2/16 Season Four Episode Three: Unfinished Business-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Hi all! this post is big, enjoy!.. I’ll be publishing the next one toward the end of the week.. lets get back into it!
Bye bye 1955, Hello 1980’s.. and IFF…
In the bullpen, Francine’s on the telephone.
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Anything looking different in the bullpen for season 4? I’m disappointed I can’t really dig into this! But.. I’m just too busy in RL to do it.
If anyone is interested in taking this and running with it- please do! [but of course, no pressure!]
Francine:
No, no. No problem, Chris. I’m just, uh, just glad I called. I’m sure I can find something to do with two incredibly expensive Maine lobsters…
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[Francine can cook lobster? go Francine!]
…Ah, but you could do me one favour though. Uh, you know in your little phonebook under D, where it says Desmond comma Francine?
[What is that behind Francine, a map of DC? is that new?]
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…Cross it out.
[whoooo like the gold world map- Australia actually made it on there. LOL is New Zealand there too??!! Looks like Tasmania didn’t make the cut 😉 ]4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000263563
(Francine slams down the phone. Billy approaches her.)
Billy
: Problem, Francine?4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000265365
Francine
: No, just a TV newsman committing social suicide with me… (She rips a page out of her agenda and destroys it) …I tell you, brother…4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000270470
(Francine seems to realise she isn’t talking to a girlfriend lol)
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…Oh, sorry, Sir, huh.
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[Hey, he did ask!]4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000273173
[There’s something really wrong with Billy’s tie/collar?!]
…It’s just, I mean one broken date for the Rene Sinclair story.
All right, I can understand that. Two, he’s history.
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(Billy doesn’t engage further! Instead he hands her a file)
Billy: Francine, look over these files for me, will you? And try to remember that Rene Sinclair will most certainly be elected the new president of Ile de Marin…
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…That’s probably why your newsman friend wanted the story.4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000291791
(Billy tosses down a newspaper in front of Francine)
[Blackthorne is back!!! He looks like he hasn’t aged!]
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[Okay, I can’t resist exploring this just a little.. I bet there are tons of errors.. I’ll just pick one. The paragraph that starts with ‘Of no less importance’ is repeated on the left and the right. Boooooo to Blackthorne! Er no, the newspaper doesn’t say that. It should! 😉  I hope he suffers!!! And this Sinclair – is he a good guy unknowingly working with a bad guy?? or is he a bad guy? We’ve already had one bad guy last name Sinclair!
You know, it’s slightly concerning that I honestly have no memory of this guy! Who am I? Where am I? Oh yeah. writing a blog post.. get on with it iwsod! Winking smile  Maybe this Sinclair is just really forgettable 😉 ]
Francine: Ah, Thomas Blackthorne. Now there’s a real man for you…  [whoa.. that was pretty fast making the random coincidental connection! This episode jumps straight into it! Francine certainly can pick em’ with the men! Winking smile ]
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Francine: …an American folk hero. You know he stood by Rene Sinclair and his country before anybody else even recognised them. He deserves some of the glory. He’s powerful; he’s rich; he’s single… 4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000308608
…And as far as he knows, there is no such thing as a Francine Desmond.4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000311911
[Funny deadpan delivery here from MS! Good for her!
Winking smile Francine showing a little self pity? this is a new side to Francine.. Early Francine IMHO would have been adamant that had he known there was such a thing as a Francine Desmond he’d no longer be single!]
(Billy snatches back the newspaper)
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Billy: Try to get your mind back to this office, Francine.4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000313413
LOL she’s in a bit of a trance here. This is an interesting start to season 4 – could this be the season where Francine finds love too?!
Francine: Lobster for one.
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(Francine lets out a big sigh)
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[Awhhh! On a positive note, I’m noticing the shoulder pads have diminished considerably!!! whoo hoo!!!! And this is a fantastic colour on Francine!]
Anyway, the scene ends here..

Moving on, we find Lee on the phone in the Q bureau looking through a filing cabinet.4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000322122Lee: No. No, I’m gonna be busy here all day. Believe me. Uh… 4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000327527
…So I’m just gonna have to say…I’m just gonna have to say goodbye. 4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000329329
(Lee hears Amanda starting to enter and rushes to hang up, sit down and look casual.)
Goodbye.
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[Okay! what’s up!!! who was he talking to? and.. what’s he hiding??!!]4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000332932
[LOL at Lee’s throat clearing and touching his hair.. lol]
Amanda
: Good morning.
[Finally! We get to see Lee and Amanda- hoorah!!] 4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000333199
[So.. what fashions will season 4 have in store for Amanda? Hmm.. well.. we still see the same belts.. but, at least the colour of that skirt is a bit more colourful. I like it. what do you think? Oh and loving the hair!]
Lee
: Good morning.
Amanda
: Pretty morning, huh.
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Lee: Yes, it is.4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000336202
[LOL look how massive that smile is.. what’s he up to?! It’s too big IMHO! I think Amanda would be able to tell Winking smile ]
Amanda
: I grew these flowers in my own garden.4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000338204
(Amanda puts them in a vase on her desk.) [Oh wait- HER DESK!!!! Squeeeee she has a desk now!!!! Smile  okay anyone else want to try and spot what’s different in the Q bureau? Aside from the obvious new desk? ]
Lee: Well, they’re very pretty.
4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000340907[LOL great that Lee is enjoying the flowers, but a little over the top there Lee ha! what was in that file? what was he hunting for in the filing cabinet??!!]
Amanda
: Lovely, I know.
(Amanda walks around to her desk, and puts down her purse)
Amanda
: OK, what’s up? 4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000342208
[Aha! I think she’s sensed Lee’s hiding something..]
Lee: Absolutely nothing.
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[Okay he’s really up to something that’s the complete opposite of what he just said on the phone]
Amanda: You’re kidding?
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Lee: Nope… (Lee gets up from his desk) …All my reports are in. No urgent cases pending and my calendar is clear. So what do you say we get out of here before Billy comes up with something for me to do?4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000351618
(Lee leans over at Amanda..) [A little flirty, IMHO he’s trying to distract Amanda because he knows he can’t lie to her!]
Amanda: You mean ditch?
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Lee: Ah, let’s call it a lesson in casual surveillance.4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000357924
Amanda
: Naw. [Amanda can resist his charms Winking smile I love it! lol] (Amanda picks up an envelope)4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000359726
Lee: A walk in the park, huh? (Amanda gets up and walks around to Lee)4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000362929
Amanda: Mrs Marston gave this to me to give to you.
Lee:
Ja, ja, well it can wait.
(Amanda hands this envelope to Lee)
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Amanda: It’s CIA.
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[She says this rather flatly. Like she knows something is up… IMHO- Lee looks a little stunned ]4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000366533[Amanda silently nods. She knows this is something significant. Can’t hide it Lee! I think Lee was looking for an excuse to get Amanda out of the way because he knew this envelope would be arriving at some point and he didn’t want her there when it did. He could come back alone later.. Just the vibe I’m getting.. quite possible you guys could see this whole scene in a different way! ]
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Lee finally starts to open it, well he opens a smaller envelope that is attached to the larger envelope. [Now Amanda knows it’s CIA, it can’t wait – it would look weird if he didn’t open it?!]
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He takes a letter out.
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LOL Amanda is busting to know what’s going on!
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Amanda leans in just a little more.
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And Lee notices, and pulls away.
Amanda (quickly): I’m not looking.
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Lee: ”Dear Mr Stetson, in request…” 4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000379045
(Lee begins to read it aloud, muffled.. but then he stops..)
[Hmm Lee has requested something from the CIA..]
Amanda: What’s the matter?
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(Lee takes a deep breath, smiles, and starts folding the letter)4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000382148
Lee: Nothing…
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(more seriously) …Amanda, I just thought of something that I have to do. [LOL Lee seems even less capable of dealing with this and Amanda with any finesse now.. it really obvious. Hmm.. what a curious and interesting way to start season 4] 4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000385752
Lee: You go ahead and take the day off, huh?
(As Lee says this, he gathers Amanda up and out the door)
Amanda
: You’re kidding?
Lee
(talking over Amanda “Oh well, ah“)
: No, no, I’m not kidding. It’s just a routine thing but really it’s not necessary for you to…. [Aie. Lee is making no sense.. worrying! this might be serious??]4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000390957
Amanda
. I’m here to work. I’m not here to…
Lee
: It’s OK.
Amanda
: Maybe I can help you…4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000393259
Lee
(light hearted): Come on, take the day off while you can.4.03 UNFINISHED BUSINESS.avi_000394461
Amanda
: Really, you should…
(Lee shuts the door of the Q-bureau in her face.)
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On the other side of the door, Amanda stands facing the closed door, and sighs.

Lee is all over the place: flirty, smiling, casual, serious, suspicious, light hearted, mysterious and evasive. And at the end of the scene here, I think Amanda knows it’s something serious because Lee just can’t keep it together now that letter has arrived..

After the last scene we saw these two together in last season [ the sweet ‘first’ kiss], this is a bit of a shock! How will Amanda cope with this? Will she begin to have doubts about their relationship?
I think she knows something big is going on.. but she could take being basically shoved out personally..

Amidst all this uncertainty and confusion.. there is one success.. one milestone that I’ve been waiting and waiting for!
did you guys see it?!
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Amanda’s got a real agent card!!!
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Okay, it’s got a red line across the top, and Lee’s doesn’t – maybe it’s a probationary agent badge. But who cares – it’s an agent badge!!!
I think the picture they’ve used is from the publicity shoot in season 3 – in which Amanda is wearing a pink and white sweater. It’s the middle picture of the three on the back of the season 3 dvds.
DVD cover
But.. I can’t be sure.. we’ll have to see if we can get a closer look. Either way, I’m happy – Bye Bye Guest Pass!!!

So what do you all make of Lee here? And what did you think the first time you saw this? 

I think this is all setting up quite a little mystery here about what is with Lee, and how will Amanda respond..  and it totally keeps the viewer curious about this couple!

Okay, sorry guys, I’ve gotta pause here! Can’t wait to hear from all you guys!

67 responses to “2/16 Season Four Episode Three: Unfinished Business-Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. It’s been a few years since I’ve watched any S4 eps, so seeing UB first now is like seeing it with new eyes. I’ve always been confused by this opening scene with Lee and Amanda. All I know is that I don’t like how Lee seems to be hiding something from her on the phone (because he rushes to get off before she comes in), then tries really hard to get her to ditch (which doesn’t seem like something Amanda would be ok with), and then literally shuts her out of something that is clearly affecting him. If I were Amanda, I would go straight to the bullpen and use my eyes and ears to see if I could pick up on anything.

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    • It’s been a few years since I’ve watched any S4 eps, so seeing UB first now is like seeing it with new eyes.

      How cool BJo, me too!! 🙂

      looks like we are on the same page here 🙂

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  2. Anything looking different in the bullpen for season 4? I’m disappointed I can’t really dig into this! But.. I’m just too busy in RL to do it.
    If anyone is interested in taking this and running with it- please do! [but of course, no pressure!]

    Iwsod… Just quickly, I remembered Amanda sitting at the same desk in The Eyes Have It in the beginning of the episode (post 1/15). She’s working on Lee’s paperwork, Francine walks up and they have a conversation. Later, she walks to Billy’s office and is standing outside his door. We get another peek at the bullpen behind her. It’s not a great shot to use to compare both scenes, but they look fairly similar.

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  3. Again I’m going to say Wow! It’s amazing how a scene can be seen so differently either by different people from different perspectives or because of growth, change, or maturity in those viewing the scene. When I first saw this scene back in the day, I viewed Lee as being excited to see Amanda and wanting to continue to explore this burgeoning relationship with her. His whole attitude about Amanda has changed so much from the beginning and he just seems excited to want to spend time with her.

    But I can also see now, there there would or might be more to his behavior. That there might be more just lying under the surface is certainly possible and most certainly probable. Lee is all over the place, but we know that Lee has never been able to handle emotions well. He is a creature of habit and has liked things to be a certain a specific way.

    It’s obvious something is going on and he seems to be fighting going back into that lone wolf mode, but at the moment the lone wolf seems to be winning out.

    I like how Amanda says she’s not looking, but she really is.

    Even though the scene might be for exposition purposes I do like that a snippet of Francine’s life is highlighted. She’s always been a name dropper and wanted to be a part of the high end social scene. But here she seems like she wants a bit more than that. Although, part of her seems to be a realist. She doesn’t call it a little black book, but she tells the reporter to remove her name from his “little phone book”.

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  4. I’ve been fascinated reading through this discussion about the interpretations of Lee’s behavior. Usually I don’t pay much attention to episode order because real life people are never fully consistent anyway, plus truth be told, my memory and powers of observation are too lacking. However, in this case, I think positioning this as the first episode of the season, butted up against the budding new romance that ended S3 makes a tremendous difference in how this scene is likely to get interpreted. I had totally seen it as many others had, Lee giddy about seeing Amanda, but as I read your interpretation, Iwsod, I was totally in the boat and as usual I was thinking, “why had I never noticed that before?!?” And the answer was because we are now viewing it in a totally different context as the S4 opener, and in this case it makes a very significant difference!

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  5. I’ll have more thoughts on Lee as we move further into this episode. For now, I agree with the thought that Lee’s still adjusting to the relationship and that partly explains his behavior. You can tell from that grin how smitten he is. For Francine, yes, I’m glad to see even a glimpse into her social life. I don’t doubt it’s a plot set-up, but it would be nice to see her find someone. All of them look great here.

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  6. Love this opening scene with Francine. Yes, they’re probably using it as a “plot device” to introduce Sinclair etc etc, but I enjoy seeing single girl Francine struggling with her single life. I like that she stands up to the guy, but I think there is an undercurrent of hurt and frustration in her behaviour too. And it’s hilarious how she treats Billy as a “girlfriend” (haven’t we all done that with colleagues, but hopefully not with our bosses?) Agree she looks lovely in that colour – very striking.

    Lee looks like a new man here, admiring the homegrown flowers etc. What a transformation from the nervous, tentative Lee of ATWAS, and the man about town of before him. Must be something serious for him to shoo Amanda out like that. No wonder she’s stunned!

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    • I like that she stands up to the guy, but I think there is an undercurrent of hurt and frustration in her behaviour too.

      good description.. a man putting his work ahead of a date with her. Hmm interesting.. it’s certainly a new thing we are seeing.. I’m curious to see if this is a one off or the start of a new trend with her!

      And it’s hilarious how she treats Billy as a “girlfriend” (haven’t we all done that with colleagues, but hopefully not with our bosses?)

      Err no!! lol. now that’s hilarious! There have been moments my boss has forgotten I’m not a girlfriend and I’m the one trying to keep it professional! eek!!

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      • Not only was Francine in girlfriend-speak mode, but she happened to pick a word that was heavily used by men in the African-American community to express a sense of brotherhood. An awkward moment which I am sure had no underlying intent, and Billy is gracious enough to move on to the real subject at hand, Francine’s overall distraction!

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  7. I think Lee is nervous about the letter arriving and the contents in it. He is probably keen for Amanda to not be around because she will instinctively know something is wrong and won’t give up until she finds out everything. Perhaps he is worried about his reaction and how it may affect their relationship

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    • Hi Bluewire, great to hear from you again!

      Perhaps he is worried about his reaction and how it may affect their relationship

      Maybe! Though in this scene here, once he opens that envelope, he seems incapable to me, of thinking about their relationship – all his thoughts are in overdrive about this envelope.. gah!!!

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  8. hi all! I’ll be back to respond to comments soon as I can.. but loving hearing your thoughts everyone!

    Maybe you all like to know how many days you have till the next post is published? is that a good thing? let me know if you like that and if it helps you to join in the conversation 🙂

    I’m sure we’ll have lots of ideas about Lee and Amanda in this post – but I’m also reeeeeeeally curious to hear what you make of Francine and her lobster for one moment?! I’m not quite sure what to make of it, or why it’s there..
    Then again, I guess it’s possible this may be yet to be revealed and I don’t know it.

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    • I think in Dead Ringer, Francine was kidnapped after she bought some ingredients for a meal so I suppose she can cook ( although she looks more a dining out type). The thought of cooking lobster is horrifying to me so I don’t know if it is meant to be romantic or impressive or whatever. As to why it’s there, I don’t know but perhaps the writers want to highlight her single status and her search for love now that Lee and Amanda have got together. Or perhaps it is to show a thaw in the Icy exterior?

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    • Maybe we are going to learn a bit more about Francine in this season. We got a glimpse of her in FFFT, but I get the vibe that we are going deeper with her. The lobster for one and her trance seemed to be a bit more of the inside of Francine that I think we have seen before. Maybe that locked door at the end of ATWAS shook her up a bit? If Lee is doing what she might be thinking he is doing, that might cause her to begin to view her own life a little differently. Maybe? We will have to wait and see.

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    • I get email notifications when I new post is coming up, so I am good either way if you want to give us a count down to the next installment or not. 🙂

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    • You know, I think that the lobster for one scene is supposed to show a growth in Francine’s character. I think she’s in that phase of her life where people are settling down (Lee must be giving off a vibe, no matter how hard he tries to hide it) and I think she’s beginning to think that someone steady in her life might be a pleasant change.

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    • I’m also reeeeeeeally curious to hear what you make of Francine and her lobster for one moment?! I’m not quite sure what to make of it, or why it’s there..

      I suspect this is no more than a red herring to set up the plotline which is obviously going to involve Blackthorne and Sinclair. Time will tell if Francine’s gushing over those two as heroes will pan out, but I smell nothing more than a plot setup at this point to bridge from the flashback. We need Billy and Francine to discuss them, so she is overheard breaking a date with a reporter who is after the story of a lifetime involving said characters. But it’s Francine so she isn’t making pot roast, she’s making lobster… because even Francine can boil water! 😀

      I will grant you that it’s intriguing that she was smitten enough with this one to cook for him instead of being taken out to dinner. Perhaps she goes by a two-date rule instead of the apocryphal three-date one, wink, wink, nudge, nudge? Or maybe she suspects that Amanda has lured Lee with the old through-his-stomach routine and is branching out her repertoire?

      Whatever the reason, I’m pleased we’re finally starting to see more than two dimensions to Ms. Desmond!

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      • Interesting thoughts clagjanet,

        Yeah it is an interesting way to do a little exposition. Never an easy thing.. and I guess they are trying to add some humour before the bomb hits with this envelope!

        rofl. I can boil water and I can’t cook lobster. I’d overcook it for sure! 🙂

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  9. The other Sinclair was in Brunettes are in. The horrible man who pretended to be blind.
    I think I lean more to Iwsod’s interpretation of Lee’s behaviour- even before the envelope arrived, he seemed edgy and unlike himself and a bit uncomfortable – classic signs of being up to something. Lee is normally very confident and focused and open with Amanda. Despite being a spy, he never seems comfortable with deceit (which I love him for). He was a bit like this in the beginning of Dancing Weasel when he was trying to hide things from her.
    I think there can be a little bit of awkwardness when you are getting close to someone about how far you trust the other with something or how much you pry into something- the balance can be tricky and I think this is the vibe I’m getting here.
    Love that Amanda has a desk but why such a baby desk? I really hate that she puts the flowers on it. A recipe for disaster ( well it is possible that she isn’t as clumsy as me- of course she isn’t as clumsy as me, she is perfect).

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    • The more I think about it the more I think you are right. Maybe it is a mixture of both. I am starting to think that Lee is very nervous and preoccupied with what is in that envelope and when it may show up. Maybe he wants to get out of the office with Amanda to distract himself while he waits for it to come. I also think he is very certain that he wants to be completely alone and alone for a long while when it does indeed come. I don’t think he is being disingenuous about his joy at seeing Amanda or his desire to spend time with her, or even his pleasure with the flowers, but I do think there is something else that is making a very loud and annoying buzz in his head and it has to do with that envelope. Even Amanda knows something is up, doesn’t she?

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      • Oh that’s cool!
        Good to see I’m not the only one who changes their mind 🙂 tee hee..

        Yes I like this idea that he is distracting himself with Amanda. it’s not just about getting her out of the office 🙂

        I don’t think he is being disingenuous about his joy at seeing Amanda or his desire to spend time with her, or even his pleasure with the flowers, but I do think there is something else that is making a very loud and annoying buzz in his head and it has to do with that envelope.

        I agree – the smile is genuine, but it’s over the top..
        That loud buzz ends up totally taking over Lee’s thoughts and he can’t even form a proper sentence to get Amanda out of the office. I find it quite distressing to find him so… disassembled.
        I can’t imagine how awful it would be for Amanda to see this – and then have a door slammed in her face. Such a sad start!!
        Me thinks I might need some tissues for this ep!

        Even Amanda knows something is up, doesn’t she?

        I’m thinking she knows yes. She knows him very well.. but I’d guess she has no understanding of what’s going on.. she can just identify that something is.. hope that makes sense 🙂

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        • I just noticed that I keep repeating myself… can’t even remember my own thoughts from yesterday! Oi!! So I will just say, yes! That makes sense! 🙂

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    • Yep, I agree with you and IWSOD. His smile seems to be forced and he is a little too enthusiastic. When my kids act like this, I know something is up.

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    • Indeed that Sinclair was horrible!!! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Michelle.

      Despite being a spy, he never seems comfortable with deceit (which I love him for).

      I love this comment Michelle, and I agree, it’s a lovely quality 🙂

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  10. I find it interesting that we begin this scene with a discontent and jilted Francine.
    And I think it is rather poignant that t the end of this scene we are left right where Billy was at the end of season 3, outside the Q Bureau door after Lee had locked both himself and Amanda in, not to be disturbed by any more interruptions. But now it is Amanda who has had the door shut on her and Lee is once again alone in the Q. This is heart breaking to watch…. What must be going through her head? I wonder if she may be thinking to herself that the sweet time with Lee was much shorter than she had even imagined it would be and here is the beginning of the end because he is resorting to his loner ways. But knowing Amanda she wouldn’t give up on him so quickly, instead I am sure she is trying to figure out what could possibly be affecting him like that. Maybe she is even trying to figure out how to snoop and find out what was in that envelope.

    And what on earth could be throwing Lee into such a frenzy. We just saw three very different moods from him in one brief scene. What a difference from the man who was in that same office at the end of last season. Could a summer of serious getting to know Amanda better have messed with him? Can he not handle such a close relationship? All questions that would have run through my mind…

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    • You know Morley, it’s interesting that you said that you found this scene heartbreaking. It never occurred to me to see it that way. I love hearing these different perspectives. I always thought that Amanda used her mom-tuition and figured something’s up but was willing to wait. After all, doesn’t she have a key to the door?

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      • I was just reading the script and it states that Lee was speaking to a woman named Tammy over the phone and giving her the permanent brush off. I wonder if they were still aiming to make this impression?

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        • Whoa!!! get out!!! Really??!!

          Thanks so much for looking at the script iluvsmk! These days I don’t look at all at it, as I know I will go down the rabbit hole and I haven’t the time 😦 so I love it when people share script insights with us all!

          Call me crazy, but I would have been surprised to see that in All the world’s a stage, much less the next season – I figured he’d extricated himself from all his lady friends a while ago.
          Maybe that’s why they cut it?

          Drat, I was hoping there might be something in that call that would add to the plot.. so sounds like it doesn’t!

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          • Maybe she was like Celeste in “The First Time” and just got back in town and he didn’t send her flowers.

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          • Yes! I would think that all Tammy’s and Cindi’s etc would have been put on notice around Playing for Keeps… at least. But I suppose if an old “lady friend” that hadn’t been around for while to notice that there had been a change in Lee had come back into town and called him trying to drum up some excitement for the day, he might have given her these lines.

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          • I wouldn’t read too much into the fact that Lee’s still having to shed old girlfriends. After all, he would probably still be having to do the social scene for work much as he always had, and a) he couldn’t always go with a date if he was aiming for another impression and b) Mother-of-the-Year-(Almost) Amanda wouldn’t always be available to go out either way. All to say that, there are probably still women hitting on him (as we all would be) or Lee is still having to flirt at parties, leading to him having to extricate himself.

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            • True. Showing up at every event with the same woman could be dangerous… So many things for a spy to consider when he starts acting like a “normal” person.

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        • I had never considered this a possibility until I read iwsod’s post. Walking through this episode first made me wonder if he was giving an old flame the brush off. He sure is acting like it – he knows Amanda is coming, doesn’t want any questions about who he’s on the phone with, and so he rushes to hang up and look cool and casual in his chair. I can believe that he would still have women from his past hitting on him – there are three black books’ worth!

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    • beautiful Morley, I agree, to suddenly see Lee shoving Amanda out like this is tough to take after the wonderful step forward they took together at the end of season 3!
      It’s all quite unsettling – I would have liked to see what they are like together now when things are normal you know? but then, I wonder if that’s part of the suspense and confusion here – it is amplified for the audience maybe because we haven’t yet really seen what is the new normal…
      Of course, if you view this and think Lee is the new normal right up till he gets the envelope handed to him, you will not see it this way at all.

      I too am full of questions – as your wonderful comment has explored.. Everything has been tossed up in the air here in this scene – where is it going to all land???!!!

      Poignant is a great word- yes the very next scene we see of these two in the Q bureau is this!!

      I wonder if she may be thinking to herself that the sweet time with Lee was much shorter than she had even imagined it would be and here is the beginning of the end because he is resorting to his loner ways.

      Love how you’ve put this Morley! I wonder the same thing – and will she respond with doubt? withdrawing herself? Lee’s behaviour is curious and worrying, but Amanda’s response is going to be very interesting!
      Can’t wait to have this all unfold 🙂 So glad you are able to join us Morley – More Save the Clams for Morley!!! 🙂 tee hee..

      This is heart breaking to watch….
      again – so agree! My heart breaks for them both here. Clearly Lee is beside himself and Lee shutting Amanda out like that is so hard to watch..

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      • “Of course, if you view this and think Lee is the new normal right up till he gets the envelope handed to him, you will not see it this way at all.”

        I am beginning to view the complexity in Lee’s behavior here as we discuss this. I still haven’t been able to watch the scene, but, I still think he isn’t all disingenuous with Amanda here. Those smiles may be exaggerated, but I think we are getting a glimpse of how he responds to her with joy and pleasure at all of her nuances. At least I think, or I hope that is how he truly responds to her… now I think it is all muddled up because of whatever it is that is sending him in three different directions at once and making him think the only option is to shove Amanda out the door. And she has a desk in there now! He just kicked her out of her own office too!

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  11. Well, the first time I saw this episode was after Stemwinder I and II so I was really confused and going “What the heck!?!” – (don’t worry, no spoilers), but I am really happy we are doing this episode first. I’ll say more about it as we are going through the Stemwinder episodes.

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    • yeah same here Cindy! I’m finding my reaction and how I am interpreting this episode is very different with this episode coming first.. and not having much of a recollection of the events in the stemwinders I’ve been able to so far enjoy this episode afresh!
      err if you can call being intrigued but saddened by Lee being so out of sorts and shoving Amanda out enjoyable! 🙂

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  12. I think the guest pass comes and goes in the front half of this season we may have some ups and downs of real pass joy here. Lol

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  13. (Amanda puts them in a vase on her desk.) [Oh wait- HER DESK!!!! Squeeeee she has a desk now!!!!

    Yeaaaah, Yippee!!! Amanda finally got her own desk in the Q bureau.
    😀

    Ooohho, Amanda doesn’t wear a guest/visitor pass any longer!!!
    But what is that red bar at the top of her ID? Is it a sign for being a trainee and still not a fully accepted agent?

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  14. I actually saw the scene with Lee and Amanda a little differently. I thought he wanted to spend the day with her. Like he was telling the person on the phone that they were busy so no one would give them anything to do and then he told Amanda nothing was going on so they could spend the day together outside of the office…but he knew she would never ditch if there was actually something they were asked to do. I didn’t get the feeling he was expecting the envelope but once he saw what it was, he changed gears and pushed Amanda out

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    • That’s exactly how I read his demeanour too. He was absolutely getting everything set to convince Amanda to sneak out with him somewhere and pretending that he wasn’t. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t have some kind of surprise already set up – maybe a reservation at a secluded romantic restaurant? I don’t think until he started to read the note on the outside that he even twigged that this wasn’t just normal correspondence from a sister agency. That’s why he starts by reading it out loud, then stops dead when he realizes what it is (whatever it is, since we don’t know yet either!) and immediately tries to get rid of her ASAP.

      It says something for Amanda’s learning curve for accepting Need to Know that she isn’t immediately trying to break the door back down, given how rudely he just pushed her out. 😀

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      • That is how I have always perceived this opening scene between them as well. It always seemed to me that Lee was just busting at the seams to see Amanda and spend some time with her and his huge smiles were just because she was finally there. I will have to watch this again, but after reading your thoughts Iwsod and realizing that Lee was probably expecting this letter from the CIA at some point, maybe his pleasure at seeing Amanda and taking her out for a bit may also have been a way to help burn some nervous energy as he waited for this correspondence from the CIA. It seems like it must contain something that has the potential to unnerve the poor guy. But I had never picked up on that before, I really always thought that now that he had let his feelings for Amanda show, he really couldn’t contain how much he enjoys her presence and desire to spend time alone with her. After all that is what “new love” is supposed to be like, right?

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        • Hey thanks for considering my thoughts Morley!
          yes that the CIA letter starts with ‘Dear Mr Stetson, in request-‘ suggests Lee had asked for something from the CIA.. and his hesitancy to dig into it then also suggests he knows what the contents will be referring to.

          Thus, it’s already underway before Amanda arrives..

          I have no idea who he was talking to on the phone, but maybe we’ll find out eventually 🙂 or heck, we can always make it up 😉

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      • He was absolutely getting everything set to convince Amanda to sneak out with him somewhere and pretending that he wasn’t.

        Funny! we are thinking the exact opposite. You are thinking Lee is pretending not to convince Amanda to sneak out with him.
        I think he was pretending when he was – and it was a ploy of his to delay his getting this CIA information – he was hiding from it.. and I think he was hoping to come back later alone to face whatever it is.
        Ominous!!!

        Sneaking out because you are in love is a much more enjoyable way to view Lee here in the opening scene lol! 🙂

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    • I’ve always seen it the same way too. Lee is kind of terrible at this work/life balance concept, he’s either 500% focused on work or else he wants nothing to do with it because something else is more important … or in this case someone else, because Amanda. 🙂

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    • That is how I originally saw it too- he’s new at this relationship thing & is giddy at the thought of spending the day together. Until the envelope shows up & he has a total swing the other direction. But I think it makes sense for him to act that way, since he isn’t used to having someone to share things with.

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      • This all makes sense to me! It’s Lee in a new relationship.. that can totally work! 🙂 After all we’ve been given no picture of what the two are like at work now that they’ve officially and intentionally crossed that romantic line in their relationship!

        I can see this works… But for me I straight away thought he was hiding something – the way he hurried when he heard her entering, sat in his chair, totally changed his mood, and his smile was too big and it made me suspicious!

        I wonder if smk is trying to hint but not be too prescriptive here in what’s going on [we are free to see what we like anyway 🙂 ] – because the confusion felt by Amanda is also experienced here by the audience.. and it totally catches our attention as we start this episode – I think it’s interesting storytelling.. it’s certainly captured my attention! 🙂

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        • There I definitely some new aspect at work between the two of them here. Something that is taking all of us and Lee and Amanda off guard… or putting Lee at extra guard? I like it, it gives us an unbalanced feeling at the beginning this new season.

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    • Always love to hear a different view – and as you have seen Lauren you are not alone in seeing it this way 🙂
      It’s so great how we all can see things differently and share 🙂

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  15. [What is that behind Francine, a map of DC?…]
    Ahhh, no! No map of DC – unless the Potomac changed it’s name into ‘Moscow River’ (btw, in German that river’s name is ‘Moscwa’). It’s a map of Moscow (city center).

    [… is it new?]
    Ahhh, yes, I think it is. Although I think we’ve seen it with an other map on it. Or is it just to come in Stemwinder and I’m confusing it? Hmm, not so sure about it any longer…

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    • Yes, I noticed that too. Also, you can read “The Kremlin” in the middle. Seems like a map of DC would have made more sense!

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      • Thanks L& A and Thanks Xiolaperry for answering this!
        You know, I had actually written – is it Moscow?! and I deleted it thinking – that would be silly! lol!! 🙂

        Yeah you can see Moscow written behind Francine!

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