Episode #22- Steele in Circulation
Xenos1981 (Thu Mar 22 2007 20:40:58 )
|The last episode
of the first season...Steele In Circulation!!! The last time we hear "Try
this for a deep, dark secret..." The last time we see Murphy and Bernice.
The last time you'll probably ever hear a grown man use the words "willy-nilly"
in a sentence. And the first time Remington drops the ball in the romance
department. (Come on...Our suave, debonair Mr. Steele not building time
into his schedule to fool around a bit with Laura while breaking into the
bank?! What was THAT all about?!?!) Post away, ladies...
everglade68 (Thu Mar 22 2007 21:15:17 )
|Does anyone remembers
when TV shows started ending the season on a cliffhanger? We are lucky
it wasn't popular during the run of RS. If it had been, Season One to Four
would have ended with Laura and Remington looking like they were finally
going to "turn that corner" only for fans to find out that something stupid
got in the way when the new season started. At least, we were spared that
Xenos1981 (Fri Mar 23 2007 05:42:13 )
We WEREN'T spared that agony. The WORST (or is that the best) cliffhanger
EVER was season three's "Steele of Approval"! Had an absolute FIT when
Remington put the agency's license into the mailbox and left. For the first
time ever, I remember wanting summer to go by quickly so I could find out
what happened to our favorite duo. Oh, the heartache I suffered for three
months. Thank God it was renewed for a fourth season. Wouldn't THAT have
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
everglade68 (Fri Mar 23 2007 07:42:20 )
about that one. That's the one where all his clothes are gone
when Laura goes to his apartment,
right? That one aired on 5/14/85, gosh
I wonder why I just can't remember
that summer 22 years ago.
everglade68 (Fri Mar 23 2007 18:13:36 )
|Ah the last episode
of the season. Not a bad ending for a good season, though
I have to agree with Xenos. We definitely
needed more romance time especially since it was going to be months before
we saw Laura and Remington again.
I had no idea this was the last time
that I would see Murphy and Bernice. I
liked them so much and was so disappointed
when Season Two began and saw that they were no longer in the show. In
fact, I kind of resented poor Mildred and it took me a while to warm up
I liked the way this episode developed
over a weekend. By the way, did anyone sleep during these two days? They
didn't seem that tired at all. I don't remember other episodes making reference
to the time as it was done on this one. I know that "Beg, Borrow or Steele"
also developed over a couple of days.
The costars were so very good, especially
Alfredo. I could almost feel his
desperation when his car was gone.
I was glad that Murphy finally moved on
and found someone he liked. She
certainly was not very good as a psychologist,
but that is besides the point since
she could operate a crane.
Sure do like when both Laura and
Remington are all dressed in black. How
many times do we see them dressed
like this throughout the series? I bet someone has this listed somewhere.
It sure was easy getting into that
federal government bank. I guess that the writers felt that by now fans
would just not pay that much attention to such details.
MickeyBoggs (Fri Mar 23 2007 20:34:26 )
|I can't believe
we've reached the end of the first season already! Our final glimpses of
Murphy and Bernice.
- John Doolittle just does an excellent
job as Alfred. He's so totally believable as the nervous office geek who
can't believe what's happening to him. (And he does have just *the* worst
luck trying to kill himself!)
- Steele "assigning" Cutler (Codfish!)
to keep watch over Alfred
- Love how Steele's mouth is just
running a mile-a-minute when he's trying to explain to Laura why he's late
and who Alfred is
- The hanging-out-the-limo-door-in-front-of-an-oncoming-semi
stunt was really well done
- Steele desperately trying to collect
anything in Murphy's condo that might allow Alfred to harm himself
- The looks on R&L's faces when
Sherry comes down the stairs
- Love how Steph slips into a more
nasal Midwestern accent when she's playing Alfred's cousin from Cleveland
- R&L in business suits at Lingerie
- talk about fish out of water!
- Teamwork in action: the story
R&L feed the gun seller - "Daddy got his favorite piece from you...and
if Clark here hadn't lost it..." great fun. Love how they shake hands over
a joint story told well.
- What else would you take to break
into a Federal Bank but the limo?!
- The "fantasies" discussion in
the money shredder along with the very tender kiss there.
- Love L jumping on to the security
- Poor Bernice, she feels so left
out: Alfred & Angelica, Murphy & Sherry, Remington & Laura
- plus she has no clue what they all went through over the weekend.
- Once again we Steele's penchant
for helping out the underdog - this time by preventing Alfred from jumping
off the bridge. We also see how personally he takes it when Alfred runs
- Murphy gets a life of his own!!
Hurray for him! Patsy Pease's Sherry is a wonderful partner for Murph.
You can see she and Laura share a lot of qualities. I love the fanfic that
pairs the two of them up permanently.
- We learn about the angry young
man Steele used to be
- Laura's not good with sheer drops
Alfred: (near to tears) Now I've
lost everything. The money, my job, Angelica. (suddenly dry-eyed) Do these
windows open from the inside?
R: I've always wanted to roll about
in millions of dollars with a beautiful woman. Curious how one's fantasies
are fulfilled, eh?
L: Maybe it's time we started thinking
about fulfilling some other fantasies.
R: Whose? Yours or mine?
L: Ours. It's always good to take
things slow and not rush things between us, not get in too deep. But only
because we both assume we'll both be around when the proper time comes.
R: I know. I almost lost you out
there tonight. Suddenly I realized I'm not prepared for that at all.
Hair & Clothing
- Like Laura's suit & the white
blouse. Think it's the same blouse from Steele Flying High?
- Murphy looks really cute and right
at home in that maroon sweatshirt. No plaid! He does lose a few points
for the Members Only jacket, but it *was* the 80s.
- Steele in a suit. Steele in black.
It's all good.
- Why, oh why, does wardrobe insist
on putting Laura in espadrilles for break-in? Wouldn't black sneakers be
more sensible? But she looks great in her black burglar outfit.
Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
- I think the parking lot of "the
bank" is the same one they use for the twin towers lot.
- The window in the office does
actually open - unlike in later episodes
- Sign of the times - Sherry told
Murphy she's a "stewardess"
- Had never noticed the similarities
between the "Alfred, you're alive" scene and the "Laura, you're alive"
scene in Threads. In both cases he holds the "dead" person's head in his
hands, brings it to his chest while he's repeating "you're alive". Then
he stops, pushes them back a bit and says "Why are you alive?"
- They've been "rolling about in
millions of (shredded) dollars" and have bits & pieces all over their
clothes. Yet while searching Whitcomb's office, they barely have any bits
on them at all. Later on they have even less.
- To see what Fred thought about
all of this, check out Anne's "Steele Drivin' Man 10" : http://home.flash.net/~pace2000/steeledrivinman10.html
The last few scenes of this episode
left me with such great hope that they'd finally "cross the line, turn
the corner" etc. in Season Two. If only I'd known!
andysnana2 (Fri Mar 23 2007 21:32:24 )
|Well, a rewatch
is in order for this episode. I don't remember enjoying it very much. I
do however remember a line from it (I think) regarding Remington "dropping
his six iron" while talking with Sherie. It was sublime in its delivery,
much like the line in Stronger than Steele, "what would you say to a nice
little american shag?"
by everglade68 (Fri Mar 23 2007 21:42:28 )
Mick! You ended Season One for us with an awesome post. So tell me where
did you take RS 101, maybe I can sign up for that class too.
Thank you, I want you to know that
I really appreciate your commitment to SOTW.
brenda_grace2u (Sat Mar 24 2007 08:15:11 )
too good!!! You covered almost everything in my notes. LOL There go those
great minds thinking alike again.
I have always really liked this episode.
Little did we know it would be the last time we saw Ms. Wolf and Murphy.
I do feel for Bernice, she only got 1 scene! At least Murphy got a great
girl. I can totally see Sherry and Murphy going off together and starting
their own agency.
Ok, here we go:
In the opening scenes of them counting
the money to be shredded did you notice that there was a $1 mingled in
with those $100's? That's a BIG TIME NO NO!! And also, why were they only
shredding $100's? They are the least used denomination in circulation and
there would have been WAY more 1's, 5's, 10's and 20's being shredded than
100's. One more thing about the money and I'll move on.....I have seen
well over 2 million in cash and even in 100's it would have been much bigger
than the bag Alfred took. A block of $100,000.00 in 100's is about the
size of a note book, times that by 23 and you would have a couple of those
bags at least. Ok, I will stop being a banker now. LOL
I love the way Laura says "Mr. Steele"
through gritted teeth. No one does that better than Stephanie!
How come the apartment manager never
noticed Angelica in the apartment for 2 months, but she catches Laura,
Remington, and Alfred in a matter of seconds? If she is that on the ball,
you would have thought she would notice Angelica's comings and goings.
Poor Murphy....finaly gets a girl
that's NOT Laura and their party gets crashed by Remington and Laura. I
also loved them running through his place gathering up any possible death
instruments, and the great line..."My six iron's slipping".
What a sweet "ode to Laura" Remington
gives Alfred about how his life was in the crapper too until he met someone
that turned it all around. If only Laura could have heard that!!!
Ok, I know I said I was done with
the banking stuff, but one more. LOL Money straps don't just have the name
of the institution they came from printed on them. It might have had "FRB",
but it also would have had an amount on it. It doesn't do much good to
put a strap on money if it doesn't say how much is in that strap. K, I
promise....I'm done with the money stuff. LOL
OH!, the story at the gun shop was
one of the best ever!!! Only a couple who were meant to be together forever
could spin a tale that tall, that fast, and with such great detail!! My
favorite part was Laura's...."but NOOOOO". Priceless!
It's already been said here, but
both Laura and Murphy in "Members Only" jackets!!! A true sign of the 80's.
Although our hero's BOTH looked great dressed in all black! But I'm with
you Mickey on the shoes. LOL
Mickey already said EVERYTHING I
was going to say about the shredder room, so I will not repeat it here.
One of the best parts of the episode
IMO, was Remington dropping the bricks of money on Laura. The look on her
face as each one fell on her was great, and she didn't yelp once! And trust
me, those things would have HURT!
And finally, "We will be having tea."
A wonderful ending to a great episode, and a fantasic 1st season. I will
miss Murhphy and Bernice, but I LOVE Mildred so all will be well.
I'm oh so excited to start the "love
season". Season 2 is, without a doubt, my favorite all around season.
DCZinger (Sat Mar 24 2007 09:08:06 )
|Mick, thanks for
saving me the time of posting cuz you always cover what I'm going to! Great
minds think alike.
A couple of things,
I think it's funny that Angelica
goes to a punk club in the middle of the night to get her mind off of her
troubles. The outfit she's got on, black with the polka dots...makes her
look like Minnie Mouse.
A PUNK version of "Gone with the
Patsy Pease as Sherry Webster. I'm
totally soooo not sorry for Murphy any more when I see that he snagged
our Miss Webster. Funny how she too like Laura has to pretend to be something
she's NOT in order to function in 80's society.
"It takes two to bicker, Laura. A
daddy-bickerer and a mummy-bickerer."
MickeyBoggs (Sat Mar 24 2007 11:37:20 )
did you take RS 101
LOL! Many years of deep study.
The series ended the year I graduated college and it left a bit of a sour
taste in my mouth. So I basically set it aside for awhile as I was learning
to live out in the "real world". I did run across my tapes (S2-5) when
moving to my house about 10 years ago and popped them in and really enjoyed
it. Happened to run across the DVDs about a year ago and have been re-hooked
I did tape S1 eps, but would just
tape over the ep each week. The concept of keeping a tape was a bit foreign
- heck, we didn't even have a VCR until sometime in the fall of '82! But
when I kept playing "Circulation" over and over and over during the summer,
I realized I needed to keep the eps from then on.
picac (Sat Mar 24 2007 11:40:09 )
|Mr Steele and
one of his underdogs is always a beautiful thing.
Fast talking Mr. Steele on the bridge
(and later in the office)
you know Alfred, I've just had a thought. I mean, if you're
to get to the pavement down there, I mean, why don't
you let me
drive you? I mean, my car's only over there and ah,
Fred my chauffeur drive you wherever you like."
"I don't think
that will produce the same result."
Very clever and funny.
Steele's smile and laugh at "It was
the smallest they had"
Windows open here but not in Elegy.
Did they get them permanently closed?
That story Steele tells to Alfred
is an ode to Daniel not Laura. Meeting her was a huge turning point in
his life but she didn't save him from despair and anger and life that held
no promise. That was Daniel when he was living on the streets as a kid
-- as we find out in Sting and he was (understandably) filled with anger
and rage. When he met Laura he was an experienced carefree cultured playboy
'artist" in striking distance of $2m in gems he could have easily snagged
instead of coming back to be Steele.
Why is Laura so squished over in
the limo -- is it to keep Alfred from moving an inch or to fit all three
in the camera shot? The limo/truck scene is very well done -- no wonder
they kept used it for the credits.
Why did Laura call up Mr Steele about
the missing Koi when assured Murphy she could handle it by herself?
Steele looks so thrilled to see Sherry
- as he should. ;)
I see, tell me, ah, Sherry. Do you by any chance know how to
brew a pot
"Tea? I guess
is such a *mature*, *civilised* drink, and in a few minutes
I sense that
we need to be as mature and as civilised as we can possibly
be. My six
iron is slipping, excuse me."
Sherry's shared smile with Steele
over that last line -- too funny.
I always thought Sherry was more
like Steele than Laura -- master of all those surprise unique skills, movie
buff, proponent of getting lucky while using another identity, easy going
-- and I found it highly amusing that Murphy would wind up with a kind
of Steele female counterpart (though one on the straight and narrow). :D
"That's the bank -- all the numbers
at the bank start with 555."
LOL! All the numbers in the show
start with 555 -- (all the numbers in film and tv for that matter)
Where is Mr Steele's stubble? Did
he have time to shave during the night? I can understand if he had time
the next day after finding Alfred but he should be sporting some serious
shadow by 3:45 am like he did in Beg Borrow & Steele.
Mr Steele is so upset and worried
about Alfred that he doesn't even get excited when Sherry hits back with
a film annotation. Now that's upset.
Laura and Steele's fast patter about
daddy and his gun and the moose head and shaking hands. Fun and we can
see why she doesn't need Murphy to come in -- she has a new partner.
you two really sisters?
Steele not thinking it was a good idea
to let Alfred in the gun shop and keeping busy trying to keep Alfred's
hands off them.
people can tell right off"
"I'm not very
good with sheer drops"
then it's unanimous"
always wanted to roll about in millions of dollars with a
woman. Curious how one's fantasies are fulfilled, hey?"
time to start thinking about fulfilling some other
It's always good to take things slow, and not rush things
Fun dialogue, great setting and a lovely
exchange -- all a nice book end/ counterpoint to their first breaking in
scene in Thou Shalt Not Steele. But talk about your teases -- 3 more years
Not get in too deep. But only because we assume we'll
both be around
when the proper time comes."
"I know. I
almost lost you out there tonight. Suddenly, I realised
I'm not prepared
for that at all. Ah yes. I can't think of a
I'd like to continue more. But I'm afraid I haven't left
any room for
it in the schedule."
Murphy goes to get his performance
analyzed again -- Steele goes off to have tea with Laura.
I really like Laura's beige pinstripe
suit. Ditto Steele's lovely checked tweed. Good thing since they wear them
so long. Unbelievable that both outfits still look so good after that continuous
Laura wears those wedged shoes because
they need to put SZ in some kind of heel. PB can only crouch so much for
Members Only jackets -- well thankfully
at least Mr. Steele kept his head and didn't don one -- someone has to
maintain sartorial standards. His black breaking in jacket with all the
zippers is lovely -- but then he probably gets so much use out of it. :D
MickeyBoggs (Sat Mar 24 2007 11:42:14 )
she's got on, black with the polka dots...makes her look like Minnie Mouse.
I had not thought of that, but you are
sooo right! ('Course I imagine you see a good bit more of Minnie than I
do these days!) I'll never be able to look at that outfit the same again.
And I must say I liked Patsy Pease
here a lot more than I did as Kimberly Brady on DOOL. But it's probably
because Sherry was a lot more fun and didn't have to deal with the weekly
drama like Kimberly did!
nan008 (Sat Mar 24 2007 17:32:05 )
|OOOOOOOO At last
my favourite episode of this season, don't get me wrong I love Vintage
but this one is different then the rest of the season one.
I can see that most of the episode
is write up by others so I will just say what I love in this one:
- Laura choosing Steele over Murphy
to help with the case (even when it is the boring one)
- Alfred and his grey life
- Laura getting rough with a chain
to help and Steele's face when he sees her
- Sherry - I agree that she is perfect
second half for Murphy like Steele is a perfect second half for Laura
- Fulfilling 'yours and mine' fantasizes
conversation initiated by Laura and ended by Steele(what the hell he was
- End of episode when three couples
are leaving office - God what I will give to hear this pressing conversation
between Laura and Remington
- 'Lingerie' scene when I thin both
of them had their self-esteem improved
- Do you think Steele had any thoughts
about red collar necklace?
Very sad that the writers didn't
show how Murphy and Bernice left, as much as I love Mildred and wouldn't
trait seasons 2-4 for anything I think those two deserve more then two
line from R - don't you think?
As for fashion - love Laura grey
suit she looks so sexy in it, R will look good in a potato sack so I won't
count him, and Murphy in his underwear - ummmmmmm! (well rather to see
R in his underwear but the writers gave us Murphy - ok with me as well)
Well for me a headscratcher was -
the breaking in to the bank - I know that today's security is more tight
but would anybody not notice the crane operating at night?
Nan - Sailing
everglade68 (Sat Mar 24 2007 18:22:08 )
| "R will
look good in a potato sack so I won't count him"
Nan, so true. I am sure Xenos will
agree with you.
Xenos1981 (Tue Mar 27 2007 16:10:56 )
Pierce looks good in anything...or out of anything! (God bless him that
he's not shy and willing to share with us!)
Sorry about the late post. The best
things about this episode have already been covered, so I'm afraid I won't
have much to add. Interesting observation by Ace...
I always thought
Sherry was more like Steele than Laura -- master of all those surprise
unique skills, movie buff, proponent of getting lucky while using another
identity, easy going -- and I found it highly amusing that Murphy would
wind up with a kind of Steele female counterpart (though one on the straight
Never thought of it that way...But
I was listening to Pierce's commentary
on "License to Steele" again yesterday and he was talking about "playing
with pace" (like they did in the old Cary Grant movies) and how they would
often times come up short because of it. I'm sure they came up VERY short
on this episode. Pierce and Steph can REALLY machine-gun it, eh? First
when Remington saves Alfred, then when he's trying to explain it to Laura,
and then when Laura and "Clark" are spinning a tall tale about the gun
in the moosehead! KUDOS to both!!!
The casting was superb..."Alfredo",
Sherry, "Codfish" (a rip-off from Peter Pan...those with kids will recognize
that), Angelica ("Mini Mouse" as Zinger so aptly called her) and even the
"Frankly my dear, you STINK" guy! The only glaring exception -- the landlady.
Couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. Wonder whose friend she was.
The clothing in this episode was
very nice. Loved most all the outfits (except Mini Mouse). Laura's break-in
outfit was particularly stunning with the purplish turtleneck. Remington
in all black...GGGRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! (Though I always wondered how they got
so clean after rolling around in all that burned money! LOL!) Would have
loved to see some stubble on him, though. Damn, he looks sexy with a day
or two of stubble!
Other notable stuff:
* The "fantasy" scene!!! OMG, OMG,
OMG!!! I remember seeing that scene as a kid and turning bright red! (Even
at 13 I was having fantasies about Pierce! Some things NEVER change!)
* Remington and "the underdog".
Such a wonderful aspect to his persona! As compelling as watching him with
* Murphy in his boxers! Mmmmmmm!!!
Not as good as seeing Mr. Steele in his tighty-whities, but I'm not complaining!!!
* Sherry's deception -- stewardess
turned psychologist turned crane operator! HA! A "Jackie of all Trades"!
(Oh, and Mick...I LOVED her as Kimberly on DOOL!)
* "Broken Promises" and "Lingerie"
* Poor Alfredo! Tries to help someone
he loves and -- willy nilly -- doesn't it backfire on him! Haven't we ALL
had an experience like that? Probably not on that large a scale, but...
* Remington's six iron slipping!
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! No doubt, you know I'd be the first one to help him
* Poor Bernice looking absolutely
stunned as the couples come out of the offices. Hee-heeeeeeeee!
Overall, a wonderful episode. Sad
that we never get to see Bernice or Murph again. *sigh*
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!