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SOTW: Episode #33- Steele Threads
by Xenos1981    (Fri Jun 1 2007)
Ladies, ladies, lovely ladies!!! Tonight's episode is "Steele Threads"!!! The "flesh kiss"!!! *sigh* (I'm gonna try to get the XenosHubby to post on this one. He says he might. The pressure's on!) Looking forward to your posts...
 

Xenos

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

by XenosHubby    (Sat Jun 2 2007)
I'm only doing this because I'll never have any peace otherwise.

"Xenos" won't let me near the computer when she's posting or in chat, and yet I always hear this constant stream of OMG!, OMG!, OMG! and hand-in-the-cookie-jar laughter.

Yeah, so I watch the occasional Remington Steele Episode. I admit they're good, sometimes damn good. I mean, who can fail to notice the freckle-spackled vixen that is Stephanie Zee? (Take that Xenos, I saw your towel comments...)
Or howabout the voluptuous Ms. Krebs? (Big hair, big ... you know.)

Anyway, so I'm watching the "Steele Threads" episode with X, and she's getting all into it as usual (She NEVER, EVER fails to say a throaty "Damn!" when Brosnan enters the theatre during the credits). Don't get me wrong, I like Brosnan alot. He's the type of guy that guys like and admire UNTIL they notice their wives and girlfriends are ALSO admiring him. That's not his fault. On the plus side, I don't have to work as hard.

On to my homework. This was one of those up and down episodes for me. I thought the garment industry setting a great choice, but personally not interesting to me. I loved when it all came together at the end about the bullet-proof fabric, but felt the additional hook about it being RADAR absorbent unnecessary and confusing.

I would have liked to have seen some government agents thrown in because it would have elevated the mystery beyond it's initial appearance of being just a industry squabble between two brothers gone too far.

It was sad to see the breakup between brother Barron and the Frenchman over a little international espionage, but oh well. They made such a cute couple against all fashion industry stereotypes.

And what kind of a name is Bulletz? Maybe our next child...

The good stuff. Post fashion runway dressing room scene. Love how Mz. Holt whips that dress off without a shred of self-consciousness. Acapulco baby!

From a purely analytical point of view, nice teddy Laura! Thumbs uP! And then there's Steele feeling her up and smacking two other ladies on their posteriors. Oh to be that hand...! (Have to say it, Brosnan looked and acted like a young Al Franken in his disguise ;).

X is over my shoulder getting all critical, so in closing, they've been knocking boots since episode one. Laura just won't take her socks off. That's the problem...

"Ouch" Stop it X.

The XenosHubby

Acapulco!

by Xenos1981      (Sat Jun 2 2007)
I was NOT looking over his shoulder...at least not the whole time anyway. (Though I DID flick him in the head after the Al Franken comment. Hence the "ouch".) Just so you know, I take no responsibility for his post. (I had to snicker at the "I watch the occasional RS episode"...LOL! He watches it every Friday with me. He calls it my "homework".) Now, on to MY thoughts...

I ALWAYS enjoy this episode. Three things struck me right off the bat. One is how freakin' gorgeous Pierce was in this episode (especially in his leather jacket...grrrrrrrrrr!). Two is that there was no movie reference. Huh?!?! And three is that Mildred was missing. Things that make you go, "hmmmmmm."

Anyway, I'll start at the beginning. Bulletz. What a character! I rank him right up there with Morrie from "To Stop A Steele". And Carl for some strange reason reminds me of The Rat. WHY?!?! Jump to the fashion show. Remington looked GREAT as Sam St. Cloud...glasses and all! (Could his suit be any shinier, though? LOL!) And Laura looked stunning in her black dress! Damn, I wish I looked that good! The big necklace was a bit too much, IMHO, but at least it wasn't as bad as the Egyptian disaster from "Tempered Steele". LOL about the XenosHubby wanting to be Remington's hand...I want to be Laura's butt!!! I think he got further with her there than in their entire four-and-a-half years together...Except maybe in "Bonds Of Steele" where he had her thrown over his shoulder and he smacked her rear.

Funny little bit that I hadn't caught before...Mitzi and Bulletz work together like Laura and Remington (minus the sexual tension, of course...eeeeewwwww...don't even want to go there!). Loved the line, "That's what I like about you, Bulletz. Always thinking of the other fella." Laura just as easily could have said that to/about Mr. Steele. And for some reason, the "You." "Me?" "Him." "Me?" "You." exchange always makes me laugh. Also, the whole "schnorred" scene is pretty funny. Mr. Steele sliding the unexposed pictures into his top desk drawer is great. I almost expected to see the unused nuts and bolts from "Love Among The Steele" still in there. LOL!

"Selenium yeast? I always seem to get a rise out of that." I was waiting for the ba-dum-bum *symbol crash*.

Now...The scene with THE FLESH KISS!!! OMG, OMG, OMG!!!
R: Deeply, Laura; from the heart.
L: Mmm. You're very good at this you know. (OMG, I can only imagine!!!)
R: Comes naturally, with the right person.
*STEELEGASM* It's love I tell you...L-O-V-E!!! I LOVE Laura's speech and how Mr. Steele reacts. (Though I doubt he'd really be scrounging for the rent.) It was a nice sentiment, though. And that kiss!!! THAT KISS!!! *fanning myself* Loved how he moved his long fingers up her neck and then started back down... Damn that Bulletz!!! Who knew that over-the-shoulder kisses could be so seductive and look so good!?!? (The XenosHubby and I watched that scene again...and the scene with Laura in her teddy. It was a VERY enjoyable evening!!!)

OK...Skipping ahead cuz this is getting long and we're gonna take the kids to the Zoo. The "babe" scene. *sigh* OMG!!! How gorgeous is our Mr. Steele crying over Laura's limp body? OMG!!! The tears...The trembling hands...The kisses...The "babe"!!! OMG!!! "There were so many things I wanted to tell you. So many things I should have told you. I'm sorry." OMG!!!(I'm welling up just thinking about it!!! DAMN, he's good!!!)

Things that make you go "huh"?
* How could Remington know that Mark Pryne had a skull fracture just by looking at him? He hit the BACK of his head...Mr. Steele didn't even LOOK at the back of his head.
* Why did Remington look in the freezer when he found ham in the fridge? Was he expecting to find Mark in there? (I know, I know...It was a funny bit. I'm just saying...)
* Remington/St. Cloud taking Lila to lunch in the limo with the "R STEELE" license plate. LOL!
* Binky?!?! Now there's a fanfic waiting to be written!

OK...I'll leave it at that. There's a lot more I could say, but I gotta run. Besides, I'll leave some for the rest of you!
 

Xenos

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

by everglade68    (Sat Jun 2 2007)
XenosHubby:

Thank you for the great post, it must be the first time a husband does a SOTW in order to have some peace in the house. Let me just say that you did an excellent job, and I thank you for your refreshing viewpoint. The "Laura just won't take her socks off" comment was priceless.

Thank you again and I hope we get the pleasure of reading more posts from you. Xenos is lucky to have you.

Isabel 

by jrdedrick    (Sat Jun 2 2007)
Great post Mr. Xenos!

And girl LEAVE HIM ALONE!!! He at least watches with you and doesn't make you feel like a second class citizen for watching it! LOL

Oh and Xen, I loved your post too!

Neeney

by pianoRose     (Sat Jun 2 2007)
Xenoshubby-- great post. Loved the socks comment! 
by MickeyBoggs   (Sat Jun 2 2007)
Xenoshubby, great post and I hope we'll be hearing more from you!

OK, my own observations...

A very good episode as we approach the middle of the second season. George Lee Marshall's first contribution to the Steele legacy give us one of the best kisses and some genuine outpouring of emotion from our Mr. Steele. And what a great character in Bulletz Bloustein!
 

Memorable Stuff

- Steele as Sam St. Cloud
- Steele not-so-subtly checking Laura out backstage at the fashion show
- Laura & Steele chasing the baddie and then Laura realizing she's only wearing a teddie!
- Laura sending Carl back to the back of the store time after time to get massive quantities of the health food stuff.
- L & R jumping apart (and looking guilty!) like teenagers when Bulletz interrupts the Flesh kiss
- That Carl sure knows how to show a girl a good time. Going back to the health food store with take out? Ugh.
- A pleated muffler! LOL
 

Character Development

- Steele's need to reconcile the brothers coming from his own lack of family.
- The foot massage! (Where do I sign up for that?) Also like how she seems to really think about his words when he says "It comes naturally with the right person." Would she have let him do that without Bulletz there as a chaperone?
- The FLESH kiss! Perhaps the sexiest of Season 2? Laura comparing the Mart to her days before Mr. Steele appeared - women just around for show, not the real work.
- The one-and-only TV show Mr. Steele (the movie buff) can handle - The Honeymooners
- Steele's confession to Bulletz that he has lost someone once - I assume this is a reference to Anna...
- Holt & Steele dividing & conquering Lila & Carl. Teamwork in action.
- Steele thinking Laura had been killed and confessing there were so many things he should have told her. Too bad the writers never followed up on that....
- Milton knows Laura well enough to call her "Binky" - wish we could have learned the story behind that!
 

Favorite lines

Bulletz: Miss Holt you've known me for almost an hour. You still don't trust me?!
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The whole footrub/flesh kiss scene
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The whole "Laura is shot" scene at the loft
 

Hair & Clothing

- Laura looks faboo in that black dress she models
- In the t-shirt & leggings, Steph looks about 18! But I love her hair down in that scene and in the flesh kiss scene
 

Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc

- I believe this is the first episode directed by a woman?
- I have never understood why Laura walks around the loft with the door unlocked. And did she really think Carl wouldn't shoot her?
- Since the bullet did put a hole in the outside shell of the coat, was it actually the lining that was bullet-proof?
- John Van Dreelen (Francois) appeared with Pierce in Noble House

Re: Steele Threads -- Episode #32  
by TeenSteele   (Sun Jun 3 2007 01:16:01)  
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I'm off to watch now, but I must say Xenos, if you have a man who doesnt seem to mind your "hand in the cookie jar laughter" or even your "throaty" shouts of DAMN whenever Steele comes on screen... well all I have to say is this:
Does he have a nephew? :)

Aaaaanywaays, quite enjoyed both of your posts (and the other ones too of course). Too humorous and as always, laced with intelligent observations and delivered very wittily and eloquently. I look forward to reading the posts every week, as I am garuanteed a good laugh, and specific things to look for when I watch that I perhaps had never noticed before.

XenosHubby, if you actually have the courage to name your next child (*nudge nudge wink wink Xenos..*) Bulletz, then I will name my future (and by future I mean 10 to 15 years lol) child Batman... or maybe just Bruce Wayne... or possibly even Dark Knight. OR! Maybe it'll be Bruce "The dark knight aka batman" Wayne. (My husband, or you know, any boyfriend I have, will need to pretty much love batman. WOW, I am incredibly nerdy....) OKAY, on to Steele Threads, post again once I've watched :)

"You lived with a man who wears white belts? Am I disappointed"
BoaW 08/07

by Xenos1981    (Sun Jun 3 2007)
Sorry, TeenSteele...Our only nephew is three years old!!! He is adorable, though!!! How do you feel about younger men?!?! (KIDDING!)
 

Xenos

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

by everglade68    (Sun Jun 3 2007)
I liked "Steele Threads", it's one of those episodes that has a little of everything. The brothers were both very good, but I just loved Bulletz. Liked how he steals that hot dog and then is eating fries in the limo.

Didn't like Mr. Steele's undercover part of the clothes buyer. The cigar was yucky and his clothes, the brown shirt and gold tie, not good.

However, Xenos we have two new t-shirts to wonder about. What was written on that purple t-shirt Laura was wearing? Also, the black t-shirt under her green blouse, all I could read was Fair Lady. Did anyone else make out the
words written on the t-shirts? I don't remember Laura wearing any more t-shirts throughout the series except for these two and the "Safe and Sound" one.

Loved the ending of the show, when Remington can't stand Laura patiently trying to unwrap her gift from Bulletz and just tears the paper for her.

Also, doesn't it look like SZ had fun covering Pierce's mouth with her red scarf?

Isabel 

by Xenos1981    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
GREAT!!! Thanks a lot, Isabel! Now I'll be wondering about those t-shirts, too! LOL!

Oh, yeah...Something I didn't have time to mention in my first post...Stephanie looked GREAT in everything she wore in this episode. I LOVE her in casual clothes. (Just as I LOVE Remington in casual clothes...Especially jeans...Tight jeans...Ones that hug his tight, firm -- whoops! I digress! *sigh*) And her hair looked especially good in this episode. Remington wearing a plaid shirt?!?! What...Did he steal it from Murphy? LOL! What the heck...The man even looks great in PLAID!!! I actually LOVED that shirt! Loved the leather jacked more, but he certainly can pull off plaid, I tell ya'!

And I agree with you, Isabel...Laura DID look like she was having fun covering Remington's mouth with the pleated muffler. I LOVE the freeze frame at the end. It ALWAYS makes me smile. The look in Remington's eyes -- too cute!!!
 

Xenos

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

by TeenSteele    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
(a younger brother or distant cousin perhaps? lol) If I were to date your nephew.. that would be the equivalent of me (a late teen) dating a 31 year old man haha.... well you know there are a lot of goood looking 31 year old men, but I don't think my mom would appreciate that hehe. On to the episode:

Loved how, when R&L were backstage, he kept checking her out while Julian was raving at them, and her realization when she runs out in her teddy. (It's "dy" ending for teddy and "ies" for teddies.. I looked it up... I'm anal about (most) spelling and grammar lol)

I lovelovelove how he casually sweeps the underexposed photographs into the desk draw and shoves it shut... then nonchalantly flicks the one remaining one off his desk and onto the floor. Very (in my opinion) 'mr.steele-like' of him.

And okay, was Carl on steroids?! Because he must have been awfully strong to fracture a man's skull simply by pushing him into a fridge. My logic tells me that if that situation were to arise, one would end up with either 1)a huge headache 2)a concussion and/or bruise or finally 3)in a coma... but hey, it's TV and I've suspended my beliefs to allow room for enjoyment :) (and yes, Carl is strangely reminiscent of "the rat." He totally ruined the "T" name for me, because I know an intensely gorgeous man of the same name but I can't help but think of "him" whenever ... wow I've strayed off track!)

Although I never really notice Laura (and not just because of Steele, but I'm not very observant when it comes to checking out what other women are wearing lol), I did however find that she looked quite nice during her little 'pep' talk with Lila, in her purple t-shirt and leg warmers :) I also thought her hair looked very good (and very 80's) there. It was nice seeing her like that because we pretty much never get to.

FLESH KISS!! Omg... so cute and sentimental and awesome and tender and passionate-but-not-overdone and, well you get the picture. OMG! I just noticed this for the first time when I watched on Saturday... right when Bulletz is interrupting the famed kiss and R&L break it up, Steele's facial expression is probably *the* cutest I have ever seen it :D He has this sort of embarrassed-ish look on his face and DIMPLES!!!! I actually (and admittedly) rewound it and paused it just to look at how absolutely splendid he looked. I highly recommend you all skip to that scene and slow mo it (that is, if you haven't already lol) and then pause it right when they break away. AAGH! So cute :)

*XENOS! I just thought of something! This particular episode, I do believe that Mr.Brosnan would have been 30,so maybe I could/should/would date a 30 year old after all...*

If Mr.Steele is clever enough to point out to Laura that "Lila just made you" wouldn't he have realized that she would have in fact spotted him as well and know that they were together? Really now, who are they trying to fool?

Getting kinda long now so I'll wrap it up. In conclusion: It was sexual and funny all at the same time, a very winning combo.
 

And, WHO'S EXCITED FOR STEELE ELIGIBLE THIS WEEK?! I KNOW I AM! I'M CANCELING ALL APPOINTMENTS, IGNORING ALL PHONE CALLS AND BLOWING OFF ALL FRIENDS TO STAY AT HOME AND WATCH IT!!!!! (just kidding... but seriously, I am)

"You lived with a man who wears white belts? Am I disappointed"
BoaW 08/07

by Xenos1981    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
Ah, TeenSteele! So funny, your post. Yes, I unashamedly and wholeheartedly admit that I have slow-moed and froze RS many-a-time to watch God's most gorgeous creature in action (or inaction, as the case may be). *sigh* And as for his dimples...Yes, Steph is not the only one with cute dimples. Every once in a while you get to see Pierce's...and, holy cow, are they magnificent. My favorite is what I refer to as his "kissing dimple" (on his left side). For the best shot of it, watch "The Thaw" kiss and freeze frame it. SO sexy! And as for you dating a 30-year-old...Honey, if you can find a man who looks like THAT and is as wonderful as he is...GO FOR IT!!! :D
 

Xenos

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

by everglade68    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
Okay TeenSteele, that was a wonderful post. However, DO NOT listen to Xenos and her wrong advice about dating a 30-year-old, no matter if he is PB's younger clone. I KNOW that she just got carried away.

You need to stick to the younger guys, there are very nice ones out there, my son is 22 years old and he is a sweetheart.

Isabel

by TeenSteele    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
oooh, that's an under-five-years age difference :) Tell me more.... lol

"You lived with a man who wears white belts? Am I disappointed"
BoaW 08/07

by jrdedrick    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
I've heard that older men are more settled and focused. There are several members in my own family who have ten or more years difference in their ages and they have some of the best relationships I've ever seen. So, there can be an advantage to an older man, as long as you're not TOO young.

Neeney

by everglade68    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
I agree Neeney but a teenager with a 30-year-old is not good. I think that
once you are older and mature, age makes little different. However, it is a
lot easier if you both grew up in the same time period.

Isabel

by jrdedrick    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
I'll agree and disagree. That's how old my aunt and uncle were when they started dating (he's thirteen years older than her). But you're right about the maturity.

Neeney
 

by TeenSteele    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
Yeah, I think to a certain point it's ultimately all about the personality of both people. A mature 30 year old (man or woman) wouldn't date an extremely immature 15,16 or 17 year old. (And I leave out 18 because it's "legal" and it happens more often than we'd like to think about...) As long they both understand each other and can have fun I don't really see why they shouldn't go out on a date.

But then there is the argument that certain parents I know of (not just mine!) like to bring up: The elder of the 2 in said relationship will always have more life experience, wherein the youngin' would be inexperienced in certain aspects and easy to "take advantage" of, so to speak.

But anyways, I think once you're at least 19 or 20, the age gap doesn't really make as much as a difference than say if you were 14 or 15. And it goes with the old saying, "age is just a number." :)
 

"You lived with a man who wears white belts? Am I disappointed"
BoaW 08/07
 

by Xenos1981    (Mon Jun 4 2007)
Holy crap, TeenSteele!!! I guess you and I opened up a whole can of worms on this subject. Let me clarify my position...I said that if TeenSteele could find a man that looked as hot as Remington (which is absolutely and unequivocally impossible) and acted the way he did (also impossible...after all, this gorgeous man remained celibate for over four freakin' years just to be with the woman he loved), she should go for it. Hell, if ANYONE finds that man -- whether you are young, old, single or married -- I say GO FOR IT!!! (You know, Pierce is my "gimmie". The XenosHubby gave me permission. Don't get your undies in a knot...I gave him Catherine Zeta-Jones in return. I think that's pretty fair. Pierce...Are you reading this? E-mail me!) [[winkgrin]]
 

Xenos

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


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