The Best Episodes of Moonlighting

Atomic Shakespeare

#1 - Atomic Shakespeare 9.53

Season 3 - Episode 7

A boy hoping to watch Moonlighting but forced to study Shakespeare instead daydreams about the cast performing their own version of The Taming of the Shrew complete with Petruchio Dave and Kate Maddie.

Directors: Will Mackenzie
Cool Hand Dave (1)

#2 - Cool Hand Dave (1) 9.20

Season 4 - Episode 5

Ms. Dipesto lets Maddie's secret slip, so Dave frantically tries to fly to Chicago, but he gets waylaid and makes an unexpected side trip to prison under another man's name.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Cool Hand Dave (2)

#3 - Cool Hand Dave (2) 9.20

Season 4 - Episode 6

Ms. Dipesto lets Maddie's secret slip, so Dave frantically tries to fly to Chicago, but he gets waylaid and makes an unexpected side trip to prison under another man's name.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Eine Kleine Nacht Murder (2)

#4 - Eine Kleine Nacht Murder (2) 9.00

Season 5 - Episode 12

Dave helps Maddie entertain her cousin Annie, who's visiting California to get a perspective on her marriage.

Directors: Jay Daniel
When Girls Collide (1)

#5 - When Girls Collide (1) 9.00

Season 5 - Episode 10

David goes beyond the call of duty to help entertain Maddie's cousin Annie, and Maddie realizes that David may be over his obsession with her.

Directors: Dennis Dugan, Charles H. Eglee, Merrill Markoe
To Heiress Human

#6 - To Heiress Human 8.86

Season 3 - Episode 15

Maddie tries to ignore the previous night as she and David tackle a new case: a woman wants evidence that her fiance loves her and not her father's money.

Directors: Sam Weisman
Tale in Two Cities

#7 - Tale in Two Cities 8.83

Season 4 - Episode 4

Maddie's parents throw a party for her in Chicago while Dave and Bert party it up in LA.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Perfetc

#8 - Perfetc 8.80

Season 5 - Episode 9

Maddie resists, but David plunges ahead when a dying burglar asks for their help in proving he committed the perfect crime 25 years earlier.

Directors: Gerald Perry Finnerman, Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
Those Lips, Those Lies

#9 - Those Lips, Those Lies 8.80

Season 5 - Episode 8

Maddie is sympathetic while David is skeptical when his brother shows up asking for help tracking down his fiancee's former partner, who has absconded with all their company assets.

Directors: Dennis Dugan
In God We Strongly Suspect

#10 - In God We Strongly Suspect 8.80

Season 2 - Episode 13

Dave and Maddie agree to "corpse-sit" for an escape artist's widow, who believes her dead husband's threats to come back and get even with her.

Directors: Will Mackenzie
I Am Curious... Maddie (4)

#11 - I Am Curious... Maddie (4) 8.75

Season 3 - Episode 14

Sam confronts Dave about Maddie, and tells him he's not good enough for her.

Directors: Allan Arkush, Ron Osborn, Karen Hall, Roger Director, Charles H. Eglee
North by North Dipesto

#12 - North by North Dipesto 8.75

Season 2 - Episode 12

A restless Ms. Dipesto gets a chance for danger and excitement when she gets a piece of paper from a mysterious man while attending a ball in Dave and Maddie's place.

Directors: Christopher Hibler
And the Flesh Was Made Word

#13 - And the Flesh Was Made Word 8.75

Season 4 - Episode 14

Dave and Maddie try to recover their working relationship while dealing with the romantic writings of a man obsessed by one woman.

Directors: Paul Krasny
Come Back Little Shiksa

#14 - Come Back Little Shiksa 8.71

Season 4 - Episode 2

With Maddie in Chicago, Dave feels very sympatico with a client who offers $10,000 if they can locate the woman he spent one memorable night with.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Father Knows Last

#15 - Father Knows Last 8.71

Season 4 - Episode 7

Mr. Hayes visits Dave after his return to the agency to subtly hint that he should take some responsibility for Maddie's unborn child.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Poltergeist III--- Dipesto Nothing

#16 - Poltergeist III--- Dipesto Nothing 8.71

Season 3 - Episode 10

Ms. Dipesto tries to solve a haunted house case refused by Dave and Maddie to show Bert Viola that she's just as good a detective as he is.

Directors: Christopher Hibler
It's a Wonderful Job

#17 - It's a Wonderful Job 8.68

Season 3 - Episode 8

A depressed Maddie gets a chance to see what her life and the rest of Blue Moon staff would be like if she had sold the agency as she originally intended.

Directors: Ed Sherin
Twas the Episode Before Christmas

#18 - Twas the Episode Before Christmas 8.67

Season 2 - Episode 10

Ms. Dipesto finds a baby left in her apartment by a woman named Mary fleeing from the hit men who killed her husband, and Dave and Maddie quarrel over using the agency phones as a "Santa hot line."

Directors: Peter Werner
Every Daughter's Father Is a Virgin

#19 - Every Daughter's Father Is a Virgin 8.67

Season 2 - Episode 14

Maddie worries about her parents' strange behavior, so Dave tails her father to see if he's having an affair.

Directors: Christopher Hibler
Witness for the Execution

#20 - Witness for the Execution 8.67

Season 2 - Episode 15

A sick old man asks Dave and Maddie to be the "expert" witnesses at his murder.

Directors: Paul Krasny
Maddie's Turn to Cry (3)

#21 - Maddie's Turn to Cry (3) 8.57

Season 3 - Episode 13

Maddie feels more and more confused about Sam and Dave after an all-night stakeout with Dave ends in an early morning proposal from Sam.

Directors: Allan Arkush, Charles H. Eglee, Karen Hall
The Straight Poop

#22 - The Straight Poop 8.50

Season 3 - Episode 9

Rona Barrett investigates the rumors about discord among the principals at the Blue Moon Detective agency.

Directors: Jay Daniel
Fetal Attraction

#23 - Fetal Attraction 8.50

Season 4 - Episode 9

Dave searches for a suitable Lamaze partner so he can be prepared for Maddie's delivery.

Directors: Allan Arkush, Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Kerry Ehrin
Plastic Fantastic Lovers

#24 - Plastic Fantastic Lovers 8.50

Season 5 - Episode 4

Maddie and David are hired by a disfigured man who has become a recluse and needs the detectives' help in proving that a plastic surgeon wantonly caused his disfiguration.

Directors: Allan Arkush
Take a Left at the Altar

#25 - Take a Left at the Altar 8.50

Season 4 - Episode 3

David recruits Bert Viola as his detecting companion in a case concerning a man who failed to show up for his wedding while Maddie continues to brood in Chicago.

Directors: Sam Weisman