Season 2 Episode 13

In God We Strongly Suspect

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1986 on ABC
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In God We Strongly Suspect
Dave and Maddie agree to "corpse-sit" for an escape artist's widow, who believes her dead husband's threats to come back and get even with her.

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  • Maddie and David get an easy assignment for an easy 2K - watch a dead man's casket (magician) and make sure he makes it to the creamatorium the next day, per the former wife's request.moreless

    The two sleuths cannot even handle a simple security watch job! The body disappears right under their adorable snoozing noses and the real investigation as to WHERE he is, HOW did he do it and WHO helped him pull off the biggest magic trick ever pushes Maddie and David to question the laws of magic and their own beliefs in the unknown. This is my favorite episode thus far (I'm watching season 1-3 DVDs) because we get to really see David's love for Maddie and Maddie's willingness to consider David's ideas.moreless
  • “I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday…” Our heroes keep watch over the body of a recently deceased illusionist and bicker over whether the Man Upstairs is really Upstairs at all.moreless

    It’s Maddie’s birthday, only she is not very surprised by the surprise party at the office. A puzzled David kids her about it. Safe to say Ms. Hayes’ mood is not improved by the arrival of the client, Carolyn Kandinski. Her husband was a magician who died during a stage show. While among the living, he once told her he’d come back and get revenge for her infidelity. So the widow Carolyn asks our detectives to do one thing: hang out at the morgue and make sure he doesn’t keep his promise.

    The detectives spend a creepy night fulfilling this mission. Maddie still refuses to cheer up, even rejecting David’s offers of cake and jokes—although she does commandeer a shoulder to lean on while she sleeps the time until her turn to watch.

    There’s only one problem. David sleeps through his schedule too.

    They wake up and the body is nowhere to be seen.

    Panicked, they confront the client, and then talk to some doctors at the morgue. It turns out that the client has become one of the bodies in storage.

    The gumshoes head back to the office for the key argument. David, who thinks the dead magician may have had something to with this, admits that some things are hard to explain. “Take God, for instance. You believe in him. Everybody believes in him, right?”

    Maddie just smiles.

    David is, to say the least, thunderstruck.

    The dispute continues back and forth until Maddie decides to meet the owner of a magic shop. He jests with her about how safe it is to believe something just because “you saw it with your own eyes.”

    The coroner says Carolyn’s death will be looked into as a murder. There is one more mystery to be unearthed before the resolution. Turns out the good doctor had an interest in the deceptive abilities of Mr. Kandinski beyond learning how you do the rabbit-in-the-hat gambit…

    As usual, the fight between our two leads turns bitter before it simmers down to bemused opposition.

    Maybe we all do feel better in the dark.

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)

K Callan

K Callan

Caroline Kandinsky

Guest Star

Hettie Lynne Hurtes

Hettie Lynne Hurtes


Guest Star

David Ellzey

David Ellzey

Medical Examiner #2

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is the only show in which the birthday celebration for a main character actually takes place during the episode. David's birthday is mentioned twice-- different dates, too: March 23, 1956 is what he says in the second season, but November 27th ("same day as Jimi Hendrix") according to the fifth. The discrepancy may be due to the changes in the show's writing staff which took place over the last two seasons.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (After Maddie follows a string of objects to his office)

      David: And they say nothing works like bread crumbs!

    • (In Maddie's office. David wonders if Maddie ever had some issue which made her 'get mad at God.')

      Maddie (angrily): What difference does it make?

      David: All the difference in the world!

      Maddie: Not to me it doesn't.

      David: What about me? I didn't sleep a wink last night! Spent the whole night just tossing and turning, thinking about your soul.

      Maddie: My soul?

      (They walk to the front door of the main office. Agnes tries to get their attention. Maddie opens the door, and David pulls it shut, several times)

      David: I don't get it.

      Maddie: Keep this up and I'll give it to you!

      David: I mean if anybody ever had a reason not only to believe, but to be thankful-- he's given you brains, he's given you beauty, he's given you me!

      Maddie: Addison, let me out of this door!

      (David lets go, and Maddie goes flying backward, feet apart)

      David: See what happens when you tick off the big guy? Although this is a rather interesting position...

      Maddie: Keep your hands off me.

      David: Be careful what you wish for. Might come true.

    • (At Abbie Cadabra's magic shop; Maddie asks for help understanding how the crime could have been carried out)

      Maddie: There's no such thing as magic.

      Abbie Cadabra: But sometimes, miss, explanations are hard to find.

      Maddie: You mean, explanations that you or I can figure out.

      Abbie Cadabra: That anybody can figure out... I don't think there's a magician alive who won't admit there's one trick he doesn't understand. That's why they call it magic.

    • (At Maddie's office. The detectives continue to argue the case, and the larger issue of belief in the supernatural)

      David: Please tell me why you will not accept the fact that there are things that happen that no one can understand?

      Maddie: Because that's not how life works.

      David: Oh forgive me, you know how life works?

      Maddie: I know how I think life works, yes, and behind every unexplained phenomenon, there usually is a perfectly logical explanation.

      David: There simply are things that defy explanation. God, there's--well, there you go, there's a good answer. God defies explanation. You believe in him, everybody believes in him...

      (Pause. Maddie says nothing. David is very surprised.)

      David: Hello?...Don't tell me.

      Maddie: Then don't ask me.

      David: You don't?

      Maddie: I warned you. (laughs a little)

      David: How can you not?

      Maddie: I don't think we want to have this discussion.

      David (pauses, smiles): Oh. I get it. This is just something you say to people. Deep down, I mean deep down--

      (Maddie winces, and gives him an uncomfortable look)

      David: I don't believe it! You!

      Maddie: What do you want me to say? I don't believe in--

      David: Don't say that. Don't even think it. He might hear you!

      (David clamps a hand on her mouth, then lets go)

      David: All right, all right, but what if you're wrong? Cover yourself. What's it going to hurt?

      Maddie: I don't need to cover myself.

      (David walks around in a circle and puts a hand on his heart)

      David: How? How did this happen?

      Maddie: How did what happen?

    • David: You don't believe things can happen in this life that are beyond explanation?

      Maddie: Yeah, you and me working together. Name another one.

    • (As they drive around, in another long day looking for the body of Mr. Kandinski)

      David: We've been wearing the same clothes for two days.

      Maddie: Odds are, we smell better than he does.

    • (On their way to the client's house--Maddie thinks they should admit they had a spot of trouble watching the body)

      Maddie: David, we're telling the truth.

      David: Hey, it's your franchise, I just work behind the counter.

    • (In the room with the coffin, as the detectives settle in for the night watch)

      Maddie: Shut up.

      David (stunned): Shut up?!

      Maddie: Turn out the lights, relight the candles, and come sit next to me so I have something to lean on.

      David: Whatever you say, boss.

      Maddie: And wipe that stupid grin off your face.

      David: This happens to be the smartest grin I own.

      (She leans on him)

      David: Happy birthday, Maddie.

      Maddie: Yeah, yeah, yeah...

    • (By the coffin--as the detectives prepare to spend the night guarding the body in the morgue)

      David: We've got a long night ahead of us--no chaperones!...

      Maddie: I wonder if there's room for two bodies in there.

    • David (kidding with Maddie about whether to accept the case):Are you saying we can't take it? I don't know, that's what you always do.

    • (After Maddie makes it clear she is not that enthusiastic about her birthday)

      Maddie: Thanks for thinking of me.

      David: But please, don't do it again?

    • David: You find out somebody dead is looking for you, you become the dead.

    • Maddie: I don't have a disease, I have a difference of opinion!

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the teaser, David and Maddie claim that this episode was supposed to be in 3-D, and blame the U.S. Postal Service for failing to get the glasses to viewers on time. A 3-D episode was actually discussed for years--and was supposedly going to air during the fifth season--but like many things on this show, it never happened.

    • Music: David sings "Birthday" by the Beatles and "Dem Bones."