The Fools Journey – Conclusion

Act Three

Amanda took the dental records on Tom Henderson to one of the Agency doctors. She wanted a medical opinion about what was in there. They promised a report by the end of the day.

She returned to the Q Bureau, to find Lee gone, and a note on her desk.

“Amanda—Billy has me running errands all over town, so lunch will have to wait for another time. See you at the end of the day. Lee”

Amanda shrugged. ‘After the argument earlier, it’s probably better we spend the day apart.’

She put Annie’s card in her rolodex file. Amanda got Lee’s rolodex, and looked through it. She noticed many of the people listed were part of his ‘family’ the network of contacts he used to get information, rumors and access strange stuff. Suddenly she realized she had no contacts of her own. She used Lee’s contacts if she needed information. But she had no ‘family’ of her own. Or hadn’t. Until Annie.

Amanda smiled at the thought of the young woman seeing through her and Francine’s cover with a simple deck of cards. Or was there more to it than that? Certainly Amanda understood about intuition and hunches—that was what she used in her job almost daily. And with Lee. All those years they had danced around each other, both denying what was right in front of their faces.

She got on the computer and traced down Gary Anderson. She got the address for his accounting business and his apartment. Hopefully she wouldn’t have to go to Baltimore, but she would if necessary. Except she’d need to get a car from the motor pool, if she went alone. Lee had the Wagoneer, and she couldn’t comfortably fit into the Corvette anymore and drive it with her growing belly.

Then she filed a request for information about Annie. She’d make sure the young tarot reader was on the up-and-up before she trusted her again. Of course, she had pointed out the differences in Tom’s records, and questioned the break-in and records mixup in the first place, and Amanda’s instincts told her she could trust Annie. Suddenly Amanda realized she was going to have a lot more tarot readings in her future.


After a quick carry-out lunch Amanda spent the afternoon catching up on paperwork. It was endless.

Late in the afternoon, the phone rang. It was the doctor who was reviewing Tom Henderson’s dental records.

“Mrs. Stetson?”

“Yes, doctor. What have you found?”

“You have an interesting file here. The records and the X-Rays don’t match. It seems the X-Rays are from a different man than the files are.”

“How can you be sure?”

“The records list a filling in number 18, yet on the X-Rays, number 18 is natural—no filling at all. There are several other discrepancies like that. I think your man was a victim of a dental mixup.”

“I see. Can you make a list of the discrepancies, and then a list of what the records would look like for the person the X-Rays came from, and also what the X-Rays for Tom Henderson should look like?”

“Sure. I can have it by tomorrow mid-morning. Is that soon enough?”

“That’s fine, doctor. Thank you for your help.”

Amanda heard the door to the Q Bureau open, and Lee entered. He looked a bit frazzled. “Have a good day?” She asked him with a smile.

“It was one giant runaround. I think Billy was just giving me something to do to get me out of the office. How was your day?”

Amanda took a breath, and forged ahead. “I got into Tom Henderson’s files, and then talked to Joan. Then I went to his dentist’s office. You’ll never guess what I found.”

“What?” Lee asked skeptically.

“The X-Rays used to identify Tom’s body didn’t match the files in his dentist’s office.”

“Really!” Lee was surprised.

“Really. Lee, I think Tom Henderson set up his own death, and somehow got his identical twin brother to die in his place. They may have looked alike, but their teeth weren’t the same. So Tom arranged a break-in and substituted his twin’s dental X-Rays for his own. That way, when they compared the X-Rays with the corpse—they matched. And Tom is declared dead and he assumes his twin brother’s identity.”

“That’s a big leap from one wrong set of X-Rays.”

“But it fits. Lee, Joan didn’t know that Tom had discovered his twin brother and met him. And it also explains why the brother wasn’t at the funeral. Actually—he was. It was Tom that wasn’t there. Only none of us knew it.”

Lee thought for a moment. “I guess you have something there. What do you plan to do next?”

“Tomorrow I’ll check up on the brother. Make a few calls to Baltimore.”

“No, I think we should go up there in person. If he did assume the brother’s identity, he may still be up there. And you’re in no condition to confront a dangerous, possibly desperate man.” Lee pointed at her belly.

“I guess you’re right. I’m tired of arguing with you about this. Besides, the baby will be here in a few months, and we’ll be back to normal around here.”

“Back to normal? With a new baby? How can you call that normal?” He sounded a bit panicked.

She laughed at his consternation. “Oh Lee, a baby does bring a lot of changes, but you get used to it, like anything else that changes in your life. And the baby doesn’t mean that everything will change.” She got up and put her arms around his waist, and snuggled close.

“Yeah, I guess that will be back to normal as well.” He returned her embrace and kissed her forehead. “Let’s head for home. We can head directly out to Baltimore in the morning. I’ll call Billy and have him clear it.”

“Sounds like a plan.”


During dinner, Amanda listened to the ebb and flow of conversation around the dinner table. She loved her family and she thought about the years she had stayed at home being a full-time mom to Philip and Jamie—first with Joe—then alone when Joe was in Africa—then with her mother after she and Joe had decided to divorce. She had no real regrets—she was glad she had been there for the boys—and she thought they were better off for her presence in their lives.

And the new baby. This child would be born into a very different family. She and Lee were committed to each other and their family—which now included the new baby. Philip and Jamie would be big brothers—teens who could help out and even baby-sit from time to time. Both had already said they were prepared for that. Dotty was also willing and eager to help—but Amanda wondered if she was imposing too much on her mother.

She and Lee were an effective team—partners—at work and in life. Lee had said his family was more important than any job—and Amanda was grateful for that. They had so many different job options—if Amanda chose to go back to work after the baby came.

She realized she needed to focus on her family as it was now. And would be in the future. This was 1989—almost the ‘90’s—a very different time from the ‘50’s when she was little and the ‘70’s when her boys were little. She needed to make a decision that was best for her, her husband, her family and in step with the times. It was a lot to balance.

“Hey Mom!” Philip’s comment jarred Amanda out of her thoughts.

She turned to her older son. “What is it, sweetheart?”

“Are you coming with us to the movie?” He asked again—though she hadn’t heard the first time.

“Movie?” Amanda was puzzled, what had she missed during her musings?

“You have been sitting there thinking so hard—you haven’t heard a word up to now, have you?” Lee smiled at her as he took her hand.

She smiled back, and gave his hand a squeeze. “I guess I have a lot on my mind.”

Jamie tactfully filled her in. “Lee’s taking us to “Back to the Future 2”. We hope you’ll come too, mom.”

“That’s sweet—but I think I’ll stay home. I want to have a quiet evening.” She smiled at her sons.

“Thinking?” Lee added.

She shrugged. “Mostly just relaxing…”

“It’s gonna be a great movie, mom!” Philip enthusiastically tried to encourage her.

“It’s not as interesting to me as it is to you guys—all you guys.” She included Lee.

“Yeah—it’s cool that Lee likes a lot of the same movies that we do.” Jamie added.

“Well then, you fellas go and have a good time. I’ll be fine.” Amanda had convinced them.

“After dishes, of course.” Dotty added quickly.

“Yeah, dishes.” Philip replied with a look of ‘I guess we have to’ to his brother.


After the kitchen was cleaned up, Lee, Philip and Jamie were getting their coats on.

“You sure you don’t want to come Amanda?” Lee asked.

Philip was enthusiastic. “Yeah mom, “Back to the Future 2” is a cool movie—but no blood and guts or anything.”

“Oh fellas, I’d just rather spend a quiet evening at home. You all go and enjoy the movie.”

“OK mom, you have your quiet evening—but we’ll miss you.” Jamie said

Lee pulled his wife close and kissed her warmly. “Yeah, we’ll miss you.”

Philip and Jamie exchanged a look that clearly said ‘mush’.

Amanda shooed her men out the door. “Have a good time fellas.” Then she closed the front door and went back to the kitchen.

“I’m going to make some tea, mother. Do you want a cup?” Amanda called back to her mother who was in the den.

“What? Oh tea—sure Amanda—that will be nice. Come look at these samples—I’m looking at floors for the kitchen and bathroom.”

Amanda put the kettle on and went into the den and looked at her mother holding up two floor samples.

“These are for the bathroom. What do you think? The floral or the geometric?”

“I always worry about geometrics—if your rug is crooked it looks so much worse against a geometric pattern. And the colors in that floral sample are nice and cheery.”

“Cheery is good. I was thinking of beige fixtures in the bathroom—so a colorful cheery floor is just the thing.”

The tea kettle whistled and Amanda got up to pour the tea.

Dotty jotted the name and make of the floral floor in a notebook. “I’m glad that’s settled. The man at the floor store wants my choices by tomorrow afternoon. He says it can take weeks to arrive. Still, we’re on schedule so it should be no problem.”

Amanda returned and handed her mother a steaming mug of tea. “We’re just lucky the architect had plans ready—and the foundation is finished. Monday the carpenters come and start the framing.”

“That husband of yours sure has some connections in the construction industry.”

Amanda smiled to herself as she thought of all of Lee’s connections.

“Amanda.” Dotty sipped her tea and then put the mug down. “Is anything bothering you? You usually would go to the movies with the boys and Lee—why did you stay home this time?”

“Oh mother, I just wanted some quiet time…”

“To think?” Dotty finished for her.

Amanda smiled. “Yeah. I guess I can’t fool you.”

“You fooled me for over four years, Amanda.” Dotty dryly replied.

“OK, OK.” Amanda sighed. Would her mother ever let her live all that down?

“Is it about the baby and Lee?”

“Lee? No mother—not Lee—well, not directly—well—it’s complicated.”

“We have all evening. Why don’t you try to explain it to me?” Dotty put her samples and notebook aside and pulled Amanda to sit on the couch next to her. They sipped tea for a few moments while Amanda gathered her thoughts.

“It’s about my job…” Amanda began hesitantly.

“Are you having problems with being pregnant?”

“No. Everyone is being great—I’ve missed a couple of assignments—but nothing major. No it’s just… I guess I’m torn about what to do once the baby comes.” There—it was out.

“About working or not? Is that what this is all about?” Dotty was surprised.

“Yes mother.” She sighed and took another sip of tea. “When I got pregnant with Philip—I mean he wasn’t exactly planned but I was thrilled. You know I wanted children with Joe…” Dotty nodded. Amanda continued. “Joe was still in law school—I was finishing my degree—I graduated around the time Philip was born—but Joe had another year to go.”

“And you helped him—you typed his term papers and you did typing and research for other grad students, too.”

“Yeah. Money was tight and the money I got for that helped out—and I could do it at home, while Philip was sleeping. Then Joe graduated and Jamie came along right after that. Then soon after Jamie came, Joe was making enough that I didn’t need to do the extra work. So I stayed at home with the boys—back then that’s what a mother did—unless she was alone or the family finances meant she had to work.”

“That’s the way it was, dear. A mother stayed at home to raise her children.”

“And I was happy to do it—I love my boys—I wanted them to have a mother at home—not some nanny or something…”

“But…” Dotty said perceptively.

Amanda sighed. “Philip was born in 1973, Jamie in 1975. This baby will be born in 1990. That’s only 15 years between but so much has changed in those 15 years. For me—Joe and I got divorced—I got my job with the Agency—I’ve been working there for over six years—and I love my job—I’m good at my job—Lee and I really make a difference in the world.”

“Well, what’s the problem then?”

“Oh mother, I love Lee—I’m thrilled that we’re having a baby—and I want this baby—but I also love my job—and I don’t know if I can just quit…”

“Why should you quit? I’ve already told you I’d be thrilled to take care of my newest grandchild. We’re building that wonderful apartment over the new garage, so you’ll have plenty of room for the baby—but I’ll be right here—it’s the perfect arrangement.”

“But mother, I don’t want to turn over raising my baby to you…”

“And you won’t. But you shouldn’t have to give up your career, either. You had to work hard and fight to get where you are—you shouldn’t have to give that up.”

“I know, I know. But I still feel guilty about it—why should you give up your life for my baby?”

“Amanda, I’m not giving up my life. I want to be involved with this child. Maybe in a few years I’ll change my mind—but right now I’m thrilled at the idea of helping raise my latest grandchild. Your father and I always wanted a brother or sister for you… But it didn’t happen. I’m just grateful you’ve given me two wonderful grandsons and now hopefully a granddaughter.”

Amanda shook her head. “We aren’t going to find out until the baby is born—Lee and I agree on that.”

“I know. That’s your decision. But I can hope, can’t I?”

Amanda hugged her mother, who hugged her back. “Of course you can, mother.”

“So what’s the problem, dear?”

“I guess I’m coming up against how much things have changed in the past fifteen years. Before there was no question—no decision to make—I stayed at home with the boys. Now—it’s so different—I could stay at home—Lee will go along with whatever I decide—but I don’t know if I want to—and I guess I feel a bit bad for being selfish about it.”

“Why should you feel selfish? Lee could just as well stay at home with the baby while you worked—that’s what equality means, right?”

Amanda chuckled at the thought of Lee being a full-time stay-at-home father. “Lee is the senior agent—he makes more than I do—I think if one of us were to stay home—logically it should be me.”

“But you don’t have to stay at home, so why worry about it?”

“Well, then there’s the question of my job—our jobs really. If I do decide to keep working—what will we do? I love my job—Lee and I are really good at it—but do we want to stay in the field with a new baby?”

“What are your options?”

Amanda drew a breath. “There are quite a few—we could stay as we are—partners in the field—we could move to new positions within the Agency—of course we might not be partners anymore—and I really like working with Lee—like Mr. Melrose says: we’re better as a team than either of us is by ourselves. We could take jobs with other branches of government—the FBI has offered us teaching positions at Quantico—State has been after Lee for years—and they’d make room for me as well—and then there’s the private sector…”

“That’s a lot of choices, Amanda. Have you and Lee discussed all this?”

“Yes—and first I have to decide whether I’ll go back to work after the baby is born.”

“Dear, you know I’ll support you no matter what you decide—but I hope you won’t allow guilt to influence your decision. Times have changed—the world is different and life is different from what it was those short fifteen years ago. If you want to stay home and raise your child—do it because that’s what you want more than anything else—not because it’s the thing to do or you’ll feel guilty if you don’t. Because you’re hurting your child as well as yourself. Your child deserves two happy, loving parents who are living their lives the best way they can. Children can sense when their parents aren’t happy. If you’re happy, your child has the best chance to grow up happy, too.”

“I love you, mother.” Amanda embraced her. “Somehow things always are clearer if I talk it out with you.”

“That’s what a mother is for.”

“And I’m so lucky you are here.” They embraced again.

“Well, now we have that settled… Help me decide on the kitchen floor and cabinets. And the appliances—do I want white or brushed steel? And the sink…”

They spent the rest of the evening planning and talking.

End Act Three

Act Four

Saturday Morning

Billy had agreed with Lee that it would be best if he and Amanda drove up to Baltimore. If Tom Henderson had taken over his twin brother’s identity he probably wouldn’t stick around very long.

Once they got to Baltimore, they drove to Gary Anderson’s apartment. A moving van was parked out front and two men were loading the van.

Amanda walked up to the pair and politely asked. “Excuse me, can you tell us if the man who lives here is around?”

“No lady. We’re just packing up all the stuff. Then we drive it to New York. The guy got an apartment there.”

“I see. Thank you.” Amanda and Lee exchanged a look.

“Let’s try his business.” Lee suggested.

At the accounting office, they looked through the window and saw a man and a woman arguing. The man was sitting at a desk, going through papers, and throwing most of them away. The woman’s eyes were red and puffy.

Lee and Amanda opened the door and stepped into the office—and into the middle of an argument.

The woman was on the verge of tears. “I don’t understand you anymore, Gary. Two months ago you were your same old self. Then in the last month… I don’t know what to expect from you. One minute you’re cold and distant—then you’re the same old Gary I’ve known for years. Now you say you need to make a change and move to New York. Without me!”

He replied tiredly. “Claudia, I told you—I guess I’m just going through a midlife crisis—whatever you call it. I’m tired of Baltimore—tired of this office—tired of my life.”

“Tired of me, too?”

He turned and appraised her with cold eyes. “Yes—I guess I’m tired of you, too.”

Amanda spoke up. “Excuse me!”

The woman turned in surprise. The man froze in place.

“Who are you?” Claudia asked, dashing away her tears.

“Gary” was silent—his eyes wide.

“Mr. Anderson—aren’t you going to ask who we are?” Amanda challenged.

“He doesn’t need to, Amanda—he already knows.” Lee was grim.

Gary/Tom got a defiant look on his face and tensed as if he was getting ready to run. Then he sagged and slumped heavily in the chair. “How did you figure it out, Scarecrow?”

“I didn’t. Amanda did.” Lee replied in the same grim tone.

“You?” Tom looked at Amanda with surprise.

“I found your files in your computer. And if you just met your long-lost identical twin three weeks ago—why wasn’t he at the funeral? Then I looked up the dental records—I had a doctor compare the X-Rays with the written records—they didn’t match.” Amanda looked angry.

Lee added. “You staged the break-in to cover the switch in records.”

Tom nodded in defeat. “Yeah, I did.”

Amanda looked sorrowful. “Why did you do it, Tom? Your family is devastated—all this—“  she gestured around the office, “will make it worse. Why did you kill your twin brother?”

Tom sighed. “Everything got to be too much. Too many kids—too many family commitments—too much pressure from the job—I just had to get a fresh start. I figured I could become Gary Anderson, move to New York and start over.”

Amanda shook her head slowly. “How could you kill your twin brother?”

“That was hard.” He took a deep breath and forged on. “I saw how he had such a good life. But he wanted to meet Joan and the kids—he actually talked about trading places—that’s when I almost took him up on it—stage an ‘accident’ and have him step into my life—but then he said it was just a joke. So I went through with the original plan.”

“You searched for your brother for years. Now he’s dead and you’re going to prison…” Amanda still didn’t understand.

Lee stepped in and pulled Tom up to cuff him. “You’ve got your change, Crankshaft. It just won’t be the change you had planned for yourself.”

“I almost got away with it…” He shot Amanda a venomous look.

“If it wasn’t for Amanda, you would have.” Lee pulled the man towards the door. “C’mon. We’re all going back to DC.”

Tom didn’t resist.

“Wait! Please…” Claudia finally spoke up.

Lee and Amanda stopped and turned to face her. Gary/Tom looked at the floor.

“Am I to understand that this isn’t Gary—that he actually killed Gary?” She sounded like she would prefer they deny her statement.

Amanda stepped forward and put her hand on Claudia’s arm. “I’m sorry, Claudia. Gary is dead. Tom is his identical twin brother—and yes, he did murder Gary, and then tried to take over his life. That’s why he seemed so different at times—he was a different man—they just happened to look alike.”

Claudia nodded, and tears welled up in her eyes. Then she stepped forward and soundly slapped Tom across the face. “You bastard! Gary was a good man, sweet and caring. We were talking about marriage—and now he’s dead. And for what? I hope you rot in prison and never get out.”

Tom never met her eye. Lee hustled him out to the car. Amanda hugged Claudia. “I’m sorry Gary’s dead. Tom ruined so many lives, just because he was selfish and wasn’t willing to make the most of what he had. You remember Gary for the fine man he was. We’ll keep in touch about Tom’s trial, if it comes to that. OK?”

Claudia just nodded. Amanda left to get Tom back to D.C.


A few days later, Amanda went to visit Joan again at the house.

“Hello, Amanda. Please come in.” Joan welcomed her at the door.

Once they were seated, Amanda felt it was necessary to explain. “Joan, I’m so sorry for how all this turned out, and the upset the investigation has caused—but I just couldn’t let it go if Tom really was still alive.”

“I know, Amanda. I really loved Tom—the old Tom—the man I married. But as our family grew, he didn’t adjust. He was happy with one child—Tom Jr. Two and then three children—Christine and Andy, were just too much, I guess. I’m really sorry I never got to meet his twin brother. He sounded a lot like the old Tom I married.”

Amanda decided to change the subject. “You start back in crypto next week.”

“Yes. I’m glad I had already decided to go back to work—now I have to work. Still, I’m excited about it.”

“Tom’s hearing is in a few weeks—will you attend?”

“Probably not. He decided to exclude me when he found his twin brother. I’ve started divorce proceedings. I’ve heard through my attorney that he doesn’t intend to contest anything—everything will go to me and the kids.” She sighed. “If he ever gets out of prison, he will finally have that ‘fresh start’ he wanted all along.” She shook her head. “He sure made some stupid choices. And speaking of choices, have you made up your mind about working after the baby comes, Amanda?”

Amanda smiled at Joan’s resilience—she’d be OK. “Not yet—but I’m a whole lot clearer about exactly what my choices are—and why I should make them. I was able to get past a lot of old baggage. Now I can concentrate on the decision and how it will impact my family as it is now—and will be in the future.”


Back in the Q Bureau, Lee and Amanda were finishing up on the paperwork on Tom Henderson—Crankshaft.

“I’ll admit it, Amanda—your instincts were right on when the rest of us thought you were just crazy.”

Amanda shrugged. “It just seemed strange that his twin brother wasn’t at the funeral—and when I found the dental records, and how they were different from the X-Rays—I knew he had pulled a switch.”

“Just goes to show you’ve still got it—even pregnant, you’re at the top of your game.”

“And how would being pregnant change anything?” Amanda asked in a ‘you’re in hot water, buster’ tone.

“Well—you said yourself—your hormones are all over—you don’t know how you’ll feel from one hour to the next…” Lee tried manfully to stay objective. He wound down at the stormy expression on her face.

Then she laughed at him. “Yeah—it’s a real roller coaster some days. But as long as we stick together—we can get the job done. Right, partner?”

“Yes ma’am!” Lee said with relief.

End Act Four


Lee and Amanda were seated at a table in the tea shop. Their lunch had been cleared, and Annie came to sit with them.

“Lee, I’d like you to meet Annie. She reads tarot cards.”

“Annie, this is my husband and partner—Lee.”

“Hi Lee—“

“Hi Annie.” Lee looked dubious about the whole tarot card proposition.

Annie smiled at Lee’s discomfort. He’d come around. “OK Amanda, you know the drill.” Annie pulled out her cards and handed the deck to Amanda.

As his wife shuffled, Lee surreptitiously looked Annie over. The colorfully clad reader met Lee’s covert scrutiny with a cheerful grin.

“Do I measure up?” Annie cheekily asked.

Lee coughed to cover his gaffe.

Amanda cut the cards into three piles to the left with her left hand. She pointed to the right pile, then the left one.

Annie retrieved the cards and dealt out five cards in a row, face down. As she moved to put the deck away, a card fell out. She picked it up and laid it on the table, face up above the row already laid out. The card showed three figures in a church-like building. Three coins were part of the structure. Annie looked at Amanda. “I guess this card wants to be read. Let’s use it as a significator for the reading, OK?”

“Sure.” Amanda agreed. Lee looked lost.

“The three of coins is about work and professionalism—this is about people who are very good at what they do—masters of their trade.” Annie said earnestly.

“I see.” Amanda replied slowly. She and Lee exchanged a look.

Annie continued. “So, let’s see the first card.” She turned it over—it showed a couple pledging to each other with two cups, and the weird red winged lion hovering overhead. “This shows love and commitment in the past—a genuine love match of two soul-mates.”

Amanda just smiled at Lee and squeezed his hand under the table.

The next card showed a family—a mother and father with their arms around each other and two children dancing beside them—below a rainbow of ten cups. Annie continued. “This is a happy family—love and togetherness.”

Amanda nodded.

The next card was ‘The Empress’. A crowned woman in a loose robe sat on cushions with a heart-shaped shield beside her, and growing things were all around. She looked serene and happy. Annie smiled. “And now that family is about to get another member—it’s a happy time—this baby will be very loved by everyone in the family.”

Lee was taken aback—had this woman somehow stacked the deck? How could she know all this?

The fourth card showed a person looking into a sky with clouds—and in the clouds were seven cups—each cup held something different—some good—some less clear. Annie explained. “Now you have to make a choice—and there are many possible choices—maybe too many possibilities. Your problem is that you aren’t sure what you should choose. You don’t want to make a bad choice or hurt your family.”

Amanda nodded and squeezed Lee’s hand again. She was almost afraid to see that last card.

The last card showed a family in an elegant villa. An old man sat in the foreground with two faithful dogs, a couple and their child were behind. Ten coins floated over the scene. Annie smiled broadly. “In the end, it doesn’t really matter what you choose. You will have a happy family—now and in the future. It’s not your jobs that define your family—the love and commitment between all of you are what makes it work.”

“Wow! That’s some reading!” Amanda was surprised and pleased.

Annie nodded. “Yeah—no matter what you choose—you’ll end up happy ever after. Take it as a gift.”

Amanda looked at Lee. He was incredulous. She hadn’t made up her mind about work and the new baby, but now she knew it wasn’t about the job—it was about them and their family. Family made it all worthwhile.

The End—for now.


  • By Patti, December 12, 2008 @ 10:37 pm

    I loved the theme about family at the end.

    I’m almost tempted for you to do a reading but I can’t.

  • By Ragged, December 13, 2008 @ 9:30 am

    Great Story!

  • By Jennifer, December 13, 2008 @ 10:09 am

    What a wonderful read–the character of Annie was wonderful–so happy that Amanda is building up her own contacts, getting her own ‘family’ at last. I also loved the discussion with Dotty about Amanda’s choices once the baby is born and the differences between generations- the fifties, the seventies and the nineties. Women have come such a long way :) The story with Tom/Gary was also very intriguing and suspenseful. Awesome episode and an awesome season :) Loved this!

  • By Sue, December 13, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

    Another great episode.

  • By Adda, December 13, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

    Wonderful episode! I love the mother/daughter talk!

  • By Loretta, December 13, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

    great story. i really enjoyed it

  • By Anne, December 14, 2008 @ 10:30 am

    I enjoyed this episode, Ermintrude. I loved the character Annie and Amanda finally getting her own contacts. I also loved the mother-daughter scene with Amanda and Dotty.

  • By Annette, December 14, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

    Terrific episode Ermintrude.

  • By Mary R., December 18, 2008 @ 10:18 am

    Interesting story about Tarot Cards — something I don’t know much about (although I remember a movie BB did with Lindsay Wagner where his character read the cards).

    Being a twin, it was fun to read about Tom sensing he had a twin brother. Too bad, Tom didn’t appreciate what he found.

    Amanda’s career vs. home struggle was handled very well. The discussion with her mother was expecailly satisfying as well as the reading at the end. Bravo.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • By JenVan92, December 28, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

    Loved it! Great story!

  • By calinour72, April 20, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

    “The character of Annie was wonderful–so happy that Amanda is building up her own contacts, getting her own ‘family’ at last. I also loved the discussion with Dotty about Amanda’s choices once the baby is born and the differences between generations- the fifties, the seventies and the nineties.”

    couldn’t agree more–loved it

  • By Terry Kay, July 30, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    Good episode all around! Great new character in Annie! Thank you!

  • By berniej, August 21, 2009 @ 12:49 am

    Well done a really good idea for a ‘mystery’ and the soul searching would be very real for someone like’s so true that times have changed almost beyond recognition in the last couple of decades…no one would be surprised now to find a stay at home father..or a full time mother who held down a job too.

  • By mandy, June 18, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Baha. I love how it’s like “the end – for now.” LOVE. SMK. I wish it just went on and on and on!

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