Moonlighting (1985–1989)
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Moonlighting (Pilot) 

Maddie Hayes wakes up to find her staff have quit and all her money has been stolen. One of her few remaining assets is a loss-making investigation agency run by David Addison. She sacks the staff but David is determined to keep it going.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Agnes DiPesto
Plastic Surgeon (as Jim MacKrell)
Rebecca Stanley ...
Susan Kaplan
Investigator #1 (as Henry Sanders)
Blond Mohawk
Joseph Whipp ...
Investigator #2 (as Joe Whipp)
Jean Adams ...
Old Lady


This is the pilot episode of the "Moonlighting" (1985) television series. Madeline 'Maddie' Hayes, a wealthy former model, discovers one morning that her business manager has stolen all the money she has in the bank. However, it turns out that she still owns some non-liquid assets -- money-losing companies which were maintained as tax write-offs -- one of which is a detective agency run by David Addison. Maddie meets with him to inform him that the company is to be shut down, but he tries to persuade her to keep it open by convincing her that the detective agency can make money. To prove it, David brings Maddie into a murder case involving a mysterious wristwatch and four million dollars worth of smuggled diamonds. Written by Brian C. Madsen <>

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3 March 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The property used for Maddie's house was also used in the Columbo episode "Sex and the Married Detective" See more »


When Blond Mohawk is running through the park he is barefoot, But when he runs away after the accident he's wearing shoes. See more »


Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes: How do you know he's dead?
David Addison: It's either that or the man wears an obscene amount of blue rouge.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Performed by Patsy Cline
Written by Willie Nelson
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Where Does The Time Go
1 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

It doesn't seem like it has been More than 20 years since this pilot hit the air. When you look at it now and see dial pay phones and no cell phones, you realize it has been.

The main plots in the pilot involves model Maddie Hayes being taken for all her money by bogus financial advisor's & $4 million dollars in smuggled diamonds that Maddie & David Addison accidentally stumble onto. This pilot relies upon two things which made the entire series a major success. The chemistry between Bruce Willis & Cybill Shepherd is the main thing. A clever script is the other.

While the script is a fresh approach, some of the sequences go back to classic material. The main finale sequence featuring some stunts, a tall building with a clock, and some breath taking moments draws upon the silent classic SAFETY LAST from Harold Lloyd for its inspiration.

All in all, this pilot is extremely effective introducing everyone and providing some top notch 1980's era music in its sound track. It is a key building block from which the rest of the series takes off on.

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