Moonlighting (1988) – Here’s Living With You, Kid, and And The Flesh Made Word

Here it is, the final pair of episodes of the fourth season of Moonlighting. Probably my least favourite so far as it kept the leads apart for almost the entire season. But, hey, with one more season let’s see what happens.

The penultimate episode of the season Here’s Living With You, Kid gives us another Bert (Curtis Armstrong) and Agnes (Allyce Beasley) episode instead of dealing with the David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) arc – in fact neither of them even appear in this story.

Written by Jeff Reno and Ron Osborn from a story by Roger Director, Charles H. Eglee and Kerry Ehrin. It originally aired on 15 March, 1988.

Bert and Agnes are debating about moving in with one another, and while he works on protecting a frost-proof grapefruit, he deals with her initial no, and imagines their lives together through a series of old movies.

Together, the two characters appear in a riff on films like Valentino’s Sheik of the Desert, Casablanca, as Bert tries to come to terms with how he feels, and the fear of Agnes saying no to him.

This is very much an Armstrong episode, even Beasley is mostly a supporting character, though she gets some fun moments.

In the end, the character has to realise that he’s hurt Agnes, and how much she really means to him. It’s a fun, light-hearted episode, but is also indicative of how much trouble the series was in when neither of the show’s leads even made an appearance.

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The final episode of the season, And The Flesh Made Word was written by Kerry Ehrin, and aired on 22 March, 1988.

Maddie and Walter (Dennis Dugan) get a divorce while a case is on hand for the Blue Moon Detective Agency. As the case, and episode proceeds Maddie comes to the conclusion that she wants to resume her relationship with David. But what about Terri (Brooke Adams) and her newborn baby?

As they work the case, Maddie is trying to make it clear to David that she’s interested in pursuing a relationship, while David is more reticent to open up to her, hiding behind a sour form of their usual banter.

On the flip side, despite the fact that I miss how much fun the show used to be, I kind of like seeing how their relationship (on and off screen) has affected the series. Seeing how they act together, the things that they want to see, the things left unsaid, and Addison gets a chance to deliver all of them to Maddie in a scene that plays so well because it’s quiet and restrained, not loud and angry.

Of course, the case helps them reconnect and the season ends with them being on more familiar ground, and has a fun little ending caused by the Writers’ Strike.

Next week we start the fifth and final season, so we’ll see how that plays out with David, Maddie, Bert, Agnes and everyone else at the Blue Moon Detective Agency.

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