Steele Trap – 23

darkandstormynight

It was a dark and stormy night.

moodlighting

But Steele and Laura are cozy, albeit uneasy, by a roaring fire.

laurahebegins

The intimacy of the scene moves Steele to feel like sharing. “Laura …”

ifwedontssurvive

“On the remote chance that we don’t survive this til tomorrow …”

knewafewthings

“…  I’d feel better if you knew a few things about me.”

notverypleasantthings

“Perhaps not very pleasant things.”

Laura seems oddly distracted here. After pushing him to open up for so long, you’d think she’d be more interested. Of course, there is the matter of the house full of bodies and the crazy killer on the loose. But still.

painfulmomentforSteele

Mr. Steele takes a deep breath. Clearly this is difficult for him.

itwasdublin

“It was Dublin,” Steele begins.  “The city was rife with unrest. Trouble to the north, trouble to the south -“

borninDublin

“Is that where you were born? Dublin?” Laura interrupts.

lauraplease

Steele doesn’t appreciate her interrupting the flow of his narrative. “Laura, please. These confessionals are trying enough without interruptions.”

She apologizes softly.

sorry

Steele decides to continue. “Uh, where was I? Ahh, Dublin.”

Suddenly there is a bang from somewhere above them.

whatwasthat

“What was that?” he asks.
“It- sounded like a shutter,” Laura answers.
gobackupstairs
“Does that mean we have to go back upstairs with all those …”

He seems … eager scared stiff.

dominichasthegun

“Well, I don’t think we want Dominic to find a way in, especially with him having the only gun in the house,” Laura says.

okletsgo

Okay, then.

onemorebuttshot

One more butt shot, for the road.

ifwerefortunate

Steele has been thinking about this detective business, by the way.

“If we’re fortunate to leave this island alive …”

insistwecarryweapons

 “I’m going to insist that we carry weapons.”

spookystairs

” Especially when we’re NOT working on a case.”
notworkingacase
They continue ascending the stairs …

lauraintheleadagain

Nice atmospheric lighting in this scene. Once again, Laura leads the way.

whynotholdhands

They walk side by side in the darkness. Seems like it might have been a good chance to hold hands for mutual comfort. But there’s not quite there yet.

anotherbang

Another bang, coming from one of the rooms.

ladiesdontgofirst

 “I  suppose this is- one instance where ladies don’t go first?” Steele ventures.

sheshisbackup
“Think of me as your backup,” she assures him.

shockingsight

They enter. Lightning flashes, revealing a horrible scene.

deadDominic

Silent Partner is even more silent than usual.

ifhesthen

 “Dominic?” Mr. Steele sputters. “Laura? If he’s … then who …?”

ofcourseshesays

“Of COURSE,” Laura exclaims, apparently not at all wigged out by the hanging body. (Remember how she reacted in “License to Steele” when she and Murphy came upon Ben Pearson’s body? You’ve come a long way, baby.)

seemtosuggest
“Of course what? This would seem to suggest that one of us is the murderer,” Steele notes.

ohwhataweekend

“Oh, what a weekend!”

somethingIsaid

“Something I said,” Laura muses.

somethingyousaid

“Something you said?” (Note the reflection of Dominic hanging in the mirror behind them, BTW.)

sawthemovie.jpg'

“About somebody ELSE having seen the movie.”

pretendingtobeavictim

The lightbulb goes on for Steele. “You mean, pretending to be a victim?”

startcheckingrooms

“We have to start checking rooms,” Laura decides.

cindigiggles

Just then a kind of maniacal, very familiar, giggling erupts below them.

wontbenecessary

“I’m afraid that won’t be necessary,” Steele concludes.

theyturn

They head back downstairs AGAIN.

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2 responses to “Steele Trap – 23

  1. eaz35173

    Dang, not only do we not get the hear about the walnuts and honey, we also don’t get to hear about Dublin!

    I like that he’s scared – shows he’s not all “show”. And the line about ladies not going first shows his chivalry even more. Yeah, that hanging is pretty unsettling. I noticed it in the mirror, too, and it kinda creeps me out. Adds to the dramatic tension of the whole scenario for me.

  2. daphgg

    Yes this episode quickly turned from a light hearted type murder mystery to a dark and scarry episode. Also Steele’s interrupted death confession doesn’t help to lighten the atmosphere. Great how the scene changed almost on a dime.

    I can’t help but wonder what Steele was going to say. I think he was going to tell Laura that he was an orphan, had no home and didn’t know his birth name… What do you think?

    Yes Laura has come a long way in how she handles dead bodies but I sense that she is really really scared in this scene. Maybe even terrified. So much so that she can’t focus on what Steele is trying to confesss. That must be why she isn’t more attentive to what he is saying?

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