This is no ordinary episode
guide, it contains a synopsis of each episode but also critiques and other
unique observations and designations.
66 Steele Searching (1)
Writer: Michael Gleason
Traveling to London Laura races to locate Steele before Scotland Yard, who are investigating a string of murders while Steele is back on the trail of his mysterious past.
Critique: This may be THE BEST episode of the series, wonderfully written. A+
Alias: Douglas Quintain, Harry, Michael (O'Leary)
Back Story: The mysterious watch, probably stolen by Steele's father, pointed to an Earl and his illegitimate son who wasn't Steele.
(fence) < What are these things??.
67 Steele Searching (2)
Writer: Michael Gleason
Steele masquerades as an assassin hired by Daniel Chalmers to kill the Earl of Claridge.
Critique: This one isn't quite as good as it's first part, I think it suffers from the separate storyline of Steele and Laura, and it doesn't have as much depth as part one either. Every time I see them give him that passport I clap, then I rewind it, watch the scene again, and clap again, like a dork, I can't help myself it's so good! A
Ridiculous Moment: He did kind of rob a bank, what's up with the punishment for that?
Alias: Harry, Michael (O'Leary)
68 Steele Blushing 4x3 10/22/85 Writer: John Wirth
Laura protects a photographer and his files from angry clients and the FBI, although begrudgingly, after her doctored photo appears in a porno magazine.
Critique: This is truly funny stuff. A-
Ridiculous Moment: Laura takes out a shooter with a ridiculously well placed golf ball hit on the mini golf course, he was reloading, why not just run up and hit him with the club?
69 Grappling Steele 4x4 10/29/85 Writer: Rick Mittleman
Mildred gets the agency to take the case of a wrestler who keeps having attempts made on his life.
Critique: I was having flashbacks of the boxing episode but thank goodness this wasn't nearly as bad, but still not great. C
Ridiculous Moment: The red glasses return in an attempt to make Laura look like an intern; not working.
70 Forged Steele 4x5 11/12/85 Writer: Rick Mittleman
An elaborate con is set in action when Steele awakens from a 36-hour blackout to find that he has apparently gambled away the agency.
Critique: Another great episode, Steele's character has so much depth there are plenty of options for great stories, of course it's starting to make Laura seem kind of trivial. A
Ridiculous Moment: Still having Laura think he was possibly pulling a double con. Once he turned down the huge money inheritance from that con in England in episode #48, it should prove he has changed.
71 Corn Fed Steele 4x6 11/19/85 Writer: Pamela Norris
After Mildred invests the agencies money in prized breeding pigs, Laura and Steele must investigate the pigs disappearance from an experimental farm in Iowa.
Critique: Laura and Steele only prosper out of their own environs when it's an international setting, Iowa, the desert, or small towns don't really work as well. C
Alias: Laura Lou Holt, Jed Steele
(shot at, grain)(sneeze)
72 Premium Steele 4x7 12/3/85 Writer: Gerald Sanoff
A man hires the agency to find out why he's dead, or at least is dead according to phony death certificates related to a defunct mortuary.
Critique: That explosion was kind of awesome along with the suspense of Laura at her door. B
Ridiculous Moment: Monroe's accent, was there supposed to be one, it fluttered in and out. The red glasses return again, they are just so awful I can't get past it.
Back Story: Barbados with Monroe
Alias: Benson Whitely, London Coroner's Office
80's Flashback: That awesome VCR.
(explosion) (hippie, delivery girl)
73 Coffee, Tea, or Steele 4x8 12/10/85 Writer: Robin Bernheim
Laura and Steele fly the unfriendly skies to learn why the body of a hired killer turned up on the baggage carrousel of a luxury airline.
Critique: Laura as a stewardess is worth the price of admission. B
Alias: Trevor Keach
Casting: Hey it's that guy Locke from Lost.
74 Dancer, Prancer, Donner and Steele 4x9 12/17/85 Writer:Gerald Sanoff
The agency Christmas party is interrupted by three gun-wielding Santas who take everyone hostage and threaten to blow up the building.
Critique: This is a good idea but 50 minutes in the office is too long. Then the guest characters have these revelations about their lives and yet Laura and Steele who have these wonderful, Christmas past stories, needed a nice Christmas moment for them at the end for a little resolution of that storyline. B-
75 Steele on the Air 4x10 1/7/86 Writer: Kerry Lenhart, John J. Sakmar
A traffic reporter dies while aloft in a helicopter and the two prime suspects are the disc jockeys, who were on the air at the time.
Critique: Ug, morning radio is as hard to listen to as this one is hard to watch. In fairness it is supposed to be a cheesy send up of radio but still. It does have it's moments, the prize truck trying to give Laura's bumper stickered car it's "sticker giveaway" and Steele's line "We don't want any stickers" makes me laugh hysterically. C-
76 Steele, Inc.
Mulch's latest brainstorm to franchise the agency gets an unfortunate investigator killed by an angry client.
Critique: I have to admit it was all I could do to even half way pay attention to this one, I was bored senseless. C-
77 Steele Spawning 4x12 1/28/86 Writer: John Wirth
Laura and Steele are hired by the spoiled son of a caviar importer to find a missing shipment before daddy returns home.
Critique: Louie Anderson does make this boring story half way entertaining. C+
Alias: Trevor Keach
(shot at)(cop)(door x2)
78 Suburban Steele 4x13 2/11/86 Writer: Robin Bernheim
Laura's sister is having a hard time adjusting to her families move to California, and after she finds a body in her kitchen, Laura and Steele investigate and try to ease her transition by babysitting.
Critique: The great female dilemma of the ages, work vs. family is nicely contrasted with Laura and her sister. B
79 Santa Claus is Coming to Steele 4x14 2/18/86 Writer: Michael Gleason
One of the phony Santas from the ill-fated Christmas party returns to persuade witness not to testify against him, meanwhile Laura has another secret admirer.
Critique: Creepiest....episode....ever. But a well done idea for the misdirect of who's after them. A-
80's Flashback: Wow that is the world's biggest side pony tail and combined with that workout spandex and leg warmers Laura could not get any more 80's.
80 Steele Blue Yonder 4x15 2/22/86 Writer: Brad Kern
An elderly man's daughter is suspicious of his actions and hire the agency to investigate his seemingly bizarre activities to see if he may have dementia symptoms.
Critique: So boring. D+
80's Flashback: That Venice Beach boardwalk is a real tribute to the 80's, I thought I was watching Xanadu for a minute.
81 Sensitive Steele 4x16 3/1/86 Writer: Rick Mittleman
Laura and Steele go undercover at a self-improvement spa to find out why the spa has had a series of mysterious accidents.
Critique: Laura and Steele's relationship is finally given almost "A" story status while they kept the "B" story mystery simple enough to carry through but not muddle the real focus. Bonus points for the scene with Steele confronting the cheating guy, it wasn't until the second viewing (and actually paying attention) I realized the correlation with Steele's own situation. Excellent writing. A+
Alias: Laura and Richard Blaine
82 Steele in the Spotlight 4x17
Lenhart, John J. Sakmar
Laura lets a news team follow her as they search for a star from the fifties, the extra publicity creates tension between Laura and Steele and leads to deadly consequences for their case.
Critique: A nice attempt to knock Laura's giant chip off her shoulder with the added attention is a nice twist. B-
Casting: Hey it's Sally from the Dick Van Dyke Show.
83 Steele at Your Service 4x18 3/15/86 Writer: Lee H. Grant
The servants of the wealthy Wellingtons hire Laura and Steele to find out who killed the former butler, and why.
Critique: This had potential but they spent way to long on the Remington Roundup, it's like they were just killing time for lack of story. C-
Alias: Laura Giles, Rupert Ruggles
x3(runaway horse and wagon)
84 Steele in the Running 4x19 3/22/86 Writer: Susan Woollen
It's a case of mistaken identity as Laura is assaulted while running in a triathlon, the agency searches for the woman on the run, who the thugs were really after.
Critique: This one gets boring pretty quickly after the race is over, it seemed like this would be a great story for Laura but Steele seems to be doing all the heavy lifting. C-
85 Beg, Borrow, or Steele 4x20 3/29/86 Writer: Brad Kern
Laura and Steele return from a trip to find reports of their murder on the news, they try to solve it before the murderer discovers they are still alive.
86 Steele Alive and Kicking 4x21 5/3/86 Writer: John Wirth
A man who framed himself so his wife could collect the reward learns he isn't terminally ill and wants Laura and Steele to clear him.
Critique: This one seems like another Louis Anderson episode, it's only missing Louis Anderson, otherwise kind of unremarkable. C
87 Bonds of Steele 4x22 5/10/86 Writer: Jeff Melvoin
Laura has her hands full trying to discover why an accountant at a huge corporation was killed while Steele is on a mysterious mission of his own.
Critique: Melvoin has really done some great writing on this series and this is his greatest achievement. It's a hilarious journey brilliant from concept through the final kiss, with Zimbalist giving her best performance as well. They probably should have just ended the series here since "season 5" is a salute to mediocre crap. A+
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