Episode #23- Steele Away With Me
Xenos1981 (Fri Mar 30 2007 06:15:38 )
|It's Friday again,
ladies! Which means, of course, a new SOTW! "Steele Away With Me"! The
first episode of season two (or as Isabel calls it, "the season of love")...It's
the first time we see the movie theater opener...The first time we meet
Mildred...And the first time we see Remington in his tighty-whities (good
gawd, y'all)! Also of note is that Pierce got even BETTER looking in season
two!!! (I hardly thought that was possible! But it's true!) Post away...
MickeyBoggs (Fri Mar 30 2007 18:38:05 )
|The "love bunny
season" (thank you Lauryn, Susannah or whoever came up with that!) kicks
off with our first two-hour ep, the introduction of Mildred and the first
location shooting outside the US.
- Our first glimpse of the S2 Laura:
soaking wet and wrapped in a couple of bath towels!
- I crack up at Rem emulating the
gum-chewing secretary candidate as he's leaving the office
- Maria's mouth running on and on
and on when she comes in to find Pedro dead on Laura's floor
- Steele's instant appraisal of
the diamonds and Laura's wonderment at how he knows so much about them
- R&L working together to displace
the Blousteins in the honeymoon suite
- Steele improvising and kissing
Mildred in the lobby of the hotel and ushering her off to the honeymoon
- Steele climbing off the porch
of the honeymoon suite and down to the next floor. His imitating hotel
staff inspecting the windows is a hoot too.
- The first reference to a big finder's
- All the interrupting mariachi
bands. Every time I hear "Guantanamera" I think of this episode.
- The "undercover" scene in front
of Pepe's where Rem peppers Laura's face with light kisses. I love that
Laura's having trouble thinking straight while he's doing that to her.
- Steele running from the cops and
diving into the pool & surfacing at the bar
- Steele changing clothes in the
men's room, yum! (Pierce, here's your new co-star Doris. Now change clothes
in front of her! LOL)
- Mildred fussing over Steele after
Dominic pushes him away on the dance floor
- Mildred's "you don't know what
it's like for a woman to desire a man" little speech
- Outside Pepe's, Laura and Mildred
each inquiring after the other while Steele stands there holding Peggy
- We learn of Steele's reticence
to go to Mexico
- While it's true Laura wants to
help Maria find out about her son, IMHO it's out of character for her to
just run off to Mexico leaving Steele to face the IRS alone.
- Steele knows going to Acapulco,
even Mexico in general, could cost him his freedom, but he's so worried
about Laura, he decides it's worth it.
- Laura finally admits, out loud
(though to a complete stranger) that Steele is very special to her
- I love the look on Laura's face
when she realizes Steele has come to Acapulco and is actually there in
- Laura finally decides to be more
spontaneous and live for the moment and, sigh, Mildred interrupts for the
first time (though she doesn't even know it since she's been knocked out
- The intimate conversation in the
bar, including the story of the Marchesa Collection
- The even more intimate "season"
conversation in the honeymoon suite. "Dammit, Laura, I care for you!" We
learn about how he's never stayed in one place so long and how she's afraid
of becoming her mother all over again. Famous last words "It seems we have
an awfully long way to go" - boy, if only we'd know HOW long they had to
- Laura's fan dance comes back to
haunt her, briefly. She gets a taste of her own medicine when Steele gently
presses for more information, though he lets her off the hook easily.
- Laura stumbling into Captain Rios
and the two policemen to give Steele a chance to escape. I don't think
the Laura of most of S1 would ever do that.
- Steele being jealous watching
Laura flirt with Dominic
- Steele has obviously "flown" a
parachute before because he guides it with such precision
M: You don't understand, I'm MILDRED
R: I wouldn't dispute that for a
R: (ogling the diamonds) D, flawless,
marquis-cut, approximately 2 carats, worth about, oh, 75 thousand on the
Laura stares at him, wide-eyed
R: Of course, that's just a layman's
L: You know, you could have told
me this over the telephone. You didn't come all the way down here because
you thought I might be in some kind of danger, did you?
R: Of course not. I'd never insult
your intelligence or your professionalism by trying to stop you from getting
killed. No, I've simply decided to take a much more active interest in
the business, you know. What with Murphy and Bernice no longer with us,
someone has to fill the void. And I assure you, Laura, that I've made that
commitment. Whatever the problem, whatever the circumstances, you can count
on me. I'll always be there for you. Uh - excuse me please (and he hurries
off in the other direction)
L: (to Steele, outside the jail)
Aren't you a little uncomfortable being so close to your natural habitat?
R: What a cheap, shoddy thing to
do - assume someone else's identity, eh?!
R: You know, sometimes I find the
straight and narrow very confining.
Hair & Clothing
- Mildred's "auditor hairstyle"
is appropriately horrible. I'm glad she didn't have to wear it that way
all the time.
- I like the pantsuit Laura wears
to the office the first day and she looks good in red.
- Not every man can wear a white
suit and get away with it. But our boy can!
- Steele in a dinner jacket, whew!
Laura's evening dress is quite lovely too.
- UGLY sandals that climb up Laura's
legs. Guess they're very 80s along with the headband.
- Steele's dark suit in the closing
scene looks great on him
- Love the "marching" music they
play whenever Mildred walks down the hallway in the office building. Suits
her no-nonsense manner completely.
- The music as Laura arrives in
Mexico reminds me of stuff they used to play on the Love Boat
- The "adventure" music in Mexico
(during Laura's attempted kidnapping, when they're being chased, when Mildred
takes Steele parasailing) is very reminiscent of the Bond theme. On purpose,
Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
- The opening credits in the first
part of S2 were my favorite. The theme song wasn't as "electronicized"
as it would be later and I loved the closing shot of the box of popcorn.
I never understood why they changed it up later in the season.
- I had never known the address
of Laura's house: 4024 Cantwell (or Cartwell?)
- Could Pedro *really* have made
it all the way from San Diego to Laura's house with 3 bullets in his back?
And how did the fish stay frozen so long?
- Is it just me, or does Pierce
sound like he has a bit of a cold/allergy in the office scenes?
- When dialing Laura's house from
her office, Rem only dials 6 digits.
- Laura leaves the hotel (with Merkel
following) and has her purse. When she gets to Pedro's neighborhood &
is almost kidnapped, the purse has disappeared.
- When Steele was parasailing, he
was connected to the boat by a rope that Mildred cut. But the rope had
disappeared by the time he landed at Pepe's
- That's quite the motorboat R&L
"borrow". When they get into it outside Pepe's, it's obviously tied to
something. It apparently magically unties itself before they take off.
Then, when they arrive at Sebastien's boat, the boat apparently magically
ties itself to the yacht while they're sneaking aboard, but unties itself
when Rem takes over the controls to make Dominic seasick!
- Bron Roylance takes over the make
up duties for the rest of the series
- The first of Ray Girardin's two
appearances. Here's he's the fake Merkel. He's also the police detective
in Santa Clause is Coming to Steele.
- I must say that I did not like
Mildred at first. I didn't fully appreciate the comic timing Doris brought
and I missed Murphy and Bernice. Now I understand Murphy & Bernice
really didn't have anything to do on the show, though I wish they'd been
given a better send-off and/or had returned in a later episode. But I've
grown to love Mildred, even if I still get annoyed when she interrupts
at those key moments!
everglade68 by everglade68
after reading your post I don't think that I need to even
watch the episode again. Just superb,
is there anything that you might have
left out? I don't think so.
(Fri Mar 30 2007 20:09:40 )
|I really wish
folks would post their thoughts, even if it echos what others have written.
When I'm not the first to post, I don't read what's been written before
because I don't want to subconciously comment about or avoid commenting
on someone else's post. There's always room for that in a seperate post.
So come on folks, let us know what you think!
everglade68 (Fri Mar 30 2007 22:27:35 )
|Mick, I do post
my thoughts even if they are brief. I guess I am in awe of posters like
you and others for doing such an amazing job. I never meant to imply anything
other than that.
everglade68 (Fri Mar 30 2007 23:29:49 )
|Season Two starts
with a great episode, "Steele Away With Me". I loved the
Bond music, it was a treat and so
appropriate since PB becomes a future Bond.
For those that don't know Spanish,
the cleaning lady when faced with the dead man in Laura's house, says "how
can I vacuum with this in here".
Some interesting trivia is that Captain
Rios is played by Pedro Armendariz Jr.
His father, Pedro Armendariz, was
a very famous Mexican actor and Laura mentions him to Remington when she
is talking about going to Mexico.
The unemployment rate in the early
80's must have been pretty high for so many
women to apply for the receptionist
job at RSI.
Isn't it funny that when we don't
speak the other person's language, we speak
our own very slowly thinking that
they will understand us.
I noticed that in several scenes
large crowd of people are just standing around and watching the action.
I am sure that the tourists knew about RS but I am not sure that the residents
knew what was going on. At least it looks like they have no idea what SZ
and PB are doing.
I was surprised that the main crime
boss tells Dominick that he should not have killed Pedro and just let him
keep the diamonds that he had stolen. I doubt that would ever happen in
a true situation.
You can tell that Stephanie is a
good rider. Notice in the beach scene when she takes off in the horse how
she keeps her heels down, that is drilled in you when you take lessons.
When I heard Remington say "up-a-daisy"
when picking up Peggy, I thought, does anyone ever say that anymore.
I loved all the clothing, and I am
glad that Mildred gets to look better
as time goes on.
Xenos1981 (Sat Mar 31 2007 09:47:49 )
|Hey, hey! I'm
actually on time with my post this week! Woo-Hoo!!!
First of all, I have to mention something
that struck me about this episode the first time I saw it back in 1983
when I was a young teenager and what I STILL notice whenever I watch it
as an adult...And that is, the way Pierce/Remington "handles" (for lack
of a better word) Stephanie/Laura. Though it was always there and we've
(especially Ace) commented on it before, I just LOVE how gentlemanly he
is towards her...How he places his hand on the small of her back...How
he ALWAYS offers his hand to her when she needs to jump down off of something...How
he catches up to her to open the door for her when he clearly doesn't need
to...How he takes her hand when they're climbing onto the yacht...All these
little nuances that scream "love" to me!
OK, on to another subject -- the
writing. God bless Michael Gleason!!! This was SUCH a well-written episode.
(I'll comment on the well-acted part later.) Whether subtle or overt when
it comes to humor, Michael is the master! "The man with no shame"? HA!!!
(See Mickey's favorite quotes...They're mine, too!)
Favorite scenes include:
* Laura and Remington talking to
each other on the phone in the lobby. How cute was that?!?! The look on
Laura's face was PRICELESS when she figured out he was there watching her!
And Remington's "I'd never insult your intelligence or your professionalism
by trying to stop you from getting killed. No, I simply decided to take
a much more active interest in the business." (It's LOVE, I tell you!)
* The "Dammit, Laura...I care for
you" scene! One of the best EVER!!! So heartfelt and honest...and damn
* Laura and Remington outside Pepe's
when he realizes they are being watched. How flustered is she when he's
kissing on her?! Can't think...Can't breathe...Forget going to the beach.
Go to the hotel!!!
* Remington and Mildred spying on
Laura through the binoculars. The dialog was sublime! No matter how many
times I watch it, I laugh out loud! What a way to introduce and ingratiate
our Miss Krebs right off the bat! As much as I LOVE Murphy and Bernice,
and as much as I really wanted to HATE Mildred because she took their place...I
just couldn't! Loved her right off the bat...Though she pissed me off for
the next three-and-a-half years with all her interrupting! LOL!
* Laura helping Remington escape
from the local cops followed by the chase which ended up with Remington
at the pool bar. Dang, he can run fast!
* Remington in a mustache riding
with Laura on the beach.
* The "Just like a James Bond movie"
scene (complete with Bondish music). (Nice placement of the apparatus,
too! Yeah, like you didn't notice!)
* The scene with Pierce in his underwear
is a given, mind you!
Top notch, as usual. Pierce/Remington
and Stephanie/Laura have entered the "comfortable" phase. The sexual tension
is still there (in spades!) but they just seem to "fit". (Hope that makes
sense.) Mildred's introduction as the overbearing IRS/ex-Fraud Squad bureaucrat
is a hoot. Also, Paul Dominic, Alexander Sebastian, Captain Rios...WONDERFUL!
Everything was REALLY great! OK,
so Laura's stuff was rather dated, but hey, it was the 80s. And they could
hardly put her in vintage suits in Mexico! (I remember loving her red and
black outfit so much that I went out and bought one EXACTLY like it! LOL!)
Pierce in that white suite with the black shirt? OMG!!! Pierce in his white
dinner jacket and bow tie? HOSE ME DOWN!!! Good Lord!!! God's most beautiful
creature, indeed! Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes!!! Steph looked lovely in the black
sparkly dress. And her black top with the white shorts? VERY NICE. The
white flouncy outfit with headband and TEAL(?!?!) shoes? LOL! I LOVED it
as a kid. So stylish! I SO wanted to have her clothes!
I could talk/write about this episode
forever...But I'm afraid I'd bore you to tears. (Are you with me still?!)
I'll stop and let someone else post now.
Isabel...Thank you for the info on
Pedro Armendariz. (I had no idea who Laura was talking about in that scene,
but I didn't want to sound ignorant and ask. LOL!) And I love the "How
can I vacuum with this in here" line! LOL!!!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
Xenos1981 (Sat Mar 31 2007 17:37:07 )
|OK, I forgot a
few things the last time I posted. First...I absolutely LOVE the new open!
Sheer brilliance, putting them in a movie theater! Also, is there anything
more attractive than seeing Remington (Pierce) walk down that aisle in
a tux looking at Laura like he does?! OMG!!! And the subsequent looks that
pass between the two as they watch themselves on-screen is...indescribably
perfect!!! You SO get the uncomfortableness of Laura and the braggadocio
of Remington. LOL! Pierce and Steph are SO GOOD!!!
Second...I LOVE the new opening music.
Sorry, Zinger. I know you think it's too noisy and doesn't have anywhere
to go. But this is HENRY MANCINI we're talking about! Though I love the
first season's opening music, I enjoy this one, too. The subsequent seasons
are a bit too hokey for my taste with all the "Jan Hammer-ing" they did
to it. LOVE the music!!!
Third...Does anyone know off-hand
if Remington is wearing the same famed sweatsuit as he did in "Steele of
Approval"? You know...The one Annabel took her moniker "Bouncing Willie"
from? Just curious.
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
MickeyBoggs (Sat Mar 31 2007 18:15:23 )
know off-hand if Remington is wearing the same famed sweatsuit as he did
in "Steele of Approval"? You know...The one Annabel took her moniker "Bouncing
Willie" from? Just curious.
I'm reasonably sure that it is. I almost
made a comment about it in my post
by queenheadintheclouds (Sat Mar 31 2007 20:09:09
|Finally, we get
to my favorite episode of the series. Not to mention the one who's title
I actually remember instead of merely the plot. :D
Love: "You look good with a tan"-
PB looked way too pale before.
The intro of Mildred who fits much
better into the show than Murphy or
Bernice. Kind of the 'mother' figure
for RS at times and someone Laura
can trust and confide in.
How worried Remington was about Laura
when she called him from Mexico.
"Exactly how dangerous is it for
you to be here?"- More info on Mr.
Remington's jealousy when Laura's
trying to flirt up the guy on the boat.
"Its like something out of a James
Bond movie."- Forshadowing for sure.
Especially with the white and black
(tuxedo colors) tracksuit.
Mildred and Remington in the bathroom
with the change of clothes. I bet
this was the most interesting audit
she's ever conducted!
"Home James!"- Again foreshadowing?
The instrumental of 'Beat It' in
the nightclub. So 80s and recognizable.
Last but certainly not least: Pierce
looks great! :D
Not Love: Laura's wardrobe. The headband,
big white shirt/dress, and sandals
big thumbs down.
Other than that not much. Like I
mentioned fave ep.
HeadScratchers: Certain Wardrobe
*If Laura is playing seductress,
one doesn't expect much in
the way of results if wearing a
fugly speedo racing suit. I'm
sure there had to have been more
attractive one-pieces in the
*Who dressed Remington in a white
track suit for rolling around
in a dirty old nightclub? I know
some of you will sing the
praises of this outfit, but since
white can be hard to shoot
and gets dirty easily it boggles
the mind. Yet it still
So that's my take. Purely from memory.
Not as indepth as some since I just don't work that way. I'm adverse to
Pierce Brosnan didn't need blue mankini
trunks to be Bond.
dtalley (Sat Mar 31 2007 20:12:55 )
|The Bondish music
during the parasailing scene is basically the theme for "From Russia with
Love". I used that Bond music for a music video I did using RS scenes and
'corresponding' scenes from PB's Bond films.It starts with Laura and Remington
in the theater and they are watching these scenes onscreen. That was a
really fun music video to make.
The music in this episode is fantastic.
I think really good background music adds *so much* to the story. The 2nd
season theme and opening with the popcorn in the cinema is by far my favorite.
I especially didn't like the synthesized sound of Season 4. The scene where
L trips the captain and R runs through the resort from the cops is the
1st time we actually hear a full-tilt "Remington's Theme". I dare anyone
to sit calmly during that scene with that music - it makes me tap my feet
and grin from ear to ear.
Has anyone else noticed the extra
in a lot of episodes who looks a lot like SZ from the back? I've always
wondered if she's her stand-in. She's often seen walking in the hallways
outside the Agency and I've noticed her in a lot of other scenes, as well.
She's slender with long hair. I'm thinking she might be the girl that R
and L are interviewing when M. comes into R's office in the tag, but I
haven't checked to see if it's her or not.
I, for one, loved that white velour
running suit of Remington's.
by dtalley (Sat Mar 31 2007 20:25:05 )
| "Beat It"
was cut from the DVD version and replaced with something generic. That
was a cut I didn't mind - it's not like it was Tony Bennett or SZ singing.
by SteeleLoveIt (Sun Apr 1 2007 05:39:34 )
does "home james, home" come from? i assume it was a reference of some
DCZinger (Sun Apr 1 2007 08:31:55 )
rate in the early 80's must have been pretty high for so many
women to apply
for the receptionist job at RSI.
Are you Kidding me, Isabel? I'm
surprised the line isn't all the way down the HALL and down the street
if I knew that my boss was gonna be REMINGTON STEELE. Hell, I would have
paid THEM to work there! LOL.
"It takes two to bicker, Laura. A
daddy-bickerer and a mummy-bickerer."
picac (Sun Apr 1 2007 14:21:28 )
|"Home James" is
a well known oft used term when speaking to one's chauffeur. I don't know
it's origins but you'll see it used in many films and books. If you do
a quick google on it you'll see several limo and tax services have tongue
in cheek used that as their name.
picac (Sun Apr 1 2007 14:26:52 )
|Agreed, once word
got out that RS was looking for a new secretary there was probably a stampede.
I haven't refreshed myself with a
re-viewing yet but another interesting point about Pedro Armendáriz
is that he was Kerim (one of the great Bond allies) in From Russia With
Love (he committed suicide after it finished -- he was suffering in the
last stages of terminal cancer while making it).
gardentraveler (Mon Apr 2 2007 19:03:05 )
I've been lurking for a few weeks
and thought I'd jump in at season 2. Noticed several new details in this
episode thanks to your observations.
Others have quoted some of my favorite
lines; here are a few more:
Laura: "I knew I should have taken
French!" (As she's looking for Hector and having an awful time with Spanish.)
Laura's entire speech as she's freeing
Mildred. I especially like her perky, hyper-polite "May I call you Mildred?"
Also like her concern about Mildred as she's climbing over the fence after
being freed at Pepe's.
Laura: "Cyanide in the soup!" (Just
before she rolls over after being drugged.)
I like that Laura's outfit matches
the hotel room. But it amazes me how clean and fresh it looks even though
it's pretty much been dragged through the dirt (she jumps over the fence
in the bull ring, for instance).
Really dislike the white track suit.
The white tux on the other hand...
Odds and Ends:
Recurring names in the series: One
of the names that is re-used in the series is Bloustein. Here it's the
couple who were supposed to be in the honeymoon suite after the Plummers.
Can't remember which other ep they use it in.
Mildred accuses RS of traveling with
a false passport as she's arriving in Acapulco. Then she seems to forget
that information for a couple of seasons. :)
This is one of my favorite episodes,
in any case, probably because they have enough time to develop the story
and let the main characters interact a lot. I also resisted/resented Mildred's
arrival originally, but now I see that she added something that neither
Bernice nor Murphy could ever have brought to the show.
everglade68 (Mon Apr 2 2007 21:25:34 )
|GT, welcome and
thank you for participating in SOTW. I enjoyed reading your
post and agree with you regarding
If you read the thread "Who Are We"
you will get to know most of the posters on this board. Also, I just put
up the thread "The Word is Chemistry, Part 2" and would love to read your
comments to my question.
Feel free to jump in with any questions
you may have. Enjoy!
Xenos1981 (Tue Apr 3 2007 05:37:47 )
|Hey, hey! Another
new poster! Welcome, GT! I agree with Isabel...You need to add your comments
to the "Who Are We" and "The Word Is Chemistry, Part 2" threads! Glad to
have you with us!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
gardentraveler (Wed Apr 4 2007 04:29:46 )
|Thanks for the
welcome. I'll stop by those threads in the next few days.
picac (Wed Apr 4 2007 12:58:31 )
|Double the episode--
double the length
I love the movie theater opening,
especially Steele’s look when he’s about to sit down and the expressions
on both their faces when they’re kissing – him so pleased and her looking
down and a little uncomfortable and nervous. I think it reflected the mood
of the series beautifully and it’s a pity it lasted such a short time.
It’s rather surprising that Laura
has a maid. I’d have thought she was the type to do it all herself. Maybe
she got one after her mother felt the need to scrub her tub and her caseload
increased with a flesh and blood Mr. Steele.
Steele making the chewing gum motion
at the secretary – too funny!
Mr. Steele quickly appraises the
worth of the diamond — lovely.
Laura has an appointment with Miss
Krebbs so she knew she was coming and she didn’t give any thought to the
fact that it might be about Steele and his lack of tax return? How could
she not guess that he might be the thing sending up a red flag? Tsk tsk
-- not such a great con artist after all – the con is in the details my
And her best idea is to tell Mr.
Steele to “Steele Away with me” (great use of episode title and very rare
– the only time before this I think was Your Steele The One For Me) and
use a fake passport to avoid Mildred?
This is the first of two times Laura
goes off to Mexico while the agency is under investigation by a powerful
and scary official agency that could put her out of business or in jail.
The second time is in Steele of Approval when the Licensing Board is after
them and even though she’d be the only person that would know all the ins
and outs of the old case history she drops it all in Steele and Mildred’s
laps to pursue a case. What’s with Laura and Mexico and irresponsibility?
Maybe it all stems from the fan dance. :D
Love the expression on Laura’s face
when she realizes Steele’s in Mexico with her. Complete surprise and joy.
Brilliant idea to usurp the Honeymoon
suite – if a bit mean. Maybe the horrid things that happen to them later
on their honeymoon in Season 5 in Mexico is cosmic karma for what they
did to the Blousteins.
“You’re hurting me”
“And you love it don’t you –
“I’m normally delighted by these
unexpected displays of affection”
How unfortunate that Mildred
is there and also that the displays are so rare as to unexpected. Bah!
The leap into his arms is similar to the one in Steeled By A Kiss – but
there it’s done much more smoothly since both participants are on the same
“We call him the man with no shame”
-- LOL at Hector mooning a group of Nuns!
Seeing just Steele’s hand on Laura’s
shoulder I really noticed how LARGE it is – usually it just looks long
and elegant when attached to rest of his long and elegant body.
“Aren’t you a little uncomfortable
– being so close to your natural habitat?” *snort*
“Let’s see if he’s interested in
old Spanish architecture or something a bit younger and more American”
The stock footage of locales – like
in the transition from the bullring to Mildred look so grainy and out of
place in the new DVD transfers.
Steele’s expressions as Laura is
sweet talking Mildred – he does everything but stick a finger down his
throat at all the laid on with trowel treacle.
“I wouldn’t have you
on a platter.”
Considering how their relationship
started it’s a miracle how close Steele and Mildred became. She dogs his
every step, he publicly kisses her and calls her kinky then punches her
out and ties her up! I guess one look at Mr. Steele in his underwear made
it all O.K. :D
“Do you realize we could
get $25million just for being honest”
“It astounds you doesn’t it?”
“It heartens me Laura. It absolutely
Love the absolute glee on his
face – a pity he loses his $25 million (not sure being Mr. Steele is worth
that actually – I’d have headed for international waters with my diamonds
and if Laura objected I’d have tossed her in the dingy for Captain Rios
But then he has a desk full back
home. If just one of those diamonds is $75,000 and Mr. Steele has about
50-100 of them. That’s about $36-75 million – even a 10% finder’s fee would
keep him out if the IRS’s clutches and pay for a string of very expensive
suits and boats. And I bet our Mr. Steele could find a way to move those
on the not so open market for considerably more than a finder’s fee. ;)
The ferocity and sexual intensity
of “Damn it Laura. I care for you” grab and kiss – SWOON.
Laura’s excuses for why it can’t
happen – she’s afraid - Laura is a scaredy cat about relationships and
she picked a man who’s past would frighten even those who weren’t. The
problem is that her fears really can’t be allayed. No one can give anyone
guarantees. Her parents were married with kids and there weren’t any –
so what could Steele possibly give that would be more than that? In Steele
she picks someone who’s past even if he told her every thing about it and
changed everything in the future to be with her could still pose a threat.
“Well unlike you, what you did in
your past doesn’t trouble me” – there in lies the crux of the problem.
Her past intrigues him, his past frightens her – Steele wants to know all
about Laura because to know more is to know her more. Laura would seemingly
rather have the safe Steele she created with a squeaky clean past – but
he isn’t that man and never will be.
That’s why these two never needed
a third party to screw things up for them. I’d blame Mildred for getting
in the way but she really doesn’t. If Laura wanted to say yes and forge
ahead she could have at almost any moment – Mildred, clients, bullets,
Steele’s past or not. The impediments were never really external – they’re
mostly all internal.
Laura breathing hard and flustered
while he’s kissing her outside Pepe’s – very nice and her breathlessness
is very reminiscent of their first kiss on the docks in Steele Waters.
Steele really is an impressive runner
and jumper – nice flying speed around the pool. The bit with grabbing the
towel before he goes into the pool and coming out sopping wet. LOL
I don’t mind the music substitution
– it actually fits better with their dancing
“Gorgeous isn’t he?”
“He’s married to her?”
“I just kept you around because
I liked something pretty to wear on my arm”
I’m not sure what Mr. Steele is jealous
of -- that bathing suit is strictly Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm grown up
– it doesn’t even get up to the level of High School level of The Temptress.
Completely un-sexy as is the tight French braid paired with it. The entire
vibe is one of don’t touch me.
“My ex-husband couldn’t unleash the
Steele with the floppy mustache and
floppy hat – priceless -- though that horse looks a bit small for him,
though that just adds to the comedic affect.
“Only someone like you
would think of that.”
“Only because it’s insane and
The rope actually goes slack
in front of Steele after Mildred cuts it then it’s taut again when he’s
floating on in then dangling then completely gone as he lands on the guard.
What exactly did Peggy get drugged
with? Laura is up in a few hours and she’s been out for days and no one
bothered to take her shoes off either.
I notice Laura was able to put her
wrap around sandals back on as Steele was driving the boat – realistically
they aren’t done up in the same nice pattern as before she was drugged.
Steele putting on the captains hat
“Oooh jaunty, I like it” LOL
I still don’t get why turning the
diamonds over to the authorities would negate a finder’s fee.
David Warner – a wonderful actor
and surprising they got him for the show but I gather he loved the idea
of getting paid to lounge around in expensive sets in Mexico.
The actor that plays the honeymoon
husband—ehhh – not Mike Ito bad but pretty much the one blah note of an
actor in the entire episode. Other than him Amandariz, Baggeta (Vincent),
Warner, the actors that played Maria and her son, and Merkle are all really
I like Laura’s aquamarine top and
cream skirt – looks appropriately tropical and yet crisp. That rubbery-nobby
belt she wears with the top though – yech.
Laura’s dancing shift dress is very
nice and flattering – shows she looks best in clean simple cuts that show
off her petite leanness. When they get overly spangley, beaded, heavy and
ruffley on her it tends to swallow her alive.
The head band – unless you’re in
an aerobics class then just no -- who thought this was a good idea? Some
misguided souls in the 80s may have worn one outside the realm of the gym
but just no –no –no- no for Laura, though I like the loose white dress
she wears with it. I like her wrap around sandals.
Beautiful light grey three piece
suit on Steele in the opening scenes – even though he’s wearing a supposedly
dreaded yellow tie -but it’s pale yellow though and looks great.
The white suit and black shirt combo
is gorgeous on Mr. Steele though the suit jacket is ill fitting – it fits
in the shoulders but is too big everywhere else. And if he wanted to blend
in maybe a bright white suit isn’t the best idea! White shoes in a bullring
– a truly bad idea. :)
Now Mr. Steele’s white dinner jacket
– mmmm - fits perfectly - pity about the slightly too big 80s bow-tie –
but then I’ve always thought Pierce looked better with the bow-tie undone
(see Thomas Crown Affair or Tomorrow Never Dies)
The white tracks suit is just too
baggy on him and yet still manages to show more than was probably intended
– especially when paired with the harness. :D
Mildred’s blue dress is indeed “smashing”
– it might be the prettiest piece of clothing she wore on the show. Her
flowing red print dress is also pretty. Miraculous what un-tightening the
bun and changing the wardrobe can do for a character. Though even her facial
expressions and body posture change as Mildred transforms. Such a great
everglade68 (Wed Apr 4 2007 14:25:51 )
|Ace, just when
I think I have read your best post ever, you surprise me with another that
is pure perfect. I just don't know how you do it. I am so glad that you
share them with us, I just love to read them.
Just want to make one comment. You
wrote: "If Laura wanted to say yes and forge ahead she could have at almost
any moment – Mildred, clients, bullets, Steele’s past or not. The impediments
were never really external – they’re mostly all internal". This is so true,
and it was the cause of so much
frustrations for the fans.
Thank you Ace, and next week's RHS
is my favorite, so I am really looking
forward to your comments on that
TeenSteele (Wed Apr 4 2007 18:48:44 )
|****Not that I
was being a creeper (well, okay I was haha) but I clicked on your profile
ace and HOLY long-time member Batman!... I noticed you've been an imdb
member since 1999. That's quite impressive I must say.***
As for the ep... I must confess that
I've not yet watched it this week.. But I plan on posting at least something
on it very soon.
"You lived with a man who wears white
belts? Am I disappointed"
Xenos1981 (Thu Apr 5 2007 06:32:19 )
|You haven't seen
it yet, TeenSteele? Oooooooo! You're in for a treat! Lots of smooching
going on! Great honeymoon suite scene! Mr. Steele in all black! Mr. Steele
in a tux! Mr. Steele in a jogging suite strapped in the parasail apparatus!
Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes!!! Looking forward to your comments!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
JuleanJS (Fri Apr 6 2007 14:24:17 )
|I know that today
officially starts RHS week, but I wanted to chime in on the first episode
of my favorite season.
I haven't been able to keep very
current with IMDb or SteeleWatchers recently, but analyzing season 2 gives
me incentive to somehow make the time again.
Thanks for all of the great posts
about this episode. Just when I think I've watched it enough times to catch
everything, I read your posts and find SO much I missed.
Just a few comments I wanted to add:
If anyone has plausible answers to
these questions, feel free to explain away.
First, why did George's luggage just
sit in the honeymoon suite for so long? I know Dominick paid a bellman
to leave it while he stashed the diamonds, but wouldn't a cleaning lady
or someone come in to inspect the room after the Plummers checked out and
before the O'Learys checked in.
Second, why were Laura and Remington
dressed in black during the "I care for you" scene? Not that I'm complaining,
I just don't know what break-in they were planning. Remington was registered
for the room and they weren't planning to visit Pepe's until morning.
I loved most everything about this
episode. The "Ingrid" line at the end seemed weak to me, though. Wish they
could have found another way to do that. If Merkle was really such a bad
guy, he wouldn't have let her get away with any extra words.
Loved most all of Remington and
Laura's wardrobe (minus the headband as has been mentioned). Laura's make-up
was a little heavy for my taste at times, though. The woman's a natural
beauty. Don't mess with it. And, it was mentioned that white was a bad
color for bullfighting, but I remember watching as a kid and thinking Laura's
red shirt wasn't a great choice either. (Since then I think I remember
hearing somewhere that the whole bulls and red thing is a myth.)
I also love watching the extras in
this episode, not just for the glimpses of Pierce's family, but because
the extras have the most interesting wardrobes. Love the lengths of the
guys shorts best of all. Laura has the legs for those, but I don't know
that many of the men in the background do.
At SteeleWatchers, there were posts
about the day and night mixups when Remington breaks into Pepe's. That
was funny to me, especially with all of the Bond connections this episode
has. Just last week my husband and I were watching "For Your Eyes Only"
and he caught the same mistake in a scene there.
It's sad to me that Mildred gets
to see Mr. Steele in his underwear before Laura does. Maybe if she'd been
the one delivering his change of clothes, she wouldn't have held him off
for 3 1/2 more years.
On those same lines, it's been mentioned
of course, but "I don't know how special I am to him?" EXCUSE ME? Do you
know two minutes later when he risks arrest just to see to your safety?
Or by that night when he out and out tells you? (How in the world could
anyone pull away from that kiss?) Laura knows, she just doesn't want to
admit it to herself.
"Home, James" is such a great scene
and I wish the walk to the bedroom could have been longer. I love how Remington
is so worried about what to do with Midred, yet he still manages to return
Laura's kisses while carrying her.
That's my two cents worth and I
can't wait to see what you folks post about Red Holt Steele.
Xenos1981 (Fri Apr 6 2007 15:34:40 )
It's sad to me that
Mildred gets to see Mr. Steele in his underwear before Laura does. Maybe
if she'd been the one delivering his change of clothes, she wouldn't have
held him off for 3 1/2 more years.
Hee-Heeeeeee, Julean!!! A girl
after my own heart!!! Glad you're posting again! Come to chat more often!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
everglade68 (Fri Apr 6 2007 17:01:54 )
|Xenos, you beat
me to it. I was going to comment on Julean's post but
decided to read your comments first.
Boy, I know you so well now.
Julean, great post my dear. We have
truly missed you. I look forward
to reading your comments about RHS,
my favorite episode.