Remington Steele – In the Steele of the Night

by Alan Rapp on July 9, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Remington Steele – In the Steele of the Night
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Remington Steele - In the Steele of the Night television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the 80s detective show Remington Steele. After the host (Jeff Pomerantz) is murdered at a detective’s reunion, the guests, each with their own history and motive, agree to let Steele (Pierce Brosnan) solve the case. Suspects include a former detective (Philip Charles MacKenzie) ruined by the victim, the victim’s mistress (Carlene Watkins) whose affair the victim revealed to her husband, and the former employee (Arthur Rosenberg) who the victim took advantage of and never rewarded. In terms of motive, the only real weakness is the episode never suggests one for either Laura (Stephanie Zimbalist) or Murphy (James Read).

Only after planted evidence points to her does Laura begin to suspect what really happened to their former frenemy. Although it predates the movie Clue by three years, “In the Steele of the Night” has several similar features including the basic set-up of the murder in the large house in the middle of nowhere and the group running from room to room in search of clues. Movie references are kept to a minimum here, and although Laura frets that Steele will give himself away in a room of seasoned professional detectives, the con man proves more than up to the challenge (even discovering the essential clue that leads to the mystery being solved).

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