Apologies for the delay in posting; I’m having computer problems (no sound). Boo!
Anyway, when last we left our intrepid detectives, Mr. Steele was taking a call from Hunky Barry. As the next scene opens …
… we see Mr. Steele entering a police station. He has a confident stride!
As he passes by one of the precinct’s finest, he gives him a friendly little pat on the back. Clearly Mr. Steele is well known here!
Our hero encounters Hunky Barry, who expresses surprise that Steele has been able to get Buddy released to his custody.
“The name Remington Steele has a certain standing in the law enforcement community,” Steele explains.
“You ever want a job fixing traffic tickets, I can make us a fortune,” jokes Hunky Barry.
Mr. Steele is not amused. He was under the impression that HB isn’t interested in material gain. HB wants to know where he got THAT idea.
“Miss Holt. She’s quite taken with your selflessness.”
“Well, I’m quite taken with everything about her,” HB answers.
Steele drops the smirky banter.
“What are your intentions toward her?”
“What are your intentions in asking?”
Mr. Steele affects a blithe unconcern. “Oh, professional curiosity,” he shrugs. “Speaking as her boss, I wouldn’t want to see her hurt. Unhappiness tends to reduce efficiency.”
Hunky Barry wouldn’t DREAM of reducing her efficiency. (Is that supposed to be a double entendre?)
Mr. Steele lifts his own chin into firing position. He tells HB that he’d “take serious exception to anyone causing Laura pain.”
This is shaping up to be a stand-off.
So much testosterone!
“Is that a threat?” HB wants to know.
“It’s a word to the wise, Mr. Phillips,” says Steele. “I sincerely hope you fall into that category.”
I have my doubts, Mr. Steele.
I’m also pretty sure that in a fist fight, Hunky Barry would beat the hell out of you.
Just then Buddy arrives. He tells Steele he’s a man of his word!
“Mr. Phillips and I were just talking about that,” Steele confirms.
As the jailbird takes off, Mr. Steele gives his adversary a last, meaningful look.
So lots of machismo on display here. I have to wonder how Laura would respond to this little spectacle of two men puffing their chests out over her. I’m not sure she would be impressed. Do you think Steele was warning Hunky Barry off, implying that Miss Holt is already taken, or simply advising him to be good to Laura? I have to wonder if HB will pursue Laura even more strongly now, just to “out-man” Steele. Your thoughts?