Still discussing international fugitive (ha!) Joe King with the agent over the radio..
Billy: Well, give us reports for as long as you can, but get out when the roof starts falling in.
Agent’s Voice: Yes Sir.
The agent finishes his report.
Just a little aside here – I read on IMDB that Lee Maddux- sometimes writer/ story editor on this show is credited for this episode as ‘actor’!..his one and only acting gig I wondered what character he could possibly be.. I did find one picture of him here:
(no theft intended here so just acknowledging source)
..Lee Maddux apparently died in 2014
He would have been about 40 yrs old when this episode was filmed.. so try and keep your eye out for him – I was wondering if maybe it is Lee Maddux who is the agent’s voice?? hmm.. if we don’t find Lee Maddux (let’s play: “Where’s Lee Maddux?!!”) then I guess this might be the answer!
Anyway.. oops.. back to the ep!
Billy (to Francine): If they think an American killed their Prime Minister, they’re going to want his head on a platter…
(Lee approaches Billy and Francine looking very concerned.. stunned.. upset… and no I don’t think it’s a result of seeing Francine’s earrings though that was my reaction! Haaaa!)
…What is it Scarecrow?
Lee: I….I thought the name sounded familiar, right? I checked with the GSA Central Registry…..
…Joe King is Amanda’s ex-husband.
Both Francine and Billy are stunned.
[Hey! they should know by now- Amanda is always involved!! ]
Billy: I’ll be damned.
Lee: I want this case, Billy.
[Hooooo haaaa.. Lee’s voice is gravelly with emotion – swoon!]
Lee looks so upset here saying he wants this case – I half expected Billy would refuse him. I mean.. it’s not good to be so emotionally involved!!! Seems evident to me that Lee is extremely emotionally involved..
Billy: You got it.
I’m surprised there was no hesitation or question here of Lee taking the case!
Lee’s reaction to Billy giving him the case seems just as emotionally charged.
Lee seems almost beside himself here..
Maybe it’s a sign of how highly Billy regards Lee as a professional agent. Or.. maybe it’s a sign of how Billy doesn’t fully appreciate just how close Lee and Amanda are now?? (after all he is not all knowing!) and how emotionally involved Lee is here??
What do you think?
Hmm maybe it’s both?!
Francine: Well this is just too bizarre to be made up…
Lee’s grinding his teeth here as Francine remarks (yes BJo ‘cheeky Lee’)
…Amanda’s ex is an international killer.
[too funny.. -this is made up! the smk writers dared to make this up! maybe this statement of Francine’s is a little wink to the audience – come on this far out ride.. it’s worth it ]
Oh and haaa!!! There you go – actually I can now see why Billy gave Lee the case – can you imagine if Francine was the lead investigator??!!!! gah!!!
Billy: International suspect, Francine.
[well corrected there Billy!]
At least Francine looks chastened here..
(to Lee): No playing favourites on this one Scarecrow….
…If you have to…. use Amanda… to find him……use her.
Oh my.. What a thing to say!!! At least Billy sounds regretful as he says this. Very sad music here.. here is the agency putting business ahead of personal. Or at least.. assuming it..
Looking forward to hearing what you all think of this – but Lee seems to respond to Billy’s suggestion of ‘using Amanda’ here with a rather blank expression – there’s no outrage IMHO
(like he is shocked Billy would suggest it). Which tells me that at the agency this sort of thing is standard operating procedure..
Would Lee use Amanda to get to Joe?
Why did Lee want the case? everyone?
We finish this scene with a very intense close up on Lee.
What’s that expression? what’s going on for him?
Lee looks scared IMHO.. but of what?
Well my instinct here as I watch this is that Lee immediately was afraid for Amanda – is she going to be okay? – the agency can chew people up and spit them out. This is really serious and I think Lee wants to protect Amanda here – what better way to do that than being in control of the investigation.
Plus, I think Lee is also concerned for Amanda and her family – and wants to help them. Joe is in trouble – so Amanda needs his help. Lee’s going to help Amanda no matter what.
Billy’s suggestion here to use Amanda if needed? I think it’s not even an option for Lee, but he can’t admit that to anyone at the agency – this is why Lee doesn’t respond to it. Yep using people is agency behaviour – but this is Amanda.. and Lee would toss out agency rules and priorities before he’d let Amanda down or betray her.
I think Billy cares about Amanda – but this just shows that Lee and Amanda are close in a way that is unique. I think Lee puts Amanda ahead of the agency.. he did when he committed treason to rescue kidnapped Amanda in Saved by the Bells..
Also, in Burn Out – Lee didn’t confide in Amanda what he was up to with his burn out.. and he felt the full force of risking this relationship because of the job/the agency requiring him to hurt those he cares about – in a way, that is using them.. using them to sell a cover..
My own view is that after Burn Out – Lee would never ever use or hurt Amanda like that again for the sake of the job… The agency can go jump!! am I making sense?!
Maybe Lee is also a little scared because things have been so comfortable and great between them lately – something really wonderful and real has been developing between them.. He doesn’t know anything really about Joe does he? maybe Lee too – like me- is wondering where Amanda’s head and heart is where her ex-husband is concerned.. her ex needing her help will certainly bring things to a head.. and cause Lee and Amanda confront some scary subjects- like Amanda’s divorce.. like Amanda’s feelings for Joe.. Just when Lee was beginning to gain confidence in this real relationship that was developing – this is scary stuff for Lee in every possible way.. Has Lee lost his chance with Amanda?? and.. he might be fearful now – but just how is Lee going to deal with all this?? We might be about to learn a lot about Amanda’s first marriage – but I suspect we are also about to learn a lot about Lee too
So far, I sense Lee is more afraid of how Amanda (and her family) is going to be hurt by all this, than Lee being afraid of losing Amanda. We saw Lee was afraid of this in Murder Between Friends.. (while happy for her and her promotion) -but here? I think his concern for Amanda is overriding his fears about himself being hurt..to me, the questions and little fears are niggling away at him in the background – but they are not at the forefront of his thinking or his priorities right now.
You may not agree.. but that’s okay What do you all think? I hope you guys don’t struggle too much with not jumping ahead for this one – for me.. ignorance is bliss!!! and makes it much easier for me to just stay with where I’m at in the ep!
Oh hey, interesting that Lee did not learn about this from Amanda too huh.. She got a call from Joe that he was in trouble.. and she hasn’t spoken to Lee yet.. Hmm.. interesting.. where is Amanda?! well.. we’ll see!!
whoooo I’m lovin this ep so far!!!
Hope my ignorant (of how this pans out) ramblings are not too irritating.. maybe they will stimulate some discussion?! byee for now!!!