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Hope & Gloria

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by Russell Wodell

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aired from: Mar 1995 to: Jun 1996 35 eps NBC 30 min stereo closed captioned


  • Cynthia Steveson as Hope Davidson
  • Jessica Lundy as Gloria Utz
  • Alan Thicke as Dennis Dupree
  • Enrico Colantoni as Louis Utz
  • Robert Garrova as Sonny Utz, Gloria and Louis's young son
  • Taylor Negron as Gwillem Blatt, the station manager [ season 2, recurring otherwise ]
  • Larry Poindexter as Jeffrey, Hope's estranged husband

    recurring characters:

  • Beau Gravitte as Dr. Ethan Glassman, Jeremy's psychiatrist who becomes Hope's boyfriend
  • Steve Nevil as Steve
  • Eric Allan Kramer as Isaac, Dennis' hairdresser, eventually replaced by Gloria

    Production credits:
    Warner Brothers Television
    Created by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner
    Executive Producers: Jeanette Collins & Mimi Friedman
    Co-executive Producer: J.J. Paulsen
    Consulting Producer: Jerry Perzigian
    Consulting Producer: Janis Hirsch
    Produced by Stephen C. Grossman
    Executive Consultant: George McGrath
    Associate Producer: Matt Dinsmore

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      1st Season Winter 1995

    1. "Are We Having Fun Yet?"
      gs: Patrick Labyorteaux [ Howie ], Ilana Levine [ Nina ], Robert Garrova [ Sonny Utz ], JoNell Kennedy [ Sheryl ], Victoria Alexander [ Woman Stagehand ]

      rc: Jeffrey

      Hope and Gloria strike up a tentative friendship, complicated when Gloria realizes that the man coming on to her in the laundry room of their apartment building is Hope's husband.

      b: 9 Mar 95 pc: 456951 w: Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner d: Barnet Kellman
    2. "No Degrees of Separation"
      gs: Dee Dee Rescher [ Roma ], Anthony Guidera [ Pete ], James Lesure [ Delivery Man ], Gregg Collins [ Stripper ]

      rc: Isaac, Steve

      The presence of Dennis, a spiked cake, and Louis's amorous cousin Pete snuff out Hope's birthday plans for a quiet dinner party, her first since her separation.

      b: 15 Mar 95 pc: 456953 w: J.J. Paulsen d: Peter Bonerz
    3. "Salon, It's Been Good to Know You"
      gs: Camille Saviola [ Cookie ], Dee Dee Rescher [ Roma ], Joanna Sanchez [ Esperanza ], Robin Florence [ Bride ], Marion Calvert [ Mrs Jonganti ]

      rc: Isaac

      Hope's plan to get Gloria a job as hair stylist on the show becomes complicated as the temperamental Isaac first quits to move to South America, then returns unexpectedly - just after Gloria has quit her job at the salon where she's worked for nine years. It's up to Hope to convince Gloria's caustic former boss Cookie to take her back. Meanwhile, Louis stays over at Gloria's to tend ailing Sonny.

      b: 23 Mar 95 pc: 456954 w: Jerry Perzigian d: Steve Zuckerman
    4. "A Fine ROM-ance"
      gs: Scott Bryce [ Robert ], Paul Satterfield [ J.T. ], Jennifer Aspen [ Alexis ], Jack Ong [ Paul ], Randy Harrington [ Men ], David Miller [ Men ], Danny Nero [ Men ]

      rc: Isaac, Steve

      Goaded by Dennis into finding a men man via computer, Hope drags a reluctant Gloria on a double blind date - and finds Gloria's match more to her liking.

      b: 30 Mar 95 pc: 456955 w: John Frink & Don Payne d: Steve Zuckerman

      NOTE: Guests Bryce and Satterfield are soap opera stars from, respectively, Another World and General Hospital.
    5. "Falling in Bed Again"
      gs: Gilbert Gottfried [ Himself ], Veanne Cox [ Mary ]

      rc: Larry Poindexter [ Jeffrey ]

      Gloria convinces Hope not to see her ex-husband again, inspiring Hope to help another spurned wife do the same, but then Gloria herself succumbs to temptation. Meanwhile, Dennis tries to help Hope by having her produce a segment called "Sex With Your Ex," with Gloria as one of the guests.

      b: 6 Apr 95 pc: 456952 w: Jeanette Collins & Mimi Friedman d: Peter Bonerz
    6. "I Never Sang for Our Father"
      gs: Bryan Clark [ Pastor Earl ], Kim Alexis [ Herself ]

      An embarrassed and shy Louis secretly joins Hope's church choir, but Gloria isn't singing Hope's praises when she suspects that her friend and ex-husband are having an affair. Meanwhile, Dennis decides to have plastic surgery live on the show.

      b: 13 Apr 95 pc: 456956 w: Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali d: Peter Bonerz
    7. "My Mamma Done Told Me (1)"
      gs: Dorothy Lyman [ Maxine ], James Hampton [ Bob ]

      rc: Jeffrey

      Hope has not told her parents she is divorcing Jeffrey, but when he turns up during their visit, the truth comes out. Big time, as it happens, because Hope's mother then reveals to her that Hope's father is not her biological father.

      b: 20 Apr 95 pc: 456957 w: Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner d: Alan Rafkin
    8. "Who's Poppa? (2)"
      gs: Adam West [ Himself ], Julie Newmar [ Herself ], Michael Holden [ Stephen, Dennis's Lawyer ]

      Hope becomes convinced that her father is Bill Anderson, the real name of actor Adam West of Batman fame, unaware that her mother insists it was another actor. Meanwhile, Dennis's lawyer accompanies Dennis and Gloria on a date to insure against charges of sexual harassment.

      b: 20 Apr 95 pc: 456958 w: Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner d: Peter Baldwin
    9. "Love With an Improper Stranger"
      gs: Chris Meloni [ Billy ], James Callahan [ Bill ], Dorothy Lyman [ Maxine ], Camille Saviola [ Cookie ]

      A lonely Hope spends the night with a handsome stranger, but it's possible that she's in for more of a relationship than she bargained for - he may be her brother. Distraught Hope does the unforgivable: she forgets to enter Dennis in the local Emmy Award competition, which he is sure he will win after 23 years of being passed over.

      b: 27 Apr 95 pc: 456959 w: Jeanette Collins & Mimi Friedman d: Alan Rafkin
    10. "The Face with Two Men"
      gs: Joanna Kerns [ Herself ], Kirk Cameron [ Himself ], Jeremy Miller [ Himself ], Michael McLafferty [ Scott Koch ], Rachel Sweet [ Sabine ], Dee Dee Rescher [ Rona ], Gina Tolleson Thicke [ Herself ]

      rc: Gwillem

      The new station manager orders Hope to arrange a Growing Pains reunion show, but there's a problem - Dennis refuses to be in the same room with his rival, Alan Thicke. Meanwhile, Scott, the little boy Gloria used to baby-sit turns up, grown up and still infatuated with her.

      b: 4 May 95 pc: 456960 w: Jerry Perzigian d: Alan Rafkin
    11. "Sisyphus, Prometheus and Me"
      gs: Burt Reynolds [ Himself ], Ed O'Bannon [ Himself ], Tyus Edney [ Himself ]

      rc: Gwillem, Steve

      Gloria learns she's pregnant and contemplates a third marriage to Louis - a decision that could be advantageous for new station manager Gwillem who persuades them to have the ceremony live on the show. But the minister slated to conduct the nuptials doesn't show and is replaced by guest Burt Reynolds, while Hope, locked in the prop room, struggles desperately to get Gloria an important message from her doctor.

      b: 11 May 95 pc: 456961 w: George McGrath d: Steve Zuckerman
    12. "Don't Take Any Wooden Elephants"
      gs: Rachel Sweet [ Sabine ], Dorian Gregory [ Dutch ]

      rc: Gwillem

      Hope's upset when Gwillem 'asks' her to care for his pampered poodle, so she attempts to play a practical joke on him - which, of course, backfires big time when she steals one of his prized wooden elephants without realizing the nature of its contents.

      b: 10 Aug 95 pc: 456963 w: Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali d: Steve Zuckerman
    13. "A Midsummer Night's Trim"
      gs: Miriam Flynn [ Dr. Rose ], Lynne Marie Stewart [ Margeurite ], Michael McLafferty [ Scott Koch ]

      Gloria finds Hope's lack of faith in her the unkindest cut of all after Hope reveals she's having recurring nightmares of Gloria ruining her hair. They agree to consult a therapist and dream expert appearing on the show in hopes of identifying the source of Hope's neurotic fear. Meanwhile, Dennis insists on hosting a show-length infomercial for a male enhancement device, and Louis discusses diet with Gloria's next-door neighbor Scott.

      b: 7 Sep 95 pc: 456962 w: J.J. Paulsen d: Michael Lembeck

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      2nd Season 1995

    14. "An Embarassment of Teapots"
      gs: Josť Eber [ Himself ], William R. Moses [ Jeffrey ], Victoria Alexander [ Victoria ], Barry Zajac [ Skeeter ]

      rc: Dr. Glassman, Steve

      Hope's estranged husband wants to get back together, but Hope has second thoughts when a new suitor arrives on the scene -- his psychiatrist. Meanwhile, Dennis gets a new look.

      b: 24 Sep 95 pc: 457752 w: Jeanette Collins & Mimi Friedman d: Shelley Jensen
    15. "Dumb & Smarter"
      gs: Tim Bagley [ Ed ], Melanie Graham [ Patty ]

      rc: Steve

      Hope must fight off suitors after she writes Dr. Glassman an electronic love letter on her computer and accidentally sends it to everyone on her mailing list except Dr. Glassman.

      b: 1 Oct 95 pc: 457754 w: George McGrath d: Michael Lembeck
    16. "A Star is Reborn"
      gs: Merv Griffith [ Himself ], Julene Renee [ Cylinthia Parsons ], Rachel Sweet [ Sabine ], Mayor Tom Murphy [ Himself ]

      rc: Steve

      Hope sacrifices a long-awaited vacation when she's given the chance to produce a talk-show hosted by a quirky former child actress. But will the rising star outshine Dennis when she gets his time slot?

      b: 8 Oct 95 pc: 457751 w: Janis Hirsch d: Shelley Jensen
    17. "Love in the Afternoon"
      gs: Jack Ong [ Paul ], Jeff Conaway [ Bud Green ]

      rc: Dr. Glassman

      While Hope frets about how much Dr. Glassman knows about her from years of therapy with Jeremy, they go on a less-than-romantic first date - to a luncheon honoring Louis as Salesman of the Month - where Louis' boss propositions Gloria.

      b: 29 Oct 95 pc: _________ w: Jerry Perzigian d: Michael Lembeck
    18. "Manager and Woman"
      gs: Lisa Howard [ Lizbeth ], Jackie Swanson [ Sister Theresa ], Deezer D. [ Orderly ]

      When Hope devotes much of her time to grooming promising newcomer Cylinthia, Dennis riles Hope by hiring a pesky personal manager who fulfills the pompous star's every wish -- and takes away much of Hope's authority. Meanwhile, Gloria becomes jealous of the nun who was Louis's first childhood kiss.

      b: 5 Nov 95 pc: 457755 w: Dean Batali & Rob Des Hotel d: Michael Lembeck
    19. "How to Get an Ed in Business"
      gs: Swoosie Kurtz [ Herself ], Tim Bagley [ Ed ]

      Dennis suspects that Ed is after his job when the computer whiz volunteers to help backstage and destroys Dennis's interview with Swoosie Kurtz. Meanwhile, Gloria calls Louis on the carpet for redoing Dennis's dressing room with rug remnants.

      b: 12 Nov 95 pc: 457758 w: Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali d: Peter Baldwin
    20. "Listen, Sister"
      gs: Julia Sweeney [ Charity ], Anthony Guidera [ Pete ], Patience Cleveland [ Grandma ]

      rc: Dr. Glassman

      Hope invites all the relatives to a surprise party announcing her sister's engagement - but the surprise is on Hope when the "happy couple" breaks up due to her interference. Meanwhile, Dennis welcomes his old pal and former co-host Regis Philbin. but soon becomes consumed by jealousy.

      b: 19 Nov 95 pc: 457757 w: J.J. Paulsen d: Peter Baldwin
    21. "Money You Should Mention"
      gs: Wendy Schaal [ Nurse Nancy ]

      In exchange for Hope's old car, Gloria agrees to paint her apartment, but Gloria's busy schedule leaves Hope feeling that her friend is giving her the brush off. Meanwhile, Dennis keeps vigil at Lizbeth's bedside - along with an attractive nurse.

      b: 3 Dec 95 pc: 457760 w: J.J. Paulsen d: Michael Lembeck
    22. "Consenting Adults"
      gs: Ben Reed [ Philip Kirwood ], Karen Hensel [ Magda ]

      rc: Dr. Glassman

      The instant passion between Gloria and a blind date illustrates to Hope the lack of ardor in her relationship with Ethan, so she sets out to light the fire in her own love life.

      b: 10 Dec 95 pc: 457761 w: Janis Hirsch d: Michael Lembeck
    23. "The Dupree Family Christmas"
      gs: Alex Rocco [ Bernie ], Jean Kasem [ Candy ], Shirley Prestia [ Eleanore ], Chris Brandi [ Dennis Jr. ], Daryl Carroll [ Boom Man ]

      rc: Steve

      Gloria gets an unwanted Christmas present when her father Bernie suddenly appears after 30 years, wanting to reconcile, meanwhile, Hope tries in vain to enhance Dennis's image by getting his two ex-wives and several estranged kids to appear on his holiday special.

      b: 17 Dec 95 pc: 457759 w: George McGrath d: Joanna Kerns
    24. "Enemies: A Love Story"
      gs: Mary Mara [ Jennifer ], William Thomas Jr. [ Artie ]

      Gloria becomes a fast friend with Louis's new girlfriend Jennifer, which leaves Hope feeling left out. Meanwhile, Dennis is obsessed with writing updates lyrics to the national anthem and performing them on his show.

      b: 6 Jan 96 pc: 457763 w: Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali d: Alan Rafkin
    25. "The Man Upstairs"
      gs: William Ragsdale [ Danny Saterfield ], Karen Hensel [ Magda ], Zoaunne Leroy [ Mrs. Jubadian ], Ron Duguay [ Himself ], Cary Bolton [ Guy ], Ana Gasteyer [ Girl ]

      The girls try to have a noisy new tenant evicted from the building but change their minds when they discover that he's handsome, charming and single. Dennis is invited to participate in a celebrity hockey game.

      b: 13 Jan 96 pc: 457762 w: Jerry Perzigian d: Michael Lembeck

      NOTE: Guest Ragsdale was the star of the surreal Fox sitcom Herman's Head.
    26. "Danny, Oh Boy"
      gs: William Ragsdale [ Danny Saterfield ]

      The girls vie for the attention of their new neighbor and persuade Louis to find out which one he likes more. Meanwhile, Dennis and Gwillem battle for the preferred parking space of a recently deceased studio employee.

      b: 20 Jan 96 pc: 457764 w: J.J. Paulsen d: Alan Rafkin
    27. "A New York Story"
      gs: Lisa Kudrow [ Phoebe Buffay ], Deryl Carroll [ Crazy Scary Man ], Joe Mantegna [ Himself ]

      After Hope's divorce becomes final, the girls decide to be "two gals on the go," and go to New York City for the weekend, where they visit the Central Perk coffeehouse.

      b: 3 February 96 pc: 457767 w: George McGrath d: Alan Rafkin

      NOTE: Guest Lisa Kudrow crosses over in her character from Friends.
    28. "Tainted Love"
      gs: Christopher Rich [ Dr. Ben Shipley ], Nancy Cassaro [ Simone ], Danny Nero [ Skip ], Diane Behrens [ Volunteer ]

      When Hope dates a handsome, charming doctor, Gloria and Louis become convinced that he's married because he won't give her his telephone number and only sees her when no one else is around. After they prove to her that Ben is not only married but dating several other women, Hope plots revenge.

      b: 10 February 96 pc: 457765 w: Janis Hirsch d: Alan Rafkin
    29. "One Sorry Mother"
      gs: Dr. Joyce Brothers [ Herself ], Ellen Albertini Dow [ Miss Mae ], William Devane [ Himself ], Grant Show [ Himself ]

      rc: Steve

      Hope and Gwillem hustle to produce the momentous 5,000th telecast of The Dennis Dupree Show, and wind up with an eye-popping pastiche, featuring clips of Dennis with the likes of Wiliam Devane and Grant Show, a trip down Memory Lane with Dennis' first piano teacher, Miss Mae, and a special appearance by the Alelgheny Women's Triple Trio. Hope lines up 500 celebrities, only to have her plans doused by a torrential rainstorm that shuts down the airport. Dr. Joyce Brothers shows up but refuses to stay and save the day. Meanwhile, Gloria hits the books with fervor as a new night school student, but six-year-old Sonny is mad at his mommy for not being home and lashes out at babysitter Hope.

      b: 16 Mar 96 pc: 457766 w: Jeanette Collins & Mimi Friedman d: Alan Rafkin
    30. "A Sentimental Education"
      gs: Ian Ogilvy [ David Kirkwood ]

      When Gloria nervously accepts a date with her handsome professor, she turns to Hope for a quick course in culture and ladylike comportment. The makeover inspires Hope to pick Pygmalion for her theater group, and she, Dennis and Louis perform in an outlandish production, attended by Gloria and her urbane escort.

      b: 23 Mar 96 pc: 457768 w: Jerry Perzigian d: Pamela Fryman
    31. "The Art of the Deal"
      gs: Dawn Maxey [ Caitlin ], Michael Holden [ Caterer ]

      rc: Steve

      Hope is fired when she takes Gloria's suggestion to play hardball with Gwillem in an effort to get a raise, Louis tries to market a new invention: double-sided carpeting.

      b: 30 Mar 96 pc: 457769 w: Arnold Rudnick & Rich Hosek d: John Bowab
    32. "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Funicular"
      gs: Jack Plotnick [ Seth ], William Thomas Jr. [ Artie ], Lisa Robin Kelly [ Debbee ], Gregory Coolidge [ Dale ], Chris Parnell [ Howard ], Kristen Miller [ Young Pennsylvanian ]

      Hope's plans for a special in the mountains hit a snag after she convinces a claustrophobic Gloria to go up to the top in a cable car which immediately malfunctions. Meanwhile, Dennis prepares a special Octoberfest show.

      b: 6 Apr 96 pc: 457773 w: Jeanette Collins & Mimi Friedman d: Michael Lembeck
    33. "Note to Self"
      gs: Brian McNamara [ Dale Hutton ], Marianne Muellerleile [ Meter Maid ], Stan Sellers [ Scuba Diving Instructor ]

      Gloria suffers a crisis of nerve after she finds a note she wrote to her future self 15 years ago setting out her life's goals, all of which remain unaccomplished. To regain her equilibrium she sets out to carry through on at least two: learning to scuba dive (with a reluctant Hope in tow), and erasing a graffito about her former teacher from atop a water tank.

      b: 13 Apr 96 pc: _________ w: Dean Batali & Rob Des Hotel d: Alan Rafkin
    34. "Baby Love"
      gs: Tim Bagley [ Ed ], Robin Thicke [ Delivery Person ]

      rc: Steve, Jeffrey (Voice only)

      Hope decides she wants to be a mother after her ex, Jeffrey, announces that he and his new wife are having a baby. Her search for a father starts on the Internet, then leads to Louis. Meanwhile, Gloria portrays a "love witch" on The Dennis Dupree Show.

      b: 20 Apr 96 pc: 457771 w: Janis Hirsh d: Alan Rafkin
    35. "Come Back Lil' Tina"
      gs: Cindy Williams [ Connie Carlucci ], Eddie Mekka [ Himself ], Nestor Carboni [ Umberto ]

      rc: Steve

      Hope lures former teen star Connie Carlucci, who was Hope and Gloria's childhood idol, from seclusion to co-host Dennis' show, despite his disgruntled aversion to sharing the attention. But it quickly become apparent that in contrast to the perky, positive character she played, Connie is now an embittered drunk.

      b: 22 Jun 96 pc: 457770 w: Marc Peterson d: Pamela Fryman

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