I just rewatched it again! I don't remember it being so awsome .. I'm not a romantic but wow this episode is just amazing .. How come it didn't get like millions of awards?? Favourite Moonlighting episode eveeeeeeeeeeeer
When an episode has been deconstructed, debated and scrutinized by as many devoted fans as this one has it's difficult to know how to even begin to approach it. Let's start with the fun stuff first: Structure! This episode is rather unusual in how it unfolds and I'm still unsure as to whether this is just an accident. Given the volatile writing process where often it feels like the show is making it on the air by the skin of its teeth it's tough to picture purposefully, thoughtfully designed story construction with a clear spine. Given that the chaos behind the camera as well as in front of it is such a relentless presence it's never clear when something like this show's story structure is indeed deliberate.... I like to think it was. I Am Curious... Maddie is essentially written like a play. A series of scenes featuring emotionally weighted, pointed, tense, sometimes explosive, sometimes introspective, always compelling conversations. There's no episode that plays out quite like this one.
Sam has grown impatient with David and has dropped the nice guy act making his stance clear in the most urgently aggressive way just short of beating David to a pulp... that is until he actually beats David to a pulp when this first thing fails to work. Showing up in Addison's apartment while he's sleeping, WAITING for him to wake up (!) so he can tell him the score about his relationship with Maddie is as blatant a character reveal as you could imagine. It couldn't have been more piquant if Sam entered Davids house wearing sheep's clothing that he would subsequently remove. David sits in almost complete silence as the "problem" is laid out for him in an unnerving manner. Sam is stern, condescending, demeaning, quietly enraged and above all serious. For the first time David is out of wisecracks and words altogether. This scintillating and uncomfortable scene culminates later in a parking garage brawl. Hell let's face it, this has been building since the finale of Blonde on Blonde and it's shockingly brutal. Sam REALLY beats the shit out of him.... and we're only half way in. Sam and Maddie have a fight, a real fight in the car and it's fascinating if for no other reason than that we finally get a glimpse into what a relationship between these two would actually look like without the handsome "ghost from the past" routine. For the first time it's actually interesting to watch the two of them have a conversation and while it's not a pleasant one, it's real and we actually can see them together whether we want to or not.
Which brings me to the final scene of the episode that basically sums up why people tuned in, why people were excited, why they were enraged, why they waited impatiently for the following week, why they lost interest, why TV (incorrectly) coined the phrase "Moonlighting Curse." It's vicious, vile, mean, spiteful.......... and hot. Very hot. Some people may have not imagined David and Maddie coming together like this. Those people weren't paying attention to the last 3 seasons. It HAD to be this way. David and Maddie have been pushing and pulling, fighting and resisting, loving and hating for so long now that everything that's been bubbling, all the conflict and anger that they've held in check as a means of protecting themselves needed to be expelled in one tortuous swoop. It had to be violent so there'd be nothing left but the truth. Is it easy to watch? Not especially, no. But this is how it HAD to be. "No woman is worth this" is arguably the point where this runaway train begins and it only gets more personal from there. If you're even contemplating whether or not a woman is worth "this" whatever "this" is exactly, well chances are she most definitely IS worth it. That's what makes it so painful. You can never just say "no woman is worth this" and walk away. If it were that easy we would all do it and that includes David Addison. This is what David and Maddie were about: They could never, EVER just walk away. No matter how painful it got.