Soooooo the Lisbon variation is still ringing in my ears.. when we cut to the Q bureau.. where Amanda is waiting for some answers!
Amanda (very professional): The Lisbon variation to the peacock dance; what is that?
[I don’t think I want to know!!!]
(Lee seems awfully interested in that paperwork as he responds!)
Lee: Uh, the dance is pretty straight forward… Um… an agent initiates or encourages contact with a target of the opposite sex, in order to establish a relationship in which intelligence is taken or given.
[LOL at how Lee tries to be so businesslike but casual here. So interesting that they have this conversation with two desks between them! it’s like it puts them firmly in work mode here.]
Amanda: Does that mean what I think it means?
[Finally we get a close up!]
Lee: Probably. Just business.
[Oh boy.. it may be ‘just business’ but it’s not in most jobs!
‘just business’- interesting… reminds me of early Lee! … but then why was Lee so uncomfortable in the last scene?! It may be business, but there is some ‘personal’ involved too..]
Amanda: Oh, yeah. Okay….
[Amanda doesn’t seem phased by this at all. Or is it just me?]
…That’s the dance; what’s the variation?
[oh dear.. Lee doesn’t look thrilled with the variation! but IMHO tries to cover it up. What do you see? ]
Lee: Hah. In the Lisbon, you and I pretend to be lovers…
(Lee can’t seem to meet Amanda’s eyes here!
We cut back to Amanda)
Amanda (quick and deadpan) responds: I can make that adjustment. [awesome line!!! with awesome delivery!]
[Lee gets more awkward.. and doesn’t respond to Amanda’s quip. it was a good one. He must really be worried! ]
Lee: But I’m getting restless…
[LOL at how he screws up his face here!]
… and the relationship’s deteriorating…
..which sets me up for the third person—Sonja.
(We cut to Amanda. Now-Not enjoying this!!)
[but lol being Amanda she smiles at first!]
[the smile disappears quickly!]
….and makes my attraction logical, believable…
Amanda (as Lee continues): I hate it.
Lee: … and statistically valid for an American male my age.
(Lee looks at Amanda directly, trying to reason with her. ) [Hmm now she hates it he seems less worried! what’s going on here?!]
…Russians are suckers for statistics.
[Lee looks so pleased with himself and how clever they are to know this about Russians. He’s way too confident! Hmm and maybe they know that you know that! It also sounds to me like Americans love statistics about Russians loving statistics aie. My head hurts]
(Lee smiles and chuckles at Amanda)
(she’s still not happy)
This wipes away that smile of his!
Lee: But of course, if you don’t wanna do this…
Amanda (suddenly more upbeat): No, no. No…
…I’m a pro. I can do this; when do we start?
Lee (less certain): Tonight?
I think this final smile is plastered on.. she’s not feelin it on the inside!
The scene ends here.
Oh I cannot wait to hear from you guys!!!!!
I say good on Amanda for not pretending she is happy with this assignment! I don’t think Lee is either, but I appreciate that Amanda was honest with Lee about it, she seems to have decided to get on with the job at hand- after all, she’s a pro! She certainly isn’t blaming Lee for it either.
I guess Lee may be trying to pretend like it will be okay as it’s not his first time, but it is hers – maybe he is motivated by trying to help her feel better about it, rather than covering up his own feelings.. Hmm.. I cannot wait to hear what you all think!!!!!!!
I think the part about him getting restless was the part he found hardest. Hmm.. I wonder why?! Anyone else notice this? What do you think?
I also think it’s natural Amanda would need a moment to get her professional act together here! After all there are real feelings involved. Kudos to Amanda for being professional!!!! can you imagine season 1 Amanda being faced with this at all? much less with her lover involved?! [Wasn’t there a script floating around for an early episode where Lee has to romance someone for a case? and this comes up? ‘Pillow Patter’ was the name, but I have no memory of what ep it turned out to be or if it was ever filmed. anyone?
All this sets up a bit of an ‘uh oh’ sense for what’s ahead in this ep… this scenario they are going to need to play out is not going to be easy! Lee didn’t want it. Amanda didn’t want it.
If this were the first ep of season 4 I’d be feeling quite lost. I guess we did have the earlier scene at Emelios.. but it doesn’t seem like much. In Unfinished business – we didn’t see them working together in that episode at the agency really.. (it was more that they were working on a personal issue of Lee’s together). I would have liked to see an episode of them working on a case together before they face this scenario.. but.. don’t mind me!
Hmmmm maybe this all adds to the tension, because we are not sure how these two are making the ‘adjustment’ to being lovers and working together! Is this Peacock Dance with a lisbon variation about to put a stop to this relationship before we even really get to see it?! Will it be one of those annoying road blocks that pulls apart the couple for a while? if not forever? eek!!! It’s going to be quite a test of this relationship!!!
Something tells me that many questions I have are going to be answered!
I think the Peacock Dance reference intuitively makes sense… Lee showing off his plumage to attract a mate. LOL.. but…. Anyone have any ideas about why it’s the ‘Lisbon’ variation when an older man gets dissatisfied and hooks up with a so called Honey Pot knowingly? (and passing himself off as a ‘pea brain!’ ) Is this a reference to something in history? curious..
I’m going to pause here before we watch Lee commence the peacock dance with the Lisbon variation so I can prepare myself for this shock!! Can’t wait to hear from you guys!!!