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|Moonlighting - Season 3|
Actors: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Robert Ellenstein, James Karen
Director: Robert Butler
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 02/05/2008 Run time: 774 minutes Rating: Nr
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The Best Season
W. Sullivan | Portland, Oregon USA | 02/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is, by far, the best season of Moonlighting. From the day waiting at the post office to find a man who's been sending a woman love letters to the trip to New York to Shakespeare...it has it all. Below is a list of episode summaries:
26. The Son Also Rises
David's estranged father makes a surprise visit to announce his upcoming wedding and to introduce his bride-to-be, who comes as a shock to David.
27. The Man Who Cried Wife
A man hires Dave and Maddie to find his wife, who's been making mysterious late night phone calls to him, the same wife he's sure he killed and buried in the forest.
28. Symphony in Knocked Flat
Dave and Maddie agree to each arrange what they consider to be an ideal evening for the other, but the concert tickets Dave buys from a scalper get them into nothing but trouble.
29. Yours, Very Deadly
Dave and Maddie are hired by a married woman to find the man she has been sharing a torrid romantic correspondence with and make sure he understands the arrangement is over.
30. All Creatures Great and ... Not So Great
A priest asks Dave and Maddie to find a woman he's become infatuated with during confession and whose latest revelation was her intention to kill herself.
31. Big Man on Mulberry Street
Maddie becomes consumed with curiosity when David announces he must fly back to New York to attend the funeral of his former wife's brother.
32. Atomic Shakespeare
A boy hoping to watch Moonlighting but forced to study Shakespeare instead daydreams about the cast performing their own version of The Taming of the Shrew complete with Petruchio Dave and Kate Maddie.
33. It's a Wonderful Job
A depressed Maddie gets a chance to see what her life and the rest of Blue Moon staff would be like if she had sold the agency as she originally intended.
34. The Straight Poop
Rona Barrett investigates the rumors about discord among the principals at the Blue Moon Detective agency.
35. Poltergeist III--- Dipesto Nothing
Ms. Dipesto tries to solve a haunted house case refused by Dave and Maddie to show Bert Viola that she's just as good a detective as he is.
36. Blonde on Blonde
Maddie's strange mood has David worried so he spends the evening following her, but ends up involved in a murder.
37. Sam & Dave
Dave and Maddie quarrel over Sam as they keep watch on a man for his mistress, who's convinced he's two-timing her-with his wife.
38. Maddie's Turn to Cry
Maddie feels more and more confused about Sam and Dave after an all-night stakeout with Dave ends in an early morning proposal from Sam.
39. I Am Curious... Maddie
Sam confronts Dave about Maddie, and tells him he's not good enough for her.
40. To Heiress Human
Maddie tries to ignore the previous night as she and David tackle a new case: a woman wants evidence that her fiance loves her and not her father's money."
The best season of Moonlighting!
R. Lachance | NJ | 01/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What else can you say about Moonlighting Season 3 except that it was the best season out of the 5 seasons for the show. I think it's the best season in all of tv history. This season had everything you could ask for especially more drama and romance. There is the brilliant Taming Of The Shrew episode, the awesome dance/dream sequence in Big Man On Mulberry Street , to the 4 parter costarring Mark Harmon that finally brings Maddie and David together in the episode I Am Curious Maddie which is my favorite episode of the whole 5 years of the show. This is a must for any Moonlighting fan or Bruce Willis / Cybill Shepherd fan to have in their collection."
The one I've been waiting for!
Nicholas Carroll | Portland OR United States | 01/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Moonlighting" is my all time favorite television show and I'm very happy that it's finally being released on DVD. The legal issues involved in rights to all the songs Bruce Willis sings made it a long, arduous journey to DVD, but well worth the wait. The show has an interesting trajectory...as it began as a mid-season replacement, so season 1 was a half season. It ran for 5 seasons, with season 3 being the best one. Once David and Maddie slept together, it went downhill as the personal conflicts between Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd got more intense.
This season has "Atomic Shakespeare", which was one of the coolest episodes I ever saw any tv show attempt. Shakespeare is generally not a joy to read in high school English class (the appreciation and enjoyment of Shakespeare's works seems to come later in life)...but this show made Shakespeare cool for me as one episode used "The Taming of the Shrew" and Elizabethan costumes. The ending is classic as both David and Maddie yell into the camera: "I hate iambic pentameter!" Or something like that (my memory will be refreshed as soon as I get this collection into my hands and relive it all).
With this release, I hope seasons 4 and 5 are not too far behind in being released. Although the show slopes in its final two seasons, I still think as a whole, the 5 years it aired remains leaps and bounds over any other tv show I've ever seen. The antics of David Addison, with his cool boss demeanor and penchant for breaking into song (something I was happy to see Bruce Willis bring to the big screen in his otherwise dismal "Hudson Hawk" film in 1991), matched with Maddie Hayes all-too-serious business lady made for some captivating television. This is one of few shows in which I plan to own every season on DVD ("The West Wing" being the other). Even when it was bad, it was good. David Addison might even agree."
A much better season than we thought now that we can watch i
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 03/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Actually, I was really surprised that Season 3 of "Moonlighting" was as good as it was. But then all of the stuff at the beginning of episodes talking about viewers waiting around for new episodes was a painful reminder of what it was like during the 1986-87 season where it seemed like every repeat was a step or two backwards for the series. A full season is supposed to be 22 episodes, and "Moonlighting" could only come up with 15, and since one of those was a clip show ("The Straight Poop") and the one after that the misadventures of Agnes Dipesto and Herbert Viola ("Poltergeist III--- Dipesto Nothing:"), you can knock that number down to an unlike 13. Again I find myself wishing that at least with regards to "Moonlighting" that the show had been a British import, since they are perfectly content to do a full season ("series" in their brand of English) that could be a dozen episodes or less.
So, even though on the one hand we have those back-to-back episodes treading water while Glen Gordon Caron tried to keep the show afloat, right before that point we had a three episode run of "Big Man on Mulberry Street," "Atomic Shakespeare," and "It's a Wonderful Job," which qualifies as constituting as good as it gets with Dave (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybil Shepherd). "Moonlighting" was nominated for fourteen Emmy Awards that season, and unllike the previous year when it was shut out won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Willis), and picked up awards for Hairstyling, Costume, and Editing for a Single Camera Production, all for "Atomic Shakespeare" (which was the most expensive and lowest rated episode for the show). The iambic pentameter show had another five nominations, but "Big Man on Mulberry Street" was up for one (choreography) and "I am Curious...Maddie" had two as well (directing and writing). "Atomic Shakespeare" got a lot of the press, but the standout episode is clearly "Big Man on Mulberry Street," which not only has the great dance number to Billy Joel's music, directed by the great Stanley Donner, but the great scene when Dave finds Maddie in his hotel room and she explains why she is there but will not look at him). The freeze frame at the end ain't bad either, hombres.
Being able to watch these fifteen episodes straight through makes a difference, even when we get to the Sam the Astronaut episodes at the end. The fact that "Moonlighting" was a dramedy is driven home by "Blonde on Blonde," where we have the comedy of Dave following the wrong woman thinking it is Maddie and he is protecting her from having sex with a stranger, and the sobering moment where he goes to her house in the middle of the night to confess that he is in "like" with her and Sam answers the door. The casting of Mark Harmon as the other man is prefect, because we can both hate him for entering the picture and still admit he would be better for Maddie. Besides, her anger over the fact he will not say anything legitimately builds the tension to the point where she hauls off and hits him twice, but not three times (cue: "Be My Baby"). It might be all down hill from here, and "To Heiress Humor" certainly has too much slapstick for my taste, but the moment of absolute wish fulfillment still hits home.
The other surprise is that some of the cases that Blue Moon Investigations handles during Season Three are pretty interesting. There is the dead wife who calls her husband ("The Man Who Cried Wife"), the woman who wanted to end the exchange of torrid love letters ("Yours, Very Deadly"), and the priest who becomes infatuated with a woman he has heard in confession ("All Creatures Great and ... Not So Great"). Plus you can throw in Dave's father's wedding ("The Son Also Rises"). There are really only those two throw away episodes (the clips are great, but we have all of these episodes on DVD, right?), and only "Symphony in Knocked Flat" really goes over the top, so even if the season finale is the beginning of the end, we are still into double figures for great and above average episodes. Now take into account that there are only 15 of them to begin with and that number looks pretty impressive.
The DVD extras include a "Memories of Moonlighting" featurette where Caron, Willis and Shepherd sit down and reminisce (the writer does most of the talking, surprise, surprise), and a commentary track for "The Straight Poop" where they brought in a quartet of women who had labored on the Internet to have "Moonlighting" come out on DVD. This was a real treat and when more of these cult classic television series come out on DVD other producers should considering doing the same. After all, the people who buy television shows that are two decades long are clear die hard (rim shot) fans, and ordinary people who can name an episode two seconds into a clip look pretty good against writers, directors, and actors who are always willing to admit they have not seen the episode they are commenting on since it was first made (but Caron and Harmon are above average despite such limitations in their commentary track)."