Steele and Laura exit the Ratooi headquarters.
“LV-952,” Steele muses. “Sounds like a code, doesn’t it? Or perhaps a secret account number.”
“I’ll make it a point to check that out,” Laura promises. She reaches into her purse for her wallet and discovers something stuck inside:
It’s the note that Izzy slipped in her purse!
Steele sees her fiddling with the paper. “What’s that?” She tells him it’s just a shopping list. Steele wants to know where they go from here.
“Warnock’s hotel,” Laura tells him, apparently having forgotten her client’s name. (I hope Steele goes to the right hotel!) Laura says she’s sending Steele on alone; she has some calls to make. Steele is affronted!
“Laura, you can’t expect me to turn my back on a case like this now!”
“I said I’d listen. I listened,” Laura answers. She tells him he has an hour to fulfill his part of the bargain and sends him off to see Arnock while she goes to make her call.
Back at the car, Steele gives her a pleading look. Laura ain’t buyin’ it.
She shoos him on his way!
Moments later, in the limo …
… Mr. Steele is pondering. “What say we stop off at the Belvedere Towers?” he suggests to Fred. The chauffeur is wary.
“My instructions are Mr. Arnock’s hotel.”
“Just a brief detour. I’ll take full responsibility,” Steele promises, adding a plaintive, “Please?”
Whatever, says Fred’s hand.
Meanwhile, back at Ratooi Headquarters …
Murphy! How we’ve missed you!
Murph finds Laura playing what is apparently a solar-powered arcade game in the parking lot. He calls to his “partner.”
(Hm. Is Murphy trying to establish himself as Laura’s equal, or reinforce the idea that he and Laura are a duo, in contrast to the outsider, Steele?)
Laura thanks him for getting there so fast, and tells him their Mr. Steele has stumbled onto something!
Murphy is … delighted ? … by this news! “You don’t mean you’re letting him work on a case!” he asks.
“Give me a little credit,” she tells Murphy. If she told Steele that, she’d never get him to Arnock! She asks Murphy what their travel people told him. He informs her that two days ago a George Kaplan bought a ticket on flight 952 to Vegas – one way. Laura tells Murphy to start packing: he’s going to Vegas.
Murphy wants to know why nobody ever skips town to Maui, or even Acapulco.
In this scene, we see Laura being a little underhanded with Mr. Steele, not giving him credit for stumbling on to the case and making him believe she’s not really that interested in it. I can’t help feeling a little bad for Steele, who genuinely seems to feel some commitment to helping Albie and co. Or is it more that he wants to work closely with Laura, as he suggested in the previous scene? We’re beginning to see a little tug-of-war here between Steele and Murphy. Steele asks Laura what “we” do next, thus placing himself in partnership with her. Murphy refers to her as his partner. I wonder which gentleman will prevail?