The Wedding Bells

Season 1 Episode 1

For Whom the Bells Toll (Pilot)

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Aired Unknown Mar 07, 2007 on FOX
8.2
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38 votes
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For Whom the Bells Toll (Pilot)
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In the fist episode of the series, the Bell sisters must run their inherited wedding planning business, The Wedding Palace, while also handling their own complicated personal lives and all the implications that come with the business. But the sisters are soon to find out that there is never a dull moment at the Wedding Palace...moreless

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  • Wonderful!

    10
    Great episode! I think that the creators did a great job of introducing each character, Like Debbie and the singer and everybody else. I really do think that it was a good episode you know for a pilot, To me pilot should be especially good to promote the show and all. Got me to come back for the next episode.
  • a good start to a show and it is descent enough to start at the way its going

    9.1
    the story line for this episode is well and it has a good amount of comedy. its hot in ways and it doesn't dissapoint me at all. this episode starts with seven wedding planners named Sammy bell, Annie bell, David Conton, Russell Hawkins, Jane bell, Ralph snow, and Amanda Pontel. these wedding planners are great and sort out as the guts and comedy in this episode. it begins with a bride going crazy because she doesn't know if she wants to get married yet. soon enough they got another wedding to plan, Amanda's wedding. Amanda has a fight with one of the wedding planners the head music singer. she gets mad and attempts to sue but the wedding planners come in with a save and make them apologize and they fast in friendship, and Amanda happily marries her husband.moreless
  • Has some fun potential for Kelly's usual mix of character and whacky humor.

    8.0
    Frankly, surprised someone hasn't come up with the idea of a series set at a wedding company as it's so natural. So far, David E Kelly is reigning in some of his whackier stuff although there are moments like Delta Burke's mother bribing the minister and faking tears. I also liked the bit with the singer having his band score his apology. The tone is set from the start with the photographer giving the bride-to-be the speech that drives her to run off with them chasing.



    The characters are a little loose now but hopefully they'll clear up soon. I do like Polo as the one trying to hold it all together and her way too uptight husband. The dynamic with the other sister and her former husband is a bit cliche but they carry it well. Not sure about the younger but that she has morals (no sleeping with married guys) is interesting. True it gets a bit much (the dress on fire, the twins terrified of Sheri Sheppard) and Costas Mandalyor lays the fake accent a bit thick as the chef. But it has potential. The bride this week was fun, especially the sexy shoot and the previews show she's going to be a regular which promises some unique fun. Maybe getting away from the legal soapbox stuff and into real comedy will give Kelly a real hit at last which is good for viewers.moreless
  • The Wedding Bells must deal with all the antics that come with running a wedding planning business.

    8.4
    After watching Big Day and being tearful at its cancellation, I was very excited to see The Wedding Bells. The show did live up to the hype that Fox promoted.



    It definitely could have been much more fast-paced, but this is the first episode, so we have to deal with back story and character development. As the series gets going, I think there will be a lot more funny moments.



    That's not to say this episode was devoid of funny moments. It had several, especially the photo shoot David conducted with Amanda, the bride-to-be. There were some elements of slapstick I did particularly care for (Amanda's dress catching of fire, for example). There were a lot of good dialog exchanges and one-liners that made up for that though. The show could definitely be good, but I am afraid it will get canceled before it has a chance to really get going. At one hour, the show is long for a comedy. Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty are also one hour and able to keep the audience's attention. I think The Wedding Bells has the potential to be a comedy of that caliber.moreless
  • I'm willing to give the series another chance.

    6.0
    The pilot seemed to be trying too hard. So much of the dialogue seemed pointless, or was said so rapidly that I didn't have enough time to figure out the point. I don't think I cared enough to figure out if there was a point. I didn't seem to be bothered by the rapid dialogue on "The West Wing". I don't know for sure if there is something different about how it's being done here. Maybe it's just bad acting.



    I don't like the personalities of the older two wedding planners. Maybe it's just bad acting.



    I guess I don't expect to see the characters involved in a particular wedding in future episodes so I don't seem to care about their problems. Or, I realize that no matter how many problems there are with the wedding that it really shouldn't matter afterward.



    As a man, I am probably not the target audience for this show. As a man, when I attend a wedding the only thing I really care about is if the food is edible. I would say I'd like a band that isn't so loud that I can't hear people talking. So I guess I'll have a difficult time caring about the problems.



    If any parts of this episode were supposed to be funny, and I guess parts were *supposed* to be, I was not cracking a smile until a small one 52 minutes in.



    I try to avoid judging a series on its pilot. It was not bad enough to skip the second episode. But, based on the first episode, I'm not very hopeful. But maybe I should have more confidence that David E. Kelley will work out the bugs, unless the whole idea is beyond help.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Ernesto refers to his pasta alla puttanesca as his "little whore", and says that that is what the name translates as. There is, however, no diminutive (indicator of smallness, such as the Italian suffixes -ino/-ina or -etto/-etta) in the name. It more literally translates as "pasta whore style", or loosely, "whore's pasta".

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Amanda: (to guy who is hitting on her) That response did not satisfy me at all. That was a wretched answer. You have upset me further, wedding planner. I feel a deep woe now.

    • Jane: Sammy, you have 'sex hair.' Who was it?

    • Stella: We need to speak briefly about my sister.
      Annie: What about her?
      Stella: She won't hesitate to make it all about her, she tends to hyperventilate so she can pull out a paper bag and breath into it, and she cries just to get me.
      Annie: Get you?
      Stella: I have defective tear ducts, it's genetic. I can't cry. If she acts up we need to get her out!

    • Jane: (To guy who is hitting on her) You need to walk away now.
      Guy: Ahhh come on.
      Jane: If you don't I'll hit you.
      Ralph: Jane.
      Jane: Which would leave you two choices, you could part with a bloody lip or you could hit me back.
      Ralph: Jane.
      Jane: Which would you think would cast you in a better light?
      Guy: You hit me, I'll hit him. (Nods toward Ralph)
      Ralph: Great, I knew it.
      Ernesto: (Just walking up) You hit him I hit you, and then you finish hitting.

    • Jane: First I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking I could never live without him by my side. Then I spent so many night thinking how he did me wrong, and I grew strong.
      Ralph: You think you're funny don't you?
      Jane: I do, don't you?

    • Ralph: If I have to sing 'I Will Survive' one... (Jane interrupts)
      Jane: If you want to survive, you will apologize. Tell her that she's... Tell her she's hot.
      Ralph: Tell her what?!

    • David: (After seeing Russell walk in wearing short-shorts) I don't know quite what to say.
      Russell: I have a squash match.
      David: Ah.
      Russell: You play?
      David: I don't actually, but I'm certainly tempted now.

    • Annie: What's our policy on brides bumping into each other, Debbie?
      Debbie: It should never, ever happen, 'cause it's their special, special time, and each should feel like the only happy, happy bride on the planet, 'cause it's their special, special time.

    • Amanda: (After her dog bites at Annie) She doesn't like other people.

    • Nicole: It jiggles. My mother says if it won't be still she's making me wear sleeves.
      Lainie: Look at it go.
      Laurie: You could totally have that sucked out.
      Lainie: Oh my god totally.

    • David: Greatest guy in the world. Rich, good in bed. Dede, what are you waiting for? (Nods head in direction of altar)
      Dede: You're right, you're absolutely right. (Turns and runs out)
      Annie: We got a runner!

    • David: Hey Dede, what's the problem?
      Dede: Uh...one guy, for the rest of my life, every day, forever, the same guy, 'til death. Does that make any sense?

    • Annie: Let me tell you a little story.
      Dede: Yea, Yea, Yea...screw the little stories.

    • Annie: Ok, Dede, I want you to listen to me. The body can confuse adrenaline for panic.
      Dede: Ooo...ooh... shut up!

    • Annie: Sammy, how many times have you been in love, truly?
      Sammy: Thirty-two.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jane: (to Ralph) First I was afraid. I was petrified. Kept thinking I could never live without him by my side. Then I spent so many nights thinking how he did me wrong, and I grew strong.

      This is part of the song "I Will Survive" sung by Gloria Gaynor in the late 1970's.

    • The episode title is a pun of the Ernest Hemingway novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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