Our next scene opens on a close up of a photo …
A hot bikini babe aboard the good ship Toodle-Loo!
Mrs. Albie Fervitz expresses surprise that George had a girlfriend. She doesn’t seem pleased!
Albie says he had a feeling George had been seeing someone, but didn’t like to pry.
Creepy Izzy is creeped out! He wants to know how George could have murdered this girl!
Albie hurries to defend his missing partner: He doesn’t believe George took the money or killed anybody. Somebody’s trying to frame him!
Mr. Steele points out that the dying girl mentioned George’s name.
Albie suggests that George might have been in the elevator, but so was someone else – the real murderer.
Little Albie’s like a dog with a bone on this, isn’t he? He just can’t seem to accept that George might not be who he seemed. I wonder why?
Steele concedes that Albie’s scenario might be possible …
Sheila, who seems to have a lower opinion of good ‘ol George than her husband, says she needs some air and stomps out. As she leaves …
Mr. Arnoch arrives on the scene, wiping his fevered brow. He tells Steele he thinks he’ll be all right now.
Albie is alarmed! “He’s not a cop, is he?” Laura prepares to introduce her client, but Steele intervenes.
“Special Operative Arnoch. We bring him in on sensitive cases quite frequently.” He asks Miss Holt to back up his explanation.
“Whatever you say, Mr. Steele,” she agrees, not very convincingly. As Arnoch starts to protest, Steele leads him away, followed by Albie. Laura is left to make her phone call in peace.
“Murphy? Is that you?”
It is! Murph, bathed in the soft, blinking light of some neon sign, tells Laura he has a solid lead on this George character. Good news!
“Bad news,” she corrects him. George has been seen here in L.A. an hour ago.
Murphy can’t believe it! George has a reservation at this hotel and tickets to fly to Toronto in the morning!
Laura is either really puzzled by this news, or trying to fight off a sneeze.
She’s puzzled! Laura tells Murphy he might as well come home. Meanwhile …
… Albie is still trying to convince Steele that George is innocent. He’s known George Kaplan since before there were circuit boards. The man is a saint!
Sorry, Albie’s open shirt look just isn’t growing on me. But perhaps I haven’t given it a fair chance. Maybe it’s the man, not the look, that’s the problem. Let’s take a look at some others who have championed this particular fashion statement:
Oh, dear. Back to the episode!
Sheila, who still seems peevish, returns to tell Albie he has a phone call – from someone who wants to talk to him about George.
George accepts the call. It’s George’s kidnapper!
“What did he say?” Laura inquires.
“He said if I care anything about George or this company, I’ll meet him at the end of Bally Way at the Marina in an hour.” Albie asks Steele what he should do.
“Excellent question!” Steele stalls. But Laura’s got the answer.
She suggests that she and Steele go to the marina first and position themselves so they’ll see whoever meets Albie.
“My thoughts exactly!” Steele agrees.
Steele exhorts the twitchy Albie to be brave, then hurries toward the door, reminding Laura they haven’t a moment to lose. She reminds him he’s forgotten something.
“Come along, Emery!” Steele says. “We may need your help on this!” The two detectives and Special Operative Arnoch depart for the marina …
… as the scene ends on an ominous close up of creepy Izzy!
I’ll stop there, because the next scene is a BIG one. What do you make of this scene? This scene apparently takes place a short time after the previous scenes (Cynthia being killed while Laura is simultaneously being menaced by creepy Izzy.) Did Laura call Steele and the others to gather them back at Ratooi? What time of night is this? Creepy Izzy noted in the last scene that it was getting “quite late.” By now it must be quite, QUITE late. Yet good old Murphy is still on the job in Vegas, scarfing down Chinese food and doing the legwork on the mysterious George. What a trouper!
Laura seems to have recovered from her disturbing encounter with Izzy. Do you think she’ll mention what happened to Steele, Murphy or Bernice?
I wonder why Steele didn’t want Albie et al to know who Arnoch really was – is he afraid he’ll be outed as essentially the “errand boy” for the agency, tasked with accompanying the client to his plane?
So many questions! Share your thoughts!