So where were we… Lee & Amanda have found Millicent murdered by Sallee, they’re on the hunt for more evidence that this dead man has actually left a trail.. Lee has headed over to the NSA for research, and Amanda is working through Millicent’s diary for clues.
Francine is busy working security on a high profile function the next night. Which Ohhhh!!!! what a coincidence!!! Sallee seems to have infiltrated as a janitor for his next job! whoooooo!!!!
Moving on.. It’s night time, and the crickets are noisy at IFF! We see Lee join Amanda in the Q bureau. I guess as her family is away she can stay late at work!
Lee: Hi. What’s all this?
Amanda: Well, I’m just doing some clues from Millicent’s diary.
Lee: All this is from that diary?
[Oh Lee. Please go home and change. I am looking forward to a change of outfit!]
Amanda: Well, see these red pins mark the O bus route…
…Millicent said that Alan took the bus to work every evening, and the O line is the only one that goes through the neighbourhood.
(Lee pours himself a coffee)
Lee: Yeah, but there’s probably… half a dozen transfer points for that line.
Amanda: No, no. She said it only took him fifteen minutes to get to work, so I doubt if he would transfer.
Lee: If Millicent is accurate. [Hey! what other lead have you got Lee??!!! May as well go with it!]
Amanda: I know if I work at this long enough, I can get more. Ummm… let me read you a couple of things. “December twelfth. He says it’s not necessary, but I love pressing Alan’s work uniforms.” Right? Work uniforms…
[Okay Lee seems a bit more interesting at hearing this fact]
…And then, ah, later on she writes… “He must have noticed his shoes today, he wore them home this morning, soaking wet, and he put them on tonight, clean and shiny.”
[Oh my.. she was paying very close attention to Alan!]
Lee: So, whatever he does, he wears a uniform and works near the water. [near ‘the water’? near water no? ]
Lee: Well, he could be anything from a postman to a longshoreman.
Amanda: Nope… he can’t be a postman, because that would be a government employee and he’s not in the computer….
…and I doubt if he’s a longshoreman, the O line doesn’t go anywhere near the water.
Lee: A waiter?
Amanda: Well… he could be a waiter, but if he was a waiter she probably would have mentioned pressing his shirts, you know?
Amanda: He’s probably a blue collar worker, maybe he works outdoors, maybe he works in maintenance?
[whoa.. is maintenance the same as janitor in the US? He was dealing with light bulbs.. and vaccuming.. I’m thinking she just nailed it and doesn’t know it. yet.]
(Lee quickly brushes over her suggestions)
Lee: Look, assuming you are right, Amanda we would have to narrow it down and we just don’t have the detail.
[Oh noo! Amanda just did narrow it down! Lee should know by now anything Amanda is involved in will tie back into other cases in play rofl. It’s either the Gaddafi hit, Kowalski’s new baby or the Function Francine is at ha!]
Amanda: I think we might… [I love that Amanda asserts herself here.]
…Listen. “On his way to the bus stop, he bought me chocolates, my favourites.” See, so there’s a candy store,…
…and then, just last week, she wrote… “He’s too wonderful. How did he know I love Schubert?” So, he’s a music lover.
[poor Millicent, it seems to me that she was getting encouragement from Alan in developing feelings for him ]
Lee: Candy and music.
Lee: It’s not very much.
Amanda: Well, I know. You know, some of this stuff is pretty sad. “We have so much in common. If I could ever get him away from his inventions, I could teach him violin.” I think she was in love with him.
Lee: Amanda, all this gives us is a map… full of dots.
Amanda: Well, maybe we can connect the dots. Tomorrow-
Lee: There is no tomorrow on this case, Amanda. Without a national security angle to hang our hat on, we cannot stay involved. Billy wants the police to handle it.
[I like that Lee seems to handle Amanda and her enthusiasm here gently. He understands that this has been an upsetting case with Millicent’s murder and all I think..]
Does anyone think Amanda is not going to continue to work on this case tomorrow?! lol..
The scene ends here..
And.. it’s a new day. Hooray.
Finally a change of outfit – I thought Amanda looked lovely in the light blue blouse.. but lets get Lee out if his grandpa outfit (agree Jestress!). I loved the comments from Valerie and Morley (post 5) about how Lee is dressing in a more approachable and normal way. But for me – I kind of wish he wouldn’t dress down quite this much! He can be normal and in love with Amanda while still bringin’ the sexy back
Hey, YMMV and I love that a blah outfit can be turned into a declaration of love and a sign his character is growing in maturity Nice work! 🙂
Anyway.. we see a bus.
We find Amanda boarding a bus..
She pays her fare, then holds out a picture of Sallee for the bus driver to look at. No longer working on the case huh!!! Yeah that one lasted not even a minute ha! But… Hey Amanda is doing real detective work! no coincidence needed to find a clue??!!! Squeeeeee!!! Just in time, as iwsod was starting to develop coincidentitis!
Amanda: Hi. I wonder if you could take a look at this picture and tell me if you recognize this man, he’s about six feet tall and he doesn’t have ah, a beard any more.I think he rides this bus almost every day.
Bus driver: I can’t be sure. I just take the fare and watch the road.
Amanda: Right. Well, thanks anyway.
Amanda takes a seat on the bus..
Hey.. this is the same bus Lee ran after when he saw ‘Dorothy’ on it back in Wizard! ‘102’!
See! I wonder if Sallee was on it at the time? Head spin! Do you think it’s the same bus driver? maybe.. I don’t know..
Amanda follows where they are going on the map, viewing the shops they are passing..
She pulls out some cards on which she made notes from Millicent’s diary. And reads it out loud to herself (freaking out the other passengers?! tee hee).
“I wish he’d let me fix him a proper breakfast, instead of eating those horrible steak and onion sandwiches.”
As she reads this, we see the bus pass a deli.
Bus driver: Did you say something, lady?
Amanda Ah, yeah. This is my stop. Could I get off here, please?
(He stops at the next stop for her)
Amanda: Great. Thank you so much.
(we see a sign.. can someone tell me what’s a Philly Hoagies? is that a type of sandwich?)
The camera pans down to Amanda interviewing a staff member, showing him the picture of Sallee.
Man: That’s right. Uh, we’re open twenty four hours. I come on at six, and this guy comes in almost every morning…and orders a Philly hoagie, with extra onions. Seven AM. Not me,..
…but you’d be surprised how many people do….Friend of yours?
Amanda: Yeah. He’s an old friend. I’m trying to find him.
[Why doesn’t Amanda ask what his uniform looked like??!!]Man: Well, uh, stick around… he’ll be in.
[Hmm I guess this is before 7am in the morning. go Amanda! Love this girl power initiative! 🙂 ]
Amanda: Okay. Ah, could you tell me if there’s a pay phone around here anywhere?
Man: Yeah. Right over there.
Amanda: Oh, good. Look, if you don’t mind, it’s a surprise. So if you see him, don’t tell him I’m here, okay?
Amanda: Thank you.
Amanda: Bye bye.
Man: Okay. Bye.
The man chuckles to himself that he’s helping Amanda with her surprise.. and Amanda heads off to make her phone call. The scene ends here. A good place for us to pause too!
I’m slightly concerned that Amanda’s shirt seems to match this guy’s shirt. ugh. No!!!
Anyone care to share their thoughts on any of this? byee! Looking forward to hearing from ya!
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