Episode #56- Stronger Than Steele
Jill (November 19 2007)
I'm new to posting on SOTW, but thought I'd give it a
try this week. I won't be able to
do much though as I'm still lending
out my S3 DVD's. I got them back
for this week only to do this post
and now am thinking about keeping
them another week so I can post on
next week's SOTW. It's a good one!!!
well here goes:
Stronger thant Steele wasn't that
bad of an episode really. There
were a lot of good lines and funny
stuff happening. There's a few
themes or ideas that I seen happening
throughout this whole
1. Role reversal between Laura and
Remington which was great!! Some
really nice lines that made me laugh.
2. The subject of heros in context
to what Max needs to maintain and
what Laura needs.
3. The acutal mystery of trying
to find out who did it with a couple
of scenes that bring the viewer
into a feeling of the old Atomic Man
shows. (didn't care for that much).
Things I didn't like:
1. Didn't partcularlly like the
viewer knowing who done it right
away. I like to figure out who done
it. But it makes sense in this
episode to do it like this.
2. Didn't like the scene at Detective
Jarvis' office. I thought this
scene was like the old Atomic Man
shows. Which was, in my opinion,
suppose to be done that way. I just
didn't like it. It made it seem
silly. I did like the stuff RS and
LH were doing in the background,
but felt that it was too obvious
that Maxwell kept looking back and
no one caught on!!!
3. Maxwell saving Laura at the carpet
place and then saying...My
Hero...thought that was a little
stupid...but it goes with her
obession with Atomic Man I guess!!!
Things I liked:
1. Steele catching Laura in her
office watching Atomic Man! Great
2. Steele and Laura walking into
the Atomic Man convention and Steele
teasing Laura about where her costume
is!!! too funny.
3. the whole role reversal thing.
Very nice stuff there. For
example...Steele bailing Laura out
of jail and him pressing it in
with stuff that she would say...too
4. The black break-in clothes...I
know everyone has mentioned this
already, but they look soooo awesome
in them especially PB!!! LOL
5. The scene with Laura and Maxwell
at Mooney's Carpet when she tells
about her father and her watching
6. Maxwell telling Steele you don't
have to worry cause you're really
RS. I'm just an actor...too funny!!
Some lines I like:
L: Atomic Man is wanted for murder.
R: I didn't know the penalty for
bad acting was that high in
R: "I'll occupy Huckleberry Finn
R: "Mind your hands miss holt."
There are more lines, but didn't
write them all down. I only made
notes of these, so they might not
be exactly right, but you all get
the idea. :)
All-in-all I liked this episode!
I think that Atomic Man was suppose
to represent something like the
old Superman TV shows and the
creators at RS did capture that
well. All of the different themes
(mentioned about) going on in this
episode was really good and the
way that the murderer was proven
guilty was good.
Until next time. Thanks for reading.
MickeyBoggs (November 19 2007)
|The first of the
Lenhart-Sakmar scripts brings us some insight into
Laura's past and gives us a nice
twist on Mr. Steele's movie obsession.
- Nice job with the opening credits,
making them fit the old black &
white tv show
- Very ingenious of Laura to figure
out a way of communicating with
Donahue via Mooney's live TV commercials!
- The role reversal is fun. Laura
quoting TV series that resemble the
current situation. He becomes the
logical one and she's running on
intuition this time.
- Nice diversionary tactic by Mr.
Steele to get the "Tommies" to
- I like the conversation between
Max and Mr. Steele regarding
typecasting and the nature of heroes.
Nice to see the wheels turning
in Mr. Steele's head as to the role
he's taken on.
- Good touch of giving Max the undercover
name of "Officer Kimball" -
after the character in The Fugitive.
- LOL at Mr. Steele climbing up
the trellis into Spooner's office?
- Maxwell's "confession" - just
hilarious. What a great story-telling
job he does!
- When Mildred & Laura are watching
the 2nd tape, I crack up at Doris
watching Steph and leaning forward
& leaning back as she (SZ) does
while she's watching the tape.
- Love the tag scene!
- Who knew Laura was such a closet
tv show addict?
- Sweet scene where Laura and Max
talk and she tells him about
watching "Atomic Man" as a child.
R: (watching "Atomic Man") Hmm. Wonderfully
L: (snatching the tv away) That
show is timeless.
R: A fan are you?
L: I used to watch it as a child.
It purported all the values that my
mother wanted me to adopt: goodness,
R: What do you say to a nice little
American shag? Hello little
American shag! What's wrong Laura?
L: Atomic Man is wanted for murder!
R: Really? I didn't realize the
penalty for bad acting was that stiff
in this country.
L: Throw a towel on Mr. Steele,
Mildred. We're going to make minced
meat out of a murderess! (Wait,
you're assigning that task to
MILDRED?! Are you NUTS! Apparently
a night spent watching Atomic Man
has totally addled your brain, girl.)
R: Television, Mildred. It deadens
the mind and corrupts the soul.
Hair & Clothing
- Love Laura's red top. She looks
really good in red.
- She looks wonderful in that fuscia
outfit in the tag scene too.
Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
- Why doesn't Laura wear gloves when
they break into Davenport's office?
- SueJue's excellent PAXed scene:
|Haven't done my
homework yet on this episode...Wasn't really looking forward to
it actually. After all, who on earth
would ever let a television show -- one
from their childhood, nonetheless
-- become so important in their lives?! Who
would ever be so silly as to speak
in code, eh?! (St. Costello, ladies, but
that is *really* geeky. Thank goodness
it doesn't apply to any of us here.) It
just boggles the mind that Laura
would act like that!!! Sorry I'm getting so
worked up over this. *icy calm,
Xenos, icy calm*
But now, after reading 36auburn's
and Isabel's posts, I'm actually looking
forward to watching it again! And
knowing that Laura feels Remington
up...WOW!!! Count me in!!! YOU GO,
GIRL!!! (Hope she got a handful!)
Steele" is not up there in my favorite list, but it was a good
episode nonetheless. I love Gary
Frank so having him back as Det. Jarvis was
a big plus for me.
Love the reference to "The Fugitive",
Richard Kimble and David Jansen. I was
a big fan of this show and watched
the complete series when it originally aired.
Heck, I think half of the country
saw the last episode when the one-armed man
was caught. Television does more
than "deaden the mind and corrupt the soul", it
provides common ground for a very
diverse group of people.
As always, it is great to learn a
little more about Laura's past. When she
talks to Max about watching his
show with her father as a young child, her
eyes watered and we see that the
pain is still there. Nice performance by SZ in
Wasn't "Heaven Gates" a big flop
as a movie? I think so and yet Mr. Steele
would rather see it than another
episode of Atomic Man.
It is nice to see Laura and Remington
in their black break-in clothes. I noticed
that it must have been a cold night
when they filmed this scene as you could see
Laura: "Atomic Man is wanted for
Remington: "Really? I didn't realize
the penalty for bad acting was that stiff
in this country"
I hadn't noticed it before but this
episode is dated by two things. The director
talking about doing a remake of
Atomic Man for the 80's and Laura's reference to
remote controls as handy gadgets.
|""Mind your hand
Miss Holt!" Indeed! I don't think she minded at all!"
This could be chalked up to Pierce's
ability to ad-lib. The position of that grab wasn't in the script - LOL!
Stronger Than Steele, written by
Lenhart and Sakmar, better known as
the gimmick guys, is a reversal
episode. Laura goes abit squirrely
and Steele stays levelheaded. We
also get the TV series references of
Columbo and Quincy from Laura instead
of the obligatory movie
references from Steele. Even the
cleaning woman's name of Hazel is an
oblique reference to a TV show.
Shades of Susan Baskin, we also have
an episode that delves further
into Laura's past. Her warm memories
of her father further our
understanding of the hurt she suffered
when he left without the
normal bitterness that is usually
attached to this aspect of her
I think I like this episode so well
because I identify so completely
with Laura's love of Atomic Man.
So many of us share this trait with
her, through Remington Steele. I
just love the scene of Laura
watching AM on her small portable
TV in the office and her
embarassment at getting caught by
Steele. Reminds me of sneaking a
small radio with TV audio band to
work to listen to RS before I had a
The plot is good, but the presentation
leads us to know the identity
of the murderer from nearly the
beginning. So the only mystery is
seeing how Laura will figure it
out. So that's a little weak.
But the dialog and humor save this
one completely for me. So many
great lines delivered with superb
comedic timing. "Laura, no costume
this year?" "Hello nice little American
shag" (BTW, this has new
meaning for me since Austin Powers!).
Mildred mimicking Laura on the
coach, trying to infuse the ability
to deduce a clue by body
position. Conrad Janis performance
with Gary Frank in the staged
confession scene was great! "The
Huckleberry Finn of Homicide" is so
passionate about getting the confession
and just as honest in his
earnst desire to get the real murderer.
Steele and Laura breaking
into Javis' office at a crowded
police station, that's a real bit of
The closet bit of romance we get
is Steele's attempt to distract
Laura on the sofa. Although, it
could be argued he just really didn't
want to watch an AM episode. And
then there's Laura getting handsy
with Steele while pulling him into
the window at Spooner's
office. "Mind your hand Miss Holt!"
Indeed! I don't think she minded
No romance, very little mystery and
yet I liked it alot.