Moonlighting – tape 682

Back to the Blue Moon Detective Agency for more Moonlighting. The first episode here is Between a Yuk and a Hard Place. The agency is extremely busy. And things seem awkward between David and Maddie, so I presume something happened. Checking the episode guide, it’s because in the previous episode, Maddie miscarried their baby, so they’re still dealing with that.

So it’s awkward for a while, until they get stuck in a lift at the end of the day. The muzak is inly slightly annoying, until it starts playing ‘You Must have been a Beautiful Baby’ at which point David loses his temper and destroys the speaker.

Maddie and David

And there’s a ludicrous finale involving a hot air balloon and a cactus field.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th March 1989 – 21:00

The next episode here is The Color of Maddie. Not a reference to the Bruce Willis thriller Color of Night, since that was made years after this. A woman’s husband, who went missing ten years ago, shortly after their marriage, has returned, but she’s not 100% sure he’s really him. It all ends in a pillow fight.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st March 1989 – 21:00

The next episode is Plastic Fantastic Lovers. There’s a couple of guest stars you might recognise here.

Andrew Robinson, the zodiac killer in Dirty Harry, Larry the ill-fated father in Hellraiser, or Garak in Deep Space Nine, and Jennifer Tilly, from Bride of Chucky.

Jennifer Tilly

Robinson plays a man who has been scarred by cosmetic surgery and now hides his face. He asks for Blue Moon’s help via video, to find proof that he was a victim of malpractice.

As part of the investigation, Maddie goes for a consultancy with the surgeon, who opines “I wouldn’t dream of jeopardising that with something as clumsy as surgery.”

Robinson takes pains to hide his hideously mutilated appearance from anyone, even in his own house. When Maddie and David come for a meeting, he spends it behind frosted glass.

Andrew Robinson behind frosted glass

Rather surprisingly, Robinson is not revealed at the end to only have a tiny scar or something – i guess they just didn’t want to pay out for an expensive prosthetic.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th March 1989 – 21:00

The final episode on this tape is Shirts and Skins. David and Maddie take on the opposing sides of a sexual harassment suit, so it’s boys versus girls. David really was horribly sexist, wasn’t he? Bt he does the right thing in the end.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 4th April 1989 – 21:00

After this, there’s a trailer for Rory Bremner.

then the tape ends.

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