And on we go, to the second (or rather, first) episode of Remington Steele! As mentioned before, Tempered Steele was actually the pilot episode. I wonder what changes the show underwent between the time this episode was shot and when “License to Steele,” the set-up episode that ultimately aired first? Let’s see!
Oh, ho! Changes already, and we’re only in the opening credits.
Laura seems to have added another client. Hello, pilot!
And another! Boxer man seems to be averting his eyes from Laura – perhaps because he’s embarrassed for her in that bizarre headband?
So that’s where Amanda King got her sense of style!
But what happened to this guy?
The narration changes a bit, too, now that Mr. Steele has arrived. Laura explains, “It was working like a charm …
“…until he walked in, with his blue eyes …
“… and mysterious past. And before I knew it,
“… he’s assumed Remington Steele’s identity.
“Now I do the work …
“… and he takes the bows.
“It’s a dangerous way to live, but as long as people buy it…
“I can get the job done.
“We never mix business with pleasure.
“Well … almost never.
“I don’t even know his real name!”
And a new title shot for our heroine:
I like it!
But on to the episode proper! The episode opens with the jaunty Remington’s theme music in the background.
We see a restaurant bill presented on a silver tray. It lists “Gourmet Dinner” at a hefty $146.80.
Wow. The gourmet dinners I buy are a lot cheaper than that!
Hm. Whatever his other talents, I don’t think our man could make a living as a forger!
We cut to the title card over a busy hallway.
Tempered Steele … wonder what that means? Perhaps we’ll find out.
We follow a slightly portly postman into the upscale offices of Remington Steele Investigations. The offices seem to be devoid of clients, so Bernice is spritzing the plants!
Bernice delivers the mail to her boss.
Laura is engrossed in high-tech research.
Murphy arrives, bearing take-out (for himself and Bernice only, it seems.) Mr. Michaels is more casually dressed than the secretary. Haven’t you ever heard the adage, “Dress for the job you want,” Murphy? Bernice is having rabbit food; Murphy (who apparently isn’t expecting to be kissed today) has pastrami with horseradish. Their
flirtatious snarky banter is interrupted by a howl from Laura!
They rush in to see whatever is the matter! “What is it?” Bernice asks.
“HIM!” (I wonder who she means?)
“Look at these bills!” she exclaims, throwing them dramatically aloft. I get the impression that she’s upset!
“One charter jet to Las Vegas, $2,000.”
“One evening gown by Louis of Beverly Hills, $6,000!”
“He’s bought her enough flowers to open a botanical garden!”
Murphy displays his keen investigative skills. “Who?”
Good guess! But … no.
It’s Nadine! The peroxide piranha!
Seems a bit harsh … but I guess I can see a resemblance.
Murphy points out that it was Steele’s assignment to keep Nadine occupied, and “he seems to be doing an excellent job!” They haven’t seen Nadine in weeks.
But the case has been closed for three days.
Laura suspects they’ll never see their figurehead “unless his credit or his stamina runs out!” Which upsets you more, Laura?
Murphy, concerned, places a comforting hand on Laura’s back as he urges her to calm down. I don’t think that’s going to help, Murph!
Laura is armed and dangerous!
We cut away to …
something fishy! Specifically, a caviar-spread cracker about to be consumed by, Mr. Steele’s voiceover informs us, the ravenous Nadine!
“Never bite,” instructs Mr. Smooth. “Always nibble.”
Careful, Mr. Steele. I think I’ve seen that look before …
She’s a maneater!
Nadine proposes going somewhere they can do some serious nibbling. Mr. Steele calls for the check!
The waiter regrets to inform Mr. Steele that his account has been closed. Awkward! Steele produces a credit card as alternative payment.
The charmer tells Nadine she’s made the evening so very special. (Just wait, Mr. Steele. I have a feeling it’s about to get even more special!)
He is moved to do something he’s never done before: present his companion with the brass nameplate that designates this as his special table, as a forget-him-not!
Nadine, who seems not to have gotten a set of $5,000 teeth from Grant Tinker, is impressed. “Oh, Remington!” I think this might be Mr. Steele’s lucky night. But wait!
The waiter returns to inform Mr. Steele he has orders to confiscate the detective’s credit card.
Mr. Steele seems … disappointed?
Alas! Mr. Steele never carries cash. “It’s so bulky.” Nadine offers to pay, but is taken aback at the tally.
“You’ve upset the lady. If I weren’t so annoyed, I’d be embarrassed,” Steele blusters.
He vows to repay her over breakfast in the morning.
Waiter seems shocked!
Oh, dear. Here comes more trouble.
Maitre’d Claude will have to be taken care of, too.
Uh, oh. The doorman has his hand out, too. I wonder if Nadine is beginning to think her dinner companion is all wet?
I’ll stop there with a few questions for discussion. How long after “License to Steele” do you think this episode occurs? Does Mr. Steele have any attachment to Nadine, or is it all part of the job? Is Laura more upset about the money, or the womanizing?