Hi Everyone!!? Firstly- a HUGE thank you to Learjet- who has transcribed all the dialogue in this episode!!!!!
Whooo this is a good start.. a wide shot of Rome?! I love Rome!!!! Hey!! I’ve been there!!!
Where in Rome is that ?? what piazza is that?? hmmm I am guessing it is Piazza Del Popolo…
My goodness.. that footage looks almost ancient!! hehehee.. I wonder if a Roman Centurion filmed it?
How to dress up a Warner Bros set like you are in Rome? Firstly, show us a shot or two actually from Italy.. then cut to the lot!
Cobblestones or dirty old streets? errr nope! LOL.. Rome is not that clean!!! LOL!!!
Vespas! Bicycles!.. Nuns!.. Italian music! whooo the Italian flag (An Italian flag with the swiss flag in the middle? Anyone know what that’s about?) and ..Gelati!
Hmmm where have I seen this location before?
Here? Fancy that.. Amanda’s car has been to Rome How ironic that this scene from playing possum was visiting a Russian Restaurant! (Should have been Italian!)
Well, Whoa.. Love how the baddie pulls a machine gun out of the gelati stand! The young girl is grabbed..
and dragged into a car with bullets being sprayed everywhere ranting something Italian sounding..
What’s the extra on the left there with his butt in the air? lol!
Ahhh, next we see the White House.. we are officially back in the USA.. Nice contrast with the two major cities and their grand avenues and piazzas…
Uh oh.. looks like that young girl is in a wheelchair, and being wheeled out of Dulles airport by two priests or something.. [Hmm yet another episode where a woman is being harmed in some way.. how lovely ]
Looks like the Gelati seller is now dressed as a priest.. I guess the girl is drugged?
Anyway.. on to Amanda’s and who knew Dotty would be so competitive??!!
The scene starts with a close up on the board game..
Amanda shakes the cup with pieces in it?? Is this not scrabble?
Dotty: Ok that’s – don’t do that!!
(Dotty makes Amanda stop that rattling of the cup!)
Amanda: Oh Mother! [I love how Amanda just laughs it off..but Dotty’s all worked up!]
We see a close up on the board.. (btw- this close up doesn’t match what we saw when the scene first opened!) why are there five die on the board?! hmm seems this isn’t scrabble.. it’s ‘WORDWIZZ’ ??(not wordwizard?!) Is that game for real?? and the different coloured squares have no words in them- is this a scrabble rip off? can someone fill me in? *triple points!*]
Dotty spells: O-W-N-A-I-R
(though she puts down ‘OWNHAIR’!)
Amanda (simultaneously): What have you got?
Dotty: Ownhair. I’m out.
Amanda: What? That’s not a word!
Dotty: I can use it in a sentence. The handsome man is not wearing a wig. (At this Amanda laughs) He is wearing his ownhair.
Amanda: ha haaa.. that’s NOT a word.
[it’s two words!]
Dotty: Did you understand the sentence?
Amanda: Yes but that doesn’t matter it’s not a word!
[We hear Phillip in the background give them a ‘shhhhhh!!’ not that anyone pays attention to him!]
Dotty: That’s what we need around here. Someone handsome who can fix the sink and barbecue and has his ownhair.
[Amanda seems to shake her head here in amazement.. Dotty is truly gifted.. only Dotty could turn the struggle to make a word out of your pieces into a plea for a good man around the house with his own hair ]
Amanda: Oh, mother. ha haaa.. Out of the woodwork he will just come. Out of the woodwork…
[I love this subtext!] Amanda gets up and moves over the Jamie, who is practicing his calligraphy.
Phillips gives them all another ‘Shhhhh!!’ He’s on the phone..
Dotty: Yes, he’ll be sweet and gentle and wonderful and have a good job.
[So this is Dotty’s idea of ‘perfect’? Her dream man huh.. for herself? or for Amanda? for either of them?
I wonder how Amanda would describe her idea of ‘perfect’-maybe this episode will help us with this 🙂 ]
Amanda: Mmmm hmmmm!
[Amanda just makes noises like she agrees.. Dotty doesn’t need any encouragement!]
Dotty has added the scores: Okay- Dot: 206, Amanda: 190 ha haaa!!..
Wouldn’t you know.. the very next moment the corvette pulls up out the front of Amanda.. out the front? oh my.. What better time for Lee to show up than with that glorious subtext just floating above Amanda and Dotty there.. good man.. bring me a good man.. out of the woodwork!.. own perfect hair..
Lee sees Pony Express is there to deliver the pizza.
Lee smiles and laughs toward the delivery boy.
[Oh my! and not only does Lee show up, he shows up smiling and wearing Jeans!! We have a winner!!! 🙂 ]
Lee: Well, well, well, looks like the little lady didn’t feel like cooking again tonight. [Aie! is it just me or does Lee bung it on too strong trying to be suburban hubby?! Like he really has no idea! haa. Booooo Lee men can cook too-even in the suburbs!!! does this remind anyone else of Lee bursting into Amanda’s interview and mentioning Timmy, Tommy and Tammy? whahahaa.. what ep everyone?! go on!! 🙂 ]
…Yeah, I’ll take that. Chinese last night,…
..pizza tonight. The way things are going, it’ll be chicken on a stick tomorrow night. [Hey! you be nice to Amanda’s reputation there Mister! oh my.. he’s wearing a blue shirt again.. in the great outdoors.. nice..ahem..]
…Here you go…
(Lee hands him a $20 note)
…keep the change, huh?
Delivery boy: Thanks, Mr King. Goodnight.
Lee: You got it.
[Love how he gets called Mr King! hehehee.. Oh and KC- you like the birds chirping there?! ahhh suburbia.. it’s sooo idyllic!]
What do you make of Lee as he opens the front gate and looks around? I find it truly bizarre to see him using the front entrance! 🙂 He’s taking a chance here no? being a bit brazen? feeling more and more comfortable and relaxed in suburbia!
Back in the house, we have a close up on a hand doing calligraphy.
[That’s Jamie’s hand? I don’t think so!! looks like an adult hand no?]
Amanda (to Jamie): Sweetheart, those ‘g’s are really good.
[oh oh! words of Affirmation there Learjet!! See Nedlindgers for a discussion about love languages! ]
Jamie: They’re supposed to be ‘p’s.
Amanda: The ‘p’s are looking great
[Amanda, I agree with Jamie.. they do look like P’s!! Is your mind off somewhere thinking about a particular man with a good job and his ownhair 🙂 who could pop out of the woodwork at any moment?!!]
Phillip: Could I please have some privacy??
Jamie: Don’t worry, no-one wants to listen to you giggle with Linda Montez.
Whoa.. I just saw Amanda’s necklace!! guess which one it is??!!!! the heart diamond necklace!! It’s back!! [First seen briefly in Mr Brand] – will she wear it the whole episode? we’ll see!
Love the look on Dotty’s face-hilarious!!! Like she wishes she didn’t have to listen to giggling with Linda Montez too! ha!
Door bell rings.
Amanda: I’ll get it. You just work on your…
Amanda: … ‘p’s and don’t eavesdrop on your brother.
(she gives Jamie a kiss)
[lol.. I mean she’s not leaving- she’s going to the front door.. oh whatev!] ….COMING!!!!
We cut outside to Lee looking at his watch..
Amanda is startled to see Lee. lol..
He just says calmly: did you order the large?
Lee freaks out Amanda with the pizza and his possible discovery..(Out of the woodwork huh!) hmm interesting! why did he do that? why didn’t he just pop up in the kitchen window? I think he was enjoying having some fun with Amanda here..
…I could have been my mother!
[Once again, we have both Lee and Amanda holding on to something- the pizza box!]
Lee: Mmmm you two do have a lot in common but I wouldn’t go that far…
[Just how well does Lee know Dotty?! I guess Dotty’s privacy has kind of gone out the window-with Lee at the window! 😉 ]
… I just tried to call for an hour and I finally gave up.
[Ah okay so he was desperate..]
Amanda: Oh, I’m sorry. Phillip has a new girlfriend. He’s on the phone. I’m letting him enjoy it.
Lee: I see.
[I love that Lee seems to immediately understand this concept – he was a young boy once too 🙂 lucky gal.. ]
Amanda shrugs: So what was so important? [Love how she makes him get to the point]
Lee: Amanda, I need a favour-
Lee adds quickly: -and we’ll pay you for it.
Lee: You see, the agency oversight committee begins its annual review tomorrow – congressional…
– they approve our budget.
Amanda: Important people
Lee: Hmmm. They go through desk drawers, checking expense accounts aaaand-
Amanda: …and you want me to try to make some sense out of yours?
[Do you think Lee could do this work? I think he totally can.. he just doesn’t want to he hates it!]
Lee: Exactly. Can you do it?
[Love how Lee doesn’t assume she can or will do it now!!]
Amanda: Well, I don’t know but I can try.
[Amanda is really growing! Amanda is now confident enough to not just say yes she will do it! I think early Amanda would have said – yes! let me at it! I’ll get it done!! To sell her skills]
(Amanda looks back at her home.. she needs to be heading off)
…Listen, this pizza’s going to get cold. Now, I’ll come in first thing in the morning. Doesn’t matter because Mr Melrose asked me in anyway, OK?
[Billy asked Amanda to come in? oh nooo does that mean Amanda will have to be taken hostage for realism again?! episode? anyone? ]
Lee: Oh Amanda, you are a godsend, you know that?
[She is Lee.. she is!]
(Lee leans in as he says this.. hoo haaa for second I thought he might kiss her!!)
Amanda: Oh don’t go that far.
[whahaha!!! Amanda thinks he is buttering her up! tee hee..and he probably is..they are so cute here.. ]
Lee laughs: I paid the kid a twenty for the pizza.
Amanda silently looks at Lee here a second or two.. He’s asking for his money? All his money?? I didn’t order a $20- pizza!
He chose to tip him that much.. he can pay!
Amanda (light-heartedly): Ohh!!!
(then matter of fact) You gave him too much.
Amanda smiles and quickly turns to go back inside.
whahahahahaaaa!!!!! Go feisty Amanda!!
Lee quietly smiles –even as Amanda turns to leave haaaaaa..
what just happened?!
and then looks confused as Amanda closes the door. Tee hee!
Do we need anymore pics of Lee lookin dreamy in that blue shirt in the great outdoors?
Love the hand on his hips.. and finger in his jeans pocket.. just .. love.. the jeans.. bhbodbhabbhbahba;bhsg
Hang on.. Okay.. I’m good!
Lee walks toward his car. He seems to think – I’ve been had.. oh well yeah! I probably deserved that!
Amanda got one over on him haaaa (well IMHO! do feel free to offer your own interpretation!)
Well I shall finish here for the moment.. I am loving light-hearted smk again! Phew.. enjoyed most of wizard and otl.. but both were intense! Great to see some banter here between Lee and Amanda and some charming family time.. and who knew Dotty would be so fierce with her scoring! tee hee.. Looking forward to hearing from ya! byeeee