Remington Steele

Season 1 Episode 2

Tempered Steele

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 08, 1982 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Laura tackles a case of industrial espionage in a family-owned business while Steele enlists an old pal to help him install a burglar alarm.

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    Arlen Dean Snyder

    Arlen Dean Snyder

    Jim Meecham

    Guest Star

    David Hayward

    David Hayward

    Roger Dillon

    Guest Star

    Diana Douglas

    Diana Douglas

    Mrs. Hannah Dillon

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • 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.

      • If Laura had been nearly choked to death, she should have a bruise on her neck, but the dress she wore at the dinner was open and there was no bruise.

      • How did Mrs. Dillon manage to inject muscle relaxant and transport Wallace's unconscious body without leaving bruises or abrasions on Wallace's body?

      • How was Mr. Steele going to tip Claude and the valet if he never carried even small amounts of cash?

      • Steele told Laura that his car would be at her apartment. However, later, in "Signed, Steele and Delivered," it's revealed that she lives in a house.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Steele: I am personally overseeing this entire operation. What could possibly go wrong?

      • Steele: Laura, you all right?
        Laura: How did you know I was in trouble?
        Steele: Actually, I was looking for a pencil.

      • Steele: Have I said something wrong?
        Laura: I hate it when you're nice to me. What should I call you when we're alone?
        Steele: I am partial to the one you gave me.

      • Laura: Hello?
        Steele: Steele here.
        Laura: What do you want?
        Steele: Are you alone?
        Laura: No, Wallace and me are sitting making paper airplanes out of the research he stole.
        Steele: That's what I love about you, Laura. No matter how bleak the situation, you never lose your sense of humor.

      • Steele: I gave my word and everyone knows that Remington Steele's word is his bond.

      • Steele: We make such a winning combination. Let's enjoy its success. Allow our passions to erupt into something outrageously fulfilling.
        Laura: You mean hop into the sack?
        Steele: A little crude but to the point.

    • NOTES (1)

      • *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.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • 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.