Back at the theatre, Carl and Tony head back out to address the actors. Well… what did Tony decide? Will he fight? Or.. will he give in to the manipulation of Krutiov/Valentine?
Lee and Amanda are still sitting in the audience-together!
Carl: People, please may I have your attention everyone. I am delighted to announce that Tony has convinced me to go back to the original script.
[Uh oh!!.. seems Tony has agreed to commit treason somehow!]
Man: All right!
[Hmm it seems the agency is really on the ball! They’ve got another agent who has infiltrated this company! The guy behind Valentine to the right? He ‘shot’ Lee in the 3 Faces of Emily ]
Sorry.. getting distracted by the dishipline!
Hearing the news about the scripts – Everyone cheers and claps… except Tony.
Amanda: For a playwright who just got his script back Tony doesn’t look very happy.
Tony hands a red script to someone and tells the person to : Take these out and burn them.
(He starts handing out blue scripts – I think that’s what they were to start with wasn’t it?)
Valentine walks past Lee and Amanda, so Amanda looks down at her surpassed and lousy script.
Lee: All right you stay with Martinet for now, I’ll hang with Valentine. Remember….
In unison: Be careful.
(Lee leaves, Amanda also gets up to head back up to the stage.)
Tony:We’ll start rehearsal from the top in ten minutes.
The actors are all being distributed the blue scripts, Tony leaves, and Amanda follows him. Downstairs she goes…
She can hear him on the telephone..
Tony: Yes well I’ve been on hold. Yes this is Tony Martinet, I’d like to confirm a reservation…
…That’s right. Yes I’ll be arriving about four. Yes, that’s right. Thank you.
Tony hangs up and leaves.
Amanda sneaks quietly into the office. Ah! this is Tony’s office I guess..
Amanda sees a long stemmed rose (I think) on his desk, in a box..
she hits redial.
We see a big close up that tells us so!
Amanda anxiously waits for the mystery number to dial.
Woman on phone: Potomac Plaza Hotel.
Finding out what she needed to know, Amanda hangs up and leaves.
We see an exterior of Washington DC – is this a downtown location? we’ve seen this before haven’t we?
We then see the exterior of another building
It seems to have no signage.
We find Amanda in the foyer – guess this is the Potomac Plaza hotel..
Amanda: Francine, are you telling me that Lee hasn’t picked up any of his messages?
Francine: That’s right.
Amanda: All right, when he does, would you tell him I am at the Potomac Plaza Hotel and ask him to meet me here as soon as he can.
Francine: OK OK.
Amanda: Thank you very much.
Francine: Ok bye bye. [Francine doesn’t sound ticked off to be taking messages for Amanda.. Hmm progress I think! ]
As Amanda turns back to the phone to hang up we see a familiar set of shoulders come into view..
Amanda: Oooh… …well hello!!
Lee: What are you doing here?
Amanda: You’d know if you picked up your messages.
Lee: I’ve been busy following Valentine, he’s in a room on the fourth floor…
…You were supposed to stay with Martinet.
Amanda: I am, he’s gonna be here any minute.
As if this is his cue – Tony is seen entering the lobby- carrying that long stemmed red rose.
Lee quickly grabs Amanda [hoo haaaa. Lee shouldn’t the two of you have a talk about this? I mean this could change your whole relationship!]
[sorry it’s blurry because it’s quick!]
They both look over at the elevators and watch Martinet entering the elevator.
Lee: Let’s go.
They head over the elevator and watch what floor it stops at.
Lee: Third floor.
Lee heads toward the elevator and Amanda follows..
Lee pauses to stop her.
Lee: Now wait-
Amanda: -You’re gonna need backup.
Amanda doesn’t wait for him to respond. She just gives him a little shove into the elevator backwards rofl!!!
In they go.. and up they go to level 3.
Wow. This little scene reminds me of two previous smk scenes.. what about you? (do tell!)
I wonder if this is deliberate..
Firstly, it reminds me of Over the Limit –
That scene at the elevator where Lee tells Amanda: …you go home!… Go Home!
[she replies not this time buster!]
And… later in season 3 – In Reach for the sky, there’s the famous ‘call me a cab’ scene! Where they follow baddie Zorbel and he enters an elevator.. Lee and Amanda watch the elevator to see where it stops.. Lee heads up in the elevator, while Amanda stays in the lobby. Then, when he goes back down to the lobby to re-join Amanda she’s on a public phone – like she was here! they see Zorbel exit the elevator and that time Amanda grabs Lee to turn him away from being discovered
Amanda goes to follow Zorbel with Lee but he stops her.
Lee tells Amanda to go back to the agency.
Amanda complains this always happens she ends up going back to the agency.. See here if you can’t remember the scene.
It’s interesting I’m reminded of these two scenes because in this ep so far, Amanda has really been making strides as a professional – with her picking the lock on her cuffs, doing the cover ID, infiltrating the theatre company, and with convincing Lee earlier that her cover is good- very good! She doesn’t need to go home, or go back to the agency like Billy wants her to if it gets too dangerous.
Here we see this again, Lee resisting Amanda’s participation, and Amanda pushing back – and for me, Amanda seems totally prepared to push back now! She’s got her good arguments all ready to go! And Lee can’t refuse her She is no longer responding with frustration either – she’s cool and totally able to handle it now without reacting with strong emotions. I think Lee’s confidence in her has totally grown too of course, which helps him to listen to her and agree to it!
Overall, this little theme seems to play out over season 3 – and here, twice now (so far) this has come up. It didn’t come up in DMLNT – when Sallee was very dangerous..(or did it?) hmm makes me wonder if this ep should go before DMLNT… Just pondering and thinking aloud. I do enjoy looking back and seeing how far they’ve come Hope you do too!
Well we better pause here.
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts everyone!