Xenos1981 (April 18, 2008)
ladies! Tonight's episode is "Suburban Steele"! Mr. Steele with children!!!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
|I like lots of
things about this episode. Not a lot of romance (AGAIN) but it's fun to
see our favorite duo placed in suburbia. Just reaffirms to me that a Steele-Holt
household would be anything but traditional!
- Laura getting frustrated by all
of Frances' phone calls over the past few weeks (who wouldn't be) and Mr.
Steele - the man without a family (related by blood, anyway) being much
more calm about the whole situation.
- So nice to see Donald & Frances
get some "alone time". She's worried about the kids and the maternal instincts
just don't quit, but Donald manages to win her over
- Special spaghetti. Holy pete!
- Nice job of including the Japanese
guys. The "Hibachi brothers" indeed!
- Mr. Steele opening Ted Warner's
safe and pulling out those old 5.25" disks. Haven't seen those in awhile!
These days it'd be flash drives. Nice touches by PB to have Mr. Steele
talk to himself about "slipping" when he forgets to put the lock back on
the safe before he covers it up.
- Laura's embarrassment and Frances'
fervor at the Bright Age meeting
- Nice visual effect of Mr. Steele
walking upright through the warehouse as the Japanese investigators skulk
- Frances apologizing to the Bright
Age ladies for "the mess" in her home. Gee, wish my home was always that
- Donald and Mr. Steele opening
every single box in the Bright Age truck
- Nice to see Mildred enjoying her
old friend Bumpers. Cute to see him flirting with her.
- Mr. Steele, lounging in the living
room, manning the command post at the Piper house
- Vince Del Gado claiming with pride
that he's a professional who takes pride in his work
- The Lavender Ladies not getting
upset they're laundering money for the mob - but they DO get upset that
Ted was sleeping with more than one of them
- Love, love the scene of Mr. Steele
crawling around the reception area, carrying Laurie Beth on his back, tackling
Danny. So sweet. Despite what he said in "Knuckles" we all knew he WOULD
make a great father!
- Love the unspoken teamwork as
Laura dishes out the spaghetti and Mr. Steele dishes out the sauce
- Mr. Steele can certainly charm
all the Holt women, but Frances has his number too, when she asks him to
"be an angel" and pick Donald up at the university. Fun to see Laura play
- The mutual admiration society
between Donald and Mr. Steele. Not surprising to hear Donald wish he had
Mr. Steele's "glamorous" life (little does he know). Very sweet to hear
that Mr. Steele admires Donald for the choices he's made.
- Donald taking on some of that
"glamour" by telling everyone (before they'd know to ask) that he was fine,
it was just a simple kidnapping.
- Laura admitting she'd like a family
of her own one day. I remember this surprising me the first time I saw
it. I never had any problem picturing Laura married, but - even before
this episode - I never could picture her with kids.
- Frances wanting to go back to
school and expan her horizons. Love Donald's reaction! More telling, though,
is her statement "we can work together, Donald, just like Laura and Mr.
Steele". She's already figured out they're a couple and assumes they'll
be together for the long term.
Frances: Housewives in Connecticut
don't sell cosmetics. We give bridge parties.
Bumpers (deadpan): Uh huh. (I chuckle
at that every time!)
Mr. Steele telling Donald to "act
natural" when they get off the truck
Bumpers: (That's) Alan Haxton. Number
one money man for the mob - out here.
M: You're kidding.
L: The Mob?
Frances: In Tarzana?!
Hair & Clothing
- Not everyone could wear that white
suit & matching fedora as well as our Miss Holt does
- That green dress looks good on
- Nice skirt & blouse Laura
wears to Frances' party. Her hair looks great here and throughout the episode.
- I don't care for the jacket Mr.
Steele wears in the tag scene
Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
- Why is Frances having so much trouble
adapting to Southern California? She grew up there. She's been gone about
10 years - not enough to mistake sparrows for vampire bats!
- Lot of stereotype jokes with the
Japanese guys. Don't think that would go over so well today.
- The last few lines were different
in an earlier version of the script:
L: I don't get it
R: I thought we wrapped that one
up rather nicely.
L: I mean you. The Remington Steele
that walked into my life three years ago wouldn't have cared a fig what
happened to my family.
R: That Remington Steele is gone,
Laura. I lost him in the mists of London this year when I went searching
for my family. Ever since then, I've been thinking...I may never find my
family, my given family, anyway. So perhaps it's time, finally time, to
reach out to those who've treated me as family.
L: Mr. Steele, you sound positively
R (pulling her to him): Don't count
- So glad SueJue uncovered this
missing scene: http://krebsfiles.com/suburbanscrap.html
Guest Cast Trivia
- Judith Barsi (Laurie Beth Piper)
was murdered by her father (who also killed her mother and then himself)
in 1988. She was 10 years old.
- Maryedith Burrell (Frances) was
one of the cast members on Fridays (a 1980s sketch comedy series airing
late on Friday nights) along with Brandis Kemp (Madeline Vickers from Steele
Trap), Michael "Kramer" Richards and Larry David
- Laurie Burton (Terry Goldblume)
is on the faculty at USC, teaching directors how to work with actors and
founded Image Devlopment, a company that helps people learn to communicate
more effectively. http://www.imdev.com/lb_and_id.html
- Noble Willingham (Bumpers) died
in 2004 of natural causes
|I’m shaking as
I type this…FOUR WEEKS OF NO REMINGTON AND LAURA ROMANCE…I’m going through
withdrawal!!! Thank goodness for “Live Wire” (Scene 17…Unrated version…Widescreen
edition), “The Thomas Crown Affair” (Scene 24 – “Do you want to dance…Or
do you want to dance?” – thru Scene 25 – the stairs, the marble floor,
the desk…), “The Heist” (Scene 6 – “Wager The Lady”), “Dante’s Peak” (No,
you’re right…No nudie-patudie love scenes in this one…But I do like to
lay down under the TV screen when Pierce is doing all those push-ups!!!
Oh-ho-ho, yeh-heh-hes!!! If only!!! *sigh*), etc… My Pierce DVDs have been
getting quite the work-out lately!!!
So…“Suburban Steele”, eh? Really
not a bad episode!!! (Except for the horrible and unforgivable lack of
romance!!! I mean, come on! This episode was wide open for cute innuendo
from Mr. Steele about “playing house” with Laura…wide open!!! I’m sensing
a pattern here with Robin Bernheim’s scripts. PLEASE let there be romance
next week!!! PLEASE!!!)
Every episode (or movie) that Pierce
does which involves children is an absolute joy to watch!!! It just boggles
my mind that a man who looks like that has such a great rapport and affinity
with children!!! Sexy, sexy, SEXXXXXXY!!! This episode is doubly cute because
it’s Laura’s family that Remington has endeared himself to and taken such
a shine to. Every scene is perfect…Especially when he’s playing with the
kids in the office. I freakin’ LOVE that scene!!! OMG, OMG, OMG, O…M…G!!!
The rough-housing with Danny and letting little Laurie Beth ride him like
a horsie…Brings a tear to my eye! And the way he maneuvers LB around in
his arms and holds her instead of putting her down is sooooooo sweet! No
wonder she puts her arms around his neck like little girls do with their
daddies! Good gawd!!! Laura should’ve taken Mr. Steele into her office
and tried to make a baby of their own right then and there!!!
Always love it when Laura’s family
makes an appearance! Donald and Frances are great characters! (Abigail,
too! Too bad she never made another appearance! What a hoot it would’ve
been to see Frances, Abigail and Laura together! Oh, those Holt women!
LOL!) I must admit, Frances really has her act together as far as getting
the kids (and Donald) ready in the morning! I SO envy her!!! And her house
is so freakin’ clean!!! What the heck?!?! Man, I suck at that stuff!!!
(But that’s not the reason the XenosHubby married me, so I guess it really
doesn’t matter all that much, eh?) HOWEVER, I don’t think I’m quite as
neurotic and Frances, so that’s a plus.
So funny that Frances calls Laura
all the time with her “problems”! (Steph and Maryedith Burrell have such
a great “sister” vibe going on…It’s scary!!! Kudos, ladies, for such a
great portrayal!!! Makes you wonder about their off-screen relationship.)
And it’s funny how Mr. Steele tries to smooth things over and make things
right when Laura doesn’t want to deal with Frances anymore. But you know
Laura is gonna come through in the end…Even if she has to “play house”
in the process.
Steph gets extra kudos this week
for such a great performance! Watching Laura try to cope with the day-to-day
family thing (even if it is short-lived) is hysterical! (Unfortunately,
I see a lot of myself in Laura…Bad cook…Overwhelmed…Frazzled… Fortunately,
I’m not like that all the time…Just 99%! The other 1% of the time – I ROCK,
Actually, there’s a lot to love about
this episode…Loved the mystery in this one!!! Loved how freakin’ hot Mr.
Steele looked!!! Loved “Holy Pete!”!!! *snicker* Loved each and every co-star!!!
(Mildred’s pal from the IRS Fraud Squad co-starred with Pierce in “The
Heist”…As did the “My body is my temple” guy from “Thou Shalt Not Steele”.
Small world.) Loved the relationship between Laura and Frances and between
Remington and Donald!!! (The scene with Laura and Frances at the Bright
Age Cosmetics rally was hysterical! And the “admiration” scene between
Mr. Steele and Donald always warms the cockles of my heart!) Loved watching
the Japanese detectives in action with Mr. Steele!!! LOVED the honest talk
between Laura and Frances in Laura’s loft!!! (Great writing…Great acting!)
Loved, loved, LOVED the end scene with Laura confronting Mr. Steele about
caring for her family!!! And loved and his response – “Miss Holt…What’s
life without a little mystery, eh?” Good Lord, ladies!!! That look he gives
her!!! Lightening in a bottle, baby!!! THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!!!
One thing I really didn’t care for
regarding the later episodes of “Remington Steele”…The movie quotes got
to be too “current”. This one quoted “Beverly Hills Cop”. YUCK!!! Not that
the movie itself was so horrible… I just can’t see our suave, sophisticated
Mr. Steele referencing that movie. I much prefer it when he quotes old
movies. That is part of his allure and sophistication. It was like when
he quoted “Romancing The Stone”…LOVE that movie…But it just doesn’t seem
to fit the Remington Steele we’ve come to know and love. I chalk it up
to the fact that the later writers were too young and tried a tad too hard
to be hip…And because they probably weren’t familiar enough with the classics.
Interesting Side Note: I looked up
Robin Bernheim on IMDb…It only lists her as the writer for two episodes
of “Remington Steele” – “Coffee, Tea or Steele” and “Steele In The Chips”.
Now, granted, I understand that she’d rather not be recognized for writing
that horrible fifth season…But “Suburban Steele” is really rather good!!!
She should take credit for it!!!
All in all, a very good episode…Despite
the deplorable lack of romance!!! Off to watch Scene 17 now. Gotta get
my fix somehow!!!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan…Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
is one of my Top 15 favorites. And like so many 4th season episodes, this
one is bursting with the "Mr. and Mrs. Steele" feel. That electric vibe
provides its own brand of romance!
Going from memory, here are some
things I love...
-Remington and Donald's brotherly
relationship. I love watching them together. Donald admires Remington's
James Bond image and life of excitement, but Remington admires even more
the devotion and comittment Donald has for his wife and children.
-Remington playing with the Piper
kids. He never had a real childhood, so he throws himself whole heartedly
into playing with/entertaining the kids. He gets on the floor in his suit
and tie and plays horsie for Laurie Beth, he makes airplane sounds with
Danny, he lets Mindy draw his picture and tape it to the reception wall.
He even picks up and carries Laurie Beth!
-Remington volunteering himself and
Laura to spend the night with the Piper kids in order to give Donald and
Frances time alone. Remington knows Frances is overwrought and unhappy
with their recent move and he's always had a special place in his heart
for the underdog. And not only is Frances needy, she's Laura's sister...Undoubtably,
he hopes she'll become his sister one day. She's become family to him already,
as has Donald.
-Remington's immeadiate desire to
help Frances when she calls the Agency in distress. He never had a sister,
but if he did, he'd do whatever he could to help her...even if she *did*
see flying saucers and dead bodies on the kitchen floor. He could just
go off on his own to help her, but he wants Laura to be involved. He wants
Laura to feel closer to her sister...to her whole family. I also love the
way he doesn't tell her she's crazy when she relates her tale and they
can't find the body. He doesn't make her feel like she's crazy.
-Remington and Donald's escape from
the kidnappers and their wonderful brotherly talk in the back of the truck
about freeway exits and comittment and heroes.
-the 3 Oriental gentlemen - aren't
they wonderful?! I love the way they throw themselves into the case at
-Laura and Frances' sisterly talk,
about neither of them having it 'made'. Very nice.
-Laura and Remington 'playing house'
with the Piper kids. Remington feels much more comfortable with it than
Laura does, but she's learning. He doesn't just sit back and let Laura
tend her nephew and nieces - he really throws himself into it. I love how
doesn't mind looking silly by wearing fake teeth, how he disciplines Danny
("Danny, put your sister dow -Put your sister down!"), how he throws himself
into helping Laura serve the food, how he slurps a hunk of spaghetti in
an effort to convince Laurie Beth how delicious it is, and then how he
caves and says he'll order pizza. Then there's the breakfast scene, which
I adore. Poor Laura...she's really trying to be a good aunt, but she hasn't
had a lot of practice yet. (I loved these two scenes so much that I put
Laura and Remington in a similiar situation in my fanfic 'Steele in the
-Laura and Remington's discussion
about the daddy chores and the mummy chores. I just love watching him take
out the trash in his suit and then using Danny's favorite expression ("Holy
Pete") when he sees the alleged body.
-Remington searching for the safe
in the suspect's office always cracks me up - "You're slipping..."
-Laura blaming Remington for finding
the body and saying, "I leave you alone for five minutes, and look what
happens." And even funnier is Remington silent nodding. Very Mr. and Mrs.
-Laura flirtingly telling Remington,
"Be an angel," when she asks him to pick up Donald at the college.
-Laura and Remington looking at each
other, laughing, and saying "Awwww!" when Frances says their working relationship
has inspired her to go to college, become a dental hygenist, and work with
Donald (though I suspect Donald will have plenty to say about that!).
-Remington drawing Laura close after
Donald and Frances leave his office. They seem so together here. It's not
often either of them chooses to talk about their personal relationship,
so the rare times they do are extra special. This is one of my favorite
-Laura attending the Bright Age function
with her sister, although I could have done without all that singing.
|No romance? Xenos,
did you have your radar switched off or something? He tells her she's changed
him. He helps her serve up that disgusting slop. He wears fake fangs for
her! He tells Donald he envies him. He tries to help her family. The man
is virtually auditioning for married life. Plus, he makes eye contact over
a cup of tea in a very appealing way.
Even if none of that comes within
your definition of romance, surely the bit where he pulls her close at
the end does!
To me, this is one of the most romantic
episodes. It's one of the many times Steele says, "I love you" without
using the actual words.
have all the episodes ranked? COOL!!! "Suburban Steele" is in the Top 15,
eh? I don't think I could rank them all...I had a hard enough time listing
my Top Ten and Bottom Ten. And they change depending on what kind of mood
Helen...I totally understand what
you're saying about this being a romantic episode. And I agree. But it's
not the romance I'm longing for after three romance-free episodes. Like
I said, I really like this episode! Just like I really like "Steele, Inc."!
It's immensely fun watching Remington "audition" (as you said) for the
part of Laura's husband! How freakin' hot is that?!?! *sigh* And, yes,
the end scene was wonderful...I said that.
To try to clarify (though maybe I'll
make it more confusing, I don't know)...I equate this episode to a bunch
of Jimmy Buffett songs (like "When The Coast Is Clear" or "One Particular
Harbor"). Yes, folks...I'm a Parrot Head!!! Fins up!!! ANYWAY...If you
ever really listen to Jimmy's songs (and I'm not talking about the funny,
tongue-in-cheek songs like "Fruitcakes" or "Why Don't We Get Drunk And
*beep*") -- and I highly recommend that you do -- they're terribly romantic...Just
like "Suburban Steele". But they're not romantic romantic...as in overtly
romantic...Which is what I need to see right now since Laura and Remington
haven't had a sexy moment (ala the "I'm learning, Mr. Steele" kiss over
the desk) or a loving moment (ala the "They've got picture...And sound"
moment) or an "I want you moment" (ala the push Mr. Steele to the floor
and go full-body on top of him kissing scene) or even a really touching,
trusting moment (ala the Courthouse scene) in FOUR WEEKS!!! I mean...COME
Did that make sense?!
Xenos...who's going to watch "Love
Among The Steele" tonight just because she needs to see some Laura and
Remington passion after such a dry spell!!!
Mamma Mia!!! Pierce Brosnan...Proof
that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
|Helen: You forgot
to mention - The scene in the office where they are leaving for the conference
and Francis calls. As Laura is walking out Mr. Steele tries to "stop" her
and catches her with a hand to the mid section. This action always struck
me as very intimate and couple like. One of those "Mr. & Mrs. Steele"
I think we all know that when Xenos
is referring to romance she is looking for the scene 17 possibilities:)
fed my romantic needs on Friday morning!!! I watched Red Holt Steele! I
have still to get to watching suburban Steele...but I will post something
after I do. In the meantime, I'm enjoying everyone's posts!! awesome!
|Very true. The
body language is always very romantic.
I keep trying to think of an episode
without romance, and I can't. There are plenty with no sex, but that's
not the same thing at all. The entire 5 seasons are without sex, which
is why adult songvids have to Steele chunks of scene 17, but the romance
is always there.
To be honest, I prefer the emotional
intimacy of this episode to the physical intimacy of the ones you mentioned.
Maybe it's because he has been physical with other women, but you can bet
he never babysat with Felicia or ate catastrophic spaghetti with Shannon.
He's virtually proposing to Laura
in this one and, in the final scene, she virtually accepts. That's why,
for me, this is one of the most romantic episodes.
|Hmmm... you guys
have opened up whole new perspectives on this episode!
I guess I'll be burning the midnight
oil tonight and watching it :-) I know what you mean about the overtly
close moments, though, Xenos - we need to see some action and not just
the subtle innuendo and verbal clues!!!!!
|Here's my take
on Suburban Steele.
I really enjoyed this episode? But
I would have to agree with Xenos. I wanted to see some more romance in
way of a nice kiss somewhere along the way. It's been a few weeks here
and nothing as of yet in the way of a kiss!
HA!! Didn't you just love the beginning
of the episode. The music sets up the episode so nicely. The constant quarter
beat reminded me of the second hand on that clock they kept showing and
how everything was done on a schedule. haha!! LOVED it!!
Lea I would have to agree with you
on the Miss Holt's white suit and Mr. Steele's jacket in the ending tag
scene. Loved how L wears the white suite and so disliked Steele's jacket.
Didn't like the tie thing!
I loved the whole conversation about
Laura's sister in the very beginning....
Mildred: "Have to go with Miss Holt
on this one, Frances is a Kook (sp)."
I really enjoy Frances and Donald.
Wish they appeared more often. very enjoyable to watch.
oh my! those Japan guys! hahah!!
Mildred shows them another room..."...water cooler and copy machine. Japan
guys...AH!!! Toshiba!!!" Hahaha too funny!
Did you all look at that stove?!!!!!
My mom would have a fit with the sauce everywhere and it was soooo messy!!
OH MY WORD!!!
Ha! The music again starts the morning
after!! LOL Doesn't play very long this time..I guess that's telling us
something about Laura!! hahaha!! A little off schedule perhaps! Haha!!
Loved how R picks up the boys saying...."Holy
Liked the storyline with Felix and
Mildred! Very nice!
Mr. Steele gets an "Icy Calm" line
in this episode! YEAH!!!
Do you guys think it was a cover-up
with the safe? I mean do you think PB forgot to put the cover back on after
the top part of the safe and that was all kept in cause he covered so well?
"slipping, slipping." If PB did...very nicely done!!
I just loved the tag scene. Mr. Steele's
a changed man!!
amnesia hits Laura and Steele and the writing staff as they grasp for a
hook in the tag.
"I don't get it."
"Huh? I thought we wrapped that
one up very nicely."
"I mean you. The Remington Steele
that walked into my life three years ago wouldn't care a fig what happened
to my family."
"Oh, that Remington Steele's gone.
I guess being concerned and interested
about Laura and her relationship with her mother in EPISODE #5 in Season
1 doesn't count as giving a fig, though he even invited Abigail to dinner
and wore that ugly playing nice for the mom sweater. Maybe all Laura remembers
about that is Felicia suggesting a threesome but that adding her mother
is a tad too kinky even for her. :D Steele also seems to have cared very
much more than fig all those times when Laura was discussing her father/mother/family
in the years preceeding and when he's met them on other occasions.
|Good point - and
of course there was "Steele Sweet on You". He certainly seemed concerned
about Donald once he realized his life was in danger and that he is Laura's
Also, maybe those previous discussions
regarding Laura's family were more motivated by how they affected his relationship
with Laura and less out of concern for the actual people.
Steele that walked into her life three years ago had already started to
change when he met Abigail. That in no way invalidates her comment. The
man she first knew as Ben Pearson was very different from 4th season Steele.