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Moonlighting – #31 – S03 E06 – Big Man on Mulberry Street


Moonlighting is an American comedy drama television series that aired on  ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 67 episodes.[1] Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as private detectives, and Allyce Beasley as their quirky receptionist, the show was a mixture of dramacomedymystery, and romance, and was considered to be one of the first successful and influential examples of comedy drama, or “dramedy”, emerging as a distinct television genre.[2] The show’s theme song was co-written and performed by jazz singer Al Jarreau and became a hit. The show is also credited with making Willis a star and relaunching Shepherd’s career after a string of lackluster projects.[3][4] In 1997, the episode “The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice” was ranked #34 on (the 1997) TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.[5] In 2007, the series was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time”.[6] The relationship between the characters David and Maddie was included in TV Guide’s list of the best TV couples of all time

This Episode

The episode commences with Maddie and David having a huge fight when David shows up late and disheveled for a morning meeting with a client. Then, Maddie is shocked to discover that David was once married when he tells her that his former brother-in-law has died and that he must go to New York for the funeral. The episode includes a lengthy dance number set to Billy Joel‘s song “Big Man on Mulberry Street“, in which Maddie dreams of the relationship between David and his ex-wife. She follows him to New York and discovers that, although he had told her the truth when he said he caught his wife in bed with someone else, he had neglected to mention that it was another woman.

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