Season 3 Episode 2

The Man Who Cried Wife

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 1986 on ABC

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  • Another great episode but...

    Basically, Maddie and David try to prove whether or not a man killed his wife and how that said wife is calling him from beyond the grave. Maddie hits David pretty hard in one of their fights this time (poor David). Feelings are bruised until Maddie starts to except that being spontaneous may not always be a bad thing. The subject of being spontaneous is begun by one of the Blue Moon staff getting married to a woman he just met three days prior. Maddie originally is against the idea of someone doing that. By the end of the episode she sort of excepts the idea because David teaches her that lesson. Sadly, this lesson she's learned from David will jump up and bite his butt later in the series because (SPOILER!) Maddie does the very same thing of marrying a man she only met three days ago. Sometimes David should keep his mouth shut. Well, in this case anyway. :(
  • Ever try to bury someone, only they keep coming back to haunt you? That just ruins my day…

    James Bower had an argument with his wife and she disappeared.

    At least, that’s what he tells our Blue Moon detectives.

    We know he struck her in a jealous rage after she met her secret lover. Contrary to what he tells the sleuths, Bower in reality thinks his wife is dead and buried.

    Then she starts calling him.

    The frightened man brings his cleaned-up story of events to the agency, and requests that they find his wife and ask her to contact him. Maddie, repulsed by the man’s character, wants to turn down the case. David, while not too thrilled with him either, says they can’t turn him down just because he’s distasteful, and in any event all they really have to do is track the woman down so she’ll call her husband.

    They head to the client’s vacation cabin, where they meet Jason, Mrs. Bower’s boyfriend. He tells them he heard an argument in which James struck his wife.

    They meet with Bower again, and he admits he lied to them, on the grounds that if he’d told the truth, they would never have taken the case.

    On the man’s guess about the agency, he’s right when it comes to Maddie. Now she’s really about had it.

    Maddie insists David is not allowed to finish working on the case. Addison refuses to get back in the car.

    A disappointed Maddie returns to Blue Moon and winds up staying extra late. In a stunning visual, the camera pans down the hall twice, once from the corner where she’s waiting, to a door at the end of the hall, then back again. The first shot is from Maddie’s point of view, if she were walking to meet David. The second is the way he’d be taking if he were on his way in.

    He is not.

    Maddie just stands there. She is staggeringly alone. This is a very powerful symbol of how she feels about David, how much she wishes he were here, but there is no one around to say it to.

    Much, much later, Addison finally returns. Maddie is not amused. She tears into him for defying instructions.

    He says that he went back to see Mr. Bower and they got a call from the “late” wife. Maddie insists that’s not possible. A huge shouting match erupts.

    “I want nothing to do with a man who would strike his wife,” Maddie snaps. She runs back to her office and tries to pack up to leave. David follows, insisting the assault was a crime of passion, and the state board may have a problem with their detective licenses if they back out of a case.

    Maddie still isn’t buying it. She swings her briefcase at him—-misses—-and repeats her stand.

    David fires back, “You really are lucky you’re so good-looking…because you really are a hell of a lot of work.”

    “What does that mean?”

    “You’re lucky the package is so attractive, because otherwise, nobody else would put up with all the crap that’s inside.”

    Maddie hauls back and hits him.

    She is instantly shocked and apologetic. David is stunned. He retorts, “But I know you, Maddie Hayes, and you don’t believe in spontaneity—and you damn sure don’t know anything about passion.”

    Maddie feels like a huge hypocrite, and David seems surprised that she could actually do it. He’s not so keen to forgive that type of ‘spontaneous’ reaction now, is he?

    David walks out. He goes to Bower’s house again.

    Maddie decides to show up too.

    Although David clearly does not like the idea, there is nothing he can do about it. They stay to wait for the next call ‘from beyond.’ When it comes in, David works on the phone tap, and soon they’re out on the trail again.

    The woman’s car is at a dodgy building. As soon as they knock on the door, she’s gone.

    Time to play follow that car. Only it’s the special disappearing model: it bursts into flames after pelting around a curve in the road.

    Nothing for it, then. Eventually the gumshoes head back to work.

    Bower has paid them, and quite generously. David’s very happy, and Maddie is at least a bit mollified as well. Then James Bower comes in.

    He says he has just been to the funeral. His own new version of events casts him in an entirely different light. What he says is so bizarre, even they don’t want to believe it.

    Back they go to the Bower house, where the wake is in progress.

    There is another woman in the mess, but it’s not the late wife. In fact, that other someone is very much alive, and as much on the hot seat as James.

    It isn’t long before the truth comes out. The police arrive.

    Our detectives finally get back to work. The standoff has lifted, and it’s back to a much better atmosphere again. Still waters run deep, though: in an instant that neither will explain to the other, each pauses to dream of the same way to put their more significant feelings into action.

    And then it’s on to their offices, with no one the wiser. Yet the truth is still there, even if they are both as yet afraid to tell it.

    “The secret sits in the middle, and knows.”