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  • S 9 : Ep 16

    Th-th-th-that's All, Folks

    Aired 3/19/85

  • S 9 : Ep 15

    Vera's Grounded Gumshoe

    Aired 3/12/85

  • S 9 : Ep 14

    One on One

    Aired 3/5/85

  • S 9 : Ep 13

    The Night They Raided Debbie's

    Aired 2/6/85

  • S 9 : Ep 12

    Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore (2)

    Aired 2/5/85

  • Cast & Crew
  • Linda Lavin

    Alice Hyatt

  • Alfred Lutter III

    Tommy Hyatt (Pilot Only)

  • Vic Tayback

    Mel Sharples

  • Beth Howland

    Vera Louise Gorman

  • Polly Holliday

    Florence Jean "Flo" Castleberry (1976-1980)

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  • Alice was first seen in August of 1976 but was based on the 1975 film, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore starring Ellen Burstyn and centering around Alice Hyatt. The television series had Linda Lavin starring as Alice. After her husband, Donald, was killed in a truck accident, Alice Hyatt and her 12-year-old son, Tommy, moved out of their home in New Jersey and headed for Hollywood.Alice's dream was to become a singer but for the time being she got work as a waitress in a greasy spoon, Mel's Diner after her car breaks down in Phoenix. Mel was gruff and demanding and constantly bossing his three waitresses around.The other two waitresses, in the beginning were Flo and Vera. Flo was the man-hungry southern belle, who's favorite saying was "Kiss My Grits." The other waitress, Vera, was shy and quiet and somewhat, as Mel put it, "dingy." Flo left in 1980 for her own series and was replaced by Belle who was later replaced by Jolene.In 1985, the series came to an end with Mel selling the diner, a married Vera, was now pregnant, Jolene was planning to open a beauty shop and Alice's dream was finally coming true, she became a lead singer with a band in Nashville.Spin-offs: FloCBS Broadcast HistorySeptember-October 1976----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. November 1976-September 1977----Saturdays----9:30 p.m. October 1977-October 1978----Sundays----9:30 p.m. October 1978-February 1979----Sundays----8:30 p.m. March 1979-September 1982----Sundays----9:00 p.m. October-November 1982----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. March-April 1983----Mondays----9:00 p.m. April-May 1983----Sundays----9:30 p.m. June 1983-January 1984----Sundays----8:00 p.m. January-December 1984----Sundays----9:30 p.m. January-March 1985----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m. June-July 1985----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m.Nielsen Ratings: (Top 60 or Better)#30 in the 1976-1977 Season #8 in the 1977-1978 Season #13 in the 1978-1979 Season #4 in the 1979-1980 Season #7 in the 1980-1981 Season #5 in the 1981-1982 Season #25 in the 1983-1984 Season #60 in the 1984-1985 SeasonFirst Telecast: August 31, 1976 Last Telecast: July 2, 1985Episodes: 202 Color EpisodesTheme Song:"There's a New Girl in Town" Written by: Alan and Marilyn Bergman and David ShireSung by: Linda Lavinmoreless

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  • Quotes (27)

    • Mel: What are you doing back there? Flo: Giving Virgil Jenkins a thrill. Everytime I lean over to check the sugar bowl, I get a fifty cent tip. Mel: Give me a thrill. Pick up your orders. Flo: Oh, kiss my grits.

    • Flo: Mel!!! Mel: Kiss your own grits!!

    • Flo: Can't you be nice to a hard workin' woman? Mel: I don't know, I've never had one here! Flo: Mel? Mel: What!!?? Flo: Kiss my grits!!

    • Flo: How's the happy hooker? Alice: Kiss my grits.

    • Alice: I'm accused of being a prostitute because it says in the report I was at a club with prostitutes. It also says in the report that there were men there wearing tennis shorts but that doesn't make me a tennis player.

    • Flo: I used to get raunchy calls from a guy, went on for six months before he stopped. Alice: What made him quit? Flo: I married him.

    • Mel: (about Mr. James, the food critic) That bum has as much chance of me apologizing as Flo has of wearing white on her wedding night. Flo: Mel, kiss my grits! Andy: If he won't I will.

    • Mother: I've got my 14 year old daughter on birth control so I don't have to worry about her. Alice: 14? Why did you wait so long? Why didn't you just slip it in her Pablum?

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    Notes (149)

    • The scene where Vera opens a pack of straws and proceeds to eject them all over was repeated in the opening credits of every succeeding episode and hence can be seen in every episode of the series.

    • The opening sequence of the series shows a car being driven down the road, this is from the actual movie the series was based on.

    • In this episode, it is said that Mel is a widower and his wife's name was Ruby, hence the name "Mel & Ruby's Diner". This idea was dropped after the pilot episode and in this first episode Mel's Diner looks entirely different from the proceeding shows.

    • Tommy is played by Afred Lutter, the same boy that played him in the 1975 hit movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the basis of this show.

    • Philip McKeon takes over the role of Tommy Hyatt and makes his first appearance in this episode.

    • Not including the pilot episode, this was the actual premiere episode of Alice.

    • Patrick Cranshaw makes his first appearance in the recurring role of Andy.

    • In syndication, this episode airs as the final episode of the 1st season, most likely due to an error in production numbers.

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    Trivia (30)

    • In the film, Flo has a teenage daughter that is never mentioned in the series.

    • In the series, Alice decides to work at Mel's because her car breaks down in Pheonix, in the original movie the car never breaks down.

    • It only takes Flo one minute and three seconds into the Pilot for her to tell Mel, "kiss my grits" for the first time.

    • In the movie, the Diner was set in Tuscon, not Phoenix.

    • Gordon Jump is best known as Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson on WKRP in Cincinnati.

    • This is the first episode where no one, not even Flo says "Kiss my grits."

    • Adam West is best known for starring as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 1966 Batman series.

    • Tom Poston is better known for his starring role George Utley on Newhart

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    Allusions (34)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the line from Hamlet, "Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!" This well known play is by the British playwright, William Shakespeare.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the saying, "the point of no return". Meaning: The point of no return, or the Rubicon [Crossing the Rubricon is a term used to describe crossing a point of no return. It originated when Julius Caesar was banned from Rome by the Senate until he dispersed his army. The Senate said that if he crossed the Rubrion River then they would declare war, so that once Caesar crossed the Rubicon (also Rubricon) he could not turn back.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to a play written by Neil Simon. The Odd Couple was first performed on Broadway in 1965. It then became a movie that was released in 1968. It was followed by a TV series that ran from 1970 to 1975.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the book and to the subsequent movie titled, A Night to Remember. A Night to Remember is a 1955 non-fiction book by Walter Lord about the sinking of the ocean liner RMS Titanic in 1912. The subsequent movie was released in 1958.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to a record released in 1951. The Sixty Minute Man was the title of a record by the Dominoes, now regarded as one of the most important of the recordings which helped generate and shape rock and roll.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to a popular song by the same name. That Old Black Magic was written by Harold Arlen, with the lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The song was published in 1942 and has become an often-recorded standard with versions by Glenn Miller, the singers Margaret Whiting, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and others.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to a movie starring George Burns and John Denver. Oh, God was released in 1977.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1977 movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The Steven Spielberg movie starred Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr.

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  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • a dark dark time

    By CAPNDEL, Jun 27, 2006

  • I wish this was on DVD.

    By jkdowney, Jun 13, 2006

  • kiss my grits.

    By benderfan7, Feb 25, 2007

  • One of the best sitcoms of all time!

    By supremespice, Sep 04, 2006

  • One of the few shows I can recall

    By fluffybear, Jun 27, 2006

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