Remington Steele

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Quotes (230)

  • Steele: Thank you, very much. You have an enchanting family. Lady: For another 50 bucks you can keep the kids. Steele: I'm afraid my suitcase isn't big enough.

  • Bernice: Would you like some coffee? I'll make a fresh pot. Or tea, perhaps? I'll make some fresh water.

  • Kessler: Who are you?
    Steele: Just a happy-go-lucky tourist out to see a bit of the world.
    Neff: Is that why you got five different passports from five different countries in five different names?
    Steele: Keep trying for a good picture.

  • Steele: May I get up now or do you prefer me in the groveling position?

  • Steele: Tell me, Miss Holt, how did you become a dick?
    Laura: I beg your pardon.
    Steele: Isn't that what you Americans call a private detective?
    Laura: Only in the movies.

  • Hunter: You know, somehow I thought you'd be older.
    Steele: Oh, I can age on demand.

  • Pearson: But I am afraid there's a bit of a hiccup in all this.
    Steele: Oh?
    Pearson: Yes, it seems that someone is going around impersonating me.
    Steele: Cheeky blighter.

  • Steele: (as Pearson) How long do you think we can keep this charade going? Laura: Just until the gems are delivered safely. Steele: And then you'll nail this ersatz Remington Steele? Laura: To the wall, Mr. Pearson. To the very wall. Steele: Graphically put.

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Notes (31)

  • Royal Lavulite is an actual jewel. Also known as Suglite and Royal Azel, this deep purple-to-grey/lavender colored gemstone is very rare and valuable. It's found in Japan, India, and South Africa, where the largest deposits are located.

  • The exteriors of Remington Steele Investigations' office building are the Century Plaza Towers, 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. They are a well-known and often used LA landmark.

  • The Hunter Jet Star 6000 is actually the Vector W2, manufactured by Vector Aeromotive as a concept car in 1978. It went into limited production in the early 80's but the company ceased production on all its car models in the mid-90's, eerily paralleling its fictional counterpart's woes.

  • *A moderately good mystery. We have a few minutes to piece together the crime ourselves before Laura solves it, though the clinching evidence (the final autopsy report) is hidden from us. *Murphy is left-handed. *This was the series pilot, so it's fun to try to spot the differences between this episode and the rest of them. (It also explains why the episode has so much character exposition.) * The opening voice-over is different. (Same words, but read differently.) The music from the opening is more subdued. * Steele's office is tiled rather than carpeted. * The furniture in Steele's office is different. * The hallways and office are much busier than we're used to seeing. (They had more money to hire extras, I guess.) * Laura lives in an apartment rather than a house. * The closing credits list the characters' names as well as the actors' names.

  • Cassandra Harris was Pierce Brosnan's longtime companion (then wife) and appeared in numerous episodes. She passed away from ovarian cancer in 1991, leaving Brosnan widowed with three children.

  • Although it seems like a grammatical error, the actual episode title card displays "Your Steele The One For Me".

  • In 1983, the episode won an Edgar Allan Poe award, given by the Mystery Writers of America for the best presentation of a mystery.

  • Although they did not appear in this episode, James Read and Janice DeMay were credited on screen.

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Trivia (161)

  • When Laura told Murphy to take Mr. Steele's luggage to the penthouse, she also instructed him to hang out "Do Not Disturb" sign. However, when the future Remington Steele first came into Mr. Steele's hotel room, he hung out the sign, too.

  • When erzats-Steele described how Ben Pearson had been killed, he said that the blade was 6" long. The blade Neff was playing with wasn't that long.

  • When ex-Steele was seen leaving the hotel to go to the airport, he only had an attache case. Where was the rest of his things? Even if the tuxedo had been rented, he still had some suits.

  • Why weren't Laura and Bernice surprised to walk into the office in the morning, find the door unlocked, a client waiting - and Murphy not in yet, else he would've been in the reception area with Lester Giddons?

  • When Laura meets the future 'Mr. Steele' he has five passports, each in the name of a character Humphrey Bogart played: Douglas Quintain, England - (The) Stand-In (1937) Michael O'Leary, Ireland - Dark Victory (1939) Paul Fabrini, Italy - They Drive By Night (1940) John Murrell, France - Virginia City (1940) Richard Blaine, Australia - Casablanca (1942) Ironically Humphrey Bogart also played a character named Steele in In a Lonely Place (1950), so Mr. Steele didn't break the tradition and picked his new alias after yet another Bogart film.

  • If neither insurance nor Gordon Hunter could cover the cost of Royal Lavulite in case the gems were stolen, Gordon wouldn't have gotten them on display in the first place.

  • Remington's apartment has a doorbell. The only other time we'll ever hear the doorbell again will be in "Steele Belted."In other episodes, it's a buzzer.

  • According to air dates, it had been a week since Remington Steele became Remington Steele. According to Laura, the Randall case had been closed for three days. Presumably, Laura had also spent some time working on it. Definitely she had been very busy protecting the Royal Lavulite. Where had she found three weeks to play secretary? Besides, since Steele had spent $22,000 in a single month, it must mean there was more that a week between the first and the second episodes. Still, Laura had to play secretary and close the Randall case at the same time.

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Allusions (54)

  • Film Cites Steele: 'When you mention this in the future, and you will, be kind.' Deborah Kerr to John Kerr. Tea and Sympathy. MGM, 1956. The story of an underage but tender relationship between a prep school boy and his housemaster's wife. Steele quotes the film's most famous line to soften the blow when Laura first realizes he's been masquerading as Remington Steele behind her back.

  • Episode Title A twist on the catchphrase 'License to Kill' from the James Bond film series. All the episode titles (except one) have a humorous or ironic twist on the fictious detective's name. The truly ironic twist is that series star Pierce Brosnan would eventually go on to star in the Bond movie series.

  • Film Cites Laura: I hope you know what you're doing. Steele: I know precisely what I'm doing. William Powell did exactly the same thing in The Thin Man. MGM, 1943. Powell, a retired police detective in the famous film series, invites the murder suspects to dinner in order to flush out the real culprit. Laura: Who are you? Where did you come from? Steele: Humphrey Bogart to Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca. Warner Brothers, 1942.

  • Film Cites Steele: I make it about two miles offshore, North by Northwest. Additionally, the missing person, George Kaplan, is the name of the government agent Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), is mistaken for in this movie.

  • Steele: These are secret agents we're talking about--bombs, poison darts, big fat guys with deadly hats they throw at your neck! The last phrase is a reference to Oddjob, the henchman from the 1964 James Bond movie, Goldfinger. Oddjob would hurl a razor-edged derby hat as a weapon, which he demonstrated by decapitating a statue. Pierce Brosnan would take over the James Bond role in four motion pictures from 1995 to 2002.

  • Movie Cites Steele: D.O.A. Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britten, United Artists 1949. Laura: D.O.A.? Steele: Uh huh. It means 'dead on arrival'. Laura: I know what it means. What does it mean? In the film noir classic, O'Brien's character is given only a few hours to solve the mystery of a murder--his own--by slow acting poison.

  • Film Cite Laura: What am I supposed to make of this? Steele: The Shining? Laura: What? Steele: Did you see The Shining? 1980. Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall. In the film, Nicholson plays a frustrated writer who suffers a particularly vicious bout of cabin fever while caretaking a snowed-in resort.

  • Film Cites Enter the Dragon; 1973, Bruce Lee, John Saxon. The Yakuza; Robert Mitchum, Brian Keith. Warner Brothers, 1975. Kokusai (the film showing at the Palace of Heaven theater) The Third Man; Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, 1949.

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