We find ourselves back on the seedy side of town.
We see the limo driving under a fairly prominent product placement – though why Merit cigarettes would want to be associated with this environment isn’t clear. In any case, the limo pulls up outside the Lost & Found Mission, and the same group of indigents swarms the car.
I believe this used to be a “problem” in cities – homeless people approaching cars at stoplights, etc. to wipe the windshield in exchange for a handout. It’s my impression that cities cracked down on this practice. I wonder if it still goes on some places. But I digress.
Steele is apparently surprised to find himself outside the mission. Was he dozing in the backseat?
“What are we doing here?” he asks Laura as they watch the homeless guys get to work outside the limo.
They observe a group of gentlemen imbibing around a trash can fire. “The minute anything happens down here, everybody knows it,” we hear Laura explain. “Let’s see what they know about Wallace’s death.”
“See? I told you,” Steele comments as they exit the limo. “You’re good.”
Laura suggests Steele start with the trashcan guys.
Mr. Steele muscles his way into the sacred circle …
… while Laura enters the mission. It’s dark and deserted. Is Wallace the only one on staff to make sandwiches?
She tries to engage a sleeping denizen in conversation, but no dice. Meanwhile, outside …
… Steele is bonding with the boys with the bottle! “Pity about Wallace,” he comments. His companions don’t seem interested in conversing.
Back to Laura, still wandering around the dark mission. She pauses outside the “Contact Office.”
Back to Steele, who seems to be making friends!
Suddenly we’re in an alley, where a mysterious (?) car is waiting. Or maybe just parked there. Who knows?
Steele seems to take an interest in the vehicle. Either that, or he’s looking for a place to “refund” the swig of cheap booze he just swallowed. He throws his precious toothpick into the fire. Things are getting serious!
… Aaaand back to Laura, still wandering aimlessly around the mission. What is she trying to accomplish, anyway?
Aha! Laura suddenly sees lights in an office with conveniently opaque windows!
Back to Steele, who is closely observing the mystery car. Perhaps he’s in the market for a new ride?
Back to Laura, who knocks on the office door.
And back to Steele again!
Back to Laura again – and suddenly (finally!) something is happening. Specifically, she is being choked by an unknown assailant! Perhaps it’s the guy whose sleep she so rudely disturbed before.
Back to Steele, apparently absorbed by the complexity of his writing implement.
Back to Laura, in some difficulty.
Back to Steele, still pondering his pencil.
Back to Laura, still struggling for her life.
And … oh, for Pete’s sake.
Finally, having exhausted the wonders of his pencil, Steele looks around for some new shiny object to occupy his interest.
He observes, in the words of the old song, “Two silhouettes on the shade.”
Well, it’s no pencil. But still seems interesting enough to attract his attention.
He races to Laura’s rescue!
Tussles with the bad guy!
Is felled by a mighty blow from the assailant!
And his foe makes his escape!
Worried Mr. Steele hurries to tend to Laura. She’s still shaken up!
Ever the professional, she motions for him to pursue the bad guy’s car! (How did she know he had a car?)
“Fred! Block the alley!” Steele shouts as he rushes to intercept the baddie.
But Fred experiences some difficulty extricating himself from the attentive car guys.
Steele doesn’t have time to wait around!
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Alas! The perpetrator gets away!
Steele reconnects with a still-shaken Laura back at the limo. She wants to know if he got the license plate number.
“Right here,” he assures her. Steele’s brain is a steele trap!
“How did you know I was in trouble?” Laura asks.
“Actually, I was looking for a pencil,” he admits.
And that’s the end of that scene. I’m going to assume there is some larger meaning here, and they weren’t just trying to fill up those 47 or whatever minutes it takes to make a full episode. Perhaps the point was to show that Mr. Steele really isn’t as observant a sleuth as Laura (though she certainly didn’t see the baddie sneaking up on her), or perhaps that Steele will put himself at risk to save Laura when needed. Your thoughts?