Remington Steele – Hearts of Steele

by Alan Rapp on April 9, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Remington Steele – Hearts of Steele
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Remington Steele - Hearts of Steele television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the 80s detective show Remington Steele. After attempts on his life, the city’s most successful divorce attorney (Mark Hutter) hires Remington Steele (Pierce Brosnan) to find the would-be killer. Going undercover as a divorcing couple allows Laura (Stephanie Zimbalist) to get close to a group of recently-divorced women who all lost in court to her client, and hold grudges. Despite multiple attempts on the lawyer’s life, none of the women fit all scenarios. Eventually, Steele’s vast knowledge of film hypothesizes Murder on the Orient Express as a reasonable solution to the entire affair. However, as Laura susses out halfway through Steele accusing the gathered suspects, the clue to the mystery doesn’t lie in a Hercule Poirot mystery but that of an even more famous detective.

Although the curious incident of the dog barking in the night-time isn’t directly reference, it’s clear for fans of Sherlock Holmes from what source the conclusion of the plot draws from. The episode is a bit goofy as the plot requires both Steele and Laura to get drunk separately with the suspects in failed attempts to identify the villain (causing them to get fired by their client, despite the threat on his life). Fans of Caren Kaye will recognize the actress as one of the suspects eventually cleared by Laura’s deductions. While incorrect in his theory, the gathering of the suspects by Steele does shake loose the one piece of evidence that both he and Laura had missed.

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