Season 1 Episode 5

The Next Murder You Hear

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 1985 on ABC
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The Next Murder You Hear
Maddie becomes infatuated with a radio talk-show host who has apparently been murdered while he was on the air.

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  • The Next Murder You Hear is yet another very funny episode!

    In the beginning, Maddie is desperate for a case. David tries to talk her out of that while taking up a yellow flower, smelling it, and then uses it to illustrate a gun. I thought that was funny, reflects on the relationship, haha.. it can be both beautiful like a flower and hurtful like a gun. Later David gives the flower to Maddie. :) This is also the episode where "great-great" and "whatever curdles your cream" was said and who doesn't love those expressions? "Come here, come sit by me", also sweet. SHe cant resist and they get stuck in the bed. Oopsie.

    "My name is Agnes, but my friends call me Ms Dipesto." When Agnes comes back to D/M stuck in the bed they yell "Ms Dipesto!" and she thinks it's her grandma.. Even her grandma called her Ms Dipesto! When she acts like that I forget that she isn't the reason I'm watching this. Ms Dipesto is an amazing character and that she adds a lot to the show is clear here.moreless
  • "Radio, life's transmission..." The detectives appoint themselves to solve the murder of a controversial man of the airwaves.

    Late-night radio host Paul McCain is known for his blood-curdling stories, his cynical but sporting outlook on love and his way of offering something for every type of listener. Lonely, funny, angry, just looking for answers, give him a try and you’ll be hooked.

    Some of those tuned in will not be so friendly.

    One listener sees fit to cut him down in a hail of gunfire.

    David Addison picks up a newspaper and is enraptured by the case.

    Fellow sleuth Maddie Hayes is not, and she has her reasons. For one, nobody’s paying them to track down the killer. For another, she finds the late talker to be beneath repute.

    David wins her over, however, and they set out to piece together the victim’s past, his lover’s future and the turmoil at the station.

    Hayes falls in love with a memory, listening to tapes of McCain’s show. Addison becomes deeply jealous and angry, for the first but certainly not last time, and in what will turn into a sadly common response, tries to drink away the pain.

    The solution to the case takes them through uncanny plot twists and another look at the best and worst of human nature. For once, it’s Maddie who gives in to her imagination and David who must play the stoic realist. In the end, they will have more paying clients—as well as more danger—than they know what to do with. And they will wonder, is love worth dying for?

    A tense and heart-wrenching episode that well explores one of the central ideas of the series—the real hearts and minds of its characters.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)

    • Goof: While Maddie is driving the car, her earrings are changing sides. First the golden stripe is on the outside, then on the inside and then back on the outside again.

    • This is the only episode in which Maddie is seen with pets, namely fish. She feeds them before turning in for the night.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (At the radio station-- the detectives survey the nasty crime scene)

      Maddie: David, David, David, all this blood and violence!

      David: I know, I get giddy just thinking about it!

    • (Maddie decides to accept the case, and tells secretary Agnes to adjust the schedule; only, she may have had help...)

      Maddie: Cancel Dr. Fishbein.

      Agnes: Already did.

      Maddie (looks skeptical): Already did?

      David: Is she great or what?

    • (Early on, the detectives debate whether to take the case)

      David: Fate is knocking!

      Maddie: I don't hear a thing!

    • David (to Maddie): A murder is a murder is a murder!

    • (Back at the office, after the case wraps up)

      Maddie: Poor Laura Boyd. I wonder what it's like being a woman men die for.

      David: Ah, it's not all it's cracked up to be. Dates keep getting sick, kicking off, not showing up... Want to do something tonight? Get something to eat or something, maybe?

      Maddie: Addison, we've been over this before. You know I have to be at home, in bed, alone, by 9:30.

      David: Come on, it's not a school night! There's all kinds of great things going on out there. Can't you hear them? Boink, boink, boink, boink...

    • (At the radio station, in a hallway. Sonny has a gun and opens fire as the detectives run. They hide in the doorway to a side room. David listens for what should be the end of the ammo.)

      David: Six bullets!

      (He ducks out, then right back in as more shots ring out)

      David: Man carries extra bullets. I hate that!

    • (In Maddie's office; David goads her about being so desperate she's pining for McCain)

      David: We can't very well have you out there on the streets of Los Angeles, filled with all these primal urges, embarrassing yourself and the agency, now can we?

      Maddie: Stop, while there's still time.

      David: I will be more than happy to accommodate any urges, passions or desires you may be filled with and find yourself unable to relieve. (He stares) You understand the offer I'm making you here?

    • (The day after the binge, David somehow winds up in Maddie's office. She walks in to find him suspended from the back of the door.)

      Maddie: What are you doing here? Why are you hanging on my door?

      David: Cab driver kept trying to put me on a chair, and I kept sliding out!

      Maddie: David, David, look awful! (Helps remove him from door)

      David: Don't you 'David, David, David' me, you wanton woman!... That's what I called you, because that's what you are. A wanton woman, a woman who's wantin'! Don't deny it, I know what I'm talking about—I called your house every fifteen minutes last night!

      Maddie: You did? That's so sweet!

      David: Get your hands off me, you scarlet pimpernel!

    • (In a bar. Maddie has gone to search the McCain apartment, and David decides to drink away his troubles. He tries to get Maddie on the phone. The machine picks up.)

      David: Can you believe she's still not home?

      Bartender: Speaking of home!

      (David goes back to the bar)

      David: She thinks I'm weird. Kinky, unfeeling. I'm not, you know.

      (Time passes; after a couple jokes and a lot more drinks, David returns to the heart of the problem)

      David: You know what I think? I think she's hung up on this other guy. Not that I care, I don't care! I'm just hurt, that's all. I mean, I think if she's gonna go for somebody, she should go for me! That's all. Not that she has to go for me. I mean, I don't—really care about anything, I don't—okay, all right, all right, I'm insecure! I admit it, it's out, all right, okay? It's normal, right? Did I happen to mention this other guy is dead?...Sure has calmed down here. (Looks around; notices the room is empty) Oh, I guess I've had my limit. You and me have to get together and do this again sometime, Stinky, we think alike! (He falls off the chair, to floor) Hey, Stinky, you missed a spot over here.

    • David: These things concern me, Maddie. I am not jealous of a dead man!... Hey, lady, look! For me to be jealous of him, he'd have to have something that I want. Which he doesn't.

      (Maddie frowns and looks very sour)

      David: Look, if I said something to upset you--

      Maddie: You couldn't.

    • (As the detectives head out after talking to Laura)

      Maddie: Why is it that the people who have someone always want someone else, and the people who have no one always get left?

      David: Come again?

      Maddie: Never mind. I was just thinking out loud.

      David: No, don't 'never mind' me, I want to understand this! You're hung up on Paul McCain, aren't you?

    • (Paul's former girlfriend responds when Maddie asks what he was really like)

      Laura Boyd: Paul wasn't rich, so I had Arthur. Arthur wasn't rich, so I had Paul... He was a wonderful man, a terrific man—I loved him very much. But the truth, he wasn't quite as good to be with as he was to listen to. He was just wonderful on the radio. Is that a terrible thing to say?

    • (In Maddie's office)

      Maddie: Did you come in here to tell me something?

      David: Me?... No. Nothing on my mind except you…and this luxuriously thick head of hair.

    • (After Maddie shoves David out of the car and onto the street)

      David: Was it something I said?

    • Paul McCain: I'm 34 years old, halfway home, and all I have to show for my life is, well, not much.

    • David: You're stiff and tense.

      Maddie: Not with any other person. Just with you.

      David: I make you stiff and tense because I'm the only person in your life! I'll bet you're in bed, alone, by yourself, alone, every night by 9:30!

      Maddie: Hah! There are plenty of people in my life. Plenty!

      David: Name one. You can't. Because there is none!

    • David: Now that is what I call a case! Sex, violence, hit tunes--if we crack this thing, they'll make a movie about it! Mel Gibson will play my life! I'll go on TV! I'll talk to David Hartman, Barbara Walters! Women from all over the country will send me letters, make lewd suggestions--is this a wild country or what?

    • David: You're weird.
      Maddie: This is very meaningful...Humpty Dumpty is calling me cracked.
      David: No, no, no, no...You're repressed or obsessed or one of those 'essed' words. Everytime something comes up that involves men or sex or...
      Maddie: Boinking? Is that the word you're looking for?
      David: See what I mean? That's not normal.
      Maddie: I'm suppossed to sit here and discuss my mental health with a man who refers to the act of human procreation as boinking?

  • NOTES (2)


    • David (to Sonny): Alll right! Is the kid a natural-born salesman or what?

      Maddie: Relax, Willy Loman!

      Willy Loman was the doomed protagonist of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman. He comes to believe his life is meaningless, and commits suicide.