MOONLIGHTING started to stumble during Season Four, arguably it's weakest season in terms of writing and overall performance standard. Things weren't helped by a long and messy writers' strike, and Cybill Shepherd's offscreen pregnancy limited the number of episodes she could appear in.
The characters of Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) and David (Bruce Willis) consummated their long-held sexual tension during the penultimate episode of Season Three. Given that writers chose to commit the "cardinal sin" of television writing by allowing that to happen, the bulk of Season Four's storylines fell on kooky receptionist Agnes DiPesto (Allyce Beasley) and her unlikely love interest, Herb (Curtis Armstrong). Beasley and Armstrong provide a solid anchor for this season's action, but Willis and Shepherd's screen magic is sorely missed during some of the weaker episodes.
Things returned to normal just in time for the fifth and final season, but fans of MOONLIGHTING should still enjoy this fourth chapter of magic, murder and mayhem.
COMPLETE EPISODE LISTING:
"A Trip to the Moon" - It's been one month since detectives Maddie Hayes and David Addison revealed their feelings for one another - and their relationship is worse than ever. Maddie has dreams that her life is a TV sitcom, while David receives imaginary advice from Ray Charles.
"Come Back, Little Shiksa" - When Maddie heads off for Chicago, David focuses all his energies on an impossible case: tracking down a mystery woman who left behind nothing except a single earring.
"Take a Left at the Altar" - As David tracks down a runaway groom, Maddie's parents must solve another mystery: What's the real reason their daughter came home?
"Tale of Two Cities" - David becomes increasingly frustrated with Maddie's absence and decides to return to his old partying, playboy lifestyle.
"Cool Hand Dave (Parts 1 & 2)" - When David learns that Maddie is pregnant, he desperately tries to catch a flight to Chicago to see her...and is tricked into switching identities with a wanted felon. David's typically wacky stay in jail involves a botched break-out, a murderous guard, a full-scale prison riot and an outrageous musical number!
"Father Knows Last" - The Blue Moon Detective Agency faces financial ruin, the employees are striking and the furniture is being repossessed. And as if David doesn't have enough problems - Maddie's father drops by to discuss his daughter's pregnancy.
"Los Dos DiPestos" - Ace secretary Miss DiPesto must solve a mystery of her very own: why are dangerous crooks pursuing her elderly mother?
"Fetal Attraction" - David's decision to prepare for the arrival of Maddie's baby has unintended consequences: he meets a pregnant woman who just might be his perfect match.
"Tracks of My Tears" - As Maddie finally heads back to Los Angeles, she begins to wonder if marriage and fatherhood will change everything that makes David special.
"Eek! A Spouse!" - When Maddie shows up at the office with her surprise new husband, everyone is confused by David's complete non-reaction.
"Maddie Hayes Got Married" - Maddie is frustrated by David's refusal to believe that she's really in love with Walter Bishop...and David offers to pay for a big church wedding so she can prove she means it.
"Here's Living With You, Kid" - Bored and lonely as he spends long nights guarding a top-secret grapefruit, Bert imagines his relationship with Agnes DiPesto as a topsy-turvy version of "Casablanca".
"And the Flesh Was Made Word" - David and Maddie finally reunite as partners to solve a case. A businessman wants them to find the mystery woman who is distracting his partner from the company's work.