Season 2 Episode 18


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 13, 1986 on ABC
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David decides to help an unlucky con woman who accidentally became a heroine when she stopped an assassination attempt against a United States Senator. She is being pursued by a very determined, but crooked cop.

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  • Whoopi Goldberg, Judd Nelson, and a major fourth wall breakage couldn't ask for more from a season finale! :D

    This one was hilarious all because of that ending. Some might say it ruined the resolution and I'd kind of agree but it was still funny so it worked good enough for me. Whoopi Goldburg guest stars as Camille a scam artist on the run from a crooked cop who wants in on all the fruits of her labors so to speak. When she accidentally stops an assassination attempt she becomes famous and David wants to hire her at the agency for publicity purposes. Deep down inside though David begins to suspect Camille isn't what she pretends to be but he still likes her all the same. The two leads place some trust in Camille and hire her and Camille secretly thinks they're the perfect scam. The Blue Moon gang impresses Camille with their sincere welcome and friendliness so much so that she decides to give back the money she steals from Maddie's safe. On to her next job the detective duo gives her a visit when they find out the crooked cop is after her. Then the world of Moonlighting is thrown out the window for the umpteenth time this season but this time it's a grand finale of fourth wall breakage! They have their big chase scene with the crooked cop chasing all three out of the salon where Camille is working at the moment and right off the set and out of the studio building. A stage hand is yelling after them that they've still got two pages of script left in the this scene! The chase continues throughout the studio back lot with costume gags and the bad guy hitching a ride with another bad guy actor (a cowboy with a horse). Not to mention running into Agnes who claims she's done shooting for the day but the three grab her and claim she's in this scene. The four all end up back on the Blue Moon Agency set and are surprised the cop got there first. There's a tense moment when it looks like the cop is going to shoot them when another crew member just casually walks into the scene and takes the gun out of his hand. The two detectives resolve what the two characters Camille and the cop do with the rest of their lives and the leads leave the studio together, say their goodbyes, and see ya till next fall everyone! I liked the fourth wall breakage in this one but they really need to cool it a little.Like I said in an earlier review too much of a good thiing is just that too much. Bruce and Cybill usually stay in character in these scenes so it's like the characters themselves know they're just characters. It gives us the feel that they're not real even more than usual and that whatever happens on the series doesn't really matter. I know this is just a tv show but to break into a semi reality too much within it's own boundaries can take you out of the whole emotion and imagination. I hope someone knows what I'm trying to say out there. lol! I love this series even with the disappointment of how it all turned out but that's one of the main reasons why I complain about things I don't like about it. Great guest appearances on this episode though. Loved watching Whoopi and Bruce acting together and when Camille dressed like Maddie! That was a hoot and she looked good too! Go Whoopi! Well, onto next season.moreless
  • David convinces Maddie to invite a celebrity onto the staff to boost business, but they don't realize that she's a con artist! The episode leads to a wacky chase through the studio lot just before summer vacation.moreless

    I recently rewatched this episode, and I have to say I enjoyed it. When watching the series for the first time, it felt like a speed bump for the plot's momentum, but on a subsequent viewing, it was really fun. Goldberg and Nelson seem to have had a lot of fun on the show, and the chase sequence at the end was a real treat that leads to the whole set being broken down for the summer. The case is rather negligible, and the writers seemed to assume that viewers will care for Camille more than they probably did; it's not classic "Moonlighting," but it's still an entertaining hour of television.moreless
  • A young woman saves a Congressman and gets a lot of good press as the new American hero. David wants the Blue Moon to hire her to be an investigator at the agency. Maddie is reluctant and with good cause - she comes with a lot of baggage.moreless

    This was an out-of-the-box episode where 80's stars made cameo appearances (Nelson Judd and Whoopi Goldberg). The plot of Whoopi being a conwoman and Judd Nelson being a cop was disasterous. I just painfully watched it and didn't fast forward, although I very well could of.

    ...Because the nugget was at the end and it was right on the money: David and Maddie step off stage to go home after filming the show and the goodbyes keep the audience wanting Season 3 more than ever. When you can get an audience to hang on words like "so" and "well" you know you've got an amazing acting team.

    It's fitting that the DVD extras with commentary say the real story wasn't the investigative cases Maddie and David worked on, it was the relationship between the two that people tuned into see. In all fairness, the writers of Moonlighting wrote a lot of good episodes with interesting investigations (cases) that developed the characters of Maddie and David, however, "Camille" was not one of them.moreless
Allyce Beasley

Allyce Beasley

Agnes DiPesto

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis

David Addison Jr.

Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd

Madeline "Maddie" Hayes

Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Herbert Quentin Viola (seasons 4 - 5, recurring previously)

Edie McClurg

Edie McClurg

Beauty Parlor Customer

Guest Star

David Paymer

David Paymer

Camille's Agent

Guest Star

Judd Nelson

Judd Nelson

Crooked Cop/Himself

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Camille (Whoopi Goldberg) asks Maddie and David if "The Color Purple" is on cable yet. Whoopi was the star of "The Color Purple" for which she was nominated for her first Oscar. She was nominated for an Emmy for this episode.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • David: Chin up, shoulders back. Stick that chest out, soldier. It's already way out. Belay that, better still-- would you belay me?

      Maddie: What are you doing here?

      David: It's payday, isn't it? I always make it a point to come back to work after lunch on a payday.

    • David and Maddie: It can wait until tomorrow.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: "Devil With the Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly" by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels; "Here Comes the Bride" (piano); "Happy Days Are Here Again"

    • Whoopi Goldberg was nominated for an Emmy for her guest appearance in this episode.

    • For their work this season, Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Drama.