It’s tag time!!! We find Dotty and Amanda are playing a game at home while loud party sounds and laughter can be heard outside.. guess it’s time for Buck’s party! (That or a prison riot 😉 )
You know, given we just saw Amanda rushing to the White House and all that excitement..I can kind of understand why she’d be tempted to stay home and relax.. but.. what’s Dotty’s excuse?!
Dotty: What is Edna Gilstrap doing?
Amanda gives a light laugh.
Dotty: I’ve never heard her laugh like that. Actually, I’ve never heard her laugh.
Amanda: You know, you really gotta give Buck credit. He got ‘em out of their rocking chairs.
[It’s true.. okay.. Buck is not all bad! Plus.. I do like how he calls Dotty ‘Dot’! ]
Dotty: Huh, sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Amanda: You wanna go see?
…except … let’s swallow our pride and do this with class….
…I’ve got a slinky black dress that’ll put Mae West to shame. [Go Dotty!!! Love it!!!]
Amanda: Yes, W.C. Fields will be very happy.
Dotty: I’ll be back in 10 minutes.
Amanda: I’ll just clean these up. (sigh)
Amanda hears a noise at the window..
[I think she should have known it’s not Buck.. he never knocks! He just comes in!! haaa!!]
(opens door with a sigh) …You win.
(Lee raises his mask)
Lee: Ah. Ha, ha, ha!!
Amanda: What did you do? Go to that crazy party?
[How cute are they here giggling over Lee tricking her??!!!]
Lee: Well, it was the only way I could get in. This place is surrounded… (the place is surrounded??!!! tee heee.. only this tine- it’s true!! haaa!!) ….by crazy people, huh? I’ve been to calmer parties during the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.
Amanda: Ha, ha.
Lee adjusts his belt!! hoo haaa..
And I think Amanda notices.. double hoo haa hoo haa!
[why hoo haa?? because body language experts think this gesture of Lee’s means: Hey gurrrl! I’m really into you!! 😉 ]
Lee: I borrowed this mask from a guy who was bobbing for apples in a hot tub.
[Love how Lee says he ‘borrowed it’ I mean.. I don’t think he could really give it back do you?!]
Amanda: Oh, see now, that would be Buck.
Lee: Buck? (Amanda nods) …Oh, Buck, huh?
[what do you make of how Lee repeats his name?]
…Well, anyway, uh, the reason I came over here is, uh, I just dropped in to see Penny and she’s doing fine.
Amanda: Oh, good.
Lee: She’s going back to school [at the Dowdy Academy!] and…
…she asked me to give you something. Personally…
(Lee pauses a second..)
…She made me promise.
We cut to Amanda.. smiling.. I think she looks like she knows what Lee has promised to deliver personally.. maybe it was in his eyes in the wideshot? (and thus we can’t see it. boo the low lighting!).. feels like I missed the conversation where Amanda and Penny talked about kissing.. hmm…
Then we cut to Lee.. who seems to be looking intently at Amanda
– wondering if it’s a yes or a no from Amanda with the kiss??
Lee takes a step closer. (Literally and figuratively!)
At this moment.. Dotty opens the back door and interrupts Lee attempting to fulfilling the promise!
Dotty: (opens door) Amanda, have you seen-
Dotty stops short when she realises what she’s looking at!
(A two faced man about to kiss Amanda?! freaky! Anyone else reminded of the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy?!)
Okay this was the closest I could capture a picture of..(blurry or not – they move fast here) but certainly looked like Lee was going in for a kiss! You know, from the looks of Amanda’s arms.. she was welcoming this kiss!!!!
Lee scrambles to put down his WC fields mask.
Amanda scrambles with her own mask – covering up her shock (and disappointment?! at not getting the kiss?!)
Dotty is almost speechless: Amanda?!?
[Yes not quite speechless! this is Dotty after all!]
She sounds to me shocked and a little ummm..disapproving? maybe?? I can only guess Dotty thinks this is Buck Amanda was going in for a kiss with! (ewww!) Boy when Amanda says let’s join the party she means it huh Dotty?! 😆
Amanda has recovered her composure.. guess she’s thinking oh well! Mother’s going to think I was going to kiss Buck! I’ll get over it! [Getting over her interrupting Lee Stetson’s kiss?!!! that’s another story altogether!!! argh!!!!]
Lee gives Dotty a WC Fields style hand wave..
His identity remains intact for now – interesting, Lee is willing to consider crossing the line with Amanda and giving her a kiss, but he’s not ready to meet Dotty and get involved in Amanda’s real life.. small steps!
Amanda gives Lee a sideways glance when he does the hand wave. LOL!
Lee and Amanda still stand there very close to each other.. oh well it all ties things up nicely for the final frame!
Soooo I can’t wait to hear what you make of this tag! If you can’t discuss it without discussing Utopia Now, then just say so – no prob! I know where you are coming from.
When I first discussed this episode years ago, not knowing the order of the episodes could be different I wrote that: while I loved the near miss kiss, and the thought that Lee was gonna go for it (Under the guise of keeping his promise), I felt it was too sudden. Coming right after the first five episodes of season 3, it felt sudden!! I still feel this way.. This is the first time Lee has ever gone in for a kiss willingly or not as part of a cover – how did Amanda seem to be so knowing about what he was after?? It feels like something’s missing! Even after ALLA – it seems sudden.. Does anyone see this differently?
If I stick with this order, then I guess I can just conclude that after the growth in ALLA, that was enough to get to this point.. but.. Hmm.. I’ll come back to this after Utopia Now.. and I’ll be looking forward to hearing other’s take on this!
I always wondered if Penny really did make Lee promise. Or if he came up with that excuse all by himself. What do you think? It didn’t seem to me that Penny had a clue that Lee and Amanda were teetering on something romantic happening between them – not from what we saw in the episode- all we saw was frazzled, distraught grieving daughter get sent flying onto her face by a baddie.. rofl! Is there anything in the script that enlightens us here guys? Being short on time, I haven’t checked the script at all!!
Ahhh maybe Penny McNeil is not the ‘Penny’ Lee is referring to?! Maybe all this time Princess Penny has been in touch with Amanda.. and occasionally Lee to give them a little hand in err getting together?! tee hee.. I think there’s a fan fic in there- if someone was inspired! Kick Penny McNeil out of this ‘promise’ and make it Princess Penny
Princess Penny did ask Amanda to write, and did say she was ‘dying to find out how things go with Mr Stetson’!!!!!
I think this way is much more fun!
Lastly, I like how Lee is wearing a mask in the tag – all very symbolic as he lifts it, and makes his approach toward Amanda.. but.. because of Dotty – the mask is put back firmly in place- for Now! All laden with subtext for me!! what do you think?
Do tell!! (As much as you are able to without addressing a certain upcoming ep!!)
Oh by the way – am I the only one who finds the mask kinda creepy??!!!
Can’t wait to hear from ya my little chickadees!!!
Okay, byeee for now!!