Moonlighting

Season 4 Episode 2

Come Back Little Shiksa

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 1987 on ABC
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Come Back Little Shiksa
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With Maddie in Chicago, Dave feels very sympatico with a client who offers $10,000 if they can locate the woman he spent one memorable night with.

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  • Maddie's ran away from David, a "Cinderella Story", and it's BMW smashing time!!!

    8.5
    Well, it's that time on Moonlighting. When Maddie ran away to her parents house in Chicago and David is left to pick up the pieces of what is left of their relationship and job in L.A. alone. This is brought to you by Cybill's pregnancy! Strange turn of events in the ever changing mind of Maddie, AGAIN! What's amazing is that David hasn't gone completely insane yet. Oh, wait. He's walking that edge in this episode. When a man asks David to find a love he met at a ball, David and Herbert find her and get them together. The couple fake their deaths so they can be together and away from the girl's dangerous husband. During these little adventures David decides to take a joy ride in Miss Hayes' BMW. He takes out all his pain on the little car which is the unique way David expresses his emotions. The fans know that now of course with past episodes. In Chicago Maddie is with her parents and her dad mentions David which of course makes Maddie a little uncomfortable. Later she calls David just to tell where she's at (oh how considerate of her) and for him NOT to call her (just rubbing it in David, don't you love the pain)! Next time when David wants to call we get clay animation Maddie wagging her little finger at him! "Don't call David!" Ugh. Cool, that she turns into a witch, though. Which I'm sure lots of fans were thinking at that moment. Sad they didn't really talk and this was all in David's mind. David turned into a clay animation frog by the end of this scene. You know, the writers should have just placed Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy in the roles! When Maddie blows her top I'm always reminded of Miss Piggy. She's prissy, stylish, and has a baaaaad temper! Which one am I talking about Maddie or Miss Piggy? Can't tell right? I sometime wonder if Glen Gordon Caron didn't pattern Maddie after Miss Piggy! David STILL hasn't told the office that Maddie is gone! Boy are they going to be mad! I would be! Maddie didn't just up and left David. She left everyone at work too! I hope Agnes gives her an ear full when she comes home! Oh well, on to the next episode! Ugh! Side note: The BMW that David smashes to bits in this episode was not the original car the two usually drive. I read in one of the Moonligting sites that it was a car that someone was murdered in. The smell of the body couldn't be completely cleaned out so the crew of Moonligting purchased the car for $1 and let Bruce go to town!moreless
  • Poor David! What are you thinking, Maddie?

    9.0
    Maddie Hayes has run off to her parents' house in Chicago and left poor David Addison to worry about her and obsess over her. She needs time to think, and in the process, she thinks very little of how her actions are affecting the man who has proclaimed his love for her. At this point, I find myself wishing David would gain some self respect and stop pining for this selfish witch of a woman.



    People point to Moonlighting as the reason why characters shouldn't get together on other shows (such as Booth and Brennan on "Bones") but I think the reason why this show went downhill is more complicated than that. The real culprit was not the romance but plot choices made in the wake of said romance, namely: 1). they made Maddie more and more unlikeable due to her mistreatment of David; and 2). (this hasn't happened yet, so stop reading now if you haven't already watched the whole series) Maddie gets pregnant and then loses the baby. This show was popular because it was funny, and so the writers screwed up when they made the story lines super depressing. We want to see David and Maddie bantering, not in separate states! Now perhaps the writers shouldn't be blamed too much, since it seems that personal issues between Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd may have influenced these choices, but anyway, regardless of why it happened, it's a shame, because this was one of the more entertaining shows ever on television. This episode was really good, but frustrating in that it signals the beginning of the end of this series.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)

John Goodman

John Goodman

Donald Chase

Guest Star

Kay Lenz

Kay Lenz

Ellen

Guest Star

Frances E. Nealy

Frances E. Nealy

Roberta

Guest Star

Eva Marie Saint

Eva Marie Saint

Virginia Hayes

Recurring Role

Robert Webber

Robert Webber

Alexander Hayes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Kay Lenz, who plays Ellen in this episode, went on to (among other roles) play the voice of the character American Maid in the animated series, 'The Tick.'

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Writers Jeff Reno and Ron Osborn and director Allan Arkush provide DVD commentary for this episode.

    • The show continues its sudden heavy reliance on fantasy sequences, this time featuring a scene in which David talks with a Claymation-generated Maddie (and later becomes a Claymation figure himself).

    • The next fall, guest star John Goodman began his very successful run as Dan Conner on the hit sitcom Roseanne. The show served as a lead-in to Moonlighting for part of the latter's final season; and then took over the 9 PM slot (which it would hold for five years) when Moonlighting was placed on hiatus in February 1989.

    • Music: Agnes sings along with "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart; "Theme From Jeopardy"; "Ram a Lang a Ding Dong" by the Edsels; "Manic Depression" by Jimi Hendrix

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title refers to the 1951 film Come Back, Little Sheba, about troubles in the marriage of Doc and Lola Delaney; Sheba was the name of their dog, which ran away.

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