Jonathan Eliot is an intelligent, sensitive New York writer, whose career is only making little headway, and bachelor who lives on his own, finding the dating scene even more daunting. In his apartment block, which has a very weird doorman, Manny, he gazes with some envy at the love life of others, especially one neighbor, the slick womanizer Dan Montgomery.Written by
Suzanne Pleshette was originally going to play Jonathan Silverman's character's mother in six episodes, but due to some writers changing the character to a stereotypical Jewish mother that was a shrew, Pleshette told the producers that she was only going to do the three that she had already done. She, being Jewish herself, took offense to the changes in the character. See more »
I can't wait to see what this fool tips me today.
This guy's tipped you before, Russ?
Mm-hmm. The guy orders a bowl of soup and leaves a hundred dollar tip. What's up with that?
[exchanges glances with Marie]
Your boyfriend's rich.
[nods her head]
You two look real good together.
Go for it, lamb chop!
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When this was on it was one of my favorite shows. I guess I identified a lot with the Silverman character (people say I look like him, only taller and with a gut oh, and less cute). Silverman is a struggling author trying to find love while surrounded by married friends and that wacky doorman played by Ernest Borgnine. Few remember that the Borgnine character was a flashy cross-dresser in the first three episodes but test-markets showed this was not working so they dropped it (in an episode near the end of the first season, the Borgnine character made a reference to his "garters" that surprisingly made it past the censors!) The show would have probably been a big hit had it not been for the character Sam Sloan, Jonathan's best friend. This guy was supposed to be the wacky, fun guy as the foil to Silverman's straight man but he quickly turned into a catch phrase machine with writers trying like mad to create a catchy phrase. Some of the things he uttered were "Yeah, like an emu!", "Enjoy the veal", and "We'll make millions for sure!" None of these caught on. My personal favorite episode is when Illeana Douglas guest starred as, I kid you not, a female alien who came to earth for superior breeding. Of course, Silverman thought she was a kook and did his best to stay away from her.
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