The Gregory Hines Show

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot (a.k.a. Square One)

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 15, 1997 on CBS
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Pilot (a.k.a. Square One)
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Even though he specifically asked them not to fix him up, Nicole and Carl do just that, and hit him with a surprise blind date at the restaurant Nicole runs, Nicole's. The lucky woman, Cindy Pruitt, gets herself so choked up over hearing about the death of Ben's wife of 18 years, Sarah, that she runs off mid-date in tears -- which is fine with Ben. He comes home to witness Matty kissing his lab partner, Paige, without either of them seeing him. So he pretends like he saw nothing, and tries to get Matty to admit to him what happened, to no avail. Nicole goes down to Ben's publishing company, the Home Court Press, to apologize for the bad date, but when she and Alex each want to fix him up again, Ben asks them to lay off, because he wants to find someone himself. Like, perhaps Elizabeth who works upstairs. Ben has no idea how to ask her out, but he finds himself one step closer when her elevator gets off at his stop. Ben nervously prepares for his first date in 20 years, wondering what to talk about with Elizabeth, but he knows there are no easy answers when James, a widower himself, doesn't have any good advice. With help from one of Carl's borrowed stories, Ben thinks the date was smooth sailing, and decides to ask Elizabeth out on a second one this weekend. But when she makes excuses, he assumes he struck out. Yet, she shocks him by calling him back later, asking him for that second date on a worknight. At his place. With Carl, James and Matty all elsewhere, Ben makes the apartment tres romantic for Elizabeth's grand arrival. She starts things off by kissing him, then turns on some piano music, and makes a pass at him. An even more nervous Ben fends off her advances, and tells her he's not ready to have sex with her yet. She then admits that the reason she can't see him on weekends is because she's married. That kills the mood and ends the affair, but Ben thanks her for showing him a good time, if nothing else. Matty finally admits to Ben that he and Paige kissed.moreless

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      • The original version of the pilot that was delivered to the network contained a slightly different variation of this particular opening credit sequence. The magic concept was used, but Hines wore a navy blue button down shirt, rather than light green. Also, the opening and closing theme music was different, as was one exterior transitional shot. The original cut ran about 2 minutes longer. A few small, insignificant bits were trimmed, and what was kept was time-compressed.

      • Four different opening credit sequences were produced for the show. In this one: Gregory Hines wears a light green, cotton button-down shirt, and makes the show logo appear by twiddling his fingers, as if by magic.

      • This episode aired on a Monday, after Cosby.

      • Penny Johnson Jerald is credited as Penny Johnson.

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