You’re Steele the One for Me – 16

We left Mr. Steele wondering what kind of U&D plan they were planning.

unexpectedanddaring

And now we know: “Unexpected and Daring.”

Murphy still doesn’t approve.

thisorme

“Of this … or me?” the always perceptive Steele inquires.

Murph’s not going there.

dontaskme

“Don’t ask me questions like that, okay?”

Could it be our Murphy is feeling a little conflicted about his old nemesis?

frequentaltercations

Mr. Steele persists. “You know, it’s not that I don’t enjoy our frequent altercations, but since we’re stuck with each other, we might try some activity to close the gap.”

Again we see that Steele is uncomfortable being disliked by anyone, even Murphy.

shootinghoops

Murphy isn’t interested in making new friends. “We don’t have very much in common.”
“There must be something,” Steele prods. “What is it you like to do on a brisk Sunday afternoon?”

Murphy looks slightly uneasy about what Mr. Steele is intimating.

sumowrestlers

More of this, perhaps?

wellthatscreepy

Now Murphy seems intrigued, in a creepy sort of way.

“Sure. I can just see you slapping on some cut offs and shooting some hoops.”

Ilovethehunt

“There? You see? I love the hunt,” protests Steele.  “But I don’t recall ever shooting a hoop before. Is it a very large animal?”

Now, I don’t for a minute believe Mr. Steele thought Murphy was talking about a shooting sport. Is he making a joke here, or trying to emphasize that he’s an upper crust type, worthy of the identity of the urbane Remington Steele?

It doesn’t matter. Murph’s done having this conversation.

murphysdonetalking

“Come on,” he says. “It’s time.”

smokingman

We cut to a random guy smoking a cigarette. Smoking Man? Nope. Just a poser.

smokingmanxfiles

Smoking Man.

actionSteele

Suddenly we see Mr. Steele running down the alley toward him. My, he’s a lithe fellow, isn’t he. Of course, black is very slimming.

awayintime

“Thank God you’re here,” our hero gasps. “I thought I’d never get away in time.”

JAPANESEw!” the guy replies, more or less.

hestheone

“Oh, I couldn’t agree more. But he’s the one to reckon with.”

He who?

murphythrowsapunch

POW! It’s Murphy’s fist of Steele steel!

I have to say, Murphy is a stealthy devil to be able to creep up on the baddie from the side without him noticing.

niceshotoldchap

“Nice shot, old chap!” Steele says. Again with the British stereotypical talk? I expect he’ll suggest crumpets at tea time next, eh what?

jollygoodshow

Jolly good show, old boy!

steeleturnsaway

Steele turns to initiate Phase 2 of Plan U&D.

geaturesforLaura

Wait a second: The black leather jacket. he slicked back hair. The arrogant pose. What does he remind me of?

thefonz

Oh, dear.

I believe this episode has officially jumped the shark.

ladyinred

Steele is met by a mysterious figure in a big, red cape. Well, THAT won’t attract attention.

wellsecured

“You’ll see he’s well secured?” he hisses to Murphy.

dontworry

“Don’t worry,” Murphy answers. Looks like our boy is getting left out of the action again.

afamiliarhandontheback

Mr. Steele guides his companion up the stairs. That hand on her back looks pretty comfortable, doesn’t it?

theatrebackhall

We next see Steele creeping into a narrow passageway. We know it’s in a theatre, because of the film cans stacked up on the random crates.

twoshadowyfigures

Oh, look. Mr. Steele’s friend is with him. Steele crouches next to a rice paper panel.

steelehasatool

We can tell by his sneaky look that Mr. Steele is up to something.

tinypen

Oh, looks like he’s just going to scribble some graffiti on Tenaka’s wall. That’ll teach him!

madeahole

He made a hole! Tagging is one thing, Mr. Steele, but this is malicious vandalism!

tsk

Tsk.

whospeeping

Mr. Steele looks through the peephole he’s made.

setupfortea

Not much going on there … he moves on to the next panel, makes another hole.

boysclub

Random guys raucously playing a game while a traditionally dressed lady plays some stringed instrument. Nothing unusual about that.

creepingman

Try again, Mr. Steele.

somekindofgame

Next panel. Well, lookee here. More random guys playing raucous games. What kind of theatre is this? But there’s our man Mike, looking terrified blank.

thatstheone

This is the place! Mr. Steele offers a series of elaborate hand signals to the geisha down the hall.

itsago

Look who’s back!

w8tpGoKiRLeO5vpMgubm_The_Fonz

Ayyyyyyyyy!

whosunderthecape

The geisha slips around the corner and takes off the cape.

shefoundsometea

She finds the tea set.

aslylook

Wait a second. That’s no geisha! That sly look gives it away. It’s our Laura.

somethinginherpocket

She knees and reaches into the pocket of her kimono. (Who knew kimonos had pockets?)

poursintea

She drops some powder into the tea. Probably some of that leftover stuff that Mrs. Dillon used to kill Mr. Steele’s pal in “Tempered Steele.” Turnabout is fair play, I guess.

steelestillwatching

Meanwhile, Steele is still peeping.

herecomeslaura

Laura brings her tray into the room with the good old boys. Mike Ito makes a conveniently passive prisoner, don’t you think?

droptheteaMike

She sets the tea down near Mike, who reaches for a cup of poisoned tea. Didn’t they tell you, prisoners don’t get tea?

Laura takes the cup away from him.

snatchesitagain

He snatches it again. Let him drink it, Laura. Please. Let.Him.Drink.It.

mikeisanidiot

Finally Laura gives her client a meaningful look.

anuancedperformance

He responds with his typical subtlety.

shutupagainmike

Laura encourages Mike to keep his mouth shut.

gracefullook

She casts a wily eye at the men playing the game. Fortunately, nobody notices this weird little Kabuki scene going on in the back of the room.

exceptforSteele

Except for Steele.

nocomprende

Laura serves the tea to the guys.

One of the guys turns and snarls something at her.

This, I think: “JAPANESEw

 

respectfulbow

Laura bows respectfully.

gettingticked

Bad Guy begins to be suspicious. He shouts some more. She bows again.

Sigh.

steeleprepares

Sensing this may not end well, Mr. Steele prepares to act.

Iwantsaketoo

Suddenly Mike springs into action, more or less. “Get moving! I want some sake, too! What are you, deaf?”

hahahsillygeisha

Fortunately, the bad guys seem to accept that the geisha lady in the traditional garb understands English, even spoken in as garbled a tone as Mike’s, and that prisoners typically demand to be treated like their captors. They laugh hysterically and inexplicably.

implausible

Mr. Steele seems to find this all as implausible as I do.

happyito.jpp

Mike seems happy, at least. Nothing suspicious about the prisoner grinning from ear to ear.

whewshesighs

Laura makes her exit and breathes a sigh of relief.

oneteadrinker

Some time passes, it seems. Looks like someone doesn’t care for Laura’s blend of tea.

whatsthedeal

Two of the guys seem a little bored with the game.

allfalldown

Oopsie daisy. They all fell down. Except the guy who didn’t drink the tea.

dontdrinkthetea

He positions himself conveniently close to the rice paper panel and sniffs the tea.

steeleattacks

Suddenly a pair of arms bursts through the panel and begin to throttle him!

awkwardfighting

It’s Mr. Steele, managing to subdue the baddie without even being able to see him.

wreckage

I hope Tenaka had plans to redecorate.

mikeshowshisterror

Displaying the keen focus and catlike reflexes that have been his hallmark, Mike Ito finally notices what is going on.

astruggleensues

He joins the fray. I guess. It’s really hard to see what he’s doing.

wieldingapot

And here comes Laura with a lethal teapot in hand!

brokenchina

Crash! Add “priceless Ming tea service” to the list of expenses on this case. Hope Mike’s Sushi restaurant has a high profit margin. Laura’s going to be passing along these costs.

hesdown

Bad guy go boom.

comeonguys

Steele invites Laura and Mike to join him in the passageway.

offtheygo

They make their way back from whence they came.

outthedoor

Out the door and down the stairs.

Murphwithrabbit

Here comes Murph in the Rabbit! He’s got the top done. Must have been cruising for chicks while Laura and Steele were on the case.

inthecartheygo

They clamber into the getaway car … and get away.

Mr. Steele seems to be the point man in this operation. He sets up the distraction that allows Murphy to cold cock the guard, he orders Murphy to “secure” the baddie, he leads the way in the passageway and does all the peeping. I have to wonder if it were Steele who came up with the particulars of this gambit – the disguises, the knock out powder, the sneaky creeping around behind the scenes. Steele is in his element in this situation. He feels confident and in charge. This episode, lame as it is, does have some interesting points to make about issues of control and teamwork.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 responses to “You’re Steele the One for Me – 16

  1. eaz35173

    This episode is so much better with your commentary!! That Asian dialogue – a hoot! And The Fonz! I loved Happy Days and Henry Winkler (had the opportunity to hear him speak to our congregation a few years ago … he is such a nice and funny guy … but I digress)

    I kinda did think Steele was clueless about shooting hoops. I think he would have known it was some sort of sport but purposely made the joke about hunting to cover up that he didn’t know exactly which one. That, and to irk Murphy some more. I think we see him confused about hoops again in Steele in the News when he questions the sports reporter, but I could be a bit confused myself.

    Murphy and Steele work well together as a team when they both have Laura’s best interests at heart, as we saw when they broke into Creighton’s place a few episodes back. I actually enjoy watching their interactions.

  2. Your commentary is priceless. I adore the clip on the Fonz.

    It is surprising that Steele had such a large role in this caper. Could it be that Laura trusts his ability to pull off capers like this? I’d say Steele is definitely a vital part of the agency.

    Not sure if Steele is concerned about people liking him or if he has a ‘peace-keeping’ type of personality. I suspect is it is the latter. He’s confident and self-aware to handle conflict but doesn’t like contention. Plus I think his attempt to settle his and Murphy’s differences may have more to do with his anticipated need for Murphy having his back while encountering the Yakuza.

    Oh I know what Mike Ito was doing to the man who Steele was wrestling, he was tickling him. Lol. Ito was very bizarre in this whole scene. Actually he was bizzare this entire episode but in this scene he was the most bizzare.

    I don’t think Steele actually knew what shooting hoops were but he probably knew it wasn’t hunting. His remark cracks me up. I do think he was trying to subtly point out to Murphy that they could hang out even if they could not recognize what they had in common. Poor Murphy missed the whole point acting all macho.

    Love the interpersonal interactions in the last 2-3 scenes but it is not enough to rescue this episode.

  3. Ines

    “I hope Tenaka had plans to redecorate…And here comes Laura with a lethal teapot in hand!”
    Hilarious!!!
    You’ve just made the episode!!!!

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