IFF is in hot pursuit of Lee in a grocery store, and he evades them. We cut to the suburbs. Seems Amanda did what Lee said and went home! (The looooong way!)
Jamie: Hi, Mom!
Amanda : Hi, sweetheart!
(We see Amanda rush into the kitchen to get a glass of water. Dotty is busy baking something)
Dotty: Ah, I almost thought you forgot, tonight is my Eastern Star installation ball…
[No idea what an eastern star installation ball is.. anyone?]
…These all-night work sessions are becoming chronic with you, Amanda. I mean, if it is work.
[Interesting comment by Dotty!! – also said without any sting. Very interesting!!]
(Jamie is helping Dotty with the cookies.)
Amanda: Listen, did anybody call me while I was gone?
Amanda: Anybody drop by?
Amanda: Anything weird happen in the neighbourhood?
Amanda: What, sweetheart?
Jamie: Well, Andy Kaskill swallowed a live toad and blacked out. Phillip’s over there now.
[LOL at the expression on Amanda’s face!]
Dotty: Wait’ll you see my outfit… it’s gonna make my date black out with sheer animal lust.
[Great to hear Dotty is dating..and- I’ve missed this side of Dotty! ]
Dotty: Listen, I have about five or six different kinds of earrings. Now, I want you to pick for me, because I can’t-
Amanda: Okay, wait! Hold it. Wait. Hold it, please. I’m sorry. Let’s just have a family meeting, okay? Drop everything, will ya?…
…Put everything down, just for a second. Just gotta’ talk to you, all right?
(Dotty and Jamie do as Amanda ask)
[Oh my.. what is Amanda going to reveal?!]
Amanda: Now, look. Uhh… a man that I work with is, uh, having some problems… all right? Now, his name is Stetson—Lee Stetson…
…You’ve talked to him on the phone before, Mother.
Dotty: Steadman. I thought it was Steadman.
[LOL I love it! at a moment like this we have a little gag about all of Lee’s names! 🙂 ]
Amanda: No, it’s Stetson, Mother.
Amanda: At any rate… there may be some people who come by to talk to us, and they’ll be Federal Agents…
[whoa this gets Dotty’s attention!]
…Ah, they may wanna ask us a few questions…
(Jamie nods. Bless him. He listens and tries to take it all in his stride. LOL I’m kinda glad Phillip isn’t around for this rather tense and important moment! How do you think he would have reacted?)
…And, ah, well, they think that Mr. Stetson may have… given away a few things that he shouldn’t have.
Amanda: Secrets, sweetheart.
Dotty: Amanda—aren’t you being just a little melodramatic?
[oh if only she knew!]
Amanda: Mother, I’m exhausted. I work for IFF. IFF works for the government. The government has secrets. Okay?
[Whoa!!!! That’s quite an admission!! ‘not exactly’ spilling the beans.. but she’s certainly making it easy to guess.]
Jamie: Like, what kinda secrets?
Amanda: Nice try, Sherlock. A secret’s a secret. Look—why don’t you just give your brother a call and ask him to come home? Would you do that for me?
Amanda: Thank you.
(Jamie leaves to fetch Phillip)
Amanda: Yes, Mother?
Dotty: Ah, you’re, ah… You’re not mixed up with any of these federal agents, are you?
Amanda: Hah, Mother…Muah!
[LOL I guess that’s technically not a lie! No mother I’m not mixed up with them- I am one of them! 😉 ]
Amanda laughs, and kisses her mother’s hand.
Then she quickly turns to leave – the smile gone!
She looks really worried! while Dotty is all smiles.
Oh boy! Things are really closing in on Amanda too!!! I’ll pause here.. what do you all think?