So moving on to the tag.. Night-time at Amanda’s house.
Amanda: Oh. I don’t know, Mother. I feel silly.
Dotty: Well, you didn’t seem to mind wearing something like that 15 years ago.
Amanda: Mother, that was 15 years ago, and besides that, my dress was different. It had big blue patches on it. It made a statement.
[SMK is a case in point: Clothes are all about context! and there are 80’s clothes we didn’t mind wearing- in the 80’s.. and the statement was ummmm.. errr… anyone?! but wear them now?! ]
[Is it just me or 15 years ago would a granny have worn that dress?! Big blue patches would not have helped.. unless you were smoking something Amanda! Amanda: Busted!]
Dotty: Hmm. I see.
[Is this later that night? because I’m pretty sure Amanda would not have gotten any sleep the night before.. she probably just wants to sleep! Oh and lol… What did she tell Dotty about where she stayed the night before?! – I’m reminded of the tag of Times are a changing where Dotty thinks she was partying all night with a Baron ]
The boys walk into the kitchen.
Jamie: Boy, mom, you could still smell that termite gas upstairs.
Amanda: Sweetheart, I’m sure that’s your imagination… [LOL she is very sure! 🙂 ] …It’s had plenty of time to air out. Don’t worry about it.
Phillip: Hey, mom, where did you get the ancient threads?
Jamie: Garage sale?
Amanda gives her mother a wordless look.
I’m guessing it’s a- ‘See! it’s awful’ look. What do you think?
Dotty chokes a little on her drink.
Amanda: Mother. I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. Please .
Amanda hands the dress back to Dotty.. guessing that was Dotty’s dress?? or Dotty had bought or sourced a dress for Amanda? The way she hands it back it’s like it’s from Dotty..?
[Dotty herds the boys out of the kitchen,]
Jamie: What’d I say? [It’s tag time! You’ve gotta go so Lee and Amanda can finish the episode alone and together ]
Amanda: Nothing, sweetheart.
Dotty: Come on, let’s go. Bring your cookies. It’s a long story.
Amanda: And do your homework Phillip. You know.
Phillip: Aw, mom.
Dotty gives Amanda a last look as she leaves laughing at Amanda.
[Hey- looks like Jamie has a plaster cast on his right hand. I haven’t seen that before. I wonder if we see that in another episode.. maybe we can all keep an eye out ]
Amanda: Oh, mother, you shouldn’t laugh at me.
Amanda lets out a massive sign.. and.. there’s loud knocking at the back door.
Amanda makes her way to the back door.
We cut outside where Lee is stepping back from the house.. Oh my.. he seems to have patches on his jeans (big blue patches?! What a statement!) and beads?! and a fringe jacket?
As he waits Lee seems to dip his head and try to contain himself , he’s grinning from ear to ear – he seems excited to be surprising Amanda It’s very cute! It’s that old Bashful Lee moment from ship of spies (the one Debilyn loves – Hiya Debilyn miss ya!) do you all know the one I mean?
Isn’t it fabulous to see Mr super suave is happy to get dressed up in hippy rags and look a bit ridiculous to have fun and be with Amanda?
Why am I reminded of the attitude he gave in that ridiculous plaid Jacket and that hat of Dan er Dean’s in Remembrance of Things Past? Whahahaha!
Lee doesn’t worry about his suave reputation anymore and I love it!!!
Amanda looks through the blinds.. then looks up to check no one sees her going outside.
She opens the door and before she’s had a chance to close the door Lee says; Hey, baby, what’s happenin’?
[funny how the moment Amanda came outside it got darker out there.. whooo romantic lighting?! ]
[You’ve gotta love it- only Amanda would shush Lee when she finds him at her back door haaaaaaa..
And I like to think Lee is not so careful about her family finding out now because he wishes for an ‘accidental’ discovery – you know?! There’s a part of Lee now that would like to be known by her family?]
In response to her shhh Lee just laughs.. and throws up his arms as if to say ta da!
Love how Amanda comes to stand oh so close while his arms are outstretched like that still.. almost like she wants a repeat of earlier that day
Amanda (flatly): Where’d you get the ancient threads?
Lee: The a…
[I curse the low lighting in this scene!!!! Trying to get a clear image is very hard – boooo! okay it’s romantic.. I’ll hang in there]
Lee: Well I heard through the grapevine.. [that sounds like the name of a good song and a 60’s pun!]
…that you just might be needing an escort to your reunion.
Amanda: Oh, no, I’m not gonna go to the reunion.
[Love how Amanda so naturally reaches out to play with Lee’s necklace lol]
[Is it just me or do those beads look a little like Francine’s tribal necklace?]
Lee: And why not?
Amanda: I’m not gonna go.
Lee: Amanda, c…
Amanda: I don’t like the dress.
Time for Lee to bring out the big guns!
He takes Amanda by both arms- just like he did at the start of the episode..
Lee bends down to the same height as Amanda..
Lee: Come on…
…We’ll make the perfect couple. Huh?
Amanda: OK, thanks. Yeah.
Lee laughs and pulls something out of his back pocket. (A ring? A ring???!!!)
Lee: Here. I brought you something.
He pulls out an envelope and gives it to Amanda.. (Boo not a ring!! 😉 )
She takes it and sees what it is.
Lee: Tomorrow is your grocery day, right?
[Lee knows that about her? How sweet is that.. He really loves to know even the most mundane of things about Amanda ]
Amanda: Yeah, that’s right…
[Nah.. surely that can’t be right – Amanda told Jepard in post 3 that tomorrow was her grocery day and there’s been at least one night since then.. Maybe Amanda exaggerated to Jepard so she’d get her cheque ]
… Oh. Ohhh, boy!!
Lee: What’s the matter? Have they overpaid you again?
Amanda: No, no.
Amanda: It’s a day late and exactly one dollar short!…
Here come the dimples!
So that’s the end of this episode everyone.. what a fabulous journey it’s been through a much loved episode I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have!
I think I’ve been seeing Lee and Amanda as dating but not calling it dating for a long time now.. since A Lovely little affair (which I view as after over the limit).. and all this time they’ve been working through what a relationship together means..
Lee wanting to be part of her family, Amanda putting her first marriage and feelings for Joe to rest, Lee and Amanda’s work partnership growing and solidifying, Amanda’s growth as a future agent, Lee and Amanda growing in their love for each other and their acceptance of that love, Lee and Amanda working through the danger of their work and how to live with that and enter into a romantic relationships.. in spite of a few episodes which do not sparkle quite so brightly as others – there have been many major happenings between these two right throughout season 3 – even between episodes 5 and 16.
So I think that by now the words haven’t been spoken, but neither is pretending anymore that they are not dating (while they date) – and Lee’s line here about making the perfect couple seems to openly admit it too.. no more pretending it’s for a cover.. or because they are work partners, or because they are friends – ‘we’ll make the perfect couple’ says so much – it’s obliquely saying they are together the perfect romantic couple (IMHO) in the clearest way it’s been said so far and when Amanda hears this? Being held by Lee with both arms? She can’t resist no matter how fugly that dress is which she doesn’t want to wear – and she immediately caves.
Plus, Neither got any sleep the night before so they both look ridiculously gorgeous all things considered..
It feels like we can expect the words to be said and that final step to be taken between these two possibly in the very next episode!!! Is something going to hold them back?! We shall see!!
I bet there are fan fics about this reunion.. If you have any you can recommend please do so over at Nedlindger’s in the fan fic thread. It’s really strange how the whole Connie character is completely forgotten.. but it does open up fictional possibilities for us to have fun with I guess
So where are you seeing Lee and Amanda at the end of this episode everyone? Do tell!! What’s your fave most romantic moment of the ep? Do tell!!