These are really great points that everyone has raised and very thought-provoking. I would just like to add my 2 cents worth.
Firstly, I think that David is being almost completely altruistic when he is encouraging Maddie to fold. I also believe that David's comment from the pilot "You need me to live, lady!" hasn't quite penetrated Maddie's honey blonde noggin and she resists this notion. She is IMHO looking at her old life through rose-coloured glasses. After all, how many real friends did she have from then? We certainly never see them!!!
Secondly, even though this is for the most part a great episode, further advancing character development, I feel that the endings for these earlier eps. suffer from what I call "Love Boat writing" that is, formulaic, predictable and corny. Luckily there is enough what we might call "West Wing writing" happening for the bulk of the ep.! Therefore the ending is just, again IMHO a little lame, although I do like Maddie's last line!
Thirdly, what can I say about the dress. I know it was the 80's but this looks like a robe. (Watch how Maddie does it up). We're jolly lucky there wasn't a wardrobe malfunction. Also, seeing as no-one has mentioned it yet - what is with Maddie's hair when she is in the dress- is it a piece or what?
I rewatched this one yesterday. To me it looked like there almost was a wardrobe malfunction, There was certainly a lot more on show than normal
"makes me wonder if he did something after the poker game to upset her"............the mind reels!!!
This could be a whole new thread!!
I'm not sure if anyone is visiting this site anymore but I'm rewatching the series for fanfic preparation and this is the place to be for all things Moonlighting as far as I know!
I'm answering #4 about why Maddie is so mad at David at the end with the whole comment about "just when you think you can show someone a piece of your heart..." or something like that. If there was another reason for Maddie to be mad at David, to actually leave him stranded in Buenos Aires, and to indicate that she was thinking of talking their relationship a step further but she changed her mind, we should have seen it onscreen. Because as the scene was written, it just seems like Maddie was mad at David for having the winning hand - which he had no way of knowing - and not playing it. It makes her seem a tad irrational and a lot petty and ungrateful to David for coming down there after her in the first place. Leaving him in Buenos Aires was mean and I don't believe Maddie at all during what was supposed to be a display of hurt and disappointment.