Moonlighting: Season 2 (1985 - 1986)


Season 2
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Air date: Sep 24, 1985

This opening episode of Moonlighting's second season begins with stars Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, aka Maddie and David, briefly dropping character to chat with the audience and explain that they have to kill a little time because the script isn't long enough to fill out the hour. In the story proper, Charles Rocket makes his first appearance as David's irksome brother Richie, who blows into town with one hundred thousand dollars to his name. David is jealous that Richie is able to impress Maddie by tossing his new-found wealth around, but what begins as a case of sibling rivalry develops into something far more deadly when it is revealed that the money actually belongs to a Philadelphia drug dealer named Mr. Navarone (Ed O'Ross)--a man who is not known for his gentle nature or sense of humor!

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Air date: Oct 1, 1985

A woman wearing a heavy veil shows up at the offices of the Blue Moon Detective Agency and hires David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) to locate a recently paroled convict named Frank Harbert (Joel Polis). It seems that, years ago, Frank had horribly disfigured the veiled woman's face, and now she wants to find him--and marry him! Inevitably, Frank turns up dead, prompting the detectives to launch a second search for the killer. The episode climaxes with a profusion of people wearing black veils, in a chaotic mistaken-identity sequence reminiscent of The Pink Panther--or at the very least, the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup.

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Air date: Oct 8, 1985

In high dudgeon, Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) flies off to Buenos Aires to confront Ron Sawyer (Mark Lonow), the accountant who swindled her out of her fortune--and indirectly forced her to team up with wisecracking private eye David (Bruce Willis). As Maddie imagines all sorts of scenarios wherein she puts Sawyer in his place and recovers her money, David decides to head to Buenos Aires as well--not to get his cut of the loot, but because, much to his amazement, he misses the contentious Maddie. Alas, any hopes that the two detectives would consummate their relationship are dashed during a climactic poker game.

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Air date: Oct 15, 1985

In his last acting assignment before his death, Orson Welles narrates this highly unusual episode of Moonlighting. While gathering evidence for their latest case, David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill learn of the famous Flamingo Cove Murder, a 1946 case that has never been solved. It doesn't take long for the two detectives to dream up their own separate solutions to the murder--dreams filmed in glorious black and white in the manner of a classic film noir (David's scenario looks like something out of the Rita Hayworth flick Gilda, while Maddie's resembles a Tennessee Williams-style romantic melodrama!) Cybill Shepherd sings "Blue Moon" and "I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out!"

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Air date: Oct 29, 1985

Fed up with David's childish behavior, Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) bets him that he can't act in a mature manner throughout their next case. David (Bruce Willis) does his best, even though the case at hand--delivering the ransom money for a kidnapped concert pianist--offers ample temptation for him to cut up. By the time the situation is resolved, however, Maddie kind of misses the "old" David and would like to have him back. This is the episode with the infamous (and much-copied) "office limbo" scene.

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Air date: Nov 12, 1985

Dana Delany guest stars as Gillian Armstrong, a former girl friend of detective David Addison (Bruce Willis). Having previously broken David's heart, she comes back into his life as a client, hoping that he can track down a missing heirloom. Naturally, David jumps at the chance, though his partner Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) is convinced that he is setting himself up for another fall. The plot thickens when Gillian's husband (Joel Colodner) is found murdered. Somehow this situation culminates in a zany chase sequences involving a hearse!

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Air date: Nov 19, 1985

The latest client of the Blue Moon Detective Agency is Kathleen Kilpatrick (Alexandra Johnson), an Irish lass who claims to be a leprechaun. Kathleen hires David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) to protect her pot of gold--and herself--from a sinister criminal. Although the detectives have their doubts about Kathleen's authenticity as a leprechaun, there is no doubt that a very dangerous individual is out to get her. This week's chase climax occurs in and around an airport luggage carousel, leaving our two protagonists positively giddy.

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Air date: Nov 26, 1985

The Blue Moon Detective Agency has finally posted a profit, but Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) spends every penny on a painting of herself. No, she's not motivated by vanity, but rather curiosity: The artist had never met Maddie, but was clearly infatuated by her--and shortly after completing the painting, he committed suidice. Or did he? One thing is certain: There are several unsavory-looking characters who'd love to get their hands on the mysterious portrait. Highlights of the this episode include the Bernard Herrmann-esque musical score, a wry comment by David (Bruce Willis) about the series' writing staff, and a climactic (and very messy) set-to in an auto-painting shop.

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Air date: Dec 10, 1985

David (Bruce Willis) accepts a case from a young and very eccentric business executive, played by future Perfect Strangers star Mark-Linn Baker). The assignment: To find a stolen phone index containing a list of unusual celebrity names--including the Pope. Meanwhile, David's partner Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) considers an offer to sell the Blue Moon Detective Agency to a prosperous rival firm.

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Air date: Dec 17, 1985

Moonlighting's first Christmas episode involves, Mary, Joseph and the Three Kings--sort of. It all begins when a woman named Mary (Leslie Wing) hides her baby in the apartment of Blue Moon's secretary Agnes (Allyce Beasley) after Mary's husband Joseph is gunned down by the minions of an ill-tempered gangster. As for the Three Kings, they're actually the three King Brothers, Saul (Daniel Chodos), Jim (John Hostetter) and Reuben (James Avery)--and the possibility exists that they are not so much Wise Men as wise guys! Watch how the series' cast and crew cleverly plays for time when the episode abruptly runs out of script.

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Cast & Crew

Bruce Willis
David Addison
Cybill Shepherd
Maddie Hayes
Allyce Beasley
Agnes DiPesto
Curtis Armstrong
Herbert Viola

Critic Reviews for Moonlighting Season 2

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Sometimes revisiting a once-beloved TV series can be a letdown... Fortunately for Moonlighting, which aired on ABC from 1985 to 1989, that's not the case.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It didn't take Nostradamus to predict that Willis had a future as a movie star, just as it's apparent that Shepherd's glory days were behind her.... Nevertheless, the show hits its stride in the second season.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

While most detective shows riff on Hitchcock at some point, Moonlighting riffs on Brian De Palma, the guy who riffs on Hitchcock the best.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Moonlighting's approach to television was completely no-holds barred.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Shepherd won a Golden Globe... and no embarrassment of award riches would be enough to commemorate their pairing, which could well be the greatest example of onscreen romantic chemistry ever, or at least certainly on a par with Tracy and Hepburn.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonlighting: Season 2

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