Post 28 and we are on to the tag? phew!! this is a JWWM record!! Back at the King home and Amanda and Dotty are planting flowers..
The boys and Joe arrive..
Amanda: Well, well, well, how was the game?
Philip: It was fantastic. The Orioles won and it was close.
Jamie: Dad said it was a moral victory. [Hmm interesting choice of words.. what do you think of this?]
Philip: It was rad!
(Joe puts the Orioles hat he was wearing onto Jamie’s head)
Joe: Thanks for letting me use your hat.
Dotty: Okay, we’re going to keep up the theme, we’re having hotdogs for dinner.
[Ahh like they hadn’t eaten enough crap already!]
Dotty herds the boys into the house..
[what’s she up to here.. she intentionally giving Joe and Amanda alone time?? uh oh..]
Amanda: Thank you mother.
(the boys head inside, and we see Dotty pause to look back at Joe and Amanda.)
Oh dear.. Dotty gives them a ‘knowing’ look.. goes to show how little Dotty knows IMHO!
do you think she is hoping they’ll get back together here? Or.. it could also just be that she is glad to have Joe visit and for the boys to spend time with him.. What do you think?
I’m leaning toward the show suggesting here that Dotty was mentally making all kinds of plans for when Joe moved back in I think it adds to the question that’s been floating around on and off during this entire episode –and which I don’t see as being answered in the episode yet (though there are hints 🙂 )
Will Joe and Amanda get back together? Is that a possibility? IMHO Dotty seems to think so.. [that blue eye shadow is scaring me!]
Left alone.. Amanda lets out a sigh..
Amanda: Well, you had a good time.
Joe: Yeah, sure did.
Joe: How about you and me going for a pizza.
Amanda: I would love it.
Amanda stops her gardening, rubs her hands together and heads into the house to prepare for going for pizza.. Oh boy.. Hear that sad theme again? Gah! Makes me want to cry, only.. I’m not sad Joe and Amanda split up!! 😉 whahahaaha..
Joe smiles after Amanda..
And we quickly cut to Dooley’s… hooray why linger?!
Hey, I’m sure we saw that lady with that handbag earlier.. I remember thinking it looked like a Louis Vuitton.. and then I thought if Dooley’s is mostly full of college kids it might be a knock off.. yes random pointless thoughts.. but it means I remember her!
So we find Joe and Amanda sitting at a table.. phew.. so glad they are not sitting at a booth!
Looks like they’ve been there a while and polished off a jug of beer and a pizza..
We find Joe watching Amanda intently. I wonder what they had talked about during their meal.. (I’m guessing it wasn’t all about the boys)
The sad themed music continues as Joe seems to make a decision here.
He puts his fork down and pushes away his plate..
Joe: Well, I guess I’m just gonna have to face it.
Amanda: hmm.. What?
Joe: You’re not the woman I married…
(Amanda turns her head.. not quite sure of what’s coming next maybe?? thoughts?)
Joe chuckles: …You’re not even the woman I divorced…
(We switch to a close up of Joe)
… You’ve changed Amanda King.
[Anyone find it fascinating that he chooses in this moment to call her ‘Amanda King’? Rather than just ‘Amanda’? I think it’s very interesting.. I guess he’s thinking of her as his former wife and mother of his children.. but he is beginning to see that there is much more to Amanda than that]
Amanda quietly smiles..
Amanda: Well I’ve just developed some outside interests.
[I love this answer.. hmm I’m guessing we may all hear something different in these words here..
I’ll share my thoughts but don’t feel you need to agree!
I love this answer of Amanda’s because to me, it’s about her whole new life, not about THE man!!! Yes Lee is a part of things.. but he is not THE reason.. so many times in shows they put these changes down to a new man.. the right man.. and Lee is the right man! But.. the changes in Amanda IMHO are because she made choices in her life, took some risks and was brave. She pursued her work at the agency, adjusted to all that involved and has grown as a person in many ways.. she is still Amanda, but she is now a much more well rounded, confident and at peace person. Amanda’s outside interests are partly Lee, but they are really also about her work at the agency, and building a life for herself that is separate to that of wife or mother.. she is now her own person. I love this part of Amanda’s journey!! ]
Joe: Yeah? Whatever they are, they suit you…
(Joe pauses a moment..)
[Interesting.. so Joe is saying here she is a better woman?? the new Amanda suits her.. well admire away pal! ]
…You mean you don’t want to go back?
[Whoa.. what a curious question! Vague… it could be about Amanda and Joe.. or about Amanda and her previous life as just a wife and mother.. or both! though I tend to view it as Joe asking – is there any chance of us ever getting back together? ] what do you think?
Amanda’s gaze is direct and confident here when we cut back to her..
She’s very confident of what she is about to say..
Amanda: No, I want to go forward…
…It’s going to be a great future.
[Going back is not going to happen.. time for a new phase in Joe and Amanda’s relationship.. I think there is no guarantees for Amanda here that things with Lee will work out, but I think having settled things with Joe, Amanda is excited about her career and that part of her life. I also think that Amanda would now like to give it a go with Lee and see what happens, she’s open to it and now seeing it as possible
Lee has shown himself to be a thoughtful, dependable, quality guy throughout this episode, he wants what is best for Amanda. His qualities have shone in this episode.. and his growing feelings for Amanda have been on display too no? Amanda IMHO has noticed!! what do you think? ]
We cut to Joe smiling.. and looking unsurprised by her response. [I think he asked knowing what the answer would be.. because there has been such a change in her, but he had to ask the question to know for sure..]
Though okay, maybe a tiny bit regretful..
[Yep, you gotta accept what she’s willing to give here Joe.. and move forward without her]
Joe: How ‘bout some music?
Whoa! We cut to the wide shot, and once again.. like back in his old frat room, they are holding hands again!
Joe gets up to put on some music.. the way Amanda opens her hand and just lets him remove his has a very final vibe to it..
Ironically, her open hand is saying ahhh closure!! – you’re free.. and I’m free.. we are done with the past.. moving forward separately!!!!
Given this little meal is at their old hang out, it is all part of that closure they both need no?
Well.. I’m going to need to pause here for the moment. I don’t want these posts to become too mammoth, and I want to just savour slowly the remaining moments in this episode..
Plenty to talk about in this scene up to this point as it is anyway! The dialogue is very open to interpretation I think.. lots of subtext.. I’m looking forward to hearing what you guys think is being said here between them. All views very welcome!
Stay tuned.. back to finish up this epic episode soon!!