Steele Trap – 13

 

Some time later …

itsobvious

Mr. Steele and his inamorata are getting dressed (after an off-screen quickie? Alas, no.)

Steele says, “Well, it’s obvious that we can’t keep our eye on everyone.”

baggedhislimit
Laura, wearing some kind of harem costume, suggests, “Maybe our killer has bagged his limit. There won’t be anymore victims.”

Okay, then. Let’s just put all this unpleasantness behind us an enjoy the rest of the weekend. But Steele is not convinced.

atleastonemore

“There should be at least one more.”

Laura wants to know how he’s so certain.
whoitshouldbe
“Because I know who it should be.”
illbite
“Al’ right, I’ll bite.” Oh, NOW she’s in the mood? That’s a little kinky, Laura. Turns out she only wants to know who he’s talking about.

younext
“You.”

andthentherewerenone

Well, then. Just because she won’t sleep with you is no reason to want her dead, Steele. Don’t be petty.

barryfitzgeraland

Steele explains himself. “And Then There Were None.”

freetosearch

“Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston faked Fitzgerald’s death. With everyone believing that he was just another victim, he was free to search for the killer.”

If Laura expects Steele to bone up on detective techniques, she might at least familiarize herself with HIS area of expertise. Fair is fair.

believemelaura

But Laura doesn’t seem to see the point.  “Believe me, Laura, it will work” Steele calls after her.

pronouncesyoudead

“When Dr. Arthur Bellows pronounces you dead, who’ll question it?”

whowillquestion

“With everyone downstairs, you’ll be free to go through their rooms and search for evidence.”

peekingagain

Not getting a response, he stoops to peeping. Oh, Mr. Steele.

DisappointedIAm

Disappointed, I am.

caughtpeeping

“You’ll be able to- watch their every move without them knowing it,” he as, just as she opens the door.
losesomething
“Lose something?” she asks.

Yes. I believe that would be his dignity.

cufflink

“Uh … cufflink,” he confabulates. (You can usually come up with something better than that, Mr. Steele!)  Oh, here it is.” Fortunately, Detective Steele doesn’t want to see evidence. Is she slipping, or feeling magnanimous. The latter, apparently.
planisbrilliant
“Your plan is brilliant,” she concedes.
itsfromamovie
“Of course it is. It’s from movie.”
DoctorDuh

Duh.

oneflaw
“Except for one flaw.”
If you mean that you can’t be killed again, since you’re already a fashion fatality, I’m inclined to agree, Laura.

whatflaw
“Flaw?”
killerwillknow
“The killer will know he or she didn’t kill me.”
Look at that bouncy hair.

wowhair

Just look at it!

thatswhyitworked
“Hmm. THAT’S why it worked in the movie,” Steele remembers. “Barry Fitzgerald was the killer.”
Wait.

going-my-way-fitzgerald

Father FitzGibbon from “Going My Way” is a killer? Does Bing Crosby know?

unless
However, Laura has a refinement to the plan. “Unless-”
deathisanaccident
“… my death is an accident.”
youvedoneitagain
Mr. Steele is impressed with her ingenuity. At least, I think it’s her ingenuity he’s impressed by.

savedtheday

“Laura, you’ve done it again,” he gushes.

inspired

“Saved the day with your analytical approach …”

inventiveness

“…  your inspired inventiveness…”

whatsaywee

Apparently Mr. Steele’s admiration for Laura has exhausted him.

takealittlerest
“What say we take a little rest before we launch into this strenuous plan of yours?”

She’s not tired, though.

nottired
“Perfect. Neither am I.”
Side note: Another sign of how things have changed in the 30-odd years since Steele aired. I’m pretty sure this little comedy bit of Mr. Steele trying to coerce Laura into having sex with him wouldn’t fly in 2015.

Turns out, it doesn’t fly (with Laura, at least) in 1983, either.

lauraescapes
“We’ll need some kind of diversion,” she diverts him.

wearingpantyhose

A clearly frustrated Mr. Streele starts spouting nonsense. “Are you wearing pantyhose, by any chance?”

She is. Steele has a suggestion.

strip

“Strip.”

quitetheproposition

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6 responses to “Steele Trap – 13

  1. Debra

    I actually like her dress in this scene.

    • daphgg

      Poor Steele. He just can’t catch a break with Laura. All his ploys should have worked after all he is drop dead gorgeous. Love how he comes up with a plan that even Laura says is brilliant.

      You know, Steele is smooth and suave with women. Why is he acting like a 15-year old teenager? Peeping through a keyhole and arranging a fall on the bed seems out of character for him. I agree his dignity has dropped a few notches.

      I really like her dress in this scene too. Did you notice the bottom is sheer from the waist down in spots? Maybe that is why Steele is not acting like himself.

      • I once tried to explain the concept of Remington Steele to a much younger colleague. I told her that Remington was always trying to get Laura into bed, but she always put him off. Knowing Rem was played by Pierce Brosnan, my friend declared, “Well, that doesn’t seem very plausible.”

  2. Luann

    They both look stunning in this scene.

  3. daphgg

    Poor Steele. He just can’t catch a break with Laura. All his ploys should have worked after all he is drop dead gorgeous. Love how he comes up with a plan that even Laura says is brilliant.

    You know, Steele is smooth and suave with women. Why is he acting like a 15-year old teenager? Peeping through a keyhole and arranging a fall on the bed seems out of character for him. I agree his dignity has dropped a few notches.

    I really like her dress in this scene too. Did you notice the bottom is sheer from the waist down in spots? Maybe that is why Steele is not acting like himself.

  4. eaz35173

    Love the keyhole scene! And, yes, he is losing his dignity. I’m pretty sure he knew Laura wouldn’t “fall” for the bed maneuver. Part of me thinks he’s trying to keep her off her game and part of me thinks he’s trying these “childish” moves on Laura to soften the blow to his ego – since he’s already in the doghouse with her – if she rejects him, then he’s just trying to be funny, not really seriously putting the moves on her. I have a feeling that as experienced with women as he claims to be, he could charm Laura into bed with him in record time – but he respects her too much to do that.

    Something I learned in this scene … Mr. Steele buttons his shirt from the bottom, up. Perhaps that’s how he decides how many buttons to leave unbuttoned at the top?

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