Remington Steele:  Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist
SOTW: Episode #10- Steele Trap
by Xenos1981   (Fri Dec 29 2006 11:24:18 )
Tonight's episode is "Steele Trap"!!! VERY good episode, ladies! Watch and post...
 

Xenos

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

by everglade68   (Fri Dec 29 2006 13:42:23 ) 
Will do Xenos. I have only seen this episode 3 times so I am looking forward to seeing it. I have my notebook ready, Neeney style.

Isabel

by Xenos1981   (Sat Dec 30 2006 10:07:40 ) 
OK...Before I start my "critique", I have to share a story about this episode. In my college speech class, our assignment was to write a paper about our hero. Not wanting to do the typical "my hero is the president" crap, I decided to do something a little different. I wrote about every day, ordinary people who exhibit the attributes of a hero...And I totally ripped off Michael Gleason's wonderfully written "When I invented Remington Steele, I gave him all the qualities that I admire in a man: honesty, integrity, compassion -- desire to help others -- " speech. Earned me an 'A'! Thank you, Michael! (Please don't sue me for plagiarism.) 

Now...On to the episode itself...

I SO love this one! MG is one of my favorite RS writers, I must say, and this episode proves why. The dialog is phenomenal...It's witty, charming, beautiful, hysterical and poignant all wrapped into one 60 minute show. I'd start listing my favorite quotes, but I'm afraid I'd pretty much type the whole show. So, on to another topic...

Clothes...

Remington in a WHITE tux!!! 'Scuze me while I have a Steelegasm!!! OMG!!! Does it get any better than that?!?! My favorite Laura outfit was the blue sweater she was wearing in the office while she and Remington were dusting off his "Wall of Shame" pictures. Her hair looked great there, too. She also looked stunning in the blue nightgown. (If I had that gown and I looked as good as she did in it, I'd never take it off!) Hated Bernice's dress...Looked like a banana swallowed her.

Favorite Scene...

Like I said before, SO many good moments and dialog in this episode...But if I had to choose, it would be the "if we ever...cross that line...take that step...turn that corner" scene. *sigh* Shows that they BOTH weren't ready to "take that step" yet...He because of the commitment issue...She because she wanted it to mean something more than the moment. The fact that she was so honest with him and he didn't bolt after that was a huge turning point in their relationship, I think. I believe it's at this point that he realizes he WANTS to become a different/better person. That's the reason for his later confessional to her...He's really trying. *sigh*

SO much more to say, but I think I'll let someone else get a word in edge-wise. 
 

Xenos

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

by jrdedrick (Sat Dec 30 2006 16:42:02 ) 
Thanks Isabel. Still haven't figured out what it is about my notes that people love so much, but I'll take the compliment and run with it! LOL

Neeney

Smile, it makes people wonder what you're up to!

by brenda_grace2u   (Sun Dec 31 2006 08:42:47 ) 

Sorry I'm late....it's been an odd weekend.

The whole Myrtle Groggins thing is reason enough to love this episode. LOL
I agree with Xenos, this was one of the best written episodes of the series. Great mystery, very funny, and a big step in Laura and Remington's releationship. What more could a viewer want. LOL 

That said, I'm still a bit confused about Dr. Bellows death. He really DID commit suicide because he was being black mailed by Randi.....Right???

Did anyone else notice that Murphy called Remington "it". "It's getting away from us again Laura". LOL Murphy still doesn't recognize him as a person even, just as an "it".

If this had been the only appearance of Lynne Randall, I would probably have really liked her...but all I could think of while watching her was "Who's sorry now". Boss's wife or not, she really is a pretty good actress, IMO.

I didn't care for the Pepto Bismol love nest. I know it was supposed to be romantic/sexy, but to me, it looked like some one blew Pepto all over the room. LOL 

I really liked how everyone died the way they lived.....Tickled to death...choaked on garbage...ivory to the head..ect. Laura and Remington should have known it was Randi because her death didn't fit the pattern. 

I also noticed that the promo clip for the "there is a whole in my pillow the size of Detroit" line was not the same clip as the one that played in the actual episode. I wonder why? Also, was this the one that was filmed on the "Gilligan's Island" set?? That Lagoon sure looked familiar.

And now on to the important part of the episode....Relationship!

Lines like..."Don't you know how much fun it would have been sneaking into one anothers rooms" is what made waiting 4 1/2 years for the payoff WAY TOO long!! 

After all the flirting, and itching, they finally lay the foundation for what the relationship will be about. Laura's fear of abandonment, Remington's fear of commitment, and both of them's desire to be together. 

Laura seems to be asking him to become the Remington Steele she invented. And Remington, seems to be thinking he might actually want to become that man. I think it is he first time he realizes that this woman is worth waiting for, and worth changing for. Not just as a sexual conquest, but as a person to share his life with. 

I like what one of the writers said in the extras.....It wasn't just about getting them together, it was about them knowing that they were meant to BE TOGETHER. That, in a nut shell, is why I still love this show all these years later. 

I could go on...and on....and on about this, but my post is getting a bit LONG and there will be plenty more opprotunities to discuss this in later episodes. 

In closing....I would really like to know what the "honey" thing was all about. It would have been nice if that had turned up in later episodes.

Brenda
 

by brenda_grace2u   (Sun Dec 31 2006 09:18:55 ) 

I forgot to mention something. Something that should probably have a thread all to itself.

Laura's Hair. Not just in this episode, but through out the entire series,.....or Stephanie Zimbalist entire career for that matter. I LOVE her hair!!!

I know it's a pretty superfical thing to love about an actress or a character, but it's only one of many many many things I love about her and I thought it was worth mentioning. 

Much like green eggs and ham.....

I like it in a bun
I like it in the sun

I like it with a hat
I like it near the cat

I like it up or down
I like it swung around

Ok, I'll stop. This is getting silly. But I really do think she has beautiful hair, and this episode in paticular proves my point.
 

Brenda

by Xenos1981   (Sun Dec 31 2006 09:25:42 ) 

Brenda...Glad you enjoyed the episode as much as I did. What's not to love, eh? Just two comments on what you said...

First...If I were Laura, I would have DEFINITELY taken advantage of that bed with the mirror above it. (But, then again, I do have a tushie fetish when it comes to Pierce. LOL!)

Second...No kidding about the "honey" thing! I SO want to know!!! (Laura seemed to be quite amused by it! Hmmmmmmm!) Seems that RS is forever throwing tid-bits out and leaving us hanging...The honey thing...The cat on the roof story...The bullet traveling from the inside out mystery... LOL!!!

Looking forward to more posts about this episode!
 

Xenos

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

by everglade68   (Sun Dec 31 2006 10:23:43 ) 

I liked "Steele Trap" too. It had some nice moments between Laura and Remington and that always makes it a good episode for me.

I noticed that Laura's luggage was smaller than Remington's and yet she wears
several outfits throughout the show which were all pretty. Xenos, I too liked that night gown, she just looked beautiful in it, and I was surprised that she 
seemed so comfortable in wearing it in front of Remington.

I wondered what was the purpose of saying, "I am Dr. Bellows" like about 6 times in the beginning of the show. Did he expect someone to jump up and say "no you are not".

There were so many great one liners that it is impossible to pick out favorites, but I loved the "it's beginning to resemble a honeymoon" by Remington as Laura kept on locking herself in the bathroom.

Oh, I loved the scenes where Remington tries to look through the peekhole in the bathroom. Is he expecting to see a naked Laura? I thought that was sooo
cute.

Okay, someone must know the end to the honey story. Forget the cat story and the bullet inside the body thing, I want to know about this honey story. Because all I can think of is x-rated and I doubt our Mr. Steele would 
even think such a thing.

Isabel
 

by picac   (Sun Dec 31 2006 11:10:05 ) 
Okay, someone must know the end to the honey story. Forget the cat story and the bullet inside the body thing, I want to know about this honey story. Because all I can think of is x-rated and I doubt our Mr. Steele would even think such a thing.

Heh of course it's X-Rated which is why we couldn't be told it on primetime network TV. ;-). And of course he would think of such a thing, though this bit of information did not originally spring from his imagination - it was told to him. But this is Lord Marchmaine we're talking about (see Steele Molten) -- a man who's writing was so "depraved" he impressed the porn shop guy. As much as Laura wanted to make him into her Remington Steele he was still (and always) very much his own Remington Steele. Thank god -- her imagined Steele was a bit of a prisitine goody two shoes cardboard cut out bore and she'd have been bored to death of him as would the man playing/becoming him and the audience.

I haven't had a chance to re-watch this one yet (though I've seen it many times) but hopefully will by tomorrow. It is very well written -- as well as being funny and clever it has at least two very good relationship scenes. 

I don't think that pink nightmare of a room was suppossed to be romantic at all -- it was a complete sex pit as befits the entire theme of the Island. And yes Xenos -- mirrors on the ceiling were made for Mr. Steele. LOL

by dtalley   (Sun Dec 31 2006 13:56:32 ) 

Murphy is not referring to RS as 'it' when he says, "It's getting away from us again, Laura." He means the entire ruse of Remington Steele they've created.

Debra

>Did anyone else notice that Murphy called Remington "it". "It's getting away from us again Laura". LOL Murphy still doesn't recognize him as a person even, just as an "it". 

by MickeyBoggs   (Sun Dec 31 2006 14:10:01 )

Sooooo much stuff to like in this episode. Michael does a great job propelling the relationship forward. One of my favorites of Season One.
 

Memorable Stuff

- nice opening sequence with the nurse rambling on & on, R&L can't get a word in edgewise
- The whole name game: Tracy vs. Myrtle. Cracks me up every time.
- Cindy serving franks & beans on Wedgewood
- The argument in the bedroom where she accuses him of looking for "an angle here, an edge there". Her wanting them to have been assigned separate rooms so they could sneak into each other's for a romantic interlude. She slams into the bathroom, he comments "This is beginning to resemble a honeymoon".
- Rem sweetly kissing a sleeping Laura on the head when he returns to the room after hearing the giggling Cindy.
- First we had the cat on the roof story, then the bullet traveling from the inside-out...now we've got "the honey thing" - still waiting to hear about that one!
- The bedroom discussion about his past, their future, turning the corner, crossing the line, etc. Really, really nice stuff.
- When it appears the killer is Dominic and the two of them leave the living room, like the way the check both directions as they leave the room.
 

Character Development

- Though Laura knows exactly what Rem is doing, she willingly goes along with him
- When L comes out of the bathroom to find Randi "displaying" herself to R, she's jealous in spite of herself
- Rem falls with her to the bed and she appears to be unaffected, but when she gets up, her body language tells another story
- Rem starting to reveal a little of himself, but interrupted by the banging shutters
 

Favorite quotes

Murphy: Laura, it's getting away from us again!

(and a few lines later)

Rem: You know what I admire about you Murphy?
Murphy: What?
Rem: Your perception.
----------------
Laura: "Tracy" it's so....shimmery
----------------
Laura: DON'T call me Myrtle!
----------------
Rem: Are you wearing pantyhose?
Laura: Yes, why?
Rem: Strip.
(love her expression upon hearing that)
-----------------
Rem: A rose by any other name -
Murphy: Still has thorns!
 

Hair & Clothing

- Love the fedora (of course), not so crazy about her jacket & tie
- Like Laura's blue sweater in the initial office scene
- Bernice's yellow dress...ugh
- Like Laura's red dress she wears to dinner
- The beige jumpsuit w/green & pink designs is from Elvis & The Beauty Queen
- Love Laura's blue nightgown
- Don't care for the pink top, but do like the necklace (Correia, no doubt) she wears with it
 

Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc

- Nice touch, them dusting the photos
- When Cindy, Rem & Laura are walking down the hall, Laura skips a step. Did PB smack SZ in the rear with the suitcase?
- The lagoon was the one from Gilligan's Island, I believe

by pianoRose   (Sun Dec 31 2006 14:16:04 ) 

I like what one of the writers said in the extras.....It wasn't just about getting them together, it was about them knowing that they were meant to BE TOGETHER. That, in a nut shell, is why I still love this show all these years later. 

YES!!!! I agree that is the difference between RS and other shows who try to make the show turn on will they or won't they.
by queenheadintheclouds   (Sun Dec 31 2006 14:36:57 ) 

I've liked this episode since I first saw RS on A&E. I found it hysterically cute that Remington was trying to look into the keyhole. The dialoge was good in this one too. 

I wish they would've been more consistant with Laura's wardrobe throughout the series. Sometimes she looked nice and other times I didn't understand what on earth they were putting her in.

Then again being a kid in the 80s my vision of fashion for that time is lace headbands and jelly bangles so maybe its for the best. :P Although Laura dressing up as Madonna could've been funny. Certainly would've been a good undercover getup. Now someone like that could pull off Tracy. ;)

Loved the line from Murphy about 'it' getting away from them again. 

And I did give some thought to the bullet from the inside out and did come up with one theory. It was somehow ingested and then uningested to put it delicately?

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

by clervaux (Mon Jan 1 2007 06:57:27 ) 

A great episode from Season One written by Michael Gleason. So many excellent comments already so I'll just add a few additional thoughts.

Favorite Quotes

Loved the bit when Remington is carrying Laura to bedroom after her "death" and he whispers to her, "Putting on a little weight aren't we?".

Hair and clothing

The red evening gown that Laura wore was also from the movie, Elvis And The Beauty Queen (the scene where she sits at the piano and sings An Everlasting Love with the King).

Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
 


- When Cindy, Rem & Laura are walking down the hall, Laura skips a step. Did PB smack SZ in the rear with the suitcase?

 

Yes, Mick it does look like PB struck SZ in the tushie with one of the suitcases.

-Bruce Kirby who played Michael Dominick in the episode appeared last year as Matt Dillon's father in the Oscar winning film, Crash.

by Xenos1981   (Sun Jan 7 2007 18:44:39 ) 

Didn't Pierce look absolutely scrumptious in this episode?
 

Xenos

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

by Xenos1981   (Tue Jan 9 2007 21:08:43 ) 
OK...So I'm watching Scene 25 from The Thomas Crown Affair yesterday. (I didn't have time to watch the whole movie, so I skipped to my favorite scene. Any guesses which it is?!?! LOL!) Anyway...As I'm watching (and drooling), Rene Russo starts laughing exactly like Cindi Sikes did in Steele Trap. Now I get the giggles! Sheesh!!! Did anyone else notice this similarity?
 

Xenos

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

by picac   (Tue Jan 9 2007 21:17:03 ) 

LOL! Rene has a considerably more throaty laugh -- or what my mother not so kindly refers to as a cackle. :D Every time I see that scene though I can't help but remember Rene's words regarding his thong being given it's walking papers by the director -- "I have pictures of Pierce seared into my memory." No wonder she's cackling -- she actually got paid for that! The injustice. 
by queenheadintheclouds   (Tue Jan 9 2007 21:24:51 ) 

LOL!

My only thoughts to Rene Russo in that movie can be summed up by a quote from Designing Women:

"If the sun came out, that top came off. If the sun went in, that top came off. If the moon came up, that top came off. I tell you, in my entire life I never got so tired of looking at one girl's breasts." Delta Burke (coincidentally a RS guest star)as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the episode 'Bernice's sanity hearing'. 

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

by TeenSteele   (Tue Jan 9 2007 21:27:22 ) 

Hah, I know exactly which article you're talking about, its when Pierce gets spotlighted in People for his "sexiest man alive" award (well DUH...)

And Xenos... call me whatever you'd like but I believe that that chapter is entitled "sleeping with the enemy" heh...

my only hope is that you watched that alone, because personally I find it awfully unsettling when oh you know my mom or dad wants to watch the movie with me.. 
 
 

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by picac   (Tue Jan 9 2007 21:37:59 ) 

Actually for all the hubbub about it her top only came off where you really saw anything in two scenes. Pierce took his clothes off just as much --- tired about that too were you? :D
by Xenos1981   (Wed Jan 10 2007 05:57:15 )
OMG, Ace!!! Rene is one lucky woman!!! LOSE THE THONG?!?! Oh, my mind is racing!!! (If I were her, I would have screwed up -- no pun intended -- over and over again just to prolong the pleasure!) Gotta watch that scene again...and again...and again...And then scene 17 from Live Wire!!! Oh-ho-ho yeh-heh-hes!!!

TeenSteele...Definitely DO NOT watch that in front of your parents!!! (By the way...Are you even old enough to watch that movie?!?!) And just so you know...I'm married, so it's fun watching it with the XenosHubby. LOL!
 

Xenos

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


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