Here we met Mr. David Addison Sr. Wasn't it cool to finally meet one of David's parents? Wasn't it interesting how David kept avoiding him at the start. You gotta wonder what that is all about? It is like he was embarrassed to have Maddie meet his dad. But then ironically, it was David who embarrassed himself the most, but acting so badly at the party and then having to tell Maddie the truth about his past, and then finally confronting his future step-mom and her not rememember squat about him or that so-called incredible night. LOL! Poor David!!
It's interesting how David's father is on one level just as funny and crazy as Jr., but also, in tough situations, more apt to buckle down and try to 'be a man about it.' David pretty much has a nervous breakdown when he thinks Dad will find out what really happened between him and the prospective bride. His Dad follows him right into the bathroom and puts his foot down. What's wrong, how can you embarrass me, and so on. David's reaction is more scattershot. He can't figure out what the heck he should do, until the end when he follows Maddie's advice and just tries to be happy for his father.
Sad that we never got to meet his mother. I know why, and the plot point is kind of funny, but I think she would have been quite a character in her own right. Would almost have to be.
So true! He acts, in many ways, just like a child or a teenager would act in this one. (Even says so himself, doesn't he?) Isn't it funny no matter how old you are, your parents can still make you feel like a kindergartner on the first day of school? So few shows deal with this issue honestly.
I love the way this episode and "Every Daughter's Father is a Virgin" show how both M and D were, and with their parents still are, children. Such emotional honesty there! Delicious.
Oh I love this episode so much! It's so wonderful to finally meet David's father, and the father/son relationship is really interesting. Before you meet him, you wonder why David is so reluctant to meet up with his father. You get the impression that he's not a very nice person. But then you see him and he turns out to be 'really sweet' and it soon becomes clear that the real reason for David's attempt to avoid his father is more likely fear of disappointing him. Disappointment of what, I'm not sure. The usual things that you worry about when it comes to living up to your parents' expectations, I suppose. Climbing up the career ladder, getting a nice house/car, or more likely, I suspect, settling down/getting married/having kids. Maybe David figures he can't disappoint his dad if he doesn't see him.
Here's a thought that just came to me. David's relationship with his dad sort of mirrors his relationship with Maddie. There is a mutual respect and admiration between them, but a total lack of communication when it comes to conveying how they feel for each other. David obviously respects and loves his father very much. Look how happy he is when he hears his dad's getting married. Look at the lengths he goes to in order to try to protect his dad from the truth because he knows how much it will hurt him. This is such a sweet episode and I love the wonderful insight to David Addisons softer, more sensitive side, and seeing where he gets it from. Cute.
This is the great thing about Moonlighting, the character development via their relationships with their respective families. Not just David sr and Richard but also Maddie wonderful mum and dad, and let's not forget Bert and Agnes' family too. It's great how forgiveness is a strong part of their family lives.
Great series and great family values from Moonlighting !
" I've got a bad case of you, and you've got a bad case of me ! "