We rejoin Mr. Steele and Laura en route to a testy confrontation in the file room.
Mr. Steele looks distinctly uneasy! He fiddles with his jacket button. What does that mean?
Laura can’t believe Steele turned the museum guys down.
“Believe me, Laura, we want no part of this,” Steele insists.
Laura accuses Steele of falling in love with the letterhead again. “Since when do YOU get to decide which cases I’m going to take?”
“This picture has a very nasty background,” Steele says. “I was only thinking of the agency.”
“Well, the agency has bills to pay and a reputation to maintain.”
“Surely then, there’s a missing person we can find.”
“An unsolved murder that’s baffled the finest minds in law enforcement?”
“A child, weeping for his lost cocker spaniel?”
Steele decides to take a firm stand: “Laura, I realize we haven’t known each other very long, and that refusing this case may cause the agency a great deal. Nonetheless, with no questions asked, no explanations demanded, I’m simply asking that you accept my instincts about this on faith and-“
Oh, yeah. THAT’S gonna work.
Looks like a deal being sealed here, no?
Hm. Achmed seems a little friendlier than he needs to be.
Stealin’ Steele’s move, Achmed? Tacky.
I don’t think Mr. Steele appreciates Achmed’s attention to Laura.
Coxworth tries to herd Achmed out of the office, but the curator seems reluctant to part from Laura. Dude. Step off.
After the museum guys leave, Laura asks Bernice if Murphy has come up with that museum research she asked for.
As she strides away, we see Mr. Steele with head slightly bowed, one hand over his stomach and the other in his pocket. WHAT CAN IT MEAN?
A hand over one’s stomach is said to indicate anxiety, while a hand in one pocket suggests a man is feeling unsatisfied with his self image. And the lowered head/gaze? Here’s what one website says: Lowering the head also lowers the eyes and hence can be a sign of submission, effectively saying ‘I dare not even look at you’. The eyes are typically also lowered here. It can be driven by affection (‘you are so wonderful’) or fear (‘you might hurt me if I look at you’). I suspect Mr. Steele might be feeling both those things at this moment! For her part, Laura has her hands clenched into fists, which indicates an unyielding mindset. Hm.
After Laura goes to her office, Steele pumps Bernice for info.
“Miss Wolfe, does it strike you that Laura seems unusually …”
“Wired? Cranky? Bent out of shape?” Bernice informs Steele that Laura asked her to overload her schedule once before, when she was expecting-
Laura reappears, briskly. “Somebody call for the car.” (Somebody? Laura really is treating her friend Bernice as a nameless employee today.) Laura wants Bernice to tell Murphy she needs to see him, pronto. Laura then heads for the other office, briskly. (I haven’t quite figured out the layout of these offices. Presumably the one she just came out of was Murphy’s office, and now has gone into her own. Yes?)
Steele turns back to Bernice for more info. But her lips are sealed:
Looks like Mr. Steele is going to have to do some legwork of his own!
He heads for Laura’s office, briskly. “As usual, you’ve been an enormous help, Miss Wolfe.” You sound so sincere, Mr. Steele!
Mr. Steele bursts into Laura’s office. He’s agitated!
“Laura, I don’t mean to pry. But if something’s happened …”
“I’m fine, and we’ve got work to do,” Laura answers.
“But you’re …” Steele stammers.
“I don’t know what your problem with this case is, but you’re beginning to sound a lot like my -“
As we hear a female voice call, “Hellooo,”
Laura reacts. Badly.
“Mother,” she squeaks.
“Mother?” Steele is confused.
Laura goes to greet her mom. Not briskly.
“Still have to wear your hair up, I see,” Mom
criticizes notes. Laura weakly protests that she would have picked Mom up at the airport, but Mrs. Holt sniffs that the cab drivers have to get rich off somebody’s money. Laura turns to introduce her mama to her associates.
Mr. Steele seems eager to make her acquaintance!
Laura stammers a bit. “This is … uh … Remington Steele.”
“So you’re Laura’s mother!” Steele charms.
Mrs. Holt expresses pleasure at meeting Laura’s boss at last.
“Heard a lot about me, have you?”
Laura apologizes because they have to run out, but tells her Bernice will get her settled at home and they can go out for dinner later.
Mr. Steele thinks that’s an excellent idea! He knows just the place!
Laura reminds Mr. Steele that he has a previous engagement.
“I’ll cancel it, whoever it is,” Steele says. “Until tonight, then … ah …”
“We musn’t be late, Mr. Steele,” Laura nudges, while Steele looks like the cat that ate the canary. They head for the exit.
“You know, these offices aren’t really bad at all,” Abigail damns her daughter with faint praise.
She’s a delightful woman!
That’s the end of this scene. NOW we know why Laura has been so tense! Something tells me her relationship with mom might be a little strained. Steele seems glad to have the upper hand back, after losing the battle over the museum case. I love the banter between Laura and Steele when arguing about taking the case. Cocker spaniel? Bahahaha. (SPOILER ALERT: In general, the Steele Agency doesn’t handle animal cases.) And how about Steele’s little look of jealousy over Achmed slavering over Laura’s hand? Finally, what do you make of Steele’s misapprehension of Bernice’s words, assuming Laura must be pregnant? He certainly seems genuinely concerned for her. Surprised, but not necessarily shocked. Hm. Your thoughts?