Cut to view of Amanda’s station wagon pulling up at a park – Rock Creek park about ‘2pm’ I guess..for Zernoff’s catch up with Stanislav!
Dotty stops next to her parking spot.. will she do it??!!
Dotty: OK, ah ha.. this is what I hate about driving is when you have to parallel park.
Zernoff: Ah ha. [I think he has no idea what parallel parking is]
Dotty: How do you do this in Russia?
Zernoff: I don’t know, I don’t drive.
Dotty: Oh dear. You’re going to have to learn. Do yourself a favour…get yourself a little car… [I love it!]
(She puts the car into reverse and braces herself.. whooooo!!) …OK hang on, here we go, whoop…
[lol the car jerks a little.. but somehow.. she manages it!]
…There. Good! I did it!
Zernoff: Thrilling Thrilling. [lol does he mean that?!]
Dotty: Oh wasn’t that good?
[Dotty doesn’t need to run off with a Russian – parallel parking is a huge adventure for her apparently! lol!! I’m not sure Dotty is prepared for a real adventure! lol!!]
Zernoff: Dorothea you have a great future in my country driving a Russian Tank! That’s perfect!
[Top marks to Zernoff.. he is suitably excited and encouraging!]
Dotty: Yeah!… (Dotty gets out of the car)
[LOL as she gets out you can hear the car chiming because she has left the keys in the car lol! Also, love how the car behind Dotty isn’t parked in the parking bay so it’s extra tricky for Dotty!]
…Yeah! Rock Creek Park, Oh it’s a lovely park. But then we have wonderful parks in Washington.
(As they chat, the camera pans down a few cars and we see the corvette pull into the last spot)
[ lol no parallel parking for Lee.. why didn’t Dotty take that one?!]
Zernoff: Moscow too. Many parks. Here we are.
We cut to Lee and Amanda listening from the Vette.
Amanda is not happy about listening in.. Lee glances at her knowing this is not easy for her..
I think he kinda likes it that she is struggling with this a little..finds it kinda cute 😉
Amanda: Look what are they gonna say that could possibly be interesting to the Agency?
Lee: Amanda this afternoon before he left, Zernoff had a phone conversation with another expatriate, about a meeting here in Rock Creek Park…
[Hey, anyone ever tried the impossible – blotting out Lee’s voice here so we can hear what Dotty and Zernoff are saying? I think I hear the word handsome and beautiful.. but I can’t be sure.. anyone?]
…Now if it makes you feel uncomfortable, both of us don’t have to listen to it…
(Lee puts on headphones)…Do we?
[What makes Lee think that Dotty’s handbag will be at this meeting??!!
What do you all make of Lee here? Amanda seems surprised by this turn of events.. lol!]
And what timing Lee has! The first thing he hears? :
Zernoff: And your daughter Amanda, she remains unmarried also?
Dotty rolls her eyes a little: Yes, I don’t understand it.
[Yes being unmarried is so strange! ugh!!]
Oh my gosh- this scene!!! I remember this scene!!!!
whoo hooo!! Get ready guys!!!!
[Lee says this quite audibly.. lol.. I think he knows this is going to eat away at Amanda and he is teasing her.. lol.. but also.. what about his reaction to Amanda’s unmarried status?]
Lee pauses a moment,
takes off his headphones and responds: I thought you didn’t want to know?
Amanda: Oh come on….
Lee: It was nothin,… (Lee pauses a moment)
err.. your mother just said that Zernoff was very handsome…
Amanda: well he’s-
Lee flatly: – they’re talking about marriage.
[I can’t wait to hear what you all make of this!!
I think Lee is teasing Amanda because the only thing worse than listening to Dotty is watching someone else listen while she has no idea what they are saying! but.. interesting that Lee doesn’t tell her what they were talking about huh!]
[Love Lee’s mischievous little side ways glance here..
right before he puts his headphones back on – torturing Amanda!]
Amanda: They’re talking a……(Amanda stops mid sentence)
[I think Lee puts on a bit of a ‘whooooo this is fascinating and juicy stuff’ kinda look just to tease Amanda some more! tee he!]
…Oh come on.
(Amanda pulls out the headphone cord and Lee gives her a little sideways grin.)
I guess this is a little Lee gotcha moment!
The view (very wisely) stays on Lee and Amanda reacting as we hear Dotty continue: Heaven knows she’s had enough chance. She was engaged…
[At this moment.. Amanda freezes like a deer in the headlights realising just what ‘marriage’ her mother had been talking about -oh no!]
…to a wonderful man…
…about two years ago…
Lee turns to look at Amanda.. He’s all ears! Amanda gives him a sideways glance.
…Well maybe he wasn’t wonderful..
Amanda turns to look at Lee.. and she licks her lips! teehee..
Lee IMHO seems unflinching here.. he isn’t shying away from where this is headed at all. He’s taking it all in.. Amanda is a mystery he is wanting to solve.
[Ohhh I can’t wait to hear what you guys make of all this!]
Amanda can’t maintain the eye contact in this moment and she looks away.
…but he did have a good job and he was wild about Amanda.
We cut back to Zernoff and Dotty – noooo go back to Lee and Amanda! tee hee..
I’ve gotta say.. I don’t enjoy seeing Dotty discuss her daughter like this with a man she just met. If I was Amanda I’d be cheesed off!
Zernoff: but she was not so wild about him?
[eh? this is a Russian defector, not a lady down at the Laundromat! who knew Russian defectors would love to gossip?! lol could be a risky combo that!]
Dotty: No, Well she was fond of him. But then she got this job at a production company called IFF or something like that,..
[If Zernoff knows about the agency’s cover of IFF, he now knows his welcome neighbour is agency no??!!! and if he knew that – I don’t think it’s a stretch he would suspect Dotty of being a plant also.. and maybe not her real mother.. Hmm maybe that’s why Zernoff is suddenly so interested in Amanda? lol I doubt it.. but well.. who knows! ]
…and I dunno she just lost interest in Dean. I don’t know…
… I think there’s somebody at work but she hasn’t said anything.
whooo hooo! We immediately cut to Lee and Amanda in the car reacting to this last little bit of speculation on Dotty’s part!
Amanda loudly clears her throat and coughs, looking away.
[Thank goodness Amanda didn’t say anything to Dotty. seems it could be all over the neighbourhood if she had]
Lee turns away and supresses a smile I think.. what do you think?
He seems to look out the window while he gets control of the glee that springs up at hearing this little insight from someone who knows Amanda well!
While Lee is looking away, Amanda begins to turn back to him Amanda: excuse me. [making like her cough wasn’t about covering up Dotty me thinks.. ] She smiles and chuckles a bit at this awkward moment. Lee begins to turn back to look at her (thus why he’s blurry in the above image of Amanda smiling).
Lee is about to look back at her, when their attention is drawn to the static that starts to come through.. Drat!!
Lee takes his headphones off from around his neck.
Lee: We better go, we’re losing range.
They both get out.. no words are spoken about Dotty’s idea of there being someone at work Amanda is involved with… It just silently rests between them.. why?
I think neither of them are ready to be openly honest about it yet.. but I think Lee was thrilled to hear it. Encouragement that he is on the right track maybe!
Amanda didn’t seem to want to go there either.. but she brushes it aside and moves on.
I also like to think that the changes in Amanda are not really due to their being a man at work, it’s due to the work.
Has Amanda been comparing all men to Lee since they met?
I prefer to think not! What do you think?
She quit her job and her partnership with Lee in Murder Between Friends.. (it wasn’t easy but she did it) and didn’t seem to have a problem dating Byron. I don’t think Lee is 100% the reason why Amanda hasn’t found someone else ‘since she started at IFF’.. but I would agree that since the beginning of season 3 he has been! Does that make sense? I just haven’t seen Amanda as having given her heart over to Lee so early.. I think she was teetering and fighting it.. but I think she could have gone off with Byron if things had worked out. But hey.. thank goodness they didn’t.. and umm poor Byron! 😉
Well I am sure there will be as many views on this as there are people who stop by! Feel free to share your thoughts 🙂 they are very welcome!
I guess Dotty knows Amanda well, but also –from very early on Dotty was wondering if Amanda was having an affair too.. lol so I’m not inclined to think Dotty is extremely insightful when it comes to Amanda.. she knows something is going on – but can’t comprehend what it could be. lol at least this time she has come up with an idea that is compatible with Amanda’s character! (No Bud Marcher’s for her!)
Oh and why does Dotty say Amanda was engaged to Dean? Was she?? I don’t remember that!!
What a fabulous scene huh!! Bit of a strange post – most of it is looking through a windshield and so a bit hard to see!
So what do you all make of it? do tell!!! I couldn’t bring myself to split this moment in two.. so a bigger post than usual this time.. might be a longer delay than usual between this and the next post – I’m not ahead with writing posts and have a lot on boooo! But.. I’ll do what I can.. hope you are all well and can’t wait to hear from you!