Having just learned (for supposedly the first time) that Thomas Blackthorne is the source of the information on Lee’s parents, Lee and Amanda drive along in the corvette.. from a distance we hear:
Amanda: I don’t think this is such a good idea.
(the vette pulls into a drive way)
Lee: Amanda, just go along with it, OK?
Amanda: All right.
(A guard approaches)
(Amanda holds out a badge and her ID card.) [Whoa! I do believe Amanda has a badge and her very own ID that she can like – show others and be official and stuff!! Lee eventually holds his up to. Is this Blackthorne’s place? why would he want to use the name ‘Stetson’ around him?!]
Amanda: Hello. Hi there.
[We see a great close up on Amanda’s badge and ID here. I think they are letting us enjoying finally seeing it materialise! I’m pretty sure it’s not from the office of marital relations!
Do you think Lee’s and Amanda’s badges are the same? Even if the ID badges are not? ]
Lee: Stetson and King from the Agency? We got a line on those death threats against Mr Sinclair. [I think Amanda reacts to this bold faced lie.. uh oh.. but quickly recovers]
Amanda: Right. We wanna ask him a couple of questions. Only take a few minutes.
[Amanda manages to not run off at the mouth and play it cool. Go Amanda! Love the way Lee looks at her here ]
[Guard says yes! and motions for the gate to be opened]
Amanda (super cheery): Thanks a lot.
Lee: Nice pickup. [Whoo a verbal compliment from Lee.. seems quite natural now doesn’t it!]
Amanda (flat): Yeah, I’ll probably be sorry I did that.
[rofl great line! yeah I can see it now, Amanda reminding Lee it was a bad idea and Lee reminding Amanda that she helped him! 😉 ]
(In they drive..)
[have we seen this mansion in an smk episode before?! If we walk through the show again, I’d like to keep a little inventory of all the locations!]
(Once they are through the gate, the guard picks up a phone at the gate and makes a call..)
Man: Mr Landers? Yeah, this is the Secret Service guard at the front gate….
(We don’t hear the rest of the conversation, instead we cut to Lee and Amanda having driven up the drive.
Lee and Amanda get out and walk up the stairs to the door. A maid comes to the gate in front of the front door.)
Lee: Hello, we’re from the Agency to see Mr Blackthorne regarding the threats against Mr Sinclair.
Maid: Yes, Sir. I’ll announce you.
Lee: Thank you.
[LOL while they wait to be announced, Lee turns to Amanda and gives her a fingers crossed gesture. LOL doesn’t inspire confidence! Just what is the plan here?]
Amanda: Oh, boy.
[I agree with Amanda! Oh boy!]
(The maid returns and opens the gates for them..)
Maid: Come right this way, please.
Amanda: Thank you very much.
Lee: Thank you.
(They’re then seen inside, with the maid opening a second wooden door for them both. This is quite the fortress!)[LOL love the unicorn tapestry. Random! I wonder if Blackthorne has a stuffed unicorn on a wall somewhere?! I wouldn’t be surprised if he shot the last one 😉 ]
(The maid leaves them at the entrance there, and Amanda has a quiet word with Lee before this goes any further.)
Amanda: Look, um, if he says he’ll see you, why don’t I just wait here, because he may have some things to tell you that are private…
…And, you know, you wouldn’t want me around.
[Interesting, what do you make of this everyone?
I think Amanda has been pushy because she’s been concerned, but is now trying to give Lee back the boundaries she ran roughshod over earlier when she broke into his house (and I understand why she did and can’t blame her!) Where the boundaries lay from here is Lee’s choice. I don’t see this as a dig at Lee for keeping secrets, with some characters I might think this- but because it’s Amanda, I think she’s sincere – what do you all make of it? ]
(Lee quietly looks at Amanda.. and then before he responds the maid returns.)
Maid: Would you come this way, please?
Amanda: Go ahead.
(Amanda gives Lee a nod, and waits at the door for him.)
(We cut to Blackthorne)
[He’s sitting at his brown desk in his brown chair in the brown room – it’s a good thing he and Lee are wearing gray or I’d lose them!
Well plenty of opulence and arrogance on display here – definitely an smk baddie! ]
(Lee approaches the desk.)
Lee: Mr Blackthorne?..
…My name is Lee Stetson…
…I came to talk to you about these.
(We see the image of Matthew Stetson from the past, blending with Lee Stetson in the present.)
[Personally, I find it clunky and kinda creepy! I guess this is suppose to represent Blackthorne seeing the resemblance. And, I guess this puts to rest the theory that this Blackthorne is the son of the Blackthorne who killed Lee’s parents! Aie!! ]
Blackthorne: These are the reports I filed on your parents.
[LOL yep, it even says so! Source: Joseph Blackthorne. Thomas/Joseph.. whatev.. We see the earlier version, that’s redacted but err not enough!]
[Is it just me or does Blackthorne look older than in the last scene we saw him in – present time of course.]
(Lee looks so heartbroken.)
[To be honest, I find it very challenging to watch Lee be so vulnerable here.. he’s putting himself out there to this guy?! I wish he had done a little background before jumping into this so unprepared… I find this hard to watch]
…Look, Mr Stetson, I heard things; I had to report them.
Lee: Report what? Rumours? Nothing ever came from them, no formal proceedings, just a black mark on their records. [So Lee is firmly on the – they were not traitors side now huh. And it turns out the report was just a rumour anyway?]
Blackthorne: Look, Mr Stetson, I know that this is very difficult for you, but there’s nothing I can do to help you…
…I made those reports based on facts as I knew them… [facts- such a loosely thrown around term even back in the 80’s!]
…and I stand behind these reports.
(He holds the files out to Lee)
[I think Blackthorne does a pretty good job of pretending he has empathy for Lee and his situation, not that he will do anything. This Blackthorne is a snake!]
(There’s some non verbal communication here..
Blackthorne pleads with Lee to move on.
Lee’s heart seems to be breaking. He stoically takes the files out of Blackthorne’s hands.)
Blackthorne: Good day, Mr Stetson.
(Lee doesn’t answer, he just turns and leaves.
With the door closed, Blackthorne seems to let out a breath – like he really wasn’t sure if Lee would accept it…)
[I wonder – does Blackthorne think this is over? He must know Lee is an agent because he flashed his badge at the gate and came under the guise of having information about the death threats on Sinclair. And, Blackthorne could wonder – how did he get the CIA files? Lee is not without resources…
I find this scene so hard to watch.. How about you all?
My heart breaks for Lee, and it’s cringe worthy (IMHO) that he would have just showed up and confronted the guy like that when he didn’t actually know anything. Lee took a big risk. Did he think Blackthorne would say – Yeah sorry, shouldn’t have reported it?! As if!
And Lee is assuming this Blackthorne is not a bad guy! Ugh..
Okay okay.. Lee’s all emotional and not thinking clearly, but Lee is suppose to be trained to handle stuff. Maybe the idea was to take Blackthorne by surprise, but Lee went in there with no evidence, vulnerable and hurting.. he had nothing to come back at Blackthorne with!
Ugh.. Glad the scene is over!
One final thought – Amanda is with Lee 100%, but this was a bad idea, and Amanda knew it was a bad idea – and she still went along with Lee. What if Lee needed her to step in and stop him from making a really really bad mistake? When would she do that? Would she do that? ]
What do you all think when watching this scene? Do tell!!!