Melrose Place

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 08, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

The residents of the apartment complex located at 4616 Melrose Place, California, are shaken up by the mysterious murder of one of their own.

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  • I thought it was a pretty a good pilot.

    I'll admit that I have never watched any of the original Melrose Place series, so I won't be able to say "the original was so much better" or anything along those lines. But, against what many people on here have said, I was pretty pleased with the episode. It introduced the characters pretty well (I'm mostly interested in the director and his fiancée), and had interesting storylines (however I find ashley simpsons character pretty pointless--- so far.. and what was up with her stealing the picture of sydney? anyway). i will continue watching, and see how the show continues! i'm excited.moreless
  • Series Opener.

    I have never seen the original Melrose Place and I am a little embarrased to say that I thought this was going to a good show. Oh boy was I wrong. I mean it was the worst thing I have seen in years. The writing is horrible, the actors were even worse, I mean Ashlee Simpson? really? And to bring back an original cast member from the original just to kill her in the first like 6 minutes of the show was a terrible desicion. And can you say Desperate Housewives rip off? I was so bored throughout the entire episode. The CW needs to come up with original stuff and stop remaking this crap. I mean ok 90210 I can see why they did it but with this remake they took it way way way too far. I wish I could give this episode a 0.moreless
  • ???

    I remember growing up watching Melrose Place. The show was kind of a revolution then with its trashy characters and crazy plots.

    So I decided I'd give a shot to this reboot. Honestly I was expecting a lot worse. I need to watch another episode to really make up my mind.

    It looks like the writers are taking the same story but make it more glamorous, more scandalous and lift it a little so it can suit a younger audience.

    I wonder how the former cast can accept to be a part of it.

    It's a little too much in my opinion but where the writers have been very good is that they resorted to what always works for a show: they created a mystery and in a way managed to hook me up.

    Yeah, I'd like to know who killed Sydney. It looks like everyone is a suspect. But will I be hooked for another 23 episodes? I'm not sure about that...moreless
  • UMMMM.............

    The comeback for melrose place was a little bit dissapointing for me honestly..... i thought they should have introduced the characters more in stead of just jumping right in to the drama.... i think what really made me a little irritated was that there was too much drama going on at one time.... i mean you got a landlord who was stabbed to death, a nurse who was offered money to sleep with apatient's son, a filmaker who just caught some girls father making out with her bestfriend and his girlfriend doesn't even know if she want to marry him.... i have to say what had to be the biggest upset about this episode was how at the end of the episode they revealed who killed the landlord which really sucked caused it would have been better if they saved it for the season finale but not all dreams come true..... all i can say for melrose place is they better step it up....... i hope the next episode was better than this one....moreless
  • Way different from the old Melrose, but not necessarily worst....

    I really don´t have a clear view about this show yet.

    I enjoyed the fact that Sidney died at the very first episode, but the flashbacks during the episode were quite confusing. It is good to have a mistery, but the story line needs to be well written to keep it interesting.

    They tried very hard to show that caracters on the show share a strong frienship, but it did not convinced me so far.

    I would like to have more background information about Michael and his son, what happened over the years? 90210, was way better on that aspect on the first episode.

    Jonah is the new Billy, David is the new Michael, Ella the new Amanda.

    Let´s wait for the second episode....moreless
Adam Kaufman

Adam Kaufman


Guest Star

Michael Reilly Burke

Michael Reilly Burke

Gary Sarling

Guest Star

Rosa Blasi

Rosa Blasi

Nicolette Sarling

Guest Star

Laura Leighton

Laura Leighton

Sydney Andrews

Recurring Role

Thomas Calabro

Thomas Calabro

Michael Mancini

Recurring Role

Nicholas Gonzalez

Nicholas Gonzalez

Detective Marco Rodriguez

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Riley and Jonah are in their apartment near the beginning of the episode, Jonah sits down in front of the TV with a bowl of cereal. He's holding the bowl in his left hand, but when the camera angle changes, the bowl is gone and Jonah has both hands on the remote.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jonah: Don't you just wanna meet someone, and settle down, and fall in love?
      Ella: You can love someone without declaring yourself exclusive for the rest of your life. Hey, I love love. I just hate monogamy.

    • Sydney: You have until the end of the month. I want you out.
      Ella: You're evicting me? You can't do that.
      Sydney: Actually, I can do a lot worse. Just ask the people who used to live here.

    • Lauren: He offered me 5,000 dollars to have sex with him.
      Violet: That's a lot of money!

    • Lauren: All my life, all I wanted is to be a doctor.
      Riley: You are going to be a doctor.
      Lauren: I can't afford medical school. I have until the end of this semester to pay in full or they are going to kick me out.

    • Lauren: Riley, is this what I think it is? You did say yes, didn't you?
      Riley: How's he supposed to take care of our family, if he can't even take care of himself?

    • Jonah: to Riley I don't know Riley, as of this morning I really want a lot of things. None of them seem to be working out the way I pictured it.

    • Ella: This is Hollywood, and today, your boyfriend has the opportunity to hand over his film to a three time Oscar winning producer.
      Jonah: Wait. At his daughter's eighteenth birthday party? Isn't that a little tacky?
      Ella: It's how things get done.

    • Ella: She needs a better publicist. She needs me!

    • Sydney: I've done something, really... really bad.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was directed by Davis Guggenheim, brother-in-law of original Melrose Place star Andrew Shue. Guggenheim is married to Shue's older sister Elizabeth.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 13, 2010 on Barrandov
      United Kingdom: February 3, 2010 on FIVER
      Slovakia: August 21, 2012 on Markiza

    • Featured Music:
      "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf
      "Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh" by Say Hi
      "First Day Of My Life" by Bright Eyes
      "Slowly" by Sofi Bonde
      "Don't Wait Too Long" by David Carlson Smith
      "One Of A Kind" by Glint
      "Sugar" by Flo Rida ft Wynter
      "The Fear" by Lily Allen
      "Mauja Hi Mauja" by Mika Singh
      "Love, Sex, Magic" by Ciara ft Justin Timberlake
      "From The Start" by Hani
      "Break Me" by Tina Sugandh
      "I'll Pedal To Your House" by Melissa Reyes
      "Body Like That" by Brick Casey
      "Hollow Talk" by Choir Of Young Believers
      "How I Could Just Kill A Man" by Charlotte Sometimes
      "The World We Live In" by The Killers

    • Laura Leighton's character, Sydney Andrews, was run over by a car after her wedding ceremony in the final episode from the fifth season of the original series. The episode was titled "Who is afraid of Amanda Woodward" (1997).

      Presumably death, her sorrowed fiancé in the original show, Craig Field (David Charvet's role), committed suicide a few episodes after that in season 6.

      We know through this new pilot episode that Michael Mancini covered her death, but we don't know why.

    • In the original pilot, David was the son of original Melrose Place character Jake Hanson. Now, David is the son of also original Melrose Place character Dr. Michael Mancini.

    • Original Pilot Name Changes:
      Ella's last name was originally Flynn.
      David's last name was originally Patterson.
      Lauren's last name was originally Bishop.


    • Riley: (to Jonah, after he immediately gets out of bed when the alarm goes off) What's the occasion? You gonna come downtown and help teach the Pledge of Allegiance to my first graders? Or, more likely, is the latest Halo going on sale?

      Halo is a popular series of science-fiction video games, published by Microsoft Game Studios. The first game in the series, Halo: Combat Evolved, debuted in 2001 for the Microsoft Xbox.

    • Mrs. Mancini: (on the phone) Hey honey, our son is so excited you're putting him to bed tonight.
      Dr. Mancini: Yeah, I'm just a mile away. And tell Noah I'm going to read him Goodnight Moon when I get home.

      Goodnight Moon is a 1947 children's book by Margaret Wise Brown. It is a popular bedtime story about a child saying goodnight to everything around him before going to bed.

    • Riley: (to Jonah) Look, I don't expect you to remember arbitrary dates, like anniversaries, but last year didn't you swear on The Lord of the Rings you'd never forget?

      The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, published as a trilogy in the mid-1950s. The book has inspired numerous movies, including a 1978 animated film and, more recently, a series of three movies that were released from 2001 to 2003.

    • Riley: What's on the agenda?
      Jonah: Um, what else? It's the director's cut of Reservoir Dogs at The New Beverly. It's a brand new print.
      Riley: You know how much I hate Tarantino.

      Reservoir Dogs was the 1992 movie debut of director Quentin Tarantino. The movie tells the story of the events before and after a failed jewel heist.

    • Ella: (to agent) So here's the thing. Your client has gone from inside the actor's studio to outside of Coco De Ville, doing blow with somebody else's boyfriend.

      This is a reference to Inside the Actor's Studio, a TV series on Bravo that debuted in 1994. On the show, the host, James Lipton, interviews actors and directors.