And on to the tag!
Mr. Steele is in the office, doing what he does best: loafing. It must have been a slow news day in LA, as they give a six-column banner headline to the detective’s accomplishment. Also in the news today: Record 813,600 new claims for jobless benefits filed (yikes! seems like the collapse of the California economy would merit more ink); a drastic plan to un-jam airports (they’re getting rid of the planes, presumably); Senate votes to extend registration deadline; House plans program to fight crime (what need is there, with Mr. Steele in town?); and 24-hour notice demanded by oil workers (I think).
We hear the click of the door, and then Laura’s voice – low and a little breathless …
“She watched him … “
Mr. Steele lowers the paper a bit as Laura continues. ” … watched him even as he refused to look up and see her …”
Ah, there’s our girl! Decked out in a perky sweater vest and with a wicked gleam in her eye. “… for she was the one … [shuddering gasp] … who watched the watcher wound here.”
Mr. Steele offers his true opinion with his eyebrows. I think they’re saying, “Laura’s lost it.” His lips say, “You did that just a lick too well.” (I suspect there are many things Miss Holt would like to lick well.)
Miss Holt seems delighted by his observation.
“Could it be that, deep down inside, you were born to write hot and steamy novels?”
Laura responds that everyone should a little something to fall back on. Based on how brilliantly she’s invented the colorful Mr. Steele, I suspect she could indeed have a career in fiction.
Laura strolls over to Steele’s immaculately clean desk (does he even need that high-tech desk lamp?).
“What are you doing?” she inquires.
“Reading about us in the local paper.” (Wow! The story is even long enough to jump to an inside page!)
Nice of Mr. Steele to say “us.” Even though the public gives Steele the plaudits, he lets her know he recognizes it is a team effort. Note that he also includes himself in the victory – rather different from earlier, when he characterized himself as “a figurehead who contributes nothing but a winning personality and good looks.”
Laura, for her part, seems in an unusually good mood.
“Ask me what I’m doing,” she demands.
Steele’s willing to play along; he likes this banter. “What are you doing?”
She gives him a playful swat with the rolled-up magazine she’s brought with her, then gives him a grin: “Nothing.”
Mr. Steele is surprised and pleased by this turn of events!
“How do you like it?”
Hm. Laura doesn’t looks so sure … “It’s not as easy as it looks. I have this burning desire to balance my check book!”
Uh oh, Mr. Steele! She’s gonna cut and run!
But Mr. Steele will not allow her to backslide.
SuperSteele to the rescue!
“You have to fight it!” he counsels. “I find it helps to take a stroll at the height of the business day.”
“Irresponsibility is not a sickness. It’s an ART.”
And if anyone knows art, it’s Mr. Steele.
“Stick with me,” he urges. “I’m a master.”
Something tells me Laura is inclined to take his advice!
This is one of my favorite episode tags, as it shows so well the playfulness between these two when they aren’t at odds. I think Laura experienced a lot of growth in this episode, recognizing that life could be more rewarding – and fun! – than her rigid attitude has hitherto allowed. It was important for Mr. Steele, too, to acknowledge that he originally was hired to be a figurehead (and was happy in that role for a little while), but he is capable of more … and he WANTS that.