Joe heads to the dukebox to find a song about his favourite subject.. Yep.. the song titled ‘happiness is a thing called Joe’ – (dig dig.. poor Joe well he is a good guy.. he just umm seems to me to be too selfish.. but.. YMMV.. still I think we’d all agree Lee is the better man!) I didn’t know the song’s title included Joe’s name- I’m not familiar with it.. but I like this genre..
We immediately cut to the bar.. Lee is there!!!! Looks like Lee was talking to Dooley, and he doesn’t have a drink in his hand.. so he isn’t there to have a drink.. why is he there?
Well.. he is there.. and uh oh.. he might see Joe and Amanda and get the wrong idea! and then there will be a season that follows where Lee and Amanda are kept apart thanks to this misunderstanding! Lee will go find a blonde and rub it in Amanda’s heart broken face.. rah rah.. Oh yeah.. no- that’s some other show.. the usual show.. Not this show!!!
Surrounded by all these happy people, Lee cuts a bit of a lonely figure here.. he’s longing to be with someone me thinks
We see Lee walk through the crowd away from the bar.
Then, we cut to Joe and Amanda..starting to dance.
gah!! they are going to dance.. I flippin want to see Lee and Amanda dance!! boooo.. but well if this is a goodbye dance? I can’t complain too much I guess!
What do you make of things here everyone??
Amanda closes her eyes.. and puts her arm on Joe’s shoulder.. even though this is IMHO a goodbye, it’s clear that there is still a kind of love and connection between these two. I guess it’s goodbye to the romance part.. and hello to co-parenting.. whahahaha.. no no hello to being old friends and that’s it! What do you all think?
Well.. we cut back to Lee moving through the crowd.
Lee sees Joe and Amanda dancing.. and stops..for a looong moment..
We are left in suspense a little at what Lee is going to make of this scene.. we can’t see his reaction!! gah!!!! Will he be sad? will he be angry or jealous? will he shut down emotionally? or.. could he be fine with it? ..he stands there watching for a moment and we have noooo idea..
Finally, Joe and Amanda turn enough so that Amanda can aaaaallllmost see Lee over Joe’s shoulder.
Amanda looks thoughtful.. IMHO wishing she was now dancing with Lee [Like I wish she was!] Amanda pulls away to look at Joe..
(right when the singers starts singing that ‘Happiness is a thing called Joe!’ how ironic.. )
I think Amanda is finished with the dancing.. and revisiting the past.. how about you?
And Amanda suddenly notices Lee over Joe’s shoulder..
It’s like she can’t believe it.. ( she wished him into existence and there he was!)
She looks directly at Lee and acknowledges him there.
Joe watching Amanda intently, and Amanda having forgotten all about Joe IMHO!
What do you all make of this? well.. of everything?!!
Joe’s face transitions into Lee’s face.. Lee looking at Amanda from across the room..
How about these picture above and below.. interesting frames huh!.. Amanda’s done with her past.. and she’s looking forward – toward Lee!
I think Amanda isn’t sure what Lee will make of how things look.. how about you?
But I like that Joe well and truly fades from view literally and figuratively!
Lee reacts to Amanda’s look with a smile.. Is that a smile of Oh I’m so happy Amanda has her family and a home again? Or, Oh I’m sooo happy that Amanda is saying good bye to Joe.. cos man, that looked like some goodbye dancing going on there!
Amanda smiles back..
And that’s the extent of Lee and Amanda’s interaction in this tag! The frame freezes here.. and this epic episode comes to a close.
Sooo much subtext going on here!! sooo much is left to our own interpretation!!
Based on what I’ve seen so far, I think it’s possible viewers could be left with the impression that Lee is happy because he thinks Amanda and Joe are together again.. and he’ll cry alone later kinda thing.. hey.. it’s possible.. though I’m pretty sure no one is thinking that right now since we all know how this pans out 😉
But then again.. there also doesn’t seem to be any sadness on Lee’s part here.. other than feeling a bit lonely before he saw Amanda there..
I’ve always found this ending to be very ambiguous!!!
How about you?? anyone remember seeing this for the first time??
My first reaction was a very loud: WHAT?????!!!! That’s where it’s ending???!!!! but.. what’s going on?!!!
Tee hee.. I’ve err come to terms with it.. it took years of intensive therapy, but I got there! tee hee..
I do think Amanda is showing plenty of signs though for the audience that she has said goodbye to Joe and any fleeting hope or thought of maybe putting the family back together is no more.. I like that she pulled away from Joe’s arms before she saw Lee.. it wasn’t in reaction to seeing Lee…she chose to.
Maybe Lee noticed this too.. I think I’ll go with the interpretation that Lee sees Amanda and Joe sharing a sweet moment, and dealing with their past.. Plus Lee knows he and Amanda have a connection that Joe can’t even begin to understand – thanks to their work together and all…
Lee would know better than anyone how good and healthy dealing with the past is when it comes to past significant others! (Lost and Found)
Lee: Hmm..how do you know when an affair is really over anyhow?
Amanda: I don’t know, I guess you just… know.
Amanda just knows its over with Joe 🙂
Yep… It’s over!!!!!
You know what else comes to mind.. another moment in Lost and found.. Remember the moment when Lee told Amanda he almost married Eva?
(I’ll just pretend Lee is not wearing a Cardigan!!!!!)
Amanda: She turned you down?
Lee: We never really got that far. I wanted to talk to her about it, she came running into the café all excited, and she told me she was marrying Angelo. She’d been his research
Lee: She’d already made her decision.
How fascinating.. I think had Amanda run to Lee and told him that she was going to marry Joe? Lee may have done the same thing again at this point.. told her he was happy for her.. because.. they hadn’t gotten that far..
Then again.. maybe Lee’s feelings for Amanda are now strong enough that he might have fought for her?
What do you think?
Hmm.. I think the idea of getting in the way of bringing a family back together would have trumped the strength of Lee’s feelings for Amanda.. but this is all just fun speculation..
What do you think?
The other reason this Lost and Found scene is so fascinating to think back to at this point in season 3 – is that Lee has had a close call with Amanda by the end of this episode.. and he knows deep down – he needs to tell her how he feels!!!! He’ll need to do something.. soooo maybe now he will begin to prepare himself for that.. or begin to take further little steps forward? Hmm.. we’ll see!!!
Hope you don’t mind my little revisiting of Lost and Found..
Anyway, I think Lee senses here at the end of TWWH that Amanda knows it’s over with Joe too.. no wonder he is quietly smiling.. but it is ambiguous enough I couldn’t be sure if I hadn’t seen beyond this episode and didn’t know what was coming…I think they give the audience hope.. but it’s vague enough to keep us in suspense.. What do you all think??
What’s next? Fast food for thought?! I sooooo don’t remember that episode!!! Can’t wait to get into it!
Looking forward to hearing what you all think of this slightly left of centre tag, and this episode over all..
I’ll finish up with Kiwismh’s script notes she’s shared with us.. an interesting description of this final moment!
Thanks so much Kiwismh for all your work transcribing this episode, and the script notes have been a fun addition – I really appreciate it!! what a tumultuous episode this has been to blog.. if not for you Kiwismh – I’d still be up to meeting Shamba!!!
Kiwismh’s Script notes- Joe and Amanda at Dooleys
Joe – I’ve got to face it… you’re not the woman I married. You’re not even the woman I divorced. You’ve changed Amanda King.
Amanda – I’ve developed outside interests.
Joe – Whatever they are, they suit you. (half question) You don’t want to turn back?
Amanda – I want to go on from here. I have a great future to get ready for… who knows what it will be.
Joe – How about some music?
Angle – to rear of Dooleys
A patron turns – Lee watching from the anonymity of a crowd of college students. Amanda waits at the table. Joe plunks a coin in the juke box and it begins to play “Happiness is a thing called Joe”. Joe offers his hand to Amanda, and she takes it. They walk slowly to the dance floor and begin a slow dance, natural and comfortable in each other’s arms. Lee tosses some bills down and strides off, pretty unhappy. The couple turns so that Amanda meets his eye for one moment. She smiles. Is it for Lee?
Amanda in one corner, Lee in the other as they have their private moment.
Soooo what do you all think?! What about this made you want to share the script with us here Kiwismh? would love to hear your thoughts!! byee everyone!