I’m so happy to have reached this tag!!! One of the best and most significant so far! Here we go…. We find Lee and Amanda in Billy’s office sorting out folders together.
Hmm why are they not doing this in the Q bureau?? Once again it seems the Q bureau is a bit in no man’s land in this episode! oh well.. I’ll take this tag however I can get it!
A bit random that they are sorting files.. but.. I will guess this is all thanks to Congresswoman Faber’s very personal audit – now the case is finished, Amanda can help Lee- even if it’s just sorting out the folders
I hope you don’t mind.. I can’t pretend I don’t know what Lee is up to here.. as I have seen this before and would hardly forget this tag! 😉
Amanda passes Lee a folder, they are busy working on this task together [Amanda has no clue what’s coming ]
Lee: Thank you
Lee: Uh oh. (Lee stops short when he sees a file)
Lee: Here’s one case I’m glad I didn’t have to explain to Congresswoman Faber…
(Amanda notices which file it is.. and doesn’t like where Lee is headed here!)
– Alan Chamberlain.
(Lee doesn’t seem to meet Amanda’s eyes here..he only does so very briefly! He’s avoiding looking at her too much.. so he can see this plan of his through! I think he is totally calculated here! LOL!!)
Amanda: Why? You said it went perfectly.
Lee: It worked out pretty well. But the technique – pure improvisation.
[that’s what Amanda is so good at! Improvisation!]
Amanda: Leeee! You said it was a textbook case.
[Amanda did a good job, and is taking exception to Lee’s picking!]
Lee: It was all hinged on an accident, Amanda. [Just like how Lee met Amanda Maybe Lee has had enough of leaving the important things in life to chance huh??!!!]
(Amanda lets out a big sigh here.. ugh! and wordlessly starts shaking her head disapproving of Lee as he continues.)
…Now a professional, trained agent plans every detail, every nuance… [Which is exactly what Lee has done here with this conversation and where it’s headed!!!]
…The word “accident” does not enter into his vocabulary. (His??!!)
Amanda: Well, heaven forbid one tiny compliment should escape your lips.
(Lee has a sudden fascination with staking the folders just oh so perfectly.. ahem..)
[whoo hooo! go Amanda! she’s so much more assertive now! too right Amanda! you shouldn’t put up with that! Hey Learjet – this plays into your comment for post 13 about Amanda’s love language being words of affirmation!!! she’s certainly noticing their absence here!]
Lee smiles and tries to cover it I think..
Lee: I was just trying to point out…
…– it takes technique.
[I think that’s an ‘I’m not buying it response!]
Lee: Look. For instance,… (Lee moves over to the couch and sits himself down as Amanda stands) …uh I’m sitting right here on this park bench. Now –
[Lee does a great job of keeping this casual – Amanda can’t see where Lee is headed!]
(Amanda nods listening intently.)
… your assignment…
(Amanda starts freaking out here a little-What’s he gonna make me do?! assignment??!!) …is to make…
(we cut back to Lee here.. makin it casual )
…a casual and natural contact, establish a relationship with me…
[Lee acts quite professional here.. and then he begins to become playful!]
… and then get me to ask you to the Kennedy tonight…
…for a Verdi festival.
[Verdi festival. I guess this is la Traviata which Murray!!!! Murray!!! wanted tickets for.. in post 4.]
lol love Amanda’s reaction! well that’s ridiculous!!
Amanda: How am I supposed to do that?
In response, Lee licks his lips
he gives her a quick look up and down and responds-
Lee: Look, you sit…
…and I’ll show you.
Lee begins to get up as he responds here – and gives Amanda a wink!!!
[I tell ya what.. this one was a hard one to get a clear pic of- he’s moving!!]
I think he’s trying so hard to not give away himself here!! it’s very cute!!
[Once you’ve shown her Lee can I have my turn?!!]
Amanda slams down the folders, annoyed at Lee’s behaviour here.. and maybe feeling a little bit uncomfortable at what this spy lesson could involve- now she’s realised she has real feelings for Lee and needs to deal with her strong attraction to him- this kind of play acting would be much harder!! and more scary!
Lee just watches her grinning.. and trying to not to laugh.. oh so cute!
[and okay everyone why is Amanda wearing jeans?? when at IFF working??!!! casual Friday?!]
Amanda lets out a loud huff as she sits on the couch. She’s not happy!
She gives Lee a pointed Look – this is dumb! you’re being dumb!
Lee is trying hard not to laugh now! [nervous and excited maybe?!]
He seems to take a deep breath here as he launches into this part of his plan Go on Lee! You can do it!!
Lee: Hey toots!
(Lee starts approaching the couch)
Amanda immediately screws up her face in response.
haaa she’s not being gentle with Lee here at all! haaaa..
Oh Amanda.. this filing has been traumatic. Let’s have a cappuccino together to collect ourselves?
and yet, he is smiling the whole time.. IMHO confident that in the end she’ll love where he’s headed
Just love the huge smile on Lee’s face as he walks off camera there.. head bowed about to sit on the couch. too swoony by far!
I think Lee knows it’s a terrible pick up line and he’s being awful on purpose maybe he’s thinking that’s the line Alan used! (close!)
Lee: How’re you doing? [So that’s where Joey on Friends stole it from!]
Lee (still grinning!) sits and puts his arm around Amanda behind her on the sofa..
she crosses her leg away from Lee and angles herself away from him.
Lee: Heard any good opera lately?
Amanda: No, I can’t say that I have.
Lee: Well, what do you say we ahh hit the Kennedy later for a little Verdi?
[Here Lee touches Amanda’s arm.. being a bit of an oaf – again IMHO on purpose.. he is totally teasing her and she has nooo idea!! ]
Amanda: Sorry I’m busy!
[Amanda makes a show of shoving his hand away.. is it just me or is Amanda (or KJ?) trying not to laugh as she does this?? thoughts?]
Lee: Ooh, Gee, that’s…that’s too bad…
(Lee whips out the tickets from his inside pocket. LOL seems BB had some trouble getting them out )
Lee holds the tickets out in front of him so Amanda can see them when she turns to look.
…These were for tonight. Hmmm.
Amanda turns back to Lee to rebuff him but is stopped short when she sees the tickets. She seemed to think they were imaginary Amanda turns her body around back to Lee, and starts to uncross her legs. She’s no longer closed off from play acting annoying Lee!
Amanda: Are those real?
Suddenly Lee is no longer smiling or stifling a laugh.
Lee’s serious as he asks: About 8?
Amanda doesn’t hesitate and states flatly: Love to.
Lee: See how easy that was?!
The both of them laugh. Amanda laughs very heartily here!!
and then Lee joins in smiling broadly – I think Amanda is delighted by how Lee has gotten her a good one here! Gotcha Amanda!!!
I think when Lee says see how easy that was- it’s partly to himself!
I love that Lee had them in his pocket the whole time, and planned the whole thing!
Does anyone know the music of La Traviata? I’m wondering if we get a few strains of it at the end there- combined with the smk theme..
The question Amanda asks when she sees them is very appropriate ‘are those real’? I think it is a hint at one of the themes of this episode – what’s real.. what’s fantasy.. and I think this episode has revealed to both Lee and Amanda that their relationship is a real friendship, but it’s also got some real heat goin on!!!! And there’s a possibility here of this becoming a romance! is it real?? Is the romance real? Well it’s more real between Lee and Amanda than Amanda’s fantasy with Alan. [Thus Alan and Amanda’s relationship was a ‘lovely little fantasy’ and I think ‘A Lovely little Affair’ refers to the start of Lee and Amanda’s romantic stage ]
Their relationship is also more real than what Lee had with all the names in his black books – and with Leslie (the replacement Amanda).
I think this tag marks a turning point for both of them – I haven’t seen the episodes that are ahead so forgive me if I change my mind.. but I’m thinking this is the point where Lee and Amanda start dating. This La Traviata is a date – it’s flirty.. they are exploring a romantic relationship.. that is now a possibility – so I’d say it’s a date. However! I also tend to think – and have done for years that at this point- neither is calling it a date.. They are from now on dating.. but they are not calling it dating! They both know that is what they are doing.. but neither is ready to name it. At least that’s what I’ve thought for years. Looking forward to seeing if how I see things the same way.
So here was Lee’s way of taking that next step, without really having to completely put himself out there – he thought ahead and bought the tickets (probably when getting the tickets for Murray – though I’m guessing he made sure they weren’t seated together ) he approached it in a fun, light way..full of irony!! As he taught Amanda the ‘technique’ he really was trying to establish a relationship Clever man!! and I think Amanda enjoys that!!
They can take things very slow, they don’t have to call it a date and admit they are dating yet –it’s unspoken! I think they both have a need to take this slow and see how things go!!!
I could go on for ages about where they are both at and everything that has led up to this moment… but I might finish up and leave it to you fine people to explore.. and I’ll reply in comments..
Do you think they are in love now? I’m thinking Lee is more so than Amanda, as I’ve said in the past – but I hesitate to say Amanda is completely in love when she can’t yet know for sure that Lee is ready for the kind of relationship she needs.. Hmm.. not sure! Does it make sense to say all the ingredients are now there?? for Love to fully blossom?? Now they just need some sunlight, water and time? tee hee..
Can I say they are both in love but neither is fully madly in love?? Does that make sense? Certainly, it is too early for either to acknowledge their feelings to the other (and maybe a little bit to themselves)?
Thoughts? Hoping someone can put my thoughts into words.. I’m not sure how to express it!
Soooo we have another reference to La Traviata! And in Wizard we had the flowers labelled from ‘Verdi’ – someone in the writing staff has given up Bob Dylan and discovered Verdi!
I had a look around to explore the plot of La Traviata.. I wondered if it was relevant to the plot here.. while I could find some connections- it didn’t really strike me as a deliberate statement. Though, I did find it interesting to discover that the movie Amanda mentions in Over the Limit- ‘Camille’ – is the film version of La Traviata.. where yep.. in the end.. she dies of Tuberculosis.. So I found it interesting that in all 3 episodes there was this connection. Culminating here in Lee asking Amanda to that Opera!
Well.. what a wonderful journey! I hope you’ve all enjoyed it!!! [Even if you do like the chin!! -hope I wasn’t too hard on him! ]
I can’t wait to hear what you all think!!
Next up I’ll do up a post next where we can discuss the order of the first five episodes of season 3 if we want to – now that we’ve covered them all. (so please hold off on ep order comments until the next post! thanks! )
Whooo hoooo!!! We are now about to walk into some very romantic, interesting times in this story!!!