Ode to Miss Dipesto
The wait is now over
And now we all can see
The cases that Blue Moon
Handled in season three.
Haunted houses, Jilted lovers,
A detectiveās life is a thrill.
David and Maddie hit the sheets,
sending the show straight downhill
For those unfamiliar with the series, Moonlighting was a detective show from the latter half of the ā80s, but it had much more in common with the screwball comedies of the ā30s and ā40s, driven by the verbal fireworks and sexual tension between lead characters, Maddie Hayes and David Addison. The show was very funny and the characters were well aware of it, illustrated by their self-referential jokes and constantly breaking the fourth wall, reminiscent of the Hope and Crosby Road pictures.
The show was both a critical and popular hit. It received numerous nominations, won some awards, and finished the 1986-87 season in the Top-10. By general consensus, season three is when the show the peaked before spiraling out of control and losing its luster. Unfortunately, like many relationships, once the chase is consummated, dynamics change. In the movies, when the guy finally gets the girl, they roll the credits and donāt have to deal with the hard parts. Moonlighting didnāt have that luxury when David and Maddie slept together. When the next episode aired a month later, some of the magic was lost.
Plus, the writing was already so on the wall that the staff was having trouble maintaining the high level of quality that they had achieved. While the producers were creating some amazing, inventive bits of television, they were constantly late delivering episodes to the network, creating only 15 episodes this season, actually 14 1/2 episodes since one is a clip show. It was always worth the wait, but the public wasnāt used to only seeing a couple of new episodes a month, so they grew restless with so many reruns, as Iām sure the advertisers did.
Season three is memorable for three major items: the addition of junior detective, Curtis Viola, a sidekick for David and a love interest for Ms. Dipesto; the love triangle between Maddie, David, and Sam, played by Mark Harmon; and quite possibly the most memorable episode of the entire series, āAtomic Shakespeare,ā which saw the cast transported into a retelling of Taming of the Shrew.