Maddie Hayes, a wealthy former model, discovers one morning that her business manager has stolen all the money she has in the bank. However, it turns out that she still owns some nonliquid assets -- money-losing companies ... more »which were maintained as tax write-offs -- one of which is a detective agency run by David Addison. Maddie meets with him to inform him that the company is to be shut down, but he persuades her to keep it open by convincing her that the detective agency can make money. Maddie becomes David's new boss and accompanies him on adventure after adventure. While their personalities clash, a sexual tension arises in the time they spend together. But the question always remains...will they or won't they?« less
The weakest season of Moonlighting, but still better than mo
Ron Cronovich | Kenosha, WI | 07/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Season 4 may be the show's weakest season. Yet, it gets unfairly panned. It stands up fairly well after 20 years.
After Season 3, which most fans and critics consider the best of all 5 seasons, the expectations for Season 4 were extremely and unfairly high. Also, Cybill Sheperd's pregnancy kept her from putting in more than a few cameos for several months, and a Hollywood strike disrupted many network shows. As a result, Season 4 was short (only 14 episodes), had long gaps between new episodes, and had too many episodes in which David and/or Maddie had very little screen time. Which meant an increased presence of Herbert Viola and Miss DiPesto, something that not all fans thought was consistently a good thing.
Despite these obstacles, Season 4 managed to bring some of that Moonlighting magic that fans love, and remains better than most television, despite being perhaps the weakest season of Moonlighting.
Season 4 continued the Moonlighting tradition of lots of great music and great guest stars, including: Ray Charles, Dr Joyce Brothers, John Goodman, Pat Boone, and Terry O'Quinn (the guy that plays John Locke on "Lost").
In a very strong episode, David butts heads with Maddie's overprotective father, well-played by Robert Webber, who was in the original "12 Angry Men", and a guest on such shows as Rockford Files, Outer Limits (the original), Ironside, and Kojak.
Another great Season 4 episode is "Fetal Attraction", in which David takes a Lamaze class with foxy future single mom Brooke Adams (who was also in Frasier, Thirtysomething, Kojak, Police Woman, and the Lords of Flatbush). David is doing this so he can be there for Maddie, who in Chicago is oblivious to his sacrifice; meanwhile, the healthy way David and Brooke Adams's character get along is such an amazing contrast to the rocky roller-coaster relationship David has with Maddie. Great episode!
Serious fans and completists will want to pick up the Season 4 DVD set. Casual fans might be better off renting the individual discs from Netflix.
Stay tuned: Season 5 (with "A Womb with a View"!!!) is coming soon!"
I'd rather re-watch previous episodes
G.V. | Mexico City, Mexico | 06/28/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a big fan of this series I can remmember how the frustration from constant repeats in Season 3 turned even worse the following year when most of the new episodes only included one(or none)of the main stars. As good as Miss Depesto and Mr. Viola were, they were never meant to carry a whole episode by themeselves. These are the reasons why I'm passing on Season 4. Personally I'd rather re-watch the episodes on the previous seasons and remmember Moonlighting at its best."
Slow-paced & Doesn't Stack Up to Seasons 1-3
Lola Legendre | Minneapolis, MN United States | 01/06/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I got hooked on this show from watching the DVDs so I had to watch season 4 despite its bad reputation. There are some fun moments here and there, but they're pretty scarce overall; in fact, there are entire episodes where not one funny thing occurs or is said. Most of the season consists of David and Maddie ruminating over their relationship's shortcomings, which gets old on the very first episode, but it continues. For much of the season, Maddie is away with her parents, so some episodes show her with them and in others she does not appear at all. The point, though, is that after the first episode David and Maddie are not in any scenes together until much later in the season. Since the success and popularity of the show owed to the chemistry between the two of them, the tone of the show was altered immensely due to their lack of scenes together, and not for the better. The producers of this show made the decision to send Maddie away temporarily in order to give Cybill Shepherd time off to have her child. They could have handled that much more creatively, however, (maybe by delaying the production so D&M wouldn't have to be separate) and you can easily see how the series suffered. Overall it's quite dull, slow-paced and laugh-free. Even when D&M actually are together, the dialogue between them isn't as snappy and clever as before. A lot of it consists of one character repeating the other's words ("I'm ambivalent about our relationship." "Ambivalent?" "Yes, ambivalent." "Well, I'm ambivalent about your ambivalence" etc., etc., etc.) and that really drags. The writers weren't exactly giving it their all.
There are a few good points, though, such as the "Honeymooners" homage in the first episode. We get more DiPesto and Viola, both of whom I find charming. And once you get to disc 3 (there are THREE discs to this set, not four as listed) things start to pick up. The last episode of this season is actually quite charming, I think, and contains one of the best, funniest climactic chase scenes of the series altogether in my opinion.
As for special features, the set just contains a few commentaries. Those involved admit they made some poor decisions that damaged the show for its viewers. So, again, there are some good moments in the first episode and near the end, but if you go for this season just know that you're in for a few nonsensical and uninteresting plotlines and a lot of depressing analyzing-of-one's-feelings that should belong on Dr. Phil (well, if the Dr. Phil show had existed then), not a fun, witty show like Moonlighting. "
I'll definitely buy it!
Pam | 08/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 4 sometimes gets a bad rap because Cybill was gone for so many episodes and it had some surprise plot twists that fans didn't always like. But it has some great episodes! Some of my favorites are:
A Trip to the Moon - the season opener features a great Honeymooners parody, David declaring his love for Maddie to the office, and one of my favorite scenes of the series in a laundromat.
Come Back Little Shiksa - David trashes Maddie's BMW to Jimi Hendrix while working on a case with Bert that parallels his own situation. Look for the claymation scene that has Bruce and Cybill's characteristics down to a tee.
Fetal Attraction - David asks Bert to be his Lamaze partner, then meets Terri and tells her about him and Maddie.
Father Knows Last - A fan favorite! Mr. Hayes comes to find out David's attentions towards Maddie. The scene on the airplane where David declares his love for Maddie to her father may be Bruce's best scene in the entire series.
Tracks of My Tears - David and Maddie's reunion! Love the look on Bruce's face as he hugs her. But first, we get the great "Body Heat" dream sequence between them.
Maddie Hayes Got Married - One of my personal favorites! David throws a wedding for Maddie, Bert fills in as the stripper at Maddie's intended's bachelor party, and a madcap scene at the hospital where Maddie and David go at each other while Terri gives birth.
And the Flesh Was Made Word - A great season ender, which was cut short by a writers' strike. Watch Maddie chase David for a change! The real Moonlighting writers fill up the short episode, dancing with their picket signs as Bert sings the Wooly Bully!
All in all, a good season that finished strong!"
The Series slump!
Nicholas Carroll | Portland OR United States | 03/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the season that began the slump and eventual demise of "Moonlighting." After teasing viewers with the potential romance between David Addison and Maddie Hayes, the final shows of Season 3 finally got them between the sheets, which created a problem of having the sexual tension between them relieved. So, what does one do after that? Well, this season should be held as an example to all shows on what could happen if you tease audiences with sexual tension between two characters and have them finally give in and get together.
The reason for the slump is because Maddie had, as Agnes Dipesto rightfully put it, de-Daved David Addison. Instead of the fun loving, often breaking into song, making the slightest sexist comment Dave that we loved, he became a love sick puppy. He spent most of the season sulking and depressed after Maddie left to spend the season with her folks in Chicago. Both of them reverted back to adolescence and thus why the show often sucked this season. It's like the writers couldn't figure out what to do with the characters after they had done the deed. Besides that, there were stories of Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd not getting along, so it's like the show accommodated them both by having them not work together. In the end, fans of the show suffered for it.
However, all is not lost. I'm a true fan of the show and own all three DVD sets. This season does have a few gems worthy of the "Moonlighting" brand: a peppy guest appearance with Ray Charles, a two-parter where David Addison goes off to jail, which allows him to play his antics with a new group of people, we get to see Burt Viola in drag as well as serenade his love Agnes DiPesto with a strangely appealing version of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" (hilarious!), and the episode in which David and Maddie are turned into clay-mation figures. Those are the highlights. But all in all, this show turned towards second fiddles Burt and Agnes romance, and they simply weren't meant for the spotlight.
Although they can't rewrite Season 4 to make it as good as Seasons 2 and 3, this set is still worth owning for any "Moonlighting" fan. Even when it was bad, it was still better than most shows in the 1980s. I'm glad to have it as part of my collection."