So Amanda and Lee have entered Billy’s office to have a private conversation away from the ears of Congresswoman Faber. Amanda sighs very loudly- knowing she has to admit what she’s done..and assuming Lee is not going to be happy with it!
[There are some huge parallels with Service Above and Beyond here! which I can’t wait to discuss!!]
Lee: What is it?
Amanda: I made a total mess of everything but it really wasn’t my fault…
[It’s not her fault!!!! sooo many times before Lee has gotten mad and it wasn’t her fault! Love how she gets that in very early preparing herself for his displeased reaction.] …I didn’t see the skateboard and he did. If it had hit me, it would’ve killed me…
[whahahaaa!! The skateboard would have killed Amanda??!! whahahahaa!!!]
…and I broke the camera but I’ll pay-
(Lee holds up his hands)
[rofl! classic!!! Lee now knows how to help Amanda communicate! he doesn’t get exasperated with her like he use to He may be a little concerned that something’s gone wrong- but he still seems good humoured here]
…What are you talking about? Chamberlain?
Amanda (nods): We made contact…
[We don’t see Lee’s reaction, but can hear a sigh off camera- do you think?]
…I’m sorry. He asked me if we could take a walk…
[thank goodness Alan didn’t say ‘just walk with me’!! I’d be soooo disappointed! 😉 ]
…I thought I could keep it to a cup of coffee.
[Amanda gets all this out fast! Anticipating Lee’s reaction]
Lee: Does he know who you work for?
[Lee is concerned, but not cranky – he would have been in the past IMHO! There’s no recriminations.. he’s dealing with the logistics of the situation.. not personal frustrations with Amanda.]
Amanda: Oh No, he thinks I clean teeth in Illinois…
[rofl! I love that!!!]
…He asked me to dinner but I said no.
Lee doesn’t react to Amanda’s cover of cleaning teeth in Illinois- See my thoughts below- the contrast between this scene and Lee in SAAB is huge- and wonderfully illustrative!
[Lee is matter of fact here – I’m still not seeing any jealousy!]
Amanda: I’m sorry.
[I think Amanda assumed she would receive a lecture.. and she is very apologetic for making this mistake..]
[Lee clicks his fingers here and is excited at this turn of events – he thinks this is a great thing that has happened!!!! Oh my.. I’ll come back to this at the end of the scene!]
Amanda is shocked at this reaction!
Amanda: I thought you told me to keep my distance.
Now enthused.. Lee starts pacing and thinking!
Lee: Yes, yes I did but this is perfect. We couldn’t have set it up any better.
[Still IMHO I don’t see any jealousy! What’s everyone else seeing? ]
Amanda shrugs: Well, I didn’t really do all that much…
…I mean, he did almost everything…
(we cut back to Lee who is actually grinning excitedly at this stroke of luck! he licks his lips.. hooo haaaa.. and stops pacing to look at Amanda)
…I just sort of tried to keep my foot out of my mouth and not make him nervous.
(Lee’s lovin it!!)
Lee: It’s textbook…
(Lee looks back over to Faber, waiting for him in the bullpen..
he’s got to get back to her – we also see Amanda smiling a huge smile! Basking in Lee’s approval and relieved at Lee’s reaction!)
…Look, I’ve gotta get back to the dragon-lady. Now you go to dinner with him…
…Don’t press him…
…Just keep it light,…
and let him talk.
[Don’t press Alan about what? As far as Lee’s concerned it’s just background check isn’t it??]
[Wow.. It’s weird seeing Lee give Amanda advice on how to spend time with a man tee hee..Again this reminds me of Service Above and beyond- when Lee starts giving Amanda instructions on how to get an invitation to Delano’s party- and Amanda already had one.. Lee’s instructions here- are exactly what Amanda has been doing- wouldn’t you say?
Lee is quite casual here with suggesting Amanda go out on a date with this guy!
Amanda shrugs, like- easy! I can do that!
[this screen cap is hilarious!!! Definitely deserves a meme.. anyone want a go?!]
Amanda’s happy- Hmm happy that Lee is happy with the job she’s doing.. or that she gets to have dinner with Alan? Hmm.. maybe both? what do you think?
Lee stares at Amanda expectantly and asks: Is he as stuffy as he looks?…
…you know, head in the clouds,…
[Now this is just too cute!!! Lee tries to keep it light..he kind of playfully asks..
is animated in his facial expressions.. you know- like he is teasing Amanda for having to spend time with the stuffy artsy guy! lol.. but there’s this tiny part of him here that just has to ask- Finally!! I see jealousy!!! ]
I think Amanda notices Lee’s jealousy immediately!
Amanda’s immediate reaction is to smile.. but she tries to hide it looking down..
Then she looks up to respond.
Amanda: Dull as a stick.
[Amanda knows Lee so well… she chooses to keep her impressions of Alan a secret.. and interestingly – she actually lies to Lee here!! whoa!!! I guess Amanda chose to tell Lee what she knew he wanted to hear. Looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts about this who is reading- and up to sharing! I suspect Amanda knows Lee might not have been so enthusiastic about Amanda accepting the invite to the lovely little dinner if Amanda had admitted that she found Alan quite dreamy and charming!!! ]
Lee is so transparent here!! It’s so cute!!! He makes no attempt to hide his enjoyment at learning Alan is a bore!
[oh boy.. doesn’t that say it all!!! Lee is feeling insecure-and just needed a little reassurance from Amanda that the guy was no threat I am thinking with this response of Amanda’s any hint of jealousy in Lee has evaporated – but will it return? I’m not sure..but I’ll be keeping an eye out for it!]
The scene ends here when Lee leaves Billy’s office to return to Faber. Lee leaves with a smile on his face and Amanda shakes her head at Lee’s question- men!!! Their so competitive!!
Soooo I am guessing Amanda wrote a report about what she saw in the rose garden?? She did more than just submit her photos? surely? I mean what about the whole bit about Alan screaming ‘Sophia!!!! Answer me!!!! are you alright??!!!!!! Sophia??????!!!!’ into the public phone and then running after that van containing the priests??!! Lol.. it’s not worth mentioning?? She didn’t mention anything to Lee about it. LOL! Plot crater you think? I would have thought this is serious and shows Alan is in some kind of trouble? So if she saw it she should say- but seems she didn’t see! lol!!
Amanda is standing right there!!! –but seems to hear nothing and sees nothing? (she needs a hearing check, and an eye check ) Aie… Anyway.. I’ll let it go! [seems Amanda has!]
It took me a long time to see some jealousy from Lee- but finally.. I saw it here!
Isn’t this scene between Lee and Amanda wonderful!!!!! I find this scene huge in demonstrating progress between these two! [possibly just as interesting as a certain upcoming scene we are all looking forward to ] Firstly, there is personal progress here for Lee – I know Lee has shown jealousy in the past, but it seemed quite immature to me.. based on an immature possessiveness or protectiveness – I think the jealousy here is slightly different – now Lee and Amanda have grown closer Lee’s jealousy is more mature (if that’s possible!) – there is no accusing Alan of being a playboy or anything like there would have been in the past (and heaven knows Alan would have looked like he fit the description).
Lee is focused on what Amanda thinks of Alan – not on what Lee thinks of Alan – this is new- and this nuance to the jealous moment suggests how much Lee has matured. He doesn’t attack Amanda verbally with his jealousy (like he has in the past) he more or less asks her playfully for some reassurance.. it’s kinda sweet!
There is progress professionally too!
Previously when Amanda made contact with Delano – Lee was cranky (jealous too!!) but he was worried Amanda wasn’t up to the job, jumping on anything she did wrong. Here? Lee is supportive, and even embraces this turn of events- even if it means Amanda has to go on a date with Alan! Old Lee would have been too wrapped up in his jealousy to want that.. or too concerned about Amanda ruining things!
Like he was when Amanda had her dinner with James Delano (whooo another reminder of that episode.. could this all be deliberate?)
The implicit meaning behind Lee’s reaction here is that Lee trusts Amanda is up to this job! he knows she can do it well!! This is wonderful!! He doesn’t react to her strange sounding cover like he did in Service Above and Beyond
Lee: what name did you give him??!!
And later in SAAB, with Billy Lee laughs at her efforts..
Lee: Wait till you hear this. She’s some English noblewoman whose husband is locked in a tower-
Billy: Ha. I’m impressed.
Lee: You are?
Billy: Amanda’s thinking on her feet. The woman has instincts.
[Yes another excuse for a tux pic!!]
Lee doesn’t see Amanda as an asset in SAAB.. but now he does!!! hooray!!!!
This also reminds me of 3 faces of Emily. When Emily and Lee are targeting Whitset and find Amanda is accompanying him- without realising he is their target.
Lee curses his luck- not trusting Amanda to help.
Lee: Oh hooo!!! I love it.. Amanda has 200 people here to talk with and she chooses Whitset.
[yes.. any excuse to post another picture of Lee in a Tuxedo ]
Emily chides Lee (a little moment where we see Emily teaching Lee a thing or two)
Emily: Lee, dear, you must learn to improvise. Amanda might just be very helpful.
[Amanda and helpful was a new concept to Lee ]
I love that we now see in ALLA that Lee naturally sees Amanda’s involvement here due to serendipity as an asset!!! Amanda will be helpful!!!
He has learned from Emily, and he has learned to trust Amanda and see her as an asset- hooooo flippin ray!!!!!!
So wonderful.. to top it all off here we saw Lee refer to Amanda as an ‘Agent’ (in post 6)– even if it was to Faber
No sign of Lee struggling with feeling responsible for introducing Amanda to the spy biz here- this is a big part of what goes on in SAAB no? Now, Lee is happy to ask Amanda to go on a date with a guy (who could be viewed as a bit of a playboy given Francine suggests Amanda needs her ‘little running shoes’ to keep up with him) –and for a case!!.. Lee is much less protective of Amanda at this point than he would have been in the past IMHO [David Benson was just a date too no? but then.. Lee was unprepared for jealousy back then huh! He and Lee seemed to be competitive I guess!]
– so great to see Lee giving Amanda the space to grow professionally- way to go Lee!
Lee is way more attractive when behaving this way, than smooth Alan Chamberlain any day!!
I wonder if this is another reason why Amanda chose to lie to Lee and tell him Alan is as dull as a stick? Because Lee was being really supportive??
Soooo what do you all think?? Would love to hear from you! I have loved this scene- it’s really resonated with me in demonstrating how far Lee and Amanda have come, and where they now are!!!! How about you? Can’t wait to hear from you! byeeee!!!