they break up Steele Away With Me as two episodes.
I think the guest actors in this
are all great from Crockett down to the lawyer. I like the actress that
plays Tracy and Roxie even though Roxie as a character is a bit over the
top in her "blue collar" crassness. My favorite though is the butler —
he’s just marvelous with all his clipped snide comments and haughty disapproving
I enjoy this episode. There's no
romance but there is a great deal of sharp and fun dialogue, good acting,
some insight into Steele's past, a nice display of how well Steele and
Laura now work together easily tossing back and forth clues and conclusions
(albeit still with some shouting and fighting) and Mr Steele in a towel!
Steele knows Laura so well, he knows
she’s about to blow and suggests they leave but she insists he go up and
they take the case.
"You're not an
American, are you?"
"No, but I'm inordinately
fond of mom, apple pie and baseball, if that will help."
Baseball, eh? Doesn't look like it
in Second Base Steele. :D
"You, uh, wouldn't
happen to be Italian, would you?"
Not Italian either. It just isn't
I love all the silent physical things
Pierce does in this scene, the matter of fact way Steele helps Crockett
from the bed, his look of interest and quiet disapproval when he says he
kept Tracy’s twin from her, the way he watches Tracy and her father together
amused but then disturbed at her perceived flippancy about his illness,
and the way he so easily holds the lighter for Tracy like a true gentleman.
Frieda Milch? Yikes. Makes Myrtle
Groggins seem almost like poetry.
"Hmm. If you were
Italian, you could count on it."
"If it's any consolation,
I love linguini."
There may not be romance but there
is jealousy in the way Laura very proprietorally grabs – rather almost
yanks his arm toward the door.
So we cut to Laura exploding at the
office. Steele knowing it was coming listens to it all rather amusedly
and with his feet up. Poor Mildred then enters the fray and gets barked
at. But she gets her own back albeit unknowingly by saying that’s "Oh,
that's all right, Miss Holt. We girls get a little temperamental at times"
then gives her hints on how to get through those emotional days. Sexism
from all sides. LOL!!!!!!!!
"I still don't
feel right about this, Ross Crockett was our client, and HE wasn't even
sure he was going to tell his daughter."
"Tracy would want
to know, believe me."
"You're just overly
sensitive about someone having a secret past."
"Laura, it's one
thing to conceal your past by design. Another thing to have it concealed
I have to agree with Steele here.
Crockett was thinking about telling Tracy so she’d have someone when he
died and Tracy has a right to know. Besides I bet Crockett hadn’t paid
his bill or a retainer yet anyway. :p
It also gives us another little peak
into the reality that Steele’s past and family has been concealed from
"This isn't a movie, and it's DEFINITELY
not Victorian England! You're as bad as all the rest! What a typically
chauvinist point of view! You think women are pieces of clay, waiting to
You molded me, and look how well I turned out!
Zing! A direct and accurate hit.
:D This is a great fun shouting match with really rapid fire dialogue especially
as Steele then quickly monologues about how George Bernard Shaw would proud
of them. I bet this is one of those episodes where they had to write in
extra scenes to compensate for the quick pace of the delivered dialogue.
how a proper lady walks across the room, please."
"Oh, oh, well,
I couldn't- with all these people watching--"
"Of course you
can. Up you get. Up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up. There you go...stand right
there. Go" He gives her a swat on the bottom and then sit back down in
the arm chair, saying, "Voila."
her collar, then does a very stiff model's walk across the room, managing
to trip once in the process.
"There you go,"
Steele tells Roxie. "Just like Miss Holt- only better."
It’s ridiculous that Roxie can’t
walk in heels that aren’t that high. Just because she’s a waitress doesn’t
mean all she ever wears are sneakers. That she doesn’t walk like a lady
is a different matter and maybe understandable. But the entire scene is
worth it for Steele looking slightly disheveled, shirt out hair mussed
and then his slapping Laura on the rear, and how he says that last remark.
Interesting that Laura goes up to
break the safe, especially since she requires a mechanical device to do
it (where do you get one of those anyway? ) and leaves Steele to Roxie.
I guess she didn’t want to play Pygmalion and Galatea in public. Nice jump
from the roof though!
"Well, don't you
take things when you're on vacation?"
"This isn't the
"Okay, okay. I
gotta go to the head. The coffee goes right through me."
"There's a cabana
over there," Laura tells her.
"Hope it's nailed
down," Steele comments.
Nice form by Mr. Steele jumping into
the pool - a quick discarding of jacket and shoes makes it look like he's
done this before and knows the protocol, as does the CPR. It's very nice
how well he and Laura work together here without really exchanging words.
They both know what to do.
And the scene slo mo, rewind and
repeat were all designed for. ;-)
seen a man in a towel before, Mildred."
"Oh, but- you're
not a man, you're my boss. And we have to keep the integrity of our respective
thinking, Mildred," Laura points out as she looks at the papers.
"Well, how would
you feel if I came to the door wrapped in a towel?"
Mildred. The employer-employee relationship MUST remain sacrosanct."
Laura as proven countless times before
is blind and oblivious. Though you’d think Mildred would have got used
to Steele changing in front of her, the first episode together and he was
taking his pants off in front of her. But then he wasn’t her boss then,
only her "husband". ;-) Steele can't resist changing the living room anyway
to better hear the clues - though to spare Mildred’s sensibilities he does
it behind the screen. Darn it.
Mr Steele and the doorbell. It is
growing on him. By the fourth time he’s following the notes with his fingers
We provide money for broken hearted lovers. If you've given your time,
your energy, and your love- and your partner has upped and left you- or
died, we make sure you're taken care of."
you be able to- provide for yourself?" Laura asks, laughing.
"Some of us can,"
Samantha admits. "Some of us don't want to. It is for the latter that this
charity exists. We help avoid messy and expensive palimony suits- and of
course, all contributions made to us are tax deductible."
The option of some of them can't isn't even considered -- just those that
don't want to. It’s too bad Megan didn’t know about this in Hearts of Steele,
she might not have to touch her toes for a living. ;)
"Laura- does this mean- the butler
did it?" -- snort.
"Um. But for the
luck of the draw, Roxie could have been the heiress and Tracy the truck
"A person can't
let his birthright stop him. Look at you."
"Well, I've been
lucky. I've encountered good opportunities."
"And you've made
the most of them. However you began, you've come a long way, baby."
"Are you insinuating
that there are those close to you who haven't been as fortunate, or haven't
had the same abilities?"
are bits and pieces of my past that are as obscure to me as they are to
you. It's at moments like this that I realize- they're less painful that
way. Would you be averse to - uh- changing the subject?"
More insight into Steele’s past and
a reason he doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s not being mysterious just
to be mysterious -- it’s painful and he doesn’t know everything about his
Steele: All his clothes are gorgeous
here from the dressy to the casual and everything in between. Beautiful
dark navy suit and gorgeous brown tie in the opening scenes. His three
piece brown suit with dark vest is just as gorgeous. Steele in blue jeans
and a blue jean jacket – n-i-c-e. Love the boots too. He also wear a lovely
stylish leather suit jacket in the episode. The towel though gets top honors
even though it’s a bit long. :D
Laura: I like her blue shirt and
pants outfit in the opening but don’t like that medallion around her neck
– it so large (larger than Steele’s and she’s smaller than him) and the
silver (and I like silver) is so shiny it’s distracting. Not crazy about
her print shirt either though it’s much better when she isn’t leaning against
that ugly tan print chair in Tracy’s house -- serious clashing. Nice dark
blue shirt dress, one of the better ones. Red plaid shirt under the blousey
pleated big shouldered blue jacket - just ugly.
Mildred's red and black striped dress
– looks too much like a circus tent. Tracy has some very nice outfits,
including all the one’s that Roxie tries on. Stylish and expensive but
not overwhelming or tacky. My favorite outfit though is Claudette the step
mother’s – the beige dress with the fantastic draped grecian neckline.
She also has a great stylish elegant haircut that would be in style today.