Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
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Always, Elizabeth 

Max's penfriend pays her first visit to the Hart residence. However, Max embellished his station in life and claimed that he had the mansion and the money. As a favour to Max, the Harts decide to exchange roles and become Max's servants.


Ralph Senensky


Sidney Sheldon (creator), Lawrence Hertzog | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Jonathan Hart
Stefanie Powers ... Jennifer Hart
Lionel Stander ... Max
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cristin Allen Cristin Allen ... Woman
June Allyson ... Elizabeth Tisdale
Robert Davi ... Tony Bairos
Colin Hamilton Colin Hamilton ... Assistant
Joe Pantoliano ... Frank Tisdale
Garth Wilton Garth Wilton ... Cecil Bainbridge


Max's penfriend, Elizabeth, comes for her first visit to the Hart residence. Unfortunately for Max, he embellished his station in life and claimed that he had the mansion and the money. As a favour to Max, the Harts decide to exchange roles and become Max's servants in his house. Things don't go well as Jennifer is not a good cook and Max starts to relish his new role. Things go further downhill when Elizabeth's nephew breaks in and steals some of the valuables. However, the nephew also owes money to a heavy and he is also interested in robbing the Harts. Written by jem

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15 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano also starred together in the movie "The Goonies." See more »

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Max and June Allyson: Not a Great Match
29 October 2010 | by HilaryElizabeth9See all my reviews

This is so noiry that it was only the music that assured me that this was truly a h2h episode I was watching. It was pretty creative, actually. But back in the day, if the opening titles had not just rolled, you might not know what you were watching till 8 minutes in.

I should be amused by this episode where the tables are turned and J&J are the servants to Max when his pen pal, Elizabeth, whom he's been lying to, shows up unexpectedly. But instead, it felt kind of uncomfortable. I mean there were funny moments for sure, but it just seemed to play like a big plate of awkward. And what is it about these last episodes of the series being about house guests that aren't all that welcome causing all kinds of havoc? I think as soon as they started naming episodes without the word "Hart" in it, that must have caused some kind of wack voodoo.

Here at the end of the series run we got a third dose of J&J getting a little tiffy with each other. Turns out Jennifer is a terrible cook and can, apparently, dish it out but not so much take it.

So, J&J switch roles with Max so completely that they're even in each others' rooms. More squick! Elizabeth, played by June Allyson, is tracked to the Hart's house by her nephew (a second visit from Joe Pantoliano) where he is tracked by his own bad guy, Robert Davi, who is creepy no matter what decade his bad guy role is in.

This episode introduces a new, pretty comprehensive set, the new wine cellar. I imagine that if the series had continued we'd've gotten more wine cellar scenes.

I gave this a lower rating. I think June Allyson, while ten years younger than Lionel, was poorly cast. She looked older, is not the type he would go for, and turned in a relatively weak performance. Robert Davi was great, though, and RJ was pretty good, too. Lionel, however, gave quite the little nuanced piece of subtle you can. That's why he was a good actor. He knew how to make you believe you ere watching a real guy, really named Max, who really knew how to please everyone. I didn't love this episode, but I did love him.

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