Party of Five

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Unknown Sep 12, 1994 on FOX
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Six months after their parents were killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver, the five Salinger orphans are struggling to make ends meet and keep their family together. They try to search for a replacement for Owen's 65-year-old nanny, Mrs. Kelleher, who suddenly quits. Bailey assumes most of the responsibility for the family. Julia turns her back on the family after a classmate named P.K. shows an interest in her. After her heart is broken, she longs for her mother's advice and comfort. Charlie loses $12,000 of their money in a bad real estate investment. Joe Mangus, their father's partner in Salingers Restaurant, loans Charlie enough money to tide them over on the condition that Charlie work at Salingers as a bartender, a job which Charlie accepts reluctantly. Young Claudia pawns her violin and announces that she'd rather be a regular kid than a child prodigy. Her violin instructor, Ross Werkman, reminds her that she has a rare gift and encourages her to stick with it.moreless

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  • Party of Five Pilot

    KDOC is showing Party of Five from the beginning. Never got to watch this show from its original runs so it's interesting to see this. Also interesting to see Matthew Fox before LOST. His character of Charlie Salinger is so different from Jack.

    Charlie is irresponsible, sleazy, tends to be more aggressive than passive and is anything but honest. Actually Charlie in a way reminds more of Sawyer.

    Anyhow, this is a pretty good show. It still has that sitcom feeling where miraculous things happen that wouldn't happen in real life. However, the writers end up developing the character enough to be seemingly real for the most part.

    In the pilot Charlie is working as a handyman something he would for a while in Season One before getting the bartending job from his Dad's friend.

    We see immediately that Charlie isn't the wisest of making important decision when one of his friends fouls up a business deal using up a huge amount of the families cash.

    There's a lot of funny jokes here following Charlie's colossal blunder like where Bailey acts him if gambled the house away in a poker bet.

    Bailey is the younger brother. A little more reliable than Charlie but not always. The writers end up writing a beautiful Nanny into the picture.

    We meet Julia, Neve Campbell. Julia is the typical teenager girl very naive and like the rest not the best at making decisions.

    The little girl whose the musical prodigy is absolutely priceless. Seeing the family in hard times she sells her violin.

    If I had to the pick the character I like the most it's Claudia. Still possessing that childlike innocence and not as selfish as her brothers and sisters. She's my favorite.moreless
  • In the pilot episode, we meet the Salinger children. They are five children, whose parents passed away a while back in a car accident. They seem to be having problems, both personally and financially, and we see how they cope up with it.moreless

    I really liked the way on how the episode focused on the different problems that each of them face, and how they respond to it. Julia tries dating a guy she likes, only to get dumped by him, and feels depressed that she doesn't have her parents to turn to. Claudia pawns her violin to get more money to pay for the bills, even though playing the violin is her passion. Charlie gets cheated by someone and loses a lot of money, and searches for ways to make things right. Bailey hires a new nanny, only because he has a major crush on her. One of the interesting scenes that I enjoyed was the conversation between Bailey and Julia towards, the end of the episode, where Bailey still cannot seem to find the right words to make her feel better. This showed how realistic and down to Earth the characters are.

    This episode had a lot going on, and has a nice blend of family humor and drama. Some scenes, like where Bailey is interviewing the prospective candidates for the nanny position, is really funny. You really feel for all the characters in a different way, which is what makes it so appealing to watch. All in all, this is definitely a good drama to continue watching.moreless
Johnny Whitworth

Johnny Whitworth


Guest Star

Maxine Miller

Maxine Miller

Mrs. Kelleher

Guest Star

Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty


Guest Star

Mitchell Anderson

Mitchell Anderson

Ross Werkman

Recurring Role

Tom Mason

Tom Mason

Joe Mangus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Notice the scene where the four younger Salinger kids are watching TV and eating breakfast in their pajamas, and Charlie comes in to announce that he is taking on the responsibility of being their caretaker. First of all, Lacey Chabert (Claudia) has said that this was her very first scene that she filmed for Party of Five. You'll also notice that Neve Campbell (Julia) is struggling with baby Owen. The actors have acknowledged in previous interviews that the baby was extremely fussy and crying a lot that day, and Campbell had to hold him and try to keep him as calm as possible.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Bailey and Julia talking)
      Julia: Do you ever think about them Bailey?
      Bailey: Yea of course I do.
      Julia: Well why don't we ever talk about them. I mean why don't we ever talk about it?
      Bailey: I don't know maybe we feel like we have to put on this brave face for Claud and Owen. But maybe thats stupid. Maybe we should talk about it. Maybe it would help.
      Julia: Sometimes I wonder if these feelings are ever gonna go away.
      Bailey: I don't know, I hope someday they will.

    • (Bailey's putting Owen to bed)
      Bailey: shh shh, Listen just to keep you up to date and don't take this the wrong way but I'm going crazy here. So unless I come up with some kind of nanny soon I'm gonna have to sell you off to white slave traders. Now I know that's not how you pictured yourself growing up but hey welcome to the club. sleep well.

    • (Bailey talking to Charlie)
      Bailey: We'll give up whatever we have to to get by and we'll let everyone think your this great guy just trying to hold his family together. Who's like a father to us even if we know it's a lie.

    • Charlie: Julia get down here now, family meeting.
      (Julia arrives)
      Me and Doug and a friend of his were gonna by into this co-op. We were gonna fix it up and sell it. The whole thing was gonna take a month tops. We would have doubled our money no questions asked. Except the guy took the money and split.
      Bailey: How much money did you loose Charlie?
      Charlie: 12 (long pause) thousand.
      Julia: Of your own money right?
      Bailey: So much for your lectures on responsibility. Is this why you wanted control of all the accounts so you could blow it all yourself?

    • (Bailey was searching for a nanny and picks up the phone and the phone was turned off)
      Charlie: Why didn't you pay the phone bill?
      Bailey: Why didn't I pay the phone bill? (Bailey getting louder) Why didn't I pay the phone bill?? Why didn't I pay the phone bill?

    • Bailey: What's the matter, Claud?
      Claudia: I'm scared.
      Bailey: Don't be.
      Charlie: We'll work it out.
      Claudia: (crying) This wouldn't have happened if Mom and Dad were here. Why aren't they here?

    • Claudia: You can't tell me what to do.
      Charlie: Oh yes I can, read the guardianship agreement.
      Bailey: Oh, would you shut up about that already, Charlie? A piece of paper does NOT make you a parent.

  • NOTES (2)