The sun is still shining.. it looks like Lee, Billy and Amanda have left the evil high rise and Amanda is talking to Dotty on a public phone outside the high rise.
Amanda: No, mother, we’ve been working all night and we’re only halfway through the editing.
(in the background we can see Lee and Billy talking)
Dotty: Do you know what time it is, Amanda? It’s morning. [me confused..Umm.. So it’s morning.. Are we in the arctic circle where the sun never sets??!!? I’ve not seen the sun set.. Have you?? and I don’t think Lee and Amanda were on the hidden floor for that long!]
Amanda: Are you kidding? Is it already light outside?
(We see Lee here turn to look at Amanda)
[I think this is Amanda trying to sell that she is in the office hard at work. Do you think this is right?
Whereas me?? I’m totally surprised to hear it’s morning.. because I didn’t know it was night time yet!]
Dotty: What are you doing? Standing on a street corner?
Amanda: Uh, no mother, that’s not traffic. Those are sounds effects.
[Go Amanda!! while it’s a little sad to see that Amanda has to lie to Dotty, it’s progress to see that Amanda has accepted this professional reality – she is going to have to lie to her family sometimes. And.. she manages to pull it off]
Dotty: Well what about the play?
[That blasted play.. enough already! ]
Amanda: Yes, mo –
Dotty: Do you have any idea about the play?
Amanda: No, mother, Jamie’s play isn’t until tonight. I’m not going to miss it.
[Yes- based on the last phone conversation – even if there has indeed been a night that has passed, the play should be tonight!]
Dotty: Amanda (exasperated), the play was last night. Beard and all.
[This makes no sense to me.. and never has.. In the first phone conversation which was supposedly yesterday Amanda said on the phone to Dotty: ‘Yes, I’m going to work late tonight and then I won’t have to work late tomorrow night.’- and Dotty didn’t say noooo you can’t work late tonight because the play is tonight. Dotty didn’t say anything when Amanda said this!! So for me this doesn’t make sense twice!]
If what Amanda said in the first conversation was correct, there’s been two nights that have passed.. lol..
Oh wait!! Noooo I get it!!! that mysterious hidden floor was actually a rip in the time/space continuum!!! They’ve jumped ahead two days!! Yep.. that’s it!]
Amanda: I missed Rip Van Winkle?
Dotty: Yes, you did. Where have you been? When are you coming home?
Amanda: Oh, mother, please tell Jamie I’m so sor- listen, never mind. I’ll tell him when I get home.
[Heck yeah.. you can speak for yourself you certainly don’t want Dotty speaking for you]
Dotty: You better. He’s not going to like it.
[‘You better’?! That sort of talk makes me mad. How dare Dotty talk to Amanda like that.]
Amanda: Yes, mother. It won’t be too much longer.
Dotty: I hope not. [or you are a baaaad mother!]
Amanda: Alright, mother. I love you too. Bye bye. (Amanda hangs up and lets out a big sigh)
Hmm well at least Dotty said I love you. I guess!
I can see that the writers are trying to make some kind of a point here about Amanda and the sacrifices she will make in her life to pursue this career- and the sacrifice she has made here specifically out of loyalty to her friend Billy, and to help her friend Lee also. (IMHO) I really like the idea.. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this everyone!
I think the motherhood/sacrifice idea is a very interesting area of Amanda’s life which seems to have been forgotten since season two (maybe even season one- Dotty was pretty easy going in season two no?). It was only natural that Amanda would struggle to balance the needs of her family with the demands of her work – and her own needs. It also seems appropriate that now Amanda is truly owning her professional life this would come up.
But for me- I have issues with how this is portrayed.
At the end of Utopia Now.. Dotty’s fussing and worrying over Amanda and now this it all seems a big mess and to me this story has not been told well. Even if I switch the order of the episodes I still can’t hear Dotty talking to Amanda the way she does here. ‘you better!’ eh?! It makes Dotty suddenly a nasty character – and this has never been Dotty’s approach to her daughter..
I wondered if there were some last minute re-writes here because it seems we only get Dotty on the phone in this episode – we never see her or the boys. Was there a scene in the script which makes better sense of all this?? Dotty’s attitude?? the timing of the play and finding Billy? of when night falls?? For me it’s all a big dog’s breakfast. So I don’t tend to focus on this element of the story in this or Utopia Now.. for me it doesn’t work. It could have been great..but this is probably one of the main reasons I’ve never really warmed to this episode as a whole – it doesn’t fit together and is a mess!
I see two writers worked on this episode.. neither of which ever wrote another smk episode.. Hmm.. I think something very strange was going on!
Maybe in future episodes they’ll develop this story of Amanda spending more time at work and less with family better and further..? I hope so.. we’ll see..
Sorry if you are enjoying this subplot of Dotty and family in this ep just ignore me if you are! Feel free to tell us all how you enjoy it I mean I know I’ve had a few gripes about this show I love in the last few posts! eek!! My vague recollection of season 3 is this ep was a bit of a low point..
Sooo – what do you make of this whole scene?? Am I completely mistaken about the timing?? me confused!!
How do you find Dotty on the phone in this episode? Any one got insights from the script? byeee for now!!!