Moonlighting

Season 2 Episode 14

Every Daughter's Father Is a Virgin

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 1986 on ABC
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Every Daughter's Father Is a Virgin
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Maddie worries about her parents' strange behavior, so Dave tails her father to see if he's having an affair.

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  • "Your cheatin' heart / will tell on you." Maddie and her mother smell a rat. And they won't like who it is.

    9.6
    Maddie's parents come to town. Ordinarily, this would be cause for great happiness, but this time something is wrong.



    Her father is not where he should be, when he should be there, and her mother shows cracks beneath the surface of her normally placid and graceful personality as well. Maddie reluctantly faces the disheartening possibility that her father may be unfaithful. Heartbroken, she asks her partner to see if it's true.



    David Addison steps up to the distateful task and follows her father around. There is an answer, and it's the one everyone wishes they didn't have to face. David dearly wishes he didn't have to hurt anybody, but the truth must be told.



    When Maddie hears the report, she jumps straight from the "denial" stage of grief to "abject fury." Her images of both parents will change drastically. However, this is the real world, like it or not, and she's going to have to find a way to live with it.



    Excellent performances from Robert Webber and Eva Marie Saint as Maddie's parents. We also get to see the sweet and vulnerable sides of Maddie herself. She hangs on to a childlike, see-no-evil cheerfulness that is utterly shattered by the facts she discovers. Yet somehow, her mother picks up the pieces and moves on; Maddie must learn to do the same.



    Emotionally wrenching, and continuing the series trademark of showing the warts-and-all reality of its characters, this is another highlight in the strong second year.moreless
  • Mattie's parents visit and Mattie discovers that her father is having an affair.

    10
    This is a very special episode where we meet Mattie's parents. The mother is played by Eva Marie Saint who has the same color hair Mattie has! Mattie is shattered when her mother tells her that her father is having an affair and David confirms it. She goes through the motions of having to tell her mom (who lets her know she isn't sure if she wants to really know) and how to talk to her father about it. Finally she just beats him with her purse. I won't say more about the ending.



    On the DVD, Glenn Gordon Caron and Cybill Shepard remember their work on the series and it gets a bit teary eyed. Cybill definitely apologizes for her disruption and tempertantrums on the show. She sounds very depressed and that makes this episode sadder. I guess that is how it feels when you have to ask for forgiveness and are truly sorry.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)

Rosanna Huffman

Rosanna Huffman

Unknown

Guest Star

Kate Murtagh

Kate Murtagh

Unknown

Guest Star

Dante D'Andre

Dante D'Andre

Unknown

Guest Star

Robert Webber

Robert Webber

Alexander Hayes

Recurring Role

Eva Marie Saint

Eva Marie Saint

Virginia Hayes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • NOTES (3)

    • Creator Glenn Gordon Caron and Cybill Shepherd provide DVD commentary for this episode.

    • The teaser features David and Maddie reading letters from fans wanting to know when they would finally kiss. (As it turned out, it would happen in the very next episode.)

    • Music: "Whistle While You Work"; David sings "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & the Drells, and hums "Sweet Georgia Brown"; "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by the Temptations

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title is a twist on the old expression, "Every father's daughter is a virgin," which itself refers to the way a father didn't like to think of his daughter growing up and having a private life.

      Here, the new name takes into account Maddie's sad discovery of her father's secrets, as well as her stubborn denial that her parents could be like anyone else-- they could have serious problems.

      She wanted to maintain her childhood impression of her parents as noble people with better behavior, not part of dreary reality.

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