Empty Nest

The BEST episodes of Empty Nest

Every episode of Empty Nest ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Empty Nest!

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.

Last Updated: 6/14/2022Network: NBC
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Love and Marriage
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#1 - Love and Marriage

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/27/1993

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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The All-American Boy -- Not!
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#2 - The All-American Boy -- Not!

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/20/1993

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
When the Rooster Dies
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#3 - When the Rooster Dies

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/1993

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Bye-Bye, Baby...Hello (1)
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#4 - Bye-Bye, Baby...Hello (1)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/2/1993

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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Bye-Bye, Baby...Hello (2)
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#5 - Bye-Bye, Baby...Hello (2)

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/9/1993

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

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Mom's the Word
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#6 - Mom's the Word

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/23/1993

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

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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Mama Todd, the Sequel
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#7 - Mama Todd, the Sequel

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/16/1993

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Diary of a Mad Housewife
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#8 - Diary of a Mad Housewife

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/30/1993

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Read All About It
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#9 - Read All About It

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/18/1993

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.

Directors: Dinah Manoff
The Girl Who Cried Baby
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#10 - The Girl Who Cried Baby

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/27/1993

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

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Superbaby
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#11 - Superbaby

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/11/1993

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

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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What's a Mother to Do?
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#12 - What's a Mother to Do?

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/15/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
The Ballad of Shady Pines
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#13 - The Ballad of Shady Pines

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/12/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Love a la Mode
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#14 - Love a la Mode

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/8/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Under the Gun
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#15 - Under the Gun

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/29/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Brotherly Shove
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#16 - Brotherly Shove

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/5/1994

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.

Directors: Dinah Manoff
Hog Heaven
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#17 - Hog Heaven

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/5/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Charley's Millions
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#18 - Charley's Millions

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/8/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
A Foreign Affair
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#19 - A Foreign Affair

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired 4/16/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
The Devil and Dr. Weston
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#20 - The Devil and Dr. Weston

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/9/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Absence Makes the Nurse Grow Weirder
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#21 - Absence Makes the Nurse Grow Weirder

Season 6 - Episode 26 - Aired 5/21/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Half That Jazz
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#22 - Half That Jazz

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/2/1994

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.

Directors: Doug Smart
Best Friends
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#23 - Best Friends

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/21/1994

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.

Directors: Doug Smart
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Lordy, Lordy, Landlordy
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#24 - Lordy, Lordy, Landlordy

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/23/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Let's Give Them Something to Talk About
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#25 - Let's Give Them Something to Talk About

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/24/1994

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.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman

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