The BEST Episodes of Empty Nest

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Network: NBC

Widowed pediatrician Harry Weston is a miracle worker when it comes to dealing with his young patients, but he's more challenged by the other people surrounding him: daughters Barbara and Carol; his wisecracking office assistant, nurse LaVerne Todd; and obnoxious neighborhood mooch Charley Dietz. Thank goodness he always finds a friendly shoulder (and a warm, wet tongue) in Dreyfuss, his enormous dog.

Love and Marriage

#1 - Love and Marriage

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 27, 1993

Carol is upset when cousin Little Carol visits and announces her wedding plans. Charley is sentenced to community service at the hospital and gets some helpful tips from Jack Trenton.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Pat Dougherty
The All-American Boy -- Not!

#2 - The All-American Boy -- Not!

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 20, 1993

Harry befriends a young shoplifter while volunteering at a free clinic and brings him home. The boy, an uncontrolled diabetic, later runs away, taking the Westons furniture with him.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Peter Gallay
When the Rooster Dies

#3 - When the Rooster Dies

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 1993

Harry sells his pediatrics practice to another doctor, who ends up firing Laverne. When the hospital sends Harry to check out an inner-city clinic, he ends up teaming up with the owner, Dr. Maxine Douglas, to keep the place open. Laverne joins them as nurse. Meanwhile, Sophia Petrillo moves back into nearby Shady Pines retirement home and drops by the Weston house.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Peter Gallay
Bye-Bye, Baby...Hello (1)

#4 - Bye-Bye, Baby...Hello (1)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 1993

Carol throws Patrick out when she realizes that he'll never grow up, but later learns that she's pregnant. Laverne goes too far when trying to organize things at the clinic.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Pat Dougherty
Bye-Bye, Baby...Hello (2)

#5 - Bye-Bye, Baby...Hello (2)

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 1993

Carol can't decide how to tell Patrick about her pregnancy. Laverne refuses to tell Maxine a secret.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Pat Dougherty
Mom's the Word

#6 - Mom's the Word

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1993

Carol is afraid to tell a date that she is pregnant. Laverne and Maxine disagree when trying to plan a baby shower.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Regina Stewart
Mama Todd, the Sequel

#7 - Mama Todd, the Sequel

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 1993

Laverne's mother-in-law visits, unaware that Nick and Laverne are divorced. Charley tries to persuade Carol to make him godfather of the baby.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Steve Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler
Diary of a Mad Housewife

#8 - Diary of a Mad Housewife

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 1993

Carol reads her mother's old diary and thinks she wasn't wanted. Maxine is annoyed by a mime and a hypochondriac at the clinic.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Bob Tischler
Read All About It

#9 - Read All About It

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 1993

When Maxine has a dental emergency, Harry steps in and gives an interview in her place, but the journalist makes the article sound as though Harry deserves all the credit for the clinic's success. Meanwhile, Charley falls for Dreyfuss' vet.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Dinah Manoff
Writers: Greg Phillips
The Girl Who Cried Baby

#10 - The Girl Who Cried Baby

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 1993

Maxine and Harry compete to sell opera tickets. After a series of false alarms, Carol gives birth to son Scotty while at the opera.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Susan Beavers
Superbaby

#11 - Superbaby

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 1993

When the baby starts ""singing Beethoven,"" Carol fears the hospital has given her the wrong child.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Peter Gallay
What's a Mother to Do?

#12 - What's a Mother to Do?

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 15, 1994

Carol joins a mother-daughter support group and ends up feeling that she is the worst mother in the world, especially after locking the baby in the car. Laverne thinks Maxine is dying when she mysteriously asks for time off after a check-up.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Cindy Chupack, Ellen Sandler
The Ballad of Shady Pines

#13 - The Ballad of Shady Pines

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 12, 1994

Laverne fills in for a friend at Shady Pines, where Sophia's boyfriend hits on her. Sophia catches the two together and thinks Laverne is stealing her man.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Rick Newberger
Love a la Mode

#14 - Love a la Mode

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 8, 1994

Charley plans to marry a waitress from a pancake house. When she finds out they have the same birthday, Laverne thinks that explains why she and Maxine are so much alike, which Maxine thinks is ridiculous.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Steve Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler
Under the Gun

#15 - Under the Gun

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 29, 1994

Harry gets shot when a young boy brings a gun to the clinic. Carol has a date with a famous anthropologist, who opts instead to go party with Charley.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers:
Brotherly Shove

#16 - Brotherly Shove

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 5, 1994

Charley ends up working at his brother's used car lot, but when he makes a big sale his brother takes all the credit. Maxine and Laverne become competitive when they start jogging to get in shape.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Dinah Manoff
Writers: Drake Sather
Hog Heaven

#17 - Hog Heaven

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 5, 1994

Laverne's old biker boyfriend returns and the two rekindle their romance, which annoys Harry, who doesn't think the guy is good enough for her. Carol makes a memory video for baby Scotty.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Bob Tischler
Charley's Millions

#18 - Charley's Millions

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 8, 1994

After receiving an inheritance, Charley assembles a group of people who have meant a lot to him over the years (which includes Harry, Carol, Sophia, and Don Adams from Get Smart) and takes them all on a trip to Mardi Gras. Laverne's hideous looking cat dies.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Rick Newberger
A Foreign Affair

#19 - A Foreign Affair

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 16, 1994

Maxine's boyfriend, an African cultural attache, proposes marriage. Sophia and Charley get Carol (who meanwhile has started to play the guitar again) hooked on the dog races.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Peter Gallay
The Devil and Dr. Weston

#20 - The Devil and Dr. Weston

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 9, 1994

A wealthy philanthropist eyes Harry. Carol tries to help shy Doris (who once volunteered at the clinic but now sales roll-on moose door-to-door) come out of her shell.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Kari Lizer
Absence Makes the Nurse Grow Weirder

#21 - Absence Makes the Nurse Grow Weirder

Season 6 - Episode 26 - Aired May 21, 1994

Harry fills in at his old practice and becomes smitten with the nurse. Laverne is upset because Harry forgets the anniversary of the day they started working together.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Steve Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler
Half That Jazz

#22 - Half That Jazz

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 2, 1994

Harry persuades his old jazz idol Sonny Baxter to come out of retirement and play at a benefit. Strange things start happening after Sophia vows revenge on Charley for dumping her niece.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Doug Smart
Writers: Dennis Snee, Regina Stewart
Best Friends

#23 - Best Friends

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired May 21, 1994

Carol is upset when her childhood friend returns and starts dating Harry. A patient at the clinic turns out to be a member of the family which has feuded with Laverne's for years, which sparks a mini-war between the two.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Doug Smart
Writers: Bob Tischler, Paul B. Price
Lordy, Lordy, Landlordy

#24 - Lordy, Lordy, Landlordy

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 23, 1994

When their good-for-nothing landlord refuses to repair the problems at the clinic, Laverne threatens a rent strike and ends up getting the gang evicted. Meanwhile, Sophia convinces Carol to spend some time away from baby Scotty but she can't seem to bring herself to let him out of her sight.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Cody R. Farley
Let's Give Them Something to Talk About

#25 - Let's Give Them Something to Talk About

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 1994

Rumors fly after Charley and Laverne begin spending a lot of time together, but the two swear they are just friends. Carol is excited about her new job at a local newspaper, until she finds out that she has been hired merely as a driver for the paper's teenage reporter.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Steve Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler