The Playboy Club

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

2
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 19, 2011 on NBC
7.7
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Set in 1961, Maureen joins the Chicago based Playboy Club as one of its beautiful Bunnies. She is determined, bold, sexy and filled with ambition. During her first night of work she is introduced to Nick Dalton, a handsome, dashing lawyer, who helps her when she kills a member of the mafia in self defense.

As the events of the evening play out, we are introduced to the other Bunnies at the club: Bunny Alice who likes to work at the club for the financial freedom it brings her, Bunny Brenda who dreams of being the first ever African American centerfold for Playboy and Bunny Carol-Lynne who serves at the Bunny Mother to the other girls.

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  • At The Playboy Club in Chicago 1961, a newcomer named Maureen works the floor of the club as a bunny and soon catches the eye of ambitious attorney Nick Dalton. When Maureen kills a notorious gangster in self defense, Dalton rushes to her aid.moreless

    6.5
    The much hyped and anticipated series has finally arrived. I think it's safe to say that the pilot did not live up to expectations. While I was not expecting action sequences and shootouts, I found this episode to be very dull. All of the characters seem very uninteresting. Eddie Cibrian's character of Nick Dalton is almost too silly to be taken seriously. I'm not sure if David Krumholtz was the best choice to play club manager Billy Rosen. Let's not forget about Carol-Lynne aka the "House Bunny". She could be more contrived if you tried. However I will tune in next week. Maybe the substance that was missing from the pilot will emerge in future episodes.moreless
  • well here they come the bunnies.... I WISH THERE WAS REAL BUNNIES ON THE SHOW !!

    6.5
    So short long story it didnt meet my expectations, the monday schedule is not the best i wouldve rather seen this on a wednesday or friday or even sunday before or after football where most of the male audience comes up n could spare an extra hr on bunny tails. Compared to the after the sing off show that most of its audience its teenagers or females............ which im sure they be watching the bunnies since being bisexual its a trend now days.

    Anywho.. the pilot has lots going on i can tell who gonna be the main bunny .. the rookie blonde of course... i see some mafia problems going on. no to be racist but... i didnt know there be black girls on this thing by that time .. but well after some research i say there was actually the first black playmate in 1965 .. again didnt know... but interesting i wouldnt imagine seeing such black n white mix on the 60s while there was almost a war going on in the south.

    Anyways, i saw an interview with mr hef.. and he said its pretty close to the real deal.. n he even narrates it. i think.. he sounds like it.. didnt put attention to the credits... but ill stick around for the rest of the yearmoreless
  • Pretty good

    8.5
    Ive seen mad men (4 episodes) im giving it my 6 episode trial to see if its any good...and the first 4 episodes have been the most boring overrated garbage ive seen (god damn its hard to watch)



    this on the other hand in the first episode had more drama and story then mad men has had in 4 episodes so far...so before everyone starts saying its no mad men....your right and THANK GODmoreless
  • A look into the Playboy Club a.k.a Mad Men lite.

    5.0
    I checked this show out solely out of curiosity: would the show be a smart look at the 60's culture the way Mad Mendoes or would it be a ploy to include as much eye candy as possible? It turns out it's the latter, and boy, as beautiful as the women look here, the show just has too many problems right now, and I don't think anything can fix it. I doubt the ratings will be good enough to warrant sticking around, which is good. I'll stick around for a couple more weeks, but I don't have high hopes.

    The show says it's about the Playboy Club in the 60's, but instead, we get a weird look into a Bunny named Maureen (Amber Heard) who accidentally murders a mob boss. Helping her dispose of the body is Nick Dalton, a Don Draper wanna-be without the intrigue. There's a bunch ofominousscenes where the mob threatens them, but for the most part, I really didn't care because these characters don't interest me whatsoever.

    So if I hate the show so much, why didn't I rate it lower? Because I liked the atmosphere of the episode; the songs that the Bunnies sang and the whole ambiance of the Pilot made me feel like this really was the 60's. Amber Heard does an okay job as well... I bag on the show a lot here, but she should be in a better show than this. Also, it seems like the writers are trying WAY too hard to bring intrigue and suspense into every single plot of the show. Shows should learn how to not have A.D.H.D so much and calm down, focusing on a couple of plots at a time and not needing a secret for every single one.

    We'll see how the show pans out, but I don't exactly have the highest hopes for it.moreless
  • Don't Let the Fluffy Tails Fool You!

    6.5
    I would like to start with saying that this was well written for a network attempt at Mad Men.

    I thought the story was OK. It was really intense for the first 3 minutes, and I thought wow this is gonna be good, but then after the murder, nothing interesting really happened, except for character development.

    It was OK, but nothing more. It wasn't memorable and had to many little story lines that they used to make 1 story. It's definitely not something to fill my Monday night time slot!moreless
Randy Steinmeyer

Randy Steinmeyer

Clyde Hill

Guest Star

John Hoogenakker

John Hoogenakker

Leo Bianchi

Guest Star

Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc

Tina Turner

Guest Star

Katherine Cunningham

Katherine Cunningham

Kate/Door Bunny

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  • TRIVIA (15)

    • This episode was nominated for a Golden Reel Award in the category of Best Sound Editing: Short Form Musical in Television

    • The average work shift for a Bunny was 10 hours.

    • Alice states that she had made $143.00 in one night with a lot of surprise. Taking inflation into consideration, that amount would equal $1,010.00 in 2011 money.

    • Alice and Sean are members of the Mattachine Society. This was an early organization fighting for homosexual rights.

    • Scenes where Maureen (Amber Heard) and Brenda (Naturi Naughton) are talking before going to bed should be in the "Bunny Hutch" instead of the Mansion. This was where female workers without a local residence could stay. The original was located across the street from the Playboy Club.

    • Among the celebrities that are portrayed include: Ike and Tina Turner, Cy Colman and Anita Bryant.

    • Laura Benanti (Bunny Carol Lynne) said that performing in the pilot was one of her favorite things she has ever done.

    • Amber Heard released a picture of herself from her work on the pilot without consent of 20th Century Fox Television. This led the network to ban any further unauthorized photography from the set.

    • Amber Heard (who plays Maureen) said while the network will probably make the series as racy as they could. She felt that the pilot episode wasn't racy at all.

    • When Maureen and Nick are in the storage room, you can see a box of Rose's Lime Juice. Rose's was own by the Schweppes Company in 1963 and used for a variety of mixed alcoholic drinks.

    • When asked what cigarette Nick wanted he responds that he wants "Reds". Reds is a slang term for the Marlboro brand of cigarette.

    • When Nick Dalton is entering the club, there is a board with a listing of club members that are present. Among the names are Jeremy Beiermann, Bret Tanzer and Stefan Rand who are members of the show's production department.

    • Bunny Maureen is from Fort Wayne, Indiana and is an orphan.

    • While Nick Dalton is holding a newspaper in Billy's office you can see the headline of "MacNamara Likes Outlook In Vietnam Tours Front". This is referencing to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara visiting Vietnam in Sept, 1963.

    • The song that Bunny Mother Carol-Lynne is singing while Bunny Maureen comments on her is Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) written by Fred Fisher.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Sean: (over the phone) How much have you made tonight?
      Bunny Alice: Over a hundred and it's only eleven. I think it's because I took off my wedding ring.
      Sean: (surprised look) What?

    • Nick Dalton: But this man you killed..is Clyde Hill.
      Bunny Maureen: Who's Clyde Hill?
      Nick Dalton: That's exactly what the cops are going to ask. But it will only take them a few days to realize he was a key player with the Bianchi's.
      Bunny Maureen: Who?
      Nick Dalton: A major Chicago crime family. You'll get a bullet in forty-eight hours.
      Bunny Maureen: (Maureen showing her naiveness) Won't the cops protect me?
      Nick Dalton: Did you just move to the city?

    • Bunny Carol Lynne: (To Nick Dalton) Do you think I don't know why you come to the Playboy Club every single night? You need every man in the place thinking, "wish I could be him". And every girl thinking, "pick me". It's your fuel. You feed off of it. But you can't have us all.

    • Billy Rose: (On what to expect at the club) It's the Playboy Club, it's not a knitting club.

    • Bunny Maureen: (About Nick Dalton) What do they say about him?
      Bunny Brenda
      : That he's everything you want, he's everything you don't.

    • Billy Rose: (To Nick Dalton) You're the only man I know that puts his hand up a girl's skirt looking for a dictionary.

    • Bunny Brenda: (to Maureen) You can go anywhere you want in this world and life is always going to be rough. But we're in here. It doesn't matter what's going on out there. We're the safest, loveliest and richest girls in the world. We're at the party. If you turn down the invitation you only have yourself to blame.

    • Bunny Carol-Lynne: (To Bunny Maureen about Nick) If I were you, and believe me I was, I would stay very far away.

    • Bunny Brenda: He is Nick Dalton.
      Bunny Alice: Every girl working here wants to marry a man just like that.

    • Bunny Brenda: Hef doesn't care what color people are, I'm going to be the first chocolate centerfold.
      (the girls give her a questioning look)
      Bunny Brenda: I am, you can't discriminate against these babies.

    • Carol Lynne: (to the girls as they get dressed) You are either the living breathing fantasy that is the Playboy Bunny or you're not.

    • Bunny Janie: Everything is a buck and a half.
      Young Man: Everything?
      (other guys laugh)
      Bunny Janie: If it's on the menu it's a buck and a half, if it's not on the menu it's not for sale. And I'm not a waitress, I'm Bunny Janie.

    • Bunny Alice: My husband hates it that I work here but I tell him that the money's too good. I make more money than my father.

    • Nick Dalton: I don't believe we've met, I'm Nick Dalton.
      Bunny Maureen: It's lovely to meet you Mr. Dalton. May I offer you...
      Nick: Reds, Please.
      Maureen: Oh, I'm all out, ummm, I could get more from the back if you don't mind waiting.
      Nick: I don't mind.
      Maureen: Ok.

    • Max: (To Nick Dalton, serving a drink) Extra dry, extra cold, rocks glass, no rocks, three olives.

    • Bunny Alice: (while talking about why Bunny Carol-Lynne performs on stage) Carol-Lynne was the very first bunny, she can do almost anything she wants.
      Bunny Brenda: And she wouldn't want you on stage.
      Bunny Maureen: How do you know I want to be on stage?
      Bunny Brenda: You don't get those legs just from walking. Plus your tray is almost empty and it isn't even ten. That means you are selling something that people want and it sure as hell ain't cigarettes.

    • Nick Dalton: (talking about the dead man with Maureen) What? Walk away? The entire club saw you dancing with him. There's blood all over your nylons and under your shoes.

    • Bunny Maureen: (Looking at the man she killed) Aren't we calling the cops?
      Nick Dalton: (Checking the body) No.
      Bunny Maureen: No?
      Nick Dalton: You killed the wrong guy.
      Bunny Maureen: No I killed the right guy. Not on purpose but he was attacking me.

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