Remington Steele

Season 2 Episode 3

Altared Steele

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 1983 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A terrified client doesn't know his name, why someone is trying to kill him nor those five women claiming to be his widows.

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  • a great episode. crazy rednecks in a survivalist store. polygamous husband being stalked. what more could you ask for?

    I love the scene with the crazy rednecks shopping in the "survivalist" store ranting about Commies. The grandmother with the shopping cart of grenades is fantastic.

    The episode is amusing and clever. It's got a good movie reference to Hitchcock's Suspicion (? I think). Laura & Remington's relationship is progressing nicely. I'm still not in love with Doris Robert's slavish devotion to Remington, but I remember liking her by the end of the series, so I"m sure I'll get used to her again.


    Keep an eye for Jane K. from Malcom in the Middle as one of the wives.

    PPS. I have that same dictionary Laura uses at the end and now it cracks me up when I use it.moreless
  • There's no shortage of suspects to kill a man with five wives.

    With a good balance of humor and mystery and several deft homages to film noir, "Altared Steele" is another great episode.

    The premise of an amnesiac client who has been marked for death has certainly been seen before in the annals of private eye fiction, but the "Steele" team twists the concept by making the mystery man a professional liar who changes his identity regularly...not unlike Mr. Steele himself. It leads to a moment of understanding between Steele and his client, and between Laura and one of the man's five wives who wonders if such a mystery man is worth waiting for.

    The scene in the gun store is funny (the gun salesman in particular) and the cocktail party with the "widows" is also a hoot. Jane Kaczmarek and Delta Burke stand out as two of the many wives. And Mildred has a great noir-style monologue when she is tasked with guarding the client in Steele's apartment.moreless
Delta Burke

Delta Burke

Nancy Stinson Dannon

Guest Star

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Barbara Troy Dannon

Guest Star

Fred McCarren

Fred McCarren

Frank Dannon

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In Mr. Steele's living room, while Frank is talking about commitments, we see Mr. Steele unbutton his shirt halfway and scratch his chest. In the next shot he unbuttons one of the top buttons that has already been open.

    • When Laura stops the arrow with a dictionary, if you watch carefully, you'll notice that she's just flinching from an arrow pre-stuck inside the book

    • When Remington and Frank come back to Steele apartment after the wake, there is a bottle of champagne in the ice bucket on the coffee table in the living room. Who put it there? Hardly Mildred.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Steele: Terry is the least likely suspect of them all. Shy, sweet college professor whose only excitement in life is provided by Victorian novels. Which means it's definitively her.
      Laura: How did you arrive at that?
      Steele: It's always the least likely suspect you've gotta watch, Laura. And at the moment the only one I could suspect more would be the butler, if there was one.

    • Laura: By the way, where did you get this stuff on amnesia?
      Steele: Spellbound?
      Laura: Yes, I was actually.
      Steele: Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Selsnik International, uhm, 1945.
      Laura: Why do I ask?

    • Steele: Even paranoids have enemies.

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    • MOVIES

      1. Spellbound -- Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman -- Selsnik International 1945.
      2. Robin Hood
      3. Sands of Iwo Jima -- John Wayne -- Republic 1949.
      4. Mirage -- Gregory Peck, Walter Matthau -- Universal 1965