This is no ordinary
episode guide, it contains a synopsis of each episode but also critiques
and other unique observations and designations.
23 Steele Away With Me 2x1 9/20/83 Writer: Michael Gleason
A diamond smuggler posing as the maidís son drops dead in Lauraís house. Laura goes to Acapulco to track down the real son. Steele reluctantly joins her while trying to avoid dogged IRS investigator, Mildred Krebs.
Critique: A big olí double episode, or was it technically a movie? Either way a great start to season 2. The Acapulco location is used to itís fullest. A+
Ridiculous Moment: Steel punches Mildred and then ties her up. Damn! Seems a little extreme, but no more ridiculous than her being OK with it later, I guess. And what's with the James Bond theme music?
Casting: Hey itís that guy from Tron.
80ís Flashback: Lauraís gaucho pants (thank God thatís one fashion that has not come back), that headband isn't anything to be proud of either. Also the first appearance of the eighties staple, french braid hair.
Back Story: Perpetrated a Heist in Mexico City. Alias: Richard Blaine
(intruder)S (Mildred!) < What are these things??
24 Red Holt Steele 2x2 9/27/83 Writer: Lee David Zlotoff
Laura's investigation of corporate foul play in a widow's aircraft company becomes personal when the opposition blows up her home.
Critique: Whatís this? Drama? On Remington Steele? While this episode had itís problems, mostly bad directing (looping the most dramatic scene is unforgivable, reblock and/or lose the rain if itís a sound problem), I can see why itís a clear fan favorite. A-
Ridiculous Moment: "War Games" theme music, like the "James Bond" music on the previous episode, is just a weird thing to do. Also why are they wooing Lauraís new matronly brown dress at the end, itís horrible. And wouldnít they see that ring of lights next to the door in the dark, even if they had gone in the house, thatís just poor bomb design.
Back Story: Worked on a smuggling ship in Greece. Alias: Xenos
(da bomb) (phone)
25 Altered Steele 2x3 10/11/83 Writer: Jeff Melvoin
80ís classic amnesia storyline hits a client whoís searching for who he is and whoís trying to kill him. Their first discovery: his 5 wives.
Critique: So this is basically Steele but swap the wives for crime. They touch on this in a brief exchange but should have done more with that, still enjoyable.B+
Ridiculous Moment: What's up with that cut away to the fountain going up after they kiss? I hope it's unintentional otherwise it's super cheesy.
Casting: Hey itís that chick fromÖDesigning WomenÖMalcolm in the Middle. Hey itís that guy from Xanadu (that one is an obscure reference).
80ís Flashback: blue wave machine (remember the one in every Service Merchandise showroom?)
26 Steele Framed 2x4 10/18/83 Writer: Brian Alan Lane
Steele seemingly kills a man with his car as part of a disturbed manís revenge plot against the agency.
Critique: Great concept and perhaps the only time they donít "get their man", which seems careless considering his passion against the agency, I wonder if this will come back to haunt them? Steele frazzled is always good TV. A
Alias: Ben Pierson
27 A Steele at Any Price 2x5 11/1/83 Teleplay: Mitch Paradise & Richard Deroy Story by: Mitch Paradise
While investigating a kidnapping the agency finds a gang of international art thieves who use the sale of real paintings to cover the movement of their stolen works.
Critique: Iím lukewarm on this one, itís kind of slightly above mediocre. C+
Casting: Hey itís that guy from Ferris Buellerís Day Off
Ridiculous Moment: Was that some kind of music torture? Wouldnít it just be faster and easier to hit her? And why is Laura wearing a skirt to break into the auction house?
Alias: Adam Canfield (Art Insight Magazine)
(shot at) (client)
28 Love Among the Steele 2x6 11/8/83 Writer: Lee David Zlotoff
A classic car with a long romantic history is the key to a lost treasure and after it nearly runs over Laura and Steele they are in pursuit of itís mysterious past.
Critique: This is an excellent episode and I love that Mildred buys the Auburn at the end, itís such a better choice than that stupid VW. A+
Ridiculous Moment: Canít a young couple scamper through a park without someone trying to run them over? Seriously, what are they doing? The car is clearly just as tired as the audience of waiting on these two.
80ís Flashback: Lauraís shirt dress. (one of the rare times she has a dress above the knee)
(shot at)(shot at twice)
29 Scene Steelers 2x7 11/15/83 Teleplay: Joyce Amor & Julie Neer & Michael Gleason Story by: Joyce Amor & Julie Neer
A poisoned TV dinner is the latest move in a long-standing quarrel between the stars of a series of television commercials.
Critique: Interestingly this is a story about the jealousy between 2 actors. Iím upping it one whole letter grade just for the balls of the writers to even present it. Otherwise I found it silly and with a weird ending. C
Alias: Sterling Gillette (Lawyer)
(Knife & VW Rabbit)L
30 Steele Knuckles and Glass Jaws 2x8 11/29/83 Writer: Lee David Zlotoff
A dead bookie and an abandoned baby reunite Steele with a boxing manager from his past life as the "Kilkenny Kid- Pride of the Pampas."
Critique: Gimmicky crap! At least the circus one is so bad itís almost funny, this is embarrassing. F
Back story: boxer in Rio Alias:"Kilkenny Kid- Pride of the Pampas."
80ís Flashback: Laura is rockiní the side ponytail
31 My Fair Steele 2x9 12/6/83 Writer: Brian Alan Lane
A millionaire leaves his company to his playgirl daughter but when she is kidnapped, while the agency searches they use her long lost twin to cover for her.
Critique: Dumb. D
Alias: Darren McGovern, Frieda Milch
32 Steele Threads 2x10 12/13/83 Writer: George Lee Marshall
The agency goes undercover at the studio of a fashion designer to protect his line, then his brother receives a mysterious jacket in hot demand by thieves.
Critique: Alternate synopsis: fashion show, blah blah, film canister , blah blah, jacket, blah blah, chase. LAURA SHOT! What? Awesome! Wait, Steele is crying.. awkward..weird, fast forward. Sobbing men creep me out as did the rest of this bad episode. D+
80ís Flashback: Neon at the fashion show. Leg warmers on those awesome 80ís workout jumpsuits make famous by Olivia Newton Johnís "Physical".
Alias: Binky (Laura), Sam St. Cloud (buyer)
(Laura "shot") (client)
33 Steele Eligible 2x11 1/10/84 Writer: Michael Gleason & Larry Konner
Steele is named to the five most eligible bachelors in Los Angeles list but it proves a dubious honor. Someone is trying to kill them all off.
Critique: This one has some good comedic moments even if the rest of it is a bit of a mess. C
34 High Flying Steele 2x12 1/17/84 Writer: George Lee Marshall
Mildred somehow gets the agency involved in some murder at the circus where Laura and Steele go ridiculously undercover.
Critique: Make it stop, itís so bad!!!! F
(clown, trapeze) Laura and the flying hook thing (apparently)
35 Blood is Thicker Than Steele 2x13 1/31/84 Writer: Richard De Roy
Laura and Steele must protect the rather obnoxious children of a Federal witness.
Critique: That opening sequence of Mildredís kidnapping was horrible directing, you canít even tell if they know sheís been kidnapped because there is no cutaway of their reaction to her yelling. Argh! That stuff drives me crazy. The story is OK but the bratty kids are a little clichť although back then they probably werenít. Props to any story that isnít a traditional Ďwho done ití. B-
Back story: Passed among cousins and aunt and uncles while growing up. (Doesn't this mean he would know the name of his mother and be able to find a birth certificate with his name on it?)(tour guide)
36 Steele Sweet on You 2x14 2/7/84 Writer: Susan Baskin
Laura gets involved with her sister's marital problems at a dental convention where a murderer seeks to eliminate the only evidence left against him.
Critique: Funny stuff and how can you not love Laura going from Ho in one scene to adorable toothpaste in the next.. A+
Alias: Dr. Bridges
37 Elegy in Steele 2x15 2/21/84 Writer: Brian Alan Lane
Major Descoine reappears and promises that Laura and Steele will die within an hour.
Critique: I like this one, especially where they are just on the run instead of being in their usual chase mode. Those disguises at the end are brilliant, it did take me a minute to realize it was them. Bravo. A-
Back story: Mykonos, Greece
(fire, poisoned envelope)(postal worker)
38 Small Town Steele 2x16 2/28/84 Writer: Jeff Melvoin
The agency goes undercover to find a missing researcher who disappears in a small town with a big secret.
Critique: Itís OK. But the writers go back to the Remington roundup with fake evidence and the punch out, weak! C+
Ridiculous Moments: Stupid Mildred, this is like the second time sheís done something super stupid, the circus being the first, thatís 2 strikes Mildred.
Casting: Hey itís that bridge from Little House. (I know itís been in other stuff but that is itís most famous role)
Alias: Caroline Bixby/Felix Hillenbrand
(shot at/ run off the road/angry mob)
39 Molten Steele 2x17 3/6/84 Writer: Richard Collins
An affluent enclaveĎs reticent wives become the target of a Gigolo blackmailer. Laura and Steele investigate which one killed him.
Critique: I donít know, kind of forgettable. C?
Back Story: Monte Carlo
Alias: Lord Marchman
( shot at/ run off the road/falling engine)
40 Dreams of Steele 2x18 3/20/84 Writer: Brian Alan Lane
The reputation of the agency is at stake again when the gems that first brought them together are switched with fakes as Laura and Steele are transporting them.
Critique: Pregnant Nora Bolt is a hilarious dream sequence, as are the others. A-
Casting: Hey itís the chick from Whoís the Boss.
bulldozer, fall from balcony (Laura), tank of snakes (Laura), cremation
41 Woman of Steele 2x19 3/27/84 Writer: Michael Gleason, Richard De Roy & Susan Baskin
A woman from Steele's past mysteriously reappears and manipulates Steele into helping her, while Laura investigates her real motives.
Critique: Laura you followed your boyfriend to his exís house; psycho much? Good concept and good execution on this episode. B+
NON Ridiculous Moment: Thank you for not making this weekís blond an annoying bubble head.
Casting: Hey itís the chick from Pierce Brosnanís marriage and episode #5
80ís Flashback: Oh the humanity! That perm!
Back story: Monte Carlo
42 Hounded Steele 2x20 5/15/84 Writer: Jeff Melvoin
Mildredís simple hunt for a missing dog turns complicated and sends Laura and Steele on the trail of an international master thief.
Critique: Retired master thief is a good idea and itís a nice pairing with Steeleís dubious background. B+
Ridiculous Moments: Strike 3 Mildred, why is she not fired already? Her sob story isnít cutting it, mistakes that get your bosses shot at should get you fired. Although why are Laura and Steele pitying Mildredís life? At least she has a bowling team, aside from Lauraís sculpture class, they donít have much besides work either, and you can't count their ass-backward relationship either.
( Shot at)
43 Elementary Steele 2x21 5/22/84 Writer: Michael Gleason
Someone is using mystery buffs signed up to solve a make-believe case to find a murderous embezzler.
Critique: Why doesnít this episode work? Not just the little ridiculous moments but overall as a dramatic episode which they were clearly trying to do. I canít tell if itís the writing or the acting, I think maybe itís a combination, the writing should be more dramatic and the acting is too dramatic (sorry Brosnan). D+
( Shot at) (suspect on the run)
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