Season 4 Episode 7

Father Knows Last

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 1987 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • In the scene where where Rita Corley strikes up a conversation with David and Mr. Hayes at the restaurant, a stalk of celery appears in David's Bloody Mary in a quick shot of him from behind.  It's gone once again in the very next shot.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.