So we left Lee and Amanda heading toward Colleen’s convalescent home for a visit, to ‘let her down easy’ that her fiancé really is dead…
We see the Corvette driving through the streets of Washington DC.
We hear Lee tell Amanda (while watching the vette drive): You’ll like Colleen. Nothing gets her down for long; I mean until now. It’s a miracle she made it out alive. They’d given her up for dead, both of them. [Gee this is the SECOND time someone has said it was a miracle she survived.. did you catch that everyone – it’s a Miracle!!!! enough already!]
The vette pulls up at the Two Rivers Convalescent Home. Lee and Amanda get out of the car.. well Lee struggles quite a bit to get out of the vette actually. LOL! Haaa.. It kind of cancels out the sex appeal effect of the car when he grunts and struggles to get out whaahahaa..
Ah! Look behind Lee! See the gazebo? That’s the Warner Bros Lot they are on (Gilmore Girls was filmed there) and we saw the side of the street opposite here in Fearless Dotty when Amanda used the hose to blind the baddie making his getaway.
Together, Lee and Amanda walk to the convalescent home entrance.
Lee: Yep, Colleen is a real pistol… [I’ve never liked that phrase!] …Why I remember one time in a cantina down in San Salvador…
[Amanda listens with great interest.. oh wait.. that cardigan is hideous!!!! Now I can see it clearly.. gah!! what’s with the sleeves?! ]
… where a bunch of drunk reporters bet her that she couldn’t….
(Lee pauses, looks at Amanda, Amanda smiles curious..)
…let me just say she goes a long way before she’ll admit that she’s wrong. Just like you. (Lee deliberately clears his throat)
Amanda quickly turns to look at Lee: Ohhhhh.
Lee teasingly repeats Amanda response: Ohhh.
A very cute little moment! I don’t think this was in the shooting draft of the script.. I wonder if it was an ad lib? I wish we could see their faces as they share this little exchange!
The script was very different with this walk to the entrance.. they are discussing completing the time and motion study – seems they are suppose to be recording where they are and how long things take – and Lee suggests they fudge the numbers, but Amanda is adamant she won’t lie.. A very interesting little exchange here that never made it into the show.. if anyone wants to transcribe it feel free – but plays well into how Amanda now seems reconciled with lying to her mother..
Anyway back to the episode we got..
So I’m seeing a few things here.. firstly, Lee and Amanda chatting comfortably and Lee enjoying recounting his story.. till he gets to the non family friendly bit I guess! lol.. because they involve drinking?? maybe? Way to go writers, that way you don’t have to actually think of a story.. and the audience can fill in the blanks!
So why doesn’t Lee tell Amanda about the bet?
Also, I think it’s so cute how Lee is totally teasing Amanda here about her stubbornness! Glad he says that playfully or I would want to slap him and say it sounds like you!! Ahhh that’s when you can see someone is in love huh.. when they find your at times annoying qualities endearing and they love everything about them!
Another thought based on this little exchange is how Lee sees Amanda as being similar to Colleen – maybe fixing her own clogged kitchen pipes was to underscore this point?
Also, this hints that Lee and Amanda have lots in common with Bart and Colleen – other than the engaged part tee hee.. the couples do seem to be living parallel lives in a way.. though Lee and Amanda as a romantic couple are in the very early stages – [dating but not calling it dating IMHO].. It’s going to be interesting to see how this unfolds.. but Bart and Colleen also worked together on a dangerous job.. hmmm! very interesting!!
We see Lee and Amanda enter the convalescent home, being watched by two men sitting in a car on the Warner Bros lot! lol.. I’ve got to visit that in person one day! who wants to meet me there?!
First man (the script says his name is Heck! lol.. first name ‘what the?’ nah.. the script says his first name is Dominic..) : The big guy we saw yesterday, he’s back…
[Big guy? whahahaa.. love it!]
…I’m glad we checked him out…
[Oh I know!!! I’m always glad to have ‘checked out’ the big guy!!! It never fails to please me ]
….You owe me 10. He had that look,..
[yes.. he has that look.. he’s very good-looking!]
… I knew he’d be back.
[I’d be hanging out and hopefully he would return too! ]
Second man (named Victor Lanz in the script): That’s 10 dollars well spent, our first good break.
[$10 to check out Lee? I’d say that’s $10 very well spent! and a very good break indeed.. oh dear.. I am completely distracted by checking out Lee.. focus iwsod!!]
One baddie shows the other baddie a photo..
First: This was taken in Angola with Stoler last year at the US embassy. Research pays off.
(So, last year Lee took a trip to Angola huh.. anyone noting this stuff? And how did they find this photo? on facebook? )
LOL.. Lee must have done a double take when he met the Burling Brothers (in Life of the Party) and found Vic Burling was the spitting image of his mate Bart Stoller! [Man another weird switcheroo with the guest stars.. at least they attempted with the glasses to give him a different look!]
Second: Should I stick with pretty boy or Colleen? [whooo I see he agrees with me.. he’s a pretty boy indeed!! whahahaaha.. he really was checking him out! whahahaaha probably jealous!]
First: Follow the big guy. Find out who he is and what he’s up to.
We cut back to Colleen sitting on the porch fiddling with her sunglasses.. (they look like Terminator glasses! don’t mess with her dudes!)
Colleen: I just graduated to these. I can’t take the light yet. Gah! it’s so damn frustrating not to be out there looking for Bart myself.
[Check out the body language.. Lee is very guarded here.. and Amanda is very supportive of Colleen.. before they’ve even started talking about things!]
Lee: Colleen, you saw Bart take a mortar round full on.
[Umm way to let her down gently there Lee! Pow!! straight into it! lol!! Umm wasn’t Amanda suppose to break it to Colleen? I find this whole scene plays out like the scene with Billy was like in the script – not like in the actual episode.. but.. whatev..
I think Colleen was being hit with a mortar round full on at the time herself.. and was evidently blinded by it.. sooo I don’t know how she could have really seen anything! but.. maybe it’s just me.. Oh I much prefer how the shooting script played this out.. but.. I’ll try not to be a bore here and I’ll go with it! ]
Colleen: Lee, the last thing Bart saw was me being hit and I’m alive. What does that tell you!?
Amanda to Lee: She’s got a point.
[Whooo hooooo!!! Hooray for Amanda! I like that Amanda is not disregarding Colleen here.. I like to think Amanda learned a lesson in J. Edgar’s ghost – when I felt Amanda was disregarding Agnes’ point of view.. here she is disregarding no more!!]
Lee: Colleen please…
…I’ve checked. I’ve got good sources- [umm Lee Colleen was one of your ‘good sources’ for years… so why don’t you listen and check it out?!]
Colleen: (Yelling over Lee) –Don’t ‘Colleen please’ me!!
[lol that shuts him up!]
…My stringer in Santarilla said the word down there is La Gaviotta got him out. It makes sense. He’s here in Washington right now.
[Whooo hooo!!! Go Colleen! I love that she is a fighter and will not let Lee talk down to her. You tell him Colleen! If there’s a chance the man she loves is alive, she’s going to fight for him! ]
Amanda: What’s La Gaviotta?
[lol what’s a stringer? anyone?? guess it’s someone who knows stuff and is in touch with Colleen!]
Lee: La Gaviotta’s an underground railroad for refugees…
…Actually it’s an over the water railroad started by some yachtsmen. They’re patriotic but terribly misguided.
Ohhh my..that’s Shakespeare! ‘they’re patriotic but terribly misguided’????!!!! Who talks like that?!! whahahaa.. Why does Lee always get the cringe worthy dialogue?! why didn’t BB put his foot down?!!! lol…
Colleen: They fly this so the refugees know which boats to swim too…
(Colleen hands Amanda a flag which she opens. It is yellow and blue.)
…My stringer made contact!
Lee: Assuming that La Gaviotta did get Bart out, why the hell hasn’t he called you?
Colleen: He thinks I’m dead! I think they’re hiding him so he can be a surprise witness at the Senate hearings this week…
…It’s for his safety. You know Harcourt will do anything to keep him away.
[Lee’s body language is now looking more open no?]
Amanda: Who’s Harcourt?
Lee: The US ambassador to Santarilla.
Colleen: Bart can prove that Harcourt has taken millions under the table in Santarilla. He has videos of him getting kickbacks for construction contracts.
Lee: Yeah, there is a Senate subcommittee probe. I think they’ve come up dry.
[Umm Lee you are talking to a reporter who was in Santarilla, I think she might know better if there was any evidence.. and may know something you don’t! Poor Lee.. IMHO the writing here makes him sound cheesy.. and pretty ignorant.. but I think we all know that is not Lee at all!]
Colleen: Bart can prove it! I’ve got to get to the hearings Lee. He’s alive and you know it too. And you know that if Harcourt finds him first he’ll kill him…
…Stop being practical Lee! This is Bart! I’ve seen you chase plenty of geese with less to go on.
[too right! Love this!! ]
Now this makes Lee stop and think!
He quickly glances at Amanda..
I think Amanda silently looks at Lee here encouraging him here to give Bart and Colleen a chance.. Lee is silent a moment.. And then.. he makes his decision.
Lee: (Sighs) Alright, alright,.. …I’ll check on La Gaviotta…
…Amanda take her to those hearings, keep her out of trouble.
[LOL the last time he asked Amanda to keep someone out of trouble, Mr Brand, they got into all sorts of trouble ]
Amanda nods silently that she will.
Colleen quietly: Thanks Lee.
I think Colleen is hugely relieved to have gotten this concession from Lee and isn’t too pleased with the keeping her out of trouble phrase.. lol.. but not wanting to push her luck she bites her tongue..
You know what, I’m really glad that there is zero hint that there was ever anything romantic between Lee and Colleen.. and they have known each other a long time.. hooray!
Well I better finish here for the moment.. It seems the whole let’s take Amanda with Lee so she can let Colleen down easy has basically been forgotten.. lol right from the start Amanda is not wanting to let her down easy, rather she is open to listening to Colleen’s information. Go Amanda! Lee slowly comes around to it.. A little too slow for my liking.. he had shades of Reach for the sky – when he was trying to tell Billy that Cyclops is just a myth! and he needs to forget about his friend who died or whatever.. ah well I guess we have to see a bit of opposition to keep the story interesting, but still.. poor Lee! lol!! What do you all make of this scene? Do tell! Byeee for now!!