Nurses (1991)

NBC (ended 1994)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 22

    All the Pretty Caseys

    Aired 5/7/94

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    The Big Jack Attack

    Aired 4/23/94

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    The One after the Earthquake

    Aired 4/16/94

  • S 3 : Ep 19

    Silent Partner

    Aired 4/9/94

  • S 3 : Ep 18

    Nothin' Says Lovin' ...

    Aired 3/12/94

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Rasche

    Jack Trenton (1992-1994)

  • Carlos Lacamara

    Paco Ortiz

  • Loni Anderson

    Casey MacAfee (1993-1994)

  • Florence Stanley

    Dr. Riskin (1991-1992)

  • Kip Gilman

    Dr. Henry "Hank" S. Kaplan

  • show Description
  • This spin-off of The Golden Girls and Empty Nest also took place at Miami's Community Medical Center, which they often used to crossover stars of the other two shows (oddly though, none of the characters from this show surfaced on The Golden Girls at all, and they didn't show up on Empty Nest until 1993). This sitcom introduced us to the staff of 3 West. Annie Roland (Arnetia Walker), head nurse, was a strong-willed working mom who was married to a fireman. Sandy Miller (Stephanie Hodge), was the cynical, but dedicated, second in command. The best friend of Empty Nest's Laverne, Sandy was a Texan prone to dating the wrong men. Gina Cuevas (Ada Maris) was an immigrant from the small country of San Pokeno. Virgin Gina spent her days lusting after Dr. Hank Kaplan. Greg Vincent (Jeff Altman) was a goofy anti-authoratative type with a penchant for physically attacking the doctors. And Julie Milbury (Mary Jo Keenan) was the flaky, neurotic newcomer -- a former psychiatric-social-worker who was deathly afraid of germs. Dr. Hank Kaplan (Kip Gilman) was the divorced, financially strapped doctor with a heart of gold. Paco Ortiz (Carlos LaCamara) was the well-mannered Latin orderly. Apparently the writers didn't know what an orderly actually does -- they had Paco doing everything from mopping floors to transferring patients to loading cadavers into the morgue. Dr. Riskin (Florence Stanley) was the cynical old crone who always knew what was best. The second season became a little lighter and saw the departure of Greg and Dr. Riskin and the additions of male nurse Luke Fitzgerald (Markus Flanagan), a handsome but rigid (and slightly-scary) loner; and Jack Trenton, a crooked financier, sentenced to community service as punishment for insider trading. Luke was good at his job, but certainly wasn't a people person -- never showing up at morning meetings and constantly rubbing the staff the wrong way. Jack, on the other hand, was a people person -- but he didn't like these people. Jack's only friend was Paco, whom he always made do all the work. By the end of this season, Gina had finally lost her virginity to Hank, and announced that she was pregnant in the season finale. Season three became even more slapstick and saw the departures of Luke and Sandy and the addition of Casey MacAfee (Loni Anderson), the hotel-manager-turned-administrator. Lovely, self-centered Casey didn't hesitate to let the staff know who was in charge -- despite the fact she didn't have a clue how to run the hospital. She spent a lot of her time fending off Jack, who was determined to bed his new boss. In the final season, Gina and Hank finally took their relationship to the next level and were wedded mere minutes before the birth of their daughter, Jauanita. After multiple retoolings, the show disappeared from the air for good in 1993. It has since been seen in many countries outside of the USA and briefly found a home from 1995-96 on the Lifetime cable network. Many people have expressed interest in getting episodes of the show on video or DVD. Since masses of series are now getting a DVD releases, go to TV Shows on DVD, register and vote on the show (and any other series you want to see on DVD). Support from TV fans does make a difference in getting the studios to release series on disc. First Telecast: September 14, 1991 Last Telecast: June 18, 1994 Episodes: 68 Color Episodes NBC Broadcast History September 1991-January 1993, Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. January 1993-July 1993, Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. July 1993-June 1994, Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Sandy: Yep, Annie, a watched pot never boils. Julie: Actually, that's not true, Sandy. I watched a pot once. It boiled. Gina: My, my, that was time well spent! Jack: Listen, warden, this old geyser doesn't have anything I could catch, does he? Annie: I doubt it. He's got a bad heart and you've got no heart at all!

    • An office pool is being organized. One of the nurses, Julie, approaches a hospital orderly named Paco : Julie: Hey! How about you, Paco -- you feel lucky? Paco: You would ask that of someone who cleans up vomit for a living?

    • Sandy: Oh please, the man's a doctor, Gina. They never say what they mean. Have you ever heard a doctor say, "Okay now this is gonna hurt like hell!?"

    • Jack: You know, I'm getting sick and tired of your stupid little game of Bedpans and Broomsticks, Cruella!

    • Annie: You're here because you were convicted by a jury of your peers. Jack: My peers? I was convicted by twelve people too dumb to get out of jury duty.

    • Julie: Miss MacAfee, did I ever tell you about my Uncle Chet? Casey: Not that I recall. Julie: Oh, he was a very cranky man; gave me an EZ Bake Oven when I was 10... Casey: Julie, how old are you at the end of this story?

    • Casey: Don't you have work to pretend to be doing?

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    Notes (31)

    • Guest Park Overall (Laverne) crosses over from Empty Nest.

    • This episode marked the first appearance of Dr. Amanda Riskin (Florence Stanley). The recurring character was billed as a guest-star throughout most of the season, and finally received a cast credit near the end of the season. In the second season, her character disappears without explanation.

    • Guest star Richard Mulligan (Harry) crosses over from Empty Nest.

    • In the UK, the title of this episode is titled "Kind, Kompassionate and Karing." In the USA, it's credited as "Kind, Konsiderate Kare."

    • As part of NBC's hurricane night, The Golden Girls aired episode The Monkey Show (1) and (2) and Empty Nest (with Estelle Getty crossing over) episode Windy.

    • Guest star Betty White crosses over from The Golden Girls and guest star Park Overall crosses over from Empty Nest.

    • Larry Linville guest stars as Mr. Garrett in this episode. In an episode in season three titled "No, But I Play One On TV," Linville guest-stars as himself.

    • Guest star Rue McClanahan (Blanche) crosses over The Golden Girls while guest star David Leisure (Charlie) crosses over from Empty Nest.

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    Trivia (18)

    • This episode marked the first appearance of Dr. Amanda Riskin (Florence Stanley). The recurring character was billed as a guest-star throughout most of the season, and finally received a cast credit near the end of the season. In the second season, her character disappears without explanation.

    • In this episode, Gina's father Antonio is played by William Marquez. In later episodes, he was played by (former Soap co-star) Gregory Sierra, and his character was re-named Vargas. No reference is made to this episode in the latter Vargas Cuevas episodes and Vargas has no idea who Hank is when they meet.

    • Guest star Richard Mulligan (Harry) crosses over from Empty Nest.

    • Larry Linville guest stars as Mr. Garrett in this episode. In an episode in season three titled "No, But I Play One On TV," Linville guest-stars as himself.

    • Aired as part of NBC's "Full Moon" theme night.

    • Guest star Rue McClanahan (Blanche) crosses over The Golden Girls while guest star David Leisure (Charlie) crosses over from Empty Nest.

    • Guest star Park Overall (Laverne) crosses over from "Empty Nest.

    • Just a useless piece of trivia... Hank says: "I've never treated a public figure before, except for the Maytag guy." The Maytag repairman from the long-running campaign was played by the late Gordon Jump. Jump costarred in the first season of "Soap," which was created by Nurses creator Susan Harris. He later became better known as Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson on "WKRP in Cincinati," which he co-starred on with Loni Anderson. Anderson was added to the cast of "Nurses" the following season.

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    Allusions (25)

    • The title of this episode alludes to the commonly used title for first episodes of a series "Pilot."

    • The title of this episode alludes to the 1988 movie of the same name.

    • The title of this episode alludes to the classic book and 1939 movie, "Gone With the Wind."

    • The title of this episode alludes to the 1957 movie, "An Affair to Remember."

    • The title of this episode alludes to the phrase "Seize the Day" from the well-known Latin phrase "Carpe Diem."

    • The title of this episode alludes to the expression "Here today, gone tomorrow."

    • The title of this episode alludes to the 1988 movie, "Married to the Mob."

    • The infamous line, "Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard," from the 1934 Three Stooges short "Men in Black" is heard on the PA several times during this episode.

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  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Series I & II were OK.

    By loverob, May 08, 2006

  • Hit and miss

    By Jagger1966, Jul 31, 2005

  • Fun spin off

    By angelsxo, Jul 02, 2005