Brothers (1984)

Showtime (ended 1989)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 26

    I Remember But I Don't Like It

    Aired 6/1/89

  • S 5 : Ep 25

    The Road Yet Taken

    Aired 5/5/89

  • S 5 : Ep 24

    Wouldn't It Be Nice

    Aired 4/28/89

  • S 5 : Ep 23

    Something Old, Something New

    Aired 4/21/89

  • S 5 : Ep 22


    Aired 4/14/89

  • Cast & Crew
  • Philip Charles MacKenzie

    Donald Maltby

  • Robin Riker

    Kelly Hall (seasons 1-4)

  • Robert Walden

    Joe Waters

  • Brandon Maggart

    Lou Waters

  • Hallie Todd

    Penny Waters

  • show Description
  • Lou, Joe, and Cliff Waters are three brothers living in south Philadelphia. The older brothers receive the shock of their lives when youngest brother Cliff runs away from the altar on what is supposed to be his wedding day. His reason: he's gay. Lou is the oldest and a construction worker. He insists that someone talked Cliff into being a homosexual. Middle brother Joe is a former pro football player who runs a restaurant, is overprotective of teenage daughter Penny, and tries to maintain peace between his two brothers. Cliff is the youngest brother. He frequently finds himself in arguments with his brothers and with his best friend, flamboyantly gay writer/editor Donald Maltby.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Donald: I'm so proud of our boy, honestly. When called and told me he'd finally come out, I literally screamed. I said, "Honey, you've got to give more notice, I would've baked a cake!" I mean, Hallmark doesn't even make a card for this!

    • Joe: You want to know who Donald is? He's the cleaning lady.

    • Joe: Where did you learn to fly like that? Donald: I was in the Air Force. Lou: The United States Air Force? Donald: No, Mel's Air Force. It's a small outfit in Pasadena.

    • Joe: You think I like paying alimony? It's like buying oats for a dead horse!

    • Joe: Cliff, I don't want to seem like a know-it-all, but I don't think you can judge all gay men by a Russian defector the size of a Winnebago.

    • (Discussing Lou's outfit) Joe: I told Lou to dress up like a homosexual. Donald: A homosexual what? Pez dispenser?

    • Lou (reading): Question number four: do you have trouble dealing with the homosexual elephants? Gee, I don't know, I never thought about it. But I guess if there's fruit flies, then... Kelly: Elements! Homosexual elements!

    • Joe: Do you live in Philadelphia? Russell: No, I come here for the cream cheese.

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    Notes (25)

    • Donald reveals he was in the Air Force.

    • "You Are My Sunshine", which Marcus sings at the end of the episode, is a country music standard. It was written by Jimmie Davis, a Country Music Hall of Fame member and one-time governor of Louisiana.

    • This is one of the few episodes where something other than the standard closing theme is played during the closing credits. In this case, an instrumental version of the song "Do You Believe in Magic" is played.

    • The alternate title of this episode is "Lucky Charm."

    • Lou does not appear in this episode.

    • Linda Carlson, who plays Donald's one-time girlfriend Gail, was married to Philip Charles MacKenzie (Donald) at the time ths episode aired. They divorced in the late 1980s.

    • At the conclusion of this episode, the credits were shown over a black screen instead of the normal scenes from the episode.

    • The alternate title of this episode is "Donald's Apartment."

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    Trivia (18)

    • TRIVIA: In a 1986 Showtime special, Robert Walden (Joe) listed this episode as his favorite episode of Brothers.

    • GOOF: In this episode Lou says that their father had two brothers, Uncle Joe (whose funeral they attended) and Uncle Clarkie. However, in the fourth season episode Thanksgiving, another uncle, Charlie, comes to visit.

    • GOOF: The snow storm is so severe it has shut down the airport, but everyone is able to drive to the Point After.

    • TRIVIA: In a 1986 Showtime special, Brandon Maggart (Lou) listed this episode as his favorite episode of Brothers.

    • TRIVIA: In a 1986 Showtime special, Philip Charles MacKenzie (Donald) listed this episode as his favorite episode of Brothers.

    • Goof: In this episode, Cliff celebrates his 25th birthday; however, in the first season episode I Remember Papa, Cliff says he is already 25.

    • TRIVIA: In a 1986 Showtime special, Paul Regina (Cliff) listed this episode as his favorite episode of Brothers.

    • GOOF: The paper in the typewriter is notebook paper (the holes are clearly visible), not typing paper.

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    Allusions (70)

    • Joe (answering knock on the door): Who is it? Donald (off camera): Anna Maria Alberghetti! Anna Maria Alberghetti is an Italian actress and singer. She won a Tony Award in 1962 for her role in the play Carnival!.

    • Joe: What are you? Ali MacGraw? "I love you. Goodbye"? A reference to Love Story, where Ali MacGraw played the dying wife.

    • The title of this episode is also the title of a song popularized at various times by Maurice Chevalier, Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee.

    • Joe: Who do you think is a better dancer, Gwen or Chita? Kelly: Well, I don't know who Gwen is, but she's gotta be a better dancer than Tarzan's monkey! "Gwen" is Gwen Verdon; "Chita" is Chita Rivera, two legendary Broadway dancers.

    • Jerry Lewis: I don't want you anymore. I don't love you anymore. You're not my son anymore. (Movie on TV) Kelly is watching a 1958 Jerry Lewis movie, The Geisha Boy, on TV.

    • Joe: Tonight she ran up a dinner tab on an ARCO card. ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Corporation) is an oil company and a franchise of gasoline stations.

    • Penny: Oh, is this The Delicate Delinquent? The movie Kelly is watching is The Delicate Delinquent, a 1957 Jerry Lewis film most notable for being the first film made after Lewis split from Dean Martin.

    • Joe: Donald, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship. The classic line from Casablanca is highlighted by "As Time Goes By" playing in the background.

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  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • That was the "Will & Grace" of todays show.....that started it all.

    By julmkt, Oct 16, 2006

  • Really funny show that should still be on the air!

    By SuziQ1206, Sep 26, 2006

  • One of the best shows there ever was. In league with M*A*S*H and The Dick Van Dyke Show. They just don\'t make them like they used to.

    By reneeh57, May 29, 2006

  • Before Brothers there were no made-for-cable TV shows, and no homosexual characters. The show broke ground, but suffered in later years from lack of continuity and flawed attempts at character development.

    By KarenHlly, Jul 14, 2005