A Plot"! Thank God for this episode...Especially after the foul "Breath
Of Steele". (I haven't had a chance to comment on that one, but let me
just say that I don't think there has ever been such a stellar group of
guest stars since they cast Marc Hayashi as Mike Ito in "You're Steele
The One For Me"!!!) On to "Plot"...
OK, so no romance except for the
wonderful little bit at the end: "Hey, you guys, stop sparring. Go into
a clinch." (God bless Maxie!!!) And then there's Laura's horrific lack
of taste. Butch freakin' Beemis?!?! Oh, Laura!!! Laura, Laura, LAURA!!!
I probably shouldn't like this episode...But I totally LOVE it!!! Guess
they went out of their way to make up for the horrible cast last week because
this cast was a hoot!!! Butch? Good Lord!!! Perfect!!! (Not like Pierce
perfect...Sleazy perfect. You know...Auburn's type of guy!) Columbine Cooper?
Heh-heh-heh!!! She pretty much said everything I'd want to say to Pierce:
"You must pull me to your manly chest, stare deeply into my lambent eyes,
and then probe me. And probe me. And probe me relentlessly." Oh-ho-ho,
yeh-heh-hes!!! Maxie? So likable. "Handsome." (She's got great taste, too.)
Not a bad seed in the whole bunch!
The mystery was really good. Kept
me guessing. Especially when the money turned up. The wrap-up could've
been handled better. If that tape had been loud enough for everyone to
hear it upstairs, I suspect Mildred would be deaf. And how did she know
when to play the tape? Could she really hear what Laura and Remington were
saying while she was in that coffin? Way too icebox-ish for my taste. But
the rest of the episode was so good that I'll forgive them.
The dialog was really snappy. Lots
and lots of laughs. So many great lines, but here are some of my favorites
(in addition to those listed above):
Laura (spying Butch opening his beer
bottle with his teeth): What do you call that?!
Remington: Do it yourself orthodontia?
Laidlaw: That's Butch Beemis...The
'Chip Sledge' series?
Laura: Trash! Illiterate, chauvinist,
trash. Degrading to women, degrading to the human race.
Laidlaw: Eighteen MILLION copies,
Remington: That's a lot of degradation.
Grimm: Frankly, Miss Crabs, your
Grimm: Thank goodness...
(It's so stupid, but I laugh out
loud every time!!!)
Butch (to Laura): If I let my private
eye do what you're doing, my readers would barf.
(That Butch is all class, I tell
you! Gary Graham is truly wonderful in this role!)
Remington: Laura, Have you just discovered
you have hair?
(Gets me every time! HA!!! Such a
great line...And so usable!)
After the lovely little exchange
between Laura and Butch at her loft after he breaks in, Mr. Steele comes
to the door...
Remington: Mr. Beemis.
Butch: Call me Butch.
Remington: Do I have to?
Butch: Gamble wasn't smart enough
to find an elephant in an outhouse.
Laura: If we're gonna toss the joint...let's
Remington: What has that man done
to your vocabulary?
Remington: I trust you and Gil Fox
weren't...snared in rapturous tentacles of molten desire?
Columbine: Mr. Steele. What do you
think I am? Easy?
(Oh, and Mr. Steele getting his finger
caught in the book when Columbine exposes herself to him? Pure Brosnan
Butch: Listen, why don't you slip
into something a little more comfortable? Like your skin?
Butch: I didn't come over here to
watch you make phone calls.
Laura: I'm WORKING.
Butch: My broads don't work on anything
Butch: You don't understand. I'm
Laura: You don't understand. I'm
(THAT's my girl!!!)
Other Things Of Note:
LOVED how beautiful Mr. Steele was
in this episode. (Like he's anything but!!!) It's just so striking, though,
the difference in the length of his gorgeous hair for this episode and
last week's. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! I love it longer like this!!! I wasn't
nuts about the patterned jacket he wore, though. Made my TV go nuts. It
Laura looked great in this episode.
Wish I looked that great when I got out of the shower! Especially loved
her simple red blouse with black pants. Classic. I went out and bought
an outfit exactly like that after this episode aired the first time around.
HATED it when Laura confronted Nussman
alone in his "cell". Did she learn NOTHING from Malta?!?!
LOVED the titles of the books. Especially
"Kiss Me To A Pulp" and "Lust's Lovely Latitude". LOL!
Don't laugh, but I absolutely loved
Laura falling for Butch. How stupid was she?!?! Especially when she has
the perfect man standing right in front of her!!! *sigh* But we've all
had insane moments of inexplicable lust, haven't we? The fact that she
finally saw the light and put him in his place was sweet!!!
Remington with Maxie? How wonderful
was that?!?! He's got such a beautiful heart, our Mr. Steele!!! *sigh*
Five stars!!! Great episode...Even
without the romance.
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!