Bosom Buddies

ABC (ended 1982)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 19

    Call Me Irresponsible

    Aired 5/27/82

  • S 2 : Ep 18

    Not the Last Picture Show

    Aired 3/25/82

  • S 2 : Ep 17

    Not With My Sister, You Pig

    Aired 3/18/82

  • S 2 : Ep 16

    Who's on Thirst?

    Aired 3/11/82

  • S 2 : Ep 15

    The Way Kip and Henry Were

    Aired 3/4/82

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Hanks

    Kip "Buffy" Wilson

  • Peter Scolari

    Henry 'Hildegard' Desmond

  • Holland Taylor

    Ruth Dunbar

  • Wendie Jo Sperber

    Amy Cassidy

  • Telma Hopkins

    Isabelle Hamdon

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  • Bosom Buddies followed the adventures of Kip Wilson (Tom Hanks) and Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari), junior ad-men at Livingston Gentry and Mishkin Advertising Agency. Kip was an illustrator, but aspired to be a painter, and Henry, a copywriter and aspiring novelist. When their building is demolished, they dress as women to stay with co-worker Amy Cassidy (Wendy Jo Sperber) in her apartment at the Susan B. Anthony Hotel, where men are forbidden anywhere above the lobby. Kip and Henry decide to invent alter egos Buffy and Hildegarde (their fictional sisters) to move into an empty (and cheap) apartment at the hotel – Henry, to write an expose about the experience, and Kip, to get closer to Amy's beautiful roommate, Sonny Lumet (Donna Dixon), nurse, and part-time dancer. Lilly Sinclair (Lucille Benson) was the manager of the hotel, and Isabelle Hammond (singer Telma Hopkins), an actress and model, was a fellow tenant of the hotel. Ruth Dunbar was Kip and Henry's shrewish boss at the ad agency. During the second season, Kip, Henry and Amy left the ad agency to start their own commercial production company. Ruth was still on hand as an investor, and less-than-silent partner. Lilly Sinclair was dropped from the series, and Isabelle became the hotel's new manager. The show originally aired for two seasons on ABC from November, 1980 to June, 1982. But after Tom Hanks began to become popular in such movies as Splash and Bachelor Party, NBC aired 8 episodes, handpicked from both seasons, during the summer of 1984. Theme Song Shake Me Loose (syndication only) Music by Dan Foliart and Howard Pearl Lyrics by Chris Thompson Performed by Stephanie Mills My Life Music and Lyrics by Billy Joel Performed by the cast of Bosom Buddiesmoreless

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  • Quotes (22)

    • Kip: This is our last resort Henry, I wanted to take that last apartment we looked at. Henry: It was six hundred dollars, it smelled and it had rats! Kip: Those were not rats, they were incredibly unattractive kittens.

    • Henry: What about that mustache I wanted to grow? Kip: Grow it. It'll give you a nice ethnic look.

    • Kip: Henry, all my life I have been an emotional cripple. But now, suddenly, Hallejulah I am a-healed. Henry: (slaps Kip on the head in faith-healer fashion) Well praise the Lord!

    • Lilly: Well, karate is a good exercise, but it doesn't have much stopping power. I pack heat! Isabelle: Heat? Lilly: You know, a rod, a gat, a piece. Henry: A gun?! Lilly: Sure! I've found that a gaping chest wound will take the fight right out of a man!

    • [After meeting Ruth in a seedy singles club] Ruth: You understand also that discretion is the better part of your paycheck? Henry: Understood. Amy: Gotcha.

    • Ruth: Amy, if we lose this contract, I'm putting one out on you.

    • Ruth: Amy, if we lose this contract, I'm putting one out on you.

    • Ruth: You know, I think we’re sharing a warm moment. I’ve heard about these. (uncomfortable silence) How long do they generally last?

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    Notes (24)

    • The Susan B. Anthony Hotel is a fictitious hotel but is based on the Susan B. Anthony House in NYC. Susan B. Anthony was an early leader in the women's rights movement.

    • The original theme song for the show was a fairly faithful cover version of Billy Joel's "My Life". Some later syndicated airings substituted "Shake Me Loose", a vocal version of the show's end theme.

    • This pilot episode was shot on film. All other episodes were shot on video tape.

    • In this episode, Kip first uses his catch-phrase, "'K", short for "OK".

    • Holland Taylor and Lucille Benson do not appear in this episode.

    • Starting with this episode, the show's theme song is preceeded with a short narration by Kip and Henry, explaining the show's premise.

    • There are no credited guest stars in this episode. It may have been a cost-saving "bottle show" (a show produced on existing sets with a minimum of guest cast, or other expenses. It is slightly preferable to a "clip show" when a show's budget needs to be slightly cut.)

    • Lucille Benson does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (8)

    • The main characters are named after two bars in Berkeley, CA: "Kips's" and "Henry's."

    • Kip first uses one of his catch phrases, "Sonny, Sonny, Sonny, Sonny...", in this episode.

    • Kip's middle name is revealed in this episode to be "Amos".

    • The "P" in Kip Wilson's name on the wall of the gallery is incorrectly hung too high, making it look like a capital insead of a lowercase "P".

    • When Kip blows out the candles on his birthday cake, he misses one of the candles. However, in the following shot, all the candles are out.

    • When Dana tells Henry that she's from California, he jokingly asks her if she knows Leonard Ripps. Ripps was a co-producer of the episode and occasional writer for the series.

    • To explain why they are dressed in drag to Kip's father in the elevator, Kip and Henry repeat their narration from the beginning of the opening credits nearly word for word.

    • Goof: In the flashback, which takes place in 1978, there is a poster on Kip and Henry's wall of the "Best of Blondie" album cover. However, this album was not released until 1981.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Henry changes into his men's clothes and still has his earrings on. Joe does the same thing in Some Like It Hot.

    • Donna Dixon's character is like Marilyn Monroe's character in Some Like It Hot.

    • The whole premise of the episode is based on the Marilyn Monroe classic comedy Some Like It Hot, from the guys dressing up as women to the little alcohol party with all the girls running in. It's all very similar.

    • [Pieces of luggage fly across the hall] Hildegarde: Oh, I've seen this. Now the gorilla comes out and jumps on it. This refers to a series of Samsonite brand luggage TV commercials airing at that time showing it was so tough, rampaging gorilla's couldn't damage them.

    • Episode Title: Not the Last Picture Show The Last Picture Show is a book by Larry McMurtry that was later made into a movie.

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Name that kid!

    By joanmatarazzo, Jul 08, 2013

  • crazy show! haha!

    By DebraFords, Jun 18, 2013

  • This show was great, a very funny and entertaining show.

    By kevinb4444, Mar 13, 2007

  • This was a good show while it lasted.

    By aesgaard41, Sep 21, 2006

  • Good actors, lousy show.

    By crazyrhythm, Sep 25, 2005

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