Ellen: Season 4, Episode 22

The Puppy Episode: Part 1 (30 Apr. 1997)

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Ellen senses a kindred spirit in herself when she meets an openly gay woman, named Susan, through Richard, an old boyfriend of hers, who enlightens Ellen to her own sexual identity. ... See full summary »

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Ellen senses a kindred spirit in herself when she meets an openly gay woman, named Susan, through Richard, an old boyfriend of hers, who enlightens Ellen to her own sexual identity. Confused by this startling self-discovery, Ellen seeks the guidance of yet another therapist and braces herself for yet another moment of truth of her life. Written by Anonymous

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The show became famous because the lead character came out as a gay woman during the fourth season. The episode where she came out, called the "Puppy" episode (4.22) was the highest rated one the show ever aired and won an Emmy for writing. The episode had guest turns by Oprah Winfrey, 'k.d. Lang', Billy Bob Thornton, Demi Moore, Melissa Etheridge but no puppy. See more »

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Ellen: You know how, uh, you know, you said in the room, you know, that you thought maybe I was... and I said no... no no no no... well, um, uh, I I I was thinkin' about it, you know? And I think that maybe I'm, um, I am, uh, I guess what I'm trying to say is: I did get the joke about the toaster oven.
Susan: So, are you saying what I think you're trying to say?
Ellen: What do you think I'm trying to say?
Susan: Oh, I'm not going to say it again and be wrong.
Ellen: No, you're not wrong. You're right. This is, uh, this is so ...
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Historic...and very funny
2 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ellen Moragn (Ellen Degeneres) realizes she's a lesbian after meeting an attractive woman (Laura Dern) who, sort of, comes on to her. After talking it over with her therapist (Oprah Winfrey) she decides to come out to everybody.

This show may seem like nothing new in the wake of "Will & Grace", "Queer As Folk" & "The L Word"...but they might not exist if this show hadn't aired. The ratings went through the roof and major cities had Ellen parties at gay bars where the episode was aired. If you were a gay woman or a lesbian in your 20s on up you probably remember this.

Politics aside this is a smart, funny, extremely well-made episode. The script never condescends and, after dancing around it, Ellen admits she's gay...and the audience went wild. Nowadays gay actors are coming out left and right...and people could care less. But this show paved the way. Historic...and VERY very funny! A must-see.


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