Before we find out who is at the door..
Here is the script notes on this scene provided by Kiwismh (thanks Kiwismh!):
Lee interviewing Amanda re her past with Joe.
Lee: Oh…say it’s criminal psychology. I’m trying to make the pieces fit. Joe’s wanted for murder, but from all you’ve said about the guy, he’s this mild mannered lawyer…
Amanda: He is. He’s your basic nice guy. Don’t use this case as an excuse to pry.
Lee: Pry? What makes you think I’m prying?
Amanda: You do it for a living…
Interrupted by knock on the door
What do you think of the script change?
I’m really glad they changed it. This makes Lee seem petty as it hints Lee is asking these questions now for maybe selfish reasons.. and it makes Amanda seem narky to give him that comeback – character wise, it all seems a bit off to me! but YMMV. What do you think? Sometimes scripts give us further insight.. sometimes.. it can be removed for a good reason this is of course totally a matter of opinion which you choose to see this change as Do tell!
Back to the episode!
Uh oh.. I see a baseball cap silhouette.. uh oh. Shamba?!
Lee: Oh no.
Lee turns back to Amanda.. not happy Shamba has tracked him down! and now!! of all times!!
Amanda on the other hand is thrilled with this interruption!
Amanda: Saved by the bell.
Amanda gives a cheeky little smile.. she knows she has a reprieve here! for now!!
Anyone else love that she says ‘saved by the bell’ and it’s a lovely little shout out to the episode ‘saved by the bells’ – where Lee committed treason to save Amanda? (swoony!) whooo and we saw the goldfish behind Amanda.. whooo!!
Lee points at Amanda to warn her as he gets up to open the door..
Lee: We don’t know each other.
LOL Amanda seems shocked to hear this.. but then the penny drops quick as a flash- Lee is thinking of the case and protecting Amanda- not trusting this Shamba dude..
I love this line ‘we don’t know each other’ right after they were simultaneously demonstrating how close they are and how well they know each other – while also seeing that there is much Lee still doesn’t know about Amanda!
Since they need to act like they don’t know each other with Shamba around – here’s yet another barrier keeping Lee and Amanda separated for the moment! It seems to me that the tension between Lee and Amanda is building toward something big in this episode.. which we are so far yet to see I figure.. can’t wait!!
Lee gives Amanda a last, silent serious look..
and he then opens the door to Shamba – Lee’s countenance changes suddenly to super friendly and happy
Lee: Ah Inspector, come on in…(Lee chuckles)
…Inspector Asam Ali Shamba, this is Amanda King…
…She’s the ex-wife of the man we’re after…
…She’s been very co-operative and, er, she’s also given us a couple of good leads.
Lee seems to want to paint a positive picture of Amanda for Shamba.. maybe to separate Amanda from any guilt by association with Joe. I sense Lee is concerned about how Shamba will treat Amanda – He is very closely watching both Shamba and Amanda – If Shamba tries to ‘interrogate’ Amanda – I think Lee is ready to give him a right hook… so Lee is on high alert – but trying to seem casual… how will Shamba treat Amanda?? – Lee watches very closely..
Think Lee is okay with the handkissing??
Look could Leatherneck have given Shamba a guide to how to treat women in America?? I think that might have been more relevant than the restaurant guide! I’m not sure what to make of Shamba and women.. it is a little old fashioned and all but why do I also feel a bit ick with the way he zones in on women, touches women and looks at them so (too) intently?!
Amanda: It’s a good hat.
Shamba: Thank you.
[I wonder if Amanda sensed Lee’s tension here – especially how concerned he was before opening the door – I think this is why Amanda compliments the hat! It broke the ice nicely!]
I enjoy just watching Lee watching Shamba and Amanda in this scene! Lee seems very pleased and relieved with how this introduction.
and maybe a little proud of how Amanda conducts herself? (she manages to cope with hand kiss/weird hand hold fine without showing any discomfort). thoughts guys?!
The scene ends here..
Ahhh back to Prescott.. guess he had a break from tailing Amanda..
Prescott: Mr Foster, we didn’t expect Joe King to get this far…
[Now every time I hear Joe King’s full name.. I think they are saying they are Joking! rofl!! If someone says ‘you must be Joe King’ in this episode I think I will loose it!! ]
…You may have to offer to speak with him. It may be the only way to get him to come back in. …Sir? Sir?
Ohhh this is flippin hilarious!!! Mr Foster is so busy with his baddie tea that he isn’t listening to Prescott! whahahahaa..
Mansion? Antiques? Artworks? Tea sipping?? This guy must be a really bad baddie!! [If he had the baddie telephone.. it could be defcon 5!]
…He does trust you, and he did call from Estoccia when he suspected.
Foster: Luckily for us. Now we don’t know. But now we don’t know what kind of proof he got out. If I offer to speak with him, we’re connected. It would be impossible, well, at least difficult, to kill him.
[Does that mean Joe called Foster from Estoccia and never got through to him?]
That tea strainer/tea cup prop is brilliant! What a crack up!!
The dialogue? meh.. seems pretty ‘weak’ to me…
Seems Joe was tricksy to even make it out of Estoccia, the baddies thought they’d trap him there..
Evil Foster notes – Bonus! the manhunt misdirects attention away from them, and on to the murder.
I’d say Foster’s attention is focused on the tea strainer!
[Sorry! couldn’t resist..]
Foster: …You know, I think I’m right about staying out of the office. If he comes there, you can deal with him. [ohhh so Foster is with the EAO also..]
Prescott doesn’t seem thrilled with this delegation of ‘dealing’ with Joe!
Prescott: Suppose he decides to come out here?
It’s tea pouring time!!!
I guess this is the baddie version of a tea pouring ritual.
Let’s discuss our evil plans.. and all the ways we can be nasty and hurt innocent people while protecting our own fat bank accounts.. let’s have a herbal tea.. it’s Fair Trade! Muahahahaa!!
Foster: Oh, I doubt he’ll find it. My address isn’t public but if so we can claim that he attacked me. (how lovely.. not!)
Foster hands Prescott a cup of tea.. whooo now this is a baddie tea party!
[Does Foster have a hip holster?!]
…Your friend did a very nice job over there. How did he manage the fingerprints on the gun?
Smug Prescott: Used an inside man. Switched the handgrip from a gun Joe King used and put it on the murder weapon.
[whooo this must have been that gun we saw Joe pick up and drop in the opening scene]
Foster: Fast thinking. Maybe he can help us here?
Prescott: No. No contact while he’s over here.
[Ahhh seems we are to assume this is referring to Shamba.. further evidence Shamba is up to no good maybe..]
Foster: Yes, well… Well, let’s talk about contingencies. If King is arrested before we get him, we’ll need leverage.
Prescott: Well, there’s his family.
Foster: I agree, that’s where he is vulnerable. Can we get to them?
Prescott: Well his ex-wife works for a Government production house – International Federal Films. I’m having it checked out; [whooo!!! a Government production house huh! I think that IFF should have gotten Colleen and Bart to head to Estoccia and report in! could have been fun to have an overseas couple checking in from time to time! ] …and her two sons go to school. [I take it back.. that is not tea they are drinking.. it is some form of evil kool-aid]
Foster: His two sons….
[Foster repeats this like this is the best news ever.. ugh.. Prescott nods]
[At this moment Foster in the foreground takes a sip of the evil tea – but to me it seems the evil tea cup is empty?!]
…Let’s be ready to move decisively. Best thing to do would be to kill him but we may have to get more— elaborate.
Ugh.. too much bad guys!! and no the tea sipping only made it slightly interesting..
When I really stop and think about what they are suggesting – these two refined men having a seeming civilised conversation are positively evil here.. This is some of the lowest tactics we’ve seen from baddies on smk. Right up there (err maybe I should say ‘Right down there’ with selling women.. creeps..
I think it is ironic (and flippin hilarious) that Amanda’s kids lives could now be at threat and it isn’t even anything to do with the agency (and being with the agency may actual save their lives!)
Okay guys.. I’ll finish up here for now.. these baddies give tea drinking a bad name.. Any thoughts on the episode so far you’d like to share? byee for now!