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Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot (1)

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 1985 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Pilot (1)
After an embezzling accountant leaves her penniless, ex-model Maddie Hayes decides to sell the few failing businesses she still owns, among them a detective agency. But private eye David Addison wants to keep his job, so he persuades a reluctant Maddie to form a partnership. Their first case gives them little to go on: Maddie gets a broken watch from a dying man.moreless

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  • It was great then It's still great now.

    My wife got this for me at a yard sale last year and I just got around to watching it today. I loved this show 20 years ago and after watching the pilot again I remember what I loved about it back then. It was a flirty and funny show that the audience could tell was as fun to make (at least in the beginning) as it was to watch. Maddie Hayes is a former model who discovers that her accountant has embezzled everything she has. The only thing she has left are several companies she uses as a write off including the City of Angels dective agency headed by David Addison. When Maddie announces that she is selling the detective agency David hounds her to relent until a man who was stabbed falls into Maddie's arms dead. So begins their first adventure. The chemistry is there particularly when David convinces her to solve the murder. The audience gets its first taste of what is yet to come.moreless
  • Former fashion model Maddie Hayes awakes to finds her house staff quitting,her checks bouncing,and one of the only assets she has left since her accountant ran off with all her money is a struggling detective agency run by the chauvanistic David Addison.moreless

    This is where it all began, folks.Maddie Hayes(Cybill Shepherd), distraught at finding out her no-good accountant has left the country with all her money, looks to one of the few assets she has left-the City of Angels Detective Agency.Unfortunately it's being run by a smug, sexist womaniser named David Addison(Bruce Willis). After being told by Maddie that she is going to close the agency, David does his best to try to keep it open. Fortunately, fate intervenes,and a case involving a mysterious watch and the interested parties trying to get a hold of it gets literally put in their hands at a swanky restaurant. If you're a fan of intelligent, fast dialogue, and sexual tension up the Yin Yang, this show is for you. It's a comedy of manners-Shepherd's elegant but feisty debutante versus the working-class swine-isms of Willis. It's a heady cocktail, and well worth a repeat viewing just to get all the jokes. Creator Glenn Gordon Caron has never bettered this wonderful battle of the sexes-and this was only the first part!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)

Michael Valetti

Michael Valetti

Maitre D'

Guest Star

Tricia Tomicic

Tricia Tomicic


Guest Star

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Allistair (a.k.a. Simon's Man)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Miss Dipesto: City of Angels Investigations,
      Lost or stolen property, our specialty.
      You dropped it, we'll spot it.
      He cheats, we'll peek.
      Little one gone, we'll find him before dawn.
      No job is too big, no job is too small.
      We're here to please one and all.
      We're licensed by the state of California
      and happily accept all major credit cards.
      How can I help you?

    • Maddie: I don't like being poor! Poor doesn't become me!

    • David: You're not going anywhere, period, until I untie you, and I am not going to do that until I am sure you are calm and that you understand the situation. Now. Are you calm?
      Maddie: I'm calm.
      David: You don't look very calm.
      Maddie: I'm calm and I understand.
      David: The muscles in your face look tight.
      Maddie: I'm calm.
      David: You look like you have a charley-horse in your cheek.
      Maddie: I'm caallllllmmm!

    • Maddie: Mr. Addison, don't think me rude, but I've had a hard day. I woke up this morning to find that all of my money had been stolen from me. I went to visit a business I own, and was called a bitch by someone I've never met before. I went out to dinner and got to watch a man die at my feet. Then I was driven downtown to be questioned by the police. I've had television cameras, microphones, not to mention the likes of you poked in my face. So please forgive me, but I'd like to go into my own house, alone, and take about forty-five sleeping pills. I hope you understand. It's nothing personal. I just hate you.

    • David: The plot thinnens!

    • Maddie (to David): Sissy fighter!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Creator Glenn Gordon Caron, Director Robert Butler, Producer Jay Daniel and Editor Artie Mandleberg provide commentary for both parts of the pilot in the recent season 1 release on DVD of the first 2 seasons.

      Glenn Gordon Caron and Bruce Willis provided commentary for both parts of the pilot on a previous 2000 release of just the pilot episode, only in Region 1