Back in Suburbia.. Dotty arrives home.. guess it’s after school.. man the time is off in this ep.. whatev!
Dotty calls out: Amanda!
Philip: She’s not here Grandma.
Dotty realises Phillip is into the lollies and cookies..
Dotty : What are you doing? No. No, no, no!
Dotty removes the junk- but Phillip manages to grab one more cookie as they get taken away.
… Oh, gee. What’s her car doing in the driveway?
Philip: I don’t know. I haven’t seen Mom since we got back from school.
Dotty: Where’s Jamie?
Philip: Oh, Buck’s helping him fix the stereo.
Dotty: Oh. Here, you can have all you want.
Dotty gets a bowl of fruit out of the fridge and puts it on the bench for Phillip to eat.. [You know, it’s all fruit’s fault they don’t know where Amanda is!!! That bowl of grapes is to blame!! Love how Dotty snatches the cookies from Phillip in the end ahhh finally.. the kid gets some disssshhhhipline!!!! ]
…Stereo? I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the stereo.
We see Jamie and Buck on the floor with the speaker in pieces.. uh ohhhh..
Buck: Er, no problem, no problem…
…I’ll just get my soldering iron and a little speaker glue and it’ll be as good as new… [something tells me Buck is one of those people who pulls things apart but never manages to get them back together again.. but thinks they are good at this stuff!]
…Be back with that glue.
Buck gets up to leave and get that glue.. Dotty stops him to enquire after Amanda..
Dotty: Buck, have you seen Amanda?
Buck: Ah, no, I saw her car at home – I just figured she was out for a walk.
Dotty: Jamie, did she leave a note?
Jamie: I didn’t see one.
Dotty: Oh, that girl, I swear!
Dotty is cranky with Amanda.. and starting to worry.. Hmm just what is all this subplot about with the note going missing and all? what does it add to the story?
I guess we see the family now so we are reminded that Amanda has family at home who are worried about her ( lol well Dotty is, the boys are just enjoying free reign of the cookie jar! ) – but I still don’t see what the missing note adds.. because Amanda doesn’t know the message has gone missing! and if she hadn’t returned by evening Dotty would have been worried anyway! Hmm.. I’ll hold this thought for the next scene..
We cut to Lee now unashamedly focusing on the junior trailblazers map!
Lee: It’s a definite plan. The best way for an insurgent terrorist group to isolate Washington DC—
The scene opens with a close up on the map, and Lee focused on the case, as the camera pans out.. we see Amanda is not paying any attention to the case or the map right now!
Amanda is rocking where she sits.. a telling self-soothing giveaway..
[I think Lee’s focus on the map is his own give away.]
Amanda checks her watch.
Amanda cuts off Lee’s mumbles about the baddie’s plans: You know, mother’s going to be awfully worried if I’m not home tonight.
[See! Dotty is worried already, but Amanda isn’t to know that.. if she didn’t return home that night any family would worry- so what does the missing note add to the story??]
Amanda doesn’t look at Lee. she lowers her head and picks something up off the ground (a rocket cap?! ) Lee immediately stops what he is doing and focuses ALL his attention on Amanda. (swoony swoon swoon!!) The map? forgotten!!
They are silent a moment.. Amanda looks up into the distance and begins her rocking again. Lee? He silently looks at Amanda..
Lee very gently: Hey,… (he reaches out to take Amanda’s hand in his.)
[That voice is sooo gorgeous here!! so full of tenderness!! ]
Amanda turns to look at Lee, Lee smiles and moves away from the map, towards Amanda.
…that your way of telling me that you’re scared?
Amanda without hesitation: Yes.
Lee: I don’t blame you.
(Lee’s thumb pats and strokes Amanda’s hand comfortingly.. like it has a mind of it’s own.. and just has to!)
Lee softly chuckles to himself and looks down: I’m a little worried myself.
(man.. Lee’ thumb goes crazy tap tap tap! he’s just gotta touch Amanda..I think it’s part comforting Amanda.. and part comforting himself- awh!!)
Okay, this moment reminds me of two previous moments..
This moment in Saved by the Bells.. where they are both captured, and Lee reaches out to touch and comfort Amanda:
Lee actually pats his own hand at first, and then reaches out to pat Amanda’s arm.
And.. there’s two moments in Filming Raul:
wordlessly comforting Amanda here:
And.. Here when Lee admits that he is scared too:
Lee: Hey!!!! come on!!!! I’m scared too!!
Amanda: ha, that isn’t very reassuring!
[LOL Lee’s comforting is just way off the mark! lol.. He’s much better at it now.. plus I guess there was some real awkwardness between them back then – that just isn’t there in this scene huh? They’ve come so far!!]
Plus, there’s the thumb taping moment in Das Geisterschloss no??
(which some view more as a thumb caress- I couldn’t see it myself but that doesn’t mean it’s not there! )
Which again is tinged with awkward sexual tension!!! but here in this Utopia Now moment – there is noooo awkwardness at all..
Do share if you are reminded of any other moments yourselves please! I have vague recollections of Lee doing this thumb taping with inanimate objects also but don’t remember when exactly.. if you can think of any do share please!
Lee gets up off the ground and walks over to the wire to look out..
…I just don’t think we can trust Hollis for anything. (After all he is a leprechaun!)
[thus why Lee is focusing on the map… and the job- he knows how much trouble they are in now!]
Amanda takes her cue from Lee.. she picks up the map – learning that she needs to channel her concern into focusing on getting out the this tough situation.
Amanda: Well, I mean if we’re going to get out of this we’ve got to do it ourselves.
Lee: You got it…
(Lee reaches out and fiddles with the padlock)
…You know, Amanda, I think we could pick this lock if we could just get to that knife.
Amanda gets up and joins Lee at the door.. both focused on getting to that knife..
Now they have a focus..
I like this, Lee is teaching Amanda here how to deal with the fear that this job sometimes raises, how to deal with the problem and she gets on board with him to solve it.
[Hmm maybe Amanda can help Lee with some off the job fears of his own?! ]
The scene ends with them looking at each other – now focused as a team on getting to that knife, and getting to freedom..
Back to IFF..
Things are getting serious! Francine has taken off one of her earrings and answered the phone!
Francine: International Federal Film.
Sacker: Hello, I’d like to speak to a Lee Steadman, please.
We can see Sacker and Rogan are looking at Lee and Amanda’s ID’s.. lol I guess they are IFF cover ID’s.. Hmm Rogan holds one up and turns it over.. Lets see if we can see what it looks like:
Curiosity gets the better of me! Looks like it is Amanda’s ID.. and I can just make out ‘international federal film’ up the top.. but can’t really see Amanda’s photo..
If anyone else has better editing software and wants to have a go at getting closer on this ID here is the original image:
Francine waves at the guy next to her –
he nods.. I guess he knows what that means LOL I guess she is wanting a trace?
[rofl! just how did Francine know to answer that call, Francine just does everything doesn’t she! haaa!]
Francine: Ah, I’m sorry, Mr Steadman isn’t in right now. Um, he’s out on location today. Can one of our other directors help you?
I love that Lee’s cover is that he is a film director.. Just love it!
We see Billy walk up and pick up a phone on the wall to listen in- whoooo so that’s what the black phone there does.. hmm.. is the red phone the fashion police?!
Sacker: Ah, yes, what about Amanda Keane?
Francine: Oh, I’m sorry, Miss Keane is on location too. Perhaps you’d like to speak to one of our producers?
[a missed opportunity! could have added: Paul Waigner is currently available!!]
Sacker: No, no thank you.
Sacker hangs up. covers checked..
Francine looks to the guy next to her and he shakes his head.. no trace. (do we ever see this guy again?!)
Francine addresses Billy: Lee missed his 4.30 check in.
Billy: And someone’s checking their covers…
…It’s trouble. Activate a back-up team. If Lee misses his 6.30, send them.
[really.. why wait any longer?? Ok Billy..]
Francine rushes off to activate the backup team leaving Billy to check out the map.. and wonder out loud: What the hell is going on out there?
Uh oh.. things are not looking good. Not only is Billy talking to himself – but he is looking at the agency map – Billy that map is rubbish!! you will never find Lee and Amanda with that!!
I don’t know why the agency doesn’t have something in place here to inform Amanda’s family that she has been delayed on location somewhere – so the family doesn’t worry, and so that while she is busy doing her job, Amanda doesn’t have to worry about that!
Surely other agents have family too?!
Here is the Lovesmk banner which corresponds to this part of the episode… enjoy! (I’ll add it to the header tonight, and give the current header one more day in the spotlight!)
Well I better finish up here for the moment. Such a sweet moment between Lee and Amanda here no?