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."
Did You Know?
This episode was the pilot for a potential spin-off series starring Rita Moreno
and Paul Dooley
. But it was unpopular with audiences so the concept was retooled and became the series Empty Nest
(1988). Only David Leisure
's character was brought over to the new series, though his name changed from Oliver to Charley Dietz. 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
[the girls' friend and neighbour Renee is worried that her doctor husband spends too long at work and doesn't have much time for her
Talk to your husband.
Blanche at the hospital they call him St. George! I'm married to a saint and I gotta tell him to work less, I'm lonely?
Dont you think St. Francis of Assissi's wife had a similar problem? Don't you think she said, "Frank, enough donkeys"?
So what do I do? Ask George to cut back on his practice because I don't want to eat alone?
Oh no, don't ...
Version of Empty Nest: Pilot