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Moonlighting – #37 – S03 E12 – Sam & Dave


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 detectives are hired by a woman who wants to know if her lover is “falling back in love” with his wife. David learns that the man he met at Maddie’s house is her former boyfriend, a well-educated and highly erudite astronaut called Sam Crawford. When Maddie refuses to break a date with Sam in order to take part in a stakeout, David interrupts their dinner saying he needs to talk to Maddie about an emergency but he is not able to say what he plans before Sam returns to the table. David gets drunk, and makes a fool of himself after which Sam takes him home and then sleeps with Maddie.

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