It’s the following morning, and we see the Once-and-Future-Steele leaving the Huntington Sheraton. That jacket he’s wearing doesn’t look like anything Mr. Steele had in his closet; presumably the con man returned to his own, slightly less grand lodgings after the bittersweet parting of the night before. Wonder what he did with his tux?
He’s about to get into a cab, but seems distracted by something.
What could it be?
It’s Laura in the back of the limo. She looks less glamorous than last night … and sad.
Is that a hint of regret I see on the handsome man’s face? Followed quickly by …
… bemusement? Is he perhaps wondering why this hasty departure is so much less satisfying than all the ones before?
He does seem to be having a little trouble letting go!
Laura looks a bit hopeful now. Is she wondering if he’ll stay?
But no. Another half smile in her direction … and he’s away.
Sad times. What might have been? But Laura can’t waste time on regrets and what ifs.
She’s got things to do! Places to go! People to see! And time’s a’wastin’!
But who’s that shouting her name?
It’s Murphy, looking the worse for wear. I guess that room service pizza last night didn’t set well. But no!
“Somebody blindsided me!” he gasps.
Laura is stunned! And then …
UPSET! Guess nobody warned Con Man: Don’t make Laura angry.
You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry!
“He lied to me! That treacherous thief LIED TO ME!”
Laura and Murphy give chase …
… apparently back in time, to LAX, circa 1975! No wonder that limo seems so spacious on the inside:
It’s a TARDIS!
Treacherous Thief arrives in a Rapid Taxi.
He seems to be in a hurry! Uh, oh. That’s not a good sign.
But Laura is hot on his heels!
What a coincidence! There’s Gordon Hunter, being interviewed in the middle of the terminal by reporters who have to lug around some seriously non-portable lights!
“I was very encouraged by last night’s showing-“ he’s saying as Treacherous Thief dashes up to them.
Laura calls for back up: “Stop that man! He’s a thief!”
Murphy takes a brief moment to manhandle Treacherous Thief before dashing off after Hunter.
Meanwhile, Laura leaps into action!
She has her man!
“You mean you didn’t steal the gems?”
Treacherous Thief Wrongly Accused is affronted!
“Laura! I gave you my word!”
“But they’re fair game now!”
“Oh, no they’re not!”
Hunter runs through a curiously deserted terminal …
… pursued by Murphy,
… Wrongly Accused and Laura!
Hunter commandeers some hot wheels!
But Murphy (or a stuntman who is a reasonable facsimile of same) is on him!
Oh, dear. Looks like Mr. Michaels is down for the count! (It’s a good thing he happened to be thrown into a stack of barrels containing … Styrofoam peanuts?)
Wrongly Accused arrives, still in OJ Simpson mode!
He grabs the closest available transportation – but Laura is right behind!
The girl’s got gumption! (I think this was really Stephanie Zimbalist.)
Looks like Laura may be a backseat driver.
Laura takes charge of the situation!
Oops! Hunter seems to have forgotten the first rule of road safety: Watch where you’re going!
Laura and Wrongly Accused press their advantage.
Looks like it’s time to pick up the trash.
“I take it you wanted to drive?”
Yes, but he makes a good co-pilot, doesn’t he, Laura?
I’ll leave it there – the tag is next! Share your thoughts on this action-packed sequence!