Sigh Ready for the tag everyone?!
We find Lee in the cemetery….
He’s alone and looking at some tombstones.
Amanda walks up to him and joins him.
She puts her hand on his back.
Amanda (quietly): Hi.
Amanda: I hope you don’t mind. I…called and you weren’t at the office and you weren’t at home so I figured you’d be here.
(Lee shakes his head as she speaks, and he seems to be looking at the flowers she’s brought with her)
Lee: No, not at all.
Amanda: I grew these in the garden.
(Lee is silent for a beat, and admires the flowers.. and likely the thoughtful delivery gal!)
Lee: Thank you…
…Very pretty. [Okay for me, this reaction to the flowers is more Lee than the OTT reaction in their first scene 🙂 ]
(Amanda starts to bend down to place them on the graves. Lee watches Amanda closely as she does this with a big smile)
(Once she’s placed the flowers down and has risen again, they both in unison let out a big sigh)
Lee: I haven’t been by here in a long time…
…Somehow it always seemed easier to stay away,…
(Lee smiles to himself)
(We see a close up on the two tombstones.
Learjet has transcribed it for us all:
Two small flags (one British and one American) between them and the flowers in the foreground. The left-hand gravestone reads “JENNIFER HAMILTON STETSON NOVEMBER 30, 1920 SEPTEMBER 18, 1955”. The other reads “MAJOR MATTHEW DAVIS STETSON JANUARY 5, 1920 SEPTEMBER 18, 1955”.) Good eyes Learjet!
[Umm.. what’s the flags? Is that a North American tradition I don’t know about?]
(we cut back to Lee and Amanda..
Lee looking at the tombstones, Amanda holding his left hand in both of hers)
(Amanda puts her hand gently to his back.. and speaks.. )
Amanda (very quietly): OK. I’m gonna leave you alone now.
Lee (quickly): No, Amanda…
(He turns to face her and takes her two hands in his. As he so often does 🙂 )
…No, don’t go.
He seems to struggle to find the right words here a little..
He smiles at Amanda…
[Oh my goodness.. has this man ever looked more attractive?!
Love will do that to a man ]
Lee is silent a moment..
[He seems a little overwhelmed at the strength of his emotions.. but it’s all there in those eyes!! (The eyes have it!!) I think he looks really happy to have Amanda there with him – His Amanda!]
(I think he looks at her lips here )
He shakes his head…
…I sure wish you could have known them.
[‘known them’ Hmm.. there is that all important theme of knowing in smk again!!!!]
(He looks down at the tombstones then back up to Amanda)
We cut to Amanda..
She follows his eyes looking down at the tombstone..
then.. she gets a little shy [or how would you describe it?] and looks back up at Lee.. She sighs… and then, with confidence she says…
Amanda: I think I do.
Lee’s head snaps up –
He looks at her silently.
[A nice little reference to that idea of knowing back in ATWAS. Amanda knows Lee’s parents, because he is his parent’s child.. Like father, like son as she said earlier!]
I think Lee looks at her lips here.. like he’s thinking of a kiss..
he even moves his head forward a fraction..
Amanda smiles and chuckles a little..
Kiss? Kiss? NNNNNNNo kiss.. [boo!]
Instead they go in for the hug. It’s like Lee pulls her arms around him a little..
And then her arms find their own way around him..
Nice little snuggle!
The episode ends here. Awh.. I’m happy with the hug after all 🙂 How about you?
All the hug observers will note – her arms are no longer on his lapels!!.. they are on his back – there’s now nothing between the two of them though I note his arms go all the way around.. her’s don’t.. maybe we’ll see that next hug haaaa!
Again, no words are exchanged.. but there is plenty being said here huh! Just like the tag to All the world’s a stage. It’s wonderful, and we get the overall idea.. but we can pretty much see what we want to see IMHO!
There are no smk authorities here! 🙂
Do tell what you see!
I think it’s interesting to note this ep has no kiss. [was this KJ’s decision?! curious..]
Twice there was a moment where they could have.. but they didn’t. And.. we even had a few Whoooo Haaaaa!!!! moments where the sexual tension was hinted at (IMHO of course).
I think as this was the start of season 4, and there was a gap between ATWAS and this ep – they are building up the tension for audiences in preparation for what’s ahead. It still feels to me like the romance is fresh and new.
I love that while the relationship went to another level in ATWAS, it wasn’t finished developing and growing. Also, just because they are now ‘together’ doesn’t mean the characters as individuals have stopped growing. Their stories continue. Awesome!!! That is a credit to the writers and the actors… and I love it. How about you? Do tell!
We still don’t actually know how Lee came to be sent those CIA files and what set this whole thing off do we? I’m thinking, as I briefly mentioned earlier- I think Lee’s relationship and security with Amanda enabled his subconscious to begin to surface past traumatic experiences that he was finally able to deal with.
And here, in the tag, Lee admits it had previously been easier to not visit their graves (I think literally and figuratively), but now – it feels like the right thing to do.. and Lee is much happier now that he has dealt with the past, with Amanda there with him Terribly swoony!!
There’s also the story about Lee opening up to Amanda and trusting her with this most painful part of his past.. she overstepped the boundaries at first due to her worry, but more than made up for it throughout by being careful to give him space.. and let him come to her and include her.. I enjoyed this aspect of this ep’s story too!
Overall I think this episode is wonderful!!! I don’t know that I’d put it in my top five, but I’ve really enjoyed learning more about Lee and seeing Lee and Amanda’s further development in this ep. How about you?
Love this colour on KJ.. and the tans they’ve both developed over the summer break have them both looking AAAAAAadorable. Could do without the red leather belt though- ahem. But.. Lee is certainly looking mighty fine here (without a red belt 😉 ). I wonder.. is this the same dress Amanda is wearing in this promo shot?
I think it is.. I hope we see it again! Pink is definitely KJ’s colour! and blue is Lee’s (IMHO) lol. no gender stereotyping going on here! ha!
Don’t want to nitpick but… [hey, you know me!] The whole Billy randomly accusing Lee of being obsessed artificial road block is a bit clunky. I like to think there was a scene in there where Billy learned of Lee’s personal connection to Blackthorne, then the obsession accusation makes a little more sense to me. But lol I wanted to see Billy’s face when he found out Blackie murdered Lee’s parents! I think Billy may have said: Here Lee, let me put another bullet in him! 😉 tee hee..
Oh and rofl… is Francine still out the front of the plaza hotel sulking? I would have loved to see her face when Amanda brought the car back haaaaa!!!
I’m guessing this may have already come up as we chat about this episode but – where does the Colonel fit in all this? he is an American Colonel? she was a British Citizen? How could he not even rate a mention in this episode? Booooooo.. I would have preferred he was even played by a different actor than the original (okay maybe not Sam Melville or Daniel Davis please!!) –but I think his absence is a bit clunky.
Ohhh!!! and I can’t finish without a massive cheer: HOOORAHH!!! Amanda has an ID badge!!!!! bye bye Guest pass!!!!!!!!!!!
Huge thanks to Learjet – who has single-handedly transcribed and formatted this swoony ep for us all to enjoy. Learjet- we salute you!!!!! I’m extremely grateful to you for everything you do!!!!! Without Learjet this blog would be back at Welcome to Mr Brand. lol..
Next up is a Tuxedo voting post..
Aiming to start walking through the Stemwinders from 1 August – so if you want to catch up- see if you can catch up by then! Whooo hoooooo!!!! Fun times ahead!!!!
Come on everyone! Please share your thoughts on this tag and episode with us all!! 🙂 Thanks for walking with me!!