In her book, Cybill expresses disdain at certain aspects of how Maddie was written, notably the revelation that she is an Atheist. It's interesting--and a bit disappointing--that she was so upset by this, since IMO it does not reflect poorly on a person's character. Plus, it seems to fit in terms of Maddie's need for all things to be rational, logical, and sensible. Nevertheless, underneath it all Maddie has a heart of gold, faith or lack thereof. This episode gives us another example of her and David's opposing points of view. It gives them a chance to know each other on a deeper level, and eventually to meet halfway. We see the latter at the end, with Maddie acknowledging the possibility and David saying that everybody has to decide for themselves. I love how these two people challenge each other and make each other look at things from different perspectives.
The last scene is my favorite, esp. when David says THE line, "If and when I ever find myself..." and Maddie just nods and smirks. Seems like a growing receptivity to his advances. I give it a 9
An almost perfect episode with a mystery that's just weird enough to be fun and manages to maintain its buoyancy all the way to the end. Throw in a game changing piece of character development in the form of Maddies spiritual side or lack therof and you have what GGC was always trying to get to the root of in lieu of indulging this tired detective show format: the truth. The truth of the characters and the truth of the scene. The thing I always take away from this episode is that both David and Maddie make sense as both atheists and theists. They are both such three dimensional PEOPLE to us that we can pick apart and break down different sides to their personality and see their practical, logical side and their spiritual sides. Remember that these are the same TV characters who remind us constantly that they ARE TV characters and still they are people, complex people. At some point GGC had to make a choice what side who was going to fall on and the right one was definitely made... but still we know how street smart David is and the idea of religion could easily have been something he rejected in his life.
I also thought the mystery was "just weird enough to be fun."
I was a bit surprised, but not surprised to find out that Maddie was an atheist. It definitely made sense for her character, but I was a little surprised to see a popular, mainstream show in the 80s feature one of the leads so casually mentioning that they don't believe in God.
I loved the end exchange between the two of them at the end. David admitting he prayed for her, and the way Maddie was saying "Awww...I never had a guy pray for me before." She was genuinely touched by it, and it seemed you could tell she was falling for him in that moment, while it was obvious that he REALLY has fallen for her.
He came across as pretty smooth though, with the nice suit, and blowing her a little two-fingered kiss. I think if David acted a bit more suave moments like this, and was a bit more responsible, she would have been head over heels for him, and NOT... . . . . . . SPOILERS ...been so hesitant to be wit him at the tail end of Season 3/beginning of Season 4. He can be this funny but suave, intelligent, capable guy. But then in when they finally do get together he comes across as some average wise-cracker in their private moments, that just wants to get laid and go to bars.