Remington Steele: Season 1, Episode 15

To Stop a Steele (11 Feb. 1983)

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Ms. Holt is hired (as long as Steele is not involved) by jeweler, Albert Harrod, to locate an stolen flawless 60 carat diamond that had been "hidden" among much less expensive items. Mr. ... See full summary »

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Ms. Holt is hired (as long as Steele is not involved) by jeweler, Albert Harrod, to locate an stolen flawless 60 carat diamond that had been "hidden" among much less expensive items. Mr. Steele is hired (as long the agency is not involved) by jewel thief, Morrie Singer. He was commissioned to burgle the Harrod gem vault, but found it empty. Who has the hot rocks and are the two different cases involving the same jeweler connected? Written by Marko

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A hilarious and high quality episode of Remington Steele
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This was a good season 1 episode of Remington Steele. Steele is approached by a man named Morrie Singer who admits that he is a thief who was contracted to rob the safe of the Harrod gem vault--as part of his last job prior to his retirement. Unfortunately, he and his two co-conspirators find the safe completely empty and apparently undamaged and now he owes a lot of money to the head of the local mob--a man named Considine--who funded their operation with $20,000 since he and his crew received this person's permission to do the job on Considine's "territory" in return for a 20% cut of the profits. If Morrie doesn't pay Considine anything, he'll be a dead man as he tells Steele.

Steele accepts Morrie's story and searches for the truth while Holt and Murphy are hired by the robbed jeweller, Albert Harrod, who orders them not to tell Steele anything about their investigation since publicity seems to follow Steele wherever Steele goes. Both Holt/Murphy and Steele visit the same places within minutes of one another and almost bump into one another. Meanwhile, Steele discovers that the person who allegedly supplied Morrie with details of the safe was dead before he could even have given the information to Morrie while he discovers that Frank--the last surviving co-conspirator of Morrie's jewel robbery gang has been shot dead. Considine had already had his hit men shoot dead Louis, Morrie's first jewelry heist partner, as a warning to Morrie to give him his cut of the jewellery heist. Steele agrees to hide Morrie in his home for Morrie's safety...and suspects that it was the jeweller Albert Harrod who arranged for the theft of his safe which would account for the lack of any damage to the safe's door--something which Morrie notes to Steele--since only the jeweller should have had the combination to it. Therefore, Steele reasons Harrod was planning an insurance fraud on his insurance company.

Meanwhile, Holt/Murphy confront Considine and apparently intimidate him enough to not accept stolen jewellery--especially a stolen 60 carat diamond "worth $2 million dollars" as Albert Harrod had told the trio which had been deliberately hidden with other much less valuable items in the Harrod gem vault. To make a long story short, neither Holt/Murphy nor Steele realize that they are working for the robbed jeweller or the jewel thief until Considine arranges a meeting between the two parties and introduces Steele as the thief to them. (Steele and Morrie had had an earlier meeting with Considine and his party of top mob partners--ie: his so-called 'board of directors'--where Steele had pretended to be the real jewel thief who had emptied the safe earlier in order to buy more time to save Morrie's life from the mobster's hit men who had already killed Louis.) Naturally, Holt/Murphy are aghast but as they compare notes with Steele and Morrie in Steele's apartment and Morrie hears about the 60 carat diamond--whose safe return will net someone $500,000--Morrie plainly tells Holt/Murphy that such a diamond would take him years to sell, something which he doesn't have the time for given his advanced age and his wish to retire, and that he had never heard of the diamond's existence until now. He just wanted a bunch of simple diamonds that he and his two now deceased partners could quickly fence on the street.

Secondly, Steele learns from Laura/Murphy that Albert Harrod doesn't intend to file an insurance claim and wants the theft to be kept a secret since the priceless 60 carat diamond was not even officially supposed to be in his vault...and was a breach of his insurance policy. So, Harrod could not profit by filing an insurance claim which would only bring the jeweller bad publicity, ruin his reputation and cause him to go out of business. In the end, Laura/Murphy and Steele with Morrie realize that only Considine could have known about the presence of the priceless diamond in the Harrod vault with his vast mob connections...and have the resources to sell such a rare item on the local or international black market. That was the reason Considine 'funded' Morrey and his crew's operation to break into the empty Harrod jewellery vault on his 'territory' with a small $25,000 investment in the first place since Considine knew the combination to the safe and had already earlier emptied it of all its jewels including the $2 million dollar diamond when Morrey's men breached it. So, Holt, Murphy, Steele and Morrie join forces and stage a heist of their own on Considine's home wearing ski-masks and recover the 60 carat diamond. After turning the tables on the mobster, Considine's career in the mob is abruptly terminated while Morrie claims the $500,000 reward money and the Remington Steele detective agency solve the case.


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