When I heard this song, my immediate reaction was that it would make a great whole cast video for SMK so I bought the song and ran with the idea that was shaping in my head. This is the result: a celebration of the characters we all love from the series. I hope you enjoy it and have a very happy Thursday xxx
Here are some new walls from Service Above and Beyond, The First Time and Saved by the Bells.
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This is one of my old GIFs but I saw it in my files this morning and it made me smile so I thought I’d share it here. Have a lovely weekend everyone. I shall be spending mine vidding and sorting out blog posts and graphics in amongst spending time with my husband and son 🙂
After a few weeks being busy with vidding for SMK, I’m back with a new offering and continuing the theme with these new icons based on the (albeit fake) marriage between Lee and Amanda in Ship of Spies :):)
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I thought it might be fun to also write some notes about all the excuses Amanda gives Dotty about her whereabouts and why she is coming and going at odd times of the day. So to start it off, here’s the first excuse of them all – Amanda’s club to save the clams.
INVENTING A CLUB (THE FIRST TIME)
The minute Amanda agrees to take the package for Lee at the train station she immediately finds herself embroiled in a situation which is the polar opposite of her normal, safe, everyday life. Certainly, the fact that things go completely pear-shaped by her being unable to deliver the package sends her into a whole new world of secrets and intrigue. And that means she finds herself having to come up with an excuse to her family – more particularly her mother – as to why she suddenly has to start leaving the house without warning to go and keep her meeting with Lee.
The fact that Dotty is engrossed in following a cookery programme led by Mrs Welch on TV means that maybe she can just casually say she’s popping out for a while and won’t be questioned on it. The trouble is that Jamie notices that his mother looks much prettier than usual. “You look great, mom.”
That draws Dotty’s attention towards her. As she peers at Amanda, she notices that there is indeed something different about her daughter. Amanda plays it down, casually dismissing her appearance and the fact that she has made an effort for her meeting with Lee in the hopes of shutting down any further questions.
“No TV until they do their homework,” she tells her mother, veering the conversation in another direction as she gathers up her purse and readies to leave the house. She is stopped in her tracks by Dotty asking where she’ll be if Dean asks. After all, he’s going to be there at six and if she’s not back….
Then it strikes Dotty that Amanda hasn’t actually mentioned anything before about going out.
“Where will you be?” she queries, frowning.
For a split second Amanda stands there, a little caught off-guard by this one seemingly innocent question, before seizing upon the first thing that enters her head. “At my club.” And with that she scoots for the door to avoid any further questioning and leaving Dotty looking completely confused.
She is pretty sure that Amanda hasn’t mentioned anything to her about joining any new club recently.
The fact that a few hours later Amanda, with Lee in tow and hiding in the shadows beneath the kitchen window, comes home soaked to the skin is not lost on Dotty. In fact, she doesn’t hold back in telling Amanda just how untoward it all looks.
“Marine life, Mother. To save the clams,” Amanda tells her, seemingly vocalising the first thing that comes into her head, even as she furtively feeds yards of kitchen paper through the open window to Lee while her mother’s back is turned.
Dotty, blissfully unaware of what is going on while her back is turned, finds it all very odd indeed. After all, surely clams aren’t endangered?
Amanda doesn’t respond but merely smiles before rushing off into the dining room to get the package – only to find that her mother has mailed it! And what’s even worse is that she can’t even tell her why she wishes she hadn’t done her the favour of posting it without mentioning her association with Lee.
Dotty isn’t particularly pleased by Amanda’s lack of gratitude either. She abruptly walks from the room leaving Amanda with not only the realisation that she’s annoyed her mother but that Lee, having heard every word skulking outside in the bushes, will almost certainly be angry with her too for having lost the package.
Furthermore for Amanda, trying to juggle her secret meetings with Lee and her family life doesn’t get any easier either especially when, having learnt that Lee might well be in danger she decides to go to his rescue.
Unfortunately, she has her Cub Scout group with her. She has already taken them to the TV station, trying to keep them entertained by practising knots while she tries to get hold of Lee – all to no avail – on the telephone.
She knows she certainly can’t take the boys off on her little mission to find Lee but is thankfully saved by her mother coming to help out just as she’s leaving the studio with the scouts. That, at least, gives her the perfect opportunity to leave her mother in charge.
“Mother, something’s come up. Now I need you to take the boys home for me all right?”
Dotty, for her part, can’t imagine what on earth would have Amanda running off like this – besides, Dean is coming for dinner!
Well, it’s not a complete lie as Amanda does have an emergency in that she needs to get to Lee as fast as she can if she has any hope of helping him. With that, she heads off, not giving her mother a chance to question her further as to what sort of emergency would have her bolting off in such a fashion.
Dotty, meanwhile, is left standing there watching after her, a frown on her face. She can’t work it out. After all, what exactly is this clam club Amanda is a part of which causes her to just up and leave her Cub Scout Group in such an abrupt manner?
PART ONE – A NEW CASE, A FAMILIAR FACE
Hot on the heels of cookery guru, Mrs Welch – and her rather unpleasant side business of disposing of agents – comes the problem of vigilantes running around Central America with US-made guns. Despite what he said when Amanda was last at the Agency telling them all about escaping in the helicopter, Billy hands over this new case over to Lee with absolutely no mention of her assisting him with it.
As for the case, there appears to be something going on in suburbia, although Lee can’t quite believe it. After all, as he points out to Billy, it’s hardly a hotbed of intrigue. Add to that the fact that he’s had his own brief glimpse into suburban life watching Amanda and her mother interact during his last case. If they are indicative of all suburbanites then they’re certainly not the sort to be supplying gunrunners with arms!
Whether the Betsy Ross Estates is indeed harbouring intrigue of a more alarming nature is what the Agency have to determine and while Francine is swiftly dispatched to the bowels of suburbia to try and get some answers, Lee is left with his own little “mission” – and it has nothing to do with his latest assignment!
Lee has a “visitor”! This seems odd to him because, despite what Billy tells him, he knows he’s not expecting anybody. So who on earth is it? Billy merely smiles knowingly, saying nothing, but pointing towards the monitors on the wall as Lee looks towards him questioningly.
Seeing the amused gleam in his boss’s eyes he duly turns to the monitors only to discover the answer to the question flitting through his mind: Amanda King! His heart drops in an instant. This is the last thing he needs! He really doesn’t want the bother of having to go and speak to her, especially when he’s just about to start on a new case.
“Oh no,” he murmurs, turning back to Billy.
Surely there’s someone else in the Agency who could go and see what she wants? But one look at Billy and he knows he’s sunk. There’s no way Billy will allow him to wriggle out of this particular meeting, however hard he tries. The only thing he can do is get the whole interview over and done with as quickly as he possibly can. After all, he doesn’t want to get any more involved with her than he already has been. The Welch case was a one-off and he’s certainly got no desire to repeat it!
Amanda’s reading through the file she’s brought with her when Lee suddenly appears in the doorway of what looks suspiciously like a closet, his upbeat “Hi!” making her jump.
She smiles, little knowing that he will develop a habit of creeping up on her later on down the line.
As it is, she’s just happy to see him, particularly as she hopes that her work with the Agency will be with him. The last case they were on was certainly an eye opener and she’s ready and willing to build on what she learnt from that.
Lee, however, is not about to turn their impromptu meeting into a social reunion and immediately tells her that he has other things to be doing, hoping that that will give her enough of a prod to get to the point as to why she’s dropped by.
Amanda, duly noting that her time with him appears limited, proceeds to launch into a lengthy and rather rambling account, attempting as she does so to give Lee the file she has with her, although he makes absolutely no move to take it.
Like the time they met in the shadows so Amanda could tell him about what Phillip had found in the music box, Lee can’t deny her enthusiasm but still he seeks to trample all over it, determined to quash any sort of spy fantasy she might be harbouring.
He completely bypasses the fact that he was the one who instigated this one in a million event when he picked her out of the crowds at the train station. As far as he’s concerned, that’s not relevant. His total rejection of her claim that they worked together puts a dent in Amanda’s bright demeanour. Even though she knows that Billy can see how useful she will be to the Agency, she still finds herself confronted by Lee’s very obvious resistance. Although she’s not going to let that deter her. With a bright smile, she bulldozes over Lee’s less than enthusiastic response.
For Lee, alarm bells are ringing. The fact that she’s been put on a probationary period tells him that Billy is completely serious about getting her to help out from time to time and that’s really not good! He certainly doesn’t want her trailing around after him while he’s trying to work, however handy her input was during the Welch case.
No, he doesn’t need her. Hasn’t he already told her he doesn’t work with anyone? And definitely not someone who is completely untrained!
Amanda’s smile fades. It’s not the answer she’s hoping for. Maybe she should try a different tact? “I guess I’m free to consider other others,” she says. “Very attractive offers.”
Lee’s enthusiastic “Sure!” is hardly encouraging. Further suggesting that she should perhaps give Warren Davenport of Honeycutt Typewriters a call to follow up the possibility of another job, seems to have the complete opposite effect to the one she’s looking for. Lee seems even more delighted for her!
Lee himself sees this as the perfect opportunity to terminate their meeting and having completely dented all Amanda’s hopes he blithely tells her that Billy would no doubt give her a reference if she needs one.
“That won’t be necessary,” she tells him. “My skills speak for themselves. I type 90 words a minute.”
He’s done everything he can to discourage and dishearten her and she knows it. He’s not even tried to hide his determination to keep her away from him and the Agency. What’s more, she’s had enough of it! She’s determined that she’ll be the one to have the last word though. Walking over to where Lee is standing at the door of the elevator she pokes her file into his chest, forcing him to retreat backwards before shutting the door in his face, the last thing she sees being his stunned expression.
Besides, they don’t even pay overtime!
Just a very small post today and just to try and balance my Lee icons out a little, here is a small batch of Amanda specific icons. I hope you enjoy them.
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Here’s another little GIF file from my “Moments” series – the blackmail scene in J Edgar’s Ghost.
“Oh well, we’ll start with dinner at Spencer’s and then we’ll take it from there.”
Just a bit of fun for Sunday. Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.
Signatures and Banners Part Two…