Some of My Best Friends

Season 1 Episode 4

A Brief Encounter

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Mar 28, 2001 on CBS
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A Brief Encounter
Vern suspects that Frankie may be gay, while Pino thinks Warren has a crush on Frankie. When Pino and Vern insist to Frankie and Warren that all signs point to Frankie being gay and to Warren having a crush on him, the roommates begin to read new meaning into every conversation they have as they dance around the issue. But when Frankie finds some of his expensive underwear missing, he decides it's time to confront Warren.moreless

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  • The characters come embroiled in a series of misreadings based on their own hangups. Vern gets the ball rolling by accusing Frankie of showing signs of being gay and Pino accusing Warren of having a crush on Frankiemoreless

    Miscommunication and reading into situations made this the best episode of the brief series. The false readings were coming from every direction and were not limited to either the gay or straight characters. And the introduction of the funny older plump neighbor was priceless keeping with the ending and her collection. It is a shame that the series didn't continue and allow her to become further developed as part of the ensemble.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode, Jason Batemen refers to "Parcher & Murphy." Parcher & Murphy would later show up in another series created and executive produced by Marc Cherry, Desperate Housewives, as the advertising agency where Lynette obtains employment.

    • The Burt Bacharach song, "This Guy's in Love with You," is used in this episode.

    • The final draft of the script is dated October 4, 2000.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Frankie: He's not going to make a move on me. He knows I'm straight.
      Pino: It doesn't matter. Here's a fact: All gay guys think us regular guys are always just three beers away from going over to their side.

    • Pino: Remember how painful it was when I came out of the closet? I can still hear the taunts, the jeers, the nasty remarks.
      Warren: Well, preschoolers can be cruel.

    • Pino: Aren't you just a little weirded out having Mr. Pretty Boy in there touch your skivvies?
      Frankie: He just folded 'em.
      Pino: Yeah, well folding is just one step away from caressing, my friend.

    • Vern: One: No straight man is that good at picking out clothes. His tie picked up the eggshell in his socks and the mauve in his shirt. J'accuse! Number Two: He said the audition was fabulous. Fabulous? That's our word. We own that word.
      Warren: No, we own "J'accuse!" Fabulous belongs to everybody.

    • Warren: Is that a new outfit?
      Frankie: Yeah, I was feeling pretty good so I went out and bought some clothes.
      Warren: Parcher & Murphy - that's pretty pricey.
      Vern: I love their stuff. Once a year I treat myself to pants from their kids department. That's where I met Danny DeVito.

    • Vern: Warren, I'm sitting here reading Peanuts and it just occurred to me. Do you think Schroeder could be gay?
      Warren: What?
      Vern: Well, think about it. Everyone's outside playing baseball. He's inside playing the piano. Lucy's throwing herself at him like a tart. He could care less. And, if I'm not mistaken, he colors his hair.

  • NOTES (2)


    • When Pino refers to Vern as "little Tattoo" this is an allusion to the character of Tattoo (played by Herve Villechaize) from the 1978-1984 TV series, Fantasy Island.

    • Vern: Well, think about it. You know, everybody's outside playing football. He's inside playing the piano. Lucy's throwing herself at him like a tart. He could care less. And, if I'm not mistaken, he color's his hair!