Hurricane Saturday

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Hurricane Saturday
Created bySusan Harris
Written byMarc Sotkin, Mitchell Hurwitz (The Golden Girls)
Arnie Kogen (Empty Nest)
Bruce Ferber (Nurses)
Directed byLex Passaris (The Golden Girls)
Steve Zuckerman (Empty Nest)
Andy Cadiff (Nurses)
StarringBeatrice Arthur
Betty White
Rue McClanahan
Estelle Getty
Herbert Edelman
Richard Mulligan
Kristy McNichol
Dinah Manoff
David Leisure
Park Overall
Ann Guilbert
Stephanie Hodge
Arnetia Walker
Mary Jo Keenen
Ada Maris
Kip Gilman
Carlos Lacámara
Jeff Altman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Running time120 minutes
Production companiesWitt/Thomas/Harris Productions
Touchstone Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)
Chronology
Followed byFull Moon Over Miami

Hurricane Saturday is a one-off programming block of a three-way, two-hour crossover event on NBC which involved three television sitcoms created by Susan Harris: The Golden Girls, Empty Nest and Nurses. The event depicts a fictional hurricane storming into the storylines of the three series set in Miami, Florida. The episodes aired back-to-back on Saturday, November 9, 1991 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. EST.

Plot[edit]

The event begins on The Golden Girls one-hour episode "The Monkey Show" (season 7, episodes 8 and 9) as a hurricane threatens Miami, Dorothy discovers that ex-husband Stan is "moving on" with her sister Gloria, while Blanche and Rose host a telethon to save a lighthouse. Dorothy later catches Gloria with Stan in her bed, then learns that Sophia pushed Stan and Gloria together. As the storm intensifies, Dorothy and Sophia get into an argument and Sophia goes out into the hurricane. Carol Weston (from Empty Nest) is featured in the second part of the episode on a date with Stan's psychiatrist Dr. Halperin when he is called to the girls' house to help Stan with a problem.

The event continues on the Empty Nest episode "Windy" (season 4, episode 8) as Dr. Harry Weston and his daughters, Carol and Barbara, prepare to move to a new house when the hurricane hits and brings back a lot of memories for them. Meanwhile, Laverne's mother-in-law visits and Sophia Petrillo (from The Golden Girls) stops by to warn the Westons about the impending hurricane.

The event ends on the Nurses episode "Begone with the Wind" (season 1, episode 9) as chaos breaks out at the hospital during the hurricane – the kitchen is flooded, the phones are out and the roads are closed. When Rose Nylund (from The Golden Girls) shows up to help, she is immediately stuck with Julie and the duo are assigned to gathering food from the patients – food that they later give to Laverne Todd (from Empty Nest) for the pediatrics ward. When the news arrives that the roof collapsed in a burning building, Annie fears that her husband, a fireman, may have been killed; Sandy runs into a man (whom she dumped) with a broken leg; Hank and Gina get trapped in an elevator and share a romantic moment; two rival gangs start a knife-fight in front of the nurses' station (and threaten Rose) so it's Paco to the rescue.

Cast[edit]

The Golden Girls Empty Nest Nurses
Beatrice Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak
Betty White as Rose Nylund
Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux
Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo
Herbert Edelman as Stan Zbornak
Dena Dietrich as Gloria Petrillo
Bill Dana as Angelo
Steve Landesberg as Dr. Halperin
Special Guest: Dinah Manoff as Carol Weston
Richard Mulligan as Dr. Harry Weston
Dinah Manoff as Carol Weston
Kristy McNichol as Barbara Weston
David Leisure as Charley Dietz
Park Overall as Laverne Todd
Ann Guilbert as Mama Todd
Special Guest: Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo
Stephanie Hodge as Nurse Sandy Miller
Arnetia Walker as Nurse Annie Roland
Mary Jo Keenen as Nurse Julie Milbury
Jeff Altman as Greg Vincent
Ada Maris as Gina Cuevas
Kip Gilman as Dr. Hank Kaplan
Carlos Lacámara as Paco Ortiz
Special Guest: Betty White as Rose Nylund

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
162
163
8
9
"The Monkey Show"Lex PassarisMitchell Hurwitz and Marc SotkinNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)
As a hurricane threatens Miami, Dorothy's newly penniless sister, Gloria, visits and sleeps with Stan. Dorothy becomes furious when she finds out later that Sophia pushed Gloria and Stan together. When she confronts Sophia, they have a fight and Sophia angrily walks out into the hurricane. Blanche and Rose hold a telethon to save a local historic lighthouse.
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
788"Windy"Steve ZuckermanArnie KogenNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)
Dr. Harry Weston and his daughters, Carol and Barbara, prepare to move to a new house when the hurricane hits and brings back a lot of memories for them. Meanwhile, Laverne's mother-in-law visits.
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
99"Begone with the Wind"Andy CadiffBruce FerberNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)
Chaos breaks out in the hospital during a hurricane – the kitchen's flooded, the phones are out, and the roads are closed. So when Rose Nyland shows up to help, she's immediately stuck with Julie and the duo are assigned to gathering food from the patients – food that they later give to Laverne for the pediatrics ward. When the news arrives that the roof collapses in a burning building, Annie fears that her husband, a fireman, may have been killed. Sandy runs into a man with a broken leg, whom she dumped. Hank and Gina get trapped in an elevator and share a romantic moment.

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