The Drew Carey Show

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 1995 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Drew's best friend Kate breaks up with her live-in boyfriend, who then fires her from her job as receptionist at his body shop. She pleads with Drew to hire her at Winfred-Louder, but he insists that he isn't supposed to give jobs to his friends. While conducting interviews for an opening in the cosmetics department, Drew meets Mimi Bobeck, a very hostile woman who wears a ton of make-up. Although Drew tries to be polite, Mimi realizes that he is not going to hire her. She throws a tantrum in the middle of the office and accuses Drew of discriminating against her because of her looks. She complains to his boss, Mr. Bell, and gets him into hot water. Drew runs into Mimi that night at his hangout, the Warsaw. When she confronts him, he says that her attitude is her biggest problem. He admits that her looks might prevent her from getting some jobs that rely on appearance, but suggests that she learn to deal with this--as he does. She does not take kindly to his advice. Kate applies for the job in cosmetics, but Drew worries that she will hate him when he inevitably has to fire her. The problem is taken out of his hands when Mr. Bell becomes smitten with Kate and orders Drew to hire her.moreless

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  • The Genesis of the show.

    This is how pilot episodes start. They usually show what the characters are about and how much one would hate the other's guts. This one shows that Drew has an interview with Mimi and from the start, Mimi gives Drew a hard time. And Drew (since he dosen't or rarely drives), carpools to work, but his carpoolers decided to stop picking him up and give him a bus pass. Well, Mimi gets the job, but she gives Drew a life of hell. The ending is cool too, he plays pool in the pouring rain. The best thing that really came to Cleveland.moreless
  • This is basically the pilot episode of The Drew Carey Show. In this episode,Kate gets fired from the body shop that she worked at (because she broke up with her boyfriend,Barry). And then,Drew hires Kate by the end of the episode.moreless

    Overall,I found this episode funny and clever. And,you know what,this is not one of those bad pilots,or okay pilots. It\'s a great pilot. I mean,it\'s basically a masterpiece. And,it\'s probably better then some pilots I\'ve seen in the past. From a memorable job interview with Mimi Bobeck (which introduced Mimi calling Drew a pig),to Kate getting fired,this episode practically had it all! It even showcased some stand-up from Drew (but not in the Jerry Seinfeld kind of way).

    The plot of this episode is:Kate gets fired,then Mimi comes in,and she just doesn\'t get hired (but don\'t worry,she\'ll become a series regular by the second episode),and then,everything wraps up,and Kate gets hired again (by,of course,Drew,for a job in the Cosmetics department). And,I also loved when Drew was reading all of Mimi\'s former jobs,and they were all pretty bad (definitely at the bottom-of-the-barrel). This episode was maybe even one of the most memorable episodes of the show,and not just because it was the first,but because it had memorable lines and memorable (and very experimental) storylines. Overall,a good start to a good series!moreless
  • A great begining to a great show.

    The Drew Carey Show's first episode was great. Even though it was written "diffrently" than most episodes it was funny. It also introduced Mimi Bobeck who was going to be a guest star but kept due to her enjoyment by audiences. A great character helped create one of the funniest duo's in the entire show. Great start for a great show.
  • Witty, and hilarious!

    I love this show, it gets funnier and funnier throughout the show. I'm pretty sure that it is the only sitcom that takes place in clevland.

    Drew reminds me of Dilbert, lots of camios, it just insured Drew Carey's place in comic heros.

    and bringing in ryan stiles, Genious, simply genious. if you haven't seen this show, WATCH IT, you will NOT be disappointed. the running gags and the hopelessness of drew's life just makes my day a little happier, just like office space, but drew is in an even worse position. the characters are lovable and their misadventures are the best situations.moreless
  • Meet Drew Carey. He lives in his parents house, is around forty, has been in the same dead end job for years, and just been displayed as a sexist.

    Not many pilots are hilarious, some aren\'t even funny. But the Drew Carey Show pilot is one of the funniests series openers ever! In the first scene we really get into the minds of real characters (Drew, Lewis, Oswald) as they discuss things men wonder. Same thing with Kate as she complains about her boss firing her. It was the perfect way to open up the show. Also the pilot showed a rare piece of comedy with Drew acting like he was doing stand up, really funny! Perfect way to open up the series, one of it\'s best episodes!moreless
Drew Carey

Drew Carey

Drew Allison Carey

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Kate O'Brien (as Christa Miller)

Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader

Oswald Lee Harvey

Ryan Stiles

Ryan Stiles

Lewis Kiniski

Alaina Reed Hall

Alaina Reed Hall


Guest Star

David St. James

David St. James

Carpool Guy #1

Guest Star

Lauren Katz

Lauren Katz


Guest Star

Ian Gomez

Ian Gomez

Larry Almada

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Some of Drew's lines are also used in his stand-up comedy act such as his bit about his high-school reunion.

    • The picture of Drew's house appears to have a door in the front, however actually in MANY MANY shots, it shows there is a wall with coats and hats directly outside the door, and that his front door faces to the side of the house.

    • Drew said Mimi looked like something his nephew drew, but Drew's first nephew, King Gus (ironically Mimi's son), wasn't born until a much later season.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Oswald: (in his DJ voice) Here's one for all you lovers in the crowd.
      Drew: How about one for all the snipers in the crowd?

    • (Drew refuses to hire Kate)
      Drew: No! It's even worse than when friends have sex, 'cause at least then you had sex!

    • Drew: Boy, a drive-thru liquor store. God bless America! A place where you can drive through and buy whiskey, beer...just the thing for that drunk driver who's constantly on the go. Can't stop now! I've got places to go, people to hit!

    • Drew: Ask me about my day, I dare you.
      Lewis: Drew, how was your day?
      Drew: You're not sincere enough.. (Points to Oswald) YOU! Ask me about my day.
      Oswald: Drew, how was your day?
      Drew: Lousy. It was like the rubber glove part of a physical exam.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mimi Bobeck's character was not meant to be a regular on the show, but was written in after positive public reaction.

    • The very first line of dialogue heard in the pilot is Ryan Stiles (Lewis) saying "...and that's why the French don't wash." Ryan Stiles used this line in a 1994 episode of the British Whose Line Is It Anyway? during a game of "Stand, Sit and Lie".