Episode #57- Have I Got a Steele for You
Auburn (November 26, 2007)
|Have I Got A Steele For You....really? I'll take
athletically lean, dashingly debonaire, too wonderfully good to be
true Steele in Blue. Is there a 30 day return guarantee with a
receipt? HMMM maybe I should get two... one for work and one for
home. What do you mean there's a limit of one per customer? Oops, did
I type that out loud? The hazards I guess of watching SOTW after
shopping during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
But very timely that our SOTW is nicknamed "The Thaw" when mother
nature decides to turn down the thermostat outdoors. Oh well, if you
watch that thaw scene twice and you don't need the long undies !!!
Best point of the episode for me is definately where Laura just
stares at Remington's lips, while biting down on her own lower lip.
It conveys all of her blatant desire for him, while showing the
outright angst of her decision to keep hands off. You know exactly
what she's thinking and why she thinking it. Very well done! I mean
there he is, half undressed, bruised and vulnerable...looking so darn
hot! I'll stop. I'm sure XXXenos will insert some further comments
more descriptively inappropriate than I could admit to in such a
And so much to be thankful for in this episode, like the return of
our guest star superhero Michael Constantine as George E. Mulch. The
scene where he is waiting in the reception area with Mildred while
Laura lectures Steele on the benefits of a partnership, is
hysterical! "You're up,... You're down, ...Get in there!... Sit
down!" Poor George, trying to keep a shred of his optimistic dignity
while being commanded like a dog. So well done.
I have to diagree with alot of the wardrobe in this one, exceptions
would be Mr. Steele's camel overcoat and the suit under it and the
silk boxers under that. And Laura's sage green jacket and black skirt
ensemble is also very stylish. Otherwise, the blue knit sweater,
Laura first wore, was too bright for that tweed jacket. And Remington
later shows up in some sort of test pattern/screen saver shirt and
sport coat. Yikes!!! My TV actually tried to re-scan the channel as
it no doubt detected some sort of digital diaster! Although I have
admit I didn't notice the outfit til the TV did, because I was
distracted by PB's slightly longer locks in this episode. Oh my! Even
my fingers were itchy!
The mystery was first rate. Complex enough to lead our intrepid duo
into thinking Pete Gillespie was the mastermind at first. Alot of
action with the loanshark angle to distract us and the guy who played
Buckner was first rate! Hated him on sight! I had wished he was the
ultimate bad guy, instead of a plot point. And for a little guy he
has a great, deep voice, despite the tough guy accent.
A few other odd things: Steele scales a wall after being beaten to a
pulp? Laura knows precisely where the agency gun is? Buckner's
driveway gate is the slowest closing gate in America. Nearly
everybody has a gun in this episode, except for Mildred, George,
Steele and Juan Estavan Castro, the repo guy.
Mrs. Ryan no doubt had one in her purse and Lil' Courtney had one
under that pinafore dress outfit. I don't blame her though, I'd pack
heat too if they made me wear an outfit like that!
So, the thaw is in place. I'm absolutely positive the next episode
will have the really big romantic pay off.... Whaddaya
mean "Springtime for Steele" is the next one?...Oh.. I see Courtney
gave her gun to Rocky. Yes, now it makes sense. MIchael Gleason was
held at gunpoint by his own family....
|FINALLY, the beginnings of a thaw. Took ya long enough,
Seriously, it's nice to see her come to her senses, though I hate that
he had to take a pounding for it to come to that.
- I must admit I was initially confused as to why Mr. Ryan burned the
traveler's checks. Glad they explained it later on.
- I love Mulch! "A man on the brink of inspiration"
- Love the expressions on both Steele & Laura's faces when he whips
the doll out of the drawer and slaps it on the desktop
- In the latter part of the "thaw" scene, I love how Laura's eyes are
glued to Mr. Steele almost the whole time. It's a small thing that
comes across as very sexy.
- The Courtney Doll Company is trying to get ABBA to sing the Courtney
Doll jingle?! Is Melvoin prescient or what!
- Nice visual of all four actors pacing around the lobby of RSI
- Yay Laura for offering to "come by later with some Ben-Gay" to take
care of Mr. Steele (though she should have pulled him aside to mention
that, instead of saying it right in front of Mulch)
- Nice to see Mr. Steele hasn't lost his touch with his scheme to get
back at Buckner
- For all her preaching at Mr. Steele, Laura gets a bonehead award
this episode for going to the factory alone
- Laura grumbling at Steele about working without her. While that does
upset her I think she's also masking her personal concern for his
- Further proof for me is that when Buckner's men work Mr. Steele
over, she doesn't check for a license plate or try to memorize their
physical descriptions, her first instinct is to go to Mr. Steele and
- The whole "beginnings of a thaw scene". They actually TALK about
their relationship - what a concept!
Mulch: All of a sudden, what started out as an innocent bribe for your
child's affection has turned into a conglomerate of extortion!
(so true in light of the approaching holiday shopping season!)
(I'm not including the whole thaw scene 'cause I don't want to type
the whole thing up but those are definitely my favorite lines in the
Hair & Clothing
- I like Laura's royal blue top. It's a good color for her.
- The ace bandage is a nice fashion statement for Mr. Steele (LOL)
Seriously, he looks great in pretty much every outfit in this episode.
Heck, in pretty much every outfit he wears in the entire series!
- Laura's hair looks great when she's wearing that white blouse &
- She also looks wonderful in the maroon shirt in the tag. Her hair
great there too.
Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
- Laura knows where the agency gun is but she didn't hunt for bullets.
Was it left loaded for once?
- And as Judy has told us, the real-life Courtney on the show is
Courtney Gleason, Michael's daughter with Lynne Randall
- So much wonderful fanfic for this episode! Including: SueJue's
scrapped scenes: http://krebsfiles.com/haveigotscrap.html and
Charlotte Knight's steamy conclusion to the episode:
I haven't posted in an SOTW in FOREVER... but here goes.
Ya gotta love George E. Mulch... the guy is so exasperating, but I
always find myself rooting for him. He's the "idea" man... maybe I
have a soft spot for him because I'm waiting for some "big idea" to
make me rich, too! :-) And Michael Constantine is pure gold.
I too loved the scene in the office with Mildred and Mulch... ("You're
up, Mulch... You're down, Mulch...) Very funny and well played by
Doris and MC.
I'll refrain from commenting on the thaw scene... but it was wonderful.
I loved the scenes in the office where Laura was "protecting" RS. "The
street is no place for THE boss." And I also loved RS and Mulch
stealing Buckner's car. I love it when Remington's larcenous past
finds its way to the forefront, always in a good cause. :-)
|I, too, shall re-post from IMDb. This is in response
to Christine's great
ROTFLMAO, Auburn!!! O...M...G!!!
"I mean there he is, half undressed, bruised and vulnerable...looking
hot! I'll stop. I'm sure XXXenos will insert some further comments
descriptively inappropriate than I could admit to in such a public
Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes!!! Good Lord!!! I accosted the television set
point...Pushed it off the back of the entertainment center, fell on
top of it
and the darn thing shorted out. At least that's what the XenosHubby
thought I had pushed Mr. Steele to the floor, crawled on top of him
then...FIREWORKS!!! (I'm still recuperating!)
"Although I have to admit I didn't notice the outfit till the TV did,
was distracted by PB's slightly longer locks in this episode. Oh my!
fingers were itchy!"
OMG!!! YES!!! YES, YES, YES-YES-YES!!! That hair!!! How Laura kept herself
check all that time boggles the mind!!! If I were her...OMG...look
HAIR!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!! Sorry, I'm beyond itchy!!!
"And so much to be thankful for in this episode, like the return of
star superhero Michael Constantine as George E. Mulch."
"I have to disagree with a lot of the wardrobe in this one, exceptions
Mr. Steele's camel overcoat and the suit under it and the silk boxers
Silk boxers, eh? In my fantasy, he's commando...Quicker that way. Didn't
say in the commentaries that they didn't wear underwear cuz the pants
tight?!?! (I'm assuming she meant her and Pierce, not Doris.) At any
girl can fantasize!!! Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes!!! Amen AND hallelujah!!!
"Mrs. Ryan no doubt had one in her purse and Lil' Courtney had one under
pinafore dress outfit. I don't blame her though, I'd pack heat too
if they made
me wear an outfit like that!"
"So, the thaw is in place. I'm absolutely positive the next episode
the really big romantic pay off.... Whaddaya mean "Springtime for Steele"
next one?...Oh.. I see Courtney gave her gun to Rocky. Yes, now it
Too bad Rocky didn't use it on herself...It would have save us from
that is "Springtime"!!! And why after the thaw don't they make mad,
Other random thoughts:
1. Pierce looked so freakin' hot in that overcoat!!! Good Lord!!! If
Cassie, I would've made him wear that to bed with nothing underneath!
2. An ABBA reference?!?! Mamma Mia!!! Remington's reaction to that was
funny. I also remember groaning at that the first time I watched it.
(I was into
"hair bands" at the time...ABBA was definitely NOT my thing!) Funny
how 20 years
later I sing joyously (yet hopelessly off-key) to their music and can't
till the movie comes out. Of course, it doesn't hurt that God's Most
Creature is starring in it!
3. THE THAW!!! 'Nuff said. *sigh* It's about time!!!
4. George Edward Mulch is probably my favorite guest star of all time
(other than the uncomparable Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as the wonderful
Chalmers). And I love the chemistry between him and Mr. Steele. A joy
5. Rubbing Ben Gay on Mr. Steele?!?! Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes!!! The stuff
are made of!!! (Though I hope Laura actually used massage oils instead.
stuff stinks to high heaven!)
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof that God loves us and wants us to
|I love this episode, it's easily one of my favorites
and it has one of my favorite recurring/guest stars in GEM.
"That jerk! Now, the way I see it, Mr. Steele, under the community property
statutes in the state, half of that money belongs to me. And my husband
is flushing it down the TOILET!"
Warning red flag piece of dialogue that gives away the reason of the
entire scam. There's really no reason why she should launch into community
property language -- after all being the wife should be enough reason for
It was said above but my lord -- Mr. Steele in that camel coat is a
thing of absolute beauty. No man has ever done more for clothing than Pierce
Nice realistic pause at the window as Mr. Steele has to deal with his
dizziness after being slammed in the head with the gun.
"I'm not sure which is worse. The ringing in my head or
the rasping in my ears."
Sadly for him a tone he hears far more than the seductive lilt.
"I don't care how innocent it appeared, you don't pursue
cases without me."
Yes, big tough Laura is going to protect Steele from getting hurt
-- or not as we painfully see in the following scene where she's helpless
to stop his beating.
It's another fine bit of traditional gender role reversal in this episode
where Laura treats Steele like a hot house flower needing to be protected
and kept off the mean streets of LA while she takes the obviously tougher
and in need of less protection Mildred out with her. LOL. Steele
begrudgingly temporarily humors her then goes out to steel a car and antagonize
a loan shark as Laura ignores all her own advice and goes out alone to
the warehouse and almost gets herself shot.
This episode has one of my top ten line readings in Steele -- "George,
my dolly." -- I crack up every time at his serious possessive tones in
conjunction with the word Dolly.
"Innocent men don't run." .
"Sounds like a Raymond Chandler novel."
Ah -- to be that Ace bandage. :D
The Beginnings of a Thaw scene is lovely -- the only drawbacks are that
there wasn't enough lead and build up with previous episodes and we didn't
get enough follow through after discussing the things if anything they
learned by being apart and wanted by being together. Oh and that Laura
REALLY needs an answering machine and something better than Ben-Gay to
rub all over Mr. Steele. ;)
It's a fun scene overall with the brainstorming and contributions by
all parties and Steele finding a kindred soul in Mulch and his inspiration
via movies. (and Day of the Jackal is a first rate film of a first rate
"What a brilliant, wonderful, ingenious little plan!"
You have to love Mr. Steele's absolute glee at a well planned lucrative
Speaking of which we get a marvelous bit of Steele's brilliant criminal
mind and body (albeit bruised and wrapped) at work as he steals the car,
knows exactly how and where to get it fenced (interesting that three years
in he still knows all this up date
information of the more criminal side of the street) cooly confronts
Buckner and gets a bit of his own back by knocking him about- though I
don't think he should have paid extra for the honor. ;)
"Yes, well, you know how seriously I take your instructions,
there you were, alone, working in complete violation of your own
that we work as a team."
"Yes, well, as with any rule, there are- extenuating circumstances,
extraordinary conditions, under which-"
They're both so full of it. LOL
And what makes George think he should get any of that extra cash? Pftt.
I love George but he got his part when the loan shark was paid off. :-P