The Bob Newhart Show

Season 1 Episode 9

Pilot

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Nov 18, 1972 on CBS
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Bob and Emily have been trying for some time to have a child. When they attend a party where the conversation turns to the subject of children, they feel so left out that they decide to adopt a child.

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  • Interesting to see how the pilot and final series differed, there's enough here to make comparisons. I think the producers made the right decision to discard some elements hinted at in this episode.moreless

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    Bob and Emily long for a child after attending a party thrown by residents of the first floor.



    This is an interesting show to watch as it is mostly composed of footage of the unaired pilot and it shows differences from the final series formula. The bedroom set is different, the front door lacks a deadbolt, and the large open room adjacent to the kitchen is laid out differently.



    What's even more odd is Emily's character, longer and shaggier hair, and she's less reserved. Her scenes in bed with Bob in the beginning are some of the more risque of the entire series. It's also quite odd to see the two of them so emotional and eager to have a child, the emphasis on their professions being more a part of the post-pilot storybook for this show. The scenes at the doctors' offices are more or less filler in this installment, spliced in later but not driving any action.



    Look for Louise Lasser as the agent from the adoption agency here. I have to say that overall, the episode is fun to view, but I'm not sure that linking Bob to the apartment/condo (he's President of the Board here) and having Bob and Emily more eager for a traditional family life would have been as funny for a long-term series.moreless
Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

Dr. Robert "Bob" Hartley

Suzanne Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette

Emily Hartley

Peter Bonerz

Peter Bonerz

Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Robinson

Bill Daily

Bill Daily

Howard Borden

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Carol Kester

William Redfield

William Redfield

Arthur Hoover

Guest Star

M. Emmet Walsh

M. Emmet Walsh

Jack Hoover

Guest Star

Helen Page Camp

Helen Page Camp

Myrna Hoover

Guest Star

Jack Riley

Jack Riley

Elliot Carlin

Recurring Role

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Margaret Hoover

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The closing credits for this episode were taken from the original pilot. The picture credit for Peter Bonerz was not part of this episode. Also, the shot of Bob's office in closing scene #2 was of the original set from the unaired pilot.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Bob: Emily?
      Emily: Mmm?
      Bob Why'd you say that?
      Emily: What? Oh, you mean what I said downstairs about adopting the baby? Bob: That's right.
      Emily: Well, everybody was talking about kids and, I saw the expression on your face when you had your hand on Margaret's stomach, and I just, I felt so left out I just had to say something.
      Bob: Emily, there are a lot of good reasons for adopting a child, but having to say something at a party is not one of them.

    • Joan Radford: Now, do either of you smoke?
      Bob: No, we think it's a filthy and disgusting habit.
      Joan Radford: I'm sorry to hear that. I left my cigarettes at home and I'd really like one.

  • NOTES (5)

    • "Hi, Bob"-ometer: Two, from Mike Mitchell and Jerry. 15 for the series.

    • This is a re-edited version of the original pilot. In the original pilot Howard didn't exist, Jerry was a psychologist who shared Bob's office, and Bob and Emily were managers of their apartment complex. The characters of receptionist Carol Kester(Marcia Wallace) and patient Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley) were absent. In fact, the part of Bob's patient was played by the Orthodontist who worked upstairs.

    • Emily was only a substitute teacher here.

    • The Hartley's apartment number was 424, not 523 in this episode.

    • William Redfield (Arthur Hoover) will return in the 1975-76 season as Howard Borden's brother, Warden Gordon Borden.

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