Episode #86- Steele Alive and Kicking
everglade68 (June 13, 2008)
|Well, I guess
not all of the episodes can be great. "Steele Alive and Kicking" is the
next-to-the-last episode of Season Four. Only one more to go before we
hit the last Season of the series. Hope some of you can actually watch
this episode and post.
|It just so happens
that I just watched this one, so I'll have a go at some observations. For
me, the plot is secondary. It's too twisted, too many I notice the silly
things in this episode. The clown outfit that LH wears in the opening scene
really sets the tone. Who advised that ensemble? It clashes brutally with
what RS wears.
The whole Phyllis the Turtle leitmotif
doesn't really work. Of course the turtle is going to get lost. I did like
the way Vinnie kind of slipped on it at the end, though.
Good physical comedy from PB when
he puts LH's fender into the front seat with him, instead of chucking it
in the back.
The attire at the gym: Yes, I always
wear fuchsia pumps, leg warmers, and skin tight lycra when I work out.
The exaggerated costumes of the gym customers provided a nice contrast
to the un-pumped RS and LH. I like how RS finds lots of things to look
at in the gym.
One odd thing that I noticed was
in the background of two scenes. At Nedra's house there is a shelf unit
with white knicknacks, including a porcelain cow creamer/ pitcher. The
same cow appears in Frances's kitchen on the spice rack. Why notice such
a thing? My mother has one in our kitchen. We never use it because we find
it totally gross that the cow spews cream from its mouth. Very unappetizing!
The props department does this with other items in other episodes, like
the cuckoo clock that appears from time to time.
The scene in the bus reminded me
of the end of Ferris Bueller's Day off, when the principal is stuck riding
the bus and the little girl offers him a warm, squishy gummy bear that
has been in her pocket all day. The girl in this episode had a much more
pleasant view. That scene is also a head-scratcher. How did 4 random adults
hitch a ride on a school bus without arousing suspicions?
|Though this episode
was a bit of a let-down to me after "Beg, Borrow, and Steele", it steele
has a lot of great stuff going for it, the main thing being the Mr. and
Mrs. Steele feeling.
-The first scene at Laura's loft
is one of my favorite beginnings. It's so wonderful to see Remington and
her spending an intimate, quiet evening at home with the Piper's pets.
They don't need to spend a fancy evening out on the town to have a wonderful
time together-they can just as easily have a fullfilling and enjoyable
evening relaxing at home in their casual wear. And I like their "matching"
outfits in this opening scene - they fit the 'evening at home' theme perfectly.
-I love Remington showing his protective
side and Laura actually allowing it! Notice how close Remington is sitting
to Laura on the couch as they listen to Vinnie's explanation. R even puts
his arm on the back of the couch behind Laura. And then later, Remington
shows that protectiveness again when he joins L at the door while she's
talking to Swaggenhoff.
-I love the way Laura listens to
Remington's explanation about why he wants them to help Vinnie and then
goes along with him. She trusts his instincts and stands behind him, in
spite of any nagging doubts she may have:
Laura: 'Why are you so determined
to help this man?'
Remington: 'Well, let's just say
he reminds me of a young man I once
knew who was in trouble and on the
L: 'You really believe he's telling
the truth, don't you?'
R: 'Yes, yes I do.'
L: 'Alright. We'll take the case.'
-I love Laura and Remington sipping
tea on the couch in the wife's house as Vinnie comes crashing through the
-I love poor Vinnie's pitiful attempt
to explain to the cop why he's hiding in the Rabbit. (First, he says his
name is RS. Then he says LH is his sister, then his aunt...)
-Love the scene where Laura and Remington
finally locate the car after Vinnie's wrecked it. I love the way Remington
calmly cleans his sunglasses and rolls up his car window, even though the
top is down, and basically just ignores Swaggenheel. Also love it when
R & L start to drive away and the front right fender falls off with
a klunk. R never loses his cool as he silently and calmly retrieves it
and holds it in his lap as they drive away.
-Love the continuity references to
the Pipers and the way Vinnie and Mildred hide out there and cook spaghetti.
Love Laura's horrified expression when she sees Frances' wrecked garage
and when she enters her sister's house and finds it over-run by cops. I
especially love Remington telling Swaggenhoof to 'lock up when you leave'.
Also love him calling R "Mr. GQ".
-Love the phone call Laura gets from
Frances, who wants to know if what a neighbor told her about her wrecked
garage is true. Even funnier is the way R refuses to talk to Frances on
the phone and makes Laura do it.
-Absolutely love Remington attempting
to 'show off' for Laura in the gym. Poor guy...he better try something
other than chin-ups and dumb bells if he wants to impress her. Especially
love the way she 'encourages' him with her hand motions as he attempts
his chin ups. R's little talk with Lance about how to attract 'the chicks'
is a riot, as is the way Laura comes back into the room to find out what's
-Love the continuity provided by
the scene with Weasle in the pool hall, especially him referring to Laura
as 'Mary Magdalene' and L telling him that 'Cruella DeVille was busy.'
It's always fun to see Remington obtain information from his old mates.
No mention was made of money - R just laid it on the pool table. Glad to
see R hasn't lost his touch handling a pool cue. Also love the way Laura
throws Weasle a kiss as she and R leave.
-Love the scene on the school bus
where Remington and the little girl with glasses have a 'stare off' and
he even asks her "What do you think?" Love her delayed reply of "What an
-Loved Laura's fedora!!!
|Sorry Debra, but
the Mr. and Mrs. Steele feel doesn't cut it for me this time.
This is one of my least favorite
What's with the clothes in the opening
scene? Though the clothes were nice, they are somewhat different for both
Laura and Remington. I liked Laura's outfit, but the shirt on Mr. Steele
is too big and too colorful. However, I loved Laura's sweater in the ending
scene and of course the fedora.
I found this episode boring, and
there was not one appealing co-star. I cannot even think of any interesting
or funny one liner.
Even the tag scene is lacking the
usual "Laura and Remington moment".
|This episode isn't
my favorite episode either!
I will have to agree with Isabel
that it doesn't remind me of a Mr. and Mrs. Steele episode either, but
I did like the fedora too!!! I also liked the belt Steele was sporting
in most of the episode. It draws attention to....well I won't say it...you
get the idea!!! I guess I'm really missing XENOS' posts!!!! Xenos where
Okay, the episode starts with questions
How did Vinnie know where Laura
lived? I mean how did he even know that he needed or wanted to contact
RSI?!!! and on top of that....RS is the name of the agency and supposidly
everyone knows RS but never reconizes LH!!! So, how did he track down RSI
through Laura!!! I'm totally confused with that. The only thing I can think
of is contacting Mildred at the office, but even then, I would hope that
Mildred wouldn't give out Laura's address to just anyone.
Another thing with the beginning....How
in the world did that turtle get on the floor in the first place!? Was
Laura handling it when Vinnie broke through the window? I get sick everytime
that turtle gets squeeshed!! Eweee!!!!
I really liked the scene at Vinnie's
wife's house when Steele knew for sure about Vinnie's innocence and Laura
trusts him! Yeah!! Best scene in the episode IMO.
The famous line of the episode...."We've
got trouble." Two people died because of it!
If anyone was paying attention to
the car driving away after Tony was killed...it was the same car that that
Detective who did it was driving!!!
Wasn't that detective afraid of eating
glass in that sauce?!!! I would be!!
I didn't see a need for the other
storyline...Wolf, the downstairs neighbor and Vinnie's wife. There wasn't
a need for it.
Didn't particularly like the tag
scene for reasons mentioned above!
Not one of my favoirte episodes.
In fact, probably on the bottom 10 list.
apart from the deaths of two small terrapins. I don't mind when people
die, but pets dying is upsetting. Damage to cars also bothers me.
I love the matched costumes (and
Steele looks wonderful in a shirt no other man could carry off) and the
way Steele smiles at the door, looking like a proud husband.
I would have liked to see how Laura
sorted things out with her sister, but I suppose that's what fanfic is
A nice, romantic episode, with Steele
enjoying showing Laura off and Laura very relaxed about it. He looks positively
smug both at the loft and at her sister's house. He's also adorable with
the pets in the first scene. Laura's not the only one who is kind to animals.
|I don't ming the
episode that much but definitely not one of my favorites either.
I with some of you in that I can't
stand Laura's outfit in the opening scene. It's the same one she wears
in the tag of Blushing Steele and I didn't like it there either.
I do like Steele's shirt in the opening
scene thought I may be a bit warped because my husband has a thing for
loud "Hawaiian" type shirts:)
|"I with some of
you in that I can't stand Laura's outfit in the opening scene. It's the
same one she wears in the tag of Blushing Steele and I didn't like it there
either." - Now here's your useless trivia for today - Stephanie absolutely
loved that outfit. So much so, in fact, that she wore it for interviews
after the series ended and to this day, it's hanging in one of her closets.
Regarding the episode, this one ranks
in the bottom three in my book. Very, very little material to save this
episode. Only thing that would have made it any worse than it already was
would have been bringing back Rocky Sullivan to sing "Who's Sorry Now"
at the end...LOL!
|I guess we can
only hope that the outfit looks better in person than it did on the small
screen:) Please don't tell Stephanie we don't like it!
|"Only thing that
would have made it any worse than it already was would have been bringing
back Rocky Sullivan to sing "Who's Sorry Now" at the end...LOL!"
Very funny Judith!! HAHA!!
outfit was very "eighties". I think I probably loved it at the time (I
seem to remember also wearing ties, bow-ties, braces, high-necked frilly
blouses, leg-warmers, etc, etc - *SHUDDER*). I think it's just a matter
of tastes and fashions changing over the years!
HOWEVER, I don't think Pierce's shirt
would fit into any time period - YUCK!
This episode was OK - not fantastic,
not terrible. Like most of Season 3 and 4 episodes, there was a real lack
of "spark" between Remington and Laura. Where was the banter, the chemistry,
the melting looks? I don't like them "comfortable" with each other - too
boring... doesn't say much for married life if this is an example of a
"Mr and Mrs Steele" episode imho.
I think this episode cries out for
some fanfic - especially to explain them being in Laura's loft at the beginning
:-) Maybe the fanfic could also explain Remington's shirt as well - maybe
his original shirt was torn off and he had to use one from her wardrobe
:-) Any takers?
|HAHA Merryl, Pierce's
shirt torn off? I like your fantasies.
As to the "lack of spark" in S3 and
S4, I have been writing about that for
a long time, so I am pleased that
FINALLY someone feels like I do about it.
I agree with you and Merryl..although,
I do beleive that there are a few episodes from S3 and S4 that do have
some spark...but very few. S1 and S2 are really the seasons that we see
a lot of "spark!!" That's just my opinion.
|As any relationship
matures it becomes more comfortable and less sparky. Trying to keep that
spark was why the writers kept them "apart". Didn't really work for most
|I can't believe
we go from all the promise at the end of the last episode to this. A sad,
sad state of affairs.
- One of the most memorable things
about this episode for me is: the number of squished turtles
- I laugh as Mr. Steele rolls up
the window to shut up Zweigenhoff, even though the Rabbit's top is down
- Couple of cute moments in the
gym and the aerobitorium where Mr. Steele tries to show off a bit. Love
how Laura's embarrassed the first time (with the dumbbells) and is amused
the second time (when he tries to do the leg raises).
- Once again the Piper kitchen is
the site for spaghetti!
- I crack up at Laura blowing Weasel
a kiss goodbye.
- Kinda nice to see our duo doing
something mundanely domestic like pet sitting.
- As Vinnie relates the story of
how he set himself up, it's cute to see Mr. Steele following his logic
and even smiling in appreciation for what Vinnie had done.
- Good to see Laura's willing to
take the case just because Mr. Steele believes in Vinnie
As they're leaving Tony Petz:
L: Thank you Mr. Pecs
The line Xenos longed to say to
Mr. Steele is instead uttered by Mrs. Tuttle: Unzip me
R: Clean living, Weasel. Does wonders,
mate. (Ah, if only Robert Pastorelli had listened....)
Hair & Clothing
- Another set of matching (well,
same colors anyway) outfits for R&L in their first scene. Her shirt
& trousers were also seen in Steele Blushing.
- I like Laura's turquoise suit
and the hat is stylish, though not quite the same color
- Coordinating outfits again in
the tag scene. What's with that?!
Goofs, Headscratchers & Misc
- Would Frances Piper *really* have
that much stuff in her garage that wasn't car- or yard-related?
- Xenos! Were those your real glasses?
That WAS you on the school bus staring at Mr. Steele, wasn't it?
- If the guy who played Mike Ito
(in You're Steele The One For Me) was the worst guest star, Daniel Greene
(Tony Petz) is a close second, IMHO.
- SueJue found some missing scenes
from the episode: http://krebsfiles.com/kickingscrap.html
- While Angie's fic relates to the
episode only slightly (that wasn't its purpose), it's a great excuse to
re-read it: http://www.angelfire.com/fl3/remingtonsteele/fanfic/new/Fiddling.html
Guest Cast Trivia
- Shannon Wilcox (Mrs. Tuttle) was
also Charlotte Knight in Etched in Steele. (I like her shorter hair) She's
the mother of Kelli Williams who played Lindsay Dole for 7 seasons in The
- Richard Reicheg (?) was also in
A Pocketful of Steele
- This is the late Robert Pastorelli's
second episode as Weasel. The first was Now You Steele It, Now You Don't.
- Daniel Greene (Tony Petz) and
LaGena Hart (Heather LeBlanc) are married to each other. I wonder if Jamie
Lyn Hart (the schoolgirl) is their daughter?
Thanks for add the link to SueJue's
fanfic!! I enjoyed that more than the episode!!!
|I loved the outfit
too. It suited her perfectly