Moonlighting (1985–1989)
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The Next Murder You Hear 

Paul McCain reigns over late night AM talk radio, KRKD 1040. During the 2:00 to 6:00 o'clock a.m. time slot, listeners could call "The Heartbreak Hotline" at 555-HART to pour out their ... See full summary »


Peter Werner


Glenn Gordon Caron (created by), Peter Silverman

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Episode complete credited cast:
Cybill Shepherd ... Maddie Hayes
Bruce Willis ... David Addison Jr.
Allyce Beasley ... Agnes DiPesto
Gregg Henry ... Paul McCain
Barbara Stock ... Laura Boyd
James Sloyan ... Sonny Brezner
Nora Gaye Nora Gaye ... Caller
Joan Ryan ... Blue Moon Employee
Ross Evans ... Caller
Richard Epcar ... Blue Moon Employee
Frantz Turner ... Blue Moon Employee
Michael E. Dawdy Michael E. Dawdy ... Blue Moon Employee


Paul McCain reigns over late night AM talk radio, KRKD 1040. During the 2:00 to 6:00 o'clock a.m. time slot, listeners could call "The Heartbreak Hotline" at 555-HART to pour out their fears, hopes and dreams. One night, in the midst of a live broadcast, loud, violent staccatos of gunfire burst out across the air, stopping the voice of Paul McCain in mid-sentence. The resulting investigation receives attention and front page headlines; David immediately sees dollar signs; all Maddie sees is they have no client and she turns up her nose at the idea of lonely people calling a stranger on the radio. David insists Blue Moon pursue the case, so the pair visits KRKD. General Manager, Sonny Brezner, tells a story of McCain as a very talented man who was also a loner, a man who received many lucrative job offers but chose to work the night shift. Brezner said McCain could have had the prime daytime slot, but he preferred the dark. Brezner alluded most married men work during the day, their ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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19 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


McCain says he disappeared better than anyone else in radio, Orson Welles couldn't do any better. While today Welles is best known for his many commercials shilling for everything from airlines to indifferent wines, he was once a highly respected and very promising writer, actor, and producer of early radio dramas. Welles died in October 1985, six months after this episode aired. See more »


David (and later Maddie) picks a lock without using a tension wrench and indeed without even rotating the cylinder. See more »


Ooh Ooh Baby
Written by Smokey Robinson and Warren Moore
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
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First classic episode
26 June 2018 | by FlorianLaurSee all my reviews

To me, this is the first real classic episode. It starts with a neo-noiresque opening of a radio host, sharing a story about love on his nightly show. We see several people who can't sleep for various reasons(work, being homeless, loneliness, boredom). The host then begins to answer callers questions, but is rudely interrupted by a violent intruder...

In this episode, we see David and Maddie really showing a lot of emotions for the first time. They both start to know each other quite well, but despite that, they can't seem to channel that into something positive yet. They disagree about "the case" they may or may not have, thanks to said radio host and he becomes a source of quarrel, even though from beyond the grave...

We've some beautiful shots of L.A. at night, Maddie driving around while she can't sleep, Dave getting drunk in a bar, being in a very vulnerable and pitiful situation and eventually, Maddie having an eye-opening encounter in the night and rain.

The final conclusion is a bit disappointing, compared to the superb set-up and seems a bit trivial, but the whole atmosphere, the dynamic of Maddie and Dave, the insight into their mind and emotions in this episode is amazing and makes this episode a 9/10 for me. This is the kind of episode you best watch snuggled up in bed or under a blanket on your couch while it's raining outside.

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