What’s next? We see the vette driving down a suburban street.
Pretty tree lined street.
They pull up in front of a house Lee seems to recognise.
Standing out front, suddenly Lee realises there’s a boy up the tree out front of this house.
[Seems memories are flooding back for Lee as the boy jumps down.]
(The boy magically jumps down from the tree and lands in front of him.
The boy reaches for his bike and cycles away as Lee reacts to the memories flooding back..)
[Not sure that these memories are happy ones?
Then again, maybe it’s the drug wearing off!]
(We see Amanda was hanging back by the vette.
Lee shakes his head and rubs his eyes.)
[drugs? or memories? Heck, maybe it’s both!]
(Lee watches the boy on the bike ride away..
This somehow seems significant to Lee.
Amanda calls out.)
[But wait! I have another mystery to solve. Where have Amanda’s earrings gone?!
Okay okay.. not quite so interesting as the mysteries Lee is slowly unfolding!]
(Amanda calling out to Lee breaks whatever he was caught up in.. and he heads over to her immediately reassuring her)
Lee: I’m all right. I’m all right.
[Awh sweet that he immediately thinks of her and to reassure her ]
(Together they head toward the house, Amanda has her arm around Lee.
Lee and Amanda take a look at that tree before moving toward the house.
Lee seems fixated on that tree.)
[I guess this is partly about the drug still affecting him?
But! Love the white picket fence and daisies! Is this Lee’s childhood home? Love the thought that he grew up (briefly) in a suburban home with a white picket fence.. and flowers.. I wonder if this is partly why his early run ins with Amanda seemed to unsettle him so much. Subconsciously he was reminded of this stuff he is now wanting to deal with.
Okay, I think the show didn’t have this in mind at the time, but I think it works and I’ll go with it ]
Amanda: What is it?
Lee: It’s that tree. I, I probably spent more time in it than my room.
[Nice they can share a smile here]
(Lee reaches for her arm and pats it)
…But I’m OK, don’t worry.
[this little gesture reminds me of their cover during sour grapes- approaching arm in arm-and he pats her hand.
Only now – it’s not a cover!!! It’s for real! Squeeee!!!
HERE is that scene if you are interested.]
Amanda: All right.
(They walk up the front steps.. and bang on the door.)
[Lets hope there are not thought to be dead but still alive (and leaving trails!) assassins living here!]
Amanda: Hello? Anybody home?
(Amanda looks around the neighbourhood – is the coast clear?
Yep! Amanda indicates: all clear!
Lee unpicks the lock while Amanda acts as lookout!)[I think she could have climbed that tree and been more thorough ]
(Lee opens the door.. and calls out..)
(No answer! In they go.
We see them walking down a hallway..)
Amanda: Anybody home?
(Lee seems to be remembering..)
Amanda: Which way?
(Amanda doesn’t rush Lee.. she patiently waits.. We hear Lee’s parent’s voices..)
Matt: Daddy’s home. Daddy’s home. Hey, come give your tired old dad a big hug….
Jennie: ….Hurry up, Lee. You’ll be late for school….
(Lee points to a side door and they head in that direction)
Matt: ….We should go up to the…
Jennie: ….Mrs Ward will stay with you. We won’t be gone long, I promise….Happy birthday…Come on, Lee…We’re going to walk to the store with daddy…
(Lee realises he’s made a mistake and changes direction)
Lee: No, it’s, it’s this way.
[Gosh I am struggling to get clear images here. Sorry this is the best I can do ]
(We see a door open, and Lee and Amanda descend the stairs down to the basement. As they descend we continue to hear Lee’s parents saying random things.)
Jennie: Surprise. I made you chocolate chip cookies for dessert…Give mummy a big kiss goodnight, sweetheart. Sweet dreams….
Matt: …What do you think about going over to Parker’s Pet Shop and get that puppy you’ve been talking about…?
Jennie: …Come here…
[I guess not so random – all give the message that Lee’s parents were good people, good parents who loved their son and were pretty normal. Funny how Jennie sounds more English in these memories than she did at the start of the episode maybe they used another actress for the voice!]
Lee: This isn’t right.
Amanda: Well, are you sure this is the right house?
Lee: Of course I’m sure. [lol Um there is no of course about it you are still drugged up fair question tee hee. I can understand why Lee would be feeling on edge!]
(A ball drops and bounces on the floor.)
[Did Amanda knock it?]
(Lee picks it up and looks at it, it’s triggering some kind of memory.
A memory of a similar ball..
We see little Lee’s ball falling down these steps.
Mathew Stetson is at the top of the stairs.)
Matt: Lee, what are you doing down there? I thought I told you it was off-limits?
(Having retrieved his ball, Little Lee climbs up the stairs towards Matthew. We see Mathew looking lovingly at his son as he closes the door.) [All signs are – this was a loving family]
Jennie: Lee, where are you?…Lee, answer me. Lee…
[No I was wrong, still a lousy English accent.. but don’t worry it’s just my opinion! But lol I think based on Lee’s expression above he may agree with me tee hee.. okay kidding! ]
(Lee recalls a little more…. and suddenly, we realise it’s now Amanda calling to Lee to answer her.)
Amanda: Lee? Lee, answer me! Lee!
(Lee puts the ball down and turns to Amanda.)
Lee: That’s it!
Lee: It’s here.
(Lee moves to a different part of the basement and Amanda follows..)
Lee: I’m not looking for a locked door, it’s a trapdoor…
…And it’s right here somewhere. Here.
(Lee pulls out his flip knife and starts cutting the vinyl flooring)
[lol hope they leave some money to replace it for the new owners!]
Amanda: Be careful with that thing. [whooo it musnt be a bendy knife!]
Amanda: Shhh Be quiet.
(Amanda suddenly seems concerned someone above will hear.)
[Did she hear someone arrive? because a second ago she was literally yelling at Lee to answer her!]
Lee: That’s gotta be it.
Amanda: You’re right.
(Lee uncovers a trapdoor and opens it..)
Amanda: Oohhh. Be careful.
Lee lowers himself into the space..
Amanda: Easy. Easy.
[There’s a whole other floor down there!]
(He turns on a bare light bulb and looks around him)
Amanda: Can I come down?
Lee: Here you are. Come on. Careful.
(Lee helps Amanda down.)
[Interesting.. again, Amanda is asking permission rather than assuming it’s her right to follow him..]
[I’m shocked Amanda wasn’t magically wearing pants that day.. or her removable heels!]
(We see a dusty desk with a desk lamp, notebooks, a cup and saucer, and an ornament. A cardigan hangs on the back of a chair in front of the desk and cobwebs all around.)
Lee: You know, they told me this place was so secret so many times that I guess I didn’t remember it. [and yet, he remembered exactly where the light bulb was to turn it!]
Amanda: Will you look at this?
(They look at some stuff on the desk there.. not sure what it is..)
Lee: Yeah. Look Amanda, let’s get this stuff out of here before someone comes home and we have to do some fancy explaining.
Amanda: Yeah. Mr Melrose’ll appreciate that.
[LOL the blood vessels in his brain will appreciate it!]
(Lee picks up a file. He pauses when he noticed the pipe sitting in it’s holder.
it’s covered in cobwebs.
Amanda notices, and stays silent, watching.
Lee slowly picks up a pipe,
and very carefully puts it carefully in his jacket pocket.
He looks up and sees Amanda noticed..
Amanda stays silent.)
[but communicates plenty! She oozes empathy and comfort..]
(Lee hesitates a second)
[so sad… but it’s wonderful he can have his dad’s pipe! I think Lee seems to celebrate this] (He smiles through his half formed tears at Amanda..
She smiles right back.)
[though LOL she might be smiling because she’s managed to find her earrings down there too! kidding!!]
[I’m enjoying this rediscovery and new connection Lee has to his dad. A low key, but incredibly powerful moment. How about you?
Acting is Amazing KJ & BB! lol. Love how I write that as if they’d read it?! haaaa.. as if they’d ever stop by here! And if they did, I’d think I was being pranked!
Wow it even looks like his dad’s work at home casual cardy is still hanging on the back of the chair. Quite eerie! I think when Amanda gets home at the end of this all, she’ll pull up that vinyl in her basement and give it a thorough investigation!]
(Amanda hands Lee some stuff as she prepares to climb the ladder)
[LOL at how she is all ewww at all the cobwebs! ]
The scene ends there, and aside from the pipe, I’m not sure what they’ve collected some files, books or something.. I guess the cardy wasn’t worth rescuing, the moths have probably been eating it!
Okay- I shall pause at the end of this scene here.. Reeeally can’t wait to hear from ya and chat with you all about this ep so far!