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3/3 Amanda King: Spy Material!!!

In the first half of season 2 we saw Amanda prove she could be just as valuable to Lee and the Agency in Europe as she was at home in D.C.  And we saw some setbacks and lessons learned.  But we also saw just how tough she is and how determined she is to fight through the hard times and stick with her job as Lee’s “partner” at the Agency.  She told Lee she’s proud of what she does, and I think she should be.  And as we’ll see in the rest of season 2, she definitely made the right decision to stick with her career choice.

Thanks again to iwsod, for permission to use her screen caps!  You’re the bomb!  (Do you have a blue wire?Winking smile)

I’m sure you’ve all heard the term exponential.  Merriam-Webster defines it as “very fast” or “increasingly  rapid”.  And barring a few oddball episodes where
Amanda’s drugged,

played by an imposter,

or a victim of identity theft, her professional growth in the second half of season 2 is exponential.

It all starts with Playing Possum and Ship of Spies.  After deciding to take back her resignation, Amanda is more determined than ever to prove to herself and to Lee and Billy that she is right for the
and Agency.  We know Lee has accepted Amanda as a “partner”, values her to play a cover with him, and is trusted as a messenger, but that’s no longer enough for Amanda.  I think she wants more respect and trust to do bigger jobs than that. 

In PP, Amanda allows herself to be hypnotized by Yuri, where it turns out she has valuable information stored away in her memory.  Amanda now knows she is the only source of information to help prevent the nuclear bomb from going off.  So instead of going to Vermont with her mother and the boys, she courageously returns to do her job and try to help prevent the start of WWIII.  Although Lee wants her safe, she is successful in her persistence to stay in the hunt for the bomb, and it’s a good thing, because she is the one who “knows” that Lee needs to pull the blue wire to stop the bomb from exploding.  In the absence of a better idea of his own, Lee trusts Amanda’s instincts and the world is saved.  In the tag, we see Lee and Amanda share a private joke about the “blue wire” at Francine’s expense.  I think this marks a shift in things for both Amanda and Lee.  While Amanda’s had fab instincts all along, I see Lee now realizing he can trust and use her instincts more than ever before.  The result?  The door for future growth for Amanda as a professional has just been opened.

This post is not about Lee and how he sees Amanda, but I do believe that what Amanda thinks Lee thinks about her is a big influence on her.  I think Amanda sees this private joke as Lee’s way of telling her that he trusts her instincts and has confidence in her.  Anyone who’s gotten feedback like that from a boss they respect and believe in knows what a boost that can be.

In SOS, we see more of the same.  And actually, I think Amanda may have developed a bit of a false sense of security based on PP.  She’s back to playing detective on her own and nearly gets killed.  But in the end she earns a huge amount of respect from her boss when she jumps out of the moving car and disarms Jillian.  She also is the one to figure out that Orlando’s clue might be referring to gold.
I think this case ends up scaring the false sense of security out of Amanda,
and has reminded her of just how dangerous this business is.

But she does a great job,

and her boss lets her know it.

In the next three episodes, we see Amanda operating at the next level now that Lee’s gatekeeper door has opened up a bit.  She’s still the same Amanda using her smarts, instincts, and people skills to help Lee out with his uncle’s case, acting professional instead of dwelling on hurt feelings in Spiderweb, and being the witness to the murder of Chris Gelles in ALSALS, but I think Lee is starting to think there is more to Amanda than luck, guesses, and timing.  She’s being given a chance to have a greater impact now that Lee’s holding her back less, and she does.  It’s as if she’s paid her dues and finally has some real street cred with the spy. Smile We know this because in Billy’s office in ALSALS, Lee even tells Amanda to add what she was thinking because, “You never know what it might spark.”  Surprised smileOpen-mouthed smile  Amanda was only going to talk about her car after the accident at the flower shop, but that doesn’t matter.  What matters is Lee’s openness to her thoughts and ideas, which is allowing for her to learn and grow to the next level.  (That last pic is from iwsod’s 1/12 ALSALS gallery post, even though there is no mark in the bottom right corner.)

In LOTP Amanda has another breakthrough, earning a great deal of respect from Lee, Billy, and even Francine.  From the very start of this episode, Amanda is acting like a mature pro.  I think LOTP is such an important episode for Amanda’s career that I want to list out what she does and some other subtle things that show how much she’s grown:

  • Teases him about another BJo at the party in the opening scene in a way that Francine would tease him.
  • Proactively leaves Lee alone so he can talk to his contact and is not disappointed to have to do so.
  • Sees the maid in the library, albeit accidentally.  It still counts!  Then she remembers and brings it up to Lee and Billy in Billy’s office the next day.
  • Easily pulls off her cover and gets the job as a maid at Private Party.
  • Goes undercover with Francine for a change.
  • Tells Francine what to do when she sees an old flame.  She tells Francine to be professional if she can’t avoid the guy.  Good advice.
  • Orders Winking smile Francine to do the best she can in the kitchen and then fake it. 
  • Stands her ground with Francine
  • and the bathroom cleaning.
  • Successfully carries off her cover on her own with the baddies in their office and checks in after with Lee on the phone.
  • Notices Vic Burling is at the fake IFF party and knows it is strange.  Her spidey sense is on alert.
  • Goes to tell Francine about Lee and Billy being taken from the IFF party.
  • Insists on going in to Columbus’ warehouse with Francine to rescue Lee (and Billy).   
  • Creates a distraction for Francine by whacking a Mob Boss in the back with a bin.
  • Frees up Lee and Billy.
  • Takes out Vic Burling after he tries to pull a fast one.

Amanda is GREAT in this episode, and Lee even tells her that.  Sincerely.  Surprised smile Open-mouthed smile  It is not until it is all over, that Amanda even stops to think about what she has just done – and her knees buckle.  It’s as if Amanda has gone back to how she was in TFT and acted without “looking down”.  It’s been almost two years since Lee handed her that package, and here she has combined all her own expertise with what she has learned so far and thrown in a health dose of bravery to save Lee.  She pretty much does this on her own.  Francine doesn’t really do much on this case, even though she is partnered on it with Amanda.  Even though this is not Amanda’s case – she is not in charge of it – this case is all about Amanda, and she comes through big time.

In OOADP, DOA, and YODT, Amanda again is operating well and putting her skills to work.  No big leaps in growth, but rather continuous performance in line with expectations.  She demonstrates that she can contribute to cases and take care of herself, even when not in her right mind.

I know many people watch DOA and think Amanda’s subconscious is expressed, and perhaps it is, but I am more comfortable in the concrete, conscious world.  So what she does in DOA, I don’t really count.  It’s sort of like being a professional baseball player from the steroids era and making the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but with an asterisk next to your name (think Mark McGuire for you American baseball fans out there). 

Here are a few pictures from those episodes highlighting her biggest contributions:

Burnout is another bit of an unusual case, but a necessary and poignant one.  It’s not really a case at all for Amanda,  unless you count Lee as her case.  In addition to seeing Amanda continue to perform her independent office duties, she is brought into the case by the baddies because of her personal and professional concern for Lee.  Although not official, she ends up playing a big role in this episode and learns again just how brutal the spy business can be when Lee slaps her.  This slap is Amanda’s coming of age in the spy business, IMHO.  And like a true professional, she handles it well, figures out on her own that Lee is undercover, and doesn’t miss a beat in helping Lee with his case despite that awful slap.  She is losing her innocence while gaining some scars and earning some big time respect from her boss.

MBF is an interesting episode professionally for Amanda.  Other than getting a big raise and a confidence boost, Amanda’s doesn’t really experience much growth herself, but indirectly she grows a lot.  Byron Jordan, an Agency outsider who has not witnessed how far Amanda has come, sees her only as a valuable and competent professional who is well thought of by her co-workers.    Because Lee and Billy have seen Amanda from day 1, their view is different.  I think MBF rattles their brains a little bit and forces them to look at Amanda with different eyes – perhaps when they look at her from this other BJo’s viewpoint, Amanda is starting to look even more valuable and competent to them as well.  I see this as indirect growth for Amanda, as it opens gatekeeper-Lee’s gates wider.

Finally we have Vigilante Mothers.  This is the perfect season 2 ending episode because it incorporates all of Amanda’s skills and shows us just how far she has come.  We also see that Lee has finally come to
trust in her abilities and instincts and for the first time sends her without specific instructions toward danger proactively and on purpose to distract the baddie for him.  WOW!!!    She is still an untrained, part-time civilian, yet Lee now believes in her abilities enough to send her to do this: 
The baddie is armed with a gun too!  Wow, again!  Amanda really has made it!   Even she is surprised by Lee telling her to do this, but she does it well, and they wrap up the case together like true partners.

Well, Amanda has really rocketed in growth in just 12 episodes.  I think once she made the decision in BAI to stay with the Agency, she really needed to put herself out there and see what she was made of and what she was capable of.  It turns out she is made of and capable of a lot, and now she knows it and Lee knows it.  She may not be on the typical career growth ladder at the Agency, but because of her tie to Lee, she has been able to prove her worth and earn some trust from him.  We know Lee doesn’t really trust anyone, so this is huge and allows her to continue working with and growing with every assignment she has with him.  I believe this trust aspect also plays a big role in their personal relationship.  Just like it opens up the gate that Lee had used to hold Amanda’s growth back (mostly out of concern for her safety), I think it also opens up Lee’s heart.  These two are intertwined and inseparable for me.  Like an axiom.  A BJo axiom of SMK.  Oh, but that’s another post for another day!  

We are now three episodes into season 3, and we can see how Amanda’s growth here in the latter half of season 2 has made her character changes in season 3 possible.  She is no longer a rookie, an innocent without scars, or  very naïve.  She has proved she is definitely ready for bigger assignments that require her particular set of skills and expertise.  I’m looking forward to keeping tabs on her growth this season and will publish the post(s) on it after we’ve finished walking through them!

Well, this has been a long post!  Thank you for sticking with it!  What do you agree with?  Disagree with?  Does it bug you that I pretty much discount DOA?  I’d love to hear your view!  Did I miss anything?  Why is Amanda okay with “handling” Francine like she does?  Has she ever treated Lee like that?  What do you think Billy makes of Amanda’s growth?  We don’t get to hear him say much about it.  How do you think Amanda is feeling about herself and her career choice now???

2/3 Amanda King: Spy Material???

Although season 2 starts off a little slowly in terms of Amanda’s professional growth IMHO, it ends up being an extremely formative year for her and full of growth by the end.  Her world is expanded to Europe, where she is equally successful at applying her intuitive and every day, “normal” smarts.  And despite suffering some setbacks in OMIT and ACA, she continues to watch and learn from Lee and never totally gives up her desire to work for the Agency and to maybe become a full-fledged agent someday.  Her bravery never falters, and she always manages to help Lee in some crucial way in every case.

Thanks again to iwsod for granting me permission to use her lovely screen caps!!  Smile  I am following the JWWM revised season 2 order, not the original airing order. (See Nedlindger’s for this discussion.. JWWM has discussed the season 2 order throughout the walk, but will eventually publish a post on it and bring it all together! 🙂 )

In the first four episodes of season 2, we see Amanda in some very different assignments than she’s had before.  She even gets to travel to Europe for 3 of them!  By now both Lee and Billy are aware that Amanda does bring value to the Agency and to Lee, and they have begun to have some level of trust in her.  Although she is still part-time, she has definitely become an accepted part of the Agency.

In Mongoose, Billy sends Amanda to Europe on her own to identify an old high school classmate of hers.  And although Connie Barnhill’s crush on Amanda helps loosen his tongue, she shows she knows just the right way to get him to talk when Lee’s good buy/bad guy technique fails.  Even Inspector Keaton thinks she’s pretty good!  And in the end, I think Amanda even earns a bit more of Lee’s respect for her intuition when he admits that she was right about Connie.


Remember that trust capital I talked about in the last post?  Well Amanda gets to spend some of it in the next two episodes.  In TTTAAC, Amanda gets to go back to Europe to be a messenger.  Although the Agency does trust her to deliver the messages, she is not trusted enough to be told that up front.  She is not happy about that, but according to Lee, it is for her own safety.  Amanda is successful at delivering her messages.  Billy rewards her by letting her go to the Baron’s soiree and even makes Francine lend her an outfit. Lee even gives her a little job at the Baron’s party when he asks her to “get rid of the woman” so they can talk to the Good Will Ambassador.  Amanda doesn’t look very comfortable with this, but Lee knows she can do it.

And in the end, Amanda’s every day smarts and bravery are on display as she is the one to figure out the Baron’s target and insists on
going with Lee to the Glockenspiel where the attempted assassination will be because her family is there.  Job well done, Amanda!  And right in front of Billy and Francine, too!

In Double Agent, we are back in D.C. where Amanda shines again.  Although the premise of the episode is that the Agency is using unqualified, civilian employees to do the work of agents, resulting in near catastrophe, it is our favorite unqualified, civilian employee who ends up saving the Agency and Lee.  It is Amanda’s knowledge of Harriman’s books that clues Lee in immediately to the fact that he has the wrong manuscript at first.  And it is Amanda who saves herself and Lee in the burning warehouse when Lee has no plan of his own.  Once again we see how Amanda’s everyday smarts play a big role in a case.


I also think this episode shows that Billy especially sees Amanda’s abilities and her bravery, and so he lets her decide for herself to do the baddies’ bidding instead of using Francine.

In TLODG, we have a new twist.  Amanda is brought onto an assignment by Emily Farnsworth – not Lee or Billy.  Amanda’s keen memory and awareness of boys’ magazine puzzles help point Lee in the right direction.  She doesn’t falter when having to jump in the lake at the Castle on the Lake and she looks pretty fierce with Dr. Hanover, preventing him from even trying to escape.

Amanda also is reminded of just how serious the spy business really is when Marianna breathes her last breath while Amanda is holding her
head.  She learns from Lee that she can’t take to heart what happened to Marianna or blame herself in any way for it.

I know ACA is not high on anyone’s favorite episodes list, but it does reveal two very important things to everyone with regard to Amanda’s career: 1) she is nowhere near ready to be considered for agent training with such things as guns, zip lines, and car chases, and
bean sprouts
2) her most valuable assets to Lee and the Agency are in her intuition, memory, ability to make connections that none of the agents see because she is “normal”, and in her bravery, as we see exhibited once again when she goes back to Dodge City to tell Lee about Peggy despite the danger.

Not withstanding the training fiasco in ACA, Amanda is given two more European jobs.  The first is a big solo opportunity to be a courier in OMIT, and the second is as part of Lee’s cover in AABH.  Although OMIT is arguably one of the best Lee eye-candy episodes, it is another learning opportunity for Amanda.

Disappointingly, she ends up in jail for counterfeiting and Lee is very unhappily sent to bail her out.  We do get to see her use her proven skills though, with her intuition telling her that a milkman just doesn’t
seem like the right person to be running a counterfeiting ring, her noticing the “weird boat” on the lake, and getting Old Gunther to talk.  Bromfield Hall is much the same, where we see more of Amanda’s luck and knack for being in the right place at the right time benefiting Lee and the case.  It is a good thing Lee gave in to Amanda’s insistence to stay on this case instead of getting sent home, otherwise he might never have survived or caught the bad guys. 

Do you remember this scene in TACMK?

This is when Lee tells Amanda that he learned you can’t look back in the spy business.  I think Amanda must have taken that to heart, because despite all the setbacks and Lee continually trying to keep her out of harm’s way or send her back home to her children, she never gives up believing in herself and fighting to be allowed to stay involved in her and Lee’s cases.  I love iwsod’s screen cap below from AABH, which clearly illustrates that she just can’t help but believe she offers something valuable to Lee. 
I think this is also one of her best qualities even though it takes Lee and Billy a while to realize it.  It also helps her impress both Lee and Emily in the next episode.

In TTFOE, Amanda gets involved because the Agency’s safe house burns down.  Her dining room is turned into the Soviet Embassy, and despite not knowing what to think initially, Amanda acts like a pro and goes with it – no whining, no complaining, and no looking back.  We witness her bravery again in meeting the two baddies for a second time, and she even helps Emily with her accurate arm.  It never really comes up again (at least I don’t think it does – and I’m sure someone will point it out if I’m mistaken), but I think Emily must somehow inspire Amanda,
especially after she learns Emily got involved in the spy business similarly to the way she did.

BAI is a huge episode for Amanda professionally.  I think Billy rewards her for a job well done in TTFOE with another solo courier assignment.  Although it is not her fault the microdot gets stolen, she and Lee have a huge fight and she decides to resign from the Agency.  brunettes lampWe see her intentionally take out a baddie (a first?), unlike accidental times in the past (think Peggy in ACA or Inga in TTTAAC), and it even impresses Lee enough to brag to Francine about it.  In the end, Amanda decides that she is proud of her job and wants to stay with the Agency. 
She even earns the title of “partner” from Lee.  Amanda’s proven her loyalty and dedication to him as well as saved his life by watching his back and helped to solve his cases.  Despite her status as a part-time, untrained civilian, even Lee can no longer deny her usefulness.  Or that he likes working with her Winking smile

This is all I can manage to say about CW.

At least Lee lets Amanda know he sees that she saved him once again.  She’s earned that.  I’m sorry CW fans, but other than that one lovely scene at the phone booth and Billy’s face when he tells Scarecrow to “break” Mario, I think this episode is in the running to be #88 out of 88 on my list.

I’m going to end this post here.  There is no way to do justice to the second half of this season and keep this post to a readable length.

I suppose I could have skipped the first part of season 2, but it think it’s important because it shows off Amanda’s persistence and ability to fight through the hard times but still learn and grow from those experiences at the same time.

Well, what do you think about Amanda’s growth so far in season 2???  Am I being too hard on her?  Not hard enough?  Was Billy wrong to send Amanda to Station 1?  Was it just payback to Lee for his attitude about going?  What most impressed you most in season 2 so far?  What do you think are Amanda’s best qualities as it relates to the job?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!!  I’m definitely biased!  Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed some Amanda focus!  Stay tuned for part 2 of season 2!

1/3-Amanda King: Housewife Looking for Work

Amanda King.  Housewife?  Yes.  Den Mother?  Yup.  Agent?  Hardly.  Spunky?  You bet.  From the moment she accepts that package from Lee Stetson at the train station to the moment he comes to offer her a ride in his new Corvette, Amanda morphs into a changed woman.  Let’s take a look at how she grows from your typical suburban mother and housewife who is looking for work in TFT to becoming the Agency’s only hope in CBAH. 

But before we start, I’d like to thank iwsod for the use of her lovely screen caps.  Thank you, iwsod!!  Open-mouthed smile You saved me so much time!  Also, I am using iwsod’s season 1 episode order.

In the tag of TFT, we don’t get to hear Amanda totally explain how she figured out the entire case and helped save amanda tag explainingLee in the process.  Actually, I think Billy must not have heard the whole thing either, or I’d wonder why he didn’t just hire her on the spot as a trainee agent – not as a civilian they rely on from time to time.  All on her own she does this:

  • realizes the words on the paper in the music box are recipe titles  and researches until she finds out they are from Mrs. Welch  amanda boo boo 1
  • uses a cover to get the air dates for each recipe from the TV station
  • links each air date with the dates the agents were murdered
  • tft dates link
  • figures out Lee is missing
  • connects Lee being missing to air date of Pilgrim’s Peach Puff
  • goes out to Mrs. Welch’s mansion only to discover Francine is the tft dumbwaiter

leak and helps save Lee’s life. 

  • Oh, and she flies a helicopter.

Sounds like potential agent material to me!  Right off the bat, we see she is persistent, a critical thinker, able to quickly make connections and is very courageous. I’ll give Billy the benefit of the doubt and consider she maybe had a bit of beginner’s luck with this first case, so let’s look at the rest of season 1 and see what develops.

Initially, Amanda is asked to help the Agency because of who she is, what she does, or where she lives.  From being dimple 5asked to be the “authentic” half of a suburban couple with Lee,parent 3     to babysitting a smug “orphan”, to using her driveway to hide the next best thing in the government’s mobile weaponry arsenal, and touch 4to being a Bedside Bluebell for a crabby Lee, we see that Amanda is being used in ways that take advantage of her expertise. 

But what we see is so much more.  We see her ability to think and make connections to the job with ramble 2 “normal life”, her ability to get people to talk and share information, a saves lee 2her attention to detail and powers of observation, and let’s not forget her driving skills – driving in NYC on a saves lee 1 Thanksgiving for the Macy’s parade is equal to proving your skills at LeMans and Monaco Winking smile.  You go, girl!

Billy must also take in these skills that Amanda is displaying and practicing, because she is rewarded and gets her first “real” spy assignment in SD:  she is to be an undercover operative (messenger) at the Pioneer’s football camp where Lee is already undercover.  After successfully completing her first real assignment, she is used again for her expertise.  In Gift Horse, a “frumpier”- jack 2than-Francine Amanda with her PTA connection gets to show Princess Penelope around an elementary school. 



Lee is in need of a beautiful woman for a date to the Quickie Chickie Snack Shack backer party in SAAB and in SBTB he needs someone who will feed his fish while away meeting women in the Caribbean. 

Amanda clearly displays her people skills when she befriends Penny and gets her to open up.  She also displays her quick thinking skills and comes up with a convincing cover in SAAB.  Even Billy is impressed, “She’s thinking on her feet.  She has instincts.”  In SBTB, her observation skills are tested, but with her excellent memory and eye for detail, she comes through and she and Lee find the house where she was held captive.  We also see a new skill in SBTB: she climbs up to the top of some high shelving and pushes over a tall stack of heavy tires to take out the baddies and free Lee.   Amanda is growing and getting more used to being in the spy business!

After all this, she is rewarded again by Billy in TLCE by being given a short undercover assignment.  Although this operation doesn’t go ramble 3quite as planned, we get to witness Amanda’s bravery and common sense as well as her first aid skills.

In ROTP, Billy gives Amanda another “spy” assignment.  She plaid 2is asked to help Lee investigate his own murder by doing his legwork.  She gets to see the seedier side of life and almost amanda booboo 3gets blown to smithereens by that nutter, Sinclair.  But hey, at least she now knows the going rate for such an establishment, ahem.

By this point, Amanda has certainly proven that she adds value to Lee and the Agency beyond her expertise in being a normal, everyday mother of two housewife.  She’s recognized by Billy for her ability to think on her feet and for having good instincts.   Lee also must see some of this, because in IANNNHIEBAS, for the first time not borne out of desperation, Lee gives her an assignment: she is to pick up a message from the elevator guy and bring it to him at the drop at Milo’s Daffy Dogs.  Unfortunately, all does not go as planned. Lee thinks he’s gotten Amanda killed, and he is significantly impacted.  But Amanda, ever resilient, comes through and continues on with the Agency. 


What pluck!

Amanda next has a series of small assignments in LAF, TAD, DR, and TM.  She is asked to use her life experience plus what she’s learned from working at the Agency so far.  More importantly, she learns a couple of lessons.  In TAD, to her horror, she is personally used and betrayed by the Dodger so he can steal the final MAB sheet.  On the positive side, she learns that she has earned some level of trust with Lee in The Mole.  He trusts her to dig around in everyone’s personal business and actually gives her a badge and sends her out to interview someone on her own to get information.  

Savior is a bit of a different episode, and it is another hard lesson learned for Amanda.  Despite being used personally in TAD, she falls prey again and is tricked in Savior out of her loyalty and dedication to Lee.  But this time it is from a professional standpoint.  I think she learns that Lee is truly the only person she can trust in this business and that she needs to be wary of others who may try to take advantage of her. 


In FR, Amanda is accidentally involved in the case, literally.  And it is her relationship with the parking lot attendant that brings the videotape of people coming and going from the Agency to light.  Once again, Amanda’s people skills are on display: she can befriend a princess or a parking lot attendant.  She continues to offer up suggestions to Lee with the idea of looking for a sub-basement at the warehouse and even finds a way to help stop the baddie by taking a trick from her favorite movie,   The Sound of Music, when she removes a bunch of wires from his car.

In Weekend, we see Amanda get her last assignment of the season.  She gets to be Mrs. Lee Stetson at a posh resort.       She continues to show how she can think on her feet when helping Lee with his “pill”. 
Amanda keeps earning Lee’s trust and she is rewarded with a little freedom when he asks her to trail Valerie Tucker, one of the suspected baddies to be his eyes and ears.  

The last three episodes of the season have Amanda getting involved coincidentally with the Agency (WFG – estate sale/meatloaf for a princess, FD – Dotty/Drought Cycles of Burma, and CBAH – her charity work at the Equidome).  We also learn she’s been transcribing phone conversations and typing reports.  In WFG, Amanda’s logical mind and keen senses help Lee crack another case.  He’s impressed with her ability to glean useful clues from the tapes and even shares details of the assignment with her even though she doesn’t have a need to know. 

In FD, her attention to detail and memory help the sketch artist to come up with a close enough picture to ID Carlos,       and she quickly makes the connection between the book her mother “bought” and the fact that it is her mother the bad guys are after.  She even shows quick thinking and good aim with the hose, which helps stop the bad guy. 

CBAH makes a great season-ending episode, and I think it highlights Amanda’s professional growth. Despite the danger of being discovered as Lee’s “in” to the Equidome, Amanda comes through for Lee just like she did in TFT.  With Lee tied to the bar, Amanda takes the initiative to go search for the secret formula and winds up finding a dead body.      Not long after that, she realizes Lee might be in trouble and goes to find Billy to let him know.  Although Billy tells  her to give Lee more time, her instincts tell her not to listen.  She disobeys Billy, takes out a security guard, and rescues Lee from the freezer.  Wow!  No Lee popsicles this season!

Despite learning a hard lesson or two along the way, Amanda has proven her value to Lee and to the Agency in season 1.  She’s successfully pulled off a cover many times and has used her intuition, common sense, and quick thinking ability to help Lee solve many of his cases.  She’s grown in self-confidence and street smarts and to trust in herself, despite being used and tricked.  She’s shown her loyalty and dedication to Lee and the Agency and we’ve never seen her courageous spirit falter.  As a result, she’s earned some trust capital with Lee and Billy.  And although she still has to wear that damned Guest Pass on her lapel, Amanda King has made her mark.  I think she is ready for bigger and better things in season 2, don’t you?  (Not to mention a ride in Lee’s new Corvette!)

S2E05_Charity.flv_002676680_thumb.jpgSo, what do you think???  How do you see Amanda’s professional growth in season 1?  What do think Lee thinks about her at the end versus the beginning?  What does Amanda think about herself?  We know Amanda’s kidnapping in IANNNHIEBAS impacted Lee.  How does it impact her professional growth?  What about her other “booboos”?  Is there anything that sticks out for you?  Is there anything you can relate to?  Please share!!  Thanks for reading!