We pick up where we left off … aboard the good ship Toodle-Loo.
Steele expertly hot wires the engine, which fires up like an SST.
Oh, dear. Arnoch is already looking a little queasy.
Meanwhile, back at George Kaplan’s luxury condo …
… two shadowy, yet oddly familiar silhouettes, are pillaging a closet.
It’s Murphy and Laura, of course! While Laura fondles George’s wardrobe, Murphy explains that Kaplan must have had some heavy financial problems. “Until six months ago, he didn’t have a credit rating,” says Murph.
“And now?” Laura inquires.
Murphy says he’s a perfect bill payer now. But he’s got no tax returns, he didn’t register for the draft and his birth certificate was filed in Sacramento, where a fire destroyed most of the records.
“He’s starting to sound a lot like someone we know,” Laura comments.
They’ve figured out that George Kaplan is a nowhere man … but how to prove it? And what about the murder of poor Cynthia?
Laura hurries to the phone to make a call. (Hope it’s local, as I don’t think good old George will be paying his bills on time any more.) But who could she be calling?
Laura asks him to put Mr. Steele on the line.
“Sorry, he can’t come to the phone right now.”
Laura is concerned! “What’s he doing?”
“About five knots.”
Bon voyage, Mr. Steele!
Mr. Steele has taken his rightful place at the helm. He looks confident!
On the other hand …
… Arnoch doesn’t seem to be enjoying this pleasure cruise!
I’ll make this a short post to make up for the recent mammoth one. Questions to ponder: Do you see any difference in how Laura interacts with Murphy as opposed to Mr. Steele? When did Laura figure out what was going on – in the closet with Murph, or before that? What do you think is Fred’s attitude toward his new “boss”? And will Emery get puke all over his nice three-piece suit?
Inquiring minds want to know!