Remington Steele – Etched in Steele

by Alan Rapp on February 5, 2019

in Television Reviews 

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Remington Steele - Etched in Steele television review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the 80s detective show Remington Steele. While attending a book publisher’s party who is interested in Steele (Pierce Brosnan) writing a book of his most famous cases, the detectives are approached by the husband (Joel Colodner) of a famous author (Shannon Wilcox) who believes his wife plans to murder him. Shortly after talking with Laura (Stephanie Zimbalist) and Steele, the man falls to his death in the exact manner that he described from the manuscript of the latest novel (but which doesn’t appear in the pages following his death). The mystery only deepens when the detectives learn that the dead man was the actual ghostwriter for the tawdry novels.

“Etched in Steele” provides an episode where it is unclear if there is even a mystery to solve. Disagreeing throughout the episode on whether or not there is a case worth investigating, the pair are able to recreate the party where their almost client died as Steele blunders through accusing each of their three suspects (only to discover none of them are actually their killer). With more than a little egg on his face, Steele is eventually saved as Laura uncovers the true motive for the crime by the ghostwriter’s new ghostwriter who would go to great lengths never to have his name tied to the trashy novel.

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