Some time later, back at Laura’s place …
… Mr. Steele, apparently spent from baring his soul to Sheldon, is dozing on Laura’s couch.
His partner bursts in, with disturbing news: “They’re on to us!”
“We’ve got to get out of here!”
But Mr. Steele has more important matters on his mind – disturbing news of his own!
“There are men’s clothes in your closet!”
“Men’s toiletries in your bathroom!”
Laura doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s happy to enlighten her:
He’s talking about men’s bikini underwear!
He’s talking about a T-shirt that says “Bankers Do It With Interest” Yuck!
Laura can’t believe it.
She’s been chased through the canyons by Mario Andretti …
… had to fight off the Galloping Gourmet to get a ride home …
The Galloping Gourmet is celebrity chef Graham Kerr, who had a TV show of that name from 1969-1971. He was famous for drinking wine while cooking on the show, often appearing to be a bit tipsy by the time the credits rolled.
Steele can’t believe Laura didn’t tell him she lives with a man! She tersely informs him that she doesn’t live with a man.
Little Sheldon hears Mummy and Daddy fighting and is worried. “What’s going on?” he asks.
Mummy Laura helps Little Sheldon finish dressing, informing him that “they know you’re with us.”
She tells him their only chance is to keep going. They’ll rent a car. (Where’s the limo?) Steele wants to know where Laura’s car is. She tells him it’s at the supermarket. Mr. Steele isn’t finished with her yet!
“You lived with a man who wears white belts?”
“Am I disappointed,” he sniffs.
Hey … don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, Mr. Steele. Smokin’!
Laura seems mildly amused by Steele’s reaction.
The main interest in this scene is obviously Steele’s fixation on Laura’s love life. He seems surprised that she had lived with a man (does he think she’s “not that kind of girl”?) and channels his jealousy into childish taunting, disparaging the kind of man his left-behind belongings suggest. Steele seems uninterested – even oblivious – to the real danger Laura was in.
Laura is well-prepared for an emergency, efficiently moving to pack some food, flashlight and, inexplicably, what look like highway flares (or sticks of dynamite).
We also see Laura and Steele in kind of a parenting mode here (especially Laura, who seems very intent on taking care of Sheldon). What’s your take on this segment?