thirtysomething

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 1987 on ABC
7.4
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Hope and Michael Steadman are still adjusting to parenthood while struggling with money problems and best-friend crises.

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  • While not on par with later episodes, it does, for the most part, get the job done as far as establishing characters and themes.

    7.4
    I can understand, in hindsight, why thirtysomething was so divisive when it first appeared. To the people in their 30's, from this walk of life, it was like looking in a mirror. To anyone else, it was a bunch of "yuppies" who were whining incessently and threw themselves into panics over ridiculous things like "have I become my mother". But for a fledgling pilot, I felt like this episode did a good job as far as setting up the dynamics of the show to come. Michael & Hope, not married too long, new baby, still finding their way. Nancy & Elliot, married a while, 2 kids, slowly growing apart, Melissa and Gary, while not fully formed yet, were amusing and then there was Ellyn. Ellyn who would eventually morph into a Hope Wannabe, but for a while was wonderful & delightful equal parts caring and selfish. Someone who could say "Yes, you had a baby, but if you'll excuse me, I 'm not going to wash your feet for you and pray for you to regale me with stories or breastfeeding!" The single people with no kids seemed to be initially set up to "not get it" and maybe that was the theme of the whole episode. Gary & Melissa and Michael to a certain extent "didn't get" why Hope couldn't just drop her new baby w/ any baby sitter who walked through the door & take off without a glance backwards. Ellyn "didn't get" why Hope was so involved in her baby. Anyone who's every had a baby knows that you are finding your way at first, and sometimes you make mistakes and you just know your friends are shaking their heads at you, but you have to find your own way. Also, in this episode, the babysitters Hope interviews are hilarious!!!!!moreless
Ken Olin

Ken Olin

Michael Steadman

Mel Harris

Mel Harris

Hope Murdoch Steadman

Polly Draper

Polly Draper

Ellyn Warren

Peter Horton

Peter Horton

Gary Sheperd

Timothy Busfield

Timothy Busfield

Elliot Francis Weston

Melanie Mayron

Melanie Mayron

Melissa Steadman

Robert Neches

Robert Neches

Salesman

Guest Star

Jade Mortimer

Jade Mortimer

Jane Steadman

Guest Star

Lauren Mortimer

Lauren Mortimer

Jane Steadman

Guest Star

Maxx, the Dog

Maxx, the Dog

Grendel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (5)

    • In 1989, writer/director Marshall Herskovitz and writer Edward Zwick won (in a tie with fellow thirtysomething episode "Therapy") a WGA Award (TV) at the Writers Guild of America, USA Awards in the category of Episodic Drama, for this episode.

    • Music:
      "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads
      "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi

    • In this episode only, Janey Steadman is played by Jade and Lauren Mortimer. In this and the episode "South by Southeast," Ethan and Brittany Weston are played by Jason and Rachel Nagler.

    • Several brief clips from this episode are used in the opening title montage for the first season, which makes its debut in the next episode, "The Parents Are Coming." They include Michael and Elliot talking (about infidelity) in a crowded public place; Michael mock-hanging himself with his tie; Hope attempting to breastfeed Janey in a restaurant; Hope and Michael nose-to-nose in bed; Janey in the bathtub with Michael looking on; Hope crying on Michael's shoulder; Ellyn, Hope and Janey in the park; Michael, Hope and Melissa goofing around on the bed; a crying Hope embracing Michael; Michael peering though a craked-open door at Hope rocking Janey; Melissa and Gary with Hope and Michael in the Steadman kitchen; and a shot of Janey laying in a crib that pans upward to Michael and Hope.

    • This pilot episode only features a "cold" opening without the regular title sequence or theme song. The superimposed credits list the cast in order of appearance: Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Polly Draper, Peter Horton, Timothy Busfield, Melanie Mayron and Patricia Wettig. It's the only time the principal cast is not listed alphabetically.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Hope: After all, tomorrow is another day.
      This is the famous last line spoken by the character Scarlett O'Hara in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone With the Wind and later repeated famously by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett in the 1939 film of the same name.

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