In the Steele of the Night – 3

We left Murphy frowning in OOG’s room, wondering what good ‘ol Carl was doing with a gun in his suitcase. Presumably he will rush to tell Laura of his find and they’ll investigate further, right?

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Guess not. Seems our Murphy has been making time with another girl – the blonde from earlier, who appears slightly damp. Oh, fickle Murphy.

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Just like a man.

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“So how are you doin’, Murphy?” OOB asks.

“Fair to middlin’,” he admits. (Not exactly bursting with joy about his life, is he?) “And you?”

“Okay. I’m married, kids … you know”

“Yeah,” he says. “Did I ever meet the guy you finally married?”
So Murphy knows what this chick has been up to, but had no idea that Alan was super-rich? “Finally married” suggests that our girl OOB was a playah back in the day.

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OOB discloses that Murphy is the one who introduced her to hubby. He IS surprised at this. Murphy seems to be leaning into OOB’s personal space here. Is he making his move?

“Yeah. You were working at the agency … I don’t know …maybe a year?” she explains.  “You pulled a divorce case. A Mrs. Robin Maxwell. Convinced her husband was doing the dirty deed outside of marriage. He WAS guilty; you did catch him.”

I hate to stereotype, but this gal doesn’t strike me as the detective type. Was the she receptionist?

“Anyway, the next day, he came to the office,” OOB continues. “Pleaded with us not to give our information to his wife. You were working on something else, so I took the meeting. I told this guy my hands were tied. He tried to buy me with dinner that night.”

Murphy wonders so what. So do I.

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“It worked,” she tells him.

“Ah, Sandy.” Turns out Sandy was not the receptionist, but rather the Obligatory Office Gold-digger. Sorry, Sandy. We already have an OOG. Maybe the OOH? (Obligatory Office ‘Ho?).

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Oh, snap!

“Love is strange,” Sandy says.

So is this scene. What’s the point?

Meanwhile, back at the ranch on the veranda …

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… Laura has changed into a high-necked blouse and pinned her hair up. It’s 19th century chic!

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And here she is in casual wear, for hanging around the pool. (Is that Fred?)

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She observes Murphy and OOH. Is she jealous?

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Doesn’t seem like it. Maybe she’s happy that her good pal Murph is likely to get some this weekend.

Wait, what’s this? It’s OOG – sneaking up on our Laura?

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“What do you think they’re talking about?” OOG inquires. Laura is only a little startled.

But Laura’s not even a little interested in guessing games.
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“It’s been a long day, Carl. I’m tired – I don’t wanna play detective.”

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Turns out she doesn’t have to. Carl has all the answers already.

“They’re talking about missed opportunities. That’s what reunions are about, right? What if I had worked harder, what if I had been a little nicer – what if I, what if I, what if I. Right about now they’re saying, ‘What if I had noticed you when we were working together at Havenhurst?'”

Well, actually they’re not saying any of these things. But good try, Carl.

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Laura is fascinated by his insight.

Carl doesn’t take the hint. “Fools like that never remember.”

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Wait. Is he calling Murphy a fool? Guess that makes Mr. Michaels the OOF.

 

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OOG continues: “He never looked at her because he was always looking at you. And she never gave him the time of day. The only guy she wanted to know about was Alan.”

Laura’s still looking toward her colleague and his new squeeze. She doesn’t seem to react to Carl’s revelation that Murphy was interested in her all the way back to Havenhurst. Is it because she already knows? Is Carl trying to subtly suggest that Laura wasn’t very observant while back at Havenhurst, either?

Anyway, Carl’s tired of carrying this conversation by himself.

“Say something, Holt.”

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“Huh?” She seems to be thinking about something else. I wonder what? Murphy … Alan …

 

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… or someone else?

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“You never talked to me. Never. Not back at Havenhurst. Not now.” Oh, dear. Something tells me Carl would designate Laura the OOB(eyatch).
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“I’m sorry.”

Pretty sure she’s not, really.

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“You know, we’re a lot alike,” Carl persists.

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Laura seems skeptical. Or about to suck out Carl’s liver. She reminds me of one of my favorite X File creatures here:

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Fluke Man!

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Carl isn’t scared. “Sure. Alan’s got a big house, Sandy’s got a rich husband, but you and me, we got something better.”

And what is that, Carl?

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“Killer instinct.”

BA BA BUM!

Oooh, Carl is starting to look suspicious, isn’t he. But perhaps he’s a red herring. Of course, there hasn’t actually been a crime. The contrast between Sandy and Laura is interesting: Sandy is almost bare (and reveals much about herself to Murphy), while Laura is covered up, both physically and emotionally. Something tells me Laura is uncomfortable being among these colleagues again. Perhaps the energetic, confident Laura we know finds herself slipping back into an old, mousey, subordinate role she played at Havenhurst?

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6 responses to “In the Steele of the Night – 3

  1. eaz35173

    Interesting about the contrast between Laura and Sandy. I had never seen it that way before, but you have a very valid point. Carl is another one who’s kinda creepy, but not as creepy as Alan. I think Laura is just trying to ignore the whole “Murphy likes you” thing. She’s good about being an ostrich where that subject is concerned.

  2. Jestress

    From the way he looks at and talks to Laura, I think Carl may be considering some missed opportunities of his own, even though I also think that he’s right about the futility of it. Laura apparently never had any interest in him, and it doesn’t look like anything’s changed, “killer instinct” or not.

    • Poor Carl reminds me of those kids in high school who want so desperately to be in the “in crowd,” but get the brush off from the cool kids. Ominously, those kids usually carry a lot of angry resentment. Wonder if Carl has some anger issues built up?

  3. Great analysis and catch on the contrasting clothing choices/ roles between the two women. The bimbo is exactly the type of woman Laura doesn’t want to be. Her male collegues are actually how she thinks Steele is: sleazy, conniving their way through everything. Interesting contrasts. I wonder how much better will Steele look amongst this competition.

    I’m surprised that Laura doesn’t seem to be enjoying herself so far. I thought these were good friends to catch up with. From the look on her face she seems glad Murphy is showing interest in another woman. Lets her off the hook I’d say. And free to do what?????

    • Yes, it’s not clear why any of these people attended this gathering, unless it’s the reason most people go to reunions: to see how everybody else is doing, and how they stack up to them in comparison. Her former coworkers probably know Laura’s solo detective agency failed; she perhaps wants to show her former colleagues that she is now an important player in the city’s premiere agency – if only they knew she was the mastermind behind it all!

      • I agree with you. Laura wants to show them her successes without HIM. No wonder she didn’t invite him. And we thought she was just being mean to him.

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