Bosom Buddies

Season 1 Episode 1

Bosom Buddies

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 1980 on ABC
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Bosom Buddies
Henry Desmond and Kip Wilson are imaginative young admen who solve an acute housing problem by donning wigs and dresses to qualify for residence in the Susan B. Anthony hotel for women.

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  • Kip & Henry are caught in a bad situation when their New York apartment is demolished and they're invited to stay the weekend with their friend, Amy, who lives in a hotel for women only.moreless

    Of course...the beginnings of something hilarious, but pretty rough. A few shining moments...the "Macho Man" montage with the guys dancing around the apartment in shaving cream and towels.

    Some "over acting" on the part of Amy and possibly even Henry. Kip was on target, as usual, and I'd like to have seen more of Ruth in the first episode. In fact, ther weren't any laughs when she said that she nearly lost her advertising career because of one word: "Ladies, please, don't EAT the Charmin"

    Other than that, pretty good start to the series. This was the first and last time we'd see the "room mother" of the hotel, since they replaced her by Episode #2.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Kip: This is our last resort Henry, I wanted to take that last apartment we looked at.
      Henry: It was six hundred dollars, it smelled and it had rats!
      Kip: Those were not rats, they were incredibly unattractive kittens.

    • Henry: What about that mustache I wanted to grow?
      Kip: Grow it. It'll give you a nice ethnic look.

    • Kip: Henry, all my life I have been an emotional cripple. But now, suddenly, Hallejulah I am a-healed.
      Henry: (slaps Kip on the head in faith-healer fashion) Well praise the Lord!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Susan B. Anthony Hotel is a fictitious hotel but is based on the Susan B. Anthony House in NYC. Susan B. Anthony was an early leader in the women's rights movement.

    • The original theme song for the show was a fairly faithful cover version of Billy Joel's "My Life". Some later syndicated airings substituted "Shake Me Loose", a vocal version of the show's end theme.

    • This pilot episode was shot on film. All other episodes were shot on video tape.


    • Henry changes into his men's clothes and still has his earrings on. Joe does the same thing in Some Like It Hot.

    • Donna Dixon's character is like Marilyn Monroe's character in Some Like It Hot.

    • The whole premise of the episode is based on the Marilyn Monroe classic comedy Some Like It Hot, from the guys dressing up as women to the little alcohol party with all the girls running in. It's all very similar.

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