We find Lee in the Q bureau.. getting himself a cup of water. There’s a knock on the door..
Lee: Yeah, come in.
In walks Ronson his arm in a sling..
They exchange big smiles..
Lee: Ah. Captain Ronson. (he’s not ‘Ted’ anymore?) …How’s the arm?
Ronson: Fine. Few more days, I’ll be out of this thing.
We hear a knock at the door and can see someone dressed in red through the glass.
Lee and Ronson look towards the door.
Amanda opens the door, holding a file folder.
Amanda looks surprised to find Lee is not alone here..
[I am completely distracted by the ‘bottom’ left corner of these images btw!.. ahem..]
Interesting, Amanda knocks and then enters without Lee responding..
Amanda: Oh, I’m sorry. Excuse me.
Lee: No, no, Amanda, come on in.
Amanda: Oh, well, thank you. Hello, Captain. [Hmm seems they have been introduced!]
Ronson: Please, I… I just stopped by to say thank you… [I always wished Ronson had said that he had chosen to tell Mary about her true parentage.. and they were taking things slow getting to know each other!]
Ronson’s thank you seems aimed at both Lee and Amanda.. would you say?
… For me… for my daughter…
[Love how Lee and Amanda look at each other here and smile as they listen to Ronson’s thanks]
LOL well that’s a very straight to the point thank you! Thank you is done – goodbye!
The little reminder here about Ronson’s daughter just seems meh to me. Am I suppose to cheer that the secret of Mary’s out of wedlock conception is safe? Oh phew.. that would have been a disaster to find out.. purlease.. This is the ‘hooray look what we’ve done’ achievement?
Better to focus on all the secrets that were never squeezed out of that toothpaste tube!!! But.. they don’t even get a mention here from Ronson.. it’s all about him and Mary. Meh! Can’t say I mind saying goodbye to this little subplot! I guess this is a way the writers can again show that there were real people with real families involved.. but I’m not seeing this secret as necessarily destroying his family.. soooo it doesn’t really gel for me. Plus, while it is great to remember there are real people involved – the fact that powerful people with secrets to hide can’t be blackmailed into doing unscrupulous things and selling national secrets is, I think, something that is also of great value!
Security secrets can keep the country safe – I thought that was part of the point of it all – some secrets are best left as secrets.. but.. whatev! Back to the tag..
As Ronson heads for the door:
Amanda: Goodbye, Captain.
Lee: Good luck.
Amanda: Good luck!
Having been left alone with Lee, Amanda sighs and gives Lee a rather cheeky, sly look he doesn’t notice…. she begins to wave the folder in her hands around..
Lee: Well, how do you like that, huh?
Amanda: Mmm. [wave wave of the folder!]
Lee is basking in the glow of his good deeds.. feeling great.. he walks around to the other side of his desk and he sees Amanda is holding a file. waving it actually.. haaaaaa..
Lee finally notices.
Lee: what you got there.
Amanda: Ohhh just a little something from the Francine Desmond file.
[Love how Lee is suddenly looking worried!]
Amanda (super sweetly!): uh huh.
Lee (quietly): let me see it.
Amanda (suuuuper sweetly): you can look but don’t touch.
( oh my…. double meaning there Amanda?? ) We see a close up of a photo..
Lee: wha- (Lee tries to grab it)
Amanda (how gleeful!):uh uh uh uh uh uh uh!
Lee: ahhh.. ha….
…errr Amanda look, that was a Christmas party three years ago..
[that would have been a few months after he met Amanda no? I thought that Christmas they were stuck in the woods.. And what is a Christmas party photo of Lee being silly doing in the Francine Desmond file anyway? Was Francine keeping it for a time when she needed leverage?! And.. what was Amanda doing in the Francine Desmond file?! Looking for dirt on Francine- to use one day for leverage?! No way did Francine give Amanda that photo.. not after the little jibe about Francine and M street!] Okay – I digress!
[KJ’s expressions in this scene are fabulous!]
Lee is squirming furiously.. while Amanda is having lots of fun! Amanda knows where this is headed.. whereas Lee hasn’t seen it coming yet!
Lee : it was silly.
Amanda: mmm hmmm
Lee: you know it’s not a very terrific thing to be showing people…
…They might misunderstand.
Amanda: misunderstand this?…
…I don’t think so.
( I LOVE her delivery of this line!)
[ahhh Lee finally begins to catch on to the game that is being played here.. IMHO he thinks this is the blackmail game!! ]
…what do you want for it?
…ohhh nothing! This is freeeeee..
Amanda hands the photo over to Lee.. and he snatches it quick smart – worried at what she is going to demand of him lol!!
Relived to have it back..
[LOVE how he snatches it out of her hand!! Too funny!!]
… it’s the negative that’s going to cost ya!
We cut to a wide shot, and the tingly music starts playing.. lol.. it seems Lee has fully caught on – this Blackmail game – is actually the Dating game! And Amanda wants to play!!!! (squeeeeeee!)
This is a game Lee knows how to play well and he enjoys!!
Lee starts to get in on the fun here leaning in : How much?
Amanda: Ohhhh wellll…
[Amanda pretends like she is making this up on the fly – you cunning woman you! ]
…we’ll probably start with dinner at Spencer’s…
[I think Lee looks at Amanda’s mouth here – squeeeee]
Amanda leans in very close.. and Lee lets her come as close as she likes I think he thought she might be about to kiss him.. what do you think? But.. that would be too easy!! and this is all part of the game!!
…and then we’ll take it from there.
[Love how Lee’s dimples start to show as Amanda finishes explaining the evil plans she has made for Lee to earn back the negatives! she is simply terrible isn’t she Lee!! tee hee!!]
The scene ends here..
Soooo what’s going on with Amanda?! lol.. anyone not love this tag?
Inspired by Nick Cross, Amanda decides a little blackmail of her own could be very advantageous!!! Only.. Amanda blackmails for Good not for Evil 😉
Nah.. really I think the inspiration for her actions here go back to the tag of A Lovely Little Affair – this tag seems to me like it’s quid pro quo (latin iwsod! ). Amanda has it all planned.. and knows what’s coming. She leads Lee down the path.. he’s uncomfortable.. not sure what’s happening.. and then pow! she surprises him with a date! And it’s all under the guise of this ‘blackmail’ of hers.. So again, it’s dating without calling it dating. but there is no doubt they both know very well what is happening between them here . but significantly, this time it is at Amanda’s instigation!
Amanda’s more recent inspiration for this plan of hers IMHO was the earlier experience at Kelsey’s.. Amanda could see that Lee was having fun.. not that he had a roving eye, but that he liked playing the game.. Why not play the dating game with just one special someone??!!! It doesn’t need to be with 4 black books full of women.. Just one special woman will do
I think Amanda took away from Kelsey’s the idea that the dating game is suppose to be fun – it’s a game that is a joy to play… and that she needed to get in on that game as Lee was maybe suggesting (throughout their time in the bar he was suggesting to her to get in the mood and go with the flow) – he meant for the cover/job… but I think Amanda saw this was something she could also apply more widely.. Lee enjoys the fun of dating.. and I think Amanda is challenged by this, and challenges herself to branch out a bit here, to rediscover her own fun she can have with dating (which plays nicely into Amanda’s slightly stick in the mud attitude in Over the Limit) And Amanda is letting Lee know she is willing to play this game too..
Plus, by using a photo of Lee in his ‘silly’ days – Amanda is implicitly telling Lee that she knows of his past, and she can cope with it just fine.. She can even make it part of the game!
Yes, when you’re talking about love you’ve got to be patient.. but.. love is also fun.. So you can also have lots of fun while being patient!!! you know??!!
Maybe also, the experience of Agnes has prompted Amanda to step it up – Agnes gave love a go and took a chance.. maybe Amanda could too – especially given she knows Lee is a good man. [The most attractive quality ever IMHO!] Amanda can do the dating thing.. why not!!! And she can have a great time in the process! I think this also helps Lee and Amanda to not get too freaked out by the risks they are taking by heading into this new territory together.. but at the same time, the risk means they will take this slowly.. (while having fun 😉 )
I wonder if Lee was hoping Amanda would ‘get in the mood’ by taking her to M street.. maybe it was a way of him challenging her a bit to consider playing the game with him?? what do you all think?
I’m still thinking through Lee and all this – funny, I find Amanda easier to peg down here at this point! that’s unusual for me..
but I would say that once Lee realises what’s happening, he is relishing her cheekiness and he’s playing along happily. I think he looks at Amanda with a fleeting amazement.. that she’s really good at this dating game- she got him good!!
Lee was attracted to Amanda before he had seen this cheeky dating side of Amanda – now he’s seen it.. I think he’s even more hooked than ever!! Squeeeee! (swoon) Squeeeee! (swoon)!!
A few final thoughts.. I wanted to see dinner at Spencers!! and … what did come after that??????!!!!!!!!! I guess smk is expert at leaving the audience wanting more.. when it comes to love – we are going to have to be patient!!!! (especially when it comes to love on a tv series! )
When Amanda says it’s something from the Francine Desmond file- I think Lee was terrified there was something in her file about how they played backgammon! what do you think?
I think it was good to see Ronson, and have him convey his thanks.. but.. Agnes was the main protagonist wasn’t she? (well she was for me!) Why don’t we get to see Agnes again? why are we left with Agnes clutching the file in her car, with mascara running down her face? Not only do we not see her.. we don’t even hear how she is going! Ugh!! I wanted to see her having risen above it all and moved on.. stronger, and determined to heal and move forward. Very unsatisfying..
For those of you who find her annoying or whatever – I can understand you wouldn’t want to see her again lol.. but for me, I felt she had more significant ends to tie up than Ronson and his thank you.. meh!! I would have liked to see Agnes again in a later episode and find out how things went for her.. but.. oh well..
Soooooo did that wallpaper behind Lee in his silly photo look familiar?? here it is again!
It’s the same wallpaper that was at Kelsey’s!!!
Seems Lee had a Christmas party there 3 years ago. haaa..
Here it is again:
I wonder who the lady is who is also in the photo.. do you think maybe it is this lady? :
Lee almost runs into her when running after Nick..
haaaaa.. hey- anyone see a fruit basket while Lee and Amanda were at Kelsey’s? Lee really did get into happy hour ! 😉
Also I think Lee is wearing the plaid shirt in the photo.. which is what he had on during the final action sequence and at the dump!
Funny Lee went to the Christmas party 3 years ago at Kelsey’s in a shirt he was just wearing with a girl he just almost crashed into.. tee hee..
Well, we’ve come to the end of this episode.. overall this episode is not a favourite.. but it had a couple of favourite Lee/Amanda moments.. and Agnes’ journey has really grown on me.. Not an episode I would have chosen to spend a month on but such is life – busy times come along and I need to slow things down..
Next up is Flight to Freedom.. I can’t wait!
A huge final thank you to KC for all your efforts in transcribing this episode!!! (and learjet for being the beta reader )
Also, I won’t do a post on JWWM about the season 3 ep order just yet.. but I’ll post about it on the Nedlindger’s episode order thread..soon! I have a few ideas for the last 4 episodes which I’d love to discuss and explore if you are interested..
Sooo what do you make of Amanda’s actions here at the end of the episode?? and how Lee responds?? What’s your thoughts on this episode overall?