Some of My Best Friends

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Scenes from an Italian Party

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    The Marriage Counselor

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Shaggy Dog Story

    Aired 4/11/01

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    A Brief Encounter

    Aired 3/28/01

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Blah, Blah, Blah

    Aired 3/12/01

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jason Bateman

    Warren Fairbanks

  • Joe Grifasi

    Joseph "Joe" Zito

  • Danny Nucci

    Frankie Zito

  • Michael DeLuise

    Pino Palumbo

  • Jessica Lundy

    Meryl Doogan

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Some of My Best Friends guide at TV.com. Danny Nucci and Jason Bateman star in SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS, a half-hour comedy based on the critically acclaimed motion picture "Kiss Me, Guido." The two form a distinctly contemporary odd couple -- one gay, one straight, living in the same Greenwich Village apartment. Warren Fairbanks (Bateman), a writer just dumped by his boyfriend, decides, with the help of his flamboyant best friend, Vern (Alec Mapa), to put an ad in the paper, "GWM seeks roommate." Frankie Zito (Nucci), a macho guy from the Bronx who, against the wishes of his parents, Joe (Joe Grifasi) and Connie (Camille Saviola), wants to move out of their house, responds to Warren's ad. Along with his dim-witted best friend, Pino (Michael DeLuise), Frankie assumes GWM means "Guy with Money." Frankie moves in, and worlds collide. But with a few ground rules and some help from Warren's sister Meryl (Jessica Lundy), the twice-divorced building manager, it seems the two have the potential to become friends as well as roommates.moreless

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  • Quotes (16)

    • Pino: Wow, I can't believe this. Did you know your friend was a gay? Vern: I'm just as shocked as you are!

    • Frankie: The real reason I moved to Manhattan is... I decided to be an actor. Frankie's Mom: An actor? Couldn't you just be gay? Frankie's Dad: You know people are born gay. But acting, that's a choice.

    • Frankie's Mom: What's to explain? When a kid grows up gay there's only one person to blame. This is all your fault. Why couldn't you be more of a man? Frankie's Dad: The job was already taken.

    • Frankie: Now what are you doing? Warren: In the event this gets violent, I do not want you bleeding on my carpet. It barely survived the gazpacho spill during the Ricky Martin pay-per-view. Frankie: Could you be any gayer?

    • Frankie: Damn it, Warren, I need that money! Don't make me kick your ass! Warren: I'm just a teensy bit curious why you just assume that you can kick my ass? Frankie: Well, for starters, you use words like "teensy."

    • Warren: Frankie, Vern and I were curious about something. Frankie: What? Warren: Are you, uh... ? Do you... ? Vern: Oh for God sakes, Frankie, finish this sentence, "Clang, clang, clang went the... ?" Frankie: Firetruck. Vern: He's a breeder.

    • Pino: You notice anything weird about this place? Frankie: What do you mean? Pino: Look at the stuff this guy's got. Poster of Yentl. Fiddler on the Roof CD on the coffee table. Autographed photo of Bette Midler. See where I'm going with this? Frankie: You think he's Jewish? Pino: Totally.

    • Pino: You know, Frankie, I don't get this ad. "GWM seeks roommate." What does "GWM" mean anyway? Frankie: Well, this is a pretty nice building. I'm thinking it means "Guy with Money."

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    Notes (13)

    • Two very different, yet very similar, versions of this episode exist. The original 24 minute pilot, "Kiss Me Guido," is nearly verbatim to the version that aired. However, the majority of the scenes were reshot and a different actress played Connie Zito. The original version begins with Frankie in a confession booth, but his talk with the priest is soon interrupted by his parents. From then on, most of the scenes play exactly the same, with minor dialogue changes here and there. Peter J. Spears and Tim Maculan play the same guest-starring roles in both versions, but both actors have a lot of different dialogue in the unaired version. In addition, Meryl is simply the building manager, not Warren's sister.

    • The series is based on the 1997 movie "Kiss Me Guido". The title "Kiss Me, Guido" was considered for the series (as well as the working title, "Me and Frankie Z."), but eventually the name was changed to "Some of My Best Friends."

    • The Fine Young Cannibals song "She Drives Me Crazy" is used in this episode (though it's performed by someone else).

    • CBS had no faith in this show, so this episode was aired on a special night, following "Everybody Loves Raymond." More than likely, this was aired to drive the final stake into the coffin (this was without a doubt the worst episode of the series -- so much so that the writers actually apologized to the cast for the bad writing). CBS was looking to cancel the series and the easiest way to do it was by airing a low-rated episode in a high-profile timeslot.

    • The final draft of the script is dated October 23, 2000.

    • The Burt Bacharach song, "This Guy's in Love with You," is used in this episode.

    • The final draft of the script is dated October 4, 2000.

    • If CBS had actually aired this episode, it would've appeared completely out of order to fans of the show -- Pino had not yet met Meryl.

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    Trivia (14)

    • The series is based on the 1997 movie "Kiss Me Guido". The title "Kiss Me, Guido" was considered for the series (as well as the working title, "Me and Frankie Z."), but eventually the name was changed to "Some of My Best Friends."

    • Two very different, yet very similar, versions of this episode exist. The original 24 minute pilot, "Kiss Me Guido," is nearly verbatim to the version that aired. However, the majority of the scenes were reshot and a different actress (Josette DiCarlo) played Connie Zito. The original version begins with Frankie in a confession booth, but his talk with the priest is soon interrupted by his parents. From then on, most of the scenes play exactly the same, with minor dialogue changes here and there. Peter J. Spears and Tim Maculan play the same guest-starring roles in both versions, but both actors have a lot of different dialogue in the unaired version. In addition, Meryl is simply the building manager, not Warren's sister.

    • The Fine Young Cannibals song "She Drives Me Crazy" is used in this episode (though it's performed by another artist).

    • CBS had no faith in this show, so this episode was aired on a special night, following "Everybody Loves Raymond." More than likely, this was aired to drive the final stake into the coffin (this was without a doubt the worst episode of the series -- so much so that the writers actually apologized to the cast for the bad writing). CBS was looking to cancel the series and the easiest way to do it was by airing a low-rated episode in a high-profile timeslot.

    • The final draft of the script is dated October 23, 2000.

    • In this episode, Jason Batemen refers to "Parcher & Murphy." Parcher & Murphy would later show up in another series created and executive produced by Marc Cherry, Desperate Housewives, as the advertising agency where Lynette obtains employment.

    • The Burt Bacharach song, "This Guy's in Love with You," is used in this episode.

    • The final draft of the script is dated October 4, 2000.

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    Allusions (2)

    • When Pino refers to Vern as "little Tattoo" this is an allusion to the character of Tattoo (played by Herve Villechaize) from the 1978-1984 TV series, Fantasy Island.

    • Vern: Well, think about it. You know, everybody's outside playing football. He's inside playing the piano. Lucy's throwing herself at him like a tart. He could care less. And, if I'm not mistaken, he color's his hair!

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Frankie, a struggling hetero Italian actor, unwittingly becomes a roommate to Warren, a gay writer, and they become TV's next odd couple.

    By radrobd, Sep 02, 2006

  • A pretty funny comedy.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 19, 2006

  • Good comedy show

    By stillcountry, Mar 13, 2006