We’re back, after a MUCH longer hiatus than I expected. I toyed with not bringing the blog back, because it hasn’t generated much interest. However, I hate to quit in the middle of something. So we’ll give it another go.
When last we left our intrepid detectives,
Laura had just announced to their prime suspects that Mr. Steele was convinced that someone murdered Mitchell Knight.
Later, headed back to the office, Mr. Steele seems somewhat doubtful …
“Convinced? Am I really?”
Laura assures him that yes, he is.
She can still smell it!
In the office, Bernice is … busy? I still wonder what the heck that art piece is on the wall. Laura wants to know if there have been any calls; Bernice snorts. Laura and Steele retreat to their respective offices.
But Steele isn’t finished with this conversation! “Would you like to know what I think?” he demands, limping into Laura’s office.
“You know what you are? YOU ARE A WORKAHOLIC!”
Laura is .. stunned? “No, really?” She admits it’s a terrible vice; perhaps he should try it some time.
Steele continues his rant. “It just drives you crazy that there are no mysteries to solve! No clues to ponder, no suspects to … suspect!” Oh, Mr. Steele. By now you should know better than to question Laura’s motives.
Ahem. She most certainly DOES have a mystery to solve, clues to ponder, suspects to suspect! (Why Laura, what a wide mouth you have!)
Not to be outdone, Steele also opens his mouth very wide. ” .. heaven forbid that she has a second to stop and think and feel, and perhaps … perhaps …”
“… get close to some of the people she works with!” Steele points to himself with both hands here. Do you think he has someone specific in mind?
Uh, oh. All this shouting has woken the baby. Murphy appears, plaintively declaring, “I heard fighting so I knew Mom and Dad were home.”
Steele sees a potential ally -albeit an unlikely one – in Murph. He asks the junior detective if he’s EVER seen Laura just doing nothing in her office.
Nope. Steele’s on a roll. He hates hates hates all those little lists Laura keeps. “Check her desk, Murphy. I’ll bet it’s chock full of little lists!”
Um … Murphy would rather not. And get your impossibly perfect hair out of my face, Steele.
Laura’s had enough. NOBODY insults her lists! “Get out of my office!”
Murphy quails in the face of her wrath. “Can I go now?” He begins to sidle away …
… as Laura grabs her coat and stomps out.
Steele is in hot pursuit! He’s certainly determined to make his point.
Bum leg notwithstanding, Steele makes it to the door ahead of Laura.
“Laura – Laura – Laura – Laura! Wait – wait – wait – wait!”
“Last chance: Go away with me.” (Would YOU say no?)
Laura wavers … “What about the case?” she protests, half-heartedly. Play your hand smartly now, Steele.
“There is no case! In order for there to be a case, there has to be a mystery, a circumstance, an occurrence that remains unexplained,” he adds.
“Who told you that?” I think she’s impressed by his recitation.
Laura reminds him that Mitchell Knight fell 35 stories to his death. “Why?” she demands, rhetorically.
“He was drunk as a skunk in a funk!” Very eloquent, Mr. Steele. But Laura’s not buying it. (Note: I don’t think Pierce is wearing his caps in this scene.)
“You’re wrong!” (Why is it so important to Laura that he be wrong?)
“About Mitchell Knight … or about you?” Steele presses.
Laura’s not going to dignify that with an answer. She turns on her heel and walks away.
A clearly frustrated Mr. Steele returns to the office, alone.
A few thoughts: Mr. Steele’s limp seems to come and go – do you think he’s affecting it as a ploy to win sympathy from Laura? His comment about keeping lists certainly struck a nerve with Miss Holt; is she bothered that Mr. Steele considers her so rigid? Her turmoil about her feelings for Mr. Steele are fully on display here – she really, REALLY wants to go away with him … but Sensible Laura knows that would be a very dangerous thing to do. I wonder if Laura really believes there is a case here, or is she grasping at straws, inventing a professional obligation to focus on to distract her from her feelings for Mr. Steele? And Mr. Steele could certainly find any number of nubile young ladies willing to go away with him – why is he so determined that Laura give in to him this time?