Hi everyone.. I cannot wait to hear what you all think of the upcoming moment 🙂 This post is massive.. no way was I splitting the next Lee/Amanda scene up!! This is basically two posts.. so I will publish it and wait a little longer before publishing the next… okay.. ready? ….Brace yourselves!!!
Back to suburbia and Dotty is on the phone with Amanda.
Dotty: Well, don’t we get any warning?
[that sweater needs a warning- looks like a shadow is covering bottom half but it isn’t!]
Amanda: I don’t know, mother. I guess termites just swarm when they wanna swarm. [or Cobra’s strike when they want to strike ]
Dotty is seen to let out a big sigh..
And we cut back to Amanda and Lee – now in soft focus.
LOL I guess that’s smk code for something really romantic is about to happen! [So Dotty don’t complain.. Amanda’s off busy falling in love ]
Lee is seen in the distance facing Amanda…
Is it just me or is it a big hoooooo haaaaaa!!!! At that BIG bed that’s there between them… large as anything.. dominating that next room.. Ahem
Lee starts back toward where Amanda is sitting as she continues..
…Anyway, listen… The point is, the exterminator is gonna come and put the tent over the house this afternoon so that he can put the poison gas in tomorrow…
…So I’ve already spoken to Aunt Edna and she’s expecting you and the boys tonight. You’ll be comfortable. [Oh come on!!! the least the agency could do is spring for some room service!!!! Dotty loves room service ]
hooo haaaa… we’ve got the shoulder holster adding to Lee’s whole protector and ‘someone to watch over me’ sexy vibe! [and you thought this scene was just going to be ‘sweet’?! haaaa!]
Dotty: Aunt Edna? Yeah, all right, darling. I love you.
Amanda: Give the boys a big kiss for me, all right?…
…I love you mother…
[wow.. Lee’s little smile here at hearing Amanda’s I love you is absolutely very sweet!]
(Amanda listens for a beat) ….Yeah. Buh-bye.
Dotty puts the phone back on the hook,
LOL.. she then picks it up again and says: Aman-
..oo-ugh… realising Amanda’s gone she hangs up again.
..ha …Where is she going to stay?
Don’t worry Dotty.. You’d be very happy at where Amanda is staying and with whom!
We cut back to Lee and Amanda and find Lee is now sitting on the back of the couch, facing Amanda.
Lee: Look, it’s gonna be all right.
Interesting how he sits on the back of the couch rather than coming and sitting next to her.. I think he is very sensitive to this situation.. their physical attraction and that massive bed behind them Looking forward to hearing what you all think!
Amanda: Is it?
[It’s not often that Amanda doubts it when Lee reassures her.. but here.. it seems to be especially getting to her no?]
Lee: Yeah. [Lee keeps his tone light]
Amanda: Oh boy, don’t you ever get tired of this?
Brace yourselves!!! Romantic close up on Lee!!
Lee: Comes with the territory.
[He seems to try and make light here and brush it off.. not in an insensitive way like early Lee would have though!]
Amanda: No, that’s what I mean. Don’t you ever get tired of the territory?…
We see Lee’s reaction to her statement here..
how would you describe it?
Maybe.. a bit optimistic??
.. he’s listening..and just looks rather adoringly at Amanda.. Hmm maybe he’s thinking: I’m here with you alone.. it’s territory I like?!
Staying on Lee’s reaction Amanda continues:
…I mean, lately I feel like I can’t even make any plans in advance anymore…
[Okay, here Lee begins to look a little worried for her.. and the empathy kicks in..]
…I missed Phillip’s play when he was Rumpelstiltskin and looks like I may even miss Jamie’s first open house at school.
[what a missed opportunity to mention that play she missed in Reach for the sky.. It was Jamie wasn’t it?? anyone? I’m not going to look it up!
I know Amanda missing things has come up in the past, but has she ever expressed to Lee that it’s a choice which she struggles with?? I’m thinking not.. because.. for so long she was on guard about this, focused on convincing Lee she could contribute, and she would not have wanted to highlight the costs – like in Brunettes are In, Lee would have maybe encouraged her to get out of the business for the sake of her family.. but now, Lee knows Amanda is free to make her own choices..
It’s interesting that at this point of their journey Amanda is finally comfortable sharing this struggle with Lee, confident that he will listen and not try and use it to get her out of the business – am I making sense?]
Lee quietly looks at Amanda.. He knows how much her relationships mean to her.. and he loves that about her
Lee (now more quiet): Yeah, I hear ya…
…This job has cost me my share of relationships, that’s for sure.
[Okay everyone.. what’s this referring to?? Dorothy maybe?]
Amanda: Why do you keep on doing it?
[Why do I get the feeling this is a question Amanda has wanted to ask since she first met him? It reminds me of her intense curiosity about Lee’s life and his work in Magic Bus
– and how he rebuffed her questions back then..
How far we’ve come!!!]
Why does Lee keep doing it?
Well his first wordless reaction to this question is a look of.. hmm.. how would you describe it?
Oh my.. you all got your swooning salts?!
Whoa!!!!! They are some serious puppy dog eyes he has going on!!! He looks head over heels in love with Amanda..
I think he looks down at her lips here..
but then he drags his thoughts away from kissing her.. because it’s not the time nor the place..
Makes me wonder though – in that moment, the reason he does it is because he loves her. [and well the job does from time to time require kissing Amanda.. dates with Amanda..and ahem.. marrying Amanda ] I don’t think he does the job for Amanda alone though.. I think he does it so families are safe, boys like Phillip and Jamie are safe.. you know?
He shifts his focus to lighten the mood here..
Lee: It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.
Amanda: Oh, come on…
…I’m trying to be serious.
Lee: Well, I guess I am too…
We cut back to Lee.. he’s upbeat.
He may be joking but his meaning is serious.
…It is a job someone has to do…
…I happen to do it well…
[me thinks he glances at her lips again.. hooo haaaa…shgapga]
…There’s parts of it I don’t like…[the violins kick in – literally!]
Lee chooses his words carefully.. and looks back to meet Amanda’s eyes..
his cheeky muscle kicking in.. hoo haaaa..
…parts I like a lot…
He pauses again.. and they share a wordless moment..
There’s that eye talk huh!
I think here Amanda also glimpses at Lee’s lips…
but then looks down and licks her lips.. It’s there… that physical attraction..and longing.. and they both know it is.. but what stops them huh? what do you think?
Lee continues (camera still on Amanda): But what about you?
Amanda looks up surprised by the question.
I love how Lee asks with such openness and curiosity.. it’s like he too has always wanted to honestly ask this question.. he’s teased her in the past about the excitement and intrigue.. but Amanda’s been a bit of a riddle to him.. and he’s never really asked the question- you know?
All of Robert Bielak’s plot holes of the past are forgiven.. the writing here is fabulous.. as are the performances..
As well as these two know each other – this conversation is a new step for them… these are words that for years have remained unspoken.. and finally here they speak them..
Although…. I think this conversation was started way back in the Swamp in Utopia Now – Remember Lee lamenting if he hadn’t given her the package at the train station? And Amanda responding that she knew the risks? No guts no glory?
They even talked about each other – and what they thought of each other..
That was maybe the first time they discussed these topics [and again – it was a moment where they were being hunted..] but back then it was dark and they weren’t face to face.. here? they are looking at each other, the light is on! And they are sharing more openly – maybe building on what they started in Utopia Now? What do you think?
Hmm.. and that conversation nearly ended with a kiss.. I wonder if that is in the back of their minds here as these ideas are revisited or explored further?
Am I making sense? Oh I hope so! err sorry.. getting lost in my thoughts…Lee asked what about Amanda.. right.. focus iwsod!
Lee continues:…I mean, there are other part-time jobs that pay a lot more than this and are a hell of a lot less dangerous, right?
[There we go! confirmation Amanda is still currently employed part time at IFF. Ugh.. Hurry up and make her an agent already!!]
We cut to a super close up of Amanda..
Amanda: Oh I don’t know;…
…I guess I have some kind of an idea about making the world a safer place for Phillip and Jamie…
..It’s really pretty silly, isn’t it?
I get the impression Amanda is being very vulnerable here about something very important to her.. Amanda is IMHO quite guarded about her deepest feelings.. and it’s a big step for her to say these words to Lee.. what do you all think? Ohhh I can’t wait to hear from you guys about all this!!
Lee (very quietly almost whispered): No. (so quiet Amanda looks up at him again)
(now louder): No, it isn’t…
[Suddenly Lee’s gaze is direct- he gets it. He understands Amanda and why she is doing what she is doing- because it’s the same for him I think.. Lee is probably the one and only person who can understand this part of who Amanda is 🙂 ]
…And that’s why… we are stuck with this.
[Anyone else tempted to believe Lee was going to say ‘and that’s why I do it – because I love you’? or…. ‘and that’s why I love you’? ‘We are stuck with this’ is vague.. but it does convey that they are in it together – so love that ]
Amanda: Yeah, I guess so.
Amanda is thoughtful.. and smiles.
We cut back to the wide shot of them on the couch.. Amanda lets out a big sigh, and Lee’s left hand seems to be resisting reaching out to Amanda again for now.. the words are enough!
They’re both pretty emotional right now..I think one touch could tip them into something they are not yet ready to deal with..(one spark is all it would take!) And again.. that big bed is seen in the distance.. there’s plenty of sexual tension going on (IMHO of course) in this conversation about their work. work!!
I think the ‘this’ Lee is referring to them being stuck in is pretty darn wonderful.. in spite of the dangers of the job and the price they pay, the pay off in what they’ve built together and the things they can accomplish is totally worth it. I think both characters can see that.
I love this about smk.. no words of love are spoken yet.. but they’ve just moved into new ‘territory’ together- and shared parts of themselves they had never shared with each other before.. plus, I think this is for each of them, a part of themselves they have never shared with anyone- in their line of work how could they? and so here I’m left with the sense that a secret knowledge/understanding about each other is now shared between these two which is special, precious and unique. It’s almost as good as saying the I love yous! and they haven’t even touched!
I think a lot of shows would have jumped into the ‘feelings about each other’ talk here when they are in danger.. but not these two.. they share plenty about their feelings for each other – but it’s via a conversation about their work, who they are, what they value, what motivates them and the choices they make – this for me is what makes Lee and Amanda’s story so unique and special – they love each other not because of the sexual tension between them..(though it is there) but for who each of them are..and who they are together.. I get the sense that each is very proud of the other for the work they do- and the things they sacrifice to make the world a better place.. do you?
I also love how Lee and Amanda are now communicating as equals. Lee isn’t talking down to Amanda (though haaa physically he is sitting higher!), and Amanda isn’t looking up (though haaaa she is sitting lower) – the reality of the work and the maturity they both approach it with is front and centre now. Naive Amanda is long gone… and now all we have is brave Amanda These equality needed to be present for these two to move into a romantic relationship!
I think because this moment is sandwiched between some fabulous stuff it can get overlooked.. I will pause here – I think it deserves a whole lot of attention in it’s own right.
This moment is a significant turning point in their relationship!! Lee and Amanda are on the same life journey here.. and the way is open for them to move forward in their shared values together
Hello hello!! sorry to ramble on..thanks for reading this massive post!! I’d love to hear your thoughts about all this everyone!!! Anyone care to share????