On to our next exciting adventure! This one is largely set in the Asian community in Los Angeles, an interesting change of venue. We begin on a glittering note:
We seem to be in some sort of chapel or temple. We hear chanting in the background.
The camera pans down and right …
Oh, dear. We seem to have stumbled on a funeral.
A cloud of incense rises as the first guest credit appears. It is that prolific Asian actor, Keye Luke!
Keye Luke (1904-1991) had a long and remarkable career. Born in Guangzhou, China, in 1904, he started in Hollywood as an illustrator. His first role was in “The Painted Veil” in 1934, and more than 200 roles followed, including four guest shots on Stephanie Zimbalist’s dad’s series, “The FBI.” Among his best known roles:
Next we see a line of chanting mourners, and our next guest star. According to imdb, Marc has had a more modest career, the high point being “The Karate Kid II.”
Suddenly the back door opens, and a young man enters, trailed by Laura. Also, Sab Shimono!
Mr. Shimono has had an active career. This is the first of two guest appearances on “Remington Steele,” the other being 1986’s “Steele at Your Service.”
The young man (who may or may not be Sab), appeared distressed.
Laura places a comforting hand on his arm: “I’m so sorry,” she says.
“It doesn’t make any sense!” he responds. “It can’t make sense.”
We cut to a mourner striking a bell. I don’t think it’s Reid Shelton.
Nope. Reid was Daddy Warbucks on Broadway! (Side note: Seriously? That Annie wig?)
We cut to a couple of grim-looking businessmen in the pews. Keye and Red, methinks! (Do Shinto shrines have pews? Maybe this is a multi-denominational worship space.)
Now we pan to a pretty woman, with the young man in the background. Whoever the dead guy was, he apparently didn’t have many friends.
Keye Luke rises and approaches the burning censer. He bows, picks up a bit of incense (?), throws it into the censer, and …
… departs without a word.
Laura gives her companion the side eye as Keye makes his departure.
Next, Daddy Warbucks pays his respects. What a dour face, DW! You won’t attract any bewigged orphans that way!
And that wrinkled suit! Tsk.
The lady in blue takes her turn.
It seems Shinto funeral rites are much like Catholic funerals, in that both involve incense and rosaries. However, at our funerals, the incense smell mixes with the unmistakable odor of hotdish (noodly casserole, for you non-Minnesotans). I wonder if Keye and Daddy Warbucks have gone downstairs for hotdish and brownies?
It looks like the lady in blue is a celebrity, as she puts on shades as she leaves the premises, sparing only the subtlest of glances at Laura’s young man.
Celebrities LOVE sunglasses.
Here’s Pierce Brosnan in Persol 0714. Want the look? You can get yourself a pair for $214 on Amazon.
I’ll stop here. Well, so far this episode seems a bit languid. Perhaps the absence of Mr. Steele’s lively personality. I wonder where he is? Assuming the kid Laura is with is a client, we see here that Mr. Steele apparently doesn’t involve himself in all the agency’s cases. No Murphy, either. Must be a routine investigation. I guess we’ll find out!