It’s tag time!!!! Back to IFF we go..
We find Dotty and Zernoff in a briefing room with Billy. [I guess this is a debriefing of the debriefing debriefing?]
Amanda is watching and listening to their conversation through the one way glass.
Billy: And then your daughter…..
Billy nods patiently: Yes. ..[love the way Billy says this ‘Yes’ humouring Dotty – he knows full well her name.. and who she is Clever Billy.. yes her daughter, whatever her name is! BTW- why is Billy, section chief interviewing them? Awhhh I will put it down to his wanting to look after Amanda’s mum and personally see this through as a favour to Amanda.. thank goodness he didn’t let Francine interview her! then again, Dotty could have recognised nasty Magda!]
… and she appeared?
[Just as he says ‘she appeared’, Lee appears!]
Zernoff: That’s right.
Lee to Amanda: How’s it going in there?
Amanda turns down the volume and responds: Oh it’s going fine,…
…except he told her… (Amanda switches off the speaker)
…that it’s top secret…
…and she won’t be able to tell anybody….
(Lee chuckles at this and looks back at Dotty)
… Its going to drive her crazy.
[Interesting, since Amanda was there – Dotty could talk to her about it.. which could lead to some awkward moments for Amanda!!! I think there’s a fan fic in that!!! lol..]
(Lee laughs some more)
– love this laugh of his.. so indulgent, comfortable.. intimate- it’s the kind of laugh IMHO you only share with those close to you!
Lee chuckles: Listen Amanda,…
…I want to talk to you about something-
Amanda: I know, I know. I should NEVER have tried to follow her alone.
Lee: An agent never makes a move- [Lee is calling Amanda an agent now??!!! Without qualification and blatantly?? whooo hoooo!!!! Now.. give her a proper ID badge will ya!]
Together: -Without a backup.
Plenty of eye speak going on here… so few words are needed.. Amanda’s got the message loud and clear, and knows she did the wrong thing.
Lee seems to hear this- and he moves on.
Lee: How’d you find that place anyway?
Amanda: Mother and I took Jamie’s class on a tour of the North eastern Candy Company last spring. I remembered the Mr Marshmallow sign.
[Ugh!!! North eastern candy company was a school excursion? Way to go teaching kids to eat rubbish.. like they need any encouragement!!]
Lee wryly grins and shakes his head (typical Amanda! –luck.. but also a good memory thrown in there!)
Lee: Well you nearly scared me half to death you know that?
Amanda: Oh I’m sorry.
Amanda apologises and smiles.. they’re both so open with each other now!!!! Isn’t it lovely?
I think she is sorry.. but she’s also enjoying how he openly admits his concern for her now.. Lee is getting comfortable sharing his feelings – and doesn’t resort to expressing his concern as anger like he use to. Hooray!
Lee: Yeah but what’s new huh?
(Hearing this, Amanda’s smile gets even bigger!! )
[so matter of fact.. and so revealing!!! this is something Lee has done a lot of-being scared about Amanda’s safety.. and he is becoming comfortable with that.. He accepts it. What do you all make of this little throw away line of Lee’s?]
[Aie.. the dimples! the dimples! And a sweet lovely man? Such a killer combo!]
They smile and laugh together, then Lee turns to look at the debriefing..
Lee: Uh oh,… [too cute how he says that!]
… what’s happening?
Amanda turns the intercom back on again.
Billy is making moves to leave.. He shakes Zernoff’s hand… then Dotty’s.
Billy: Thank you.
Dotty: Good Bye Mr. Melrose. [Phew good thing she didn’t learn his first name is Billy.. in DOA Amanda was talking to ‘Bill’ at the office wasn ‘t she? Has Dotty ever come across the name ‘Billy’ yet? ]
Dotty and Zernoff are ‘left alone’ .. well as far as they know
So, official business is over now.. Will Amanda still listen in or give her mother some privacy? That dial isn’t moving!!
Zernoff: Yes, and I’m afraid soon, I will also have to leave. I have been offered a job in nuclear medicine. See Dorothea, for years now I have dreamed of using my knowledge to save lives. Not to destroy. Unfortunately, I ah, must live in California.
Dotty: Hmmm. Well, then you have to go.
[This idea that Zernoff is using his knowledge to save lives is an interesting one…. and that Dotty sees this is the right decision- he has to go if it means he can save lives.
This is exactly what Lee and Amanda do! It calls for sacrifice.. for Zernoff, it’s moving to California and no longer seeing Dotty.. for Lee and Amanda – it’s a sacrifice to live a secret life your family can’t know about.. With this in mind, I think if Dotty knew what Amanda was up to – she’d say Amanda had to do it.. but.. maybe it’s just me..]
Zernoff: But I never forget you Dorothea…
(Zernoff reaches over to pat Dotty on the hand)
…You are a special woman.
(A hand pat won’t cut it )
Zernoff gives Dotty a kiss on the cheek and Dotty happily accepts it. Awh.. a very sweet moment. So respectful, and affectionate..
It makes everything Dotty went through in her adventure worth while.. I think in years to come, Dotty would pinch herself and wonder if she had dreamed it!
A very sweet goodbye.. and a thank you too IMHO.. what do you think?
We cut to Amanda smiling away at this special, romantic moment her mother is experiencing.. lol.. no more worries about invading her privacy here!
Lee turns to look at Amanda… and notices how touched she is by the special moment Dotty and Zernoff are sharing.
Lee: And she has a…
…very special daughter…
Whoooooo! Lee gives Amanda an admiring look up and down as he says this.. taking in all the specialness that is Amanda
All things considered I think she keeps her head well!
Love the little – ‘awhhh isn’t that sweet’ gesture she makes!
But, Lee doesn’t stop there!
Lee leans in closer..
and Amanda offers him her right cheek…
They look pretty happy huh!!!
Love the ‘cat that got the cream’ expression on Amanda’s face above… dang she’s lucky!
Lee pulls back.. and they smile… too many photos?
Yeah.. didn’t think so
they smile some more..
aaaaand some more!
and then.. kapow!!! Lee pulls out the big guns: His Dimples!! We freeze on this moment.. and the episode draws to a close..
What a sweet little ending! I can’t wait to hear what you all make of it.. and what thoughts you may have about this episode overall! I prefer this one to FFFT hands down!
I like how Lee pays Amanda the same compliment as gallant Zernoff.. it’s like he is learning how to be a gentleman from the count and through watching Dotty and Amanda’s reaction to Dotty and Zernoff, Lee has been reminded how much it means to a woman to show that you think she is special Lee is stepping into new territory here.. and is learning how to make a woman feel special (no cheap champagne for Amanda!).
I also like how for Dotty and Zernoff have a sweet goodbye moment.. but for Lee and Amanda – it’s more of a sweet hello moment – as they continue to explore each other and what is developing between them.
So.. this reference to ‘special’ had me intrigued- anyone else? I vaguely remembered we had a discussion about the word special.. searching JWWM, I think I found two of the references.. are there more?
Toward the end of A Lovely Little Affair – there’s another sweet goodbye.. Amanda tells Alan: “I’m sorry Alan, I didn’t mean to trick you. I think you’re very special. You made me feel very special.”
The scene ends with Alan giving Amanda a brief kiss on the lips.. [I’ll spare you from seeing an image of that! 🙂 ]
Interesting to note -here Lee is much more gentlemanly (IMHO) and more respectful of Amanda than Alan was – I think that kiss of Alan’s was a bit presumptuous.. not gentlemanly.. meh.. – Lee through his respectful kiss here conveys to Amanda how special she is.. but .. this is just my opinion.. what do you all think?
Has Lee ever told Amanda she is special before??
In We’re off to see the Wizard – Amanda told Lee he is special (just not superman ).
But I am also reminded of the Wizard Tag – In OBDOBD Lee is modelling his actions on Zernoff here.. but maybe he is also modelling Amanda’s actions in the Wizard Tag.. Where Amanda gave Lee a sweet kiss on the cheek.
– I think she was letting him know he was special there too..
Oh hey everyone.. do you think this kiss on the cheek fits better before or after Lee’s little quip about his ‘field experience’ in FFFT???? Do tell!!!!
I’m left curious about what Dotty has figured out about Amanda – and I’m looking forward to seeing how she is in future episodes!!
So, I’ll finish up here – I’ve found this episode to be an enjoyable one – full of lots of great moments – which were not solely Lee/Amanda moments, great variety! I can’t wait to hear how you’ve all found this episode… Bye for now!!!