This page lists the episodes aired in Season Five of the NBC-TV series Empty Nest. The the Season 5 premiere, titled "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?", first aired on September 19, 1992, with the season's finale episode, "Surprise! Surprise!" airing on May 20, 1993, with a total of 26 episodes aired.
Season 5 (1992-1993)Edit
|Ep||No.||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Original air date|
|95||1||"Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"||Dinah Manoff||Steven Sullivan & Ursula Ziegler||September 19, 1992|
|When Charley reveals that he's received a death threat from a female passenger he dumped, Barbara agrees to check up on him after work, and they discover mutual interests, including the Three Stooges. Next morning Charley confesses to Harry that he's smitten. Meanwhile, Harry tries to coax a rich young patient out of his fear of dogs by letting him bond with Dreyfuss - and the kid assumes he can just buy Dreyfuss.|
|96||2||"Take My Garage, Please"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris, Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman||September 26, 1992|
| Carol and sprinkler repairman Patrick set up house in Harry's garage.
Special note: Paul Provenza joins the regular cast as Patrick.
|97||3||"R.N. on the Rebound"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Pat Dougherty||October 3, 1992|
|Freshly divorced Laverne is spending all her time at the Westons' and refusing to date, so Harry has Barbara fix her up on a blind date with coroner's assistant Gibby, whom Laverne immediately declares is the love of her life. Meanwhile, Patrick unveils his new sculpture "Nostalgia" which does nothing for Carol; but Charley likes it and becomes Patrick's art-gallery-hopping new buddy.|
|98||4||"...Or Forever Hold Your Peace"||Doug Smart||Susan Harris & Roger Garrett||October 10, 1992|
|Harry risks a friendship when he objects to Arthur's sudden wedding plans with a younger woman he has only known a week; Barbara arrests Carol after a civil disturbance at an environmental protest against a plastic manufacturer.|
|99||5||"The Boomerang Affair"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & David Richardson||October 17, 1992|
|Inexplicably dumped by businesswoman Sonya, Harry tries to win her back with romantic gestures - so she proposes to him; Laverne tries to conceal an ulcer.|
|100||6||"Cruel and Unusual Punishment"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Wendy Braff||October 24, 1992|
|Hoping to impress a potential boyfriend, Carol tries to prove her community-mindedness by hiring a recently paroled con - and is taken shameless advantage of by him.|
|101||7||"It's Not Easy Being Green"||James Widdoes||Steven Sullivan & Ursula ziegler||October 31, 1992|
| Harry agrees to help Laverne hand out candy at her apartment on Halloween night.
Special Guest Stars: Garvey Vernon as Virgil, Shannon Cochran as Stacy, Jeremiah Birkett as Ruffian #1, Tim Griffin as Ruffian #2, Doren Fein as Brittany, Brady Bluhm as Little Boy, Zachary Benjamin as Little Kid, Nathan Witt as Caveboy, Stacy Chess as Little Girl, Elise Ogden as Judge, Richard Tanner as Man
|102||8||"Dirty Harry"||Renny Temple||Susan Harris & Pat Dougherty||November 7, 1992|
|Carol persuades Harry to appear with her on Geraldo in a program about father-daughter conflict; a young patient is desperate to increase his height in order to accompany his friends on an amusement park roller coaster.|
|103||9||"Timing Is Everything"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & S& Sheryl Holliday||November 14, 1992|
|Harry is ready to rekindle a romance with an ex.|
|104||10||"Thanksgiving at the Westons"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Arnie Kogan||November 21, 1992|
|Laverne is reluctant to accept Harry's invitation to Thanksgiving dinner - and flashbacks to the previous such dinner show why.|
|105||11||"The Body Beautiful"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Tim Kelleher||December 5, 1992|
|Running a routine medical, Harry uncovers steroid abuse by a football player whose father was a pro; Barbara takes Patrick's use of a nude model as an indication that she is too fat to interest him any more; Laverne is put in charge of fire drills.|
|106||12||"Overboard"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Paul B. Price||December 12, 1992|
|A storm strands cruise passenger Charley adrift in a raft and he returns a different man. Carol and Patrick have a chance to work together, but she becomes jealous when he gets the job and she doesn't.|
|107||13||"Emily"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris||January 2, 1993|
|When Emily returns from college, Carol decides to take her little sister under her wing, so to speak, and sets her up on a blind date with Patrick's friend. Meanwhile, Emily's rich boyfriend, whom she doesn't want to see anymore, doesn't want their relationship to be over.|
|108||14||"The Sting"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Peter Gallay||January 9, 1993|
|The FBI wants Emily to help them bag her bookie boyfriend, who is suspected of being in on a major jewel heist; Charley will lose his job if he doesn't pass a CPR course - administered by Laverne.|
|109||15||"The Fracas in Vegas"||Steve Zuckerman||Susah Harris & David Richardson||January 23, 1993|
|Worn out from filling in for another doctor on weekends, Harry is overjoyed when Charley offers to take him to Las Vegas on tickets he won to attend the boxing event "Fracas in Vegas," but the trip turns out to be anything but relaxing: the direct flight takes twelve hours, they are stuck in a dumpy motel, and Charley picks up two women who give them mickeys and steal their money, and when they finally make it to the fight it lasts all of five seconds before a knockout. Meanwhile, Emily accuses Carol of getting old and intolerant when she refuses to let Emily's college friends crash on their living room floor.|
|110||16||"Pardon My Flashback"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Pat Dougherty||January 30, 1993|
|While gathered around the TV for the Super Bowl, the gang reflects on some of the times they have shared.|
|111||17||"Dog Day Afternoon"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Roger Garrett||February 6, 1993|
|A small investment in a mall makes Laverne especially bossy.|
|112||18||"More to Love"||Steve Zuckerman||Harold Kimmel, Steven Sullivan, Ursula Ziegler and Ross Abrash||February 13, 1993|
|Emily is dating Carol's old school friend Danny, who compulsively jokes about his weight problem; Laverne is spending all her spare time on the phone gossiping with other nurses, but is aghast when another nurse accidentally hears her and Harry together in the supply closet and alerts the grapevine.|
|113||19||"My Dad, My Doctor"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Wendy Braff||February 20, 1993|
| Emily tears a ligament in her knee and requires surgery, but wants to trust a friend's doctor who recommends an exercise regime rather than the surgeon Harry recommends. Patrick goes camping to get in touch with his muse, but Charley stows away in the trunk and they wind up in a biker bar.
Special Guest Stars: Robert Curtis-Brown as Dr. Dave Floey, Anita Barone as Cara, Michael Heintzman as Mr. McKeever, Taylor Fry as Little Girl, Don Gibb as Biker #1, James Cardriche as Biker #2, Bill Reid as Biker #3, Jack Haley as Himself
|114||20||"Love and Marriage"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Pat Dougherty||February 27, 1993|
| Carol is upset when her cousin Little Carol visits to announce she has dropped out of college to marry a boy named Acid; scofflaw Charley is sentenced to community work at the hospital, and winds up delivering a baby.
Special Guest Stars: David Rasche as Jack Trenton, Raye Birk as Judge Talmadge, Holly Fields as Little Carol, Candy Milo as Mrs. Ortiz, Teresa Ganzel as Sharon , Winston Rocha as Jorge, Jon Patrick Walker as "Acid"
|115||21||"The All-Americcan Boy - Not!"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Peter Gallay||March 20, 1993|
| Volunteering at a free clinic, Harry meets a shoplifting street kid and takes him home. Then the boy disappears, together with all Harry's furniture; and Harry search desperately because his tests indicate the boy is an untreated diabetic in considerable medical danger.
Special Guest Stars: Adam LaVorgna sd Rudy, David Correia as Arturo, Richard Gant as Sgt. Fletcher, Eric Christmas as [[Mr. Garrison, Liz Torres as Madame LePard, Adam Blumenfeld as Storekeeper, Michael French]] as Man
|116||22||"Two For The Road"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & David Richardson||April 10, 1993|
| Patrick and Emily are driving back from New York together, and Harry, home with the flu, must bear the brunt of Carol's mounting certainty that something will happen between them on the road. In fact, they are stopped by a cop who is attracted to Emily - and a patrolman much more interested in Patrick.
Special Guest Stars: Casey Sander as Patrolman, Vincent Ventresca as Cop
|117||23||"Aunt Verne Knows Best"||Steve Zuckerman||Steven Sullivan & Ursula Ziegler||May 1, 1993|
|Laverne's nephew Wade, arriving to attend college on a wrestling scholarship, is driven crazy by his overbearing aunt and seeks Harry's advice. Meanwhile, Carol is convinced that her relationship with Patrick won't make it past her usual six-month expiry date with men.|
|118||24||"My Mother, My Self"||Steve Zuckerman||Steven Sullivan & Ursula Ziegler||May 8, 1993|
|Charley's recently divorced mother eyes Harry.|
|119||25||"Charley to the Rescue"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Ron LaZebnik||May 15, 1993|
|Emily gets a job as cocktail waitress aboard Charley's cruise ship, and is harassed by the obnoxious comedian entertainer; Laverne sets Harry up on a date with her best friend.|
|120||26||"Surprise! Surprise!"||Steve Zuckerman||Susan Harris & Arnie Kogen||May 20, 1993|
| It's Harry's birthday, and he overhears Charley planning a surprise party. Flashbacks detail his long relationships with Laverne, Carol and Barbara, and the women he has dated. Then he discovers Charley's party is for someone else.
Note: The various guests seen in flashbacks are not credited.