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  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Lunar Eclipse

    Aired 5/14/89

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Eine Kleine Nacht Murder (2)

    Aired 4/30/89

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    In 'N Outlaws

    Aired 4/23/89

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    When Girls Collide (1)

    Aired 4/16/89

  • S 5 : Ep 9


    Aired 4/9/89

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bruce Willis

    David Addison Jr.

  • Curtis Armstrong

    Herbert "Bert" Viola

  • Cybill Shepherd

    Madeline "Maddie" Hayes

  • Allyce Beasley

    Agnes DiPesto

  • Robert Webber

    Alexander Hayes

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  • When former fashion model Maddie Hayes goes broke and finds that one of her few remaining assets is ownership of the Blue Moon Detective Agency, she is tempted to liquidate it until she meets the quirky employees and gets involved in their even quirkier cases. Moonlighting as a series was plagued by production delays and erratic scheduling. Scheduled episodes were often delayed for weeks and reruns substituted at the last minute. Many in-jokes and short fill-in pieces refer to this and other topical items at the beginning and end of some programs. Episodes 35 - 39 were particularly affected by this, and in their original broadcast contained intros dealing with the slow production pace. ABC Broadcast History March 1985 - February 1989: Tuesdays 9:00 PM April 1989 - May 1989: Sundays 8:00 PMmoreless

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  • Quotes (309)

    • Miss Dipesto: City of Angels Investigations, Lost or stolen property, our specialty. You dropped it, we'll spot it. He cheats, we'll peek. Little one gone, we'll find him before dawn. No job is too big, no job is too small. We're here to please one and all. We're licensed by the state of California and happily accept all major credit cards. How can I help you?

    • Maddie: I don't like being poor! Poor doesn't become me!

    • David: You're not going anywhere, period, until I untie you, and I am not going to do that until I am sure you are calm and that you understand the situation. Now. Are you calm? Maddie: I'm calm. David: You don't look very calm. Maddie: I'm calm and I understand. David: The muscles in your face look tight. Maddie: I'm calm. David: You look like you have a charley-horse in your cheek. Maddie: I'm caallllllmmm!

    • Maddie: Mr. Addison, don't think me rude, but I've had a hard day. I woke up this morning to find that all of my money had been stolen from me. I went to visit a business I own, and was called a bitch by someone I've never met before. I went out to dinner and got to watch a man die at my feet. Then I was driven downtown to be questioned by the police. I've had television cameras, microphones, not to mention the likes of you poked in my face. So please forgive me, but I'd like to go into my own house, alone, and take about forty-five sleeping pills. I hope you understand. It's nothing personal. I just hate you.

    • David: The plot thinnens!

    • Maddie (to David): Sissy fighter!

    • David: You're thinking about all the crummy things I did to you. I ruined your date with Dr. Face Fixer, Entertainment Tonight, stealing your watch. Well, that was the old me. That was the me before I realized the value of a partner. A real partner. A person you can depend on with your life. You don't play with people like that, you don't lie to people like that. And you don't put pressure on people like that. Maddie: David, I told you, I'm just going to have to think about it. David: How long do you think you have to think about it? Maddie: At least a day. David: A day? A whole day? Why don't you just think about it right now? I'll go in the other room, I'll read the paper again.

    • David: I'm gonna go now. Get out of this garage, and out of your life. (Starts walking) Here I go. (Looks back) Maddie: Goodbye. David: This is me going! Maddie: Good! David (incredulous): Goodbye! Maddie: Goodbye!

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    Notes (154)

    • Creator Glenn Gordon Caron, Director Robert Butler, Producer Jay Daniel and Editor Artie Mandleberg provide commentary for both parts of the pilot in the recent season 1 release on DVD of the first 2 seasons. Glenn Gordon Caron and Bruce Willis provided commentary for both parts of the pilot on a previous 2000 release of just the pilot episode, only in Region 1

    • Music: "Crazy" by Patsy Cline; "Since I Fell for You" by Lenny Welch; David plays "Blue Moon" on the harmonica

    • Music: "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard; David sings "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by Manfred Mann

    • Early in this episode, Maddie says Vivian Baker is a 'close friend' of hers. Hayes doesn't take this estimation lightly. Except for telling David, 'Yes, we're friends,' in Blonde on Blonde, the other noteworthy example is Sam, whom we also meet in Season 3.

    • This is one of few episodes in which Maddie's red sportscar appears. The other notable one is the pilot. It is never fully explained what happens to the red car after this. The BMW becomes the standard car for the rest of the series.

    • Music: "Baby, Baby" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

    • Music: "Respect" by Aretha Franklin

    • Vincent Schiavelli passed away December 26, 2005, at his home in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, Italy. Cause of death was lung cancer.

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    Trivia (47)

    • In the booklet for the Seasons One & Two DVD set, this episode is mistakenly titled Read the Mind...See the Murder.

    • Goof: While Maddie is driving the car, her earrings are changing sides. First the golden stripe is on the outside, then on the inside and then back on the outside again.

    • This is the only episode in which Maddie is seen with pets, namely fish. She feeds them before turning in for the night.

    • This episode's script was heavy influenced by Agatha Christie's mystery novel "Murder in the Orient Express", whose primary character is detective Hercule Poirot, who tries to solve a homicide that occurs when he's aboard the Orient Express.

    • The business book David read is called Being Second Stinks. The author? J. C. Caron... That is a tip of the hat to the show's creator, Glenn Gordon Caron.

    • In this episode, when Maddie is dancing with David's brother Richard, the song that plays is "If Only You Knew" by Patti Labelle. However, in season three when a clip of this scene is shown during the episode "The Straight Poop," the song that's played is "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin.

    • Goof: When Maddie and David walk out of the casino after winning 20 thousand, Maddie is wearing low heeled shoes. When she and David sit on the carpet outside you can tell that she is wearing a pair of sneakers.

    • If Harlan Armstrong seems familiar, it's because he is: the same actor in this role, Joel Colodner, also played Mitchell Knight, another husband plagued by bad luck, in the Remington Steele episode, Etched in Steele.

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    Allusions (27)

    • Maddie: All right, Henry Higgins, can we go in now? Maddie is referring to the movie "My Fair Lady," whose protagonist, Professor Henry Higgins, helped Eliza Dolittle remake herself into a lady. Of course, David was remaking Maddie from a lady, but still...

    • David: You are about to enter a world...a world of wondrous imagination. Not only of sight and sound, but of mind. Of things and ideas. You have just crossed over into...Moving Furniture. This is an allusion to the introduction of the classic science fiction show The Twilight Zone. Also, actor Bruce Willis, who portrayed David Addison in Moonlighting, had just appeared in the 1985 episode Shatterday of the remake of The Twilight Zone.

    • David (to Sonny): Alll right! Is the kid a natural-born salesman or what? Maddie: Relax, Willy Loman! Willy Loman was the doomed protagonist of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman. He comes to believe his life is meaningless, and commits suicide.

    • (As the detectives look over a ransacked apartment) Maddie: Who could have done such a thing? David: The Seven Santini Brothers? This is a reference to a moving company that once operated in the northeastern U.S. They were notorious for their questionable service, and their legal troubles culminated in the company's eventual bankruptcy.

    • Agent: Why are you here? David: I’m here tonight because we’ve replaced this banquet hall’s real coffee with frozen crystals. When David is cornered by the secret agent, he jokes about being at the hall to do a switch on the banquet's coffee. This is a reference to a very popular commercial of the time, for Folger's Crystals. They would go around to different places and secretly change out the usual coffee brand for their own. The people would be pleasantly surprised.

    • The title of the episode is a variation on Alexandre Dumas' novel The Man in the Iron Mask.

    • The title of this episode is a play on that of James M. Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice.

    • The title of this episode is a direct allusion to Alan Jay Lerner's 1956 musical "My Fair Lady", which was based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion."

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  • Fan Reviews (24)
  • One of my top two favorites ever...

    By Julyfly, May 23, 2013

  • Maddie and David, what a couple... Always trying to get on each one's nerves. A funny show, indeed!

    By frosty_ice, Jun 24, 2009

  • Moonlighting was a terrific romantic comedy.

    By D-LinkUK, Jan 02, 2008

  • Again, the tempest of forbidden love that comes to the surface.

    By Canyonwhisperes, Nov 25, 2007

  • One of the best surreal shows of the 80s.

    By SoylentYellow, Jan 15, 2007

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