It's one of the funniest and most surprising episodes of the season. The storyline is loaded with role reversals, since Maddie gets to come up with the strange idea this time, while David does the grunt work: Maddie says they should keep the correspondence going and wait to see what happens, definitely out of line for her normally safe as milk personality; Dave winds up waiting at the post office to see if, well this is easy, anyone walks up and tries to do something. He thinks she is being too risky.
There's the twisted Woodley marriage, not an uncommon plot point in this show but an unusual way the couple 'resolves' things; we get to meet Mr. Macy, who started out as a pawn in somebody else's idea but turned out to be hiding much more intense interests; and there's the hysterical chase at the post office (that thing with the cart is still one of my favorites; I can't help it, I crack up every time).
Last but not least, is the sudden arrival of romance between Agnes and poor benighted new clerk Herbert. It's a shock that Agnes is so forward with the man; we had pictured her up 'til then as sweet, librarian-ish, almost not 'down here with the rest of us' in terms of private life and behavior. Instead, she turns out to be far more bold and declarative than just about anybody. Looks like she's practically inclined to out-Dave Dave!
I did a double take with the sight of the opening tackle scene, and had to laugh as she chases Bert until she's busted and ordered to stop, but I had to tip my hat toward Bert's confusion too, since he didn't ask for any of that. The ending scene, though, with them at the elevator, is amazing. Really. I nearly cried the last time I watched it. They both wind up stuck in the same place, and you'd expect them to get into a fight--if this were the other couple in the office, they sure would have--but oddly enough, nothing happens. Literally. They are both too weirded out to do anything but wait for the elevator. They just stare at each other, perhaps confused as to whether the right thing is to be angry, sad, befuddled, or all of the above.
Once the elevator gets there, the two continue doing nothing. It's an impressive and unique contrast to the constant noise of a battle between Dave and Maddie. Perhaps this is a subtle hint from the writers as to the different nature of the couple, right from the beginning, and a hint as to why they'll be able to work in the future. When the time would be right, in anyone else's mind, for them to have a big argument about the misunderstanding between them...they don't.
No screaming. No shouting. No slamming doors. Just waiting, and then walking away.
He says nothing about the anger that would have been perfectly acceptable, considering how aggressive and frankly rude she had been; she in turn does all she can to conceal the utter humiliation that was visited on her when she got caught. Not only was she completely embarrassed by the rest of the office discovering what she was up to, but she had to be thinking she'd wrecked her actual future chances to be with the man she loved. Total failure, compounded with a lack of knowing what to do about it. Oh no.
Bert watches her as she stands there. He sort of nods hello and does this awkward shuffling, the kind you do when you want to run but it's impolitic to do so. Agnes puts up a brave face too--she is on the verge of tears by the end of the elevator ride. She stands up front, several feet from Bert, as far as she can get and still be in there. Despite the fact that she has to fight breaking down, she just keeps quiet until the door opens, and then leaves.
Bert opens the door again to watch her go. By rights, he ought to be infuriated. Instead, he can't stop being attracted to her.
Just rewatched this episode and have to give it an 8. Love the tack they have taken with the Bert and Agnes storyline. I think the waiting scenes in the post office are great too. Also liked the "You're doing me!" scene The chase scene is one of the best ones, enhanced of course by both the music and the breaks in the music for David to comment. Have to say also that it is very clear on the DVD that the National Enquirer that the fellow is reading when Maddie falls out of the cart does have a reference to disharmony on the set of ML! Nice little in-joke!
I have recently bought season 3 on DVD & was looking forward to this episode as I remembered it was one of my favourites & I can't find the video I recorded it on all those years ago.
I gave it a 9 as it has a good story aswell as some great moments with David & Maddie.
I liked it when D & M were talking about Mr Macy being a nut & D said 'take it from your pal, dry roasted Dave!' Also I liked when they were driving to the post office & D said his face would be the first M would see every morning. He also made a comment about when they start showering together which side would she want scrubbing first . I love the way M just ignores his comments but maybe keeps them at the back of her mind.
I also liked the post office chase scene & D's wish that they could end the episode with M's legs in the air!
Ouh, I didn't expect Agnes to be so.. well.. to love Herbert Viola so much I was quite shocked. I remember 'twas the episode before Christmas, and DiPesto wasn't so direct with mans, if you know what I mean. But there were some funny scenes. Maddie and David changed roles (soo funny), scene in post office and when they came again to flat of that daff man (I forgot the name) and when Maddie said to David to break the door. And his reaction, repeating her words.
The first scene of Agnes and Burt "hitting on each other" (actually Agnes hitting on Burt) and seeing how Maddie and David react are priceless. Maddie at first is shocked and saddened but she puts her worries in piece after seeing David coming from the elevator, because she thought it was David with another woman. Liked also the following scene with Maddie and David "questioning" each party about this incident. A great intro to the Burt character.
The actual plot was kinda predictable, up to the point of discovery that the harassing man could not speak. This gives us the opportunity to see David's compassionate side; he is shocked with this discovery and at the same time understands the need of this man to express his love to a woman in writing; he cannot do it otherwise. After the man gets killed, the plot is predictable again, with the main suspect being other than the mute man.
I really liked the post-office set-ups and especially Cybill's will (credits to Johanna for that). The chase scene is classic Moonlighting and - like David - I'd like the episode to end with Maddie's legs in the air ;D
The hilarious Pepe' Le Pew-esque introduction to Herbert Viola is the only worthwhile element in this rather leaden episode that only seems to get drearier as it goes along. Never has a screwy chase scene felt more jarring and obligatory then here... though it IS a funny one.
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2012 19:06:51 GMT -5 by dedaved