Jonathan and Jennifer first met by chance -in London at the bar of the Hotel Ritz after Jennifer had tried (unsuccessfully) to get an interview with Jonathan. See Two Harts Are Better Than One. They had a brief courtship, and we learnt in Operation Murder that they went kite flying on their first date. (This was not shown in Two Harts Are Better Than One).
Jonathan proposed by unveiling a banner from the Tower Bridge in London. Stefanie explained that "Jonathan is about to leave, and he waylays her, and they stop on the South Bank in London. While she's ranting away, he says, "Would you just be quiet and turn around!" And dropping from Tower Bridge is a sign saying, "Would you marry me?" We knew what was going on, but could you imagine what all the commuters going home thought?...."1
We never saw the wedding, but in the episode Blue and Broken Harted, we saw the church where they married, and met some of Jonathan's friends who attended the wedding. The Harts honeymooned in San Francisco's Napa Valley, and we visited where they honeymooned when they revisited the Napa Valley on their anniversary in On a bed of Harts. (This was filmed at the famous Auberge du Soleil in Napa, California.) In this episode we learn that their honeymoon bed was a French National treasure, and has a priceless mural hidden in the headboard.
Jonathan's first Christmas present to Jennifer was a gold bracelet, stolen in the Jingle Gram scam, but later recovered. (A Christmas Hart) and he continued to buy her many presents over the years, including a 10 carat diamond ring on their 5th wedding anniversary - he could not buy a 5 carat ring. Jennifer said that she could "grow into it." (Hart of glass).
- Robert Wagner believes that fans wouldn't accept the Hart's danger-laden lives if kids were a part of the show. " I mean (viewers) got crazy when we'd go away without the dog." 2
- Even so, if the series did not end when it did the Harts would have had to face the loss of a child. Stefanie admitted that during season five, the ratings were slipping so the writing team knew that they had to do something different. In effect the format of the show was going to be altered in some way anyway. The idea was to have a plot concerning a baby for the Harts , and Jennifer would have a miscarriage. The baby plot was to have extended over two or more episodes and Stefanie said "we were going to have all of these running things and it was going to be a lot of fun" .3 (Thanks for the quote information Sarah).
- In an interview with a caller to the Tom Snyder show asked the famous question "How come Jonathan and Jennifer never had any kids?" Stefanie told the equally famous story about the fan who wrote the story for season six see above) then finished up by saying "In answer to your question - it just never seemed a practical thing to do."4(Thanks for the quote Sarah)
- Lionel Stander thought that Max was " kind of like the child the Harts didn't have." 5
- In Always Elizabeth we see a letter from Max at Elizabeth's New York house- but there is no last name
- In What Becomes A Murder Most Max signs for Jennifer's coat and it looks like he signed the name "Beeman" or "Breneer"
- In Harts and Fraud Max signs a receipt for the papers being served to Jennifer.
- In Ex-wives Can Be Murder you can see his signature on a cheque (check).
Jonathan was an orphan and met Max after high school , and Max took him out of the orphanage , and bought him a black 1950 Ford convertible so that he could show up at college in style. It seems that he also steered Jonathan away from a life of crime, and he explained to an amnesic Jonathan that he wasn't one of society's leading citizens when they first met. (What murder?)
He was more than the Hart's chauffeur, or house-man. He was their friend and they introduced him to outsiders as such. More than that, he was part of the family. Max called them "Mr and Mrs H." and was Jonathan's best man when he married Jennifer. (What murder? ). He tells Jonathan in What murder?, that Jennifer was the best thing that happened to "us." He knows that he is a family member.
remains of their house (Hart to Hart returns)