The Golden Girls

Season 2 Episode 26

Empty Nests

Aired Unknown May 16, 1987 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In this pilot for another series (Empty Nest, obviously the concept was retooled), the girls' friend Renee is feeling depressed and lonely with her children grown up and moved out and her husband's workaholic habits.

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  • This episode really had nothing to do with the series whatsoever. I avoid it when possible.

    I figure the writers or some of the regular cast needed a brake when this episode was thrown together. It really has no connection with the rest of the series. The Golden Girls crew are not involved in the plot and frankly, as an audience member, I could care less about Renee and her husband's marital woes. These characters came out of the blue leaving viewers with little if any reason to maintain interest in them. I think I read somewhere once that this episode was a sort of pilot idea for another potential spin-off from The Golden Girls. However, the reception was clearly not positive and the spin-off idea died along with this episode. Thank God! Blech!!!!!moreless
  • The neighbors have marital woes and the wife has trouble telling her spouse how she feels.

    This is one of my least favorite episodes, because it really wasnt a Golden Girls episode. It was a pilot for another tv show, Empty Nest. This episode would have been better if the Girls were in it. They were only in the episode 10 minutes. Plus the schizophrenic repair man wasnt all that funny. I think the episode would have been a lot more better if the Golden Girls were more in it, rather than being "guest stars" on thier own show. It started off like a Golden Girls episode and it should have stayed that way. All in all, not interesting. 2.8.moreless
  • The girls help their neighbor with her marital problems because she's too scared to tell her husband anything.

    This is the worst episode of any series ever! Mushy and stupid. Whoever wrote this idiotic episode should be fired and never work in the business ever again. Ridiculous drivel and horrible writing. What were the writers thinking? The answer is that they weren't. Who cares about the stupid neighbors? Empty Nest the series was retooled, thank God. The worst was the stupid wife. Who cares about her stupid feelings? Her husband was a doctor and she's just some selfish and stupid idiot that needs to be held. Aww...the worst mushy part of the episode was at the very end when she tells him to never die. If anyone was married to anyone that annoying, they would die a slow miserable death. I could never stand to be with anyone so annoying. If I could rate it a negative 100, that would be too nice. And to think that this was during sweeps period. They are very lucky they didn't get canceled after this trash was aired, lolmoreless
  • Our fab 4 are guest stars on their OWN show!

    I can't understand how the writers and producers could possibly put the 4 ladies and have them dance around somebody else's world because it's just not funny. This episode is all about how the ladies react to Rene's news about her husband and their lacking marital life. It wasn't funny. It served as the pilot for Empty Nest, which would later be retooled. None of the characters, including the girls were funny. A very poor episode and probably my least favorite of the entire series!moreless
  • Ok this whole episode is mainly about their neighbors having some empty nest problem.Renee is asking for advice from the girls to help her with her problem.Even when she tries to tell her husband about her feelings and all that other stuff.moreless

    Ok ok this episode its needs some fine tuning first of all.This episode had no plot.We see the girls in the first scene.Than they leave than we see Rose and Sophia who is looking for Renee brother.Than the girls came to talked to Renee than they were leaving.What they were saying to George was "Hi George" than "Bye George." When George was alone it was just Dorthy.Totally lack of Dorthy and the others.They could've at least show more of them as well.Liked in one scene the girls are discussing Renee's trouble and also share opinion with each other even some memory.But this show doesn't looked right to me.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • An interesting bit of technical crew trivia, but camera operator Randy Baer who only operated "The Pilot," and the second season premiere, and Donna J. Quante, who only operated "The Pilot" returned to work on the pilot of "Empty Nest."

    • This episode features guest stars Paul Dooley and Rita Moreno as George and Renee Corliss.

    • When Renee is sitting at the kitchen table with Dorothy, she accidentally calls her Darcy.

    • In this episode Dorothy mentions that they have a pool. And in prior episodes they mention that they do not have pool. When did this Pool show up?

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Renee:What movie are we watching? Dorothy:Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4.Rose: Do you have to see parts 1, 2 and 3 to appreciate it?Dorothy:No, Rose,it stands alone.

    • Blanche: Talk to your husband.
      Renee Corliss: Blanche at the hospital they call him St. George! I'm married to a saint and I gotta tell him to work less, I'm lonely?
      Sophia Petrillo: Dont you think St. Francis of Assissi's wife had a similar problem? Don't you think she said, "Frank, enough donkeys"?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Blanche mentions that her & Dorothy are going to see nightmare on elm street 4, this took place in 1987 & nightmare on elm street came out a year later in 1988.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features, Dorothy and Rose (sitting at kitchen table) while Sophia stands at table, yelling at Rose.

    • Paul Dooley played Rose's socially inept, straight-out-of-the-phone-book date in the episode "Love, Rose," which aired earlier in this 2nd Season.

    • The end credits of this episode are longer. Each cast member for "Empty Nests" is individually credited.

    • David Leisure plays Oliver in this episode. He is the only actor in this "pilot" episode to actually be a part of the cast of Empty Nest when it premiered in 1988. He played Charley Dietz.

    • Season two closes with the pilot for Empty Nest. The series was produced as a spin-off series later on, but it was retooled completely and these characters are never seen again.