We find Lee and Amanda have gone for a walk with Shamba (where’s his hat?! He needs it!) on the hunt for Joe King.. Interesting that Shamba is walking between Lee and Amanda – after last week and all that touching/hand holding this feels lacking in this episode! Deliberately so..
Shamba: Quite a bit of shooting. Besides the Prime Minister, a guard was also killed at Government House…
…Word of the deaths started some local panic in T’Bai which spread into a night of looting and fires.
Amanda: Yes but no one saw Joe—
[look out for the random bicycle!]
Shamba: – Pull the trigger? no,…
…but someone saw him running away…
…Now it’s enough, if not for justice then vengeance… [eh? what is he on about!] …It is hard living in Estoccia now…
…The food is short, the land is parched like a vengeance. The people have few good things, but they loved their Prime Minister… (ahem!) …They want their own vengeance for him.
Amanda: This is where Joe lived when he was in Law School.
Lee: Well it looks like we turned off Memory Lane onto Fraternity Row.
Amanda: No, this is Mrs McDonald’s…
…We called her Mrs McDragon. She rents rooms to law students. Joe lived right up there…
(A lady yells out to one of the students they have a phone call)
…That’s— Mrs McDonald! Hello.
Mrs McDonald: Hello.
Amanda: I know you probably don’t remember me.
Mrs McDonald: I sure do – Amanda.
Amanda: Yes, that’s right.
Mrs McDonald: What’s going on? Is this some off year reunion?
…Your old boyfriend was here last night. Did you two ever tie the knot?
[Uh oh… now Joe’s been demoted! I could have sworn Amanda explained to Lee in post 9: Joe and I were married in ‘72. Joe started law school in 1973. Joe lived there in law school.. Amanda just said so.. and now Mrs McDonald wonders if they ever got married?
Okay, she could be forgetting.. but it sounds like if Joe lived there he wasn’t living with Amanda and Phillip who was born in 73- so if he was married they weren’t living together.. what a mess! I get that between episodes these things can be jumbled..but in the same episode?! ]
lol Lee and Shamba are paying close attention here.. for I’m sure very different reasons
Mrs McDonald: Oh, er, come on in.
Amanda: Thank you.
They all head inside.. Shamba is last.. and does his little arm flap as he goes through the front door..
LOL Lee turns around and gives him a look
and he lets Shamba go ahead of him.. yes should probably keep an eye on this one Lee!
Love Lee’s little hesitation as he looks back at the door.. I think Lee is thinking – don’t trust that guy!!!!
Now that I think about it.. it didn’t matter that Shamba left his hat behind – there is no way a hat could convince anyone this is an average American! 😉
Inside, Mrs McDonald shows them to Joe’s room.. err I guess we missed the part of the conversation where they asked to see his room.. because its a bit random for -hey Amanda shows up after Joe and so is automatically shown what his room looks like!
Oh hey, Shamba does another arm flap coming through this door too.. I never noticed that before.
Mrs MacDonald: Joe said he was in town for a seminar and there was a mix up in housing, I had the room so- Course he’s a little older than most of the kids but then who isn’t?
Shamba: Are you sure it was Mr King?
Mrs MacDonald: Yes, he slept right there last night…
Shamba feels the bed’s vibrations lol.. Mrs McDonald gives Amanda a sideways glance.. who is this guy?!
Amanda’s unimpressed.. I think she’s too caught up in worrying about Joe to notice.
Mrs MacDonald asks Shamba: Excuse me, what are you looking for?
…Some kind of an aura?
Shamba: It is not out of the question.
Amanda: Mrs MacDonald, did Joe say where he was going?
Mrs MacDonald: No, but he was gone when I got up.
Shamba notices that Lee has found something..
Shamba: What is this?
Lee: Oh, it’s just traveller’s cheques – empty.
Love Lee’s shifty little look at Shamba having bought his line about the thing being empty.
Then Lee sneakily puts it in his inside jacket pocket.. Yep.. Lee’s found something!
Amanda: Um, look, I’m going to give you my phone number, and if you don’t mind, if he comes back by or he calls or anything, could you just give me a call?
Mrs MacDonald: Sure, but why don’t you stick around. The kids will be drifting in about 4. Could be a couple of laughs.
Lee: Ah, no. I’m sorry, not today.
[Why does Lee answer and not let Amanda answer? Hmm.. maybe this is because he just found something and he is giving Amanda clues he wants to leave? What do you think?]
Mrs MacDonald: It’s your loss. I could tell you stories about—
Amanda: Mrs MacDonald, it was good to see you…
…Please don’t get me in trouble.
Drat! I wanted to hear Amanda stories.. we get to hear so few of them! ‘In trouble’ is an interesting way of putting it.. I’m guessing we’ll unpack that!!! Sooo what do you make of it everyone?!
Mrs MacDonald: Okay.
(Mrs MacDonald heads for the door and leaves them)
Amanda: Okay. Bye bye.
(to Lee): Well—
Lee gives Shamba a sideways look.. what to do with Shamba?! He found something and he doesn’t want Shamba to know..
Lee: Well, ah, we’ve got to be going to…
(Love the silent conversation Lee has here with Amanda.. these two are so good at that now!! Follow my lead Amanda!)
… I think someone should stay here…
…and keep this place under surveillance though.
Shamba wordlessly points to himself… like me?? really?
Amanda: Oh, that’s a good idea.
Amanda: See you later.
Well I should finish up.. we are slowly but surely learning more about Amanda. Seems she is a very private person in general.. I wonder if this is a quality that Lee enjoys – I think Lee likes a good mystery.. a fascinating riddle.. and I think Amanda is that for him Sooo what did you all get out of this section of the episode? or so far??!! I’ll be back soon! Can’t wait to hear from ya! Shamgooba!!!