We find Amanda walking to IFF, and entering through the front entrance. This is an unusual view of the street IFF is on!
– she’s being followed by Mr Prescott – does she know?
[She noticed the car following them last week (in flight to freedom) – so you’d think she’d notice it this week when she knows Joe is in trouble and the powers that be will be watching her?! Do you think she notices? I guess we’ll see..
If she doesn’t… this would make me wonder if this ep could come before last week’s episode Flight to Freedom.. hmm interesting!]
So why is Amanda walking? I guess Amanda took public transport from her meeting with Mr Prescott and then over to IFF?
Ahhh so Amanda has headed straight for Billy’s office.. how interesting.. that she still hasn’t seen or spoken to Lee.. Do you think this means anything?
Billy: Amanda, come in.
Amanda: Thank you sir.
Interesting that Billy gets up from his desk and walks around to the front of his desk to talk to Amanda – this is unusual..
Hmm.. maybe Billy is wanting to support Amanda here and not be too intimidating in his ‘boss’ role (heaven knows Lee isn’t intimidated by it ha!)
do you think that tall ship was in the office back at the Triton Club last week?
Billy: You heard about your ex-husband?
Amanda looks a little surprised.. maybe she thought this meeting with Billy was going to be her breaking the news to Billy about Joe!
Amanda.. they have their ways!!
Amanda: Ah yes sir, from a Mr Prescott at EAO.
[Hmm did she?? or is she lying here? Joe told her.. but did the EAO contact her also? I find this a little confusing.. doesn’t really matter but it would help to know where Amanda was not being truthful- this I find interesting! don’t mind me.. ]
…Sir, you know it’s absolutely ridiculous. Joe couldn’t kill anybody.
Billy: Well, Estoccia is a very dangerous place….
…We don’t even know for sure what’s hap—
Amanda: No Sir. Makes no difference.
(Amanda speaks forcefully here)
[anyone else find this a little curious? I mean.. it could be a warzone in Estoccia, Joe could have fought back in self-defence..but nooo Amanda knows Joe would never fight back or defend himself.. What do you all make of this??
hmm kinda interesting when you compare that view of Joe to what Amanda knows of Lee..
I’m not certain of what to make of it (lol like most things in this ep as I write!) – does this tell us something about how Amanda views Joe?.. it may.. maybe Amanda’s view of Joe is a little umm.. idealised? unrealistic? Hmm.. looking forward to hearing what you all make of this! ]
Billy: Well, it’s not his habit to pick up in the middle of the night and disappear is it?
[Billy chooses his words carefully here.. but this is a fascinating way of making his point – This question does three things – it asks if Joe up and left her suddenly in the past (whooo like when they separated), it asks about Joe’s character.. and if Joe’s character is as saintly as Amanda thinks – it says that this then is not a normal situation where Joe is acting normally and doing normal things – so something is not right here!]
Amanda: No sir.
I think Billy has made his point.. Amanda doesn’t have an argument for it.. but she doesn’t have to acknowledge it either..
Wise Billy moves on.
Does this remind anyone else of just a few episodes ago? Remember Agnes??: “No.. the man you’re describing couldn’t possibly be my Nicky!” oh dear!!
Amanda is the same here.. this is not the Joe she knows..
Billy: Well. We’ve thrown out all the nets for him, along with the CIA, FBI, Security Taskforce. We’ll do everything we can to get to the truth.
[Billy really means ‘we’ll do everything we can’ – even if it might mean ‘using Amanda’. Ha! Even if he cares about her.. In his view, it’s okay to do whatever it takes – (IMHO of course). He cares about Amanda.. but Amanda knows this comes with the territory, and the agency must come first.. this is the attitude of virtually everyone at the agency – so I don’t find it heartless or anything.. it’s just (to me) very different to the way Lee and Amanda operate with each other.
Billy’s approach here is fascinating.. he doesn’t ask Amanda if she has spoken with Joe or if she knows where Joe is directly. Seems he’s left that to Lee maybe?? – maybe because he senses Lee and Amanda share a special closeness.. maybe Billy is not so unwise in giving Lee the job as I first wondered.. lots of maybes from me in this ep! haaa!]
Amanda: Yes sir. Does Lee know?
[wow.. what do you make of this guys?!
I wonder if there is a little of Amanda not wanting to tell Lee about it.. or have to discuss Joe with Lee.. and if so.. why?!!! I think she’s happy to have Lee’s help – but maybe she didn’t want to have to break the news to him.. maybe?! hmmm.. what a fascinating episode! Don’t forget I haven’t seen this ep all the way through- or for a very long time! I am playing with ideas as I go – hope this is okay!!! ‘maybe?!’ 😉 ]
Billy: I already have him on special assignment…
…Very high level.
From Amanda’s immediate reaction to this news, I’m thinking she is really touched at the care that has been given to this – that Lee is on special assignment, and that it is considered high level.
Amanda: Yes sir. Thank you.
I think this is not just politeness here.. Amanda really means thank you. Thanks that the agency will do what they can to get to the bottom of things..
but.. there is also a tension here – because Amanda refuses to believe Joe could shoot anyone ever, at any time.. And the agency thinks at this point that anything is possible. I guess for Amanda knowing Lee is on the case is very reassuring.. Because she trusts him completely- awhhh..
This scene of Amanda defending a man to Billy is reminiscent of the scene in Burn Out – where Amanda went to Billy to defend Lee’s character. Did anyone else see this?
Amanda: Sir, I’d just like to say one thing. Umm.. even though Lee’s going through a pretty rough time, I think we should all remember that he’s really a, a very, well, a dedicated, and a caring and well.. a good person.
It’s fascinating (hey isn’t everything in this ep?!) to see Amanda now taking on this role of defender for Joe – her ex-husband and the father of her two children. I think this tells us that Amanda holds Joe very highly as a man of good character – regardless of whatever happened in her marriage. Does this mean Joe is a good man? lol.. or.. does it mean Amanda refuses to see him as anything but?
Even if he is a good guy – Joe can’t be perfect.
We saw (IMHO) Amanda start out with a big crush on Lee.. an idealised version of him.. and over time she has gotten to know and love and accept Lee completely – even though he is not perfect.. Did Amanda do the same with Joe?!! Or.. was this a first love and idealised? I think all these questions are raised at this point.. can anyone answer them so far?
I’ll be looking to have these questions answered as we continue to walk through this episode, but I’m tending toward thinking this is the case – Amanda idealised Joe and her first love.. (though how the divorce fits in here I don’t know yet!) and with Lee – she has a much more realistic relationship..
If love is unconditional and fully accepting, I’d argue her love with Lee ,even at this point, is more real that what she shared (shares?!) with Joe – IF she had idealised Joe..
Interesting to me how Amanda stonewalls Billy here.. and gives away nothing to him. Amanda’s loyalty is to Joe and her family – not the agency.. Just like in Burn Out how Amanda put Lee ahead of her own professional reputation (IMHO). And just like I was saying I thought Lee was with Amanda – back when Billy told Lee to ‘use her’?!
So what does this all mean? At this stage I’m not sure.. but I just know it fascinates me to have Amanda once again defending to Billy the character of a man who she knows and cares about.. I guess it could at least tell us that Amanda is very loyal and steadfast to those close to her. Maybe it is nothing more than that.. but it does make me a little uneasy that she is sooo steadfast about Joe – eek.. makes me worry that at this point maybe she is not over Joe? Ohhh I hope we’ve figured this out by the end of this episode! (I suspect together we will have ) so my torture will be of short duration!
okay guys.. I’ve rambled on enough – whoa.. this is a long one! so much going on here!! I can’t wait to hear what you all make of this scene.. do tell!! bye!