Season 2 Episode 8

Portrait of Maddie

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 26, 1985 on ABC
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Portrait of Maddie
Maddie becomes obsessed by the portrait done of her by an artist she never knew and who killed himself upon completing it.

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  • An artist dies after painting a portrait of Maddie. The police want to know if Maddie's involved. Maddie doesn't know him but buys his last piece of work to get to know him better. Of course, this painting creates a new case for our favorite BlueMoon duo.moreless

    Great episode using an imaginative-theoried cop "Sorry, I get ahead of myself, I was a creative writing major in college". I really liked this episode because it showed the sleuthing smarts of Maddie. She unearths the mirror clue and again knows how to physically save David's behind when the "fight" scene with the bad guys bring the story to an end. The car mechanic's golly-by-golly-you-can't-do-that was a little ridiculous but this was a fun one and I enjoyed it all.moreless
  • They say art is long, life is short. If you're an artist, sometimes life is really, really short.

    Blue Moon is in the black at last. After many months of struggle to get out of a financial rut, there's finally some positive news with the bottom line.

    Before there's a chance to celebrate, Maddie gets a call from the police. They want to talk to her about a painting. It's one with a particularly fascinating subject.


    Philip Wright, the painter who did the work named 'Charles' Treasure,' shot himself in front of a wall of photos from the woman's modeling days. How is it, the police want to know, that the artist could be so interested in his subject without her knowing about it? Does Maddie get some kind of sick thrill out of thinking someone else may actually be that devoted to her?

    Like any good detective, Maddie tries to get her hands on the evidence. She puts down the profits on the work.

    And once David gets wind of this, if Maddie thinks she'll hear the end of it, she's got another think coming.

    Also with a vested interest is their next client, Philip's brother Charles. Hayes takes him to see the picture, in the hope he'll get comfort from it, and maybe let her in on what else was afoot.

    There is, indeed, more to the portrait than meets the eye. Philip and Charles weren't getting along toward the end of the former's life. Touched by the man's emotional story of an ill-fated trip to Paris, Maddie gives the painting to Charles. That is far from the last she'll see of it. Sadly, it is the last she'll see of Charles.

    The bad luck surrounding this one picture frame just won't go away.

    Charles' intentions weren't entirely honorable. That's a running theme with many people interested in this painting. Yet another patron of the arts shows up--a frustrated curator, wielding a pistol--eager to find out just how many museum pieces Maddie may have installed in her home. And if not there, where?...Off to the dead man's loft.

    A different painting, a Dutch classic, is at the root of the gunman's quest, and a bill for its storage lurks somewhere nearby. Once he finds it, the criminal tears off, leaving our detectives in a very bad spot. They had better free themselves, and soon.

    Turns out Philip wasn't interested in depicting Ms. Hayes just because he liked her. The direction of her gaze led to the mysterious hideout of 'The Duchess.' It becomes a race to see who can scoop the precious target first.

    Or would that be, last?

    The law was also on the trail of the hot item. The cop takes a unique exception to normal procedure here, and decides to help himself to the results. Not so happy about this turn of events is the owner of the auto paint shop behind them.

    This leads to a dangerous duke-out that brings new meaning to the term secondary coat.

    For Blue Moon, justice always wins the day. It's just sometimes, it's a real higgledy-piggledy mess when it does.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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Wardrobe goof: When Maddie, David and the killer are in the loft, you can see that Maddie has on beige low heeled shoes. When she and David are told to stand back, you can see her Nikes.

    • Watch closely after the scene in the garage, when the cop fires at the car window. There is a quick view of the people inside, ducking, as the bullet just misses them.

      The next shot of the front of the car shows that right where the bullet would have hit, near the top corner of the driver's side, is a perfectly circular hole about the size of a plant holder. It's the strangest reaction to a bullet this side of the Warren Commission.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • David: Did I say something wrong?
      Maddie: Do you ever say anything right?

    • Maddie: Two-thousand and thirty-five dollars and seventy-six cents, in the black!
      : Gosh sis, does that mean we can save the farm and get mom the heart operation she needs? (Maddie stares) It's okay if we only save the farm.

    • Maddie (as David hugs her, a little too closely): Get your hand off my behind!

      David: Is that your behind--is that my hand?

    • Maddie: Well, you told me I had one call--this is who I called.

    • David: Has it ever occurred to you that the reason this town is crawling with so many crooks is that you never let 'em leave town?...That's it. I've said my peace.

    • David: Excuse me, but it's 2:30 in the morning, and I'd like to know why my colleague is being held, and why it isn't by me!

    • David:(bursting the door open): Let's just hold it right there, shall we? My client isn't answering any more of your questions.
      Cop: You can't just burst in here like that.
      David: Oh no? Tell that to the writers.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Maddie: Do you know what this means? We're ahead!

      David: You're kidding! The two of us, together? Like Ray Milland and Rosey Grier in that awful movie ...

      This is an allusion to the 1972 horror movie, The Thing With Two Heads.

    • The title is an allusion to two novels: The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.

      The former is a story of a strong-willed woman who insists on making her own choices in matters including courtship, preferring a genteel but hard-hearted man over two successive men her family views as more suitable.

      The latter is about a man who wishes for a perpetually youthful appearance -- only to see that the painting of himself he keeps in the attic continues to age. It is a constant rebuke for his vanity and a reminder that he will not be able to live forever and escape fate anyway.