Great job, finefinegoodgood! I so love the format of your presentation - something new and very smart! Love your choices, some of them are on my list too This is awesome: 'Ahhhh…But seriously, Maddie…move your damn purse down…I’m trying to see!' hahaha so true, she should have moved that purse down, for us curious people to see ;D
Was a pleasure to read, thanks for sharing!
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David: you look awful... Maddie: yeah..well...and you smell awful!
You're saying you're no writer, but you present your choices in such afresh and hilarious way, just barnstorming! Makes me want to watch them all immediately! And I have seen at least three that will probably be on my own list!!
I agree! You re no writer? Omg who are you trying to fool with that FFGG! What a great job! And yes 4 of your top 10 are on my list and well my order of them is the same i think too OMG mediocre minds for sure! See all your worrying was for nothing!yes this thread so much fun this is to read!
Post by bluemoonshampoo on Apr 4, 2011 17:06:39 GMT -5
Of fun- I was gonna go to sleep after a hard day but I had a sneaky look on forum first and got hooked on your picks! I was replaying the scenes in my head as you described them- great stuff! An enjoyable read indeed. This scenes idea is great great as we can include scenes from season 5- refreshing to see some of those featured! Thanks for the bed time reading blue mooner. :-)
Great job, finefinegoodgood! Loved your take on the Big Bang--with your mom in the background, trying to insert a little reality check ("Really, Mom?"--I was chuckling out loud!). Yeah, yeah, we've all watched the commentary--we know about the bed up against the wall and the camera angles and the body doubles--but because we LOVE this show so much, we suspend all of the "facts" and just BELIEVE...of course that's Maddie and David, rolling around in the heat of passion!!
(And you don't have to suspend anything to appreciate David's "I love you" and Maddie's sweet smile...it's there to be watched, paused, rewound, and watched again!)
"I don't want you losing any more sleep over me." "Believe me, if and when I ever find myself 'over' you, the last thing I'll be thinking about is sleeping."
Ya did fine . . . and good. Are ya all fine and good now? On top of that, it was a super fun read. Like jpen, I thought providing the sound effect of your Mom's commentary was priceless. It's funny though; even knowing that they used body doubles, I still can't tell at all! It absolutely looks like Bruce shoving/kicking the fireplace utensils and that basket out of the way and absolutely looks like Cybill running her hand along Bruce's thigh . . . hoo-ah! Thanks ffgg!
"Lady gets in trouble, it's nice to know she has somebody to call"
The following are my go-to scenes in chronological order. When I need a Moonlighting fix, these are some of my top picks. Like everyone else, I could have picked another 10 easily, but thinking realistically about it, these are the ones that speak to me in one way or another over and over again.
Knowing Her – Jealousy Hospital. This is just a hot scene all around. The banter is smoking, fast and furious, and Maddie gets some all-time classic zingers in, culminating in the ultimate: “A gnat with a lobotomy could fool you.” The real heat comes from the fact that Maddie is burning up with jealousy over Jillian and David knows it. He throws gasoline on the fire by calling her out on her envy. This is major stuff here, because David is suddenly aware of Maddie’s interest in him, but is torn between enjoying it and defending Jillian (and himself). I love the shift in the power dynamic here, and Maddie’s reaction to it. David has her dead to rights, but she’s not giving in no matter what. Still, every sentence out of her mouth betrays her. Her arguments are not about the facts of the case but about the closeness of Jillian and David, and every word seethes with jealousy. This has to be positively maddening for her to recognize and be unable to control. Her personal fire adds to the blaze, and the hidden desire between them makes this an inferno.
Every Daughter’s Father is a Virgin – Maddie and Ginny. This scene is beautiful. Maddie and her mom, brunching peacefully on a rainy then sunny day, but below the surface, Maddie is in turmoil. She’s putting on a brave face, but her mom knows all. What she doesn’t learn from Maddie, she learned the night before from Alexander. The scene is so revealing about Maddie’s family dynamic, and fills in a lot of blanks about how she became the woman she is. She is both her father and mother’s daughter, and I love that her mom understands her so well. The conversation does not get down to the nitty gritty, but they both know the score. Ginny is effective in getting her message across with subtlety and grace. The writing is gentle and lovely and funny and real. “Yes… no…” “No… yes…” Ginny’s self-deprecating “Gabby” aside just lands perfectly. You cannot help but love her. Something else about it that grabs me is the chemistry between Eva Marie Saint and Cybill Shepherd. They are so natural with each other, and it’s wonderful to see these two screen icons interact with such warmth. Eva Marie Saint is a longtime favorite of mine, and she actually looks a lot like my mom, so it’s extra special that she’s in this part. Lots of beauty, emotional intelligence and heart here.
Witness for the Execution – The Dark and Stormy Night. I’ve discussed this in my top 6, but here it is again because it is just that huge to me. David, scared to death, runs to Maddie. Maddie, in the dead of night, is completely there for him. No judgments, no hesitation, no berating, no nonsense-- just two people who care about and need each other. That look she gives him as she realizes it’s his hand over her mouth, and the way she touches his wrist… wow. Maddie tries to sort out the story, repeating, “What happened?” scared and yet wanting to help him so badly. My favorite thing about this scene is when the doorbell rings, and Maddie, eyes wide, pupils dilated in the darkness and so sad and afraid, turns to answer it. There’s something about that look that says so much. When she goes to the door and lies by omission to the detective, you know when push comes to shove, Maddie Hayes is "ride or die" with David Addison. The fact that he comes to her and spills his guts the way he does shows an incredible amount of trust in her, not just against the authorities or as a business partner, but as so much more. She is his 3 a.m., one phone call, clump of dirt on the casket, best friend. The fact that she supports him, believes in him and protects him shows that trust is well-placed. This is a pivotal scene, beautifully scripted and played.
Son Also Rises – Free. Me. Thee. Siiiiii… Aaaaaaahhhhhh!!!! A date!!! This scene is both sweet and sizzling hot, as David shares his happiness with Maddie and then invites her into his heretofore private relationship with his dad. Such intimacy! And Maddie jumps at the chance to spend time with him and his family, at first surprised he asks her and then so smokin’ sexy when she agrees accompanied by a maraca shake. Squeeeee! Oh, the possibilities!
The Man Who Cried Wife – The Fantaneity Wrap Up. Come on, you know exactly why this scene is on my list.
Symphony in Knocked Flat – Getting Fine. I love how the scene opens on Maddie’s rejected gowns strewn around the room, and then we see her in full princess regalia, checking herself out in the mirror—she’s doing all of this for David! The doorbell rings and we get an all too rare glimpse of Maddie, positively giddy as she rushes for the door. The scene continues with suddenly flirtyshy Maddie greeting be-tuxed and handsome him at the door, and I looooove seeing her taken aback by his sexysmooth. The scene is so laden with desire, it’s indescribable. She’s seeing him in whole new light, and he’s just seeing her, which is more than enough.
Sam and Dave – Restaurant Fail. I’ve said this before but I truly do believe this is Bruce Willis’ best work, ever. As for David and Maddie, what a fraught, complicated scene. You can't help but feel so much for David in it. "Oh... God, Maddie..." There's a whole mess of stuff going on here, and watching him negotiate this uncharted territory with her, inebriated and with an audience, no less, is fascinating and frightening and compelling and unforgettable.
Maddie’s Turn to Cry – The Scene. I don’t know what more can be said about this scene that hasn’t already been said, but I couldn’t in good conscience leave this one off my list. “I hate you, David Addison.” Uh-huh. Hate spelled l-o-v-e. “I know.” I love that he knows. His wry smile is perfect. “I hate you too, Maddie Hayes. I’ve always hated you.” Always. Wow. The kiss is gentle, yes, but there’s also an urgency in it. He leans in for the kiss, but then Maddie rises to meet it, even becoming the aggressor, and I love that despite that urgency, they maintain the tenderness and even the elegance of it. It is a real connection, thoughtful and meaningful, because they know they’re not headed for the bedroom at that moment. It is not lust, but something greater and more beautiful. A simple, quiet expression of their feelings for each other that will get lost in the frenzy of desire soon enough. I think if Maddie could have remembered this moment in episodes to come, she wouldn’t have run. On a more superficial note, Cybill’s hair is preternaturally gorgeous in this scene, and I love when Bruce gets his hand in it. Sorry, had to be said.
A Trip to the Moon – Wash and Tear. Yes, I know, it’s maddening. Maddie’s so bound up in her own head, she can’t relax and let her heart lead. She says some pretty lousy things in this scene, but it’s coming from a very real and terrified place in her psyche, so it’s not gratuitous, and I can’t get angry with her. David, well, he’s just powerless to make her let go, and watching him try to push the right button is heartbreaking. So yes, they break up, but before she can storm out and leave on a bitter note, David makes this brilliant move—he gets her to dance with him. He dims the lights and pulls her close and we see a piece of Maddie’s heart-- the part that can’t resist him. That still loves and wants him even though she can’t deal. Those “I love you”s are magic. That last exchange when she, in her own Maddie way, asks him to wait for her, despite everything else that’s been said, is both frustrating and wonderful because even though she’s leaving, there’s hope. "Better not." Leaving David there alone in the dark with a neon light buzzing on and off, hot and cold, yes and no, leaves us confused and desolate but not without hope. The writing in this scene is amazing, alternating between deep truths and crackling banter, but all moving the scene and the story forward. Despite and perhaps because of all the angst, this is some of the show’s best stuff.
Eek, A Spouse! – Car Talk. I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: There's something very special in this. And yes, this is another one that comes at a maddening point in their relationship, but here is Maddie Hayes-- yes folks, Maddie Hayes-- riding in to give us this moment of hope. Cybill delivers this monologue in a soft, tender, yet matter of fact way that shines as a beacon of reality amid all the nonsense. At long last, Maddie opens up and tells us that she and David are far from over, and that in fact, we, the audience will never know how far from over they are because it goes that deep. “Only you know, and only I know.” I love this show of intimacy that locks even us out of comprehension. “…what we have... what we are... what we're going to be goes beyond licenses and vows…” It's something to hold on to even at the bitter end, because despite everything, all the utter stupidity and disaster, what they are going to be is still to come. Even though we’ll never know what that is, they know, and that’s what matters. This is Maddie finally acknowledging the real power of their connection. This is a 180 from the Maddie who left him in a laundromat. David’s expression when she reaches for his hand is everything: Wry, knowing, even bemused, but pleased. She’s done it again. “As long as it doesn’t mean I gotta quit trying.” Please don’t quit, David.
Hazel....I absolutely got the shivers here. Such amazing scenes, and such great descriptions of why you love them.
Just wanna comment on the Maddie/Mom scene. Everybody always talks about the Maddie/Dad connection because they seem so much alike. But I agree, the connection between Maddie and her Mom runs deep. My favorite Maddie/Mom scene is when they are in the car coming from the airport, sharing a story and dissolving into helpless giggles.....it is done so well that it really makes Cyb and Eva Marie Saint believable as mother and daughter. The brunch scene is the same.....very tender.
Amazing list, Hazel! Beautiful scenes and terrific descriptions of your choices! Isn't it amazing, how many feelings and emotions we can experience just reading the description of our fave scenes! This show is indeed a magical one! I'd like to say some words about one of your picks: Symphony in Knocked Flat. It is indeed a very significant scene, a very special one. What I like is that you've mentioned the whole 'princess regalia'. The first time I watched this scene I was not even 10 years old, and I remember how I got the shivers when I saw Maddie in that gown... I even forgot to breathe and I thought: wow that's how a real Princess looks like! Now whenever I happen to read a bedtimestory to a kid, and there is a Princess in it, I have to think of Maddie, and of that gorgeous gown!
Thanks Hazel, enjoyed your list a lot!
Last Edit: Apr 5, 2011 14:45:49 GMT -5 by goldilocks
David: you look awful... Maddie: yeah..well...and you smell awful!
Post by finefinegoodgood on Apr 5, 2011 14:57:35 GMT -5
Love reading your picks Hazel! I crave to be able to describe stuff like that! So wonderfuly worded! Great great read!
I loved this: The Man Who Cried Wife – The Fantaneity Wrap Up. Come on, you know exactly why this scene is on my list....yes...yes...we know exactly why its on your list...and that is exactly why we all love it to! <3