On to the great outdoors.. and it’s a beautiful day! [uh oh.. Lee and Amanda are in the country! bad things happen in the country in smk!]
Lee and Amanda drive over a picturesque bridge in a Jeep Cherokee four wheel drive.. looking like they mean serious outdoorsy business! [I always thought Amanda should have ditched the station wagon and gotten a jeep- but.. I guess that would have spoiled the old mum with a station wagon gimmick!]
Lee pulls up and immediately Amanda offers him food!
Amanda: Would you like a chicken sandwich?
Lee smiles: Ah, Amanda, this isn’t going to be a picnic you know.
[rofl! what a great pun!! So umm this is where that expression comes from? This will be no picnic! Could also be seen as great foreshadowing!]
Amanda: Oh, I know, I’m not expecting a picnic.
Is it just me or is it hilarious that Amanda offers Lee a chicken sandwich and he then responds saying it will be no picnic??!! Given what happened when Amanda ate Lee’s chicken salad sandwich I think this is hilarious!! Hmm maybe this is why Lee turns it down?!
Guilt?!! afraid it’s laced with drugs? 😉 tee hee..
We never actually see the picnic basket again I don’t think. Maybe Amanda sensed Lee wasn’t in the mood and left it behind.. oh whatev!
As Amanda responds, she gets three manuals out of her bag- to prove she knows this will be no picnic
She proudly holds them up and waits for Lee to respond to them.
Lee: Oh- err.. (the picture cuts to Lee)
…You’ve got enough reading material there to start a library.
Amanda: No, just the Junior Trailblazers Manual, Campsite, and the Junior Trailblazers map.
[I love that Amanda is unfazed by Lee’s lack of joy over the err library she’s proud of the resources she has whatever Lee thinks! you go girl!]
Lee: Well there’s nothing wrong with the Agency map.
[why is Lee so defensive straight off?! He knows Billy wanted her to come because of her local knowledge and experience.. Or is Lee disregarding this as just an excuse Billy used to get Lee to babysit err I mean.. train Amanda some more?? What do you all make of this defensiveness? I’m undecided…]
Amanda: Oh, I know….
[Rubbish.. Amanda knows the agency map is rubbish.. but she knows better than to tell Lee that! She basically doesn’t pay any attention- this is a good technique that Amanda has- she attends to the behaviours she wants to encourage!] …And then I’ve got some twine and a compass and my Swiss Army knife. And then!…
(we cut to Lee watching with bewildered curiosity)
… there’s my ace in the hole…
(I love how she gazes at it with such contentment! tee hee KJ is so funny here!)
Amanda continues to gaze on her lovely match as she finishes: …– one waterproof match.
Lee: Only one?
Amanda: Good scout only needs one.
[Blue jays, trailblazers, scouts.. what the heck is going on?! Can someone explain what’s what?? or is all of them ‘not’?! (lol I know scouts are real, they are international.)]
Lee has a laugh…
… and responds as he gets out of the car (still chuckling): I hate to disappoint you Amanda but this is nothing more than a chicken feed assignment. ha haa..
As Lee gets out of the car- watch Amanda. She can be seen to take a deep breath here.
– she is not so unfeeling about this as she first appears I think. But she is determined to do a good job and give this assignment her all- even if it is chicken feed – I don’t think Lee means it this way, but by disregarding the assignment and treating it like it’s a laugh, he is diminishing Amanda here. IMHO- what do you think? do tell!
Out of the car, Lee opens his fancy shmancy agency map. (oh he does look good in the great outdoors though!)
Lee: All-right, here we go.
I notice Amanda waits a moment before getting out of the car to join Lee..but when she does she is more upbeat again- she’s regained her courage and determination! Go Amanda! Don’t listen to him!!
…Ahhh, I don’t believe this…
[At this moment we see Amanda react with an ‘AHH!!’ realising that Lee is beginning to notice the fancy shmancy map isn’t right!]
…According to this map the road we’re on doesn’t even exist…
Amanda joins Lee and puts her bag (with the maps in it) on the hood of the car.. she pats them. puts her hands in her pockets and patiently waits for Lee to finish.
… Argh… (Lee runs his fingers through his hair.. exasperated)
Lee: Well??? (Amanda doesn’t respond)…..What?
Amanda: Well, go ahead and ask.
[I love that she doesn’t just suggest the map. She makes him ask payback! You need Amanda’s library for this chicken feed assignment Lee?!]
Lee: Go ahead and ask what?
[I’m thinking Lee hasn’t twigged yet.. because he completely disregarded her resources before.]
Amanda: Go ahead and ask me to get out the Junior Trailblazers map…
(I think the penny finally drops- oh yeahhhh that library you have err that I was laughing at.)
…so we can find out where we are.
Lee sighs: Okay… [Num num.. that humble pie sure does taste good doesn’t it Lee?!!]
(we cut to Amanda who silently waits for Lee to continue! I guess Amanda is really good at waiting for Lee huh! in many things!! )
…Would you please get out the Junior Trailblazers map?
[Is it just me or does there seem to be more of a good natured-ness to this little power struggle that’s going on here?! Lee smiles and sees he’s gotta eat humble pie.. but he really doesn’t seem to mind that much- what do you think? when Lee does finally ask- he does so without any narky attitude.]
Amanda: Sure Lee.
Just look at the look Lee gives her in response – I think he kinda likes her fiesty-ness.. it’s kinda playful.. hmm does Lee find it flirty??!! or is the smile a mask?
I tend to think it is a mask- but he deep down also likes her fiesty!- yes I’ll have it both ways!! lol!! (all Lee had to do was ask awh..)
Amanda gets the map out of her backpack.
Lee packs up the agency’s poor excuse for a map-
Amanda: Excuse me.
I love how as Lee closes it you can see him trying to cover a big smile as Amanda all serious gets out her trailblazers map
– I think he finds her seriousness cute
Amanda places her map on the hood.
…You know this area does look kind of familiar. I think I used to come camping here when I was little.
Lee starts checking out the map.
Amanda looks down at the map and realises it’s the wrong way around. Lee is looking at it upside down! haaaa..
Lee: Ahem! Yeah.. (Amanda motions to Lee).. what?
She picks it up to turn it.
Amanda: Oh – ah,…
…it works better that way.
Lee just quietly looks at her. lol!
Lee: Well Amanda I’m afraid your knowledge of the…
(we see here a great idea has just struck Amanda wordlessly)
… Blue Jays secret campsites isn’t gonna help us right now.
[Pha! so he hasn’t quite given up his pride just yet huh.. or is this playful teasing hmm?? The vibe does seem more playful than narky.. so I’m going to go with teasing! What about you?
Last time I saw this- I didn’t pick up so much on the teasing.. but then going through the photos I’ve noticed more how much Lee is smiling- one of the pluses of having the official dvds and doing this walk through the episodes!!
Hmm ‘blue jays’?? I know Francine mentioned them back at IFF, but really, where did that come from?!]
Amanda: You know what?
[Amanda very naturally reaches out and grabs Lee’s upper arm- have a little squeeze Amanda.. a perfect opportunity ]
Lee: What? (Squeezy Squeezy.. go Amanda!)
Amanda: Maybe not.
Lee: What? (more squeezy squeezy the bicep there.. goooo Amanda )
Amanda: But I bet you (squeeze squeeze!) Cob’s Corner might.
Lee: Just what is a Cob’s Corner?
(Your little agency map doesn’t tell you that Lee?! I’m not nearly as gracious as Amanda!)
Amanda: Cob’s Corner…
…is this little general store out in the middle of nowhere.
(As Amanda talks, she moves in to pack up her map- notice.. Lee stays exactly where he is, and totally doesn’t get out of Amanda’s way- Amanda snatches the map away making Lee jump a little.. Come on Lee get with it! Amanda’s wanting to leave for Cob’s corner! )
…You used to be able to go there and have a root beer…
…and find out what was going on in a 50 mile radius.
They get in the car and the scene ends there..
Don’t you just love it? The scene started with Lee completely disregarding Amanda and her resources that she brought with her.. the agency map is best- and Lee is in charge and looking at it.. lol..
but by the end of the scene, Lee is trying to keep up with Amanda – and she’s in charge! and she’s saying where they need to go with her map! Whooo hoooo!!!
Do share what you think –I am open to ideas, and trying to keep an open mind- but so far, I’m getting the vibe that this episode belongs before Sour Grapes – Lee was much more accepting of Amanda in that episode.. here he is resisting a little (though lol not much and not for long ).
Isn’t this episode full of fabulous Lee and Amanda moments??!!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on what’s going on here everyone! Anyone not enjoying this scene? or this episode? or everyone crazy about it as much as I am? All views welcome! Byee for now!!