NOTE: This will be a shorter entry, but I think it’s an important scene to hash over!
Laura and Steele return to George’s apartment. Laura is peevish.
“You promised me!” she snaps.
“A promise I fully intend to keep!” he retorts.
Laura starts digging in George’s drawers. “When?” she demands. “When Arnock’s flight is halfway to Topeka?”
Mr. Steele knows the REAL reason she’s upset:
“You’re just afraid to admit that I might know what I’m doing with this!”
“You’re right,” she answers.
“But do you really?”
“Do I really what?”
“Know what you’re doing?”
Mr. Steele is taken aback.
“Just …. barely,” he admits.
“That sounded almost genuine,” Laura smiles.
Steele tells Laura he’s just had a run-in with George’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend. Laura is intrigued!
“Girlfriend? But I thought George was the shy, hermit type!” Steele informs her that George broke off the relationship just before he disappeared.
“Do you think that might tie in?” he asks, hopefully. Laura doesn’t answer. Instead, she goes to the phone.
She discovers a neatly torn-out newspaper ad for a cut-rate to Vegas. What a coincidence! (You also get $75 worth of casino chips – whatta deal!)
Laura asks Steele if he can produce this girlfriend.
He figures he can smoke her out. But he wants to know what this ad is about? She tells him Murphy’s on a plane to Vegas, and she needs to let him know about this.
“Murphy? Vegas? Who are you calling?”
“Room 217, please,” she says into the phone. “Mr. Arnock! Remington Steele for you, sir!”
Steele looks … disappointed … with this development!
“Promises, promises,” Laura mutters, as she hands him the receiver. Steele tries to make nice with Mr. Arnock.
The scream coming from the other end of the line suggests Mr. Arnock isn’t glad to hear from him!
Lots going on in this seemingly simple scene! We see Laura’s disappointment that Mr. Steele went back on his word (Remington Steele’s word is his bond!). I think she’s angry with herself, also, for trusting him. For his part, Mr. Steele is wounded by Laura’s resentment – he knows that he intended to see Arnock as promised … just as soon as he solved the case with his brilliant sleuthing! He is startled when she admits she’s uncomfortable with the thought that he might be a competent investigator, and when she challenges him about his braggadocio, he admits he’s essentially winging it. Allowing Laura to see his less confident side is a big step for him, I think – and I also believe Laura appreciates that, too. But that doesn’t mean he won’t get his nose rapped for stepping out of line! Again she refuses to acknowledge that he has developed good information, and punishes him by making him face Arnock. What are your thoughts on what this scene says about their relationship?