what Amanda saw!! he’s gotta stop doing that ]
Lee: Paul Barnes was in every city on the day of every murder. Now I would call that a 100% correlation, not a hallucination.
[oh dear.. Nothing anyone says at this point is going to sway Lee- he has already made up his mind- to his own peril!
Rofl I find this line of Lee’s hilarious.. because the correlation isn’t a ‘hallucination’ it’s an illusory correlation!! same diff!!]
Francine: Okay. So what about a motive?
Lee: He snapped – how about that?
[lol with an argument like that anyone could have had a motive! Seems to me there is no way for anyone to disprove Lee’s theory..oh boy!
Is it my imagination or does Billy look like he isn’t buying it?]
… Barnes is a perfectionist [He’s now called Barnes.. lol!] , or at least he was. Look, how many of his recent missions have gone south? 5, 6? No, he’s losing it, he’s scared. He’s – he’s getting revenge on somebody he fears and envies.
[ What do you make of Francine’s look here?? do you think she is buying it??] …That’s me.
Seems Lee’s chat with Dr Pfaff was most unhelpful How does that explain betraying Dorothy years ago?? or does Lee see that as separate? me confused.. Also, there is an implicit assumption in all this from Lee- that Paul has something about Lee which he would envy lol!! he fears me! he envies me! I think Billy’s look when Lee finishes here says – boy are you talking nonsense!!! What do you make of it?
Billy seems to put a stop to Lee’s err clutching at straws here as he approaches Amanda and changes the subject.
Billy: How about you Amanda? You calm enough to go home? We have a team on the house. [ahhh finally.. Amanda gets some protection!]
Amanda: Sir, if you don’t mind my saying so, a blown out windshield is not an hallucination.
Billy: I know, I’m just glad that you’re all-right. [awh!!! That is a bit of a milestone for Billy isn’t it?? He cares, but he isn’t usually so openly caring – Billy is starting to sound like Lee – Lee said the same thing in Car Wars oh hey, is this an admission that sometimes he says things like that because he is playing devil’s advocate? He doesn’t really question what Amanda saw?]
Lee (impatiently): Well when are we going to pick him up, huh? Run him through the wringer?
[Is it just me or does the background behind Lee and where he is looking here not really match?]
Billy: We’re talking about Paul Barnes. We need more than that!
[Good for you Billy.. he is not so quick to believe the worst of an experienced and very successful agent.]
Lee: Well, do you mind if I get more than that.
Billy: Yes, I mind!…
…You don’t exactly appear to be humming with mental health.
[Good Call Billy!!!!]
…You’re seeing people remember?
[oh if only Billy had said you’re seeing dead people! tee hee]
…You need rest…
[I love how here Lee looks a tiny bit chastened…and looks at Amanda – she offers him a quiet smile in support]
…Take Amanda home and then get some sleep. That’s an order!
[oh dear.. I could have some fun with that dialogue.. but ahem.. I won’t.]
Man… Did Billy really think Lee would listen to him?? umm.. is Francine still ‘keeping an eye on him’?!
Lee (quietly): C’mon.
Lee holds his hand out to Amanda for her to give him her hand and they walk out.
– Hmm!!! Lee doesn’t seem to mind touching Amanda now
Lee gives Amanda a bittersweet pensive smile..
The scene ends here..
Next up we are back at Amanda’s where Amanda is listening to her Russian tapes.. LOL we see a close up on the player, but the play button isn’t down.. and it doesn’t even look like it is in Amanda’s family room [okay play button is down in the wideshot! ]
A bit dotty Dotty is behind her pouring hot chocolate. Is this the first time we’ve seen this crazy sweater??!! I don’t remember..
– lol! What does Dotty make of this tape?!
Tape: Bullets ricochet around you, their hot breath on your face. You’ve been there before. [So poetic for a Russian language tape..and for an agency training tape! lol! and he no longer sounds like Greedo!]
…You respond instinctively with the right phrase – “Krasnyye Kitayskiy vzyali Vladivostok” [Ohh that’s right.. that’s ‘the Red Chinese have taken Vladivostok’ – Kudos and thanks again kiwismh!! you’ve done an amazing job transcribing the dialogue!!]
…Do you remember it?… (LOL we see Amanda shake her head silently )
…If not, refer to tape number 3 before you go to Moscow.
[Love the reference to going to Moscow – I like how this fits with OTL..] the tape finishes and Dotty walks over to Amanda..
Dotty: What’s that abo – sorry.
Amanda: Oh, it’s okay, mother.
[I’m liking this blue shirt on Amanda!!! Especially because it looks like it could be one of Lee’s hooo haaaa.. and so glad that nursing tunic thingy is gone!!]
Dotty: What’s that about Moscow?
Amanda: Mother, you know what? I’m going to have to get little bells put on your slippers so you can’t pad up behind me. (Dotty hands Amanda a cup of hot chocolate)
[All spies whose family don’t know what they are doing should be issued those slippers with bells as par for the course!]
Dotty: You know, I want to tell you something. I think it is a wonderful idea that you are learning Russian….
…With all the poets and the dancers coming over here, you could land yourself an artist.
lol there’s a quote for Dotty’s advice for the lovelorn!
(Amanda has a mouth full of hot chocolate so makes Mmm hmmm noises in agreement.)
lol Amanda tends to just agree with Dotty’s random advice huh! It’s easier that way
…Well, there’s more cocoa on the stove.
Amanda: Thank you, mother.
Dotty: Oh darling, if you find out why the Russians feed caviar to their hogs, would you let me know.
Amanda: Yes, you’ll be the first to know.
[BG and KJ are wonderful together!]
Dotty: Thank you. I love you.
Amanda: Sweet dreams.
Dotty heads up to bed, and Amanda is left alone with her hot chocolate.. her eyes are drawn to a book on the shelf.. [cue the weird chimes!!!]
Amanda takes the book off the shelf, sits down and enthusiastically begins turning the pages to the start of the story..
Looks like there is an inscription in the book. drat.. a shame I can’t make it out! Anyone??
I’m looking forward to hearing the insights of anyone who has been reading the book to prepare for this episode!!! Sooo the scene ends there.. I guess I should too!
Would love to hear your thoughts everyone!!! byeee for now!