Post by callmeditzy on Sept 15, 2008 21:38:09 GMT -5
I missed this one on its original airing. Actually, I just got the Season Five DVD and am realizing that I missed a lot of it. Must be because during the year it aired I was a sophomore in high school and had my first real boyfriend and was all wrapped up in the romance of it all (update: he is now married with two kids).
Anyway, I was surprised at how much I liked this one.
I love Richie Addison, so there's that. Like others have mentioned, the chemistry between Richie and David, and Richie and David and Maddie is so great.
There is a side to David that only comes out when Richie is around, and I find that so interesting. It's kind of similar to the side that his father brings out, but it's still different. You can tell he finds Richie so irritating and troublesome in so many ways, and he tries to avoid him as much as possible, but when he does come around, he just can't help but love him. Kind of a parallel with Maddie's feelings for David, huh?
Mostly I love that this episode recognizes the fact that Maddie and David have been in each other's lives for a long time now and have been close enough to know each other's family members. I love how says "Richie" so familiarly when she realizes it's him in the office. And how well she and he play off each other, almost ganging up against David. I can almost ignore what I know about what's happened to David and Maddie's relationship and pretend they're together. And Maddie and Richie have a brother/sister-in-law type of relationship. I love that it's assumed Maddie will join them for dinner and that Carla seems happy to be getting along with Maddie, as if she recognizes that Maddie is an important part of David's, and therefore Richie's, life. I love that Maddie wants to beat up Carla because of the way she treated Richie. Just like a big sister!
And I'm so in love with the whole brotherly-bonding montage at the end I want to marry it and have a million of its babies.
Of course, the part of this episode I don't like are the ones when they do address (kind of) Maddie and David's relationship. I just don't get it. Maddie comes in and gives "David" a back-rub, and she's very happy to do it, giving the impression that they're comfortable being physical with each other. She even speaks of their past relationship ("Actually, I never did this. You were the one who always gave the back rubs") kind of wistfully and affectionately.
But then there's the weird things they say to each other in the car and I have no idea what the writers want us to think that these two people feel for each other.
Plus, I didn't like the lapses in continuity. I mean, why would Maddie ask David, "You and your brother don't get along, do you?" when she knows the ins and outs of their relationship? They went through all this in Brother, Can You Spare a Blonde. And the rehashing of the fight was lazy, too.
This whole episode, I think, is a great example of how Maddie and David could have worked as a couple. Except for the parts when they're reminding us all that they're not a couple, they are totally functioning as one. How ironic.
Last Edit: Sept 15, 2008 22:39:10 GMT -5 by callmeditzy
IAnd I'm so in love with the whole brotherly-bonding montage at the end I want to marry it and have a million of its babies.
OMG this cracked me up so much! ROFLMAO Yes you gotta love those Addison boys! So true though what you said about this episode, Callmeditzy! M/D do make you crazy in this episode. It is a very good one from season 5.
Ditz, I absolutely love your post. You are 100% right on all points, IMHO. I too love anything with Richie and there really is a family feel to this episode. If you suspend the reality of D&M's relationship at this point, you could believe that D&M are a couple and Rich is the brother-in-law. I love the lead-in with everyone looking for Al Jarreau. Other than the singing and dancing lead to AWWAV, this is probably the only one in Seasons 4 and 5. They did quite a few in Seasons 2 and 3. I also love the subtle change in their suite number. I love the scene between Dave and Richie in the jail cell when David breaks out into song and I especially love the "Blue Velvet" bit in David's office. Overall, a really enjoyable episode in an otherwise lackluster season.
Oh, the continuity issue - there are so many of those over the 5 seasons that really drive me crazy. This definitely is one of them. As a matter of fact, that could qualify as a thread by itself - list all the continuity lapses.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2008 14:51:03 GMT -5 by lin212
Although there are some nice moments between David and Richie, this episode should be called "Recycled"...........
- A man steals all of a woman's money - David feels obligated to tell another member of his family that his fiancee has a shady past - The porcelain shampoo is recreated - Maddie shreiks while David and Richie roll around on the floor, and she finally lands on top of them, rolling around as well. - Richie wears heart boxers
Oh well, I guess that makes mincemeat of my theory that the season five writers never watched the other four seasons! Blatant theft and repeating of tired themes proves me wrong!
I give this one a 3.....maybe a 4...cause I always did like David, Richie and Maddie together.
I agree. I gave it a 6, the ending, as nice as it's supposed to be didn't feel very natural to me, more like tacked on. As to the recycling parts, I guess it was a hommage and I actually liked that his brother wears the same undies(Dave said he always got his brothers hand-me-downs, scary to think the one he wears now are Richie's?). But although I feel the episode starts out nice, maybe the general tone of the show has changed too much? Or I'm too used after season 4 to see many scenes at the agency? Many people seem to hate Season 4 while I think it was the last peak the show had(and even season 2 had quite a few bad or weak episodes IMHO). My favorite parts of the show were usually the more soap-opera-like episodes, like when Sam shows up or most of season 4. That's what really got me hooked on Moonlighting and I think the show should have continued that way. Maybe after hurting David so bad, we should have seen Maddie chase and wait for David for a season, while he got married or has a girlfriend or something? And then in the end, they could finally get together? I don't know, I just feel as if that would have made for a better show than all these episodes we got in season 5 that didn't seem to make heads or tails...
I can honestly say this is a season 5 episode that I actually like. Yeah! I found myself smiling through a lot of this one and I definitely cannot say that about much of season 5. The back rub part? That was interesting and I didn't remember it at all. Would love to have seen more of Maddie reminiscing about those intimate nights with David and moving toward some new ones! David seemed more like David and Maddie felt more like Maddie here. Charles Rocket(RIP) brought something special to the show. And I have to say I liked him better in this one than Brother Can You Spare a Blonde. I love David singing Blue Velvet. Love the whole brother thing in this episode. I like that we actually have David and Maddie in car scenes again. Ok the conversations weren't as great but seemed more honest and true in some ways than what we've been getting. David's comment about chewing over the past and Stayng close I actually liked. It's interesting too as Maddie was sort of chewing over the past earlier with the backrub conversation. Yeah we need more than chewing over the past, we need some new material/moments to move them forward As the episode continues we do see that David and Richie do still have a closeness and hope that means David and Maddie do too. And David is afraid of intimacy conversation? I think he was being sarcastic, Maddie is the one afraid of intimacy, he wanted to commit. So glad the office staff was left out of this one, just been too much time on them this season. I would probably rate this a 7. This may be the best of season 5 though for me.
Last Edit: Mar 2, 2019 11:51:34 GMT -5 by ryangie97