Back at Remington Steele Investigations, Bernice is on the phone.
She’s telling the party on the other end of the line that she’s not yet ready to start checking morgues (presumably for Mr. Steele, who is just arriving!)
Mr. Steele is waylaid by some random guy with paperwork and an astonishingly awful tie, while Bernice jokes, “On the other hand, give me the number. I may have something for them in an hour.”
Steele shrugs off the paperwork guy and scampers over to Bernice like an over-eager puppy.
“Where’s Miss Holt?” he
yips asks. Bernice gives him the finger … point.
Meanwhile, in Mr. Steele’s office, Mr. Arnock has had enough.
“If Mr. Steele thinks my time is so easily wasted …” he is grousing as Steele arrives.
Mr. Steele makes his grand entrance, apologizing for his delay. “The flights from Bogota grow less reliable by the day.” Arnock is confused; he thought Steele was stuck in traffic!
“My staff are instructed to say that whenever I’m out of the country,” Steele explains.
But now he’d like a word with his associate!
Arnock protests as Steele leads Laura away.
“Just two minutes. Perhaps some coffee while you wait?” He assures Arnock that Bernice will be right in with a fresh pot.
Based on Laura’s reaction, I’m not sure she appreciates Mr. Steele’s clever ruse. But aren’t they a cute couple? They even dress in matching outfits!
In the filing room, Steele and Laura launch into one of their patented jousting matches.
SHE: “You’re doing this intentionally, aren’t you!”
HE: “Laura, I was abducted by a gang of Latin youths!”
“Oh, please!” Laura snaps. “I like the Bogota story better!” She reminds him she’s had to stall Arnock for TWO HOURS.
“It’s true!” Steele protests. “What’s more, I’ve found us a client!”
Laura ain’t buyin’ it. She asks him what it was “this time” – an unpaid bookie? (Apparently this isn’t the first time Mr. Steele has failed to show up on command, and Laura’s mention of an unpaid bookie suggests Mr. Steele still has a few side games going.)
Aw. Poor Mr. Steele. He was so excited to tell Laura about the new case he’d stumbled on to, but she doesn’t seem impressed.
Puppy Steele is sad.
Laura reminds him of their arrangement: “We will find the clients. We will do the work.”
“You just put in an appearance when we need it, maybe make a good impression.”
“WHY? WHY WON’T YOU DO THIS?”
Steele declares he won’t let his natural talent for this work go ignored! Laura reminds him that he has no training whatsoever.
“But a rare instinct!” Steele argues.
“Call it a gift, if you will.”
Mr. Steele won’t be deterred …
“Think of it, Laura: The two of us working together, hand in glove … midnight skull sessions … breathless searches for evidence … long hours in cramped quarters …”
Hm. I think he may be getting through to her!
“We simply can’t function like this,” Laura says dejectedly.
“We can try.”
Just as the moment was getting … interesting … Bernice barges in.
“I just thought you’d like to know Arnock’s gone.” She suggests the “real thing” might have been too much for him. Steele says he’ll try and take that as a compliment!
Arnock’s flight doesn’t leave until 8:15 – Laura thinks maybe they can catch him before he leaves!
“Perfect!” Steele declares. “It’s right on the way.”
“What’s right on the way?” Laura calls after him.
Interesting dynamic between Steele and Laura in this sequence! Steele is glib and authoritative with Arnock, showing that he can play the role of “top dog” very effectively when he wants to. However, his battle with Laura shows again that he’s not satisfied with the figurehead role. He genuinely believes he can be successful in this job (as he has likely been successful in every other pose he’s every adopted) and is disappointed and frustrated that Laura refuses to see him as anything other than window dressing. Laura, for her part, feels increasingly desperate and frustrated herself – she is a woman who needs to feel in control, and her wayward fantasty-turned-reality isn’t cooperating! Her genuine anguish when she declares, “We can’t function this way,” shows how torn she is by the situation. The idea of working closely with this enigmatic, alluring mystery man is so appealing – yet represents such a risk to her agency, and her heart.
I look forward to your thoughts on this scene!