Hiya! I want to keep this episode moving at this point as much as I can.. I’ve managed to knock out another post…so with no delay.. we keep on walking through J.Edgar’s ghost -whooo that sounds creepy!! I’m not walking through ghosts!!!!! umm.. walking through the episode titled J.Edgar’s ghost!
Nick collects his van and heads back to the dumpster to collect the files he hid.. He finds there’s a crowd of people blocking his path – there’s been an accident of some kind and a policeman waves Nick on – Nick can’t access them. Hooray! finally luck seems to go in the goodies’ direction! suffer Nick!
Love the dialogue of the arguing over the ‘flippin road’ whahahaa..
Man in suit: I was pulling around this… … this oversized garbage can, when that maniac came barrelling down the middle of the alley.
Truck driver/ Maniac: I’m telling you—this guy was driving like he owned the flippin’ road.
Man in suit: The flipping road, as this Neanderthal man so quaintly calls it … has the right of way.
[ouch! what a zinger! tee hee]
Truck driver/ Neanderthal man (at same time, off camera): Has two! Count.
[as they argue we see the pension reports are still in the large dumpster]
… Two lanes. He wanted both of them! Or maybe he can’t count.
[whooo hoooo take that!! now that’s a flippin zinger!!!! ]I love that grown men say ‘flippin’ on smk!
The policeman waves Nick on more furiously as we hear the men continue arguing..
Man in suit (to the police): Can you read my lips? Read my lips.
First police officer (waving): Go round!
Nick is thwarted by a little roadside barney.. a flippin maniac and a guy who can’t count.. thank goodness for their poor driving!! and bad tempers!!
Next up, Amanda goes to check up on Agnes.. We find them standing by Agnes’ door..
Agnes: Well, it’s, it’s really sweet of you, Amanda, but I… I’m just trying to rise above this. You know?
Amanda: Sure, I understand, Agnes…
[It was a lovely thought of Amanda’s to stop by and check Agnes is okay.. and give her some company if she’d like..]
…I just thought, you know, maybe I’d drop by and be sure you weren’t lonesome, or anything.
Agnes: Well, I am…
[I think it’s fantastic that Agnes is so honest here – brutally honest] … I’m… lonesome, and I’m angry, and I feel ugly, and-
Amanda: Ohhhh! Agnes! Come on!
[Dare I say it? yeah.. I dare.. this might be just me.. but this is one of the only times in the whole show where I wanted to slap Amanda! She went there to offer support to Agnes. Agnes finally opens up and is honest with Amanda about what she’s going through – and Amanda cuts her off and IMHO judges her. ‘Oh Agnes come on’ – is like saying – don’t be silly! You shouldn’t feel that way! – telling someone how to feel is really disrespectful – and I find this kind of conduct from Amanda really out of character – she is usually very sensitive to the needs of others, very compassionate, very gracious and very careful about what she says in response to people when they are unloading and being honest with her. Here? I find Amanda disregards Agnes, brushes off her feelings. Amanda may find it silly that Agnes feels ugly – but Agnes just had her heart ripped out – she can feel however she flippin wants to.. without the judgements.. I think this attitude of Amanda’s toward Agnes also fuels the audience’s tendency (and my own in previous viewings) to look down on Agnes as being weak – I think it was very brave of Agnes to speak openly of her pain here. okay the ugly comment is a little over the top but I cut Agnes some slack – when Nicky loved her, she felt beautiful – now she finds Nicky didn’t love her at all – and everything is turned on it’s head.. Maybe a man had never made her feel beautiful before.. the world is not so kind to women with the pressure to be beautiful. Nope.. I can’t drum up any disapproval of Agnes here.. I think she’s doing the best she can.. all things considered!
Nope.. this is not the usual Amanda in this scene!!
Agnes: But, I’ll be all right…
[Yes because she just started to tell Amanda how she was not alright and Amanda cut her off!]
…I just have to start… and I know you can’t do it for me… [lol I’ll say she can’t!!!] … but I appreciate it.
[I think Agnes just wants Amanda gone!!!! I think she knows the intention was good.. but..
frankly, I can’t blame her]
…Call me if I can do anything.
Agnes: I will.
[not!!! Agnes is already feeling hurt, Amanda’s reaction to her honesty only compounded her feelings of loneliness IMHO – I think Amanda is a gorgeous woman, and has never known what it’s like to question whether any man will find her attractive (like I imagine Agnes has)- Learjet made great comments (in post 8) about how Amanda is very different to Agnes with her cheerleader past?! Those comments now seem to be spot on to me!! ]
Amanda: Okay. I’ll let myself out. Now you just take it easy.
It is lovely that Amanda cares for Agnes, I am sure she does.. but.. I just don’t think she gets it.
After Amanda has walked out, Agnes lets out a massive sign
and slumps her shoulders
– maybe unhappy at how Amanda’s ‘comforting’ made her feel – while well meaning (there is no doubt) it just stirred up a whole lot of discontent and hurt in Agnes.. and at the very least – Agnes is left alone to feel very unhappy about the current state of her life.
BTW- I think without the pearls and glasses and stuff Agnes is gorgeous.. but.. I get that Agnes doesn’t know she is.. and Nicky’s ‘Love’ made her feel beautiful. While it’s great if a woman can see for herself her own beauty – I can’t blame a woman for finding the love of a man made her feel beautiful (sadly, this ‘love’ was just an illusion-and Agnes is still grappling with this reality).
Amanda get in her car and drives away.. and Agnes gets a call from Nick.. his call goes to the answering machine, and Agnes is shocked it’s him..
she listens in – riveted.. with her hand on the receiver poised to pick up the phone.
Nick (over answer phone): Agnes, it’s Nick. [no more cupcake?!] I can’t apologize for what happened, but I can explain why….
…It involves the security of the country, Agnes, on the highest levels… [hmm interesting, this is actually all true! ]
…But it’s almost over now, and… when it is, we won’t have to live like this anymore…
Agnes lets go of the phone receiver.. not having to live like this anymore has stunned her.. Pow!
I think from Agnes’ expression here she is wondering – nooooo can there still be a hope for us?!
Nick (continues, over answer phone): Uhh… there’s just one more thing that needs to be done, and you’re the only one I can trust.
Uh oh.. ‘the only one I can trust’ – that seems to be the part that hooks Agnes and gives Nick the opportunity to reel her in.. Oh nooooo..
Nick caught her at a very vulnerable moment.. hurt, alone.. and.. she’s starting to wonder if she gave up on him too easily (now she no longer has smoke in her lungs and can breath again )
After so many months with her, Nick has become expert at manipulating Agnes, he has learned her well – whereas Agnes never really got to know Nick and is totally unprepared to resist. It’s not a very fair fight!
I’ve always thought at this point – how could she possibly still believe him??!!! What an idiot!!! but actually.. this time?? at this point?? I’m actually shocking myself here – I can see why she falls for it.
I think the ‘bargaining’ stage of that grieving process has kicked in- Maybe if I do this, Nicky will love me, or will change his tune.. maybe he’s in trouble and he needs me? or maybe I can convince Nick to give the files back.. or heck maybe if I do this Nick and I can run off together and start a new life! [she’s so unhappy with her current one – this would be a temptation.] Nick is pure evil.. like the devil in Agnes’ ear..
I think it was right of Amanda to not leave Agnes alone – she is too vulnerable with Nicky still out there at this point – but Amanda kinda blew the chance to be quietly present.. you know what I mean?!
Speaking of Amanda.. we find her driving along the road..
Amanda shakes her head and says to herself: She’s gonna need somebody to talk to!
She does a u-turn and heads back to Agnes’.
No don’t go talk to Agnes.. She tried talking to you and got an “ohhhh Agnes! come on!!” yeah not happy with your skills at this moment Amanda!
Amanda drives back to Agnes’ home and sees Agnes get in her car and leave
– she gives a disapproving look
and Amanda says out loud to herself – Ohhh Agnes! where are you going??!
Amanda gives another disapproving expression and the scene ends there.. with Amanda following Agnes..
Call me crazy, but that is a little condescending! She treats Agnes like she is a child!
So Agnes isn’t allowed to leave her home Amanda? she’s a grown woman.. and Amanda has no idea she is going to meet Nick, there is no call for that tone from Amanda…
I’m so surprised at Amanda here – but the ‘I’m disapproving of what silly little Agnes is up to’ tone is very irritating to me!!!
Heck maybe you all don’t mind it.. and heck maybe I’m the only person who has an issue with Amanda here! It soooo rare that I ever think this of Amanda’s treatment of another that I’m really surprised by it myself! And yet.. I still feel the same way.. go on! interrupt me and say ‘Ohhhh Iwsod! Come on!!!’ tee hee.. nah.. leave me to my rants.. and you can go ahead and have a rant of your own! I’d love to hear what you and what everyone thinks of this part of the episode..
Is there a reason for Amanda’s attitude here? Amanda can’t know at this point that Agnes is headed toward Nicky… But I can’t help but think of how loyal Amanda was towards Lee when everyone else thought he was dirty.. and he hit Amanda! Poor Agnes, there’s the slightest chance that the man she loves might be that man – and not some monster – she’s going to go find out and find out what he is once and for all!!! I can understand her need to do that –even if I wish it weren’t true.. but bargaining is pretty powerful! maybe she misunderstood? maybe she can help him.. he trusts her! he needs her!!
Funny, I’m finding the walk through the episode at times doesn’t always leave the plots of episodes looking very shiny and wonderful.. but for the guest stars- the walk has helped me to appreciate them more, and follow their stories more closely.. it has given me a new appreciation for their journey – which I think I was overlooking in preference for focusing solely on Lee’s jeans err I mean Lee and Amanda’s journey – you know?? Has anyone else experienced this?
I felt the same way with Jean in Vigilante Mothers, and James Brand (aka Potts!). For an episode that I don’t class as a favourite, I am enjoying thinking more about Agnes’ journey.. and I now see her as much less of a bad cliché!
What about you?
[what’s even funnier – there is no Lee in this post.. and I didn’t notice! eek.. don’t want to make a habit out of that! ]
Anyway, I can’t wait to hear what you all make of this! byee for now!!!