Remington Steele:  Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist
SOTW: Episode #50- A Pocketful of Steele
by Xenos1981    (October 5 2007)
Friday again. Our SOTW is "A Pocketful Of Steele". (Is is just me or does that sound dirty?!?! Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!) I'll say this now so that everyone won't remember it by the time I post my thoughts...I liked Jackie's hair!!! (Hey, this was the 80s...Big hair was "in"! I also had a crush on Eddie Van Halen at the time!) Post away, ladies!!!
 

Xenos

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

by dlxauburn   (October 6 2007)
"... current industry practices in that age group..." STOP IT you're killing me!!!ROFLMAO! On to the review... wait one more HA! Okay I'm better now.


Not much in this episode, aside from the parallel to Steele's own teen years. But would it have killed them to give us just a little romance, I mean Pax probably had a very difficult time deciding where to edit this! Apalling...

Otherwise, I see the bank cop is the same one from Francis' kitchen in the Vinne and menagrie of dead turtles episode.
I can just see PB when they brought out the wardrobe for this one. 'Alright a casual shirt...hey what's with the zippered pockets? Don't panic ol' boy, I'll just leave nearly all the buttons undone.' Speaking for women everywhere ...THANK YOU!!!!

I love Laura's uncomfortable tolerance of the jail house cat calls as she goes to bail out Steele and her absolute delight in determining how thoroughly he was searched. But wasn't this a reversal of roles from another episode? Or one in the future? Can't seem to recall, but I'm sure I'd have signed up to be his jailer for that strip search...

Laura changes from high heels to a 2" wedge to dodge speeding cars in the street. I bet she did this quite often but I just noticed this time. And kudo's to Steph for the fire escape climb into Jackie's room. Reason 145, I'm not a Private eye...
The clock in the hotel lobby reads 2:45 when they go in, 2:30 in Mama's room, and 4:50 when the exit the hotel. The budget from the overseas episodes must have forced them to let go the continuity editor....

And finally, I wonder did Jackie get to keep the 10 grand he blackmailed from McKenzie? Hope so.... 

by Xenos1981  (October 8 2007)
Thanks for your post, Auburn! OUCH!!! No one's posting on this one. What gives? And who deleted their post?!?! No fair! I hadn't read it yet! Well, I guess I'll give it a whirl...

“A Pocketful of Steele”. Not one of my favorite episodes, I must say…Though I found that I rather enjoyed it this time around. Of course, there was the abhorrent lack of romance which totally bites and keeps me from watching it habitually. (Gotta have my romance, ya’ know.) Nonetheless, it had its pluses…

1. The Mystery. I liked this one. It was well-written. Kept me guessing. At least this time I could concentrate on the plot since I knew there was no kissing or foreplay to look forward to…Though Mr. Steele is a distraction in and of himself. (Does anyone else think that Crayola needs to create a new blue crayon called “Pierce Brosnan’s Eyes”? O…M…G!!! They’re so distracting…and freakin’ gorgeous!!!) There are a number of episodes I watch over and over and over again and I have no idea what the mystery is about. LOL!

2. The Guest Stars. Yes, folks…I liked Meeno Peluce…Long hair and all. (Though for some reason, when I watched it this time around, I kept thinking, ‘Age him ten years, give him a mullet and you’ve got Tony.’ There’s something about his mannerisms that makes me flash to The Rat. Hmmmmmm…) Mama was a riot…Mr. Schwimmer was menacingly engrossing…Larry just made me nervous as the down-on-his-luck, aging con man…Thelma was a joy to watch as she identified Jackie by how he picked rather than by what he looked like…All in all, not a bad one in the bunch.

3. The Clothes. Yes, yes, yes…Mr. Steele’s suit. He always looks good in a suit. But in jeans…Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes! The shirt (though kinda weird with the zipper pockets) opened a fair amount (revealing his oh-so-appetizing chest) and casual jacket topped off with cool shades? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! (His hair looked fabulous, too!!! Just thought I’d throw that in.)

4. The Drama. I know why Pierce loved this episode so much…Because he got to prove that he could be more than just funny, charming and sexy. He got to “show his chops”, so to speak. (And lovely chops they are!!!) NICE!!!

5. The Comedy. I never thought of this as a “funny” episode…But it had its moments. The scene with Jackie’s family. Hysterical! Poor, gullible Laura. (I would’ve been the same way.) The jail scene. OMG!!! Never EVER thought I’d want to do strip searches at a jail (eeeeewwwwww!), but DAMN!!! [[bigeek]] Sign me up and bring him on!!! Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes!!!

6. The Humanity. Once again, Mr. Steele proves what a kind heart he has. *sigh* Plus, we learn a bit more about Remington’s past! (Always a good thing.) One of my favorite moments: R: "I am not saving souls, Laura." L: "Not even a cheap little pickpocket's?" R: "Com'on, he's more than that, dammit!" Great all the way around. Laura knew exactly what Mr. Steele needed there. Also wonderful: J: "Who are you to come in here looking like some debutante telling me that WE'VE got a problem? Can you handle a secret, lady? I don't need you. I don't need you, I don't need your friend." L: "It's very safe, isn't it? Not needing anybody, nobody needing you. If you can figure out a way to go through life like that, I'll buy your book. But for now, a man I care about cares about you. Don't throw that away." Brilliant parallels in both instances. Great writing.

So there you go. A good episode that fails to achieve greatness because of the LACK OF ROMANCE!!! Let this be a lesson to us all. (Ahem, Mr. Kern!!!) [[winkgrin]]

Xenos

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

by queenheadintheclouds (October 8 2007)
Xenos- I believe the established name is Pierce Brosnan Blue. :P

Meeno is Punky Brewster's brother. I saw it on one of those E! True Hollywood Stories and recognized him strictly from this Steele ep.

The great part of this episode is that we kind of get an idea of what Steele's life might have been like at Jackie's age.

Pierce Brosnan didn't need blue mankini trunks to be Bond.

by Xenos1981 (October 8 2007)
Pierce Brosnan Blue, eh, Queen?! My favorite color!!!
 

Xenos

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

by Neeney508  (October 9 2007)
Well I was gonna comment but it looks like you've all taken my comments all ready. LOL This isn't one of my favs but it isn't in my bottom ten either. And I thought Meeno Peluce did good in this one.

Neeney

by everglade68  (October 9 2007)
Oh Neeney, we miss you!!! How about getting your notebook ready for the next SOTW.

Isabel
 

by Xenos1981  (October 9 2007)
NEENERS!!! OK...I won't post on the next SOTW until after you do. How's that? But you have to post something!!!
 

Xenos

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

by Neeney508   (October 9 2007)
Don't let me hold you up. You just do what you do best, and I'll try my best to have a more detailed post for the next one. But if I don't, please don't shoot me! :D

Neeney

by Xenos1981  (October 9 2007)
It's already loaded and cocked, Neeners! Pressure's on, babe! [[winkgrin]]
 

Xenos

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

by Neeney508   (October 11 2007)
Then I guess you're gonna have to shoot me. LOL

Neeney


 
by Xenos1981  (October 11 2007)
Pfft, Neeners! [[fight2]]  Seriously...I want a good post from you for our next SOTW, girl! [[biggrin]]

Oh, yeah...One thing I forgot to write...The XenosHubby was VERY impressed when Steph shimmied up the fire escape with such grace and ease. He couldn't believe a stunt person didn't do it. Kudos, Steph!
 

Xenos

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

by edr1109   (October 11 2007)
The only thing I have to say about this episode is that it co-starred my first TV crush, Meeno Peluce. He was on a show called Voyagers with John Erik Hexum and it was on for only about 6 episodes or something like that in the very early 80s. Anyway, I think it was his afro that I loved which apparently grew bigger and bigger the more Meeno grew. Luckily by the time he was on Remington, my tastes had matured.

He acted kind of like a brat in this episode, not the way I think of Steele being at that age. I imagine Steele as a mini-gentleman sipping Sprite instead of champers and trying to get to second base. LOL

  (October 11 2007)
I remember Voyager, I had a crush Hexum. Such a damn shame about him.

At that age, 13 or 14 Steele was probably still living on the streets in Brixton, around the time when Daniel probably found him. He'd be more likely to be drinking beer (if he could afford it) and sex and threats of sex would have been beyond 2nd base. According to Daniel he was an angry violent young man which is far more realistic than the almost Disney-esque Jackie who may have a chip on his shoulder but it's about the size of a pebble. That he keeps calling 31 year old Steele "Old Man" is also pushing credulity even for a teenager.

I haven't done my homework again so I'm going from months old memories (Heh). This isn't one of my favorite episodes but it does have it's highlights.

Laura melted like a cheap ice cream cone. She won't reveal her client but she will finger the kid to cut a few hours off her holding time. Boo Hiss. :P I like her talk with Jackie when she says she cares for Mr. Steele. Of course it would be nicer if she could realize that she too with Cannes is "throwing away" that Mr. Steele cares for her.

Mr. Steele is much too beautiful to go to prison where wolf whistles would not be reserved for Miss Holt. O.o

Traveler's aid for the criminal miscreant. In a Bowling Alley. I LOVE this! I love that Mr. Steele still knows these things, like where to get counterfeit money, where to gamble in the back room for high stakes, and who to go to to fence a hot car.

The best thing about this episode -- Mr. Steele again forgets what buttons are for. :D   Interesting that post Cannes agreement he seems to have become more and more forgetful about his buttons. Coincidence, I think not.

by MickeyBoggs  (October 13 2007)
Yes, I'm EXTREMELY late and I think all of this has been said but here it is anyway:

I read where someone on one of these boards referred to this episode as "Pocketful of Hair". Ever since then, that's what I think of, Jackie's hair, when I think of this episode.
 

Memorable Stuff

- Thelma and the "traveler's aid" society!
- The whole family drama concocted to allow Jackie to escape
- Go Laura! Jumping up and climbing the fire escape in high heels.
- Schwimmer runs into a garage that offers $2 all-day parking. Can't imagine that anywhere anymore.
 

Character Development

- Love how Mr. Steele's so out of practice that he doesn't even realize his pocket's been picked not once, but twice!
- Laura slowly realizing how Mr. Steele sees himself in Jackie and confirming it by checking his reaction when she calls Jackie a "cheap little pickpocket".
- Mr. Steele getting Mildred to do his legwork (over the phone).
- Mr. Steele mentions a movie, Laura jumps right in with the plot description. Ya gotta love it. They're a true team.
 

Favorite lines

L: You know, you're positively delighted with that treacherous little urchin.
R: Well, you must admit Laura, it's a daring, brilliant, unexpected ploy - something I would have done.
 

Hair & Clothing

- I like Laura's pink blouse with the blazer
- Mr. Steele in jeans. It's a good thing.
 

Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc

- Meeno goofs a line. He says "How many of there are you?!" instead of "How many of you are there?"
- Way to go, Laura. Pick up McKenzie's gun, getting your fingerprints all over it.
- I know Brad Kern said Pierce liked getting to play a side of Mr. Steele that's a bit grittier, and for an actor I'm sure it's nice not to play the same-ol'-same-ol' every week. I just miss the romance.

The PAXed part of the episode (thanks Suejue): http://krebsfiles.com/pocketfulscrap.html


[ Remington Steele ]  [ Steele Of The Week ]