List of Moonlight episodes
Moonlight is an American paranormal romance television series which premiered on September 28, 2007, and concluded on May 16, 2008. The series aired all sixteen episodes on CBS, an American terrestrial television network. Moonlight follows private investigator Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin). St. John's backstory involves his ex-wife Coraline (Shannyn Sossamon) who turned him into a vampire on the couple's wedding night fifty-five years prior. In the present day, he struggles with his love for a mortal woman, Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), his friendship with Josef Kostan (Jason Dohring), and his dealings with other vampires in Los Angeles, California.
Moonlight was created by Ron Koslow and Trevor Munson, and ranked eighty-ninth out of 281 in the 2007–08 ratings, with an average of 7.57 million American viewers. Due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, only twelve episodes of the original thirteen-episode order were produced. Once the strike ended, CBS announced that the series would return April 25, 2008 with four new episodes, to be part of the series' first season. On December 4, 2007, Les Moonves, President of CBS, stated that Moonlight was likely to return for a second season, although on May 13, 2008, CBS announced that Moonlight was officially canceled. Following the CBS cancellation, Warner Bros., producers of the series in association with Silver Pictures Television, inquired with other outlets about their interest in the series; however, the efforts failed, and the series was permanently canceled. Warner Home Video released the complete first season on DVD on January 20, 2009.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||American viewers
|1||"No Such Thing as Vampires"||Rod Holcomb||Ron Koslow & Trevor Munson||September 28, 2007||8.54|
|At the crime scene of a murdered college student, vampire P.I. Mick St. John meets Beth Turner, a reporter for the online newspaper BuzzWire. Although two puncture wounds to the neck make it appear that the girl was killed by vampires, Mick knows that this was not the case; his vampiric sense of smell does not pick up any scent of vampires. Mick and Beth find the girl's professor, a self-proclaimed vampire who uses his knowledge of vampire lore to seduce female college students. Beth goes undercover to see what she can find out about the professor, but is kidnapped by the professor's assistant. Mick comes to her rescue, using his vampire strength to overcome him. It is revealed that Mick has met Beth before; he saved her when she was a child from his ex-wife Coraline.|
|2||"Out of the Past"||Fred Toye||David Greenwalt||October 5, 2007||8.04|
|Mick becomes furious when convicted killer Lee Jay Spalding is released from prison; Spalding had previously killed a woman Mick was supposed to protect. Mick is concerned that Spalding is not the reformed man he pretends to be. Spalding knows Mick is a vampire, and while incarcerated, has been planning to kill him. Beth's friend Julia writes a book about Spalding, portraying him as a great man, but Spalding kidnaps Julia and tells Mick that if he does not turn himself into the police, he will kill her. Mick rescues Julia, but is shot in the process by a silver bullet. Beth arrives and kills Spalding with a bullet to the throat. Due to his own gunshot wound, Mick begins to lose his energy and rushes home to feed on some blood. While feeding, Beth arrives at Mick's house and sees him with his fangs out and blood all over his face.|
|3||"Dr. Feelgood"||Scott Lautanen||Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman||October 12, 2007||7.10|
|While Beth struggles to cope with the discovery that Mick is a vampire, the two work together to find a killer who is a newly turned vampire. As they race to find him, they encounter his sire, the vampire who turned him, but who did not train him how to understand or handle his urges. Mick reveals to Beth how one becomes a vampire and tells her the story of how he was turned on his wedding night by his ex-wife, Coraline. He also tells her that he trusts her.|
|4||"Fever"||Fred Toye||Jill Blotevogel||October 19, 2007||7.67|
|Beth's boyfriend Josh is prosecuting powerful arms dealer Amir Fayed for murder, but because of a leak in his department, Josh's star witness, Leni Hayes, is in serious danger. Leni is placed in a safe house, but when Fayed's hitman arrives, she is forced to flee to the Mojave Desert. Mick is called to protect Leni, who finds her just before the hitman catches her. The pair get stranded in the desert, where the blazing sun takes its toll on Mick, who grows progressively weaker. They find shelter in an abandoned motel, and Mick persuades Leni to call Beth. Realizing that Mick has experienced a prolonged exposure to sunlight and is near death, Beth rushes to his side and, overcoming her fear, allows him to feed off her just long enough to restore his life force. Leni returns to testify, and Fayed is convicted.|
|5||"Arrested Development"||Michael Fields||Chip Johannessen||October 26, 2007||8.39|
|After being forced to feed on Beth's blood, Mick tries to avoid her. To keep busy, Mick takes a case to find a young woman, while Beth works on a story about a possible serial killer who has relocated to Los Angeles. Despite the initial awkwardness, the two agree to work together when they realize that the serial killer's next target is the young woman Mick is searching for. The killer turns out to be a 200 years old teenage vampire, trapped forever as a teenager and has channeled his rage into killing prostitutes. Beth and Mick are able to save the young woman just before the vampire murders her, who is able to escape. After a struggle between Mick and the killer in a carnival, the latter is killed by a passing rollercoaster. Later, when Beth encounters Mick, they kiss.|
|6||"B.C."||Paul Holahan||Erin Maher & Kathryn Reindl||November 2, 2007||7.55|
|Josef asks Mick to find Lola, a vampire with whom he has had an on-again, off-again relationship for 100 years. Meanwhile, Beth is doing a story on a model who died of a drug overdose during a photo shoot. Both investigations lead to the morgue, where Beth and Mick realize their cases are related. They end up working together when Josef's lover turns out to be a "drug" dealer, killing other vampires and selling their blood to humans as a drug. The vampire blood makes a human feel almost like a vampire; powerful and sexy, but it can easily lead to fatal overdose. Curious, Beth tries the drug and, under its influence, tries to seduce Mick, although he resists her. When Beth learns that Josh and the police are about to raid the warehouse where Lola makes the drug, she tips Mick off and he manages to blow up Lola and her operation before the police arrive.|
|7||"The Ringer"||Chris Fisher||Josh Pate||November 9, 2007||7.90|
|Beth asks Mick to help her photographer friend Morgan find her stolen cameras. When he meets her, Mick is completely shocked; Morgan is identical to his ex-wife and sire, Coraline. He becomes even more confused when his vampiric sense of smell tells him that Morgan is human, but the photographs Morgan took replicate the way in which Mick killed Coraline. As he investigates, Mick attempts to discover whether Morgan really is Coraline, and how she might have "cured" herself. Although Beth is reluctant to admit it, she gets a little jealous over Mick's fascination with Morgan. Mick tries to expose Morgan as Coraline, but finally comes to believe that Morgan is a doppelgänger when he sees that she does not have the fleur de lis tattoo on her shoulder as Coraline did. When alone, Morgan scrubs away the heavy makeup that has been covering her shoulder tattoo: a fleur de lis.|
|8||"12:04 AM"||Dennis Smith||Jill Blotevogel||November 16, 2007||8.16|
|Beth helps a girl named Audrey whose parents were murdered by a cult leader named Donovan Shepherd. Beth relates to Audrey as she recalls her own posttraumatic stress disorder from her own kidnapping, and realizes that the police never caught the woman who took her. After Shepherd is executed, Audrey gets a threatening phone call from him and catches a glimpse of him through Beth's apartment's window. Mick finds out that Shepherd was turned into a vampire by his priest just before his execution, and manages to kill him before he captures Audrey. While snooping through Mick's property, Beth finds out that he was the one who protected her as a little girl when she was kidnapped. She finds pictures of herself in a file at his home.|
|9||"Fleur de Lis"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman||November 23, 2007||7.32|
|When Mick works closely on a case with Morgan, Beth grows jealous and decides to research Morgan's background. While working one the case together, Morgan drops constant hints to Mick about her real identity. While working on the case, they share a kiss and Morgan later tells Mick that she is perfect for him, not Beth. After Mick saves her life from a speeding car, Morgan goes with Mick to his apartment to clean up. Mick joins her in the shower and finally sees the tattoo on her shoulder, revealing her identity as Coraline. When Beth learns that Morgan is really Coraline, and the lady who kidnapped her when she was a little girl, she goes to Mick's apartment and stabs her through the heart with a wooden stake, not realizing that she has somehow become human again. Beth is the one narrating this episode instead of Mick.|
|10||"Sleeping Beauty"||John Kretchmer||Ron Koslow & Trevor Munson||December 14, 2007||7.57|
|A dying wealthy man hires a hitman to kill Josef to avenge his daughter's supposed murder 55 years ago. Mick investigates the attempt on Josef's life and suspects that the hitman knows about Josef being a vampire. Beth does her own investigating for BuzzWire, and helps Mick find the hitman's identity. The twin investigations lead Mick and Beth to New York City, where they discover that the dying man's daughter is still alive but in a comatose state, yet has somehow not aged since the day of her disappearance. Josef reveals that they had fallen in love 55 years ago and his attempt to turn her into a vampire caused her to go into a coma. When the hitman arrives and again attempts to kill Josef, Mick grabs the hitman and kills him. Meanwhile, Coraline recovers and leaves the hospital after being revealed to be a vampire again.|
|11||"Love Lasts Forever"||Paul Holahan||Josh Pate||January 11, 2008||8.32|
|Mick is enlisted by Josh to protect Beth when she is threatened by the MS-13, a dangerous Los Angeles-based gang. Beth insists that Josh, who has been working on convicting a member of the gang, should not drop the case, so he arranges police protection for her. When Josh leaves her building alone, he is kidnapped by the gang and driven away. Mick and Beth witness the event and chase after him. When they finally catch up, Mick attacks the kidnappers, but one manages to shoot Josh. Beth realizes that Josh is dying, and begs Mick to turn him into a vampire. Mick refuses, and Josh dies. Beth becomes engulfed in grief and storms off, leaving Mick behind.|
|12||"The Mortal Cure"||Eric Laneuville||Chip Johannessen||January 18, 2008||8.17|
|While putting Josh's affairs in order, Beth discovers evidence leading her to believe Josh was cheating on her. When she investigates, Beth learns that Josh was about to propose to her, and that the woman she thought he was cheating with was actually a ring designer. Mick encounters two vampires at his house who ask him to help them find Coraline. Mick asks Josef who they were, and Josef tells him that one of them was Lance, a rich and powerful vampire. Mick finds her at a storage facility working with a scientist on a compound for the vampire cure, and Mick discovers that Coraline is a vampire again. Coraline finally explains that during the French Revolution there were seven siblings of royal blood who were vampires, two of which were Lance and Coraline. She then uses the compound to cure Mick's vampirism, but Lance arrives and, angry that she took the compound and put Mick into their bloodline without their consent 50 years ago, he takes her away to be punished.|
|13||"Fated To Pretend"||David Barrett||Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman||April 25, 2008||7.93|
|Mick is enjoying life as a human, although he reveals the cure is only temporary. Beth's BuzzWire boss Maureen is killed after telling Beth she had an interesting story to pursue, and a new assistant district attorney named Benjamin Talbot investigates the murder. Beth and Mick launch their own investigation, which Talbot warns could taint any evidence and let Maureen's killer walk free. During an interview, Maureen's murderer, a vampire, kidnaps Beth and Talbot. Knowing he is helpless as a human, Mick asks Josef to turn him back into a vampire. Mick and Josef go after the vampire, and manage to save Beth and Talbot without the latter realizing what really happened. Afterwards, Mick and Beth discuss the problems of having a romantic relationship, and although they end up kissing, Mick tells her he needs time to figure things out.|
|14||"Click"||Scott Lautanen||Erin Maher & Kathryn Reindl||May 2, 2008||7.89|
|Mick is hired as part of a security detail for Tierney Taylor (Peyton List), a famous actress who feels her life is threatened by aggressive paparazzi. Due to the death of Maureen, BuzzWire has a new boss, Grant Lewis, who tells the staff that he wants a scoop, regardless of its credibility. When Taylor is killed, Mick and Beth team up to find the killer, suspecting Dean Foster, a photographer who was obsessed with Taylor. When Mick is hit by a vehicle, Beth receives an email from Foster, containing photos from the incident. Beth goes to Josef for help, and although he manages to kill Foster before the photos are leaked, they find their way into the hands of Benjamin Talbot. Mick and Beth decide to start a romantic relationship, and go to a restaurant for their first date.|
|15||"What's Left Behind"||Chris Fisher||Jill Blotevogel||May 9, 2008||7.61|
|Mick and Beth investigate the kidnapping of a young boy named Jacob. When Mick learns that the boy was the grandson of his World War II buddy, with whose wife he had an affair, he realizes that he may be the boy's grandfather. The man responsible for the kidnapping, Ken Verdolino, stalks Beth and attempts to attack her. Mick goes to Verdolino's house and saves Jacob, but Verdolino commits suicide in the process. Talbot offers Beth a job as a civilian investigator, knowing she is unemployed after quitting Buzzwire. During the investigation, Mick contemplates the possibility of having a family and gathers a DNA sample to determine if he is Jacob's grandfather; he later tells Beth the results were negative.|
|16||"Sonata"||Fred Toye||Ethan Erwin||May 16, 2008||7.47|
|Beth meets with Emma Monaghan, a vampire who had sired the man she fell in love with so they could be together forever. Beth is surprised when she learns that Emma and her husband Jackson are still together after 150 years. Emma kills Dominic, a basketball player with ties to Josef and several other vampires. She is imprisoned, but she threatens to name every vampire in Los Angeles unless Mick breaks her out. Mick and the other vampires team up and help her escape, but are forced to kill her and Jackson due to treason, as she had threatened to expose her fellow vampires. Talbot receives a list of names of all the vampires in the area, including Mick, from an unknown source. Beth tells Mick that she cannot continue to date Mick because of their vampire-human situation, but Mick says that he loves her and they kiss.|
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