Amanda’s cleverness continues as she gets a fire going.. with her ace in the hole
Amanda: One match.
Lee: Yeah, you’re a pretty good scout.
[Sweet! he has certainly come around hasn’t he! I like to think this is Lee’s way of acknowledging and apologising for his earlier behaviour which was quite churlish about Amanda’s scouting skills!]
This whole wonderful scene is very dark.. I’ve tried my best guys.. sorry I haven’t got the tech to make the pics better!!
Amanda goes to put more fuel on the fire.. but Lee stops her.
Lee: Wait a minute – don’t make the fire any bigger. They’ve probably given up for the night but we shouldn’t take any chances.
(Amanda lets out a big Ohhhh!!!! like she’s cold and she rubs her hands together looking longingly at the flames-wishing they were bigger!)
Lee looks at the fire: Let’s hope it stays.
[Amanda knows how to build a fire that lasts.. ahem.. Hmm is the whole fire thing an allegory for a relationship?!]
(Amanda tries to curl up into a ball, pulling her feet under her and basically squashing herself up next to Lee)
[- thatta girl!! Good move Amanda!! ]
…You’re still cold, huh?
[hmm.. You don’t mind lots of photos do you????? Squeeee!!!! I hope they are okay, I’ve had to lighten them so we can see their expressions..]
Amanda: Yeah, just a little.
[No, a lot. very cold!!]
Lee: Look, here, let’s huddle closer…
[Yes.. let’s! err.. for warmth!!]
…Let our body heat warm us up, huh?
[whwalblababaobabaga.. did Lee just say ‘body heat’?! man.. listen to this dialogue with your eyes closed.. it could be something completely different going on! ahem!]
(They both adjust each other to get comfortable.)
[Love how Amanda grabs Lee’s lapel here.. it comes so naturally!]
Lee: How’s that? [Anyone else want Amanda to say ‘that’s much more natural!’ ]
Amanda: Oh, that’s much better, thank you.
[ohhh understatement of the century right there Amanda! I’ve died and gone to heaven would have been a much more apt response! ]
Lee: Yeah, you sure you’re okay now?
Amanda: Yeah, that’s much better.
[Amanda’s happy? that’s good! Love Lee’s little smile Oh he’s too sweet!]
[Seriously, rewind this bit and listen to it with your eyes closed! right from when Lee asks if she’s cold.. whahahahaa!!!]
They are both quite for a few moments..
We hear animal noises in the distance..
[This pic is crying out for a meme!!]
From the looks of Amanda – her panic is rising at the situation they are in – maybe now she actually has a quite moment to think about it!
While Lee seems to let out a big breath and relax.. he closes his eyes, seeming to calm himself for a moment..
Amanda quietly: I’m scared.
[I love that Amanda doesn’t want to pretend with Lee – whooo I think this has wider implications for this episode!! Not that I’ve pulled my thoughts together on this ep yet..still just going along for the ride!!]
Amanda: I know we’ve been in some pretty tight places before but this time I’m really scared.
BB knocks this out of the park! The expressions that flash across Lee’s face as listens to Amanda’s admission are wonderful.
He seems to want to deny it..
but he can’t..
but then he quietly smiles to himself..
He seems to adjust his grip on Amanda, pulling her in closer.. His next admission tells us what gave him that little smile IMHO!
[btw- the thumb starts stroking Amanda again here! ]
Lee: I know. I keep thinking of the first time we met…
– at the train station…
[like she could forget where!!]
(At hearing this, Amanda has a quiet, fleeting little smile of her own ‘Just walk with me’ he said…)
… If I’d have never given you that package-
(here Amanda starts in talking over the top of Lee)
Lee finishes: – you wouldn’t be here right now.
Amanda talks over him at the same time: Oh, come on now, come on—
Lee is cranky with himself: Well, you wouldn’t be.
Amanda: It’s not your fault. Nobody forced me to take it,…
…I knew that there were risks,…
…I’m an adult – no guts no glory.
[wow! hasn’t Amanda come along way!!! Amanda’s totally committed!]
Lee gives a lovely smile at this, (love his little sideways glance). She’s a brave one isn’t she Lee!! But then.. we need to be truly brave to be truly honest – and not pretend with each other no?
It seems to me that suddenly his mood shifts and he becomes upbeat again because of Amanda’s answer awhh!
It’s like Amanda’s response fills Lee with joy and hope..maybe it relieves the weight of some of the guilt? responsibility Lee feels? I do think it helps him cope with his worry about bringing her into danger. but I also like to think that Amanda’s courage spurs Lee on to be courageous also she makes him a better man (and agent!).
Lee’s smile gets bigger.. and he once again adjusts his arms around her to envelope her even more..
he even rocks her a little here.. and then pats her arms comfortingly.. He’s pulling out all the stops!!
Once again I’m reminded of that really awkward scene from Filming Raul- where Lee tries to comfort Amanda in her backyard.. but it didn’t work.. why? I think because Lee was still wearing his mask – and trying to be the superagent (which is why it’s so funny when he is easily offended by Amanda’s ‘I don’t want the best there is I want you!’ whahahaa.. I digress!)
Here? This is the real Lee Stetson – there’s no hint of him wearing a mask.. or maybe it’s that scarecrow persona that’s missing?? While he is the seasoned agent, the vibe here for me is that they are equals. thoughts?! there’s so much in this!!!
Man! I can’t wait to hear what you all say about this scene!! can we discuss it for a week maybe?!
Lee rallies (both himself and Amanda!): Hey. Look, it’s not over yet….
…They’ve gotta look for us on foot right?…
… That evens it up a little.
Amanda makes happy noises here.. LOL I don’t know how else to describe them!
In response.. Lee smiles too..
[Feeling warmer you two??!!!!]
Amanda quietly adds: You know,…
…that’s one of the things I really like about you..
(at hearing this, Lee turns his head around to Amanda.. such sweet words..I don’t imagine Lee would have heard such sweet things from another person in a long time.. if ever at all..)
– you always find the silver lining.
[Once again- Amanda is openly honest.. with no pretence!
I think Amanda is great at seeing and bringing out the best in people!
I want to know what the other things are that she likes about him!!]
…it’s no business for a pessimist.
[I think Lee is not use to hearing such things.. and seems a little bashful.. though clearly he loves what she said ]
You know, I don’t tend to see Lee as an optimist.. To me, early Lee seemed quite pessimistic about human nature no? too jaded to be an optimist.. what do you think?
Maybe he was never pessimistic about himself and his ability to get out of a tricky situation.. or…maybe the last few years with Amanda have helped him to look at things or people more positively? I am just throwing ideas out there and enjoying exploring with you all!!
anyone like to share their thoughts???!!!
I also note that this discussion between Lee and Amanda is rare huh! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it everyone! This reminds me of Brunettes are In – This episode has so many previous episode reminders I can’t help but think this is deliberate.. What do you think? This episode seems to be another big turning point/milestone episode..
Brunettes are In – was another milestone between these two, Where Lee introducing Amanda to the spy biz is discussed between them – and where Amanda and Lee settle their partnership. Remember Where Lee is chained to the pipe?! Such a similar scene to this!! They are held hostage with seemingly no way out (sound familiar?!) and Lee says: Maybe it’s a good idea that you do leave the agency.
Amanda: Oh no I don’t think so!
Lee: Look, if you weren’t at the agency, you wouldn’t be in a mess like this.
Amanda: yeah, but I wouldn’t have you to save me either then would I!
While Lee accepts Amanda as his partner, he still struggles a little with putting Amanda in danger – because he cares deeply for her.. and while he may become more accepting of the danger, I don’t think he would ever be completely comfortable with this!! I think I’d be worried if he was!
So great how Lee remembers the detail of how they met…. It’s all very romantic I guess it was natural he would think of it now given that’s when he first brought her in touch with danger-introduced her to his life which is full of danger![Excitement and intrigue! 😉 ]
For Amanda too- this conversation is a fascinating insight into how far she has come since Brunettes are In.. Amanda is much more direct with Lee here than she was in Brunettes are in – about her choice to stay at the agency. She’s really owning her choices now!! She’s come so far since the first time and hinting to Dean about a job no?! Just taking the crumbs of life is no longer an option for Amanda King! No guts no glory!!!
Sorry guys!! but I’m going to stop here for the moment.. It may seem cruel of me.. hopefully you’ll forgive me!
But after Lee responds: ‘Well, it’s no business for a pessimist.’
The scene massively and significantly changes direction, heading into more personal/romantic territory!! – I want to give us a chance to discuss this part of the scene first.. because often the happenings toward the end of this scene seem to distract us and draw our attention.. ahem.. I can’t think why!!! 😉
This can mean we don’t end up discussing this first part, which in itself is very significant and full of meaning! Soooo try to resist jumping forward and we’ll have a go discussing what Lee and Amanda have shared about themselves and each other in this first half of the scene..
Hey everyone reading out there in cyberspace!!! Go on!!!! Jump in and say hi!!! we’d all love to hear from ya!!
We’ll pick up right where we left off soon –though I probably won’t publish the next part for another 3 days- I’m busy!!! 😦 I’ll do my best..
Can’t wait to hear what you all make of this! byee for now!!