Back to Chez Van Der Hoosen.
Amanda: Okay. How is this? Can you hear me?
We hear Lee over the mike: Loud and clear.
(We see dreamy t-shirt clad Lee enter from another room..)
Lee: Save it.
Lee: What’s the range?
(Lee joins Amanda at the table)
Amanda: Up to half a mile.
Lee: Ah, that’s optimum. We won’t need more than… 200 yards.
…Well, here we are… this quiet dinner in our cozy hideout, cleaning our guns. Another typical evening with the spy family. [who it just called them a family nice!]
Amanda: I don’t know how you can be in such a good mood.
(Amanda’s working at something as she says this)
(so is Lee)
[bit weird how neither is looking up. Not sure I like it.. Even if Lee does look super gorgeous in that t-shirt! Ugh.. maybe Amanda should put those massive fugly sunglasses back on again!!!]
Lee: Well, I’m not. Just the way I handle my nerves before a big operation. Believe me—tomorrow’s as big as they come.
Amanda: If Alexi shows.
[well well. finally someone looks up!]
Lee: Well, Rostov sighted him near the Soviet embassy today…
[whoooo it’s jaw clenching time! In that t-shirt? double swoony! or maybe I should say it’s pearls clenching time!]
…He’ll be there.
(we hear some clicks.. like Lee and Amanda have been cleaning their guns during this conversation)
[Okay, I can get the idea of wanting to portray them getting ready and all but would have been better had we seen them actually dealing with the guns, and had them look up from time to time. This feels unusual to me – I notice this as writing the walk I’m regularly looking at screen caps – it’s very rare to have such a conversation with so little eye contact..]
Amanda: I hope I don’t have to use this.
(Lee looks up) [hoorah!]
Amanda: I’m not very good at 50 feet; at 75, forget it.
[lol I love that she’s so honest.. and that they haven’t tried to have Amanda be suddenly expert 🙂 ]
Lee: Well, if you need it, it’ll be a lot closer.
[Lee is also honest and realistic And.. just lookin mighty fine – so glad he’s taking the time to fix his hair. When you look good: you feel good! – lol why can I hear Dotty’s voice saying that??!!!]
(Amanda reacts silently)
[looks like an ‘eek!’ facial expression!]
Lee (gently): I hope you don’t either.
(Lee finishes with a sad little smile..)
(Amanda again reacts silently..)
[I’m really pleased there is no apologies talk or regret talk or anything like that.. they are just focused on what they need to do.. There is no babying Amanda going on!
Maybe it’s just me but it seems strange to have no had a wider shot of the two of them in the same shot – Not a fan of it.]
The scene ends here.
We cut to Alexi shivering and coughing in a bus shelter.
[Oh goody. He’s not well! the weather is on Lee and Amanda’s side!]
Sonja joins him..
Sonja: Grandfather… drink some of this… It’s all I could get in an American shop without a doctor.
(Alexi drinks up the medicine.)
[LOL no checking the dosage for him- Swig!]
(Sonja fusses over him a little stroking his hair.
Alexi motions across the road)
Alexi: Rostov has been in the embassy three hours.
Sonja: You’re sick and freezing… I can get visas and tickets for you. You can go south. Montevideo is safe.
Alexi: No. I have to get Stetson. You have to help me.
[I think nothing is more important that ‘getting Stetson’ ]
Sonja: It’s not working.
Alexi: It is working. Rostov is gonna give him to me. I’m gonna kill him.
[Sonja seems close to tears here.. at her grandfather’s choices?? why exactly? thoughts?]
(Sonja is silent a moment.. trying to get a grip on some suddenly strong emotions. Alexi doesn’t seem to notice.. or care.)
Sonja: I mean, you can’t ask me to keep running with you. An outlaw against my own government?!!..
[Okay, Alexi finally notices she isn’t happy!!!]
Sonja: I have my whole life to live…
Alexi: I’m gonna kill him.
Sonja silently nods..
[She’s done what she can.. and she has her answer.. he cares more about killing Stetson than about his own granddaughter.
Aie this is one sad and broken man. So selfish, obsessed and does not care what it does to his granddaughter!
Why didn’t he just kill Lee when he had him blacked out? I guess he wanted Lee to suffer? thoughts?]
Alexi points across the road..
Sonja: Go on. I’ll track him.
(Alexi gives Sonja a stroke of her hair.)
[As if to say ‘good girl let me ruin your life because Stetson has to die!’ ugh..
Sonja seems to have a tough edge here. I’m not sure if she’s going to give up her future for this.. Hmm.. we’ll see! ]
They watch Rostov’s limo pull away.. Alexi leaves, and Sonja puts up her umbrella..
This whole two parter is a great big: I don’t know what’s going on.. but I’ll stay tuned to find out! What do you all think? Anything you’d like to share? How do you read Alexi’s and Sonja’s relationship? Do tell!