Episode #53- Breath Of Steele
Xenos1981 (October 26 2007)
|OMG, OMG, OMG,
ladies!!! "Breath Of Steele"!!! LOVE this episode!!! Better than "Love
Among The Steele"; better than "Vintage Steele"; and for my money, better
than "Red Holt Steele"!!! I suspect we will garnish a gazillion posts on
this episode! Can't wait to read what everyone thinks! Post away, ladies!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
auroracat-1 (October 26 2007)
|Please tell me
you are kidding Xenos - It's one of my least favorites.....
trailgrrl (October 26 2007)
picac (October 26 2007)
|I detect a certain
level of sarcasm here. Though it is much better than Chips, and Springtime
and even In The Air and Blue Yonder! Go Breath! :D
by Xenos1981 (October 26 2007)
Had you going there, didn't I, Denise?! The best thing about this episode
is how delectable Pierce looks. (But, then again, when DOESN'T he look
great?!?!) We've got him in a tux AND a gorgeous three piece suit!!! YUMMY!!!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
sugarjilly (October 26 2007)
|You know what
Xenos, you had me going for a little bit too!! I read your post and was
like, WHAT!! Xenos, can't be serious!! I went and looked at the screen
caps...and said WHAT!!! and then I said, Xenos must be a little out of
it this week :) Boy!! you had me worried there for a second!
That was funny!! Nothing like a little
scare to get a post going, eh?
everglade68 (October 27 2007)
|I just finished
rewatching "Breath of Steele". I found it to be a silly episode with poor
writing, no romance and even PB didn't look that great with his short haircut.
I was wondering if this is the only
time SZ got hit with a cake in the face? I am sure someone else knows this
bit of information. Also, why was it that they could not sing "Happy Birthday"?
I don't think I ever understood the reason that the song was changed in
What I found interesting in this
ep, had nothing to do with RS. Toni (Alice Cadogan) and Teri (Kathy Maisnik)
must have represented the thousands of young women that go to Hollywood
each year to make it big. They both had short careers and hopefully found
worthwhile employment elsewhere.
auroracat-1 (October 27 2007)
|Yes Xenos - for
a moment there I really did think you had lost your mind. I will say I
don't mind the WWII flying episode so much as some others do (sorry, title
escapes me right now) but that is probably because I accidently minored
in history in college. Yes I said accidently:)
I also like John Laraquette (sp?)
so he is fun to watch. But not to much else redeemable about this episode.
It does seem as the Laura might be
softening on the Cannes agreement a bit. Bithday wishes, birthdays rolling
around year after year, etc.
The scene in the lab was pretty funny,
with Steele watching Chip and the girl and Laura searching for the ingredients
for the poison.
Mildred - what were you thinking
unleashing those two on Steele!!!!
All the characters in this episode
were over the top and very slap stick comedy - that part was kind of fun.
But I definitly missed the deeper writing of most of the other episodes.
This is all from memory so sorry
if it rambles a bit.
trailgrrl (October 27 2007)
|I liked the scene
when Steele wakes Laura(feet first!)and her cute little outbursts over
the phone and her clothes! "We were up til 5am talking about the bizzzzzzz"
I wondered what her imput might have been with this biz business!
dlxauburn (October 27 2007)
|"Breath of Steele"
- Good Title, such promise, I think to myself. Perhaps this episode will
be the one where he finally whispers those three little words to Laura.
WHAT? A giant pair of lips? Holy Rolling Stones Batman!
OOOhh wait, it's Mr. Steele's made
up birthday and we all know what he'll wish for when he blows out those
candles.... Hey, someone is shooting at them, but they weren't even kissing!!!
(Nevermind, the office is 11 floors up, I'm sure there was a window washing
platform or an assassin with a jetpack right out there.) Apparently the
cake can double as a hat to see if the bad guy has any bullets left.
Okay am I the only one who think's
Laura deserved the cake in the face for the strange facial gestures to
Steele moments before?
By 13 minutes into the show, we know
just about everything about who killled Myron Flowers and why Toni and
Terri are in danger. What we have to wait for is if writer John Wirth refunded
his pay for this awful script. Has anyone else been so disappointed by
this episode? Because of the lack of a credible mystery, I finally notice
the synthesized music from hell. Damn network executives with their stupid
suggestions to make the show more hip....Idiots!!!!
Okay, Laura and Remington are interogating
the women chemist, who's name I forget, only the sound editing is soooo
bad...I don't care if they get any info from her, just shut the door and
stop the typewriter noise from the next office. Or perhaps that was Michael
Gleason trying to furiously rewrite this mess before the shooting deadline.
AAARRRGGHH this is torture....
So on to the impeccable guest stars,
oh nuts... except for John Larroquette this might be the worst assemblage
of *cough* actors in humankind. I think Molly LaPlata owes her check back
too. Although I 'm surprised John actually found work again if he showed
this clip around town. And as long as I'm dissin' on John, what's with
the powder blue suit and sweaty upper lip? And the wardrobe of all the
other guest stars? Wardrobe and make up owe their checks back too.
Mr. Steele has just summed up this
episode around the 30 minute mark, "This case has been deceptively irritating."
A truer phrase has never been uttered on the small screen.
How convienant, Steele and Laura
happen into the lab and find the poison ingredients and get a motive from
the ever amorus Chip and Nancy all at the same time. Was this script written
and shot the day after the Remington Steele Set Christmas Party? It's as
if they stole a script from another show, like Riptide and tried passing
it off as Remington Steele. Maybe this is the Glenn Caron script he needed
to write to get out of his contract. Wirth found it and said "What the
Heck, maybe I'll get a deal with another network too?"
Only thing I found funny was Mildred
getting the address by pretending to be from the William Morris Agency.
And I think I know what Fred did after he quit chaufferring; he invented
Mapqwest and became a millionaire. The mans knows every address in California.
Okay the big finish at the giant
lips, just looks like a Batman set they reused. Set Decor guys, you owe
your checks back too!
Personally, Laura and Steele should
have just shot Toni and Terri and did us all a big favor. This is unquestionably
the worst of all RS episodes, nothing worked. Makes Season 5 look emmy
everglade68 (October 27 2007)
|Auburn, yes! I
found something good about "Breath of Steele", your post. It is so funny,
thank you so much.
picac (October 27 2007)
|I haven't had
time to do my homework, or maybe my cat ate it --- OK I'm procrastinating.
(Nothing to how I'll drag my feet when we get around to Chips and
Interview with: John Wirth - Television
by Writers Store Staff
John Wirth is writer and executive
producer of ‘Nash Bridges’ starring Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. He serves
on the board of the Writers Guild of America west on its Television Writers
Council. He graciously took time out to tell us about his career and advice
for the young writer who wants to be in television.
[I'm leaving this bit in just so
we know his career did not end with this script! So all you wannabe writers
get cracking -- you too can overcome!]
'In fact I wrote 25 screenplays before
I got my first job: I sent a spec script to Remington Steele. Lots of people
say don’t send spec scripts of the show you want to pitch to, but sometimes
it does pay to break the rules. They not only accepted that spec script,
they eventually hired me to be on the staff.'
'I remember going to the set one
day and the crew was readying a huge billboard for Pierce Brosnan to climb
up. I turned to him and asked if he was excited to do it and he replied
matter-of-factly, 'If it’s in the script, I'll do it.'
'Then, I realized, it's in the script
because I wrote it that way!'
'It was absolutely thrilling to see
and hear that first script come alive on television.'
Pierce Brosnan: Professional
....who had to be thinking
"Three years of the grueling Drama
Centre, years of repertory theater, a stint at the Glazgow Citz, hand cast
by Tennessee Williams & Franco Zefferelli, a year plus at the Lyric
opposite Dame Joan Plowright... dreams of coming to America and working
with Scorcese... and I'm crawling into a huge pair of bleepin' lips! Yeah
-- excited that's the bloody word!"
attagrrrl (October 27 2007)
|It's so funny
that everyone hates this episode. It makes me want to watch it, because
I don't remember it being that bad--except that it makes NO SENSE with
all the stuff cut out on the DVD version.
dtalley (October 30 2007)
|Thanks for taking
the time to critique this less-than-stellar episode. It made me laugh,
and since I'm recovering from foot surgery, that laughter is like medicine!
I think I'll have to rewatch this ep, now, cause your post made me remember
how ridiculous and funny parts of this episode are!
A murderer getting hit in the face
by a cream pie thrown by 2 singing telegram girls!!??
Remington singing 'happy birthday'
(at least, in the original version) and not even knowing whose birthday
it's supposed to be??!!
Remington crawling on the office
floor and holding a cake up to the window to see if someone shoots at it??!!
Laura sitting in the back of the
limo with her face, hair, and gorgeous gown covered with meringue scowling
while R is trying his best not to laugh??!!
Remington trying to wake up Sleeping
The killer having trash can lids
thrown at him during a madcap romp through and around a mansion??!!
The killer being indignant about
shooting the dead man and not poisoning him, and then being mortified to
discover he shot a dead man???
Remington's embarrassingly short
haircut???!!! (Oops, sorry - that's sad, not funny.)
Gotta admit . . . parts of this episode
are just over-the-top funny. I do, however, think we might have liked it
better if PB's hair had been longer.
At least "Breath" has some funny
stuff in it, so it doesn't knock "Springtime for Steele" out of the bottom
place for me. Alas, "Springtime" is just plain BORING.
MickeyBoggs (Nov 3 2007)
|When I think of
this episode, I think of John Larroquette, breath spray and the annoying
Toni and Teri. Even with that, it's a shame the way the DVD was butchered
to omit their version of "It's Not Unusual" along with Laura & Mildred
singing "Happy Birthday" to Mr. Steele.
- Shooting a man (twice) who's already
dead, getting hit in the face with a cake by singing telegram girls, then
losing the grip on the gun as you chase them. All in all, not a good day
for Nathan Fitz.
- Steele as Milo Minderbinder getting
punched and falling back into - the ficus from his own apartment? Dang
that ficus is good at finding its way around town!
- Nice comic work by both PB &
SZ with the punch/pie/limo ride scenes.
- Go Mildred! For once she butts
OUT instead of IN! Despite the silly Cannes agreement, her "kids" need
time alone. Sadly, another promising evening finds yet ANOTHER way to be
- Poor Laura. Sitting up most of
the night with T&T only to have them blasting away doing aerobics first
thing in the morning. It's amazing she didn't kill them herself. Also nice
to see Mr. Steele waking Laura up and listening to her tale of woe.
- This time Mildred doesn't have
to be persuaded to use her "IRS persona" when chasing down T&T by calling
Petula on the phone.
M: THAT Myron Flowers?
R: You know him Mildred?
M: Doesn't everybody? He's the Colonel
Sanders of breath spray.
R: Unfortunately sex is the one
thing sorely lacking in this case, Laura.
Hair & Clothing
- Mr. Steele in a tux. Twice. Sigh.
- I like Laura's sparkly top too.
- I *still* like Mr. Steele's short
hair - though apparently I'm in the minority.
- Laura's nightgown - understandable
with T&T there - hopefully she'd have worn something sexier if she'd
know Mr. Steele would provide an in-person wake-up call.
- I like Laura's classy blue suit.
- Mildred in a shower curtain -
not much more unflattering than some of the other "tents" they dress her
- Love Laura's dress and hair in
the tag scene.
Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
- Was this episode originally intended
to air earlier in the season? If not, then Mildred found paperwork indicating
Mr. Steele's birthday was in December. So why then, in Steele Searching
Part II, did they give him a passport with a September birthdate?
- So did the shots come from inside
the building our outside? Since there's no broken glass on the carpet (there
is confetti that T&T showered on R&L during one of the DVD's deleted
scenes) it appears the shooter was inside the building - but if so, how
did he miss them? If the shooter was outside, WHERE was he standing? And
where's the broken glass on the inside?!
- How did R & M open the door
to the loft on "aerobic morning"? The loft locks from the inside when the
occupant is home.....
- I had previously noticed the photo
of Laura & Abigail on her coffee table, but had never noticed the photo
of Abigail on Laura's chest of drawers.
- Here's an episode that just cries
out for a continuation of the tag scene. Fanfic writers, please tell us
what happens after T&T and Mildred leave the loft! Maybe the thaw could
have happened sooner?