The Golden Girls: Season 2, Episode 26

Empty Nests (16 May 1987)

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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:
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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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 »


Renee Corliss: [Last lines] I love you.
George Corliss: I love you too, sweetheart.
Renee Corliss: George?
George Corliss: Hmm?
Renee Corliss: Promise me one more thing.
George Corliss: What?
Renee Corliss: Promise me you'll never die...
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just awful
18 August 2009 | by (Netanya, Israel) – See all my reviews

This must be the only truly bad episode of "The Golden Girls". One star is one too many.

It was a completely artificial attempt to create a spin off, and it fails spectacularly. After a few minutes of enjoyment with the regular stars of the show, out of nowhere, a whole family of new characters pops in, and the rest of the show is about them. Dorothy and the others act react to them as old friends and acquaintances who we are supposed to know already. This is so abrupt and out of the blue that I thought I must have missed a previous episode. In which these characters were introduced.

Since these new characters are only mildly and occasionally amusing, they are completely out of place in what is usually a constantly entertaining and very funny show. Usually, a spin off uses characters developed and part of an already-existing show. In this case, none of the new characters had ever appeared in "The Golden Girls" before, so there was no way the audience was going to care about them or find them instantly interesting.

No surprise that the spin off never spun off.

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