Empty Nest

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 24

    Life Goes On (2)

    Aired 4/29/95

  • S 7 : Ep 23

    Life Goes On (1)

    Aired 4/29/95

  • S 7 : Ep 22

    Remembrance of Clips Past

    Aired 6/17/95

  • S 7 : Ep 21

    My Pal Valy-Val

    Aired 6/10/95

  • S 7 : Ep 20

    Stand By Your Man

    Aired 3/25/95

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Mulligan

    Dr. Harry Weston

  • Dinah Manoff

    Carol Weston

  • David Leisure

    Charley Dietz

  • Marsha Warfield

    Dr. Maxine Douglas (1993-1995)

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo (Seasons 6-7)

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  • show Description
  • Empty Nest was a spinoff of The Golden Girls. Created by Susan Harris (Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls) this series centered around Dr. Harry Weston. A recent widow, Harry had to deal with going on with his life without his late wife, Libby. Fortunatly he had his practice (he's a pediatrician) as well as his two daughters, Carol and Barbara, who move back home and provide an annoyance to him. Other members of the cast include, Charlie Dietz (the obnoxious next door neighbor) and Laverne (Harry's sassy nurse). In later seasons, Harry began working at a clinic with Maxine, with Laverne in tow. Also, when the Golden Girls sequel, The Golden Palace, ended in 1993, Estelle Getty came to the show and portrayed the Golden Girl character of Sophia Petrillo. Theme Song: "Life Goes On" Written by: John Bettis and George Tipton Spin-off of: The Golden Girlsmoreless

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  • Quotes (7)

    • Carol: You couldn't sleep either? Harry: No, I'm just watching It's a Wonderful Life. Carol: Oh I hate that Mr. Potter! Harry: Me too, sit down and we'll hate him together.

    • Harry: (watching It's a Wonderful Life): Oh I hate you, Mr. Potter! I've seen this movie 47 times and I hate you more every time!

    • Harry: This is not Dreyfuss, Dreyfuss is a 100-pound St. Bernard, this is a 12-pound terrier. Man: Well what do you expect? He's been deprived. Harry: (picks up the dog and bounces him) This is not Dreyfuss, I cannot do this with Dreyfuss. Carol: (takes the dog) This dog is the wrong breed, the wrong size, the wrong color. Barbara: (takes the dog and turns it over) Wrong sex.

    • Barbara: Daddy, Carol, this is Garth Brooks. Carol: Well rope my feet and call me doggie! Garth Brooks: Hi I'm married.

    • Carol I just realized that you're never going to grow up. Now get out of my daddy's house.

    • Carol these power walks really yake alot out of me. Breanda[hand on back] Tell me about it my back is killing me

    • Charley: Shouldn't we call 9-1-1? Carol: I can't! They know my voice.

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    Notes (57)

    • David Leisure is the only actor from this pilot to make it to the eventual series. However, he plays Oliver in this episode, not Charley.

    • This pilot for the show is considered an episode of "The Golden Girls".

    • This pilot shows how the series was originally planned to be. However, it got retooled like crazy and none of the characters from this episode are seen or mentioned.

    • This episode is the last episode of season 2 of THE GOLDEN GIRLS

    • The original pilot was an episode of The Golden Girls titled "Empty Nests" which aired May 16, 1987. The premise was completely different and David Leisure was the only actor to remain with the cast, though his character did change.

    • Guest star Rue McClanahan crosses over as Blanche Devereaux, her The Golden Girls character.

    • Many People might remember Donnally Rhodes as Dutch on Soap.

    • Guest star Estelle Getty crosses over as Sophia Petrillo, her The Golden Girls character.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Although Billy was 5 different ages, Harry was the same age in all the flashbacks.

    • Paula's apartment uses the same set as Charlie's from the previous episode "Everything but love."

    • Barbara goes undercover at Jefferson High School which has the same name and looks exactly like the one on Happy Days.

    • Charley wonders what FICA stands for. It stands for Federal Insurance Compensation Act, the act of congress that authorized Social Security.

    • Erika Flores is best known for her role as Colleen Cooper for the first three seasons on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

    • Barbara Weston is a Sergeant, but there are no Sergeant's stripes on her uniform.

    • The Super Bowl in this episode was played January 31, 1993 in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 52-17.

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    Allusions (22)

    • The title of this episode is a play on the expression "The check is in the mail."

    • The title of this episode comes from the 1987 movie of the same name.

    • The title alludes to a 1950 Spencer Tracy movie with the same name.

    • When Charlie says "Something Wicked This Way Comes," he alludes to the 1962 Ray Bradbury novel with the same name, about two young teens fighting a evil magical carnival. It was also made into a movie in 1983.

    • The title of this episode comes from the Katie Melua song of the same name.

    • The title of this episode comes from the classic French tale of "Cyrano de Bergerac."

    • The title of this episode is a play on the classic expression "A day in the life."

    • The title of this episode comes from the seminal Freud work of the same name.

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  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • I like Empty Nest. I have been watching it since it first started in 1988. I like Barbara Weston played by Kristy McNichol because she is one of my favorite characters in the show.

    By matthew_trompf, Oct 07, 2006

  • The Nurse stole the show, along with . . .

    By ez1jb, Aug 25, 2006

  • Golden Girl spin-off that spun a lot of laughs.

    By LainiTiye, Jul 26, 2005

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