|"Running" is another
excellent example of the much beloved "Mr. and Mrs. Steele" genre. Watching
this episode, I can easily imagine Remington and Laura being married. Some
of my favorite moments are:
-- Alison La Placa. This was the
first time I'd ever seen Alison on anything, but I've seen her on a lot
of shows since "Running". She really *does* look like Laura. I've always
wondered if the writers saw Alison somewhere, noticed the resemblence,
and wrote the mistaken identity episode to take advantage of it.
--Laura trusting Remington enough
to leave the Agency in his hands while she goes behind his back and practices
for the triathlon and Remington throwing himself into the task, in spite
of the fact that he hates every minute of it.
--Remington's fear that Laura had
found another man ("Look, ah, look, Laura, if - if there's another man…")
and his absolute relief when he learned that she hadn't. That thought probably
had already flitted across his mind, but he'd dismissed it. But when Mildred
said, "You better tell him, Hon" and then "Sisterhood is powerful, Chief",
he was afraid it just might be true after all. He still doesn't understand
it, but he's *so* relieved when Laura confesses the true reason behind
her bizarre behavior.
Classic lines from this scene:
Remington: "What's going on, Laura?
Hmm? I mean, for two weeks now you come in late, taken two hours for lunch,
and left at four. I can't reach you when I need you. I've had to make excuses
for you. Juggled the clients, handled the paperwork. I can't reach you
when I need to . . ."
Laura: "The shoe seems to be on
the other foot."
Remington: "Yes, it has and it's
an excruciatingly tight fit. I mean, you're acting more like me, dammit,
and there's only room for one of me in this office!"
Remington: "I…I…I wasn't born for
desk work, Laura. I mean, my fingers are shredded with paper cuts. My skin
is turning a florescent green. Maitre'ds are beginning to forget my face.
Whatever you're doing, Laura, it's destroying me!"
Laura: "If I were a man would you
question it if I told you I was going to enter the Boston Marathon?"
R: "I would question why anyone
would want to run 26 miles without being chased."
R: "I'm all for women's rights -
- - especially their right to work."
L: "Registration begins at seven.
So if you come at six, that should leave plenty of margin."
R: "Six? In the morning?"
--Remington's support of Laura's
participation in the triathlon. She's really surprised when he says he'll
pick her up and attend with her. Of course, she doesn't expect him to pick
her up in the limo and to sleep in the back seat between his condo and
her loft, and then to tempt her with a breakfast spread of powdered donuts
and gooey pastries, but she was still thrilled that he was going along
to offer his support. I think the fact that he has no interest in the event
other than Laura's participation makes his attendance that much more meaningful.
--Remington running alongside and
shadowing Laura during the running event, in spite of the fact that he
hates to run and he's not dressed for it. ( "Oh, Laura, I'm ruining my
shoes…not to mention my feet…my lungs…my heart.") He hates it, but he does
it to protect the woman he loves.
--Remington eventually getting his
rhythm and throwing himself into the running event. Amazing how much energy
he got when he unbuttoned his shirt, wasn't it? ("Oh, come now, Laura.
No time to rest. We've got a race to finish. Come on." )
--Remington's shallow attempt to
make it appear his interest in protecting Laura was purely professional.
I don't think Sandra believed it for a moment.
Sandra: "She's your girlfriend?"
R: "She works for Remington Steele
S: "I see, and you're her boss?"
R: "Something like that."
--the "Mr. and Mrs. Steele" conversation
R and L have in R's office while L holds the icebag on R's head. Just like
a wife, she scolds him and just like a husband, he resents it.
L: "What did you hope to accomplish
by confronting two men, alone, in an alley?"
R: "You're a remarkable source of
comfort at times like these, Laura."
L: "Just being honest. We're obviously
dealing with desperate people here."
R: "What was I supposed to do, invite
the man to dinner?"
L: "No need to get testy."
R: "Laura, how is it that whenever
you lose your temper, it's being honest and when I lose my temper, it's
Having no retort to his profound
observation, she puts the ice bag down and walks away, thus effectively
changing the subject.
Then she decides to give away *his*
seats for the San Francisco game, but he's not letting them go without
L: "Well, offer him Mr. Steele's
seats for the San Francisco game."
R: "Laura, this case is getting
very costly. Don't you think?"
Laura: "Oh, come on Mr. Steele,
you still don't know the difference between a double reverse and a double
Love the baseball motions he makes
at that point, almost like he's *still* trying to figure out the difference.
I don't think he's disappointed about
missing the seats because he enjoys the games; rather, he's disappointed
cause he enjoys spending the time with Laura, doing something with her
that she enjoys doing. Sort of like when Laura studies her "Great American
Movie Book"- she does it so she can share an activity with R that he enjoys.
Then when she's run out of ideas,
she throws it back into his court:
L:" I've made my breakthrough for
the day, Mr. Steele. I'm waiting for you to make a brilliant suggestion."
R: "How about lunch? Hmm?"
L: "Not exactly what I had in mind."
Notice how she goes along with it?
She's perfectly contented to give the case a break for a little while.
After all, she knows that sometimes she needs to coddle her partner.
--the way Remington kept taking off
his jackets and dropping them when he got hot while chasing after folks
( "Ohh, this is becoming an expensive habit.)."
--the understanding way Remington
assures Joan that he's there to help her. He knew how scared she was and
he did his best to calm her - and he even threw in a bit of humor, to make
her feel even more at ease. ("All right, all right. Then we'll just - We'll
just stay here until you get comfortable. You're safe. No one's going to
harm you - and besides I don't think I could run another step.")
--Laura's obvious concern about R's
safety after he's been missing for 4 hrs. I love the way she quickly grabs
the phone on the first ring, hoping that it's him calling.
--the way Remington calls Laura just
as soon as he regains consciousness. He knows how concerned she probably
is and wants to set her mind at ease. Love the way he uses humor to reassure
R: "Bet you thought I'd run off with
another woman, eh?"
L: "Thank God you're all right.
Where are you? What happened?"
R: "I caught up with Joan Kendall,
everything was fine until those two lovely chaps I met before appeared.
We played Red Rover. I lost."
R: "You better come down here and
help me try and find her. I'm on the corner of 17th and Sheraton - oh,
and bring a jacket, will you?"
L: "We're on our way. And don't
do anything reckless, in the mean time."
R: "I might, just to annoy you."
-the loving, affectionate way she
rubs his arms when she finally sees him and gives him his jacket and their
conversation. L: "Best I could do on short notice. Ah...what am I going
to do with you?"
Sandra and Allen both look a bit
embarassed to be intruding on R and L's touching reunion. It's obvious
to them that Laura and Remington are not merely employer and employee.
Then a bit later, R again expresses his concern about Laura putting herself
R: "You're going out as a decoy?"
L: "It's a good idea. It worked
once. We can do it again."
R (taking her arm, he pulls her several
steps away from the others so they can talk privately.): "Laura, how is
it when I do something dangerous, it's reckless, but when you do something
suicidal, it's a good idea?"
L: "Mr. Steele, this is no time
to argue semantics."
Totally ignoring his concern, she
turns away and takes off at a slow jog.
Allen: "Strong woman."
R (fastensing his cuffs): "Head-strong
is what comes to mind. Head-strong."
--the trusting way Laura depended
on Remington to protect her while she acted as decoy. Her comment when
he rescues her says it all: "What took you so long?" She never doubted
he'd be there. Also, love the way he hugs her after he helps her up.
--Laura giving him the running shoes
and trying to prod him into exercising with her. The healthier he is, the
longer he'll be around for her to depend on, right? Also, I love the way
he throws them over his shoulder and says, "Thanks, but pursuing you is
all the exercise I need." Wish the freeze frame had been of them kissing
instead of the shoes, however.
I've always loved this episode because
of the delicious spousal-like banter between Remington and Laura, but I
hadn't realized how *much* of it there really was! This show is loaded
with that wonderful rapport! Perhaps "Steele in the Running" deserves the
honor of being RS's "Most Married Episode".
Okay, these are my thoughts. What
thoughts do y'all have about this episode?