Huge thanks to KC for transcribing this episode!!! 🙂
So, back in Lee’s hotel room, Lee is pacing and fiddling with his Marvin’s badge.. Lee’s excited! lol Amanda meanwhile is flicking through a magazine.. Hmm.. why isn’t she excited? I guess it’s good she’s relaxed being alone with Lee in his room!
Lee: This is a perfect chance to work Metz…
[I guess Amanda just told Lee about her breakfast date meeting with Marvin]
(Amanda glances up at Lee’s back…. but quickly goes back to her magazine)
…Get inside his head—see what makes him tick.
Lee turns around to look at Amanda.
There’s a knock at the door.. Amanda looks up..
Lee starts walking toward the door.
Lee: Hold on.
Hmm they both seem surprised.. guess they weren’t expecting anyone.. They may have been thinking they’d have a relaxed evening together – with no dramas about who sleeps where to deal with
Lee opens the door a crack..
When Amanda sees who it is, she looks back at her magazine pretty quickly..
Lee: Oh. Come on in. [Hmm Lee wasn’t expecting Francine huh.. how did she know what room Lee is in?! hmm she has her ways!]
I think Amanda gives a little (Mc) grimace when she realises its Francine.. I suspect she would have been fine with anyone – but Francine!
And doesn’t Francine look sooo smug and happy!
Oh I can’t wait to hear what you all make of this scene!
(Francine looks around the room and walks toward the table as Lee shuts the door.)
Francine: Ohhhhh!.. Well, isn’t this a cozy little place you two have here?
Hmm interesting assumption! Or.. is she testing?!
Francine laughs and walks around the table.
Amanda (not bothering to look up from her magazine): My room’s down the hall, Francine.
My goodness.. Lee must be happy at this moment he went with separate rooms no?
Francine: Ah, weeeell,…
…how times have changed, Scarecroooow.
Lee looks to be wanting to shut this train of thought down promptly.
Lee attempts to divert this topic of conversation as Amanda looks up at Francine then Lee wordlessly.. just taking in this little exchange (as I’m sure Lee is well aware!)
Lee (abruptly): What have you got on Bendix?
Francine: Oh, gobs…
(Francine takes a seat and Amanda goes back to her magazine. I think she knows Francine won’t want to include her in this little update.. )
…Seems he developed the prototype for that secret sauce that made Marvin’s burgers famous.
Francine: But, according to him, Marvellous Marvin stiffed him—no glory, no money, zip. So, now, he’s muttering something about revenge.
[do you think Marvin really did? ]
Amanda: What kind of revenge? [Amanda risks it and joins in!]
Francine: Oh, I don’t know; he fell asleep at the piano bar, singing “Moon River”, off key. I’ll pick up where I left off tomorrow. [Hmm lots of singing going on in this episode.. ‘Let’s go to Marvin’s’.. and earlier Francine said Bendix was singing ‘my day will come’. lol!]
Lee: Good work.
Francine: That is what they pay me for.
(Both Lee and Amanda seem to give a little smile at this response.. so Francine.)
(Francine gets up from the table and walks toward the door.)
Francine: I have to go hassle somebody about my room. Seems they lost my reservation.
Francine heads for the door.. but turns back to look at Lee – she seems to be making some kind of accusation here no?
In response, we see a close up on Lee..
trying not to smirk..
But.. he can’t help himself.. you’ve been busted Lee.. and we get to see his dimples in response
He doesn’t even try to explain it.. good call Lee! I sense that would have only encouraged Francine
Francine (continues super sweetly/too sweetly!): Well, now, you two sleep tight, and don’t let the bedbugs bite.
ROFL the shots of Francine here are hilarious! so exaggerated!! (Finally she opens the door to go!)
Amanda: Goodnight, Francine.
(whahahaha.. gee I don’t think Amanda means that.. come to think of it, I think most of what’s interesting in this scene is what’s not being said (verbally!)! Maybe we could do with one of those Raffie subtext translations here.. Raffie? or anyone else like to have a go? Go for it! )
Back to Francine for one last bit of narky super sweet politeness.
Francine: Goodnight, Amanda.
Whoa.. I’m worried.. I think Francine might need a chiropractor!
(Francine walks out and closes the door.)
It didn’t seem like Francine had any real new information to impart, that couldn’t have waited until morning.. Me thinks there was a separate little purpose to this visit.. can’t wait to hear what you guys think!
I think Francine came to find out the gossip.. were they sharing a room? and have a little dig at Lee because they weren’t and a little dig at Amanda for whatever. Had they been sharing a room, Francine would have had a dig at that too no doubt!
But I think this is Francine again trying to stake some kind of a claim on Lee over Amanda.. and assert her authority here. In psych terms this would be Francine trying to tell Amanda she’s in the outgroup and not an agent.. but I think really, Francine is in the outgroup because of Lee and Amanda’s partnership now!
That opening scene where Lee walks past her to get Amanda for this case?? Is probably at the root of this behaviour here IMHO. A reminder to Lee that Amanda is not in the ingroup? like: I’m the professional here. I do good work and that’s what they pay me for. I know Lee better than you do Amanda.. and don’t either of you try and forget it!
I see this as a desperate bid – because Francine is starting to sense she has been usurped. It happened some time ago mind you – but she is only now beginning to see it at least this is my current theory for this scene.
Soooo what’s with Francine’s reservation everyone??? She seems to blame Lee for this – was it his job to get her room too?! Lee did say earlier the hotel was pretty much booked out. So what would Francine make of that? Lee wanted Francine out of the way so he could have some space with Amanda? hmm not sure if I can see her thinking that.. but. then again maybe she could question it for just a moment and then reassure herself?
Her dig at Lee about how things have changed was rather telling.. once again we are reminded of that subtext we’ve heard before about how spies shared rooms and it was a ‘perk’ of the job.. and they probably got up to a bit of backgammon while they were at it (where did we hear about this?? Ohhh Lee said something about how in weekend if Francine had come it would not have been a problem sharing a room?) Ohhh and I’m reminded of that unshot script that raised this issue (was it ‘pillow patter’? eww.. glad they didn’t go there!)
–I guess raising it explicitly was avoided and instead smk went for subtle references..
First time I saw this, I wondered if Francine stopped by to test if Lee was interested in her ‘staying’ for some backgammon you know??? !!!! She didn’t have a room.. ahem.. ahem.. Lee could have sent Amanda on her way with some kind of excuse.. ahem.. but.. maybe it is a sign how very little Francine really knows Lee now? (though she does note a change so maybe she’s starting to wonder.. maybe this really was a test?!!!) eeek.. I don’t want to think that.. soooo I’m hoping you guys will make sense of it for me!
Okay well I better finish up here for the moment.. can’t wait to hear what you make of this and the upcoming scenes – I suspect this sequence is one of the only reasons to watch this rather meh plot! bye for now!!