Moonlighting: Season 3 (1986 - 1987)


Season 3
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Air date: Sep 23, 1986

This opening episode of Moonlighting's third season upholds the series' unique juxtaposition of fact and fancy by carrying a "dedication" to a person who doesn't really exist! Wisecracking private eye David Addison (Bruce Willis) is uncharacteristically at a loss for words when his recently widowed father David Sr. (Paul Sorvino) announces that he is to marry again. But David has plenty to see when he learns the identity of his dad's future bride. In addition, a few unsubtle references are made to the many Emmy nominations received by Moonlighting during its second season; and by the way, what's the story about that sombrero and serape?

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Air date: Sep 30, 1986

A nervous gentleman named James Bower (Stephen Godwin) hires David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) to solve a mystery involving his late wife. It seems that Bower has of late been receiving telephone calls and gifts from his missus, who is supposed to be dead. And if anyone should know that Mrs. Bower is no longer among the living, it is her husband--after all, he killed her himself and buried the body. Jack Blessing makes his first series appearance as Blue Moon employee MacGillicudy.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1986

The Temptations make a surprise appearance in the teaser for this episode, which focuses appropriately enough on the world of music (for a while, anyway). David (Bruce Willis) has purchased a pair of symphony tickets from a shady character whom he met on the street. Unfortunately, those tickets were stolen--and now both David and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) are up to their necks in international intrigue, thanks to a most inquisitive FBI agent (Linda Thorson). The story also involves the assassination of a Russian prizefighter--which explains the presence of Don King!

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Air date: Oct 28, 1986

This episode marks the first appearance of the obsequious Herbert Viola (Curtis Armstrong), who would develop into both a godsend and a pain in the neck for detectives David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd), not to mention their spacey secretary Agnes Dipesto (Allyce Beasley). The story concerns a married woman named Gail Woodley (Brooke Bundy) who has been carrying on an illicit romance by mail. She wants David to convince her rather unstable "lover" that the affair is over--but it ain't that easy. Watch for an unbilled "fall-down" appearance by C. Thomas Howell).

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Air date: Nov 11, 1986

Richard Beymer guest stars as Father McDonovan, a priest who thinks he's fallen in love. The object of his affections is a woman whom he has never seen, but whose voice he has heard in Confession on a weekly basis. Private eyes David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) are brought into the situation when the woman announces her intention to commit suicide--then disappears! Jessica Harper appears as the "mystery" woman, who turns out to have more than a few surprises up her sleeve.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1986

When David (Bruce Willis) reveals that he was once married, Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) is determined to get the whole story on his mysterious "ex". Maddie's determination leads to a bizarre side trip to the funeral of David's former brother in law. The episode's dream sequence, filmed in Glorious Technicolor and featuring Sandahl Bergman as a vision of David's ex-wife, was choreographed by the great Stanley Donen in a manner reminiscent of his earlier work in Singin' in the Rain--and if Cybill Shepherd looks uncomfortable in this scene, it is because she fought against appearing in the fantasy dance, arguing that she had no place in David's imaginings.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1986

This classic episode begins when a youngster tunes into his favorite TV series Moonlighting, only to be ordered to switch off that "trash" and return to his homework. Inasmuch as the kid is studying William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew", he soon dreams up a wild scenario wherein all of the Moonlighting characters are recast as the principals in that boisterous battle-of-the-sexes comedy. What follows is an insane blend of faux Elizabethan dialogue and contemporary wisecracks ("Doth bears bear-eth? Doth bees be-eth?"), with a few "improvements" that the Bard of Avon would never have dreamed of--such as the swaggering Petruchio, aka David (Bruce Willis), escorting a bound-and-gagged Katherina, aka Maddie (Cybill Shepherd), to the altar! And since when did "Taming of the Shrew" include a sight gag straight out of the Warner Bros. cartoons, complete with a musical passage from composer Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse"? The episode's flippant credit title "from an idea by William 'Bud' Shakespeare" was obviously inspired by the infamous credit on the 1929 film version of Taming of the Shrew: "Based on the play by William Shakespeare, with additional dialogue by Sam Taylor."

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Air date: Dec 16, 1986

There must be an inviolate law on the TV statute books demanding that every series turn out at least one takeoff of the 1946 film classic It's a Wonderful Life. Moonlighting's contribution to this ongong Yuletide tradtion finds a disgruntled Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) wondering what her life would have been like had she sold the Blue Moon Detective Agency as she originally planned. The "Clarence" character this time out is a most unangelic angel named Albert, played by Richard Libertini. Guest appearances include model Cheryl Tiegs as herself, and Lionel Stander in his "Max" character from the earlier TV detective series Hart to Hart (which had previously occupied Moonlighting's Tuesday-night network timeslot!)

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Air date: Jan 6, 1987

Rather than ignore the negative press surrounding the discord and ego clashes on the set of Moonlighting, the series' writers fashioned an entire episode around the brouhaha. Gossip columnist Rona Barrett shows up to investigate rumors that the stars of the series, Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd--or rather, their screen characters, David Addison and Maddie Hayes--are not exactly bosom buddies. We then segue into a crazy quilt of highlights from earlier episodes, plus hitherto unshown bloopers and deleted scenes. Guest stars include Pierce Brosnan in his familiar "Remington Steele" characterization, and film director Peter Bogdanovich, who discusses his romance with a certain "model from Memphis"--not to mention his brief fling with detective Maddie Hayes, who bears a remarkable resemblance to that selfsame model!

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Air date: Jan 13, 1987

With Moonlighting stars Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd off-screen for most of this episode, it is up to supporting actress Allyce Beasley--a.k.a. ditzy, poetry-spouting secretary Agnes Dipesto--to carry the ball. Once again, Ms. Dipesto is tired of merely answering the phones at the Blue Moon Detective Agency, and yearns to be in the thick of the action herself. She gets her wish (and learns to be very, very careful of what she wishes for!) when she probes into the truth behind a supposedly haunted mansion.

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Cast & Crew

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

Critic Reviews for Moonlighting Season 3

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It depicts a TV series following its natural path... while also rejecting that path, trying to keep the story alive while Willis' and Shepherd's diminishing presence desiccates the show.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

As noted, this is way too short a season, but, thankfully, the quality more than makes up for the quantity.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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