Lee and Amanda pull up in front of Escoffier America. Such a pretty building!
Big thanks to Jestress for transcribing this next section!! Whooo again, Lee goes around to help Amanda open her door- not quite making it in time to actually open it for her.. but.. I am sensing a new pattern here..me like!!
Lee takes her hand and helps her from the car, and she thanks him.. sweet! If we can’t have the funny, we can at least have the romance!
This is almost an exact replay of the moment they arrived at the McNeil mansion! Once again, Lee leaves his keys in the ignition, (hear the ding ding ding ding?!) as Lee walks around to Amanda’s side of the car, Amanda takes them out of the ignition…
[Whoa- wait a second.. did I just hear Lee do a tiny bit of whistling as he walked around to open Amanda’s door??!!! my my.. he’s relaxed and content with the way life is going huh?!]
Amanda returns them to Lee.. my my.. he’s so distracted these days by the contentment of helping Amanda out of the car that he risks leaving his keys in his precious vette?! thoughts?
LOL and the car window is left down..
Amanda (as Lee helps her out of the car): Thank you. [ahhh they’re so polite to each other!]
Lee (as Amanda hands him his keys): Thank you.
Ahhhh sooo soooo soooo polite with each other.. it’s like they are both relishing their changing relationship maybe? thoughts?
Yes.. try and give it a go as Sour Grapes before Utopia Now.. as this was the ep order we got! I think things are beginning to shift between them- and they are both on their best behaviour – unsure of quite what is happening between them (as so far it’s unsaid) – slight trepidation = extra polite manners? Though it is clear here as we continue they are still very happy and comfortable together.. so let’s continue!
Together they start walking up to the building.
Amanda (in a low voice): You know, I’m a little nervous about this, Lee.
—(kind of breaks off as Lee starts talking).
Lee: It’s okay, we’ve got a good cover.
[I love how Amanda is so open with Lee about being nervous about this! Such honesty.. and Lee? He doesn’t hesitate to respond with supportive encouragement! Ahhh such a contrast to the early days when Lee didn’t even want Amanda around! squeeeee! It’s as if Lee has committed to helping Amanda succeed as an agent – he has accepted this is her path that she has chosen – and he’s gonna support her in that – very positive steps for Lee on display here! and.. very swoony! ]
Amanda: Alright. We are Lilly and Gregory Peterson from Hillsborough, New York.
Amanda takes Lee’s arm and they discuss their cover walking up to the entrance -because it would have been way too easy for someone to overhear them talking about it in the car – yes this is much better 😛
Amanda: You are in computer software, and I am a wealthy art patron.
Lee: That’s it. (Lee pats her hand.)
Squeeeee I love how Lee pats Amanda’s hand which is on his arm a few times.. oh how cute!! Such a shame that Lee didn’t do that when the sun shone on them momentarily! ugh!
Amanda rehearses to herself: I’m Lilly Peterson, wealthy art patron.
Lee: Alright, here we go.
The door opens and they are greeted by the butler. [I have more to say about the butler- but since we don’t actually see his face here I’ll hold off till we see him again and not jump ahead!]
Ah! one thing I do notice here at the front door though – Lee is not wearing his wedding ring yet! I notice because I love to drool over it in this scene! LOL!
Lee: Yes, Mr and Mrs Gregory Peterson to see Mr Robison.
Butler: Please, come in.
Lee: Thank you.
Amanda: Thank you.
You know, I don’t know why Lee isn’t a part of Escoffier already.. I thought he was quite the gourmand.. asking Amanda where was her cellar in Remembrance of things past?! Arguing with his uncle over which Pommard was the better year or whatever it was! That side of Lee seems to have been downplayed nowadays.
Inside we find Lee and Amanda are being given a glass of red by the butler (whoa! considering the heroin was in a glass or red – this is rather trusting of them wouldn’t you say?!) tee hee!
Amanda: Thank you very much.
Lee: Thank you. (Takes a sip.) Mmm Ah!
[Lee enjoyed that sip! lol or maybe it’s relief.. phew! No heroin in this glass! I haven’t suddenly morphed into Marcel Marceau, I think I’m gonna be alright! ]
Lee and Amanda walk over into the foyer as Lee in hushed tones says to Amanda: If there is a membership list of the Brotherhood, it’s got to be right there.
(They show a sign that says “Membership and Administration Deuxième Floor.”)
…Before we leave, I have to get to that office.
Notice how Lee assumes it is he, and not Amanda who will be getting into the admin office? LOL! Lee does not want Amanda to try this. [Amanda wisely doesn’t fight it-better to beg for forgiveness than seek permission right Amanda?! 😉 ]
The sign says membership is on the ‘Deuxième floor’???!! That tickles my funny bone!!! Why is it not the second floor?? or the Deuxième étage?? tee hee!
They notice across the room a cooking demonstration is taking place by the guest chef of the week Cecilia Kemper (watch out for those cooking teachers!!! The last one wanted to make Lee into a pilgrim’s peach puff!! )
Cecilia Kemper: Now that the foul is seasoned, we can simply put it aside and prepare the vegetables for the stuffing.
A man approaches Lee and Amanda.
Mr Robison: Ah, Mr and Mrs Peterson.
The wedding ring! the wedding ring! I see the wedding ring!!! swoony!!! I’m transfixed by it on Lee’s long fingers.. ahem..
Mr Robison: As manager of Escoffier America, I just want to assure you it’s a great honor to be allowed to consider your collection of Bordeaux.
Amanda: Well, thank you very much.
Mr Robison: Have you been collecting long?
Lee and Amanda speak at the same time:
Lee: For some time, yes. / Amanda: No, not really.
Mr Robison gives them an huh? look!
Then, again at the same time:
Lee: Actually, it only seems a long time. / Amanda: Several years, actually.
Mr Robison gives them a double huh?!
In response Lee coughs..
[I think this is so Amanda knows Lee is letting her answer- she may have hesitated to respond again at the same time as Lee – if He’s coughing, he’s not going to respond!]
Amanda: It’s the second marriage for both of us.
Good answer Amanda.. and indeed.. if she were to marry Lee.. it would be her second marriage ahem!
We hear Lee quietly add: yeah.
In support of Amanda’s explanation.
Lee and Amanda have a bit of form here -stumbling when acting the couple and answering questions! Let us know if I’ve overlooked any moments.. –They had a tiff about this issue in Weekend (squee!) when they stumbled over answering Mrs Craddich’s questions and Amanda said they were (horror!!!)… newlyweds!!
Mrs Craddock: …How long have you been married?
[together] Amanda: Not very — /Lee: Oh, about s– [oh dear!]
They both stop when realising they are both answering with a different answer!
Amanda: Just a short time tee heee.
(Mrs Craddock smiles broadly.)
Mrs Craddock: Newlyweds. Oh, isn’t that wonderful?
[I love this scene.. hope you don’t mind this little reminder! I love how it shows how far they’ve come!!]
So then Lee was in a huff with Amanda..
Lee: Great. Newlyweds…
…The way that woman talks, it’ll be all over the hotel. Why didn’t you pick a number? 2 years, 3 years –
Amanda: Why didn’t you pick a number, 2 years, 3 years!
Lee: Because it is not a question for a man to answer.
Amanda: A man can answer the question as well as a woman.
Amanda: Don’t shush me.
[whooo hooo!! feisty Amanda!!] I love that here in Sour Grapes, Lee doesn’t shush Amanda or criticise her response. He deals with it Go Lee!! And Amanda deals with the explanation too! ]
How can I move on without mentioning – Ship of Spies! The other ‘Lee and Amanda the cover couple stumble over simple questions’ scenario!)
[Hey this is one stumble per season so far!]
Remember when Lee and Amanda met Miles and Gillian?
Miles: First cruise?
[Together] Amanda: Yes./ Lee: No.
Jillian: Oh, Miles and I met on a cruise last summer.
Miles: How long have you been engaged?
[Together] Amanda: Six months./ Lee: Three months.
Lee: Well, officially, three months. Uh, I asked her six months ago.
[in Ship of Spies, Lee saves it! In Sour Grapes, Amanda saves it ]
Amanda: It took me a little while to…
Lee: Yeah, three months to…
Amanda: …make up my mind.
I find it interesting to look back on similar (though not identical) situations these two have experienced and see if it offers us any insights.. and if not – well it’s just fun to think back to a couple of very swoony episodes.. BTW- so glad Lee has pulled back on the guyliner!
Anyway.. back to Season 3 and Sour Grapes – where there appears to be no sour grapes over their little couples stumble they take it in their stride!
Mr Robison: I understand, Mrs Peterson, that you’re also very active in the arts.
[Oh my gosh! watch Lee here as Amanda responds!!!]
Amanda: Oh, yes. Well, uh, we both feel…
…that a life without art…
…would be like a day without sunshine,…
(Amanda laughs awkwardly.)
Lee is hilarious here in his response to Amanda’s hyperbole! rofl!!!
He seems to hide his facial expressions in his wine glass as he can’t believe what she’s come out with! tee hee!! don’t try to hard Amanda! A little embarrassing for Amanda.. but no harm is done – I think Mr Robison picks up on Lee wanting to get away from his wife Hmmm maybe this was Lee’s intent..to convey that message so they could split. Robison turns and looks at Cecilia Kemper here..
Cecilia: Now, if I can find a volunteer to help me with the chopping of the vegetables, and don’t worry, I have aprons.
Robison discreetly motions with his finger to Cecilia to pick Amanda..
Amanda resists.. not realising this is what Lee has been angling for.
Lee and Amanda kind of talk over each other until Amanda agrees:
Lee: Oh, oh, go ahead, dear.
[whoooo Lee calls her ‘ Dear’ ?.. swoon.. me cook anything after hearing that! swoon.. anything you say Lee!]
Amanda: No, I really don’t want to, sweetheart.
Lee: Dear, it might be fun.
Amanda: I don’t wanna go.
Lee: Come on.
[Amanda finally realises this is Lee’s plan.. must be a bit of eye speak here!]
Amanda: Oh, I’d be happy to help you.
Lee chuckles and Amanda walks off toward Cecilia.
Watching Lee play the doting husband smiling at Amanda having a go? swoony!!! and just look at that prominent.. shiny.. wedding ring!!!
Cecilia (in the background): Don’t be shy. There’s really nothing to this.
Mr Robison: I hope you don’t mind, but, uh, I asked Cecilia to distract your wife. Your senior sponsor asked that you be shown our private cellar…
(I guess the senior sponsor is Plato?) …I thought it best that we just keep it between us men. [grunt grunt!]
Mr Robison: Please? (He shows Lee the way to the cellar.) [Thanks Jestress for transcribing that whole escoffier section!]
We cut here to the delivery dock where the wine case with the red label (Remember it?!) has been languishing thanks to the Knucklehead delivery guy (lol remember him?! it’s been a few weeks since we had him in a post due to the go slow!)
Knucklehead’s supervisor finds it was pushed up the back of the queue, contrary to his orders.. so he picks it up and confronts Knucklehead with it.
He fires Knucklehead, then picks up the wine case to put it in his delivery van.
Only, it’s locked.. so he puts the case of wine momentarily on the back of knucklehead’s truck.. while he gets the keys to the delivery van.. yeah smart one supervisor!! In a huff, knucklehead slams the back of his truck closed…
not noticing the case of wine and he drives off with it.
Realising what’s happened the supervisor gets in his van and chases after the Knucklehead!
So.. what’s this all about then.. why did we need to see this?? Hmmm.. More delays for getting the case of wine to the charity HQ I guess.. Which means a delay in the paperwork arriving at the McNeil mansion..
Well I best finish up here for the moment.. anyone else relishing Lee and Amanda playing the married couple??!!! Do tell! Byee for now!