Our scene continues, and the following is some of the funniest in the whole series, imo. Let’s go!
When last we left Laura Holt …
… she had just expressed some frustration with how her reunion with mom was going.
“Try to be patient, Laura,” Steele counsels. “It’s hardly what she expects from a dental assistant.”
Just then the doorbell rings, and Laura hurries to answer it, followed by Steele.
“Here,” she says, pushing a wad of bills into the cab driver’s hand. “Keep the change.”
Mr. Steele wants to know what’s going on.
“You’ve had some kind of mishap. Are you all right?”
“I was kidnapped by someone named Guffman coming out of your apartment!” Laura explains while Steele inexplicably boops himself.
“I knew we shouldn’t have accepted this case,” Steele I-told-you-sos her.
“What do you know about this?” she presses (literally).
Thanks to Elise for sharing this little nugget of script, which illustrates the next bit of business in which they talk/shout over each other:
Steele and Laura begin to argue – it is an epic battle of wills!
HE: Laura, it’s important you not jump to any hasty conclusions.
SHE: Who is this Guffman and what does he know about this woman Felicia?
HE: This is a dangerous situation and mutual trust is absolutely essential if we’re all to survive it in one piece.
SHE: I nearly got my neck broken tonight and don’t think you can get out of here without giving me some answers!
Just then, the doorbell rings again!
It’s Kahlil Ahmed! He looks relaxed.
“It’s … the … curse …” he wheezes as he falls.
Well. That was unexpected!
Just then …
“Laura!” Abigail calls from the guest bedroom.
Laura’s evening isn’t getting any better.
“Oh, God! This isn’t happening! My mother is NOT going to find a dead body in my house!”
She races off, leaving Steele holding the bag … er … pot.
In the bedroom, Abigail is … apologetic?
“I’m sorry I lost my head a moment ago. Not that I forgive your behavior, but it was wrong of me to say so in front of your employer.”
“That’s all right, mother.”
Abigail knows it’s all right (because she hasn’t done anything wrong!), but she feels she owes Mr. Steele an apology.
“It really isn’t necessary,” Laura assures her.
“I think it is.” (Mother knows best.)
NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!
Laura explains that Mr. Steele is with a client. In her living room. At this hour of the night. He just dropped in.
“It’ll only take a moment.”
Laura follows her mom to the doorway of the living room. They hear Mr. Steele discussing the case with his client:
“Fascinating bit of evidence, Achmed, mmm?”
“Ah, Abigail!” Steele greets her. Uh, oh. I smell trouble: Laura would never allow anybody to smoke in her house!
Abigail makes her apologies.
“Barely remembered it,” he assuages her.
“Would you care to join us?”
Laura doesn’t seem to think that’s a good idea. And as it happens, neither does Abigail. She’s tired and wants to go to bed. Finally the two Holt women agree on something!
Aw. What a touching reconciliation. Abigail bids a final farewell to Mr…
“Khalil,” Steele supplies helpfully.
Abigail trundles off to bed.
Laura is relieved.
Achmed is … still dead.
Mr. Steele is … pleased with himself.
I enjoyed this opportunity for Stephanie Zimbalist to show her comedy chops – frazzled Laura is a hoot! We see how evenly matched Laura and Steele are; I’m willing to bet Murphy wouldn’t have gone toe-to-toe with her like Steele did. We also see just what a risk taker Mr. Steele is. He was definitely tempting fate to invite Abigail to join them. Seems like it would have been less chancy to simply drag Khalil out the door and deposit him into the bushes for safekeeping, but what fun would that be?