Episode #37- Elegy In Steele
by Xenos1981 (Fri Jul 6 2007)
episode is "Elegy In Steele"! The Major and The Minor are in this one penned
by one of my faves, Brian Alan Lane. Post away...
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
MickeyBoggs (Fri Jul 6 2007)
|Ah, the return
of Major Descoine. It's almost too bad they caught him as he's one of the
better villains of the series. Great script by Brian Alan Lane.
- Watching Mr. Steele attempt to
recreate the drink he found in a quaint little bar on Mykonos. Having recently
explored the island, I can say that virtually every bar there is quaint
by US standards, so I couldn't determine exactly which one he meant.
- Their caseload must be low if
Laura has time to watch him creating this drink
- The whole running-for-our-lives
premise. Another way to force some "together time" (as we'll see again
in Beg, Borrow).
- Our duo in perfect sync - Laura
pretends to trip so Steele can disarm the cop
- R&L cuddled on the couch while
waiting for the air to clear
- I believe this is the first mention
of Mildred's bowling hobby
- Steele commenting that Descoine
is trying to end his life just when Steele's beginning to make something
- Laura's call home. Even when she
thinks it's "the end", she and Abigail just have a hard connecting, even
when Laura tries to find common ground. (I would have loved to have seen
all the rest of the conversation that was filmed but cut.)
- The talk in the back of the cab:
the control freak and the wanderer. Each with something to teach the other.
- The flirting in the trunk of the
- Apparently Laura's now an electronics
expert - she can reverse the fan on the a/c with the mere swapping of a
couple of wires
Minor (so sweetly, so innocently):
Oh you don't have to worry about my father, Miss Holt. Once he kills the
two of you he's through being a criminal, he promised!
R: Thank you Miss Holt. For protecting
me from myself.
L: Any time, Mr. Steele
Hair & Clothing
- Don't care for Laura's gray jacket
- Steph finally gets to escape running
in high heels - only to have to run in bare feet!
- Love Laura's hair in the tag scene
Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
- Bel-Oaks Country Club right across
the street from the twin towers? I don't THINK so!
- Quinn Cummings was in "The Babysitter"
with SZ, and SZ guest starred on Quinn's show "Family".
- Mr. Steele's infamous now-you-see-it-now-you-don't
vest. He takes it off to smother the fire coming under the door (and leaves
it there) but when he's shown swinging on the kitchen door, it's magically
- Where did Laura's diary come from?
Did he steal it before her house blew up? Or from Abigail's house in CT?
- The return envelopes didn't come
postage paid, and neither R nor L put a stamp on their envelope.
everglade68 (Sat Jul 7 2007 )
|Oh, I just love
this episode, it is up there in my list of favorites. I continue to be
amazed that the more I watch RS, the more I think that this is
just such a unique show. And, I
find it so hard to understand how others cannot see this. Oh well, their
Mr. Steele actually shoots his gun
in this episode. I cannot remember but I know this is a rare occurrence.
I don't understand, how is it that there are
headstones in a golf course? Also,
I did not know that there was so much
room in a taxi's trunk because Laura
and Remington looked awfully comfortable in there.
The physical activity required of
both Stephanie and Pierce seemed very demanding, all that running, swimming,
etc. I think that they definitely earned their salary that week.
I found it touching and sad that
Laura fearing for her well being, calls her mother, yet finds it hard to
say, "I love you Mom".
My favorite line was in the beginning
of the episode when Laura is trying to read some information from Major
Descoine's scarf. Remington appears amazed at her skills and says, "ah,
the wonders of a university education, eh?"
Love how Laura makes chewing gum
auroracat-1 (Sun Jul 8 2007)
|Watched my DVD
copy of this episode yesterday.
I love the revealing of RS's character
when they are on the golf course and he says, "just when I was starting
to make something of my lift" and the ensuing but short conversation with
LH. (Another example of why there would be a RS in the 6th season.)
I too wonder about where Des Coine
got the diaries unless he stole them in the 1st season, because as we know
Laura solved the Martin case before RS was "real". Which would mean that
DesCoine was planning for a long time. But at that time he would have thought
it was Steele and not Holt.
Speaking of things Red Holt Steele
- some of LH's clothes in season 2 are from season 1 "oops". Also what
about her Atomic Man Memorbilia in the trunk? I suppose she could have
had it at her mom's.......
I suppose the writers didn't realize
there would be so much analysis of their storeis:) LOL
Back to the episode. Love the conversations
in the cab, both the back seat and the trunk. Love the humor when the cabbie
gets out at the car wash and LH says "But it's so much more exciting this
way". A little of the "old" Laura?
Playing in the run off tunnels as
a child - more of the old Laura:)
Too bad they didn't do another episode
with Minor (would love to know what her name was). But I guess that's what
fan fiction is for.......
dragonflygreen11 (Sun Jul 8 2007)
|Pretty fun episode...gotta
love it for the sheer inventiveness of the number of ways the Major doesn't
quite kill our heroes. I also just love the goofiness of the fully furnished
Victorian sitting-room inside of a burned-out abandoned building. And I
just love Minor Descoines--such absolute innocence of expression, at all
In general, I find both episodes
featuring the Major to be entirely implausible and silly--maybe I love
them not in spite but because of it.
attagrrrl (Sun Jul 8 2007)
|Yay! I watched
this week. I really love this episode. It's nice to be outside the "solve
the case" framework. Is this the only episode in which there is no murder
or mystery to solve? It's mainly just a lot of running around, but it's
highly entertaining to see all the little tricks the Major pulls out and
how our dynamic duo handles them. Nice to see them working in sync so well.
Lots of great action. And I love that Laura gets to kick the Major in the
stomach. She so rarely gets to do any of the fighting.
As already mentioned in the previous
posts, this is also a great episode for character development. All the
little things that Laura and Steele let come out because they think death
is imminent are quite touching. The math major/wanderer talk in the cab
has to be one of my all-time favorite scenes.
However, this has to be the most
unrealistic episode of Remington Steele ever. The whole country club sequence
is just bizarre. And not only does the Major mysteriously manage to find
Laura's diary, but from the words she wrote as a child he somehow surmises
precisely where she will go to hide some 15 years later? Either the Major
is a mind reader, or Laura is the most predictable person in the history
of the world. There are so many "head scratchers" in this one, you can't
just suspend your disbelief. You really have to throw it out the window.
The whole episode feels like Laura and Steele are making their way through
some sort of weird fun house. They're like Alice down the rabbit hole.
Obviously the move from the ghetto buildings into the Victorian living
room is supposed to feel disconnected and surreal, but the whole episode
feels like that--as though it's not occurring in any real place or time.
Maybe that's the feeling the director was going for, and verisimilitude
just fell by the wayside.
Still, it's an extremely memorable
and fun episode. I, too, wish they had done a follow-up with Minor in Season
3. She was cool.
Xenos1981 (Mon Jul 9 2007)
|Oh, how I love
this episode!!! Anything with Major Descoine in it ROCKS!!! Don't know
why I love that guy so much...He's twisted and demented and has the creepiest
laugh (next to Vincent Price, of course)...But I love him! Maybe because
he always seems to catapult Laura and Remington into a deeper level of
their relationship. The first time around, Laura's scared to death that
The Major might have killed Remington, so when she finds him alive, she
gives him one of the most delicious kisses, runs her fingers through his
hair, sucks on his neck (OMG, OMG, OMG!!!) and tells him how worried she
was about him. Such a major confession from our Laura. And now this episode
leads to not one but TWO wonderful talks between our duo...The first in
the back seat of the cab (The Mathematics/The Wander speech culminating
in a beautiful "teach me" line from both of them that makes me misty every
time I watch) and then in the trunk of the cab ("Wouldn't have been such
a bad way to spend our last hour." and "Thank you, Miss Holt...for protecting
me from myself."...Though I have a bone to pick with Laura about that.
I'll elaborate more later.)
Yes, as attagrrrl pointed out earlier,
you not only have to suspend your disbelief but also throw it out the window...But
I'm ready, willing and able to do so because of the charm this episode
exudes. From beginning to end, I'm totally enthralled...By The Major's
relentlessness, by The Minor's sticky sweet badness, by Laura's strength,
and by Remington's...EVERYTHING!!! OMG, ladies!!! Is there anything sexier
than a wet, dirty and determined Mr. Steele?!?! OMG!!! Major Steelegasm,
Other things of note:
* LOVE Mr. Steele trying to concoct
a "Tropical Itch"...and Laura's and Mildred's reaction to it...Laura as
if it's really important and Mildred as if it might explode. LOL!
* Interesting how Mildred can announce
that she's leaving the office for a couple of hours...For a DATE, no less.
WOW! What great employers Laura and Remington are! I NEVER could do that...even
after working for the same schmuck for ten years!
* LOVE the flare and panache with
which The Major announces that he plans on killing Laura and Remington.
* LOVE that Remington gets to say
"bugger" not once but FIVE TIMES!!! (I guess Captain Jack Sparrow must
have ripped a page from our Mr. Steele, eh?)
* This is the episode that Pierce
contracted Bell's Palsy. SCARY!!! (I wouldn't have minded nursing him back
to health, though.)
* HATED Remington putting the gun
in the front of his pants. It's bad enough that he put it in the back...We
wouldn't want a bullet to accidentally get lodged in his cute rear end.
But think of the damage it could have done in the front!!! Good Lord!!!
Laura should carry it.
* LOVE Mr. Steele's three piece
suit...And love it even more as he begins to shed it!!! And with all those
* LOVE that Laura played in the
sewer tunnels as a kid. (I did, too!)
* A little miffed at Laura for "saving
Remington from himself". She should have "given of herself", IMHO.
* This is the second time that we
find out Laura is good with science/electric things. First in "Steele Framed",
she created a magnet using a car battery and a shot gun. And now when she
reversed the air conditioner to suck instead of blow. You go, girl! (That
sounded dirty, didn't it!? Sorry.)
* LOVE how Laura and Remington collapse
against each other on the couch in his office. They exude such a togetherness
in that one little moment. NICE!
* LOVE our trio's get-ups in the
post office scene. Afros galore!!! LOL!
Well, there you have it. My stupid
little musings for this week's episode. Until next week...
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
jrdedrick (Wed Jul 11 2007)
|I agree with Xenos
about Major Descoine. Both the episodes featuring him are my favorites,
all though, I will admit that I like Steele Framed a bit more than Elegy.
But both episodes are clever and have good, if somewhat unbelievable, scenarios.
Sounds like it's been covered pretty
well so I won't go back into it, but I'll try to be a bit more diligent
on the eps.
pianoRose (Wed Jul 11 2007)
fun to watch our pair in peril! Even though I "knew" that in both eps all
would end well for our pair I still found both eps suspenseful--even now
when i watch and know what will happen next --I still find myself thinking
oh, no I don't want to see them in danger!