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SEASON THREE

THE SON ALSO RISES

Blue Moon has been on a two-week break for the holidays and everyone has returned refreshed and ready for work. David arrives still in holiday mode, in his Mexican attire wearing a sombrero, and immediately gets the wobblies in a festive mood by singing La Bamba. 

David’s father “David Addison Sr.”(played by Paul Sorvino) arrives in town to tell his son that he is getting married and he would like David to be his Best Man.  David is very happy for him until he finds out that he knows his father’s bride-to-be. David had a one-night stand with this woman four years ago and goes all out to avoid meeting her. This causes friction between father and son so David Sr asks Richie to be the Best Man instead. David breaks up the ceremony to speak to Stephanie, the bride-to-be in private. 

During this conversation, David is surprised to learn that after all this, she does not remember him at all.


THE MAN WHO CRIED WIFE

A man kills his wife during an argument. He buries her near their log cabin in the woods. But the day after she began harassing him with threatening phone calls. He goes back to the woods to check on the body but it’s gone. So he decides to approach Blue Moon to help him find her. However, he doesn’t tell Maddie and David that he killed her (or thought he killed her) during an argument.

After an argument about whether or not to deal with a man who would strike his wife, Maddie and David trace the woman, but during a car chase she seemingly drives over a cliff and dies again. 

This is the first episode in which the new character MacGillicuddy (played by Jack Blessing) appears


SYMPHONY IN KNOCKED FLAT

Following an argument about their respective expectations of what a date should be, David challenges Maddie to provide him with a “fun” evening out, and he is to show her a “fine” evening out. He decides he’s going to take her to the theater. He drives all around town to buy tickets but finds that they are all sold out. 

He thinks his luck has changed when a scalper approaches him with two tickets to the symphony.  Unfortunately for David, these tickets were robbed from a man who was involved in an assassination plot. And unbeknownst to David, the tickets are not together.

Maddie and David discover that there is an assassination plot that in a few hours will cause an international incident.

The episode culminates with David being forced to take the place of one of the participants in a boxing match promoted by Don King, who makes a guest appearance.

This episode is yet another example of Moonlighting “breaking the fourth wall” as the cold-open includes The Temptations singing their hit song, “Psychedelic Shack”, as well as David talking Maddie into doing the same thing.


YOURS, VERY DEADLY

A married woman approaches Blue Moon to help find a man that she has been corresponding with. She says he is her secret admirer. She wants Maddie and David to contact this man and inform him that the letter-writing must now stop.

While Maddie and David are investigating the case, both the woman and the secret admirer die. The woman is murdered and the admirer jumps out of the window of his apartment. However, Maddie and David believe they died under mysterious circumstances.

This episode introduces a new character to the Moonlighting Team, Herbert Viola played by Curtis Armstrong (uncredited in this episode) who will become a love interest for Miss DiPesto, played by Allyce Beasley.


ALL CREATURES GREAT AND… NOT SO GREAT

A Catholic Priest becomes infatuated with a woman who comes to confession on a regular basis. In her last confession, she informs the Priest that she thinks she wants to die. She leaves the confessional and he is unable to catch up with her only seeing the taxi cab drive away.

He decides to hire Blue Moon to find this woman even though he doesn’t know her name or what she even looks like.

During their investigation, Maddie and David find the woman but are surprised to find that on the surface she seems to be happily married, which totally contradicts what the Priest said. They are now in a dilemma on whether to tell the Priest that she is married.

When the woman apparently commits suicide, Maddie solves the crime when she realizes that the woman couldn’t have killed herself due to the length of the gun.  So as always, Maddie and David are on the case to find the killer.


BIG MAN ON MULBERRY STREET

Maddie is furious when David shows up late, hung over, and without the picture, they promised the client in hand. Back at Blue Moon the two fight about Maddie not being able to depend on David.

Later, David informs Maddie that he has to leave town for a few days for a funeral, and drops a bomb on her – he’s been married before. Maddie is shocked by the news David told her before he left and Maddie has a dream depicting how she thinks the events in David’s past life unfolded.

This is one of Moonlighting’s most iconic episodes that includes a lengthy dance number set to Billy Joel’s song “Big Man on Mulberry Street.” The dance sequence depicts Maddie’s dream about the relationship between David and his ex-wife, however, she does include herself in it too. The dance number includes the talents of accomplished dancer, Sandahl Bergman with choreography by Jacqui and Bill Landrum.


ATOMIC SHAKESPEARE

At the beginning of this episode, a teenage “Moonlighting”’ fan is forced by his mother to do his homework rather than watch the show. His homework is to read William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

As he is reading the book, the show transforms back in time to a day in Padua, Italy, in 1593. The main characters of “Moonlighting”’ enact the remainder of the show with their version of William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew”’ in period costume and setting.

Katherina’s father is in search of a suitor for his feisty daughter. Along the way, there are many in-jokes that refer to the real show, such as when Petruchio, played by David Addison, arrives in town on horseback with a BMW logo clearly visible on the saddle.

Eventually, Petruchio forcibly marries Katherina while she is tied up in a church, after which he sings a rockin’ version of “Good Lovin’.” He marries her for her dowry. But Katherina’s father’s terms of the marriage are that Petruchio must tame his bride into a dutiful and well-trained wife.

The couple fight, slam doors, and provide us with the usual fast-paced dialogue, but finally fall in love. Petruchio tames Katherina, but Katherina also tames Petruchio, as shown in a final touching scene in the town square.


IT’S A WONDERFUL JOB – PART ONE

This classic episode, very popular with Moonlighting fans, is an homage to the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, made in 1946 and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. In the movie, an angel is sent down from heaven to show a frustrated businessman what life would have been like if he never existed.

Maddie is forced to make her employees work over Christmas due to one of their client’s court cases being moved up to December 28. After a lively and angry discussion with the employees and David, Maddie snaps and says, I wish I’d never kept this place open. Then we’d see how cocky you’d be; then we’d see.While sitting in a bar, she meets a man. Unbeknown to her, this man is an angel sent down from heaven to show her what life would be like without her.

The angel begins to take her to see people and places she knows, showing her what paths they took and how successful they are because Maddie never existed. Maddie now wants her gency back. She wants everything back to the way it was now that she has seen the life of her friends without her. The episode ends with another passionate kiss between Maddie and David (which is what Moonlighting fans love!). They then turn to the camera and say, “And to all a goodnight.”


THE STRAIGHT POOP

Many other programs have done clip shows that look back on the best moments of past seasons. But Moonlighting liked to do things differently. Would we have it any other way?

This episode begins with gossip columnist Rona Barrett, who has arrived at the studio to ask why there is no new episode of Moonlighting (as was so common). Rona enters the offices of Blue Moon to get “The Straight Poop.” She finds out that Maddie and David have not been talking to one another and have locked themselves in their offices.

As Rona talks with Maddie, David, Miss Dipesto, and Bert Viola, clips from previous episodes provide examples of the cast’s answers to her questions.

The episode ends with Maddie and David promising that there will be a new episode next week—and they “kiss and make up.”


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