Moonlighting

Season 4 Episode 7

Father Knows Last

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 1987 on ABC
9.0
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Father Knows Last
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Mr. Hayes visits Dave after his return to the agency to subtly hint that he should take some responsibility for Maddie's unborn child.

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  • Mr. Hayes receives an ear full when he comes to L.A. to talk to David about becoming a responsible father! David's speech to him MADE this episode! :D

    9.5
    Blue Moon is down and out! Literally, right out the door! Agnes is trying to stop people taking all their stuff away. Unable to keep paying the bills or the workers Blue Moon has finally lost it. Not even Bert can keep the workers since they're not even getting paid now. They want "no work and pay!" Finally, Mr. Addison arrives and Bert and Agnes are happy to see him! Not long afterward Mr. Hayes makes an appearance at the worse possible time to talk to David about what he's going to do about Maddie and the baby. Maddie had told her mother and her mother had told her father. Now Daddy wants to know David's side of the story or really what he thinks is David's side. I hate the fact that Maddie is saying she doesn't know who's baby it is! COME ON!!! She was with David a whole month after Sam. Another reason why Sam should have NEVER been introduced to this show! I hate Sam repercussions! Ugh! Even when he's not here he's still causing problems! AHH! Anyway, David had dinner with Daddy Hayes and of course that one night stand girl shows up to make matters worse. Daddy Hayes bad mouths David, saying "it's bad enough that David is the father of his daughter's baby." See, everyone KNOWS this is David's baby. Even Mama Hayes thinks so. lol! Finally, we get to be best part of the whole episode or maybe the whole season! David follows Daddy Hayes onto the plane booking a flight to Denver of course. Not going all the way to Chicago with Daddy which I think he should have! Never mind what Maddie thinks! Ugh! David makes Daddy Hayes listen to him and right here everything David's been through seems to be pouring out of him! I can't help but tear up every time I listen to him say this speech! THIS SPEECH is the exact and complete reason why we should have seen a wedding between these two! I also can't help but wish someone could show Maddie all the crap this man has done for her! Right then and there would be enough to show her this man is the man for her! At least it should! The show knows it's a show right! The character of Maddie Hayes should have watched ALL these episodes to see all of what David did for her!!! LOL! It could have happen! Seriously! Oh well, I'll say this. Bruce should have won many awards for this scene alone. We need a show stopping speech or performance out of Cybill now!moreless
  • One of the BEST episodes of season four....

    9.5
    While season four was by far the most frustrating in the series thanks to Cybill Shepherd's pregnancy(i.e. Maddie in Chicago, David in L.A. and shall the two EVER get together??), this is a stellar, stand-out episode in a sea of episodes that appeared to have been made simply to "stretch it out" until Shepherd's ability to return from maternity leave.



    Maddie's father (played eloquently by the uber-talented Robert Webber) comes to California to find out David's intentions with regards to Maddie's surprise pregnancy. After a series of conversations, none coming out quite as David would have liked, David rushes to the airport where Maddie's father is boarding a plane to return to Chicago. He buys a last-minute ticket, boards, waits anxiously in his seat as the plane takes off and the seatbelt signs goes off, and then stomps his way back to Maddie's father's seat.



    What follows is a speech the likes of which had never been uttered by David before about his love for Maddie, how it is HER who is holding up the works and preventing him from loving her and supporting her and how there was never a question in his mind about his feelings for her. No hint of sarcasm, no jokes, no holding back - he lays it on the line. All his feelings, pent up from season one to now, come pouring out.



    The line that tugs at your heartstrings and really hits home about David's feelings for Maddie:



    "Do I love her? Mr. Hayes, I would give up my life for her."



    A STAND OUT episode, and, for me, made me wish, at that moment, that I was Madeline Hayes. You wouldn't have been able to keep me away from David Addison.....



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  • Mr. Hayes arrives in Los Angeles to check up on the man in his daughter’s life. He is not amused.

    10
    David returns to Blue Moon following the insanity of his stint in jail. With no cases being solved, they couldn’t keep up with the bills, and the company’s creditors arrive to take matters into their own hands. Agnes and her fellow employees struggle bitterly to keep the claws off their dear workplace, and each other.



    Into this mess throw one angry father, Alexander Hayes, who comes to the city ostensibly on business but in reality to put his foot down and demand that David straighten up and fly right.



    Shocked by the disarray at the agency, then doubly infuriated by the brief reappearance of a woman with whom Dave had a recent misadventure, Mr. Hayes thinks Addison can’t get his act together, and casts deep aspersions on David’s nature and prospects for improvement. Very much wounded, David marshals all his pride and determines to make a last stand. He catches up to Maddie’s father just before the man is due to leave on a plane.



    In a stunning speech believed by many to be among his finest in the series, Addison thunders that he loves Maddie more than anything in this world, and that he has been fighting all along for the ability to be with her, only this time she wants out. He is still adamant to support the baby, and wants with all his heart to be back in Maddie’s life.



    It is a thrilling and noble moment for his character. He is not going to play the eternal bounder after all. All he wanted was a chance. Here, he earns it.



    This is another emotionally difficult episode that wins you over with excellent writing and acting. In a season fraught with challenging issues, this becomes one of the highlights.

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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)

R. H. Thomson

R. H. Thomson

Dr. Steve Hill

Guest Star

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Unknown

Guest Star

Willie Brown (II)

Willie Brown (II)

Unknown

Guest Star

Jack Blessing

Jack Blessing

MacGillicudy

Recurring Role

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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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • David tells Mr. Hayes that he asked Maddie to marry him and she turned him down. When exactly did this happen? It seems like this would have been an important enough event that it could have happened on-camera. In addition, in the previous episode, the inmates were all nagging David to propose to Maddie. Wouldn't he have tried to get them off his case by telling them that he had already proposed and been turned down, if this actually happened?

  • QUOTES (1)

    • David (walking through papers littering the office floor): Been a real barn-burner of a day here. Coming and going…mostly going… playing grab bag with the office furniture… You know, I'd understand how you might feel a little insecure.

      Agnes: Insecure?

      David: Well, you get used to things being on the up-and-up, all of a sudden they're—down and out… Can be a little unsettling.

      Agnes: Yeah. A little. (Crosses to her desk.)

      David: I mean some people, the nay-saying critics of our world, might say that we were washed up! Burned out! Freeze-dried. They might say that there was no way we could turn this around.

      Agnes (wistfully): They might…say that.

      David: Yes. They—they might say that, but not us. 'Cause they know! They know, we built this once, and we can build it again.

      Agnes: We did build it once.

      David: This is where you're supposed to go, 'Rah rah rah, sis-boom-bah, beep beep, oomgawa, David's got the power!' Tell me about the silver lining, look on the sunny side. We can turn this around, you know.

      Agnes: Even Camelot didn't last forever. It was only 181 minutes. (Goes to a chair near the desk.)

      David: Et tu, Dipesto?

      Agnes: Et me, Dipesto? (Turns around on the chair.)

      David: Come on, what, the girl with the rose-colored gray matter doesn't believe I can get us back in the ballgame? What are we talking about here, a file cabinet here, a worker bee over there, another dumb blonde in the office?

      (Agnes is immediately furious and jumps out of the chair. She slaps David repeatedly on the shoulders, forcing him to back up across the office.)

      Agnes (yelling): Don't do that! Don't you dare talk about Ms. Hayes like that! She wouldn't let this happen! Oh—I used to think you were the greatest boss in the world, but for weeks now you've been letting yourself go to hell, and you've been taking all the rest of us with you! So if you think I'm going to stand here and make you feel better about ruining everything we had—you're wrong! You did this to Blue Moon! (Storms to the office door and leaves.)

  • NOTES (2)

    • At the 1988 Grammys, the theme song was nominated for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television Show.

    • At the 1988 Golden Globes, the series was nominated for Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical. Cybill Shepherd was nominated for Best Performance by an Actres in a TV Series, Comedy/Musical; Bruce Willis for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Comedy/Musical; and Allyce Beasley for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title is a play on words, from the title of the 1950s television show Father Knows Best. It is also a sly reference to the tension between the two 'fathers' in question: David, who does not know whether he is the father of Maddie's child; and Alexander Hayes, Maddie's father, who shows up to see if David can be trusted with a new and mature role.

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