Amanda: Hello, Mother.
Dotty: Hi, Sweetheart. Another late night? [I guess this is a hint that Amanda has a lot of those]
Amanda: Oh well, yeah, you know the film business. [I wonder if this is a message from KJ and BG – that they work long hours! ]
Dotty flatly: Not really.
Amanda plonks down her bag and falls onto the couch.. giving Dotty a big whiff! lol..
Dotty: awh! Amanda!!
Amanda reaches for Dotty’s feet and starts giving them a rub.
Dotty: Owh. You smell like a three-pack-a-day smoker.
Amanda: Well, I’ve been in the editing room all day. [My goodness, Amanda has the cover story down pat now!]
Dotty: You know, Amanda, you do things today that you never used to do. I mean, sometimes I don’t even think I know you any more.
[whooo we come back to the theme of secrets!!! This ties in nicely with Dotty’s comment in Sour Grapes about the wine on Amanda’s dress and rushing out after Penny’s phone call and saying she’ll ‘probably explain later’. Dotty responded: Sure you will. (as in- I know you won’t!) ]
Amanda: Oh, Mother, come on. You know me better than anybody in the world. What are you reading?
[Amanda seems to have come to terms with the part of her job which requires her to keep secrets from her mother.. Does Dotty really know Amanda better than anybody in the world? or is that a lie too?
Hmm.. I think at this point, Lee might know Amanda just as well.. what do you think?
I love how Amanda changes the subject.. good one Amanda!]
[We see see a close up on the Senator and the leaked photo LOL at the article’s title “Rub-a-dub-dub Hot Tub…”- if you try and read the actual article it’s funny! it’s all general blurb about nothing which could be true of anything.. the first paragraph says: “the facts regarding the situation remains the same, state the authorities. Details concerning the action have been given a preliminary investigation but it is felt that only by a more detailed study will the true facts become known.” – so funny!!]
Dotty: Another FBI report on poor Senator Connors. [Another? lol I still want to think this photo shows Senator Connors helping an old guy with his towel ]
Amanda: Oh, in the hot tub?
[I guess this is the second time the photo has been in the press- since at the IFF meeting yesterday we saw this photo in Lee’s slideshow at the meeting and he said it had already been leaked.. I guess that makes sense with Dotty’s use of ‘again’ too..]
Dotty: Yes. I mean, you know, I was like everybody else, I was intrigued…
…For about 10 seconds…
…Then I was ashamed of myself.
Amanda: Oh, why?
Dotty: Well, because. I mean, you know, we’re talking about… We’re talking about real people, with real families, with real careers…
[Whooo this diatribe of Dotty’s is a good one.. way to go Dotty – this statement is as true today as it was back then.. Sadly, I think this is happening more in the press these days…. not less, and more and more people are reading it.. I’ve always wondered if this wasn’t all some kind of jab at the press for reporting on Kj’s love life or something.. or Groan! How Kj is ‘no angel’ and all that rubbish!]
Dotty: Well… I just don’t think that they should print that kind of garbage. Do you agree?
Dotty: All right, good.. I’m glad you said that.
Dotty: … because I want you to sign this.
Amanda: What is this?
Dotty: This is my letter to the editor, complaining.
Dotty: I mean, somebody has got to do something.
Amanda: What do you mean, Mother? Don’t you have an inquiring mind?
[I’ve always thought I missed the joke here.. is Amanda referring to something of the time in the 80s with the ‘inquiring mind’ reference?! Or is this a dig at The National Enquirer maybe?? and an article about KJ or BG?!
Any ideas anyone?]
Dotty: Amanda, will you be serious? Let me tell you something, honey. If you would take some time for a real cause, you would feel wonderful. Trust me.
Amanda smiles and nods at Dotty,
Amanda: You’re right, Mother.
Amanda gives Dotty the piece of paper she signed, and brushes her hands together – in what I guess is a ‘there! take that’ kinda motion?? what do you think? Again! I felt like this one went a bit over my head- is it a reference to something I don’t know about?! I’m not really getting the joke.. but okay whatev!
Dotty is exasperated with Amanda.. and the scene finishes here..
It’s a little sad, that Dotty can’t know that Amanda already knows first hand the joys of fighting for a real cause – and for the ‘real people’ – this focus on real people is something Amanda often values herself.. it’s evident here where Amanda has learned her values – but at the same time, it’s sad that Amanda has to keep this a secret from Dotty.
I guess some secrets are kept for the good of others (and the script says keeping Ronson a secret from Mary was good too).
Other things should remain secret for the sake of national security, and some secrets should never be recorded or it leaves people open to blackmail.. I guess the world of spies/government etc. sees secrets as being for good or evil.. maybe Dotty’s reference to not wanting to hear about senator Connors also underlines this – some secrets are best left where they are?
Whoooooo plus- Dotty seems to realise Amanda is no longer being as open as she use to be, while she may not like it, she doesn’t press Amanda, and so maybe she realises Amanda’s secrets are hers, and she can choose if and when to share.. maybe??
What are you guys all making of the whole theme of secrets?]
Moving on, we see Evil Nick walking down the street, in his hat and dark glasses..He’s smoking!! He’s up to no good!
Nick enters a phone booth and dials Ronson’s number.
It seems Ronson’s office is in the pentagon. i.e the man is connected..
Ronson’s phone rings.. LOL why does he look at it like that?! does it not usually ring? whahahaaha.. LOL I guess he was probably waiting for Nick’s call..
Ronson: Hello?Nick: I’ve got some fascinating reading here, Captain….
…Address…. Phone numbers…. Maybe I’ll go see your daughter at her boarding school.
[Someone punch this jerk right in that mouth!
Mary was conceived in 1966.. this would be what.. 1985? which makes Mary about 19 yrs.. would she still be at boarding school?]
Ronson: Don’t even think about it. I’ve got what you want. What took so long for you to call? I’ve been waiting all day.
Nick: Relax, relax. Just getting my ducks in a row.
Ronson: While I’m twisting in the wind, wondering whether I still have a career and a family? Damn you!
[I don’t know what it is about Ronson here.. but his disgust and anger over the phone at Nick just doesn’t seem real.. the acting seems very wooden and clunky to me.. but.. whatev!
No wedding ring on Ronson? I thought he said he was married..]
Nick: Things’ll be just fine, if you’ve got what I want…
[Ah there it is! Nick Cross philosophy of life summed up in one sentence!]
…A phone booth—corner of 22nd and Chesapeake. 45 minutes.
Ronson: Bring the file. All of it!
[Oh dear.. this was never going to work out.. how does he know Nick won’t make a copy? or leak the information once he gets what he wants?
I remember thinking at this point – why not just go tell Mary the truth?!
If she’s 19 years old, she’ll be okay. I mean sure it will be shock, but maybe she’d like to know her biological father?? and she’s not going to be disadvantaged in the 80s by being born out of wedlock and all that – much better than having a biological father who sold state secrets to a low life!!! ]
The scene ends with Ronson hanging up on Nick and taking a deep breath.. what to do huh.. Umm.. just tell Mary already!
We see a shot of Lee driving the corvette past the white house.. We hear Billy’s voice off camera talking to Lee in his car: Listen; I just got a call from Ronson. Cross contacted him. They’re going to meet in 45 minutes, at the Chesapeake pipe factory.
Lee : All right, then I want a dozen men (oh? no women need apply?!) at 22nd and Chesapeake, in 30
minutes. And I want a sharpshooter. The best you’ve got, Billy.
Billy: You got it.
Lee orders it? Billy gives it! tee heee.. I find Lee the boss funny.. but lol I do see that really, Billy is giving his top agent what he needs to do the job
Hope everyone is well and all ready to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.. Christmas can be a tough time.. and a very special time – full of many mixed emotions – here’s hoping your Christmas leans more toward the good times than the not so good times..
Anything you’d like to share about this part of the episode or the episode so far??? I’d love to hear whatever you’d like to share byeee!