Hi Everyone! SMK fan ‘SilverCorvette’ has had some fun putting together some posts about Lee’s apartments.
Let’s give her a warm welcome- thanks for contributing to the smk fun SilverCorvette! Take it away SilverCorvette!Iwsod
Just Walk with me Through Lee’s Apartments
I thought about Lee’s apartments a lot after reading a comment that someone thought Lee lived within the same building in different apartments because the same exterior was always shown. I thought about it so much that I got out my DVDs again (such a hardship, I know)
So, just how many apartments did Lee live in ? Were they all in the same building ?
Let’s walk through them and see what we think.
By date of Airing, the first time we see where Lee lives is in If Thoughts Could Kill (ITCK). Some, me included, think that The ACM Kid should have been the first episode where we) see where Lee lives. In The ACM Kid, Amanda says “I lived in place like this in college, when Mother saw it she made me move” I don’t think she would have said that if she had been there before.
If this is the outside, it does not match what you see inside very well. This building looks quite old. Love the turrets on the corners !
(Above) Outside, If Thoughts Could Kill
(Above) Outside, The ACM Kid – Amanda’s first visit
(Above) Outside, The ACM Kid – Amanda’s second visit – Lee seems to have moved to a new building mid-episode !
Or more likely, did they just add the wrong the outside view in post-production ? Because they re-arranged the episodes ?
(Above) Outside – Never Look A Gift Horse (NLAGHITM),Saved by the Bells (SBTB), Remembrance of Things Past, and IANN…Spy
(Above) NLAGHITM – this shot seems to imply that Lee lives on the top floor but those windows do not match the inside !
So did Lee move after The ACM Kid, into an apartment with a very similar layout and colour scheme, in this newer building? Or did TPTB just decide they liked the outside of this building better?
As Lee climbed up to the bedroom window and Sinclair (ROTP) and Amanda (in IANN..Spy) climbed down the fire escape, where is that ? Was Lee’s apartment really supposed to be facing the side street, with the fire escape and laneway below it at the back ? Or am I getting picky and asking questions that I should not be bothered about ? (It’s TV-land after all, things don’t have to make sense or be logical!)
I think that Lee lived in the same apartment each time we see it in early Season 1 but the outside of the building shown as a scene establisher changes after(during) The ACM Kid. Of course, he could have moved to another one any time after episode 13. Also there is no consistency in which floor he lives on, sometimes the establishing scene zooms in on the top floor, other times it focuses lower down.
The following shots [for the two posts] are what we see in If Thoughts Could Kill (Ep 3), The ACM Kid (Ep 5), Saved by the Bells (Ep 8), Remembrance of Things Past (Ep 11) and I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been a Spy (Ep 13). There is also a brief visit to Lee’s apartment in Never Look A Gift Horse in the Mouth (NLAGHITM) (Ep 6).
The front door is in a separate entryway with a mirror opposite between the kitchen and the living room.
The inside of the front door, was white in ITCK and The ACM Kid, but has been replaced by a wooden one in ROTP.
ITCK – This is Lee’s neighbour Lydia Lowell, I think the apartment was 805, hard to capture clearly – but there is not eight floors in the first building we saw.
I know Lee does not pickup his stuff, but leaving a coat hanger hanging off the statue on the wall ?
It is 805, (ACM Kid)
And in Saved By The Bells (SBTB)
(ROTP) The apartment across the hall, has a matching door with 804 – did the whole building get new doors ?
So we are to assume that Lee lived in apartment 805 through all the episodes in which we see it in Season 1.
See the mirror behind Amanda as she comes to the kitchen
and stands at the door. (And is she wearing the same clothes ? ACM Kid and ROTP)
We only see the doorman (Floyd Feller) in ROTP
From the entry hall, turn to your right into the living room.
As you enter the room, there is a bookcase to your right (with a big shiny plaque over it) and the big window beyond it.
This window does not look like the bay window shown on the outside in ITCK.
On the other side of the window is Lee’s roll top desk. A typewriter on the desk, just like one I used to have.
I think some of the photos over the desk can later be seen in the Q-Bureau.
Do trees grow like that, all the way up close to the 8th floor windows ?
In front of the window, is a brass vase and a small table with the bronco statue and Tibetan Ram’s Horn. Later there are different things on the table – ice bucket ? and a lamp in ROTP.
In ICTK, ACM Kid and SBTB, there’s a also telescope in front of the window – stargazing in the middle of DC ? Spying on his neighbours ? To hang clothes on ? See how far it sits out from the window – I’d be always tripping over it ! I guess the telescope would have been difficult to navigate around during the sword fight, so it’s not there in ROTP.
Do you keep your coffee pot on your desk in the living room ? Rough night with Alexei ?
At the end of the room, in a shallow alcove, is a white door to the bedroom (in ITCK and ACM Kid) but like the front door, by ROTP and IANN..a Spy it has been replaced by a wooden door that opens the other way.
(The ACM Kid)
From the kitchen towards the bedroom (ROTP)
On the other side of the bedroom door is a bookshelf, and a corner of wall, then sometimes another shelf unit or a shrub, then the fish tank ? We really don’t see that side too much. I love the white unicorn on the top shelf! Wasn’t that picture next to the fridge in The ACM Kid ?
In the corner beside Amanda is another shelf unit thing (ITCK) whereas in (ROTP, and in ACM Kid) there is only a shrub.
Looking from the desk, across to the kitchen as Lee enters from door (ACM Kid)
So to the left of the doorway is the fireplace and then the built-in shelves with stereo and albums and that uncomfortable looking chair and a lamp.
In the ACM Kid there is a large model ship on the mantel, with a clock beside it on the wall.
In ROTP, the model ship has been conveniently replaced to 2 mounted swords on the wall and trophies on the mantel.
A brown couch and oval coffee table, and a sofa table behind the couch are in the middle of the room.
In Saved By the Bells, the fish tank sits opposite the window, near the end of the couch, but do we ever see it at any other time ?
In Remembrance of Things Past, the scatter rugs have been replaced by an ugly brown nylon carpet (so the fuse burns ? or were rugs a trip hazard for the sword fight ?) And there is a light coloured square lamp table, with lamp, at the end of the couch.
I would really appreciate your thoughts and comments, especially if there is anything I did not notice.
Iwsod: We’ll pause here for the moment.. and in the next post we’ll continue our walk through Lee’s Season 1 apartment, with a close inspection of Lee’s Kitchen, Bedroom… plus a surprise apartment!