The Bob Newhart Show

Pilot

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/18/72
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  • Episode Description
  • Bob and Emily have been trying for some time to have a child. When they attend a party where the conversation turns to the subject of children, they feel so left out that they decide to adopt a child.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bob Newhart

    Dr. Robert "Bob" Hartley

  • Suzanne Pleshette

    Emily Hartley

  • Peter Bonerz

    Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Robinson

  • Bill Daily

    Howard Borden

  • Marcia Wallace

    Carol Kester

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Interesting to see how the pilot and final series differed, there's enough here to make comparisons. I think the producers made the right decision to discard some elements hinted at in this episode.

    By Mac-Ale, Jan 08, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Bob: Emily? Emily: Mmm? Bob Why'd you say that? Emily: What? Oh, you mean what I said downstairs about adopting the baby? Bob: That's right. Emily: Well, everybody was talking about kids and, I saw the expression on your face when you had your hand on Margaret's stomach, and I just, I felt so left out I just had to say something. Bob: Emily, there are a lot of good reasons for adopting a child, but having to say something at a party is not one of them.

    • Joan Radford: Now, do either of you smoke? Bob: No, we think it's a filthy and disgusting habit. Joan Radford: I'm sorry to hear that. I left my cigarettes at home and I'd really like one.

    Notes (5)

    • "Hi, Bob"-ometer: Two, from Mike Mitchell and Jerry. 15 for the series.

    • This is a re-edited version of the original pilot. In the original pilot Howard didn't exist, Jerry was a psychologist who shared Bob's office, and Bob and Emily were managers of their apartment complex. The characters of receptionist Carol Kester(Marcia Wallace) and patient Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley) were absent. In fact, the part of Bob's patient was played by the Orthodontist who worked upstairs.

    • Emily was only a substitute teacher here.

    • The Hartley's apartment number was 424, not 523 in this episode.

    • William Redfield (Arthur Hoover) will return in the 1975-76 season as Howard Borden's brother, Warden Gordon Borden.

    Trivia (1)

    • The closing credits for this episode were taken from the original pilot. The picture credit for Peter Bonerz was not part of this episode. Also, the shot of Bob's office in closing scene #2 was of the original set from the unaired pilot.

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