So the badwoman’s been nabbed.. and it’s time for the Tag.
Back in the Shenandoah tennis ranch foyer the camera pans from some guy simultaneously flirting with two women (What’s that all about?!)
to Francine walked toward Tina and Tony.
Francine: Good news…
– your father’s got the shuttle out of Malawi this morning. He’ll beat you and Tony home by an hour.
(Lee is on the phone in the background )
[LOL there’s a shuttle out of Malawi? I wouldn’t have thought there was enough demand! Maybe he has a private jet..]
Francine doesn’t pick up on their body language – it’s not good news.. it’s scary..
Tina: I am so nervous about talking to Daddy. Every time I think about it I get terrible butterflies.
Tony: Yeah, well, he’s just gonna have to face facts.
Francine: Well, wait a minute, wait, I’ve got an idea. Tony, why don’t you play a couple of sets of tennis with him before you talk to him?
[Francine? Giving relationship advice???!!! Was this originally Amanda’s line???!! ]
Tina: Oh no, no, no – Daddy hates to lose at tennis. He’d be in a terrible mood.
Francine: All-right, well Tony will just make sure he doesn’t lose.
[Okay this is freaking me out!!! Francine isn’t suppose to be nice, offer good advice or be especially charming in such a down to earth way!!! me thinks this was originally Amanda’s lines!!! Shudder!!! Guys.. I’m really scared. Foetal position scared!]
Tony: Not bad.
Tina: Francine, you’ve been great. Thanks for everything.
Francine: Oh, it’s nothing.
Tony: Yeah, you guys are really fantastic.
Francine: Take care now.
Tina: Bye bye.
Tina and Tony walk off.. and someone who looks like Francine turns to join Lee.
She goes to tap Lee on the shoulder, but I don’t think she ends up needing to..
Francine again is interrupting his phone call- she’s in a great mood!
(to Lee) …Well, that’s that,…
…just like old days huh?..
…You and me out in the field again.
Lee smiles and humours Francine.. but.. he’s not feelin it..
Lee: Yeah, yeah. [Not old days.. and not old Lee]
Francine: This calls for a celebration.
Lee: Well, I’d really like to but, ah,…
…I’ve got to get back to DC…
– I’ve got some things to wrap up yet.
Francine: Wrap up? What?…
…What could be so important? We’re here! We finally have a chance to relax a little bit,..
…you know enjoy the Club…
…and file up an expense account.
Lee gives Francine a grin:
and lets out a bit of a half hearted chuckle
as he holds up the phone – the receiver covered- and licks his lips.
Francine notices the phone. Finally..
And her smile fades.
Lee wordlessly agrees..
[Hold the phone- Lee wants to talk to Amanda!!! 🙂 ]
Looking forward to hearing what you make of Lee’s wordless reaction here. I think this is one of those reactions BB described as vague and open to us making whatever we like out of it. LOL. I’ll go with Lee saying to Francine: yep! It’s Amanda.. and what of it?! bye bye now.
This time, Francine wordlessly responds..
Also looking forward to hearing what you all make of her reaction!
I’m guessing there’s a bit of stoic disbelief here.. like ‘well! I can’t quite believe this is what I think it is!’
Francine isn’t going to show any deep emotions she’s much too tough on the outside to let anything really show here..
She doesn’t like it..but she moves on- she knows when she’s beat- and in this instance, Lee has made it clear his thoughts are focused elsewhere.
Things are not like old times.. Even Francine can see that – but does she see the full extent of how much things have changed?? or is this episode a rude shock that sets her mental wheels in motion when it comes to Lee and Amanda?
I think Lee makes it clear he prefers Amanda – but this to me doesn’t mean he is saying I love her I want to be with her. After all, Francine is not a romantic partner to Lee – Lee’s wanting to be with Amanda could be viewed as Lee missing his professional partner.. but…Lee not wanting to party? and not wanting to take advantage of the flirty women there looking to party? I think this all gives Francine ‘food for thought’ and she doesn’t yet know what to make of things..
Or, this is her last ditch attempt to put behind her the doubts she had about Lee in FFFT – and this is the final nail in that coffin so to speak.
Is this Francine’s abandonment issues coming up? that come out in FFFT? Is this what contributed to her FFFT outburst?
Hmm… I can see this working either way – I look forward to exploring both the episode order options with you guys – at the moment I’m thinking it can work either way..
We can discuss this in comments maybe. There’s a huge number of things going on between FFFT/PFK for a number of characters – and before this walk.. I never would have picked that!! lol!!!
Still.. on to Lee and Amanda now!
We cut to Amanda wondering why Lee hasn’t been talking to her..
Amanda: Lee, what’s going on?
I see Francine as stoic, but completely unimpressed as she walks off.. what do you think?
Lee: Uh, I’m sorry Amanda,…
…it was just a little trouble over my bill…
[Ouch.. I think there could be a double meaning here.. Lee is clearing his ledger with Francine maybe?!]
…Now, what was I saying?
[Interesting.. he doesn’t tell her about Francine.. given the last phone call he probably doesn’t want to even mention she was there!]
Amanda: Um, you were telling me about why they were still after Tina.
[Ah so Lee had been recounting events to Amanda! Prepare for the major clunker!!!! or.. should I say… careful not to fall into massive approaching plot crater!]
Lee: They’re terrorists who wanted to make a statement, and Tina was the most visible way of doing it.
[We hear Lee say this, the camera still on Amanda]
Rofl!!! hey that time machine has kicked in again! Are we now ready for the quarter finals everyone?? 😉 Because I’m pretty sure Amanda called Lee earlier to tell Lee why the baddies were still after Tina and that it wasn’t over. Aaand I’m pretty sure that Amanda was telling Lee they wanted to take out Tina in the most visible way?!! oh dear.. Clunker!!!
Maybe Amanda was all drugged up at the time and doesn’t remember??!! Me thinks Amanda wasn’t the only person drugged up… Ahem… where were the script editors when they were filming this??!! How could KJ and BB not have noticed? I think they didn’t notice because KJ filmed this – and BB added in the voice over later – thus why we hear Lee and see Amanda.. they probably didn’t even know what Lee was going to say to Amanda at the time…And.. we can blame chaos from KJ’s needing to be written out of most scenes I guess.
Shall we pretend Amanda never called Lee and told him about the baddies’ plot.. 😉
Anyway.. let’s just focus on the swoony happenings and leave the lame-o plot craters to one side for now!
Amanda: You really have been working hard, haven’t you?
[Such a general response.. I think it could have been in response to whatever they later decided to have Lee say- and thus it’s not their fault they both have no memory of previous events!]
Lee: Oh yah, yah, yah.
[Lee didn’t want to tell her he had been working hard.. What’s your point Lee?! what do you want Amanda to know?]
(at this point the music kicks in)
…Well, the point is,…
…it was just – um…
[I get the feeling Lee is not only searching for the words here.. he is himself searching for the meaning and to understand what is it??]
– it was different.
Amanda: How was it different?
Lee: Well, you know…
— I mean, you get—
…you get used to working with one person, you get to know their—
(the shot cuts to Amanda grinning like a Cheshire cat)
… their habits,…
(Amanda covers the phone so Lee can’t hear how happy she is!)
…the whole potpourri [wha???!!]
We cut back to Amanda again.. who is now a very satisfied and contented lady
Amanda: I missed you too.
Amanda doesn’t hide her happiness anymore..
she got out of Lee what she needed to hear from the looks of things: I think she needed to hear that he missed her!!
We cut back to Lee too.. he also looks to be one very contented man!
I also get the vibe that this is a new realisation to Lee.. He missed Amanda, and she missed him – awhhh..
I think Lee’s realisation is even bigger than I miss Amanda. I think Lee realises it was different – because he is different. Because he knows Amanda so well and is use to working with her- he is now one half of a team- and she’s that other half- so when they are not together it doesn’t feel right anymore 🙂
What do you make of his reaction everyone?
And then he smiles a big smile..
It’s like he needs a moment to savour this-it’s important..
And.. then he really enjoys it! The episode ends with Lee grinning away.. dimples on show.. and.. life’s good!
Well do I really need to say it? lol.. I will anyway I’m busting to hear what you all think of this final scene!
PFK can’t be as big an episode as some of the more massive Lee/Amanda episodes.. like say- ship of spies or Utopia now.. but.. it has a significance for the characters and was an opportunity to explore things that wouldn’t ordinarily have been explored! This episode is a surprising mixed bag!
We got an insight into Amanda, and how she struggled with not being able to accompany Lee – she bristled at Lee seeming to be able to replace her so easily and revealed some niggling insecurity. In the end though, Amanda is reassured – she gets to find out through all this that Lee can’t replace her, he doesn’t want to – and he missed her.
We’ve seen Lee wrestle with Amanda being irreplaceable before – in Odds on a dead pigeon, but that was about Amanda as a friend and person (IMHO). Here in this episode? To me this is mostly about their professional partnership (but then the romance is always somewhat involved!).
Amanda finds out she’s irreplaceable in Lee’s professional life too!
I see this episode as being a pair with Wrong Way Home. Sound strange? hear me out!
In WWH, Lee had a glimpse of what it would be like if she went back to Joe- and if he ‘lost’ her from his personal life..
In this episode, IMHO Lee has a glimpse of what it is like to lose Amanda from his professional life.. and in both episodes – Lee concludes that he doesn’t want to lose her, and he doesn’t shy away from that.. it draws him closer to her. If this ep is before FFFT, this would make this ep right after WWH- a big kaaaa-pow!!! for Lee and Amanda in their growing closer together..
For me, Lee integrating their personal and professional relationships was the missing piece of the puzzle.. they are intermingled.. one affects the other – so for Lee to be able to move forward, I think he had to resolve this professional aspect also. This episode helps him to do that. [and how does this play into Lee’s quandary in FFFT- where he had to find the poison first and then find Amanda?! whooo – I like to see FFFT as a test for Lee of whether his new integrated identity can work – professional Lee must put romantic Lee on hold for the sake of innocent burger eaters 😉 ]
I also think Amanda needed for Lee to resolve this in order for her to move forward too – a romantic relationship with Lee could jeopardise her work which IMHO she values greatly.. maybe now she is free to explore moving forward with Lee?? Am I making sense?? what do you all think?
Lee can see he misses Amanda.. and he can also see how very much the old Scarecrow has changed – which can play well into the events of fast food for thought.. and it sets up Lee making a bit of a clumsy move on Amanda in the doorway (with his field experience.. you know!). And then, moving on to OBDOBD and their closeness in that ep, and that tag which IMHO is Lee really starting to woo Amanda But I also don’t see anything that rules out FFFT being first.. I think it can work either way.
At the moment, I prefer PFK, FFFT, then OBDOBD.
I’ve mentioned a few moments already which I think played well with that order. But I’d like to explore both ideas fully before settling on one.. and I’d like to see what happens with Francine in future eps.. I can’t remember!
Maybe I need to watch it in both orders.. lol.. Anyone going to watch both orders too?? I’d like to explore both versions with anyone interested in exploring the possibilities.. Let me know!!
So now we are finished walking through this ep – what do you make of the title?? Do tell!!! I’m seeing it mainly as Lee and Amanda’s work partnership being solidified- so their partnership is now ‘for keeps’..
It’s been a unique journey this ep.. but looking forward to seeing Lee and Amanda together as a team – I missed them being together
So what did you all make of this tag? and what of this episode? Anyone have an opinion about episode order? Okay bye all and thanks so much for joining me on this journey!!