Sooo on to the evil countryside!
We see an evil table full of evil baddie things!
Scorpion Dude Steckler gets a surprise visitor.. Donna!
Steckler: I told you not to come up here.
Donna: We might have a problem.
She’s a baddie? ugh.. hey she’s a former military flyer -maybe it was her we saw flying in the opening scene? But.. whatev.. do we really care? anyone?!! rah rah.. blah blah… the novelty of Lee being Amanda less is starting to wear a little thin! show us some Amanda already!
Steckler: What are you talking about?
Donna: The Agency’s involved. They know you’re in the country. They’ve got a pretty good idea that you poisoned Mary Dexter. They’ve convinced Tina to leave the tournament.
Steckler: You assured me that she would never drop out.
Donna: I know what I said. Things change. The Agency put two people on her. They’re good – they’ve gotten through to her. [Oh Rofl.. it’s that old line: They’re good! too bad we have to kill them?! Usually when you hear ‘they’re good’ killing them follows!!!!]
Steckler: I have a contract.
Donna: You might have to cancel it.
Steckler: Our employers assured me that you are professional. Relax.
Donna: Don’t worry about me. I’ll handle my end.
Steckler: Good, because you are going to have to get those agents out of the Lodge and bring them down here.
Donna: Here? Why?
[Is it just me or does Donna really not cut it as a menacing nasty baddie?!]
Steckler: Why? Because I call the shots and I eliminate the problems.
[Aha!!! Oh rofl! I didn’t remember this honest!! See!!! They’re good!!! too bad we have to kill them ]
With a last glare from Donna at Steckler the scene ends here.. I’m not sure telling Donna he runs the show is such a good idea.. I figure if you have to remind someone of this it’s not looking good!
Back to Shenandoah Tennis Ranch..
We find there’s lots of couples dancing in the foyer of the fox run err no Shenandoah Tennis Ranch.. my mistake. Ahh Tina and Tony are dancing in public.. I guess they are not hiding the fact they are maybe dating??
I find it strange that with someone out to kill Tina, Tony wasn’t really involved in the decision making! I mean- he’s not a boyfriend, he’s her husband!! I would have thought he’d be more assertive! Well.. whatev..
The camera pans over to Lee on the telephone..
Lee: No Amanda, I don’t know what they’re playing… [Does anyone?? Do tell!]
[Love how indulgent Lee looks here.
Then he goes and pretends to be stern with her.. this guy is a goner! also love that polyester Lee is gone!]
… Listen, do you want to hear the rest of this or not?
Hooray!! 30 minutes into this episode.. we finally have an Amanda moment!
Amanda: I thought you said this was going to be a lot of hard work.
Lee: Well, at the moment…
(uh oh.. Francine approaches with curiosity! Lee turns away the moment he sees her.)
…they are having one of those annoying cocktail party things.
(Francine mouths something silently to Lee.. I can’t tell what.. anyone? She’s either busting to know who he is talking to.. or maybe she thinks he’s talking to Billy?? or.. does she guess straight away it’s Amanda? She didn’t hear the ‘Amanda’ part.. so that would be telling. )
(Francine is a bit baffled at what she is hearing come out of Lee’s mouth here)
…You know what I’m talking about – the name tags,…
… the watered down drinks…
(Francine tries to get Lee’ s attention)
(Francine really tries to get Lee’s attention)
.. Frankly I am bushed, dead on my feet.
(What is Francine up to at this point? Is all this her trying to guess who it is?)
Amanda: What’s the matter? Too many tangos?
[I don’t think Amanda really thinks it’s too many tangos.. Me thinks yet again.. Amanda is hinting here.. ‘what’s the matter?’ What is she needing Lee to say?? Whatever it is.. he hasn’t said it yet! But amazing to see Lee is not enjoying the parties and the nightlife so much these days.. Francine is bound to notice this! ]
Lee: No, too much Tina.
(At this, Francine lets out a big sigh..)
[She changes tactics- I think she’s guessed now it’s Amanda ugh.. Amanda!]
…At least she’s decided to drop out of the tournament if we can tie her into the Mary Dexter poisoning.
[All things considered, I don’t think Tina has been that unreasonable. I can’t blame her for not wanting to pull out because of a general threat – when there have been many general threats – she can’t put her life on hold just because it makes an agent’s life easier!]
[The above image screams: pay attention to me! Me thinks Francine has daddy issues.. ahem.. too much Freud? yeah.. you might be right.. I’m starting to scare myself ]
Francine: I just—
[Francine tugs on the phone cord which ticks Lee off!]
Lee: What are you—
Francine: I just—
Lee (to Amanda): Hold on a minute…
(To Francine)…What do you want?
Francine: I just want to tell her I’m sorry she’s sick. [Sure she is.. I don’t believe that for a moment. Replacing Amanda on this job is like Christmas for Francine!]
Lee: All right, all right.
Francine holds out her hand expectantly that Lee should give her the phone: Okay.
Lee ignores her hand..
Lee (to Francine): Just a minute, huh?
Just look at Francine.. she is not a happy camper (tee hee.. Hey happycamper! )
Lee (To Amanda): …Ah, let’s see,…
…where was I?
(Francine meets his gaze.. like yep you keep getting interrupted by me- so just let me talk to her already)
…Oh anyway Amanda, Francine wants to say “hello”.
(Francine looks gleeful)
[I got my way!!!]
We cut straight to Amanda.. who is completely unimpressed.
As if things weren’t bad enough already she has to have a conversation with Francine?!
Amanda looks like she’s going to say no I don’t want to but she stops herself.. as she hears Lee say to Francine: Make it short, huh?
Being the classy lady that Amanda is – she rises above her dislike of Francine (yes, I think she dislikes Francine.. Frankly why would she like her?! and yeah… I gotta say for me, this attitude fits better before FFFT, the chocolate confessions and that tag!)
Francine takes the phone from Lee.
[Lee must be really tired.. did he really think Francine would play nice?!]
Amanda: Hello Francine.
[Oh boy.. huge smile!!! Amanda’s really not happy lol!]
Francine: Boy are you going to hate yourself for missing this one…
…This place is to die for…
(we cut to Amanda – she’s not happy..)
…Everybody is here, the food is fabulous…
…and Lee and I have been…
…dancing up a storm.
[At this Lee’s had enough!
Guys.. do you think Francine is telling the truth??
Do you think Amanda thinks it’s true?
I’ll hold off saying what I think for comments- do tell! ]
Francine: I don’t remember when I ever enjoyed anything as much as this.
[lol.. I think she’s talking about how much she enjoys being nasty to Amanda.. lol.. well.. okay.. maybe it’s about being out in the field as Lee’s partner – what she’s always wanted.. but has never had – I don’t think Francine has ever been Lee’s partner in anything other than a temporary sense – both in their professional and personal life!!!
Francine’s not a healthy person IMHO!]
Lee (at the same time as Francine): What are you doing?!!…
Lee starts to growl: You’re blowing my whole gig … [whooo hoooo!!]
…Cut it out!
But Francine quickly keeps on going- again, Francine escalates things:
Francine: You know Lee really knows how to dance well. I couldn’t believe it!
[My goodness.. she didn’t know Lee could dance huh.. and just had to tell Amanda all about it.
okay guys – So who here thinks Francine is obtuse??
Because this is either sheer nastiness or she’s completely obtuse. I don’t see Francine as being obtuse- I think she knows what she’s doing and she’s making the most of this opportunity!
IMHO it’s a bad choice- but I believe she knows exactly what she’s doing. She’s being nasty to Amanda, but she’s also lashing out at Lee here by doing this – IMHO of course!]
…Listen, I’m really sorry you’re sick and—
Amanda is silent..
Do you think Amanda can hear what Lee is saying?
Her anger seems to be kicking in.. but she remains silent.. and removes the receiver from her ear..
Amanda remains silent- that’s interesting..
Given Amanda finally breaks her silence and lets Francine have it in the FFFT freezer, and the FFFT tag has Francine right where Amanda wants her-with the Ecstasy Assortment rofl – I see this silent reaction as fitting before FFFT..
[I can hear it now – I’m assuming Amanda doesn’t go back to her old ways.. But.. in OBDOBD, Amanda advocates for No Blue Fox deliveries tee hee.. does she do more? I’ve forgotten already.. that was a month ago! Ah. found the Blue Fox moment]
I think Amanda knows exactly what Francine is doing.. trying to drive a wedge between Lee and Amanda.
but.. has Francine been successful??
Lee physically grabs the phone off Francine.
Lee to Amanda: Ah, (Lee whispers) here comes Donna Clayton…. [Guess Lee has filled Amanda in on all the details.. he assumes she knows who Donna Clayton is]
[Francine looks pensive.. though not really chastened]
…Look if you have any other ideas, call me later.
Lee hangs up not giving Amanda a chance to say anything.. Because he has to hurry off the phone.
Looks like Amanda was going to say something.
She looks disappointed.
I think things are left a bit up in the air for Lee and Amanda here.. Lee doesn’t know how Amanda has taken things.. And we don’t know for sure what Amanda has believed and what she makes of it all. Well, at least this is the impression I get.
I think it adds a little interest and suspense to wonder how Amanda is coping and how she will respond to things..
At the same time- there is a little hope, Lee ends by asking Amanda to call if she can help.
Maybe she is unimpressed with this, but I think it’s really lovely that he says this..
Maybe when she has calmed down she’ll see this?
Is she disappointed with Lee?
or.. just disappointed she’s not there?
When she puts the phone down she looks cheesed off! Cheesed off at what?
What do you all make of Amanda here guys? I’ll share my ideas in comments (if and when I can) as this post is massive..I couldn’t bring myself to split this conversation up!! this is basically a double post!
I’ll give us a longer gap till I publish the next post so we can discuss all this goodness!
I think that at this point, what’s going on for Amanda is a little up in the air.. We can have fun speculating though
I’m looking forward to hearing what you all make of this scene.. sooo much going on here!!
Lee’s reaction to Francine is massive- he’s made it very clear how much he values Amanda.. (well clear to us..) but is it clear to Francine?? Or has this sparked questions for her she is now seeking to answer??
IMHO this can fit with her attitude in FFFT! I really hadn’t thought of any of this before.. I’m making this up as I go along! but.. IMHO Francine was really testing Lee and Amanda in FFFT- and we did discuss how Francine had started to notice scarecrow was changing.. maybe this episode is the catalyst? for that?
You know what else this scene may be a catalyst for? The way Lee snubs working with Francine and admits he prefers to work with Amanda in the beginning of FFFT!!! That’s the first time he admits it! Could this be partly as a result of Francine’s nastiness here?? whoooo.. much to ponder…Can’t wait to hear what you all think! bye for now!