Morning finds our heroes camped out …
… in a scenic locale, if not a very stylish ride.
Inside the car, a cozy scene: Laura and Steele side by side in repose. But there’s an intruder on the scene:
An invisible mosquito disturbs the great detective’s slumber.
He begins to waken. Opens one eye to see Laura beside him. A happy circumstance!
Laura shifts in her sleep, smiling. Having a happy dream? Steele steals a look into the backseat.
Junior Sheldon is snoozing, too.
“Laura,” Steele whispers.
She stirs, slightly. “Mmph?”
“Finally.” Dramatic pause. “We’re sleeping together.”
Laura gives him a slo-mo reaction.
He waggles his eyebrows suggestively and chuckles. She doesn’t seem to mind.
“I must make it a point to tell Murphy,” he says.
“You would, too,” she responds, still amused.
Steele chuckles again, but simultaneously touches his face. Uh oh!
Steele notes that Murphy still doesn’t trust him, but Laura explains, “It’s not you. It’s me.”
(Is she trying to break up with him?)
“He worries about me,” Laura says softly.
“Worries … I’ll get in too deep.”
“And you’ll be gone …”
“… and I’ll be left …”
“… in too deep.”
“Murphy thinks that?”
“He isn’t the only one.”
Steele is uncomfortable with the direction this has taken.
“I think I’ll stretch my legs.” He flees the car, leaving Laura alone.
And we see that Steele, too, is alone with his thoughts … whatever they may be.
This is my favorite scene of this episode; it’s so rich and multi-layered. We begin in a warm and even humorous mood. Steele and Laura are together in a pseudo-intimate setting. And they are clearly comfortable and glad to be together. Laura appreciates Steele’s suggestive humor and tacit acknowledgement that their relationship goes beyond the strictly professional. Then the scene turns, as Laura confesses her deep fears. We rarely see Laura this open and vulnerable. Steele is shaken by her words – because he’s afraid she’s too serious, or afraid he might indeed leave her alone, in too deep. Perhaps Steele has his own fears about getting close to someone, and the possibility of being left behind, in too deep. There is such deep poignancy in Laura’s reaction to his desertion. She knows she has over-shared, shown Mr. Steele her “weakness,” and – as expected – he left her.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this pivotal little scene!