And begin the next segment in Laura’s car …
… in front of one of the least-convincing background screens I’ve ever seen.
Mr. Steele notes that Laura is worried about the case. How does he know this?
“When you’re worried, you get this little crinkle in your forehead. Right here.”
Laura seems vaguely unsettled by this. Perhaps because it suggests Mr. Steele is more observant than she has given him credit for?
That’s right, Laura. He’s watching you. All.The.Time.
“You scowl,” she retaliates.
“Scowl and Crinkle. Makes us sound like a London law firm, doesn’t it?”
That single line ALMOST makes this episode worth it.
Laura says she’s heard there are some good law firms in London. Is she wondering how familiar Mr. Steele is with the legal system in the UK? I suspect she is.
Mr. Steele, who seems to be navigating, agrees that the legal minds in London are unmatched. He also tells her to take the next right.
Laura, whose little Rabbit is looking a bit boxier and dated than I remembered, does so.
So it appears 311 1/2 First Street …
… is an alley.
This is the closest thing I can find to an alley near 311 1st St. in Los Angeles in 2015.
As they proceed down the alley, the detectives’ way is blocked by a spectacularly badly located hot dog stand. If that guy sells one hot dog a week from that dirty, isolated alley, I’d be astonished. Rework your business plan, man!
Laura tries to get the unseen proprietor to remove his business from the roadway. No dice.
She starts to back up, only to discover the hot dog vendor’s only customer seems to have chosen this very moment to get his fix. What rotten luck! Fortunately, hot dog man backs his cart out of the way.
But his place is taken by another car. What sort of junk food is this guy selling?
Hm. This alley has suddenly gotten very popular.
Why, hello, notLois!
He snarls something in Japanese. I’m pretty sure it translates as, “You come to Little Tokyo for a hot dog? What kind of crazy are you?”
NotLois hands over a pair of blindfolds. Uh, oh.
Looks like things are about to get kinky.
Laura wonders if her crinkle is showing.
Here’s an interesting little interaction between Steele and Laura. Steele shows that he knows her very well – even intimately, in one sense of the word, in that he is very aware of her personal habits and unconscious mannerisms. We see that Laura is surprised, but perhaps secretly pleased, by his knowing her so well. She certainly knows now that she is the object of his rapt interest. We see here an instance of Mr. Steele dropping what seems to be a little clue about his past (the reference to London law firms), but smoothly deflecting Laura’s attempts to learn more. And once again, Mr. Michaels is no where in evidence. Something tells me all those messages may be from commercial realtors in Colorado ...