So.. Amanda’s asleep & sick on the sofa, the boys are fixing her some breakfast (and future diabetes).
The phone rings.. and Dotty answers..
Lee: Mrs West?
Dotty: Oh, hello Mr Simpson.
[Mr what?? What’s this?? What’s going on??
How does Dotty know from Lee’s voice that he is ‘Mr Simpson’??!! So familiar with this man Amanda works with!!!
Who was he in Vigilante Mothers? Mr Sampson wasn’t it.. When was he Mr Stemson? Has he ever been Mr Simpson?? anyone?]
Lee: Is Amanda in?
Dotty: Oh yes, she’s here. But she has a very bad cold and she’s sound asleep.
Suddenly.. Amanda awakens!
Dotty wordlessly hands Amanda the phone..
I guess Lee guesses that’s what’s going on?!
(we don’t hear what she says)
… You sound terrible. Oh, ah, look I was going to ask you if you could help me with this case but, ah –
Amanda: Well, you know, I just have a little sore throat. I could probably come in if you want me to.
[I wish I look this good when I’m sick with a cold!]
Lee: No. No, no. Don’t be stupid. You rest!…
…I’ll – I’ll get Francine…
…Don’t worry about it…
…It’s not office work anyway. Just an overnighter, out of town –
Amanda: Overnighter, out of town with Francine, huh?
Amanda sounds tooooo chirpy about that!
I think.. Amanda sounds a little bit umm.. jealous??
Lee’s reaction is wonderful..
I think he kind of likes it! and.. it doesn’t scare him!!
Lee: I know, I know. I feel the same way, Amanda,…
[Check out Lee here: He looks really regretful that it’s not going to be Amanda with him on this overnighter! you think?
Also, so interesting that Lee reads between the lines here and guesses what Amanda is thinking – she isn’t happy about Lee being away on an overnight with Francine – and.. Lee says he feels the same way?! Such open communication here from our Lee!! It’s Amanda who is hinting and hedging.. Lee is speaking openly and honestly good work Lee!]
… but hey it can’t be helped.
…well, where’re you going?
Lee: Hey – ah – look you’re not going to miss anything. It’s just going to be a lot of work, believe me.
Amanda flatly: Where’re you going Lee?
[LOL she doesn’t believe him! It’s obvious to her Lee is just trying to make her feel better about it all ]
Lee (cough): Well, where we’re going – ah…
…– is the Shenandoah Country Club….
Lee looks sad..
Amanda reacts and she looks sad.. They’re just too cute!
… The Tennis Pro-Am….
Lee kicks into super happy mode to convince Amanda she is missing nothing – lol!
…Amanda believe me, you know you’re not going to miss anything. It’s going to be televised.
[LOL yes if something is being televised it must be really boring! lol!!! Amanda’s missing nothing huh.. ha!
oh good! Amanda can stay in her sick bed, and still solve the crime via television tee hee.. I can see it now! Don’t tell me if this is true or not- lol ]
Amanda: Well, you have a good time.
[I think that’s code for: dang!! I wish I was coming!!!!]
KJ is too funny here..
Amanda hangs up on Lee! without a goodbye!! lol!!
Lee looks down the telephone – haaa it always cracks me up how he does that!
Yep.. it’s not your fault she’s sick Lee.. but you might want to make it up to her anyway
The scene ends here.. okay everyone! What do you make of Lee and Amanda in this scene?
If this whole idea of Amanda being sick and not able to come is an improvisation to ensure they could keep filming without KJ- I’d say it raises situations we don’t usually get to see characters in otherwise.. I don’t think they’d intentionally write an episode which has very little Amanda in it – but it’s going to be an interesting insight into how things have changed for Lee, and how they deal with being separated. It’s already fascinating to see how both Lee and Amanda react to Amanda’s not being able to come! For me this phone conversation is a total smk goodie!!
And..seeing how they react to the idea of Lee and Francine alone on an overnighter?! wow!!! This is new territory!!
What plans did Lee have for this overnighter with Amanda?? And.. is this before or after FFFT and OBDOBD? I’ll see what happens.. and look forward to hearing what you all think.
So moving on and we head to the Shenandoah Tennis Ranch.
Inside, we see Mr White Jacket Lee walking through the foyer as the loudspeaker announces exhibition matches or something..
Hey this foyer looks a lot like the foyer of the Fox run hotel!?
Lee joins Francine at a magazine rack.
Francine: Oooh polyester. What a nice suit.
Lee: It’s part of the cover, thank you….
…Well, well, well, here comes Tina Thomerson.
Fans approach Tina for an autograph.. but they are cut off..
Donna Clayton: Excuse us please, Miss Thomerson is very busy.
Oh they have definitely used the same location for the foyer of the Foxrun Hotel and the Shenandoh tennis ranch – same notice board even!
same check in layout and trimmings.. lol..
this foyer is where Lee and Amanda met Francine after things went boom in FFFT!
See that post HERE if you are interested..
This means PFK and FFFT were filmed together.. and we could make the assumption they were suppose to be shown one after the other in either order. Well this will be interesting to keep in mind..sooo was OBDOBD before these two episodes? or.. after these two episodes? I’ll ponder this one as we progress – sometimes I need to get beyond things and look back to be able to decide on things like this! [Don’t worry BJo I know episode order discussions make you dizzy 😉 ]
Back to Lee and Francine in the Foxrun err I mean Shenandoah foyer!
Lee to Francine: All right, I’ll take the first shot here… (Lee’s serving first! )
…The watchword is “improvisation”.
[I think that’s code for ‘lack of preparation’ ]
Francine: I just spotted her bodyguard – Donna Clayton – the redhead. Former military flyer, weapons expert, black belt…
… Your type actually.
[Interesting- but she’s not blond!
So… we have Lee on an overnighter alone with Francine.. and this woman, Donna- is gorgeous, his type, and someone he is going to need to charm to get close to Tina?
My goodness.. and no Amanda around.. just how will Scarecrow handle all this?
Who is Lee now???? Has his ‘type’ really changed? Plenty of opportunity here for Lee to revert to his old ways.. I think we are going to really find out a lot about Lee this episode! ]
Lee’s response to Francine? He gives a half hearted laugh. He knows better than to let Francine know he cares about something.. (her idea of what’s his type?)
Lee looks over at Donna and Tina.. (to Francine): Well, you just watch this.
The competition/ needling vibe is alive and well between Lee and Francine.. Lee seems to be challenged here to prove himself – Amanda would never do this to Lee. I suspect that Lee is going to find having to deal with Francine as his partner enlightening.. I am guessing he might just realise that he’s really quite over this childish nonsense – and he’s moved on from it! At least, this is what I’m hoping will happen.. lol we’ll see.
Polyester Lee makes his move and approaches Tina and Donna as Francine watches on..
But I’m going to pause here before we get into seeing how Lee approaches them.
Lots to discuss in this post!!! I can’t wait to hear what you all think! so far.. this episode is really interesting to me!!! How about you? okay – bye for now!!!