This is a pretty good episode. I love the way David trys so hard to find out al the info he can on being a good dad and trying to go to Lamaze class and being rejected cause he can't be alone for this. Then when he meets terri and they decide to do this together. i never felt threatened by Terri but could understand why she started to feel something for David because he was taking good care of her. David probably felt comfortable with Terri but i don't think he was falling in love with her. Also Bert being forced to help David prepare is so so funny. Maddie getting the books and wanting to go home to David is great too but of course she changed her mind once she ran into Walter in the next episode. Maybe an 8.
I especially like the beginning of this episode when David comes off the elevator with a little hop in his step and the ML theme playing with an upbeat tempo. It makes us think that all will be well. I also love his line to one of the guys in the office when he says naptime is at 3:30 and O'Neill will be the wake up fairy. So cute.
I think Rose nailed it. I just watched it again the other day and loved the interplay between David and Terri. I always liked Brooke and thought she was perfect for the part. Drop dead gorgeous, but with dark hair and deep eyes, the complete opposite of Maddie's blonde/blue look. A good show that I had hoped foreshadowed good things to come, but of course we all know the outcome of the next few shows. One of the last ones before I think they Jumped the Shark.
Post by maddieaddisonjr on Apr 14, 2007 20:33:35 GMT -5
I'm not ready to rate this one yet but I just had to press the pause button. I'm at the part where Mrs. Hayes walks in on Maddie to see if she was ready for the shopping trip they obviously planned, only to find her packing. The first thought that came to my mind was that it must come natural to Maddie to just up and leave folks with no warning whatsoever and act like it's no big thing - like they just have to understand her feelings and what she's going through.
I just want to pull out her Blue Moon Shampoo-ed hair!
After the fun Cool Hand Dave episodes the passage of time had dulled my annoyance with the characterization of Maddie this season but now it's sharp again. David sends her a box of baby books and suddenly she's ready to return home after over two listless weeks of 'Idon'tknowIdon'tknowIdon'tknow...'. Well, has she decided to be with him for real or is she going to act all wishy-washy the minute they don't see eye-to-eye again? Because if she hasn't made a real decision, she should stay in Chicago. I've gotten pleasantly used to her not being around to criticize David and otherwise hurt his feelings.
I'm enjoying his platonic Lamaze relationship with Terri. It's sweet! And a refreshing change.
Gosh! I remember not too long ago liking David and Maddie together.
I give it a 6. I'm ambivalent about Terri and about David pursuing a practice lamaze partner. She's a good plot device because she gives us a window into David's feelings for Maddie, but this episode feels like it is just marking time until the reunion that is coming in the next episode. Also, I think this episode buys into the good David and bad Maddie paradigm a bit too much with David going so above the bar to prepare himself for fatherhood. They are just setting us up to hate Maddie so much more in the next episode.
Post by maddieaddisonjr on Dec 12, 2007 1:17:33 GMT -5
I reread my above posts. Again, sorry for the multiples. I'm cringing at how hard I was on Madolyn. I still feel some of the sentiments expressed but she wasn't that bad and a lot of it is understandable really.
I originally gave this a 9, but now I think *8* although I can't change it; but it's not that much of a difference.
I like the swing in David's step. He's positive and he's taking charge of the situation as best he can.
The scene with Bert pregnant with pillows is a hoot!
Maddie's coming home! Pretending I don't know what's next, this is wonderful! Even knowing what's next, the fact that David and Maddie will be together in the same scene after over half a season is de-lovely.
Post by missingmymoonlight on Jul 13, 2012 19:38:49 GMT -5
I tend to avoid watching in their entirety any episodes that came after the third season (aside from MHGM, which is wonderful). But I hadn't seen FETAL ATTRACTION in ANY way, shape, or form for years. So today I fired up the old DVD player and landed in Century City at the beginning of this episode. I dove in remembering only vaguely that Terri was introduced and Maddie did not have much air time. Much to my surprise, it wasn't at all awful. The writers and director apparently reclaimed the tone of the show and of David and Maddie which got hijacked somewhere over ATTTM. And the early scenes between Herbert Viola and "Mr. Addison"? Funny, funny stuff. VIVA CURTIS ARMSTRONG -- who has his Emmy?
I don't have an issue with David's character arc in this episode insofar as preparing for fatherhood is concerned. He HAD to take a firm, forward step toward growing up. If not after his heart-to-heart with Mr Hayes, then when? I like that David seems to want to convey that he finally ran into something bigger than himself or Maddie and that ironically it is the sum of both their parts (if it is his part -- sigh -- b/c OF COURSE THE BABY'S HIS).
What did trouble me about David in this episode is a) how readily he questions his paternity of the child and, b) how easily he imparts his ambiguity to a virtual stranger. This is a very, very, very intimate disclosure about the love of his life and it is difficult to believe David, who holds his emotional cards so close to the vest he chances forfeiting the game, would divulge it so quickly to Terri. Maybe it is easier to share secrets with someone you perceive as a passing acquaintance but the delivery room ain't a stool in a bar or, Maddie and Walter Bishop notwithstanding, a seat on a train. Didn't like it. Was actually a little offended by it. I'm not implying David shouldn't have told Terri EVER, but earn the moment. If you don't earn it, nobody will buy it. At least not me.
No sooner had Points a) and b) semi-resolved when Point c) hit: Terri showed up at David's apartment at 4:30 in the morning to declare her feelings for him -- what, Terri, was 8:30 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. too logical or too convenient? I had not remembered that plot point at all! And it infuriated me. I know. These are not real people. Or real situations. I still found myself yelling at the TV -- DAVID LOVES MADDIE. GET OFF THEIR BED AND LEAVE HIM ALONE. Maybe I should seek help for that. Anyway, I am, as they say in the movies, shocked and appalled such a crucial part of Terri's character wasn't seared solid in my mind because it is not a small deal. Neither is David's response to it. Which I also hadn't remembered. He has feelings for her too?!! Okay, Maddie took off like a petulant teenager and has been MIA for about four months. So David, being David (and like plenty of other jilted lovers in the world) slept with Some Other Fill-In-The-Blank to salve his hurt feelings and salvage his ego. I get that. But FEELINGS? That he ADMITS having about Terri, TO Terri, practically tout de suite? This, when after three years of "is you is or is you ain't" he couldn't say "Maddie, I love you, Maddie" without the Ronettes singing over him? It is absolutely maddening. No, it doesn't rise to the level of Walter Bishop or Annie (what does?) but it took the wind out of me. And it is just so casually slipped in. Seems almost sweet. Until you come to your senses and get hopping mad. Then I started to think maybe it wasn't all that innocent or guileless. That maybe the scene was the writers' sly way of saying Maddie isn't so off-the-hook regarding her reservations about David. That maybe she does know him in some ways better than he knows himself (the inverse is IMHO certainly true). Maybe. In any event, it did not martyr David to me, nor did it endear him. It made me want to shake him while shouting "You falling fast for somebody else is the fear Maddie's afraid of. This is (partly) why she ran away!".
Maddie. She seemed almost sane again in this episode. It didn't hurt that Cybill looked very pretty and well-rested. I agree with the prior posting though about Maddie being inconsiderate and childish in her abrupt comings and goings. But at least she sounded like the Maddie of old in FA and took some responsibility for her dilemma/behavior. The speech made to her parents was great and all could have been forgiven...
...If only she hadn't walked back into Blue Moon with a ludicrous excuse for a Lothario on her arm. We have GGC to thank for that.
But that's another story.
The episode was funny, provocative, stirring, but most of all it is the catalyst for getting Miss Hayes HOME. And, okay, okay, David and Terri shared some undeniable chemistry -- not easy to pull off considering the Maddie factor. I rate it an 8.
Post by beesnbears on Sept 9, 2012 18:50:33 GMT -5
Well, if snappysara hadn't responded to this thread I think I would have missed missingmymoonlight's forever!
And that would be a darn shame.
I've always loved this episode because we get to see David actually doing the one thing WE knew he would and could do...the one thing Maddie always feared he wouldn't...and that's making a commitment to her and the baby. The Lamaze classes, the books that he mailed, all because he KNEW the baby was his and because he loves her.
And then Maddie realizes she needs to go home....I just love that. (Cybill is so perfect and she is beautiful, isn't she?)
But....I do squirm a little when David and Terri have their little heart to heart chat. I never felt he was falling for her either, but it does make me a leeeetle uncomfortable to watch it only because I don't want David to fall for her. I do love, however, that, David being David, he gently explains his situation with Maddie with what sounds like to me a hopeful heart. As missingmymoonlight so eloquently put it, he ran into something bigger than himself and Maddie and it's the sum of both of them.
Despite feeling squirmish...I have always liked Terri. I think she was exactly what David needed during that time. A good friend who relied on him as much as he relied on her.
And yes, missingmymoonlight, Maddie came home. Your review is fabulous!
Post by missingmymoonlight on Sept 15, 2012 15:35:15 GMT -5
Thanks, 'bees'. Before re-watching this episode, I recalled liking Terri very much. I think she could have let the audience know she was falling for David (what woman wouldn't understand that ?) without showing up in his BEDROOM unannounced and uninvited so early in the morning. After all, she knew the David/Maddie situation and since David was presuming Maddie's child was his, she should have respected that until its resolution one way or another. I sure would have respected her a lot more. Aside from that, though, I was glad David found an unbiased confidante and I enjoyed Terri immensely in MHGM.
Full disclosure: I may be a bit biased. A few years ago, I was introduced to Brooke Adams ("Terri") by her husband Tony with whom I had a project in common. Although she had pretty much retired from acting by then, that night I wanted to tell her how much I enjoyed her on ML. But Brooke was so frosty and snake-eyed, I dropped my smile and changed my mind. Maybe she was just having a bad evening; everyone does. Nevertheless, when I re-watched the episode, her personal attitude did creep into my mind.