Some of My Best Friends

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Feb 28, 2001 on CBS
8.8
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Warren Fairbanks, a writer just dumped by his boyfriend, decides, with the help of his flamboyant best friend, Vern, to put an ad in the paper, "GWM seeks roommate." Frankie Zito, a macho guy from the Bronx who, against the wishes of his parents, Joe and Connie, wants to move out of their house, responds to Warren's ad. Along with his dim-witted best friend, Pino, Frankie assumes GWM means "Guy with Money." Frankie moves in, and worlds collide.moreless

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  • In the pilot episode, the characters had to be introduced and I thought that this was done as well as any other pilot. Keeping with the movie, Kiss Me Guido, the characters paralleled the movie with a surprise spark in the character of Vern.moreless

    8.0
    Although critic unfairly judged this as a show of stereotypes, I felt that the pilot was true to the movie and that the show had room to mold the characters into more well rounded, accepting, human beings, learning about what is really important deep down rather than the surface homophobic and "guido" stereotypes that are not investigated in most interactions. It is a shame that this show wasn't given a chance. Why hasn't LOGO helped revive this show since its inception into the cable family. I thought Jason Bateman, Danny Nucci, and Alec Mapa were believable as the main characters. I also enjoyed the actors portraying Frankie's parents and felt that they would have developed along with the other into their own given another season. Will and Grace needed time to develop

    and eight episodes isn't the time frame that is reasonable.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The series is based on the 1997 movie "Kiss Me Guido". The title "Kiss Me, Guido" was considered for the series (as well as the working title, "Me and Frankie Z."), but eventually the name was changed to "Some of My Best Friends."

    • Two very different, yet very similar, versions of this episode exist. The original 24 minute pilot, "Kiss Me Guido," is nearly verbatim to the version that aired. However, the majority of the scenes were reshot and a different actress (Josette DiCarlo) played Connie Zito. The original version begins with Frankie in a confession booth, but his talk with the priest is soon interrupted by his parents. From then on, most of the scenes play exactly the same, with minor dialogue changes here and there. Peter J. Spears and Tim Maculan play the same guest-starring roles in both versions, but both actors have a lot of different dialogue in the unaired version. In addition, Meryl is simply the building manager, not Warren's sister.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Pino: Wow, I can't believe this. Did you know your friend was a gay?
      Vern: I'm just as shocked as you are!

    • Frankie: The real reason I moved to Manhattan is... I decided to be an actor.
      Frankie's Mom: An actor? Couldn't you just be gay?
      Frankie's Dad: You know people are born gay. But acting, that's a choice.

    • Frankie's Mom: What's to explain? When a kid grows up gay there's only one person to blame. This is all your fault. Why couldn't you be more of a man?
      Frankie's Dad: The job was already taken.

    • Frankie: Now what are you doing?
      Warren: In the event this gets violent, I do not want you bleeding on my carpet. It barely survived the gazpacho spill during the Ricky Martin pay-per-view.
      Frankie: Could you be any gayer?

    • Frankie: Damn it, Warren, I need that money! Don't make me kick your ass!
      Warren: I'm just a teensy bit curious why you just assume that you can kick my ass?
      Frankie: Well, for starters, you use words like "teensy."

    • Warren: Frankie, Vern and I were curious about something.
      Frankie: What?
      Warren: Are you, uh... ? Do you... ?
      Vern: Oh for God sakes, Frankie, finish this sentence, "Clang, clang, clang went the... ?"
      Frankie: Firetruck.
      Vern: He's a breeder.

    • Pino: You notice anything weird about this place?
      Frankie: What do you mean?
      Pino: Look at the stuff this guy's got. Poster of Yentl. Fiddler on the Roof CD on the coffee table. Autographed photo of Bette Midler. See where I'm going with this?
      Frankie: You think he's Jewish?
      Pino: Totally.

    • Pino: You know, Frankie, I don't get this ad. "GWM seeks roommate." What does "GWM" mean anyway?
      Frankie: Well, this is a pretty nice building. I'm thinking it means "Guy with Money."

    • Pino [pointing to a bald girl with several nose rings]: I don't get it. She really thinks she's going to get laid looking like that.
      Frankie: You'd do her.
      Pino: Well, yeah... but I wouldn't enjoy it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Two very different, yet very similar, versions of this episode exist. The original 24 minute pilot, "Kiss Me Guido," is nearly verbatim to the version that aired. However, the majority of the scenes were reshot and a different actress played Connie Zito. The original version begins with Frankie in a confession booth, but his talk with the priest is soon interrupted by his parents. From then on, most of the scenes play exactly the same, with minor dialogue changes here and there. Peter J. Spears and Tim Maculan play the same guest-starring roles in both versions, but both actors have a lot of different dialogue in the unaired version. In addition, Meryl is simply the building manager, not Warren's sister.

    • The series is based on the 1997 movie "Kiss Me Guido". The title "Kiss Me, Guido" was considered for the series (as well as the working title, "Me and Frankie Z."), but eventually the name was changed to "Some of My Best Friends."

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