Hey everyone! Back to Amanda’s.. and Dotty is reading through old letters of Joe’s with Amanda.
From the looks of this pile, Joe did lots of letter writing. In umm very neat and creative cursive!
Dotty: Right. Here in this letter from the 3rd…
… he says “ we’re doubling the distribution of the food south. I’ll have to clear away the dead wood – three months easy.”
[Is this Joe writing that his latest trip will be over in 3 months easy?! This letter to me hints that Joe was working long stretches, and downplaying the time he would be away..kidding himself maybe?? not wanting to acknowledge it?
Oh and.. this gives us a little insight into what job Joe was actually doing while he was away – sound like he was responsible for distribution and efficiency of the aid distribution?]
Amanda: Okay, this is it… (Amanda joins Dotty with even more letters!) …These are all the letters from ’82 and the rest of the letters from ’83.
Okay guys- my head hurts- chronological stuff going on here! Amanda met Lee in 83, when she had been divorced for a year – so that means the 82 letters were the year they divorced yeah? no? I don’t know!
Dotty: What am I looking for?
[A new outfit.. please! A new outfit!]
Amanda: I don’t know, mother. Anything out of the ordinary. Anything that he doesn’t usually write about, you know. Anything that’s not about the rainfall or how big the lizards are. Maybe he had a fight with somebody – I don’t know.
[I don’t think it’s a stretch to say this is one of Dotty’s worst ever looks!!! With that scarf thingy she looks like she has a plaid hunchback! It’s the plaid monster!!!!! Thank goodness she didn’t leave the house in it ]
…Look, you probably better keep the boys on kind of a tight rein, and if calls try to find out where he is or at least get a number.
Interesting that she hands over letters from 1982/83.. seems Joe didn’t write letters to Amanda about personal stuff.. but mostly about how big the lizards are. lol!
Dotty: Amanda, you would be much more persuasive.
Amanda: Tell him to call me at IFF.
Dotty: Oh! You and that blasted film company!…
…Here is the father of your children in a lot of trouble and all you can think about is going to work.
[breaks your heart doesn’t it? that Amanda can’t tell Dotty that her work is vital to tracking down Joe. Hmm I do like how he is called ‘the father of your children’ – much better than the love of your life, or even ex-husband.. because it relates purely to the boys and not her relationship with him. ]
Amanda: Mother, I’m going to be looking for him. They’ll know where to reach me at IFF. Everything’s gonna be okay, don’t worry.
(Dotty gets on with reading the mail while Amanda gets up and leaves..)
I’d certainly like to know where you get your information.
Whooooo full of irony!!! and.. a bit more of Dotty grumpy with Amanda’s work.. I guess it is reasonable for Dotty to be unhappy about Amanda going to work now because she doesn’t understand how film editing could be so important at a time like this.. hmm..
There’s an interesting slant on this scene in the script that I read something about Amanda not letting Dotty read some letters because they were husband/wife only type letters.. interesting that this was removed. anyone want to share this section with us?
Dotty comes running out of the house yelling after Amanda: Amanda! Vice Principal Dennis is— Amanda??…
…Amanda!!, phoooone— Ohhhh.
[Too late Dotty! but thanks for telling all the neighbours BTW- love how Dotty has just given Principal Mrs Dennis a demotion!]
Dotty returns to the phone: …I’m sorry Mrs Dennis but you just missed her.
Ahhhh the magic of television..
Yellow flowers…morph into Purpley red flowers!
We have magically changing flowers!
Mrs Dennis: A detective was at the school today.
[ugh.. this just keeps compounding.. Mrs Dennis makes it sound like a police detective not a private detective. But fantastic that she at least called to talk to Amanda. I think this plays differently in the script and it’s clear she is talking about a private investigator..]
Mrs Dennis: There might be a problem with Joe.
Dotty: Yes, well, well— well it is true, yes, the— the Police are looking for Joe.
[anyone else thinking – oh nooo don’t tell Mrs Dennis that. she might believe that PI now and keep in touch with him!]
Mrs Dennis: It’s terrible.
Dotty: I know, it’s just awful and— well—
Mrs Dennis: We’ll keep our eyes open here.
Dotty: Thank you for being careful, and I’ll tell her.
Mrs Dennis: Okay, goodbye.
The scene ends here.. goodbye!
I better pause here for a moment.. anything interesting in this section?? I know it’s not easy to not jump ahead – especially in this episode..hang in there!!
I think there are a few things we hear about Amanda and Joe here in this section that are interesting – it’s good to pick at every little detail no?!! LOL!
I mean.. it’s good to take our time and explore little sections of the episode like this which get overlooked as we watch because the episode is so full of highlights!
Huge thanks to Learjet who kept me sane yesterday – I was so stressed with life pressures it just got to me. I won’t get into it here.. Learjet has written a few posts that will be coming up – Learjet would you like to tell others about it?
If anyone else who stops by here regularly would like to do a post feel free (only limitation is- don’t jump ahead of the story oh and it must be smk )
I to not pause the walk through TWWHome but if I’m too busy I might need to – and it’s great to have options. Thanks everyone for helping with the transcribing, and for stopping by or just having patience with me – this blog wouldn’t still be going if not for support! thank you!!! byeeee!