IN OUR COSY KITCHEN
The next day (presumably) Lee and Amanda meet up at their “house” on the Betsy Ross Estates to catch up and swap notes on the case, having settled companionably in the kitchen to talk things through.
Even as Lee is running through what they know so far out loud, Amanda is busy nailing another thing she’s brought from home to the kitchen wall – a picture of Dean holding a massive fish in front of his face!
Having finished doing that she starts to go about making herself a sandwich, bustling around the kitchen with the as much ease as she would in her own home. Lee, meanwhile, is looking at the picture on the wall, his mind distracting from the case, a frown furrowing his brow. Despite the picture appearing a bit strange, there’s something else wrong with it – something about it that’s not quite right. Then he realises!
“It’s crooked,” he tells Amanda, pointing. Horrified, she rushes to straighten it and as he watches her do so, Lee cannot help but question her about it. “What is it?”
“It’s Dean,” Amanda replies, proudly stating that it was from when they were on vacation together.
“Good likeness,” Lee quips rather uncharitably, although he can’t help being a bit curious about a man who puts a big fish in front of his face. “You and whats-his-name do a lot of fishing, do you?”
His question, however, provokes Amanda to immediately close the shutters on any further discussion about her relationship with Dean. She’s not about to discuss her love life with him! Very succinctly she gives him a brief response that, yes, she and Dean do do a lot of fishing before pointedly suggesting that they return to the actual matter in hand – namely the case. After all, that’s what they’re here for.
Lee abides by her wish and duly turns his mind from Dean, only to notice as he glances up at the window, halfway through some further musings about the case, that Amanda has changed the curtains! Again he finds himself derailed from matters which should be fully occupying his mind. He can’t quite figure out why Amanda would even bother to do such a thing. After all, what does it matter what the curtains look like? It’s not as though it’s their actual home!
Amanda gives a casual little shrug when he asks her why she changed them. Personally she didn’t think the old curtains went well with the rug she bought and as she prefers a cheery kitchen to work in she changed the curtains.
From where Amanda’s standing it’s all pretty simple, although Lee has a completely different idea of how things should be done.
His response isn’t really a surprise to Amanda. She’s already worked out a few things about him and wastes no time in telling him what she thinks – namely that he’s out of touch.
He doesn’t immediately understand – or doesn’t want to. “Out of touch with what?” he responds testily.
“The way normal people do things.”
Irritated by her assessment of him, Lee turns from her to get back to his notes. It’s not a conversation he particularly wants to have, but Amanda isn’t about to let it go.
To her mind, at least, Lee has no real idea of normality and from what she’s seen certainly has no wish to embrace it! He may not want or lead an ordinary life in the suburbs as she does, but she knows that he needs to start connecting with the people they are “living” amongst by approaching them and showing an interest in their lives. It is, after all, the only way he is going to discover things which might be relevant to the case.
When, upon completely losing his patience, Lee tells her that if she’s so damn normal she can solve the case she is more than willing to snatch up the gauntlet. And when Lee questions her as to how she thinks she can do that she is more than ready with her answer.
She already has her own ideas about what has been going on and when she tells Lee he is left to wonder whether she may have a point after all. In fact, he can’t help but be impressed with her line of thinking. “Did you just think of that?” he asks and when she admits she has, although wonders if it is a bit too way out to have any real substance, he dismisses it, telling her it’s a good thought.
His compliment isn’t lost on Amanda – in fact, she is very happy to receive it. As far as Lee is concerned it’s an idea he wants to run with. The fact that Judy Wainwright is making deliveries that day spurs his decision to trail her and keep an eye on things; and so, wasting no more time, he makes ready to leave the house. It is only when he’s gathered up his jacket and on his way out that he suddenly realises what has just happened between himself and Amanda.
It stops him in his tracks and he turns to look at her. Does she realise it too?
She comes to stand in front of him, although she is completely unaware of what is going through his mind. “What?”
Amanda gives a little laugh, surprised by his words. “Right here in our cheery kitchen,” she muses. Only a short while ago he was busy telling her that their “home” wasn’t real. Now here he is referring to them as arguing like a proper couple!
Lee glances towards the kitchen area, remembering, before turning back to her. “I guess I’ll see you later,” he begins as though to leave her, although his gaze holds fast to hers, his feet firmly rooted to the spot.
An awkward, unspoken anticipation hangs between them. Gone is the cocky spy, the smooth operator amongst women, and in his place stands a man whose own words have had the power to throw him a little off-balance.
He’s not quite sure how to proceed, how to move forward from what he’s just said. After all, if they were indeed a regular married couple who’d just had a fight, wouldn’t they be kissing and making up at this point? Not that they are a couple, of course! They’re definitely not emotionally attached or anything like that as far he’s concerned (in fact they barely even know each other) and yet he can’t walk away until he makes up with her for the argument they’ve just had. He’s got to say something….do something…
Galvanising himself into action, he extends his hand out to Amanda as a peace offering, breaking through the awkwardness which lingers between them.
Seeing what he is doing Amanda grasps his hand with a somewhat relieved smile and as they shake hands they give a little laugh, both of them knowing that this is their way of making up after their fight.
“Have a good…” Amanda begins as their hands part, gesturing as if to verify that she means his day.
“Yeah. You too,” he replies, things seemingly back to normal between them, even as they both turn away from each other to go their different ways.
However, even then Lee finds that he can’t just walk away. There’s something else he needs to tell her before he goes.
“You know, I like blue a lot better,” he says, referring to the curtains from which their whole argument sprung.
Amanda cannot hide her pleasure at his remark. It means a lot to her that he appreciates her efforts to make the place feel more homely. “Oh! Good. I’m glad,” she replies with a bright smile as she watches him give her a little salute and finally walk away, leaving her standing watching after him.