Moonlighting

Season 2 Episode 8

Portrait of Maddie

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 26, 1985 on ABC

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  • Allusions

    • 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.

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