Rags to Riches

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 09, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

This is the two hour premiere, which entails Nick Foley adopting six orphan girls. For the sake of a business deal, he needed an image change, so he goes from playboy to family man in the matter of days. The girls actually think he cares and try to help him. When they discover the truth they pull a complete 180. They then proceed to tell him they are going back to the orphanage. He soon after realizes his life won't be the same without them and he asks them to come back and stay with him for good.moreless

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  • I was so much in love with this series as a little girl! Still love it today.

    When I was a little girl this show was like sugar for my ears! Possibly one of the reasons I love to sing so much! lol! Nick Foley was like MY father. lol! Since I didn't have a father for most of my childhood it's make sense well to me. lol! I loved his interaction with all the girls but really what made this show special was all the music and the bubbly atmosphere created by all those girls! Pitty the six girls became five after the pilot but it sooo rocked. Rewatching it after all these years make me feel like a kid again. Oh, to go back. Great times! :Dmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (To Nick when she mets him for the first time) Marva: I really admire what you've done with the frozen food industry. I've got two words for you. Frozen...popcorn.

    • (To Nick in the limo on the way to school)

      Marva: You ever think of freezing clothes? Make em last longer, keep the moths away.

      [Moments later]

      Marva: I'd do it buy the season. When winter comes you defrost the coats.

    • (To Amy Hillerman after exiting from her limo ride to school)

      Patty: Great car huh Hillerman? Too bad you had to ride in that kidney crusher.

    • Patty: Watch it Diane or else I'll destroy your hair.

    • Stroker: You gotta problem minster?
      Nick: Two problems, your breath and your face.

    • (To Nick as he is getting ready for his date)

      Marva: You ever think of freezing spare ribs? Everybody likes to eat them, but nobody likes to cook them.
      Nick: That's not a bad idea. Frozen spare ribs. I like that.
      Marva: He likes it! He li...(pauses to play it cool) He likes it. I knew it all along.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music: (In order played)

      "Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas
      "One Fine Day" by The Chiftons
      "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis

      Music sung by the cast: (In order sung)

      "Chain Gang" by Sam Cooke (The girls sing the original lyrics for this song)
      "Yakety Yak" - Original song by The Coasters
      "Chantilly Lace" - Original song by The Big Bopper
      "Dream Marker" - Based on the song "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin
      "Please Mr. Foley" - Based on the song "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes
      "Let's Walk" - Based on the song "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley

      Episode lyrics by Mark Mueller

    • The pilot reran one time on May 10th 1987 at a special 7pm time slot.

    • This episode has been released to home video in two different editions.

    • This is the only episode Nina appears in. When the show went to series only five of the original six girls were brought back.