14 September 1985
Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche are three women who share a house in Miami, Florida. Dorothy's elderly mother, Sophia, unexpectedly moves in after her retirement home burns down, and Blanche accepts a proposal of marriage.
21 September 1985
When Dorothy's daughter Kate gets married, Dorothy must confront her ex-husband Stanley, who walked out on their 38 year marriage for a younger woman.
28 September 1985
Rose is afraid of sexual intimacy with her boyfriend, Arnie, because she feels she would be cheating on her late husband, Charlie.
Season 1, Episode 4: Transplant5 October 1985
Blanche's sister, Virginia, with whom she has had a tense relationship for years, comes to visit. She reveals that she needs a kidney transplant to save her life.
19 October 1985
When Dorothy's doctor boyfriend makes a pass at Blanche, their friendship becomes threatened.
26 October 1985
Blanche's belligerent grandson David comes to visit.
2 November 1985
The girls' friendship is tested by a bowling tournament.
Season 1, Episode 8: Break In9 November 1985
Rose feels unsafe in her own house after a burglary.
16 November 1985
Blanche dates an aerobics instructor who is considerably younger than she is. Meanwhile, Rose's mother comes to visit and resents the way her daughter treats her.
23 November 1985
Sophia falls ill suddenly, and the other girls worry she may be having a heart attack.
30 November 1985
Stan returns to try and make amends with Dorothy.
7 December 1985
Dorothy's wealthy sister Gloria wants Sophia to move to California with her.
14 December 1985
Rose doesn't tell her friends that her boyfriend is a dwarf because she fears people will make fun of them.
21 December 1985
Dorothy's affair with a married co-worker meets with disapproval from her friends and her mother.
11 January 1986
After Rose's boyfriend Al dies of a heart attack in her bed, Rose fears that she is a death jinx in the bedroom because her beloved husband Charlie died of a heart attack in her bed as well. To make matters worse, after Rose tracks down Al's sister to notify her of his death, she comes to find that his "sister" is really in fact his wife!
18 January 1986
Rose goes over her last will and testament with her daughter, who is shocked when she learns what happened to her expected inheritance.
1 February 1986
Blanche is concerned about the flirtatious behavior of her niece, Lucy.
8 February 1986
Dorothy is afraid to have an operation for a benign growth on her foot.
15 February 1986
A wealthy widower with two young children asks Blanche to marry him.
22 February 1986
An adult education teacher offers Blanche a passing grade in his course if she sleeps with him.
Season 1, Episode 21: Flu Attack1 March 1986
Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche all come down with the flu at the same time.
8 March 1986
Rose loses her job and has trouble finding another one.
29 March 1986
Rose's sister Lily must come to terms with the fact that she is blind and needs assistance.
Season 1, Episode 24: Big Daddy3 May 1986
Blanche's father, "Big Daddy" Hollingsworth, visits with the news that he's sold his house and wants to become a singer. Meanwhile, a boundary dispute over a fallen tree leads Sophia to put a curse on the rude neighbor who refuses to move it.
10 May 1986
The girls remember how they came to live together; Blanche put an ad for a room for rent on a grocery store bulletin board, and Rose and Dorothy answered it.
27 September 1986
Blanche believes she is pregnant. When she turns out not to be pregnant, but going through menopause, she believes her life is over.
4 October 1986
Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche win tickets to attend a post-premiere movie party with Burt Reynolds. However, a hitch in their plan occurs when they are mistaken for prostitutes.
11 October 1986
Blanche goes on a date with Stan as a favor to Dorothy, who is shocked and upset when the two of them actually have a good time.
1 November 1986
Rose's petition to save a very old tree attracts the ire of Freida Claxton, a misanthropic old woman on whose property the tree lies. At a public hearing, Rose gets angry at Mrs. Claxton and tells her to "drop dead," which she does. Rose blames herself for Mrs. Claxton's death, so the girls decide to pay her one final act of kindness.
8 November 1986
Dorothy's lesbian friend Jean develops a crush on Rose.
15 November 1986
Blanche's father reveals that he is getting married. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose enter a songwriting contest.
22 November 1986
Rose's daughter Bridget has an affair with Dorothy's son Michael.
Season 2, Episode 8: Vacation29 November 1986
Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche's vacation to a tropical island is a complete disaster. Meanwhile, Sophia befriends a Japanese gardener who speaks almost no English.
6 December 1986
When Dorothy gets a job at the art museum where Blanche also works, tensions grow between the two of them.
Season 2, Episode 10: Love, Rose13 December 1986
Dorothy and Blanche make up a fictional man who "responds" to Rose's personals ad.
20 December 1986
The girls all plan to visit their respective families for Christmas, but their plans are ruined when they are held hostage by a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Grief Counseling Center.
3 January 1987
Dorothy invites Sophia's sister Angela to visit, not knowing that the two of them hate each other.
10 January 1987
Stan takes advantage of the girls' hospitality while recovering from heart surgery.
Season 2, Episode 14: The Actor17 January 1987
A famous actor in town for a local play tries to carry on separate, clandestine affairs with Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche at the same time.
24 January 1987
Rose's behavior changes after she says that she died from a throat spasm while in the hospital.
31 January 1987
The girls believe that an infant entrusted to their care by a couple during a marathon has been abandoned.
7 February 1987
As the girls figure out how they plan to accommodate some upcoming guests, they recall other unusual sleeping arrangements they've had to endure in the past.
14 February 1987
A teacher to whom Dorothy is attracted turns out to be a priest.
21 February 1987
Sophia believes her sister Angela is trying to steal her boyfriend from her.
28 February 1987
The other graduates at Blanche's high school reunion make her feel her looks have faded, and she decides to have plastic surgery.
14 March 1987
One of Dorothy's students writes a prize-winning essay on what it means to be an American. After this, the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services reveals that the boy is in this country illegally.
21 March 1987
Blanche is bothered by her boyfriend's lack of polish and social graces.
11 April 1987
Dorothy's daughter Kate visits with the news that her husband has cheated on her and she is leaving him.
2 May 1987
Two police officers stake out in the girls' house to investigate their neighbors, who are suspected jewel thieves.
9 May 1987
As they plan a surprise birthday party for a friend, the girls recall prior birthday celebrations.
16 May 1987
Paul Dooley and Rita Moreno guest star as neighbors of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia contending with family and friends in this initial spin-off pilot of "Empty Nest."
19 September 1987
Sophia befriends an elderly man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Rose tries to get her teddy bear back from one of her Sunshine Cadets, who holds it hostage.
26 September 1987
The girls recollect past attempts at starting their own businesses.
3 October 1987
Rose's uncle Hingeblotter dies and leaves Baby, his 29-year-old prize-winning pig, to her. The other girls object until they learn about the cash they will receive if they take care of the animal until it dies.
17 October 1987
The girls believe that a housekeeper that they fired has put a curse on them.
24 October 1987
Rose's aunt's funeral provides an opportunity for her, Dorothy, and Blanche to cope with some of their phobias.
31 October 1987
Rose is concerned about nuclear war, so she writes letters to both Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan expressing her fears. Thinking it to be a heartfelt letter from a little girl, a Soviet emissary is so touched by the letter that he arranges a press conference to have "little Rose" read it publicly.
7 November 1987
A politician running for city council claims that Blanche slept with him.
14 November 1987
Dorothy goes out on a date with Stan's brother Ted.
21 November 1987
Although he is engaged to be married, Rose's cousin Sven falls in love with Blanche.
Season 3, Episode 10: The Audit28 November 1987
Dorothy and Stan owe $5,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
5 December 1987
The girls go to group therapy to deal with the growing problems in their friendship.
12 December 1987
Rose is smitten when an old army buddy of Charlie's arrives at her door with eyes only for her but the other girls are suspicious of his intentions.
Season 3, Episode 13: The Artist19 December 1987
Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy find themselves vying for the attention of the same artist, while Sophia takes up practical joking.
9 January 1988
Blanche sees her daughter Rebecca for the first time in three years. When she learns her daughter is engaged to a man who mistreats her, she is afraid to speak out for fear of destroying their relationship again.
16 January 1988
Dorothy's friend, local author Barbara Thorndyke, treats Rose and Blanche condescendingly.
23 January 1988
The girls go to Hollywood to appear on the TV game show "Grab that Dough."
6 February 1988
When Sophia's brother Angelo, a priest, comes to visit, she makes Dorothy and Stan pretend that they are still married.
13 February 1988
Sophia decides to move out of the house and live with her son Phil.
13 February 1988
Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche try to convince Sophia not to move away.
20 February 1988
Sophia, depressed over the departure of her best friend, becomes a third wheel in Dorothy's promising relationship with a new boyfriend.
27 February 1988
Sophia believes that her boyfriend Rocco, who claims to be a retired gangster, has robbed a bank to impress her.
12 March 1988
Rose tries to light a fire under her newly-retired boyfriend who has become a couch potato. But she's not sure she wants to go along when he decides to sail around the world. Meanwhile, the ladies' attempt to convert the garage into a guest room faces many obstacles.
19 March 1988
Dorothy's son Michael is engaged to a black woman who is twice his age.
30 April 1988
Rose must persuade a kids' TV show host not to kill himself after he is fired.
7 May 1988
On Mother's Day, the girls, who are all mothers themselves, recall past celebrations of the day.
8 October 1988
Blanche and Sophia are caught in a love triangle with an elderly Cuban cigar mogul.
22 October 1988
While Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche sit around and feel like their lives are boring, Sophia goes out and fights with the grocery store over a peach, conducts a jazz band made up of old ladies, and volunteers at the hospital.
29 October 1988
Blanches tries to woo Ham Lushbaugh, the only man who ever turned her down. Meanwhile, Rose believes she saw a UFO fly over the house.
Season 4, Episode 4: Yokel Hero5 November 1988
Rose is nominated for the St. Olaf Woman of the Year award, while Blanche and Dorothy embellish her accomplishments on her entry form.
12 November 1988
When Sophia gets hit in the head by a baseball at a game, Stan encourages her to exaggerate her injuries to try and get a class action settlement out of it.
19 November 1988
When Sophia's friend Esther Weinstock dies, she goes to her funeral in Brooklyn. There, she confronts Esther's widower, Max, whom Sophia blames for the failure of her husband's old business.
26 November 1988
Newlyweds Max and Sophia open a pizza knish stand on the beach, while Dorothy has gotten into the habit of smoking cigarettes.
3 December 1988
Sophia donates an old jacket to charity, not knowing that it contains a winning lottery ticket.
10 December 1988
Blanche's brother Clayton is afraid to admit his homosexuality, so he claims he slept with Rose.
7 January 1989
When Sophia is hospitalized with pneumonia, Stan comforts Dorothy. At the hospital, she sees a side of him that impresses her, and she tries to prevent him from getting married again to another woman.
14 January 1989
The girls need a new roof, so they scheme to buy and then sell a painting by Jasper DeKimmel, an arrogant painter who has a few days to live.
Season 4, Episode 12: Blind Date28 January 1989
Blanche makes a date with a man without realizing that he is blind.
4 February 1989
Rose tries to do something about her boyfriend's sexual dysfunction.
6 February 1989
Dorothy dates a short, bald man with whom she has nothing in common - except for great lovemaking. Meanwhile, Rose and Blanche volunteer as big sisters for two teenage girls.
11 February 1989
The girls Valentine's Day dates all stand them up, so they sit around, eat cheesecake, and look back at memorable Valentine's Days past.
18 February 1989
Dorothy takes Sophia to Walt Disney World for "quality time," but Sophia wants to ride Space Mountain instead. Meanwhile, Rose and Blanche collaborate on a children's book.
25 February 1989
Rose is convinced that Bob Hope is her real father and that he will perform as the Master of Ceremonies at an upcoming charity benefit.
4 March 1989
Sophia is given money that is intended to be put into a Certificate of Deposit, but she buys a Cuban prizefighter instead.
18 March 1989
Dorothy blames herself when her friend and former classmate Trudy dies suddenly while playing tennis.
25 March 1989
Rose tries to overcome her addiction to painkillers. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia appear in a TV commercial for a pizzeria.
1 April 1989
Nobody believes Rose when she says that she saw her sister Holly making out with Blanche's boyfriend.
15 April 1989
Sophia breaks her friend Lillian out of a retirement home that is worse than Shady Pines was. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to use her work bonus to have her breasts enlarged.
29 April 1989
As the girls vow to get in shape for an upcoming beach party, they recall past attempts at self-improvement.
6 May 1989
Two friends of Sophia's come to visit from Sicily with the revelation that Dorothy and their daughter, Gina, may have been switched at birth.
13 May 1989
A wealthy Japanese businessman offers to buy the house.
13 May 1989
The girls plan to accept a generous offer for the house.
23 September 1989
Dorothy says that she is seriously ill, but none of the doctors she sees believe her.
30 September 1989
Dorothy learns that she has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
14 October 1989
Blanche's daughter Rebecca shocks her with her plans to conceive a baby by means of artificial insemination.
21 October 1989
When Rose loses her pension fund, she must get a second job to support herself. A local TV station hires her as an assistant to Enrique Mas, an egotistical consumer reporter.
28 October 1989
Ken Whittingham, Dorothy's lawyer boyfriend, wants to give up his law practice and become a circus clown.
4 November 1989
Rose feels inferior to her boyfriend Miles, a college professor.
11 November 1989
Martha Lamont, one of Sophia's close friends, is tired of the physical pain and suffering in her life and wants to kill herself.
18 November 1989
Blanche falls in love with her late husband's brother Jamie.
25 November 1989
After a high school classmate dies unexpectedly, Dorothy decides to fulfill a long-forgotten dream of being a stand-up comedian.
2 December 1989
Dorothy's son Michael moves in with her after his wife kicks him out.
Season 5, Episode 11: Ebb Tide9 December 1989
Blanche and her sister Virginia clash at Big Daddy's funeral, which Dorothy also attends. Meanwhile, Sophia takes advantage of their absences to rent their rooms out to boarders.
16 December 1989
The girls volunteer at a homeless shelter on Christmas day and learn that Stan has been thrown out on the streets by his current wife.
6 January 1990
The girls try to reconcile a pregnant teenage girl and her father. Meanwhile, Blanche starts to regret having written sympathetic "love" letters to a man in jail.
13 January 1990
Blanche is afraid to get too close to her boyfriend, even after he suffers a heart attack.
27 January 1990
Miles' daughter tells Rose to stop seeing him, Sophia has received over $100,000 in Social Security checks, and Blanche rents a car and pretends to sell it so that she can meet men.
3 February 1990
Sophia is suffering from memory problems so decides to make a trip back to her old Brooklyn home in the hope of rekindling her fading past.
10 February 1990
Blanche feels insecure about her body after having a pacemaker installed.
12 February 1990
A young man shocks Blanche when he shows up unannounced from Dallas, Texas and tells him that her late husband George was his father.
Season 5, Episode 19: 72 Hours17 February 1990
Rose is afraid that a blood transfusion she had several years ago may have contained HIV-infected blood.
24 February 1990
Rose's old boyfriend Buzz, a musician with Spike Jones' band, shows up and wants to get back together with her.
3 March 1990
Blanche thinks the risqué novel her sister Charmaigne has written is about her. Meanwhile, Dorothy argues with Stan's Czechoslovakian cousin Magda over Communism.
Season 5, Episode 22: Cheaters24 March 1990
Dorothy rekindles her romance with Glenn O'Brien, the married (now divorced) man she had an affair with several years ago.
31 March 1990
Sophia must confront a man that she put a curse on after he jilted her at the altar decades ago.
28 April 1990
Dorothy falls back into patterns of habitual gambling that she thought she had kicked several years ago.
5 May 1990
All the girls except Dorothy are excited when President George H.W. Bush plans to visit their house on his tour of Miami.
5 May 1990
A Secret Service agent comes to the house to make sure none of the girls pose a threat to the President's security.
22 September 1990
Blanche's pregnant daughter Rebecca comes to Miami to have her baby.
29 September 1990
While Sophia is in the hospital, Rose is reunited with her biological father.
6 October 1990
When Stan finally has a successful business venture, he grows tired of being browbeaten by Dorothy.
13 October 1990
Dorothy tries to convince an aging hippie shut-in to come out of his apartment.
20 October 1990
Blanche's former nanny, Viola Watkins, reveals a shocking fact about Big Daddy.
Season 6, Episode 6: Feelings27 October 1990
Dorothy attracts severe criticism for refusing to pass a star football player in the high school English Literature course which she is teaching.
3 November 1990
Dorothy resists Stan's attempts at reconciliation after he finally hits it big; Rose asks Sophia for help with dealing with an annoying co-worker.
10 November 1990
Sophia decides to become a nun to honor a friend who recently passed away.
17 November 1990
Blanche's late husband George suddenly turns up, claiming to have faked his own death, while Dorothy finds herself caught in a love triangle with two celebrities.
24 November 1990
Sophia asks Blanche for tips on how to please her boyfriend Tony.
1 December 1990
Blanche makes a date with a man she meets at a library, not realizing that he is confined to a wheelchair.
15 December 1990
When Sophia's son Phil dies, she must deal with her animosity towards his widow, Angela.
5 January 1991
Rose and Miles decide that they need more adventure in their relationship, so they take up skydiving.
12 January 1991
Blanche's homosexual brother, Clayton, plans a commitment ceremony with his boyfriend, Doug.
19 January 1991
Rose learns that her boyfriend Miles is really Nicholas Carbone, a mob witness relocated to Miami by the Witness Protection Program.
2 February 1991
Dorothy and Stan decide to remarry.
9 February 1991
As Dorothy and Stan plan their wedding, the other girls interview potential new roommates.
16 February 1991
Sophia becomes the recreational director at a senior center.
Season 6, Episode 19: Melodrama16 February 1991
After fearing him dead, Blanche wants her relationship with Mel Bushman to become more serious.
2 March 1991
To land a man at an audition for a production of "The Taming of the Shrew," Blanche pretends that her baby granddaughter Aurora is really her own child.
Season 6, Episode 21: Witness9 March 1991
As Rose moves on with her life, Miles' sudden return complicates matters with her new boyfriend.
23 March 1991
Dorothy learns that Sophia turned away her prom date John, who is now in Miami, because of the way he was dressed. When she told her that he stood her up, Dorothy lost all her self-esteem and went out with Stan because of this.
6 April 1991
Stan wins a date with Dorothy at a charity auction.
27 April 1991
Police suspect that Sophia may be responsible for the fire that destroyed the Shady Pines Retirement Home.
27 April 1991
Sophia cannot recall the events that lead to the Shady Pines fire.
4 May 1991
When the entire cast catches the Measles, the girls must take their places in the class play.
21 September 1991
Rose gets a big shock when she develops some old film she discovers in one of Charley's cameras.
28 September 1991
A murder mystery weekend turns deadly, and Blanche is the prime suspect in a real-life murder.
5 October 1991
Blanche pushes her granddaughter Melissa into a beauty pageant she doesn't want to participate in. Meanwhile, an injured Sophia bonds with her nurse.
12 October 1991
Dorothy learns that her father was not Sophia's first husband.
19 October 1991
Rose is convinced Charlie is communicating with her from beyond the grave; Blanche dates a baseball coach.
26 October 1991
Blanche faces off against the mother of her latest boyfriend over his affections; Stan convinces Dorothy to join him in therapy.
2 November 1991
While Dorothy goes out on a date, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia stay at home and recall past dates that they've had.
9 November 1991
Stan, whose mother recently passed away, transfers his affections for Sophia onto a stuffed monkey at the request of his psychiatrist.
16 November 1991
Rose is annoyed with Miles' frugal ways, so Blanche takes her out on a double date with two big spenders.
Season 7, Episode 10: Room Seven23 November 1991
Blanche goes to Atlanta to try and halt the demolition of her grandmother's house. Meanwhile, Sophia's behavior becomes more reckless after a near-death experience.
7 December 1991
Blanche dates a man who claims to have returned from military service in the Persian Gulf.
14 December 1991
When Pope John Paul II visits Miami, Sophia wants to see him and ask for the blessing of a sick friend.
4 January 1992
A man from St. Olaf visits claiming he dated Rose when they were teenagers, but she doesn't remember him as one of the many boyfriends she had in her youth.
11 January 1992
Dorothy's old high school teacher, Mr. Gordon, plagiarizes something she wrote.
25 January 1992
Blanche thinks her sex appeal is fading when her boyfriend doesn't want to sleep with her. Meanwhile, Dorothy dates a musician who portrays a Beatle in "Beatlemania."
8 February 1992
Dorothy learns that auditions for the TV game show "Jeopardy!" are coming to Miami, and she plans to try out for it. Later, she dreams of a bizarre game of Jeopardy! which pits her against Rose and her neighbor Charlie Dietz.
15 February 1992
Dorothy and Stan are accused of being slumlords by the tenants of the apartment building they jointly own.
22 February 1992
Blanche is upset when Dorothy becomes popular with the patrons at her favorite bar, the Rusty Anchor.
29 February 1992
After she sees Dorothy and Miles' spur-of-the-moment kiss, Sophia must tell this to Rose; the last thing she needs to do to break the curse is tell a friend of a betrayal.
7 March 1992
Miles' birthday is coming up, so Blanche convinces Rose to present him a naughty picture of herself as a gift. Meanwhile, Dorothy lands a highly-paid new job teaching adults, much to Sophia's delight.
25 April 1992
While pretending to be people they picked at random from a yearbook at a high school reunion, Rose suffers a heart attack.
2 May 1992
As Rose prepares for a triple coronary bypass, she makes the girls promise to have their heads cryogenically preserved when they die.
9 May 1992
As Dorothy and Lucas prepare to get married, they try to persuade Sophia to come live with them in Atlanta.
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