The opening credits segue into a shot of a helicopter landing at an unknown airport. Something serious seems to be afoot: uniformed guards await the landing, and additional uniforms can be seen inside the helicopter. A black limousine also awaits …
The smoked window of the limo opens, revealing a striking woman in a fedora: Laura Holt! She looks very serious.
Beside her, a man watches a uniformed guard approach the car from the helicopter, a metal box in hand. We get a sense of how tense the situation is by the curious condition of the flagman, who seems either to have a serious case of butt crack sweat or has soiled himself. Ominous!
And, as a small battalion of guards marches toward us, we learn there are two more regular cast members. Look forward to meeting you, James and Janet!
Aha! It seems these uniforms aren’t cops, but employees of a private security firm called Graybridge Security Services. They all climb in the back of the security truck. Meanwhile, we discover that Henry Mancini composed the theme song. No wonder it’s so good!
No idea who Richard Lewis Warren is, but I’m sure he makes very nice music, too. Oh ho! IMDB informs me that Mr. Warren was a busy fellow in the 1980s, scoring such series as Knots Landing, Dallas, Cagney & Lacey and – traitor! – Moonlighting.
In the limo, unknown man continues to look grim, while Laura looks decidedly pleased. The limo pulls away, revealing an intriguing vanity plate.
As the limo follows the security truck out of the airport, a van pulls up and a rather handsome young man (whoever could it be!) gets out. Apparently he’s employed by Randall Linen Supply. He unloads a laundry cart from the back of the van and pushes it toward the hangar.
Whatever can he be up to? I wonder if we’ll find out!
We abruptly cut to ANOTHER handsome young man, in a rather bizarre blouse, taking photos of a family.
Is that embroidery on the front of his shirt? Are we at a Renaissance Fair? Is this the 1970s? I swear the mother doll in my Sunshine Family (a set of hippie dolls) had a peasant blouse much like this. Here’s the Sunshine Family, for your viewing pleasure!
Uh oh. Our hottie peasant guy is only pretending to take photos of the nice family! He’s really taking pictures of the security van, which has just pulled up at a hotel across the street.
It soon becomes obvious that Renaissance Man is NOT a Pixie photographer, as he is a little impatient with one of the youngsters, telling him to move closer to his mother. Hey, stupid kid! You’re blocking his view of the limo pulling up in back of the security truck!
(Side note: I suspect that in 2013, some random, oddly dressed stranger taking pictures of kids on the street would attract some attention, whether he looked like Pierce Brosnan or not.)
Renaissance Man snaps a few photos of Laura and her client. One might think that the mother would notice this photographer’s camera isn’t actually pointed at her and her offspring. But perhaps she’s too dazzled by his hottiness (or disoriented by his embroidery) to say anything,.
Embroidered Man finishes up with the family, and hands mom a wad of bills. She jokingly offers to let him keep the kids for another fifty. Mom and daughter are enchanted by embroidered stranger … but methinks the boy child looks a little skeptical!
Hello … what’s this? Someone seems to be watching the Embroidered Man as he’s watching Laura and the Linen Supply Guy. I’m getting dizzy!
I don’t know who these guys are, but they have NoGoodnik written all over them!
Which is more threatening – the one guy’s switchblade, or the other guy’s bushy mustache?
It seems Mustache and Switchblade have been watching Embroidered Man for some time. Do you think they’re old friends? Magic 8 Balls says …. Not Likely.
What’s with the trophies and wall plagues and institutional-looking door? It almost looks like a coach’s office in some high school. Random!
Well, he is reasonably good looking – and who doesn’t love a man in uniform? But hold on there, Miss Holt. I have a feeling something even better might be around the corner!
The box is opened and ….
It contains bricks laying on an old towel. Well, that’s anticlimactic! The client is unimpressed. He’s got $2.6 million in jewels arriving, and expected a more innovative security plan from the famous Remington Steele agency (thanks for the exposition, Client Guy!).
But Laura is smugly confident.
And why shouldn’t she be? After all, she is in possession of …
an empty box. But this one has fancy, silky material inside, so we know it’s special.
Wait a second! It’s Linen Supply Guy! What is HE doing here? Perhaps to collect the towel from the other box; those bricks looked dirty.
He can’t wait to tell Mr. Steele how impressed he is.
Client Guy ain’t buyin’ it. He wants Steele in the trenches!
Murphy gives him the brush off: They’ll submit a bill for services rendered, and good luck with your jewels, pal.
But Laura hedges. Mr. Steele will be calling in, and she’ll mention the client’s concerns. Irritable Client Guy says he’ll expect an answer by 6!
I’ll stop there for now. So what’s your impression of these first scenes? Laura seems very sure of herself … too sure? And what of the man who will be Steele? His wardrobe and car suggest to me that he doesn’t have unlimited resources – could it be that the master thief is fallen on slightly hard times? I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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