This is one of those episodes where it seems that the story is 'marking time' so to speak. It seems removed in many ways from what is essential to ML i.e. the Maddie and David relationship. On these grounds I would not rate it too highly but then there is a truly great musical number which lifts this episode out of the ordinary. I would give it an 8.
I'm trying to stay positive. I really like all of the messages on David's answering machine! Agnes: Are you missing? We can't even hire you to find you.. Bert: Hallo? Hallo? I didn't hear a beep. Was there a beep? I don't know if this is recording, Mr Addison, I hope this is recording.. This is Bert. I was just calling because I wanted to ask you -BEEP-
4 messages, means I vote 4.. But then I add a star for rewinding the anwering machine tape.
I actually like this episode. It's true that the Cool Hand Dave shows were fillers, but I think they were well done. I love the beginning when David is singing "What's your Name?" - great tune. I like the chain gang dance number and even the conversation with the warden. When David is leaning over the desk and getting in the warden's face, I am reminded of his demeanor in Witness for the Execution when he is leaning over Maddie's desk and arguing about helping the old man. And let's not forget the great ending - "I love you, David".
Only 19 years late I have eventually seen this episode (long time to wait and find out how David gets out of prison!) and I really enjoyed it. Highlights defintely the song and dance routine and the answer phone messages.
Aaahh, much better episode than part I. The sequence with the panicked ABC execs declaring that it's "Kamikazee time" is so much fun. And I love the opening scene in which David is singing Doo-Wop in solitary. So good.
The big musical number with all of the inmates is delightful.
David's escape to use the phone only to be stopped just as Maddie picks up on the other end was one of the more tension-filled moments in the series.
But, finally being released from prison to find an "I love you" message waiting on his answering machine? Priceless.
Overall, I give this episode a 9. (I took one point off for Bert, who I just could not stand in this episode. )
I didn't like this one actually, it's like it wasn't even Moonlighting, Maddie wasn't in it, the musical part was just cheesy & stupid, it was awful, the whole plot was ridiculous, I gave it a 6 cause of the answering machine messages too, they were really good .. Overall this was a dumb episode with a dumb plot
Yes this should have merely been the second half of the previous episode as opposed to a separate installment, sure it's just filling an episode slot in a season that is built on marking time, yeah it's insanely protracted, yes the Gilbert and Sullivan musical number is superfluous, yes it plays like a failed Moonlighting spin-off pilot. But it's FUN. Let's face it this season needed fun desperately!
Giving this one a 6 this time, no idea what I gave it before. "I love you David" makes up for a lot. Would rate a lot lower if not for that. Ok this isn't a typical ML episode but it is entertaining and I always think David looks particularly hot when he's scruffy I like when he tells his and Maddies story to the chain gang. Don't really care for the song and dance, if it had been a different song maybe. Love the search for a David replacement. Love that it's Maddie he calls to help him out, could have called Bert or Agnes for help but his one call is still Maddie. Too bad he didn't actually get to talk to her.