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."



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Episode cast overview:
Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
George Corliss
Renee Corliss
Jane Harnick ...
Jenny Corliss


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."

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16 May 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Rene and the Girls decide to watch "Nightmare on Elm Street 4" to relax. At the time of this episode, May 16th, 1987 there was no 4th movie in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" Franchise, the third installment, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) had just come out on February 27th. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) premiered on August 19th, 1988. See more »


When Dorothy snaps at Oliver, she mentions him "throwing up in the pool" at a new year's party at Blanche's house. There is no pool on the girls' property (which is Blanche's house, and they've always all lived there); it is never seen or mentioned outside of this episode. See more »


Renee Corliss: At two in the morning, waiting for George to come home, I called a radio talk show. I gave them the solution to the crisis in the Middle East.
Rose Nylund: [excited] Giving the Palestinians Greenland?
Renee Corliss: [delighted] You heard it?
Rose Nylund: I didn't know that was you. You were great!
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: [after a pause to let it sink in] Giving the Palestinians Greenland?
Renee Corliss: It's a big place. Nobody uses it.
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: You would take a desert people and put them in the ice and snow?
Rose Nylund: With the proper clothes, they'll be fine.
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Spin-off Empty Nest (1988) See more »


Thank You For Being A Friend
Written by Andrew Gold
Sung by Cynthia Fee
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Agree with the first review: trite, artificial and laboured
21 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan and I loved this series when I was in my 20s. Watching series 2 for the first time, but this last one really jarred. Characters completely introduced out of the blue. Paul Dooley makes a bit of a go of his character, but Rita Moreno was bland. Before I googled this episode I was wondering if it could be some forced attempt to introduce a new show on the back of the popularity of The Golden Girls - and I was right. I found it frustrating to watch, and a little cynical of the production company to try this kind of approach. Apparently the show was drastically reworked, with different main characters and it lasted 5-6 years. They must have done something pretty radical, as this episode dies on its feet.

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