|"Service" is another
delightful "Mr. and Mrs. Steele" episode.
According to the tabloids at the
time the show aired, PB was required to wear the white gloves (Or were
they light grey? Well, whatever color they were, they were sure ugly!)
as "punishment" for chewing his nails and causing the show to have to pay
for a hand double. Personally, I always loved watching Remington chew his
thumb nail...it made him seem so human and loveable. Why in the world did
TPTB care if Remington bit his nails?
My favorite scene is the tag, where
Remington (in his shredded butler's coat) and Laura embrace in the open
doorway of the barn. He gets that delightful gleam in his eye and that
delicious grin on his face and begins closing the barn door. Even Laura's
surprised "What will people think?" doesn't phase him. He just keeps gleaming
and grinning and replies, "What else? The butler did it." I just love that
devilish look on his face and he closes us out with the door. And I love
the way Laura slips her hand inside the torn fabric on R's shoulder. There
was no hesitancy on Laura's part - she was able, willing, and ready. Okay,
she wondered what people would think - but at the same time, she really
didn't *care* what they thought.
I also love:
- Remington and Laura's conversation
in the limo as they ride to the estate. It's always fun hearing about Laura's
- Remington's optimistic speculations
about why he and L are being directed to the back entrance of the estate
: "Wellington might be doing some paperwork outside... A confab by the
poolside perhaps, eh?...Probably repainting the foyer... " and then Laura's
suggestion that maybe Mr. Wellington is "...in the game room stuffing a
-Remington's reaction as he gradually
realizes it's the servants that want to hire the Agency: "Don't be absurd!
Laura, this case flies in the face of all traditions. Butlers don't get
murdered. They COMMIT murder. Everyone knows that."
-the maid telling L and R, "Somebody
killed our bootler."
-R telling L she has "... oil spills
on the brain."
-R's reaction ("No. No. Hold on just
a minute, Laura. Don't do that - now stop it.") when he realizes L wants
him to go undercover as the NEW bootler - uh, butler - and she begins smoothing
his labels and smiling at him.
-Remington's introduction to the
Wellingtons as the very proper British butler Rupert Ruggles. I love the
way he tells Mrs. Wellington, "Thank you, Madam. I try to do my best" and
ditzy Cindy looks at him with a grin and says, "I bet you do." The look
Remington gives her after she makes that comment is priceless!
-The housekeeper telling Remington,
"... we're on a rather limited budget. You will hurry, won't
you?" and Remington replying, "Brilliance
can't be rushed, Mrs. Swenson, but I'll try and do my best."
-Poor Remington getting hit over
the head time and time again, and the humorous way the viewer shared his
point of view each time he came to.
-R maintaining his very proper manner
even when answering the door and finding Laura standing there staring at
him with eyes the size of saucers. I'm sure she'd already seen him in the
costume, but it was probably the first time she'd seen him in character
and she just couldn't stop her eyes from growing big. Love the way he then
tells Mrs. Wellington, "A pair of journalists, I'm afraid, Madam." He says
it like being a journalist is beyond contempt.
-the way Remington manages to get
back at Laura without breaking his cover by accidentally poking her in
the rear with the tripod he's carrying as he's loaded down with her luggage
and camera equipment. Very clever. Also, I love what he tells her as he
staggers breathlessly into L and M's guest room and gratefully drops his
load: "Laura, . . . next time . . . choose a cover . . . with fewer accessories."
- the way Remington is constantly
taking off a glove and putting it back on.
-Remington referring to Cindy as
" A woman without a past, eh?"
-the way Albert bumps into Ruggles
and Remington quickly apologizes, but then under his breath says, "Twerp".
- Pierre asking Ruggles, "How goes
the private dicking?...We are paying you good money, m'sieu, but here I
find out flat on your back. We shall get credit on our bill for your time
off, no?" Poor Remington! He gets knocked out yet again, and the client
wants to dock his pay!
-Remington's dramatic and romatic
rescue of Laura from the runaway wagon. He's so concerned about her safety
and well being and she just pats him on the shoulder and mumbles, "Thank
you, Ruggles. That'll be all." Whatever happened to gratitude? Surely Laura
Giles could have rewarded Ruggles with a kiss without arousing suspicion!
-Remington quickly jumping back into
character after he's attacked both physically and verbally by Albert:
Albert: "Ruggles! You attacked me!"
Remington: "I beg your pardon, sir,
but I believe you attacked ME first."
-the way Remington confronts Vincenzo
in the stable after Laura's runaway wagon adventure. To heck with his cover!
R is bound and determined to defend and protect his woman!
-Laura taking care of Remington's
poor head when he's knocked out for the countless time. It's always nice
to see her in a nurturing role. Love when she says,"Take care, Ruggles.
With any luck, I'll see to it that you're fired tomorrow." Ah, how romantic!
-Laura giving a movie citation even
when R isn't around to hear it and then telling her photographer friend,
"A certain friend of mine would be very proud of me right now."
-the way Remington wings it when
he's surrounded by the servants and family after he cracks the safe. Brillant!
Love how he acuses just about everyone and weaves an elaborate flashback
for each scenario. And his exchanges with Mildred are priceless:
Mildred: "Boss- what are you doing?"
Remington: "I believe it's know
as winging it, Mildred."
Mildred: "Maybe we should call for
Remington: "Umm hmm. It's worth
Remington: "... Which means the murderer
Mildred: "Wanna make a run for it,
Remington: "Yes indeed."
-the way R tries to save face when
Laura arrives and asks what's going on.
Remington: "I was just concluding
Laura: "You solved the case?"
Remington: "Uh, yes, in a way. I've
eliminated all the suspects."
-Remington's classic line as he bluffs
his way to the solution - "A murder case is like an onion." Very profound,
-Remington's concern about his poor
tailor when his butler's jacket is 'altered' by a chainsaw.
This episode always makes me laugh
and leaves me feeling good. Anyone else have any thoughts?