Sorry for the delay in getting to the final post on this episode – too much turkey! Anyway ….
The tag opens with a long shot from above of the Steele limo on a fairly traffic-heavy LA thoroughfare:
The shot cuts abruptly to …
… the front page of the Los Angeles Register (“Largest Circulation in the West!” according to its nameplate). It seems the brilliant detective Remington Steele has done it again! (And also that “Building-Loan Men to Hold Banquet for Jubilee Date.” That seems like a legit item for the front page!
A cursory search of the Internet suggests that no newspaper by the name of the Los Angeles Register exists. However, in 1982 The Register was a daily published out of Santa Ana, California. It changed its name to the Orange County Register in 1985. As far as I can tell, it does not claim to have the Largest Circulation in the West.
We hear Mr. Steele expressing mild outrage about the press coverage of his triumph. As he browses the curiously photo-free interior of the newspaper, he frets:
“Really Laura, this is shocking. If I were you, I’d have a word with the press.”
“Do you realize that not one of these stories mentions your name?”
She says she’s learned to live with it. In response to her equanimity, Steele performs an astonishing feat with his forehead.
His Shar Pei impression is uncanny!
Laura points out something she apparently sees in the paper. “That was nice, donating the money you won in the polo match to Wallace’s mission.” It’s not clear which article on the inside pages we just saw would contain such a statement. Perhaps the item headlined “Oil Giant Admits New Illegal Gifts.” Hm.
Steele responds that Wallace was a nice man.
“… and a helluva burglar.”
Suddenly Steele reaches up to take off his glasses. Is it me, or is there something vaguely familiar about that gesture? Wait a minute! No, it can’t be!
Nope, guess not. Mr. Steele just takes off his shades. He tells Laura that the entire staff can be “rather proud of this one.”
“The entire staff thanks you,” Laura says drily. (Did you consultant Murphy and Bernice before making that sweeping statement, Miss Holt?)
Mr. Steele admits there’s one small thing that still puzzles him.
“How did I know it was Mrs. Dillon and not her son?” (Or Meecham)
Laura reminds him that Mrs. Dillon was the only one who drank that tea.
“So when it turned up in the stable and Wallace’s stomach …”
Steele is impressed!
“God, I’m good!”
And thus ends the second episode of Remington Steele, season 1. I think we learned some interesting things about our dynamic duo, don’t you? There may be friction between them at times, but in the end they make a pretty good team. I do have to wonder, however, if Laura is quite as unruffled by his getting all the credit as she claims. Perhaps we’ll find out as the series continues!
I look forward to your final thoughts on this episode!