“Or Robin Hood.”
Nice Dali-esque Hitchcockian dream
opening and sequences that ties in very well with the Spellbound amnesia
connection since the film has a similar sequence done by Dali.
Their expressions pf complete befuddlement
and shock at the Weapons/Survivalist place are wonderful.
The attempted murder by multiple
machine guns seems very extreme and rather messy for someone that managed
to kill without being caught so many times. The hand grenade is again over
the top but in that situation what else could you do?
“Wrong? Remington Steele”
His pompous incredulous inflection
and Laura’s eye roll are perfectly matched.
“She’s not my type.”
Err. Looking at the rest of the women
it seems more that he wouldn’t be their type.
Frank is such a bland looking rather
innocuous nebbish that his unabashed quintogamy (what is the word for a
bigamist plus three?) and multiple fraudulent careers is
a) hard to believe
b) easier to believe he could get
away with it because who would suspect him?
I wonder if he lied about still having
jobs or rather what jobs he was going to. Like he met one wife while playing
a professor and by the time he met the next he'd moved on from that job
to truck driver and just told wife number 1 he was writing a book or guest
lecturing out of town. But realistically no one could juggle that kind
of timetable or lifestyle, especially not if he had to contribute to/maintain
FIVE households -- though all his wives seemed to have careers and jobs
except the Yum Yum (or is it Num Num?) but she seemed expensive.
It's a neat riff though on the Great
Pretender, the film the book and the real man -- one many successfully
doing high skilled jobs without training or credentials. Tough I don’t
believe he did them all that same time or juggled wives.
I LOVE that Mildred adores and worships
Mr. Steele. It’s about time someone did on that show. ;-) Though talk about
a shock to Laura’s system after Murphy and Bernice had nothing but eye
rolling contempt for him – but it’s no wonder Steele laps it up.
“Portrait of grief “ - When Laura
whips out his handkerchief and Mr. Steele looks to sartorially peeved –
she’s just thrown off one the complimenting details of his ensemble. :D
Steele’s expression as he listens
to all the Frank talk at the funeral - wonderfully disbelieving deadpan.
Mildred obviously watches the same
old 40 noir detective films that Mr. Steele does. But yes where does she
get that hat from? Why would Laura leave an extra at his apartment? Is
it Mr. Steele’s? Does he put it on when he watches Bogart?
Steele has his handkerchief back
where it belongs by the time Nancy is putting the moves on him. I love
that it takes Laura repeating herself get his attention with Nancy pressed
up against him running her finger down his face – he’s only human after
all and seems a trifle out of breath.
Does Mr. Steele always have bottle
of champagne chilling? Or did Mildred break that out in his absence?
I love Steele’s expression of rapt
attention and innate understanding from personal experience as Frank tells
his story about he wasn’t like other men, how he could successfully leave
Steele saying at least Frank was
able to make a commitment - what’s the joke in North By Northwest?
Roger Thornhill: What's wrong with
men like me?
Eve Kendall: They don't believe
Roger Thornhill: I've been married
Eve Kendall: See what I mean?
Although in this case it's 5 times
and all at the same time. :D Not only legally not worth the paper it's
written on but all those commitments and attendant I love yous meant pretty
The difference between Steele and
Frank is that Frank is not only a professional fraud but an emotional and
personal one. Steele’s never been that with Laura.
And right after we get the flip side
of the relationship with Laura and Barbara about how Frank taught her to
love and not just have a career. Oh and what antique shop did they have
to raid to furnish Barbara’s house?
“Enter my parlor said
the spider to the fly”
“Oh yes Frank. She’s definitely
Excellent line readings.
Steele talking to Mildred – what’s
not to love? I adore their relationship and here we see for the first time
the real emotional connection (beyond the hero worship which is mostly
played for laughs) they have and will grow to have. Steele tells her the
truth to comfort (or a facsimile thereof) and assure Mildred and not because
Laura wanted something said or to appease Laura.
It rankles that when Mildred later
find out he’s not “real” in Season 4 that she doesn’t remember what he
told her almost from the beginning. Well that and the fact that Mildred
seemingly forgets that she’s seen Steele do much to be admired.
The scene by the fountain is a beautiful
setting and hooray for an uninterrupted kiss. I don’t think saying that
he’s becoming the Remington Steele that Laura envisioned is the best personal
compliment. (though did she really imagine her Mr. Steele to be sexy? In
License she talks about his honesty and fastidiousness) It’s a compliment
to his role-playing and his new found honesty but was he not kind, courageous,
good humored and sexy before he met her? It discounts the man he was before
he met Laura and the real man he is.
I think Laura’s “Thank you for being
here. For being you” in Premium is a far greater compliment, a far more
personally intimate thing to say and is indeed the nicest thing Laura ever
said to him.
Gorgeous grey/blue small diamond
tie on Mr. Steele in the opening scene that manages not to conflict with
the striped shirt but rather pull the outfit navy and grey together. Beautiful
dark three piece and red striped tie at the funeral. But the three piece
brown/gold ensemble near the end is the piece de resistance – a beautiful
combination of textures and shades of color.
Laura’s black dress is simple and
lovely and looks better running in it so you can see her great legs. The
necklace – yuck – it’s in the same realm (though of course not as legendarily
awful) as her King Tut thing - chunky and spangly. Laura’s rich plum dress
at the end is a great color for her.
The W-I-D-E shouldered HUGE polka
dot draped thing that Barbara is wearing – yee gods. And yet somehow Jane
Kaczmarek has the flair and lean style to make it almost work
Delta Burke’s wrap around black mourning
dress is gorgeous – very flattering to her hourglass figure. The hat eh…
The electric blue dress while form fitting is not nearly as flattering