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  • S 5 : Ep 22


    Aired 7/22/98

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    When Ellen Talks, People Listen

    Aired 7/15/98

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute (2)

    Aired 5/13/98

  • S 5 : Ep 19

    Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute (1)

    Aired 5/13/98

  • S 5 : Ep 18


    Aired 3/4/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen Morgan

  • Joely Fisher

    Paige Clark (Seasons 2-5)

  • David Anthony Higgins

    Joe Farrell (Seasons 2-5, recurring previously)

  • Jeremy Piven

    Spence Kovak (Seasons 3-5)

  • Clea Lewis

    Audrey Penney (Seasons 3-5, recurring previously)

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  • show Description
  • Ellen, which was titled "These Friends of Mine" during its first season, is comedy about the life of a young woman by the name of Ellen Morgan - a neurotic, thirty-something, bookstore employee who tries to get by life in dealing with her many random foils and follies (and not to mention her annoying and overbearing parents, Lois and Harold). Thanks to her friends, however, among them including the bubbly redhead Paige, insecure photographer Adam, her unsure-of-himself cousin Spence, coffee shop guy Joe Farrell, and the critical and obnoxious Audrey, Ellen is able to find the security, and the sanity, to get through her less than normal every day life. The show can be described as a combination between popular sitcoms Seinfeld and Friends, blending a perfect mix of comedy and situational humor with the drama and excitement of every day issues and life in the "real world".moreless

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  • Quotes (146)

    • (Upon seeing Anita's license) Ellen: What are you, naked? Anita: I wore a tubetop and I've been pulled over five times and never gotten a ticket.

    • Anita: No, when I said "person, place or thing" you said "person". "Underdog" is not a person! Adam: How can you say that "Underdog" is not a person? Anita: Because he's a flying dog! Adam: He's a talking flying dog! That makes him a person!

    • Ellen: Oh, for God's sake, would you just take the pic... (The photo of Ellen is taken with her having a funny unexpected expression)...ture! Photographer: Next!

    • Adam's Date: Hi, I'm looking for someone who looks like Al Pacino. Joe: (Reffering to Adam and Ellen) Ya, he's over there talking to Meryl Streep.

    • Ellen: I made the whole thing up. I'm not married, I'm not a cardiologist, I don't have any Bradies. I was afraid if I told you the truth, it would look like I lied from the beginning. Joe: Well, you did lie from the beginning. Ellen: Sure, that's one way to look at it. You know, I understand if you don't wanna. Joe: What, see you anymore? Ha, that's a good one!

    • Ellen: Who's Bob? Adam: Bob, the rent control guy. He's the biggest rent control guy in all of Los Angeles, everybody knows about Bob. Ellen: We live in a city of 10 million people. Everybody does not know about anybody.

    • Adam: Are you sure you don't want me to be your husband? Ellen: Look boy, free beer!

    • Ellen: I remember one time my little cousin chewed through an electrical cord then he took a different bus to school. We called him sparky!

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    Notes (110)

    • During this season, the series was titled These Friends of Mine.

    • The DVD set of Season One of Ellen was released on September 28, 2004. On the set, the Special Features are: - Cast Biographies - Commentary with Holly Fulger and Arye Gross on Pilot Episode - Scene Selection

    • Maggie Wheeler is credited but doesn't appear.

    • David Anthony Higgins makes his first recurring appearance as Joe Farrell. He would later become a regular as of season two.

    • Maggie Wheeler is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Guest star Wendle Josepher and Ellen later starred in ED TV together in 1999.

    • Maggie Wheeler is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Maggie Wheeler is credited but doesn't appear.

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    Trivia (25)

    • The character of Audrey Penney was written and portrayed very differently in this episode from the way she was in later episodes, after Clea Lewis became a regular cast member. In this episode, she is sullen and negative and doesn't even wear pink.

    • Audrey's character is married in this episode. In later episodes she is single.

    • This show features Ellen reading a poem, which is featured in her (Ellen DeGeneres') book, "My Point...And I Do Have One".

    • In this episode Ellen says she is from New Orleans, however in the Season One episode "The Class Reuion" Ellen has her high school reuion in LA.

    • Adjustments to the set were made in this episode. The front door to Ellen's apartment was covered up by the bookcase, and the old lounge was back.

    • According to this episode, Adam and Ellen have been living together for twelve years.

    • In The CODA for this episode, it shows Paige and Ellen still stuck on the fence in the morning. At the end of the CODA, a bear starts to walk towards Ellen and Paige.

    • According to Adam, he took ballet classes for six years.

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    Allusions (32)

    • Aretha Franklin's song "Respect" was played while Ellen was in the elevator.

    • This episode title is a reference to another TV comedy show that was also airing on ABC during that time, Home Improvement, starring Tim Allen.

    • When wearing a green face mask, Ellen says "somebody stop me." This is a line from a 1994 movie The Mask, starring Jim Carrey.

    • Ellen: Please sir, I want some more. This is a line from Charles Dickens' book, Oliver Twist.

    • Ellen: Oh look! A deer. I wish I had a gun. This is a line from Ellen DeGeneres' comedy album, Taste This, released in 1996.

    • Ellen considers moving to a hut in the woods, and starts talking in an unintelligible language while waving her hands. This is an allusion to Jodie Foster in Nell from 1994. Paige mentions that she has not yet seen the movie.

    • This episode title is a parody of the popular hard rock band, Guns N' Roses.

    • This episode has references to the television network, "PBS" and a show on the network, "Nova".

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  • Fan Reviews (122)
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    By MarciaWalker7145, Nov 02, 2014

  • Why Are There All These Letters to Ellen in the Reviews section instead of Reviews of this series?

    By cherold01, Aug 09, 2014

  • 2 cars hitting my mum didn't stop her

    By Chrissy12392, Jul 28, 2014

  • A well deserving Daughter

    By mandmheimlich, Jul 09, 2014

  • gloria, my awesome wife

    By emiliolopez39982, May 27, 2014

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