Remington Steele: Season 2, Episode 16

Elegy in Steele (21 Feb. 1984)

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21 February 1984, 11 A.M.; the evil Major Descoine returns to menace Ms. Holt and Mr. Steele with his promise that they will die at noon because he blames them for the 1981 suicide of Lily, his love and partner in crime.



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Episode cast overview:
Major Percy Descoine
Ric Mancini ...
Young Man
Ruth Kobart ...
Female Golfer
Ed Hooks ...
Cab Driver
James Cavan ...


Major Descoine, a man whom Laura apprehended before "Steele" came, who tried to frame Steele for murder for revenge, cause he assumed that Steele was the one who caught him, returns. He dares Steele and Laura to get him so they chase him all over the city and he sets traps for them. He also has an accomplice. Can they survive? Written by

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When Laura and Steele are trying to evade their pursuer, they enter a car wash while riding in a taxi cab. All three are shown inside the car as it moves through the wash. But when it's at the end, in a long shot of the car's front, no one is shown in the car. When the car is driven out the driver is once again in full view. See more »


References Neptune's Daughter (1949) See more »

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Lame 10 minute plot stretched into 60
18 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the show, but they sure missed on this one! Major Descoine spent time in jail because of the Remington Steele detective agency, while his wife committed suicide rather than do jail time and wants revenge. While Mildred is on an early lunch date, Descoine shows up and tells them they will be dead by noon. He then pitches a smoke bomb and runs out the office. They see him in the elevator as the elevator doors close, but instead of one taking to the staircase, while the other calls the police (as anyone sensible would do). They spend time analyzing the scarf that he left behind as a clue and that leads to a country club.

From then on, the show becomes an unexciting game of cat and mouse with Descoine being aided by his daughter, Minor. Descoine is always one step ahead and has, even more unbelievably, managed to steal one of Laura's childhood diaries. This gives him the location to a childhood hideout, a drainage area that seems unlikely for Laura to have played in considering her reaction to the rats they find. They also seem to have the idea that if they just make it to noon and stay alive, they will somehow be free and clear. It's all very contrived and not remotely believable, even for this show.

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