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SOTW: Episode #09-  In The Steele Of The Night
by Xenos1981    (Fri Dec 22 2006 14:15:35 ) 

If anybody has time this holiday weekend, tonight's episode is "In The Steele Of The Night".

Post if you can,
Xenos (who's not promising anything!)

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be hap-hap-happy!

by pianoRose    (Fri Dec 22 2006 15:47:58 ) 

I might actually have time... we keep Christmas pretty calm and peaceful here. :)
by brenda_grace2u    (Sat Dec 23 2006 11:28:45 ) 

I really like this episode, for many reasons. Chief among them is the further developement of Laura and Remington's relationship. The whole episode seems to be sreaming "I do the work and he takes the bows"!! Even among her own ex-co-workers, they assume that he is the brains and she is just the assistant/unidentified woman. I mean, these people know her and worked with her, and they still think she is the second fiddle. Poor Laura, she can't get no respect. LOL Although, everyone seems to really like Laura. None of them can believe she could kill Alan, she's Laura for crying out loud. LOL

Ok, and now from my Neeney inspired "notes". LOL

What was with the cheesy backgroud playing while Laura and Murphy drove to Alan's?? Maybe it was just one of those 80's moments, but man did it look fake!!

My favorite moment of the episode was when Laura fell into her own trap of having Remington "Lead them, guild them, show them how it's done". Her worst nightmare, and she had no one to blame but herself. LOL

Boy, for a bunch of trained professionals, they all acted like a bunch of children. They all needed a good spanking, or at least a time out. LOL

I love the whole - running around the mansion thing. It made me wonder if they had stolen it from "Murder by Death" or from "Clue", but since "Clue" didn't happen until 1985, I guess it was the former. At any rate, it was very funny.

I didn't really understand the "Whistleing" theme music. Maybe it was just supposed to be a "noir" thing, but I found it a bit odd. 

Ok, that's it for me. I'm really looking forward to next weeks episode. HUGE leap in Laura & Remington's relationship!!

I hope you are all having a WONDERFUL Christmas weekend. Be Happy and be Safe.

Brenda
 

by dtalley    (Sat Dec 23 2006 12:35:32 ) 

I could easily list the things about this episode I really like (and there are things I really like), but I'm going to take a different tact. I've heard some folks say how much they love this episode. I guess I just don't get it, so help me out here: why is this episode a favorite with some folks? I know it won an Edgar Award for the mystery but to me, the relationship just flatlines.

Debra

by everglade68    (Sat Dec 23 2006 22:27:16 ) 

I sort of liked this episode but not too much. So I will just mention a 
few things about it.

If you don't want the man to attend the reunion, why leave the invitation in his top drawer where he is sure to find it.

Brenda, you are right about the fake scenes as Laura and Murphy drive to 
Alan's house. I had not noticed them before, but they were pretty awful.
Maybe, the rental on the big house was expensive and they had to cut costs.

That big breakfast that Mr. Steele is eating, who cooked it, and what there
was not enough for the others to eat also.

Interesting scene when Carl tells Laura about Murphy only looking at her at
the agency, and Laura completely ignores him. She is not listening to what she does not want to hear.

Favorite lines: 

Laura: I would kill to lose five pounds...in places you haven't seen.

Murphy: Because it's my dusting kit when asked why he was the one getting the finger prints.

Remington: You're fired to Murphy after hearing from him that the finger prints in the elevator were Laura's.

Loved Laura's green sweater and I agree with Brenda that the music was kind of spooky.

Not too pleased with Laura's grimaces every time she is upset with Mr. Steele.
It's a good thing that in future episodes we hardly saw these expressions, if
not, SZ would not look as good as she does now.

Debra, this episode won an award? Hard to believe it. In fact, for a season
one ep it was somewhat disappointing.

Isabel
 

 

by picac    (Mon Dec 25 2006 22:33:12 ) 

"What has it been? Four years since we left Havenhurst Detective Agency. Boy, it doesn't seem that long does it?" 
And here we have one of the enduring mysteries of the show where timelines shift like sands in the hour glass and never add up. Here it’s been four years since she left Havenhurst. Laura is 26 going on 27. How long did she actually work at Havenhurst when she got out of college? She then had her own agency for 6 months -- when she was 22/23 – and she wondered why she had a hard time getting clients? Forget her sex, what about her age? How many people let alone businesses are going to hire a solo agency with a 23 yr old P.I.? So how long before she opened R.Steele? How long was the lapse between agencies and how long did they manage to survive being in the red?
 

"Imagine him, in a room full of detectives. Ha, they'd be waiting all weekend for him to slip up and when he did, they'd eat him alive.
And it turns out she’s wrong. Alan Grievey might have been the only one there capable enough to catch him out but then he fell for Steele’s best murder story so maybe not. Speaking of which forget the cat on the roof I want to know the end to Steele’s bullet from the inside story.
 

"Laura. Do you think I'd risk embarrasing you in front of your friends by stealing a murder from a movie? What if someone else had seen it?"
"
"You mean-"

"Uh-huh. Made it up."


Yes he needs Laura to help him lead them guide them show them how it’s done (LOL) but he keps his cool when everyone else seems to be losing theirs and comes up with two very huge clues at the end of the case. Compared to the other detectives he's not exactly out of his depth.

After a couple of spotty guest stars in the last couple of episodes we’re back on form. All the actors are very good, and the actors that play Alan, Carl and Sandy especially so. Sandy’s monologue confessional of her affair with Alan is one of the better guest star monolgues on the show – and it’s given more emotional heft by the reactions of those around her-- especially Steele’s complete look of sympathy of not just what happenned to her but having to be outed in a rather humiliating way in front of colleagues and friends. 

Yes, where did Steele get his meal from? When the kitchen is later searched there seems to be no sign of a cook and no staff is questioned at all by any of the detectives. Steele might very well have made his own – he’s certainly capable and of course it’s one of his defining characteristics that nothing gets in the way of his meals – or at least thinking about having meals. ;) More seriously it rings true that those who’ve gone hungry rarely pass up a meal. 
 


"I have known Laura Holt …I don't what even to think how long I've known Laura Holt. And I can say, without fear of repudiation that this woman, is incapable of any foul play against Alan Grievey or anyone else. Aren't you?"
LOL!!! He’s of course known her only a couple of months and well one never knows do one?

Love the Murphy, you’re fired line and then then Murphy telling Bernice Steele’s murder story with appropriate panache.

My favorite line though is when Steele wishes Carl and Donald in yet another interminable fight would just shoot one another and get it over with.
 


"This is getting very boring. Have Murphy give one of them the gun and be done with it"
This has a very good mystery at it’s core and it’s easily understandable why this episode won an Edgar Award.
by DCZinger    (Tue Dec 26 2006 08:18:24 ) 

Excellent comments as usual from our insightful SteelePeeps. Some little points: 

Costumes: 

First of all, who noticed that MURPHY also has a great chest? What a delightful short robe they put him in! Hello! What's YOUR name? 

Then of course, our Mr. Steele strolls up in his CRAVAT again. LOL. 

Love, Love, Love Laura's nightgown and beautiful soft hair. I didn't care for that teal sweater with the mutton sleeves they put her in for the last scenes. I also didn't care for the purple schoolmarm blouse that she wore the first night there with her hair up. 

I DIDN't like that "whistling-mystery" theme in this episode. 

I did like how the music was handled in this scene :
Laura: Now, the only way this would ever work would be if there was somebody on the outside, somebody with no axe to grind. Didn't know Alan, somebody we could trust. Somebody-" 

Murphy puts a hand on her shoulder to stop her. Here they play a snippet of "Steele's Theme" so we all know who she's talking about. She realizes she's gone too far. "Forget that last thought-." 

Murphy: "Please,"

I love the ending, where Steele kisses Laura in the hall, telling her that she "shone brilliantly". From one professional to another... For all his lusting after Laura, Steele also admires this woman's brains...something Laura probably hasn't experienced much in her life. 

DCZinger
 

"That's what I love about you, Laura. You keep narrowing this case down to include everybody."

by Xenos1981    (Tue Dec 26 2006 08:50:40 ) 

Sorry, ladies. Gotta be honest with you. I didn't get to watch this episode. *ducking* Between the Christmas chaos and my "chat assignment" (re-writing Steele Trying), I haven't had a chance to breathe let alone watch In The Steele Of The Night. But I'll post a few thoughts from prior viewings...

First...Zinger, you kill me! Yes, Murphy DOES look good in a robe. I bet he sleeps nekked! Grrrrrrrr!!!

Second...I agree with Debra. Hated the fact that we got no romance. It's my biggest complaint about this episode.

Third...I found that I really enjoyed the mystery (which is surprising because I usually don't really care all that much about the mystery...it's all about the romance, baby!). 

Fourth...Loved the characters -- as childish and unlikable as they were. I kept changing my mind as to who I wanted the killer to be. LOL! I think it was Brenda who said they needed a good spanking or a time out. I agree!

Fifth...Favorite line -- Steele to Murph: You're fired.

That's all I can remember off-hand. Hope your Christmas was wonderful and meaningful!
 

Xenos

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be hap-hap-happy!

by dtalley    (Tue Dec 26 2006 09:01:54 ) 

Even when I come to chat, I miss stuff! No fair! Xenos, why in the world would anyone want to rewrite "St. Trying"? Are you changing it to songs by Elvis or something like that?!

Debra

by DCZinger    (Tue Dec 26 2006 10:41:11 )

Debra, Debra, Debra...this is a Xenos story, remember? 

The assisngment is "What if Rita Del Rio Doesn't show up and they get to "finish" their dance?". If this is a Xenos story, there's gonna be a nekkid scene. Can't wait...Xenos!

DCZinger
"That's what I love about you, Laura. You keep narrowing this case down to include everybody."

by picac    (Tue Dec 26 2006 12:44:08 ) 

Other great little moments.

The wink Steele gives Laura when he says two such bright people should have no trouble fooling that group. How could she resist? ;-)

After Laura remarks on the amused smirk on Steele's face after they all run up to the room

"And you thought I'd embarrass you? ..."

"They don't know you."

"Their loss."

LOL! Laura may doubt Steele's abilities but he doesn't doubt his own -- especially not in charming, controlling and fooling people.

In Donald describing how he worked with Alan -- him doing the legwork and Alan schmoozing the clients etc and how he loved it and they were a great team -- another paralleling of the Laura/Steele relationship.

Also, I love Steele's black turtleneck suit look. It combines the best of both worlds. He also has two very lovely three piece grey suits and appropriate ties. The cravat and monogramed "S" robe though -- LOL!!!!!!! I like the color and texture of Laura's sweater -- just not the shoulder pads. I really like her navy pinstripe suit at the end but that silly flouncy tie should have been tossed.

by Xenos1981    (Tue Dec 26 2006 15:23:15 ) 

Hey, don't blame me, Debra! I wasn't even THERE when they decided I was going to rewrite it. I think it's a perfect episode as is...But they wanted me to write it as if Rita never showed up at the Top of the Mark. I thought about changing it by having Laura and Remington dance to songs by the Violent Femmes. LOL! (Sorry, I don't even know what the Violent Femmes sing...but there name is so preposterous sounding. Just thought I'd throw that in there.) Anyway, I don't think you'd like my rewrite. (Consider yourself warned, Debra!) 
 

Xenos

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be hap-hap-happy!

by dtalley    (Tue Dec 26 2006 16:41:16 ) 

I agree with you, Xenos -I think "St. Trying" is a perfect episode as is.

Does this mean that if we don't go to chat, we're assigned a heinous task?

Debra

by Xenos1981    (Tue Dec 26 2006 17:57:02 ) 

Icy calm, Debra...Icy calm. At least they didn't ask me to re-write Red Holt-Steele!!! LOL! Like I said...You don't have to read it. 
 

Xenos

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be hap-hap-happy!

by MickeyBoggs    (Tue Dec 26 2006 19:30:39 )

I haven't read everyone else's posts, so forgive me if there is some duplication...

Memorable Stuff

- Rem's "best murder" and Laura's ("I've had too much to drink") and Murphy's ("I haven't had enough to drink") reactions
- Rem winking at Laura while trying to convince her they can fool the other detectives for the weekend
- It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World-type chase sequence, usually going up the stairs
- Rem's enthusiasm & certainty that the fingerprint Murphy found would reveal the killer
- Cracked up when Rem hung around, checking Alan's suits to see if they might fit him
 

Character Development

- Once again a man is interested in Laura, but she's totally clueless about it
- I believe this is the first time we see Rem's aversion to climbing stairs
- It's been years since she was with most of these people, but when it gets down to solving the mystery, they all seem to defer to Laura, even though she's the youngest
 

Favorite quotes

- Rem (on Carl fighting again): "This is getting very boring. Have Murphy give one of them the gun and be done with it."
 

Hair & Clothing

- I don't particularly care for Laura's purple blouse or her hair up
- Rem looks great in the black turtleneck & sportcoat
- I like the color of the dark turquoise sweater on Laura, but I'm not crazy about the style
 

Goofs & Headscratchers

- Lousy graphics on the "drive" to Alan's
- Can one *really* make that much money as a PI?
- Rem came into the foyer and dropped off his luggage, but didn't take it upstairs with him
- That may be the longest belt I've ever seen on a bathrobe
- I'm still not convinced Alan could tie the knot tight enough to break his neck, yet loose enough it would come undone (instead of breaking the belt) as the elevator descended.

by pianoRose    (Fri Dec 29 2006 09:25:22 ) 

I'm still not convinced Alan could tie the knot tight enough to break his neck, yet loose enough it would come undone (instead of breaking the belt) as the elevator descended. 


This is the one thing that always bugs me about this show!!! I think this was a well put together show except for that part. I wonder how much discussion there was about whether that was believable.

When I watched this episode I was reminded once again that it wasn't as bad as I always think it will be! I have such bias against certain shows and I often forget that they aren't as bad as I thought.
 

by Xenos1981    (Fri Dec 29 2006 11:21:54 ) 

Suspension of disbelief, ladies...Suspension of disbelief.
 

Xenos

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be hap-hap-happy!

by queenheadintheclouds    (Fri Dec 29 2006 20:00:06 ) 

I don't think things through that much. I take them at face entertainment value. Although I still want to know the answer to Remington's best mystery.:D

Pierce Brosnan didn't need blue mankini trunks to be Bond.

by Xenos1981    (Sat Dec 30 2006 09:16:22 )

Queen...Queen...QUEEN!!! 

Pierce Brosnan didn't need blue mankini trunks to be Bond.
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!! A girl after my own heart!!! 
 

Xenos

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be hap-hap-happy!

P.S. I, too, want to know the ending to Remington's best mystery...AND to the cat on the roof story!!!

by queenheadintheclouds    (Sat Dec 30 2006 15:35:51 ) 

LOL! Seemed too redundant to merely say Bring Back Pierce. Needless to say have no interest in seeing Casino Royale. The producers were so dumb. I guess they didn't know that Pierce has a slew of female fans in the younger age bracket that they were trying to reach with Craig.

Heck, I was even rooting for the guy from Charmed and Nip/Tuck over Craig at least he has a following. 

Love your signature. How about Pierce Brosnan is God's reason to support cloning? :P

Pierce Brosnan didn't need blue mankini trunks to be Bond.

by Xenos1981    (Sat Dec 30 2006 16:08:15 ) 

ROTFL!!! If they DID okay cloning, could you IMAGINE how many Pierce's there would be running around?!?! I know I'd have one of my very own!!! GRRRRRR!!!!  (By the way...I'm DONE with Bond movies. Never again.)
 

Xenos

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!

by DCZinger    (Sat Dec 30 2006 17:32:31 ) 

Chin up, girls.... THOMAS CROWN starts filming in MARCH! Yeah, baby...yeah!

DCZinger

"That's what I love about you, Laura. You keep narrowing this case down to include everybody."

by Xenos1981    (Sat Dec 30 2006 18:31:48 ) 

Steelegasm!!! Er -- make that Crowngasm!!! Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes!!! Can't wait!!! Still think Steph would make an AWESOME Crown Girl!!!
 

Xenos

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!

by queenheadintheclouds    (Sun Dec 31 2006 14:25:54 ) 

Maybe. But I think if she was in that role, everyone would think its RS: The Movie under another name. Which I'm not opposed to but I have issues with the whole turning great shows into bad movies. 

I did read on some site that Pierce had signed on to do a movie called Spy vs. Stu with him playing the spy. Its supposed to be a comedy about a boyfriend and girlfriend who go on vacation at a relationship crossroads and Pierce is competing against the guy (Stu I guess) to win the girl's affection. I know who'd I'd pick. :P
 
 

Pierce Brosnan didn't need blue mankini trunks to be Bond.

by Xenos1981    (Sun Jan 7 2007 18:42:40 ) 
Great to know about this new movie, queen!!! Can't wait to see it!!!

Regarding "In The Steele Of The Night"...
Didn't Pierce look absolutely scrumptious in this episode?
 

Xenos

Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!

by el_gato_con_botas_8    (Thu Jan 11 2007 15:26:47 ) 
brenda_grace, they didn't really run around the mansion in Murder by Death.

I'm human and I need to be loved.