Who teaches Maddie to open her heart? Hmmm. I agree with other posters that say it was a tag team combination of David and Agnes, with a piledriver by that cute kid. This episode had so much sugar I was reaching for the insulin...but I loved it.
I need to tackle the question of Maddie and happiness...I think you guys are being a little tough on her.
Maddie has been through a huge upheaval in her life in the almost a year leading up to this Christmas. She has lost almost everything material she has owned.....and I think she has lost a lot of faith. What has happened to our girl would certainly be enough to drag anyone down. But, she has pulled herself up and buckled down to try and regain her life as she knew it.
So she equates fun and success with money and is working hard to regain her former status.....that is why I think she takes herself and the business so seriously....she has set her goals high, and knows only one way to get to them...buckle down and get back what she had. It didn't work with Ron Sawyer, so she knows she needs to get it back herself.
But little by little, David is integrating himself into her life, and teaching her lessons about life, and happiness. He is very sweet, telling her she would be a good mother, and I think she is quite flattered by his comments. But she has to play the game and dismiss him, when secretly she is thrilled with his revelation. This is just one of the changes......almost one every episode, that David leads Maddie through as he helps her let the person she is inside, out.
This is what is so great about their relationship as we watch it grow! I agree, MAddie does at times equate happiness with material things. But, isn't it great when David gets her to see otherwise.....little by little?!?!
This episode to me, is just wonderful in a bunch of ways.
I think Cybill looks absolutely fabulous. Even with the silk outfit, the heavy eyeliner and eye shadow, she just floors me.
The BIGGEST thing that hit me when watching this for the first time in a couple of years though, is how the interaction between David and Maddie was fresh, and it looked like they were having a good time. It was great great banter throughout the episode. The smiles they had were REAL smiles, not made up TV grins. The yelling, the screaming, was CLASSIC Moonlighting.
And I kinda liked a couple of scenes were it seemed Cybill's Memphis accent broke through, even just a tad.
Not to ruin our happy Christmassy buzz here, but one part of this ep struck an odd note to me: the opening scene seems a bit brutal, what with the pouring scotch down Joseph's throat, Mary's heartrending look of panic, and the way she clutches little Andrew. Given the tone of the rest of the episode (in particular the resolution scene, with its comic guns vs. toys and the deus ex machina appearance of the Kings), did anyone else find this somewhat jarring?
"I don't want you losing any more sleep over me." "Believe me, if and when I ever find myself 'over' you, the last thing I'll be thinking about is sleeping."
I think the opening scene, though jarring, also was part and parcel of the ML world. They could go from serious, to comedic, to yes, violent, in short order. Numerous openings had somewhat nasty scenes, only to be counterbalanced by chuckles later on.
Not to ruin our happy Christmassy buzz here, but one part of this ep struck an odd note to me: the opening scene seems a bit brutal, what with the pouring scotch down Joseph's throat, Mary's heartrending look of panic, and the way she clutches little Andrew. did anyone else find this somewhat jarring?
You know, I think this show deliberately picked mean scary looking villains. From the watch eater in the pilot to Belzer, it's an ugly group of thugs!
One thing I picked up on listening to the commentary (which was really good by the way) was how they acknowledged the fact that they created a world where people would actually want to inhabit.
Now me, personally I would rather be a Private Investigator living on a private estate on Oahu driving the owner's Ferrari, but that gig was taken. I suppose a job in a fancy office in Century City comes in a close second.