Hi all! Judging by the quiet response to post 3 (haaaaa – but kudos to Neckieh, Peacockdancer, LeesMolly and Sara for commenting!!), I am guessing that this episode isn’t really grabbing your attention.. I confess it’s not really grabbing mine! Maybe it’s a good call to get it done in 4 posts, find the gold.. enjoy the good.. and move on to the next episode – is that fair?
For those who love this ep, I hope I’m doing it justice for you.. I do appreciate the hard work of the SMK team.. especially KJ and all she was going through.. sooo I’m in this till the season 4 finale!!! Let’s get this ep done, and let’s see what gold we can find in here. Shall we?!
Back to Hospimerica/ Briarwood… Lee and Amanda are in the car looking at a blueprint.
I’m going to heavily rely on BJo’s descriptions here.. it less work for me to just add my thoughts as we go to BJo’s great work. I hope you guys don’t mind and it’s still an okay experience to walk through the action finale this way.. Let me know your thoughts! And again – a huge thanks to BJo for transcribing this episode!
Lee: Okay, now we look for the rabbit hole. Whenever the Agency secures a building, they always leave a way to get out without tripping the alarms. (Lee points to a spot on a blue print). Here we are.
(Lee and Amanda approach a door. Lee knocks on the door.)
Lee: You got a pen on you?
(Lee takes the pen and takes it apart.)
Lee: Standard Agency issue – acid ink.
(The acid starts to smoke and eat through whatever Lee put it on.)
[LOL and Amanda didn’t know her pen was acid ink? What if she took a few sneaky pens home and gave them to the boys?! rofl. ]
(They enter the building and we see a man in white scrubs at a desk watching a baseball game on some sort of monitor/tv.)
TV Announcer: Yes, it looks like that one’s going all the way. That’ll bring in three runs to tie this ball game up.
(Lee and Amanda sneak past the man and up stairs to a hallway.)
[LOL he really should have seen their shadow on the wall right next to him.]
( They come across a man locked in a room.)
Amanda: Oh, do you recognize him?
Lee: Yeah, it’s Dr. Carl Roberts, Head of Radiation at MIT.
(Lee and Amanda turn and walk to another room setting off an alarm. The man in the scrubs turns off the game and picks up his phone to make a call.
Lee and Amanda find the room with Dr. Mayfield.)
[Loving all the touching Amanda!]
Mayfield: That time of year thou mades and we behold.
Lee: Archibald Mayfield?
(Mayfield turns and walks toward the door.)
Mayfield: What do you want?
Amanda: We’re here to get you out.
(Rollins and Hobart turn up behind Lee and Amanda.)
Hobart: And we’re here to see that you don’t. [MUAHAHAHAHAHAA!!]
Rollins is at his desk and Hobart walks up behind him wiping his hands with a cloth. [what was Rollins doing? Cleaning his pipe? lol it’s so weird.
Just like it’s weird this hospital wing has.. chandeliers! whahahahaahaah!! Someone check those lightbulbs-stat!!]
Hobart: It’s all set. This is an old heating system. If too much pressure builds up in the steam pipes, the boiler will overheat and explode.
Rollins: I don’t want any damage to the main building.
[BJO: Oh, the concern!]
[yeah, he’s all heart!]
Hobart: There’s a six-foot concrete and steel bulkhead between us and them. I shut off the safety valve. The pressure’s been building up for a couple hours. And I put a few ounces of plastique under the boiler.
Rollins: No, I don’t want the fire inspector to find any trace of explosives.
Hobart: This stuff doesn’t leave any residue. It’s just supposed to kickstart an explosion in the boiler. When those pipes blow, it’ll rip this place to pieces.
Rollins: Yeah, of course the charge is the catalyst, but where’s the detonator?
Hobart: Right under the boiler. Just push the little button and 45 seconds later, kaboom.
[45 seconds doesn’t seem like very long!!! Or is it just me?! and who’s going to take the risk and activate it?!]
Back to Lee and Amanda locked in a room across the hall from Mayfield.
Mayfield: What’d they get you two for? Buying a foreign car? Or supporting the metric system. [haaaaa good one. I love it. Maybe he’s Canadian? We use Metric in Australia too!]
Amanda: We’re federal agents, sir.
Mayfield: Shouldn’t you be outside helping Rollins cleanse the country of those of us who stray from what he considers the patriotic norm?
Lee: Listen pal, we busted our butts to come in here and get you out…
[I love how Amanda cuts off Lee here. lol Lee get over yourself! Pal!]
Amanda: (talks over Lee) (BJO: hahaha) Mr. Mayfield, whatever’s going on here the Agency doesn’t have anything to do with. [Hey maybe Lee and Amanda have naturally gotten the good cop bad cope thing down pat now Amanda is no longer expected to be bad cop?!]
Mayfield: Then why is Rollins running this operation?
Lee: Rollins has got his own agenda which has nothing to do with us.
Amanda: Mr. Mayfield, do you know what’s going on here?
Mayfield: For the past 6 months, Rollins has been grabbing those of us opposing nuclear weapons and bringing us here for interrogation.
Lee: What does he want from you?
Mayfield: names of others who share our views. And those in the Department of Defense who have been providing us with research.
Amanda: Classified research, sir?
Mayfield: Hell, no. Same stuff you can read in the Congressional Record. He just gets it for us quicker. How’d you find out about this?
Amanda: Your daughter, Laura.
Mayfield: How is she?
Amanda: Well, sir, she, uh…got a little bit too close to what’s going on here.
Mayfield: Is she alright?
Amanda: She’s in the hospital. We think she’ll be all right, sir. But we need to get you out of here.
(Hobart arrives with a gun in his hand. He unlocks Lee and Amanda’s door and a man pushes an empty gurney into their room.)
Hobart: All aboard, Stetson, we’re going for a ride.
Lee: Uh, no thanks, I’ll walk. [Haaaa I can’t blame you Lee. being strapped down like that no thanks]
Hobart: Just get on the burney, wise guy.
(Amanda takes a piece of tape from the side of the gurney.)
Lee: On the gurney? Yeah, you’re right. What the heck, huh?
(As Lee gets on the gurney, Amanda tapes the door latch.)
Lee: Why walk when you can ride?
Hobart: Lay down on your back.
Lee: Ahem. Oh, this is comfy.
Amanda: Where are you taking him?
Hobart: Got a couple questions for him.
Lee: I’ll be fine.
[Does Lee know Amanda did that? I don’t know that he does.. and yet.. he still trusts her here I’m sure!]
(Hobart and the man leave with Lee strapped to the gurney. They close the door. Once they leave, Amanda got to make sure she can open the door, thanks to the door latch being taped.)
Amanda: Mr. Mayfield, where are the keys?
Mayfield: The guard has got the only set.
Amanda: Okay, call him, pretend you’re sick.
Amanda: Go ahead, call him.
Mayfield: Help. Help. Help! Somebody please help! Oh, Oh help! Oh, it’s my heart (moaning).
(Amanda throws open her door really hard and nails the guard right in the face with the door!!
Mayfield continues on…)
Mayfield: Somebody help me…
(Amanda gets the keys from the knocked out guard then starts to drag him into her room.)
[Okay that was extreeeeeemly satisfying!!!!
I think the big smile on Mayfield’s face here in response is my favourite moment of the episode!!! Why I don’t know.. but it was a great reaction!!!!!!!!! ]
Rollins and other man roll Lee toward Rollins desk area.
Lee: Come on, Rollins. Tell your gorillas to unfasten me, huh?
Rollins: Wouldn’t want you to fall off that trolley and hurt yourself. At least not until I get what I want from you.
Lee: Which is what?
Rollins: The names of anybody else in the Agency that know about this operation. You know, Mr. Stetson, you should be supporting your fellow agents not jeopardizing them.
Lee: (Scoffs) You want to know what makes me sick? You’re not different from the KGB colonels you two think you’re protecting the country against.
[I really feel for BB here, surely this wasn’t done in one take, and yet having his neck twisted like that must have been quite the workout!!!]
(Back to Amanda. She locks the guard in her old room then unlocks Mayfield’s door and lets him out.)
Amanda: Mr. Mayfield, take these keys and let the other people out, alright? I gotta go find my partner.
Amanda leaves and Mayfield goes to unlock a door.
Mayfield: (to man in locked room) Hey!
Amanda runs into another guard on her way to find Lee.
Guard 2: What are you doing out here?
Amanda turns to leave, but the guard grabs her by the arm.
Guard 2: You better come with me.
(Amanda grunts and off they go.)
[Amanda is really funny here and it’s all non verbal. KJ is so good at physical comedy!!]
(Back with Rollins, Hobart, and Lee.)
Lee: At first I thought Laura Mayfield was paranoid, accusing you of abducting her father. But I had it the wrong way around didn’t I, Rollins?
Rollins: I’m really not interested in your personal opinions.
Lee: Oh yeah? You’ve gone way over the edge, you know that? Give it up.
Rollins: Take him back to his cell. Make sure he dies along with the others.(Guard 2 and Amanda walk in from around the corner.)
Guard 2: I found her in the hall.
(Mayfield and several other men also walk in from around the corner.
Hobart picks up a gun and points it at the incoming group.)
[Group of anti nukers! Go them!]
Mayfield: We’re all right here with you.
Rollins: Go ahead, shoot.
(Hobart cocks the gun but hesitates to shoot. Someone undoes Lee’s strap.)
[Hobart doesn’t know where to aim..]
Mayfield: He’s having difficulty deciding which six of us to use the bullets on.
(Rollins grabs the gun and pushes Hobart out of the way.)
Rollins: Damn it, shoot!
(Rollins takes the gun and runs away. Hobart runs away also.)
Hobart: The detonator’s in the basement!
Lee: Get out of here!
Amanda: Come on, come on.
(Everyone quickly leaves Rollins’ office area.)
(Rollins heads to the basement. Lee follows. We see Rollins put the detonator in the brick of plastique and push the button. The timer begins the countdown at 60.)
[BJO: Umm, wasn’t it supposed to be 45?]
[Yes! yes it was! But then they realised it might be old man Rollins pressing the button and he’d need at least a minute to get out haaaaa]
(Lee grabs a piece of pipe and throws it across the room. Hearing the noise, Rollins turns and shoots. Lee moves and grabs Rollins hands with the gun and the two start to struggle for the gun. Lee gets in a good punch, but they’re still fighting for control of the gun. Lee finally lands a punch and knocks Rollins off his feet and into some pipes. One breaks open and steam bursts out in a stream onto Rollins.
Lee checks to make sure he’s out then runs over to the detonator and removes it from the plastique with less than 10 seconds to go!)
[Nicely done! Not too drawn out.. and it looks to me like all that pressure that had been building hit Rollins squarely – now that’s what I call Poetry!]
The scene ends here.
[I just hope that someone nabbed Hobart and stopped him from making a getaway!]
Tag Time!!!! [woot woot!!]
(We’re back at Amanda’s house)
Amanda: (on the phone) Oh, well, that’s terrific news. Could I speak to Laura? (Philip runs in from the back.)
Philip: Hi, Grandma.
Dotty: Hi, sweetheart. Now don’t start anything. Dinner’s almost ready.
Amanda: No, that’s alright, I understand. Could you give her a message for me please? Could you tell her that Lee and I will be by to see her tomorrow? Okay, thank you very much. Yeah, bye-bye. [Exactly what would Amanda have really been able to say to Laura with her mother listening in?! It’s almost like she knew she would need to leave a message haaaa]
Dotty: Sweetheart, will you go tell Lee and Jamie that dinner’s ready? [Whooooo okay come on, now this line is gold right? I mean for how long did we all wish that Dotty would be able to say such a thing??!!!!
(Amanda walks from the kitchen and out the back door where she comes across Lee and Jamie. Jamie is holding a camera with a telephoto lens.)
Jamie: Wow! Everything looks so much closer.
Lee: Well that’s because the, uh, lens is in the telephoto position. Here, pull this back and see what happens.
(Lee adjusts the lens.)
Jamie: (excitedly) Now I can see the whole back of the house!
Lee: They call that the wide-angle view.
Jamie: That’s neat, but how does the picture get onto the film?
(Lee looks up with his mouth hanging open, clearly not sure what to say.
[Funny that – as I had exactly the same reaction to seeing that sweater Lee is wearing!!!!!]
He looks at Amanda who looks at Lee expectantly.)
Lee: Uh, to tell you the truth, I’m not quite sure.
Jamie: Would it be in the encyclopedia?
[Oh my.. the days before the internet!!]
Lee: Yeah, there’s a good chance of that. Why don’t you go on in and get started and I’ll be right in.
(Jamie walks off and Lee makes a face that seems to say, “Phew, that was a close one.”)
Amanda: (to Jamie as he walks past her) Hi, sweetheart.
Jamie: Hi, mom.
(Lee follows Jamie over toward Amanda. They stand face to face in the doorway) [BJO: so cozy!]
Lee: I think I am finally on the right track.
(They share a quick smooch.)
Amanda: Get in.
(Lee and Amanda go into the kitchen together; Amanda shuts the back door.)
I think as Tags go this one is quite subdued.. then again I can’t say I mind that we didn’t get any real summing up the case stuff here.. Laura survives. goodo. Done. I don’t even care if they nabbed Hobart or any of the other goons.
Gee Lee is spending a lot of time at the King home now. Getting to know the boys.. letting them hang out at his place, and really making an effort to carve out a space for himself in their lives. That’s quite the effort to go through considering Lee and Amanda are not cough cough married world!!! Did you hear that world???!!!! Lee and Amanda are not married and there is really nothing to see here!!!!!! Nooooo meaningful relationships or close connections which may lead a baddie to make the boys a target like what happened in The Man Who Died Twice. Yep it’s aaaaaallllllll looking super duper professional and detached!!!!! honestly!!!!! [Iwsod’s tongue is firmly planted in their cheek.]
The baddies are all too busy hanging out at Lee’s old apartment block to see if there is anyone coming and going worth kidnapping so it’s all fine. Just avoid the freedom hall, don’t use the poet’s towels and you should be just fine.
I do believe I have lost the plot. Help?
Haaaaaa come on all!!!!! Share with us all what you think? any insights you’d like to share??? Thanks for walking together through this episode..
Next up??? Episode 19: All That Glitters
When? Hmmm not sure! I’ll update once I know.. but be prepared it might be a few months till I build up time and motivation to do another. Forgive me?! These are getting challenging to do but I promise I will complete the show! 4 more to go!!!!
Hope you are all keeping well!!!
LeesMolly was asking..
I have always said I would like to do the walk through again, and I still want to yes – how it will look though, I honestly don’t know yet.
I’ve just been focusing on Season 4 getting completed and then I’ll try to wrap my head around what a new walk might look like and what I need to consider.
I am not thrilled with the idea of paying money to wordpress every year to keep this blog going because I’ve got so many photos on here. Which is currently what I’m doing.. sooooo I will probably eventually need to delete some photos off this blog eventually to get he storage back under the free limits!
It all gets a bit complicated, and I will need to investigate and make a careful decision about it. I don’t want to lose previous comments shared here by the smk community either. sooooo Not sure what the solution is. Yet.
RL is way busier than it was when I first started this blog and actually had time for this stuff. sooooo I want to do a walk again, but how that will look I don’t know yet.
Complete season 4 walk through,then figure it out – that’s my plan!
I’ll probably publish a post here asking for input, ideas.. and maybe come up with a few options the community can vote on.
Anyway I don’t intend to delete this blog, or it’s comments, but I may end up deleting some of the photos to reduce the storage costs of keeping the blog going. we’ll see!
Hope you are all well!
Hope you’re well too. Sounds like I need to backup some of these photos then! LOL
I”ll give people warning before making any changes. it might be that I don’t delete any I don’t know the new rules, I’ve gotta figure it out. so don’t stress. Nothing will happen without warning I promise!
Thanks! That’s a relief!
I would love another walk especially since I missed the first three seasons, and came in late on this season (when season 4 was already underway). It would be interesting to see how it would be. Whatever you decide I understand either way.
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Iwsod, I didn’t say it in my posts below, but I want to thank you so much for all the effort you continue to put into this blog! I know it is a lot of hard work for you, but it is so appreciated.
I am very much looking forward to All that Glitters. It’s an interesting episode, and it will be fun to discuss it here.
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This ep seems to be out of place coming immediately after MoG. Amanda is in full working mode with no obvious restrictions due to her injury. If it wasn‘t for California being mentioned when Amanda spoke with Jamie you might even get the impression that the shooting injury hasn‘t happened yet. I would assume that Amanda would have needed some weeks to recover enough to be cleared for light office duty and probably rather months than weeks to get back to full field work.
What I like about this ep are the ‚family‘ scenes. It‘s like catching a glimpse of how things might have proceeded in a 5th season. Like the way Dotty tells Amanda to call Lee and Jamie for dinner. It seems that this is a totally normal thing and Lee‘s spending a lot of time there. Even though this is contradictory to the secret marriage.
On the other hand playing basketball with Amanda‘s sons in a public park will for sure convince each and every baddie that there is absolutely no connection/relation betweeen Lee and Philip/Jamie, won‘t it?
I like that Lee‘s trying to bond with both boys although doing some sports with both of them together might not be the best approach. Well Lee‘s still new in this family things and has to start somewhere.
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The GSW recovery issue drives me nuts too. I’ve researched GSW recovery for a novel and it takes a minimum of eight weeks for an average person to get back to normal. And that doesn’t count the extra stuff you’d have to do to be recertified for active duty.
She wouldn’t have even been allowd to fly back for a minumum of three weeks.
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I agree with your whole synopsis of this episode. Season 4 is my least favorite. It just didn’t make sense to me. The onset of KJ’s health probably had a lot to do with when these episodes were filmed and aired and made them appear out of place, this is one of them.
I love Amanda’s family moments with them; Lee puts forth the effort to reach out and spend time with her boys, especially since Lee isn’t the family man. This episode shows just how much he loves Amanda. Love it!
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Yes, I know that a lot of people who have come up with their own “watch order” for Season 4 like to make this episode the last of the series. I don’t personally do that — I prefer to just watch the episodes in their original airing order — but I agree the timing seems off with this one.
Very minor thing, but I like how Amanda reaches for Lee’s arm as they go to Mayfield’s room. Maybe it’s a way to stay close to Lee, or maybe it’s the uncertainty of what’s coming up and she’s worried, but it’s sweet.
I’m okay-ish with this episode. Amanda getting Mayfield out is probably my favorite in that whole series of scenes. The action after that is so-so when Hobart can’t decide who to shoot. I’m glad it’s at least a quick resolution. Yes, Jamie/Lee scene is cute, as is Lee and Amanda’s kiss at the end. Not sure about Dotty’s haircut. Maybe it needs to grow out more?
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I agree with the “sir”; it’s overkill. Then again, that’s Amanda, very polite. Mainly Billy, the first two seasons, okay, but by the third season, she was employed with the no-name Agency. I get it, giving him respect, but soon she started sounding like a robot.
Acid pen: My boys and I laughed like crazy when it was revealed that Amanda was carrying an Agency-issued acid pen in her chest pocket — capable of dissolving metal — without even realizing it. I like the way Lee shoots her a satisfied expression after breaking (sorry, burning/dissolving) the lock, while she looks back furtively over her shoulder to make sure no one sees them. It reminds me of their cute shenanigans of episodes past.
“That time of year, thou mayest in me behold”: This poem Mayfield is reciting in his room is Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73. (Yes, I am a dork who looked it up.)
“Sir”: I will admit, I find it tiresome the way that Amanda keeps referring to Mayfield as “sir.” I know, I know, she is being polite to an older gentleman, and I expect this is particularly in keeping with KJ’s U.S. Southern manners, but it just sort of grates on me. He’s not her boss. (But for that matter, I get tired of the way she always calls Billy “sir” too, when most of her co-workers don’t do that. Even when Billy showed up at a completely off-duty time to interrupt Amanda’s weekend breakfast with Lee, at Lee’s apartment no less, she still called him that!)
Tag: It’s fine, and I know it’s important for Lee’s relationship with Jamie, but I don’t love it. A little too cutesy, and Jamie by this point has become tiresome to me. If they aren’t going to go all-in on the marriage/family thing, then please give us some more non-cutesy romance between Lee and Amanda. I wish there had been a reunion scene between Lee and Amanda right after Lee disarmed the bomb, where they hugged and shared a deep, real kiss – something more than the sweet/affectionate/kid-friendly kiss featured in this tag.
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Amanda also grew up in Virginia so she has some Southern roots to her too. I know Southern children aren’t allowed to call any adults by their given names and even use “Ma’am” & “Sir” with their parents.
It also kind of harkens back to The First Time when Dotty lectured Amanda after getting soaked by the fire hydrant by telling her “I don’t have to tell you how this looks.”
I think some of it is an ingrained habit and also she won’t drop it unless she’s specifically told to.
Of course, you’re talking to someone (Canadian, not Southerner) who still can’t use given names with her former teachers, even if they ask her to, and it took till Christmas my first year in college to get used to calling my instructors by their given names! LOL
IWSOD I just thought of something! Assuming you still get to All That Glitters this calendar year and how the last four eps take less posts…
You could finish the walk and then if you start the walk over like you’re thinking of doing, you could have your first post for The First Time coincide with the 40th anniversary of its original airdate on October 3, 2023! How awesome would that be?!?!
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I love your confidence I would get all 4 episodes done by then. 🙂
You’re right… starting the walk over on the original airdate would be genius!!!!
Oh it’s just doing the math! LOL
1) You’ve talked about doing shorter posts, especially for the ones with less Kate because of her health. That easily leaves time for All That Glitters by the end of the year.
2) That leaves you with three eps to do for the walk before it’s complete. Since you already did three this year and were finished by July 25, that gives you enough time to do Suitable For Framing, A Matter Of Choice, and The Khrushchev List between January and the end of July and gives you a nice two months off before starting The First Time. Yes?
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Other than Laura I really like this ep. It’s a great look at what we could have had in terms of Lee & Amanda and their family.
I loved how Lee reassured Amanda “I’ll be okay” or something like that. It warms my heart.
Is it just me or does Hobart look a lot like the bad cop on Rumors Of My Death?
I’m trying to remember — is there anything in the ep that specifically mentions the marriage as still being secret? We know it’s definitely post-wedding because Amanda talks about California and the shooting. Having Lee hang around like this given the secrecy of the marriage and wanting to protect her family makes me wonder if we’re supposed to believe there was some kind of either off-screen/deleted conversation about telling the family.
IWSOD, do you have a link to the transcript for this ep? I thought I’d saved it but apparently I didn’t. Sorry they’re getting hard to do. Looking forward to getting that next ep over with. Do you still plan to start the walk over after?
The transcript is uploaded on http://www.smk-land.com I just checked, if you can’t access it send me an email and I can email it to you.
Do I still plan to start the walk over again? I might answer this at the top of the comments thread..
Found it on the site! Thanks!
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So, I may have not been a big fan of this episode, but I did like the last scene starting at the hospital. Okay, Lee and Amanda sneak past the guard, and he doesn’t see their shadow? right! I got to hand it to Amanda, Kudos for taking a piece of tape from the gurney and putting it on the door nob,(that’s a SD, “aka” Sabrina Duncan, move there) Quick thinking!
Now, at the house, Dotty is getting dinner ready, and tells Philip not to get into anything as its almost ready. Kudos to Dotty too, (yes, was not really a fan of hers.) I love how she takes charge of the household since Amanda is more involved with the Agency and Lee (her hubby, ha ha ha) (She seems to finally be treating her like an adult, instead of a child.) I agree when Amanda is on the phone talking to the hospital and letting them know her and Lee will be by tomorrow to see Laura. There really wasn’t much she could say with Dotty there.
YEEESSSSS, I have been waiting so long for Lee to finally be welcomed into the family. I absolutely love it when she tells Amanda to tell Lee and Jamie to come in for dinner. (very special).
Finally, outside with Lee talking to Jamie about the camera. That moment is priceless, I absolutely adore it. Although, that sweater Lee has on can go, it’s awful. Then Lee tells Amanda he may be on the right track with Jamie, and they share a kiss in the doorway.
In conclusion, No, I really wasn’t a fan of this episode, but I did love the last scene. The interaction between Lee, Amanda, Dotty, Philip, and Jamie. It really shows how they grew and became a family. Loved it!!!!
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Sorry I haven’t posted but I really do appreciate all the work that goes into this. I love getting my email notification.
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Thanks Iwsod, great work as always, but That Sweater? OMG that was a crime all on its own. Possibly the least believable thing on this show ever is that S2 EuroLee would choose that sartorial abomination 😉
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