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Father Knows Last

Date Originally Aired: Dec. 15, 1987
Written By: Kerry Ehrin
Directed By: Allan Arkush
Title Reference: From the TV series Father Knows Best
Alternate Title: Is that a shotgun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

Our Rating: (1-10 with 10 being the highest) 10

Cast Members:

    Cybill Shepherd
    Bruce Willis
    Allyce Beasley
    Curtis Armstrong

Recurring Guest Stars:

    Robert Webber as Alexander Hayes
    Eva Marie Saint as Virginia Hayes
    Jack Blessing as MacGillicudy

Guest Stars:

    Cleavant Derricks as Leonard Haven
    R.H. Thomson as Dr. Steve Hill
    Pamela Bowen as Rita Corley
    Tom Lacy


Plot Summary:

    David, who's unaware that in Chicago the cat's out of the bag about the baby, returns to the remnants of a mutiny on the Blue Moon Bounty, and a visit from someone who wants to have a father-to-David chat about responsibility and obligation.

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    None this episode.


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The Case:

    No case. Just a financial crisis at the business.

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Fights Between Maddie & David:

    Maddie and David have no contact with each other. But we do hear David tell Mr. Hayes about some of their conflicts.

Where the relationship is going:

    This episode really is all about their relationship and clearly spells out exactly how David feels about Maddie. By the end of the episode we know that he loves her so much that he wants to be the father for her baby, whether it is his or not. We also see Maddie starting to consider working out their relationship and thinking about David in terms of him being the person she wants there for the birth of the baby and beyond.

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    This is our favorite fourth season episode. The performances in it are top notch. The scene on the airplane between David Addison and Mr. Hayes is such a moving scene, and in our opinion contains Bruce Willis's single best performance on Moonlighting.
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