3.1 The Bumpy Road to Love

 

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Original Air Date: September 23, 1991 Production number: 77501
Written by:
Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman Directed by: Nick Marck


Maggie: Men can only think of one thing. The joystick. Is it big enough, and where can they put it?

Log line: Maggie discovers the late Rick was unfaithful and proceeds to distrust all men; Maurice's tax indiscretion could destroy his relationship with Officer Semanski; while Joel is toted off to the woods to play marriage counselor to wildman-chef extraordinaire Adam and his hypochrondiacal wife, Eve.
Synopsis:

At the unveiling of Rick's memorial statue, Maggie meets a woman she never knew existed --Rick's other lover. Maggie goes on an anti-men campaign, and gets herself incredibly drunk. Ruth-Anne (Peg Phillips) nurses her back from her hangover and teaches her a valuable lesson about men. Maggie eventually comes to terms with Rick's infidelity and suddenly the angst-ridden Joel starts to look much better.

Adam pays a midnight call on Joel, insisting Fleischman return with him to his cabin to examine his wife Eve (guest star Valerie Mahaffey), a hypochondriac of epic proportions. Irate with his wife's litany of pseudo-symptoms, Adam storms off, leaving Joel behind in the cabin. But Eve has other plans for the good doctor -- she intends to keep Joel shackled to the cabin wall so she can have a twenty-four-hour on-call physician. Adam returns, but only to collect his things. Suddenly, Joel is forced to become a marriage mediator, as his only way of escape is to get this odd couple back together.

Maurice gives state trooper Barbara Semanski engraved twin Browning handguns as a token of his undying love. But when she discovers that Maurice may have cheated on his income tax, Semanski, a staunch protector of justice, refuses to have anything to do with him.

Background
(Production Bible):

Adam & Eve married nine years; met at a book party: she was an editor in publicity at Knopf, he was the caterer. Ruth-Anne's husband BILL; married a couple months before Pearl Harbor. He had rheumatic fever as a child and couldn't serve; she joined Women's Army Corps, packed parachutes at an airfield near Manchester while Bill stayed in Portland. Ruth-Anne had an affair with an English pilot who was killed in an air raid over Hamburg. Maggie and Rick lived together 17 months.

Facts to Wax
(Production Bible):
"Heaven" to Maggie is the Grosse Pointe Country Club. Rick was a sex addict like JFK, Waren Beatty. Maurice gives Babs a twin Browning, nine millies. Maurice's accountant: McDevitt. Eve holds Joel prisoner for 36 hours. Adam & Eve have a "country house".
Guest stars: Adam - Adam Arkin
Eve - Valerie Mahaffey
Joanne - Cathryn de Prume
Richard 'Rick' Pederson - Grant Goodeve
Sergeant Barbara Semanski - Diane Delano
Music:

• Bon Soir Dame - Bud and Travis
[Joanne and Maggie talk in the bar about Rick.]

• Sonata in D Moll (Scarlatti)*
[Maruice, Semanski, Holling, and Shelly have dinner at Maurice's.]

• Don't Let That Man Get You Down - Texas Ruby
[Maggie talks to Ed about men at the bar.]

• Mana'O Pili - Diana Aki*
[Maurice comes to KBHR to talk about Semanski with Chris.]

• I Feel Better All Over - Ferlin Husky
[Maggie continues to talk to Ed. Euth Anne arrives to talk Maggie home.]

Note: a lot of background instrumental music is from David Schwartz (it is all intact on the DVDs).

[* means song is intact on the DVD (at least as far as I can tell!)]

Shelly’s Earrings:

Yellow and Black Fish [At the unveiling of Rick's statue]

Ed’s T-shirts:

*This is a new list I am starting. Please email me additions.

Deep Purple concert shirt [At the unveiling of Rick's statue, when Maggie berates men in the Brick]

Adamisms: After 3 years in the DMZ, recon is second nature. Adam told Eve on their first date he was working with a U.N. team of scientists to develop drought-resistant wheat/rice; escavated Ramses III tomb, led rebel forces in the capture of Addis Ababa. Adam was offered a job at Tour D'Argent in Paris. Designed sails for a 50-foot catamaran for the Kiwi Cup races in New Zealand.
Additional Notes:

Maggie wears Opium and Joanne wears Caliche - Rick messed them up last Christmas.
"Perimeter!" - Barbara sends the dogs out in the yard.
In Maggie's heaven dream, Rick mentions other dead boyfriends Glen and Bruce.

Footnotes and additional research

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