The scene shifts abruptly to …
… a neon sign advertising Ratooi Games, Inc.
We’re in the interior of the building. One game seems to be active!
Laura appears, making her way through the building sneaky-like. (She’s changed clothes and put her hair up, so this must occur some time after the previous scene)
The warehouse (?) is a kind of maze of arcade games, with strange beeps and electronic noises …
Suddenly the noise level ramps up. There are flashing lights and bells and whistles! Laura is unnerved.
She wends through the maze of machines, growing increasingly desperate. She rounds a corner, and …
It’s creepy Izzy – up close and personal!
Cut to …
… Mr. Steele and Arnock, outside the latter’s hotel. Steele is happy that Emery agreed to be driven to the airport. It will give them a chance to get to know one another better!
Mr. Arnock wants to be sure he won’t be late for his plane.
Steele tells him not to worry; they’re only making one brief stop!
Cut back to …
… Laura, looking wary.
She is presented a glass of water and asked if she’s feeling better.
Creepy Izzy is seriously invading her personal space! He explains that he set up the scary security system because he works alone at night. She informs him it’s very effective. He responds that the system is completely harmless – it’s just sound. Laura wants to know if that’s what he does for the games – create the sounds.
“Take my sounds off a game and what do you have? Colored lights and a TV screen,” he answers. He tells her he had intended to pass his note to Mr. Steele, but when he fell into her arms …
“May I touch your face?” He asks abruptly. “You have a lovely voice, and I’d very much like a picture to go with it.”
Whoa. CREEPY ALERT!
Laura reluctantly agrees to let Creepy Izzy fondle her.
As Izzy begins performing the Vulcan Mind Meld on Laura, she asks him what he wanted to see Mr. Steele about.
“Deep Water,” he says. “It’s gone.” It’s their newest video game, worth $50 million in the market.
“You have very soft skin,” he adds.
WHOA! DOUBLE CREEPY ALERT!
Laura soldiers on, even as Creepy Izzy gets creepier. “You think George took Deep Water?” she asks. Izzy says the theft of the $5 million was probably just a cover. George hated the takeover and fought it every step of the way.
“Mmmm. Good bone structure.”
As Izzy’s hands find their way around Laura’s throat, she asks him if he thinks George was trying to strip Ratooi bare before the merger.
“I like your choice of words,” Izzy says as his hands begin to drift downward. He says George would do anything to hang on to Ratooi. The company is his whole life.
“It seems there was still room for a girlfriend,” Laura comments as his hand slips inside her blouse. Um … when does Laura get around to kicking this guy in the groin? But news of George’s girlfriend seems to cool Izzy down.
He removes his hands and backs away. “Excuse me, Miss Holt. I think I forgot to lock the door behind you. It’s very late.” He leaves Laura alone in the office.
Laura is visibly relieved.
This was a genuinely scary scene, don’t you think? I believe we were meant to wonder whether Laura was going to be raped by this weirdo. It’s a darker scene that we’ve seen before on the series, IMO. Laura’s fear was palpable as Izzy touched her, yet she remained calm and kept doing her job. I wonder what she would have done if his hands had kept roaming? How far is Laura willing to go for information? I look forward to your thoughts on this disturbing scene!