is one of my Top 10 Favorites and is a wonderful "Mr. and Mrs. Steele"
episode. There are so many great scenes and lines in this episode. Things
-the references to "Dancer, Prancer,
Donner, and Steele". It makes the characters seem so real when the writers
give us such continuity. I do wish, however, they had not cut the scene
in "Dancer.." of Remington calling Saks about the watch he was going to
buy Laura for Christmas.
-Remington brushing his teeth and
drying his face right in the middle of a personal discussion with Laura!!
It's just so homey - so Mr. and Mrs. Steele-ish! She starts asking personal
questions and he tries to avoid answering by retreating into the bathroom.
No matter- she just follows him in there! I wish she'd just grabbed her
toothbrush and started brushing her teeth, as well. This is my favorite
scene in this episode, and one of my very fav. scenes in the whole series.
-Laura and Remington's entire discussion
in his office and in the bathroom about the 'secret admirer.' I love the
way she leans towards him over the desk and he, likewise, leans over the
desk towards her after they leave the bathroom. Their conversation here
is such a classic:
"Any idea who it might be, Mr. Steele?"
"Someone who cares very deeply for
you," he suggests. "Perhaps even loves you, but can't bring himself to
express those feelings- directly."
"I wish he'd stop beating around
the bush," she says.
"He might," Steele suggests, leaning
Laura leans forward, too. "When?"
"When the time is right, no doubt."
"He'd better watch out," she warns.
"I might just get tired of waiting."
"His loss, my gain," Steele tells
her with a smile.
"Don't be so sure. I might just
get tired of waiting for everyone." She gets off of his desk and starts
for the door.
I've always thought he was proclaiming
his love for her during this conversation. And that she knew it, but she
didn't want him beating around the bush about it.
-Laura's tirade at Mildred's desk
after she storms out of Remington's office:
"He should be drawn and quartered.
Tarred and feathered. Diced and sliced." Then: Laura shoves the watch into
her face. "See this watch?"
"Well, it's a little too close to
get a good luck, honey," Mildred says, peering.
-References to "Elementary Steele":
Laura: He tried this little charade
once before. He sent me flowers. Buckets and bunches and bushels of them,
every day, for weeks on end with smutty little love poems signed 'Your
Mildred: "I was there, remember?"
Laura: "So that he could become
jealous of his competition and fight for me, so that he could -realize
how much I meant to him."
Mildred: "I was there, remember?"
-the way Remington suddenly just
appears after Laura says, "I'll teach him, graphically and irrevocably,
that I don't LIKE game playing. That he doesn't need to go through all
these elaborate ruses! All I need- is a little honesty. A little verbal
commitment. A gentle touch. A soft caress-" and the detective announces
his presence. I've always suspected Remington had been standing at his
office door, listening to everything Laura was telling Mildred. After all,
he had no idea what was really going on with the secret admirer thing.
-the appearance of the illusive Agency
gun. I love Remington giving it to Laura for protection when she leaves
the warn the other witnesses.
-the way Remington supports Laura
in front of the detective, saying, "My subordinate is merely echoing a
tenet of mine that I set down when I founded this agency."
--Mildred's confusion/amusement regarding
Laura and Remington's little "games". Love it when she, the mother hen,
confronts him, the wayward son, about the whole 'secret admirer' game.
Some fav. lines from this scene:
R: "Feisty piece of baggage, our
R: "...a woman with intelligence,
determination and a certain amount of training can be as stupidly macho
as any man."
Mildred: "You mean we're playing
clay pigeons so she can win the battle of the sexes?"
R: "Ah, the only battle worth fighting
R:"She wants me to believe that there
really IS someone else, to force me into declaring my eternal, undying
devotion toher. So, I'm not ruffled by this secret admirer. I'm simply
going to wait her out. Driving her sufficiently bananas untilshe fesses
up." He laughs.
M: "You two do love to play all
of these little games, don't you?"
R: "Adds spice to the relationship,
-Laura's description of Remington,
whom she believes is her secret admirer:
L: "Well, cards and gifts are one
thing. But I wish the guy would get off the dime and say something to me."
Wally: Maybe he can't. Maybe-he's
afraid you'll laugh at him."
Laura (laughs, putting the bear
on the bed): "Believe me, Wally, that's the last thing I'd do."
W: "What kind of guy do you think
L: "Warm. Gentle. Very loving. Although
I know he'd deny it."
-Laura's obvious concern, fear and
anxiety when she gets the phone call saying Remington has been hurt.
-the crutches in the corner of Remington's
bedroom and the continuity they provide from "Steele Eligible".
-Laura and Remington's conversation
in his bedroom on his bed about the secret admirer and their realization
that there actually *is* a secret admirer out there.
-Remington's frustration at being
so helpless. What would he have done if Laura *had* answered the the phone
at her loft when he tried to warn her? Give her a message in code? Blurt
out that Wally was the secret admirer and her life was in danger?
-seeing Laura cooking dinner for
Remington and Mildred. I'm sure R didn't expect her to cook when he said,
"Perhaps we should regroup at your place?I have this- sudden, uncontrollable
-Laura and Remington's conversation
in the tag concerning their personal life:
L: "The scary part is that they came
right to our doorstep."
R: "Yes, nothing like bringing one's
work home, eh?...You know, Laura, we've been so-busy lately, exploring
and defining our personal relationship that we've taken the professional
side for granted. It's not until something like this comes along to force
one to re-evaluate."
L: "What exactly are we re-evaluating?"
R: "Like, do you intend to pursue
this line of work for the rest of your life?"
Laura: "I haven't really given it
R: "Supposing you had children?
Supposing. Would you intend to continue working? Or would you feed the
breakfast in the morning and then
rush off to a nice, juicy murder? I mean, would you call them up at school
apologize because you couldn't pick
them up because you were being held hostage?"
L: "Are you saying a woman's place
is in the home?"
R (pulling her close):"Actually,
I was thinking of a more specific area."He glances at the bed beside him
and lifts his brows suggestively.
They both laugh.
I think this "Mr. and Mrs. Steele"
conversation has *major* significance. Remington is bringing up their future
together and the future children they may have some day. At first, Laura
looks and sounds ticked off about his question. But as soon as he lightens
up a bit, she just laughs along with him. She's not even upset about the
"specific area" he was implying. It's like they're finally secure in their
personal and professional relationship - they're beyond the jealousies
and the stubborn bickering and the insecurities.
-seeing Laura exercise in her loft.
-Remington's wardrobe and hair. He
looks great in this ep!
Like I said, this is a Top 10 Fav.
episode for me - it's a real keeper.