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Lee’s journey: from the First Time…. to Spiderweb

Every walk needs a rest stop (even a walk through SMK).. so I thought it was a good time to pause and ponder the development of the Lee Stetson character up to mid season 2..
I’m just a fellow fan.. who’s sharing their thoughts – so while I hope you will be open to hearing them- I hope you will also feel free to agree, disagree, and share some ideas of your own- if you like! As always- If you’re a regular visitor here and would love to write a blog post of your own – I would be honoured to publish it for you Smile just email me on
Would someone like to have a go at Amanda’s journey?? It doesn’t always have to be my opinion you hear! Smile

This is not comprehensive, but I’ve tried to form a coherent story.. and stick to the main points – so if there’s anything you’d like to add that was significant to you- please share it!! Hopefully these thoughts are not too rambling..  Here’s my thoughts on Lee’s journey up to Spiderweb.. (Season 2, episode 13)
As I mentioned in Ship of Spies – For me, Lee’s progress towards a loving relationship with Amanda has multiple facets which he works through over time..
1)- How Lee views Amanda,
2)- How Lee views himself,
3)- How Lee views marriage, relationships and family.

Let’s start with Lee’s background.. The show starts with Lee very much the lone wolf. His parents died when he was four and he was raised by an emotionally distant and somewhat dysfunctional uncle (A Relative Situation) who shifted him from army base to army base- making it very difficult for Lee to have a home and make connections.. Lee was also thrown out of many colleges, Francine says in Sudden Death.. Lee was always on the move! [Just like a rolling stone!!- haaa had to squeeze in a Bob Dylan reference somewhere 😉 ]

We learn in ACM Kid while Lee is talking to the annoying Alexi, that Lee was only a pretend tough guy..
18Lee:  Yeah, well, I was a tough guy too. I had to be tough, so no one would
20know that I was really scared…. I lost my parents when I was four and got raised in a hundred different army bases by an uncle that didn’t even like me…
It seems Lee had loving parents, but since their death in his early childhood, Lee hasn’t experienced what it is like to be known well, truly accepted and liked -loved even- for who he is:  Lee has trouble forming permanent, intimate attachments.

86 Amanda!!He works alone.. he plays the field with women.. He doesn’t want 87 i hadn't noticedto go to Amanda’s for thanksgiving! (the first 88 lee half waves goodbyetime) Winking smile And.. he probably does go to bars to pick up women- precisely because you won’t meet a nice girl there!(the first time) Winking smile  He has spent years filling up those little black books with girl’s names – none of whom know the real Lee (many think he is an astronaut Winking smile ) as we learn in We’re off to see the Wizard.

Lee has a deep need to connect with someone, and to have that unconditional love and acceptance… only he can’t trust anyone.. and no one seems to know him.. Lee is a little lost!

36His attachment issues are combined with a romantic, passionate personality. We learn in 159Lost and Found, that Lee had wanted to marry Eva when he was younger.. it 157had been a whirlwind romantic relationship- though I hesitate to call it ‘love’ he surely thought that was what it was..though IMHO till he meets Amanda- he doesn’t really know what that is!! He and Eva waltzed together on the banks of the canals in Venice, 170in the rain! ugh..!  Lee thought it was forever. But.. he got his heart broken when she married someone else- so he put those fantasies and his romantic nature behind him, and took on the persona of a plaayboy – playing the field and protecting his heart.. [Not sure about Dorothy, but we’ll get to her in We’re off to see the wizard! ] I wonder if Scarecrow the superspy is just another version of this same persona.. unflinching.. tough.. untouchable..
When we met Lee, he was lonely, troubled and his heart was dormant- almost extinct! Then…. along came Amanda – and slowly: his heart begins to stir back to life again!

So moving on to.. How Lee views Amanda…
S1E01_FirstTime.flv_000274232In the First time, Amanda was useful to him- he was desperate!!! Smile

(‘Just walk with me’!)
13 we were not on  a caseTo him she ‘was the case’! [as he says in There goes the Neighbourhood!],
then.. she was useful for his work… [There goes the Neighbourhood, Magic Bus,
115 lee thinks of amandaACM Kid..] and Lee begrudgingly noticed her.. but his early view of Amanda was dominated by her role of being a housewife, the mother of two small boys with a station wagon. Plus maybe a quiet enjoyment of the hero worship Amanda tended towards in the early episodes Winking smile good for Lee’s ego! but.. not a potential romantic partner at all!

45He had a moment of temporary insanity when he enjoyed kissing her [Sudden Death] which was rattling, but he was able to put it out of his mind fine. [No need to clarify what that kiss meant in the tag! Winking smile ]
197Then, Lee started to see Amanda as a person, not just someone who can help him on a case in Service Above and Beyond and Saved 112by the bells.

I think this is when the sleeping dragon awoke.  Lee began to feel intense protectiveness towards Amanda.. IMHO this can partly be put down to the fact that she is the mother of two small boys – something that touches Lee very personally- given his history. It gets through his emotional defences: the last thing he wants is another little boy orphaned. Yeaaaahhhhh…
61That.. and I think from the start Lee was attracted to her but he could not recognise this 84in himself and it kept growing! Smile  He didn’t have to close his eyes as he danced with Amanda 😉
In service above and beyond – he sounded jealous – but he genuinely believed he wasn’t!! Same with the Mole. He didn’t 101want to sound like he was jealous because in his opinion: he wasn’t! (of course we know better – he was! but he was so oblivious- poor Lee!)

44Lee also thought though, that Amanda was not exotic or mysterious or attractive to men! [Service Above and Beyond again!]
165She’s not the type for an affair [Filming Raul and Affair at Bromfield Hall.]

2.08 AFFAIR AT BROMFIELD HALL.avi_001177110Amanda is not suppose to have affairs! She’s the mother of two small boys! Men aren’t suppose to find her attractive- and neither is Lee! [Volkenauer in Our man in Tegernsee was not suppose to ask Amanda out!]

And now, let’s consider how Lee has viewed Marriage and relationships (We’ll come back to his view of Amanda!). Normal, family relationships are completely foreign to Lee,  Remembrance of things past mentions this! Smile  Amanda comments on Lee pretending to be dead and not being able to go out to nightclubs..
Amanda: this is probably very healthy for you. Yep no really! Real people do not go to restaurants and 157nightclubs every night. They stay home and make hamburgers and watch television.

Lee:Amaaaannnndaaa… are you going to try and make me into a real person again?! [Interesting that Lee says a ‘real person’ rather than ‘normal’ Winking smile Lee you have been faking for years!! ]
161Amanda: No, but the exposure certainly couldn’t do you any harm. [ He thinks it might I suspect Winking smile  ]
A normal family life is scary for Lee – the idea of being a
153bombers father is too much for him to think about! LOL.. he tells himself it’s a world he knows nothing 154about, and wants to know nothing about! – IMHO because he has never had it.. and doesn’t want to admit to 155himself or anyone else that he feels lost and without an anchor in life – he has no home… and hasn’t had since his parents died.

In the Long Christmas Eve, talking about Rudolph’s daughter growing up without a father hits close to home for Lee..
Amanda: Gee that’s sad… growing up without a
Lee: Some people manage to do very well without a father
Amanda: oh I’m sorry I didn’t mean to get personal.
Lee: I wasn’t speaking personally.
[Of course he was! Lee wants the world to think he is just fine.. ]
What about his very lonely Christmas which Lee describes here too?!  Amanda calls him out on it- telling him it sounds lonely- but his mask is firmly in place and he seems determined not to show he cares.

Later, when Amanda ‘samples’ what Lee’s Christmas is like when talking to Rudolph – Lee gets to see what he looks like: A pretty sad picture.. and you can see him inwardly groaning at the way this has held a mirror up to his life- Poor Lee!..It’s a moment which is both poignant- and funny!!! 

For me, this loneliness of Lee’s is one of the reasons the tag of Santa’s Got a New Bag is so touching.. Lee’s little panic at being at the family Christmas gathering and fitting in.. only to find it is wonderful to be amongst Amanda’s family, and in her arms Smile is beautifully done!  ohhh sorry I am getting ahead of myself!! stay focused Iwsod!! you can do it Winking smile

Getting back to Lee’s relationship with Amanda, throughout season one and the first half of season two, Lee’s feelings are confusing.. and he at times lashes out in anger, or is abrupt and insensitive to Amanda.. but most of the time he eventually apologises or tries to make it up to her.. He has lots of mood swings Winking smile  and intense emotions when it comes to Amanda! Lee doesn’t like to feel such confusion or lack of control- and with Amanda he is perpetually off balance!

Overtime, Amanda manages to get past his defences- She proves to him time and again that she can be trusted – trusted with his heart, right from the beginning he was safe with her.
I’ll quote here what BJo wrote in 3/3 If Thoughts Could Kill comments: “I also love the end where Amanda saves the day. The looks on Lee and Amanda’s faces say so much. Shock, thanks, relief, happiness…what the heck just happened?!?!? And I love it for a second or two right after he runs his hand through his hair…he is looking toward the door like he is looking for Amanda and thinking about what she just did and then he almost smiles. She stopped him from shooting Billy!! And then she leaves the scene choosing to embarrass herself instead of Lee. What a gal!”

Right from the start, Amanda is Lee’s safe haven- Only, Lee takes time to realise what he unconsciously knows to be true Smile

Slowly, Lee begins to see Amanda as his friend, and accept her into his life on that basis.. she is a good person, and she believes in him.. Also, I think from the start, she gives him just what he has been needing in life! Smile Her faith in him, in Saviour meant a lot to him- even when he was behaving like he was someone else- she knew him and put her faith in him.. this to him was huge.. Remember this little exchange:
164Amanda: He (the baddie)
lied to me and I believed him. I am really foolish
Lee: Hold it, hold it. You believed in me. Huh? You did what you did because
166you trusted me. Now, I don’t know anybody who would go that far out on a limb for a friend.

Lee in season one is very confused by Amanda – she is unlike anyone he has ever known..and there is always an attraction towards her simmering away beneath his level of consciousness. Amanda is a puzzle- he is completely baffled by her behaviour in Weekend!

In Weekend, Lee learns he needs to be more considerate of Amanda and throughout the end of season one, and the start of season two – their friendship grows a little more… I think Lee begins to enjoy and appreciate Amanda’s caring ways – he hasn’t had someone to care for him and want to protect him in a very long time.. so he takes time to accept it and grow comfortable with it!

2.08 AFFAIR AT BROMFIELD HALL.avi_001839272In Affair at Bromfield Hall? Lee is terrified at a fleeting thought that maybe there is more between Lee and Amanda than a friendship and somewhat functional work relationship! Nooo a relationship with Amanda would be a real one!! eek!! and he isn’t the marrying kind!! Nooo!!  He doesn’t see himself doing that!!

Lee the plaayboy is not happy with other plaayboys 2.02 TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN.avi_001387520making a play for Amanda! He disapproves..  Service above and beyond, and Times they are a Changin] I think this shows – he doesn’t believe himself to be good enough for Amanda either.. they are in different romantic dimensions!
We come to the biggie, the brilliant: Brunettes are in, and Lee is forced to choose 2.06 BRUNETTES ARE IN.avi_001171938whether or not to have Amanda in his life – Does he want to work with her?? Does he want to trust her more? Does he want to 2.06 BRUNETTES ARE IN.avi_002563096respect her?? – a big turning point!!! He chooses yes yes and yes! Smile but a romantic relationship with Amanda? nooo!! Lee is still completely unaware of himself and any growing romantic feelings he has for Amanda.

2.11 THE THREE FACES OF EMILY.avi_000321054And we learn in 3 faces of Emily that Lee has been dating Margot the flight attendant..
2.11 THE THREE FACES OF EMILY.avi_000317050booooo Winking smile  But Lee takes Amanda to the embassy party.. and they seem to have a great time together..
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In Ship of Spies, Lee’s changed in all three areas! How he views himself, Amanda, and marriage! 🙂  In this episode, Lee and Amanda’s growing friendship, professional partnership, mutual trust and loyalty are on display…Lee enjoys Amanda’s company (and IMHO seeks her out to come with him on the cruise because he wants to go with her!) he is starting 2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_000653920to respect her more, and trust her more..and value her more ( his excitement over how thoughtful he was with booking two rooms springs to mind! Winking smile )   and then.. the wedding! The wedding changes Lee – it is a moment of 2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_001933266realisation for him – maybe marriage isn’t so bad.. maybe I do want to be a gulp husband?? Maybe I need this.. maybe I could do this- with Amanda?? wait- this is something I want?? – It’s a moment of self revelation: where he finally realises what has been going on from the start – he does have growing feelings for Amanda! And Ohhh boy!!!! there is some serious chemistry between them!! Amanda is one hot mama! Smile
cover_wedding_kiss_normal speedYes.. any excuse to post this gif again Winking smile
However, I don’t think Lee at this point thinks it is love. He is not open to it yet. In the Tag, Lee retreats to safer ground- and tries to distance himself from what happened – it wasn’t him.. it was his cover – Noooooo! Winking smile  Though from all the events of the episode, it is clear this realisation of Lee’s has not been forgotten. At the same time, Lee has a lot to work through – he is not yet ready to explore his growing feelings for Amanda! Lee enters his next stage: Denial! ‘We were just…you know playing our covers … Nothing more to it.

 Finally, we come to  Spiderweb, where we (and Lee) see the full extent of Lee’s trust and faith in Amanda! The thought of Amanda being a double agent completely knocks Lee of balance- just the thought of it! Lee gets emotional 2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_000616449with his boss, defending Amanda and remembering how he first met her.. awh!! Even though he doesn’t buy it for a moment.

Amanda 2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_000818651has become for him – his North Star – she is the one thing in his life that he knows, that is solid and reliable and that he can count on.. I think this episode is hugely important for Lee.  

Also,  Lee’s jealousy at ‘the Polo 2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_001978411player’ pops up  – and Amanda notices!! Winking smile (and wisely says nothing!)
2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_001983950Lee is so caught up in all the drama that’s going on he can’t hide it! Smile and I think Lee knows he is sounding jealous too!! I think that’s a first for Lee in that scene!! whoo hooo!

I think from now, Lee and Amanda’s close friendship deepens further – with Amanda not madly in love with Lee at his point – I think Lee is free to grow comfortable with his friendship with Amanda – comfortable with showing he cares. Remember in Lost and Found?? He confesses to Amanda he is bad at relationships!! Lee is vulnerable here.. but he now knows he doesn’t need to be afraid –with Amanda: Lee is always safe! Smile

This is all new ground for Lee.. and so it is ideal that they take their time.. Lee’s heart has the room, the security and the freedom to begin to heal and grow..  Lee can begin to work through his issues with marriage and intimate relationships…

So I will finish there for now. Hope you’ve enjoyed this little walk down memory lane – and how far we have come on our Journey with Lee!!! I shall put one together of Amanda when I have time.. Unless someone else would like to? [Go for it!!] byeeee and as always – I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

13/13 Season Two, Episode 13: Spiderweb-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to Larner’s office at IFF..
Hooo haaaa.. it’s time for Lee and Amanda to do a little role play! Winking smile  They have always ‘play fought’ well 1.02 There Goes The Neighbourhood.wmv_002542873together!!! Remember: Amanda was moving up to Tweezers!! Winking smile Love Bobbie Buchard.. one of the best smk baddies ever! His mommy would be proud! 🙂

Anyway, back to spiderweb.. As they enter the office,  Lee has a very firm grip on Amanda’s arm – it looks like Lee has nabbed her! Lee greets Margaret: tell Mr Larner we’re here please. 
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Drat.. we only get glimpses of Lee and Amanda’s expressions here.. but it is funny.. LOL I think they’re having fun 1rofl
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exits his office: Scarecrow? Alright?
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Lee: As planned.

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whoa.. this close up shot of Lee looks like it was filmed a different time.. his hair is suddenly more flat, short and styled! [a lot like how it is in A little Sex a little Scandal!] but.. I must say I love that tie – and we only see it for less than a minute!

Also, I don’t know why Larner is asking how it went.. wasn’t Francine telling him on the teeny tiny walkie talkie?!1confusion
Amanda: General Kuragin is downstairs sir.
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Hooray Amanda!! 1BIG GRIN
Hello Larner?? they won’t even let Amanda be a trainee because she isn’t good enough?? Larner needs to fix that- now!!!1dohslap
Margaret’s face falls..1BIG GRIN uh oh..
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Whooo another mention of random agents!!! 1ha haaaaaaaThese make me laugh! Lee: Devereaux and Peterman have begun their debriefing (of Kuragin).
Why does ‘Peterman’ sound familiar?? Have we heard that name before?Hmm..

Sooo.. they nab Margaret.. Only I don’t know why she is under arrest for espionage – should be murder also!!

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Margaret’s indignant act is nauseating..
I’m glad she doesn’t keep that up for long! and I am glad Margaret stopped Amanda’s ‘how could you?’ pleading! ugh!!
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Although.. um she does end up telling her why anyway. How ironic.. Margaret answers her alright!
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tells Lee: Get her out of my sight!
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come on.
He takes Margaret away for good! good riddance!!
I hope after that little performance of Margaret’s, Amanda has finally grasped the concept that this wasn’t personal – and wasting energy wondering how Margaret could have done this to her is a waste of precious emotional energy.. Time to move on Amanda Smile and expend those emotions more fruitfully.. and she does!.. immediately!
Amanda is very gracious with Mr Larner.. Smile
Amanda: I’m really very sorry sir.
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Larner: So am I, Amanda. So am I.

Larner calls Amanda by her first name here.. that’s significant I think.. better than ‘ the king woman’ or ‘Mrs King’ I think he’s apologising for doubting her also (ie. he’s not just sorry about Margaret).. I just get this vibe from the tone of the moment.. Amanda’s shrug and quiet smile to me feels like an: ‘apology accepted.’ (It wasn’t personal! right Amanda?!)
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Do you think this Mr Larner was going to be in the show more often? but he got a better offer from Macgyver???!!! I do think Dr Smyth is an awesome top boss though – his dialogue is fabulous and having such a menacing top dog brings an interesting contrast to Billy’s more teddy bear persona! That and Francine the cow equals a whole zoo!![Looking forward to getting to Dr Smyth’s dialogue in season4!]

Back at IFF, must be the next day…
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… and the first thing we see is Lee looking down, concentrating on his typing while Amanda is smiling at Lee, and licking her lips Winking smile
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Amanda seems to be thinking: hooray! Lee is being really sweet and helping me, I’m not in trouble with that agency – things are great! Smile

Tee heee can someone explain to me why Lee is typing up Amanda’s history and ‘helping her’?? He’s typing her record on the ‘Interoffice Memo’ letterhead too! LOL!

Why can’t she do it herself and have him check it? It can’t be that he has to be the one to do it, not her – because at the end of the episode he asks her to finish it up alone..
Still, it is funny to see Lee try and keep up with her busy chatter…1ha haaaa
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…he suddenly realises he is typing about teeth!
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haa!! yes teeth! teeth are very important! 😉

LOL I don’t think BB is actually typing anything.. I think they just added in the noise later! Winking smile

How old was Jamie in 1978? anyone good at this chronology stuff? 1confusionI stink at it.. but.. there does seem to be a continuity boo boo with the teeth/braces- I think KJ did a boo boo there… Jamie does end up with braces eventually.. [or am I getting confused?]
Amanda picks up on Lee’s teeth fatigue and suggests they have a coffee break.
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As they walk over, Amanda enquires: Did we err you get any good information from the General?
Did you notice Amanda corrected herself when talking to Lee here?? The script has her correct it from ‘us’ to ‘you’ Sad smile.. Ahhh Amanda.. I don’t think Lee would have corrected her now!
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[Where does Lee keep his coffee cup these days? Plastic cups eh??] Lee and Amanda are joined by Larner.. all the loose ends seemingly tied up… except….
2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_002717484Amanda: well there is just one more, tiny little thing….
Larner: Really? What’s that?
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Amanda:1ha haaaaaaa  Well sir, you know that $50 000 that was deposited into my bank account? [Larner nods]2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_002724491that was American money was it?1ha haaaaaaa
2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_002728495Love Lee’s initially puzzled look at hearing this question! He turns to Larner to hear the answer!
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.. and starts to look worried!!!!1eek I think  he has begun to realise where this is headed!! Uh oh!! He’s just hoping Larner doesn’t connect the dots!
Larner: well it was in dollars yes, part of a general operating fund that the Russians set up for Margaret.
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Lee nervously smiles at Larner’s response.. phew Larner hasn’t realised yet Amanda still has the money! I might be able to get out of this without him realising! 2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_002734501
Amanda: Ohh so that was actually Russian money.1ha haaaaaaa
[Here slightly panicked Lee turns to Amanda:  Uh oh!!  tee hee!]
…they just made it into American dollars before they deposited it into my bank account..ha haaa.. 1ha haaaaaaa
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… because you know if that money belonged to our government.. well gee.. I’d give it right back! 1HaHaHa
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Love Lee’s look here.. Ohhhh crap!!!!
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Larner: Scarecrow?!!
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Amanda: I mean we wouldn’t want to give the Russians all that money now would we?1HaHaHa
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Lee: well it’s ahhh.. it’s ahhh.. evidence!.. It must be evidence?
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Larner: Right. Carry on.
Larner gives Lee a look and exits the bullpen..
Amanda calls to him: oh yes sir! thank you sir!1ha haaaaaaa
We hear an interesting little chime version of the smk theme here.. I haven’t heard that before- anyone??
LOL at how Larner just waves his finger at Lee- fix it!!
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Lee: ah… Amanda?
Amanda: ha yes?
[Amanda asks so innocently!! Winking smile ]
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  could you finish typing in the file update for me?
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sure, where you going?
[devious Amanda!1ha haaaaaaa]
Lee: I have to make a quick call to Legal.1ha haaaaaaa
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Lee leaves quickly, leaving Amanda to enjoy her coffee.. and a giggle to herself.
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Amanda: Gotcha!!1rofl
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Rofl at the little typewriter bing! we hear to end the episode!!! A new line has been started eh!
Love it! Yes we don’t want to give the Russians all that money now do we?!! haaaaa.. wouldn’t it be great if Amanda got a bonus (no more coupon clipping!)

Do you think Lee realised Amanda was playing a trick on him? Watching it this time was the first time I thought Lee realised earlier he had made a mistake – or maybe I should say hadn’t quite finished the job yet! Only when I was going through the screen grabs I noticed it.. but.. I wonder if he doesn’t realise Amanda knew exactly what she was doing?? I don’t see any indication that he does.. but either way, it’s a very cute ending..  anyone? anyone?
The script has Amanda tell Lee: ‘Gotcha!’ before he leaves to contact legal- and the episode ends with them smiling together – So in that version Lee knows.. which ending do you prefer?  I prefer for Lee to know Amanda got him- and have him laugh with her about it Smile but what we got was still very cute! Again!
Either way..  Fiesty Amanda rocks!!! Smile

Well, what a fabulous episode this turned out to be!! Full of so many significant moments between everyone.. but especially the revealing of the unique trust which now exists between Lee and Amanda Smile I especially relished Lee’s distress at just the idea that Amanda could be someone other than who he thought she was!! and all that jealousy over Bryce Topping?? Fabulous!!!! And.. I do think Lee realised he was sounding jealous here – I think that’s a first!! Smile 

Also wonderful for Amanda to have her eyes opened to just how much Lee trusts her now – and how important she is to him… and.. lots of insights into the relationships of everyone at the agency! And Dotty’s fabulous skobunkey rant!!! 1rofl

What’s your favourite part of this episode??

I believe this episode is suppose to be the last of the long haired episodes for season 2.. The IFF exteriors are now consistently showing it’s heading into winter time.. and the other two long haired episodes- Car Wars and A Relative Situation do not have this season – it is normal tree lined IFF in these episodes (you’ll see).

Plus, in production order, Car Wars was much much earlier in the season.. soooo on this basis – I will be looking at Car Wars next up (even though it aired as Season 2, Episode 18) and then.. A Relative Situation (Season 2, Episode 15) .. then I will go back to airing order! And of course, at some point I’ll put together my episode order and it’s reasoning. long hair short hair long hair short hair just can’t be the correct order Winking smile 

Let me know if you think of anything to inform the episode order! byeeeeee!!! Thanks sooooo much for reading and I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s comments!!

12/13 Season Two, Episode 13: Spiderweb-Scarecrow and Mrs King

It’s time for the big 1banana thinks its lameaction finale!!
lame plan is in motion..  I’ll try not to get too narky! Winking smile but.. well.. I’m pretty sure I won’t succeed! Winking smile
On to the fake ‘Kuragin defection’  – is this the same building Amanda does the security check on in Photo Finish?? I think so..
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I’ll have to come back to this when I cover that ep!
I’m surprised they used a yellow taxi again, given how that worked out last time Winking smile We see a yellow taxi pull up in front of the building.. before we’ve heard  a word we can see a blue van parked to the side.. uh oh.. we all know what the blue van means!! Why don’t the highly trained agents?! 1facepalm
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Francine is perched up high with binoculars watching over the set-up.. she talks into the walkie talkie: Mr Larner? He just arrived. Billy’s starting the meet.
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We see Billy is sitting in the silver parked car..
Francine continues: Larner? It’s very calm. I have only one person, a gardener. The only vehicle on the roadway is the gardener’s van. [Blueee Vaaaan!!!]
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We see someone get out of the taxi- are we suppose to think this is Kuragin??  and have the big reveal that it is Lee??
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The script reads like this is what they were aiming at – but the logic is all wrong– we’ve already been told Amanda is meeting Kuragin alone and that they are going to set up the baddies!
This  makes more sense if you left out that scene in the hallway – where BB is wearing sneakers and it felt like a rush job – if they had Billy tell Larner he was meeting Kuragin alone, and then they left it there? that might have worked better!- what do you all think?
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Anyway, Lee is dressed as Kuragin and gets out of the taxi, his handsome face is disguised by the hat..so at least he fools the baddies I guess!  Yep.. suddenly I am reeeeaally liking this plan!! 1more drooling How could I complain about this moment eh???!!!!1OMG 1more droolingIt makes this sequence worth watching for this moment alone!!! hoooooo haaaaaaaaaa!!! 1swoon
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Did I say this sequence is lame? 1facepalmNo no no.. this is theeee best sequence ever!!1ha haaaa agahgoabuaobahb..1confusion
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1dohslap 1dohslap1dohslap Snap out of it Iwsod.. focus on Billy and you can do this.. LOL.. nah.. I can’t be completely distracted from the lameness that is this sequence Smile not even by swoony Lee the Russian defector! whoooo!! Billy walks out to meet him, and lead him to his silver car.
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– At this, we see the young lady baddie, Rina, sit up in the front seat of the van, and the ‘gardener’ , Nick, ceases raking and watches the meeting..
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continues speaking into the walkie-talkie: They’re moving to Billy’s car.
Nick throws down the rake and runs to the van..
Francine sees this: Ah ha!!  the gardener’s our busboy from the restaurant! It’s the van Billy, get ready to hit it. 1huh
Ohhhh I must pause here.. I find this utterly ridiculous! There is no one else around for miles.. except for a lone gardener with a blue van.. ahem.. ohhh looky!! it’s the gardener!! So cunning!!  Who else could it be?!

Best of all, Francine is talking into a $10- walkie talkie from radio shack – short range.. and she’s telling Larner back at IFF everything that is taking place? step by step?1HaHaHa Oh dear.. 1HaHaHa.. the script calls this a ‘sophisticated communication device’ – I think smoke signals would have been more complex!
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The script does not mention Larner here at all, I think in the script she is talking to Billy – they’ve changed it and it really doesn’t make any sense! Very lame!! I guess they needed some premise so Francine could explain to the audience this super complicated sequence! ‘ It’s the gardener!!’ yes.. we never would have understood otherwise! What a dog’s breakfast!!2rolling eyes

At first I wondered if the radio was part of the set up.. if they thought the baddies could be listening.. but the moment Francine says ‘it’s the gardener’ that blows that explanation out of the water! ugh..

I’ll continue (gah!! such a ridiculous finale for such a brilliant episode!!).. the silver car begins to move.. the blue van follows. the blue van’s side door opens and 2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_002429729Julian the baddie shoots at the silver car with a machine gun!!! Is the car armour plated???!! Lee and Billy dive down for cover.Errr this tactic is a tad risky no?? I mean.. I wouldn’t 2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_002432732volunteer to hide in a car while a machine gun shoots at me! (Even if I did get to dive on the backseat with Lee Winking smile ) What if Julian had used a rocket launcher like last time??? Would Lee and Billy have ducked like Weaver and Durak did??!!!
2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_002433466Francine shoots out the van’s tire stopping them from escaping. Julian, (or.. a stuntman who looks nothing like Julian- but is dressed like Julian1ha haaaaaaa), jumps out of the van and
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continues to shoot his machine gun.. yeah.. those  are real bullets.. good plan guys.. (oh wait this is smk.. he probably isn’t aiming at them).. We see Rina turn around in the front seat, and it’s not her.. it’s stunt Rina1ha haaaaaaa I don’t even need to slow it down to see them! oh boy..
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Francine  has her action moment abseiling down the side of the building to join the action below..without breaking a nail.. [though the script has Lee help her in her fight here – ouch!! I can see why they changed that!1ha haaaa]

Stunt Julian has stopped shooting, his gun is jammed! (what luck!) so Billy leaps out of the car and chases him.. sort of..
Stunt Lee stunt chases Stunt Nick and Stunt Francine stunt chases stunt Rina- stunt whoa!! 1confusion It’s kind of ironic that all the secondary stunt people are fighting in front of a sign that reads ‘ secondary road!!’
That agency training that teaches women how to morph into beefy men has really come in handy here!! Aie! Spare me!!! Francine fights.. and wins..
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I like Billy’s tactic – he shoots his gun into the air warning Julian to stop running or he’ll get shot in the back –works like a charm Smile [only it looks like that part was filmed somewhere else! LOL! where Amanda pointed out Francine doesn’t have a dog maybe!! ]
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Why doesn’t Lee shoot?? Noooo he has to fight Nick and then stunt chase him into the water for a super dramatic wet Lee moment..I laughed and laughed at this grab.. and it looks like this is not stunt guys either!
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Oh my.. why am I complaining?! yes !! Wet Lee!!! 1more drooling

Here’s a shock..(not) Lee wins!! Smile
Love the hair LeeSmile
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Is it my imagination or is BB wearing a wetsuit under his suit in this watery finale?! Anyone?? anyone??

I do love how when Francine comes over to Lee at the end of his fight and says: Billy’s got the other two!
Lee’s thoughts are with Amanda!!! Awhhhh he says: Yeah, I hope Amanda was successful!! 1heart_eyes
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Lee’s got to be worried she is in danger.. but he leaves her to it..well done! BB looks really cold!!!! eek!!!

Next thing, we see a bus driving along a street.. LOL I think it’s that street again.. there is the fire hydrant.. and there is the curvy entrance to what was Calvin elementary school! Winking smile
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Kuragin, with great trepidation, steps off the bus.. Amanda meets him there – and reassures him he is safe.
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He is  a lucky man to have been met by Amanda- what a lovely first impression of America!!! [Good thing he chose to arrive last!]
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I’m not sure why.. (lighting?) but Amanda looks very pretty here in this scene Smile (sooo sad her hair gets the chop! 1bawling cry)

Well, I shall finish there for now.. As always if you have any thoughts you’d like to share it would be wonderful to hear from you.. I’m particularly interested in hearing from anyone who remembers watching this action sequence for the first time – did you think Lee was Kuragin?? Thank goodness the rest of this episode is utterly fabulous! I’d rather the writers put more into the characters than the actions sequence anyway! Smile byeeeee!!!