Party of Five (1994–2000)
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Something Out of Nothing 

Bailey hopes to cure his heart, broken by Kate, when mother Salinger's mature, sophisticated friend Greer Erikson pays a surprise visit and seems to desire him. She also sets up a modeling ... See full summary »


Steven Robman


Christopher Keyser (created by), Amy Lippman (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Wolf ... Bailey Salinger
Matthew Fox ... Charlie Salinger
Neve Campbell ... Julia Salinger
Lacey Chabert ... Claudia Salinger
Paula Devicq ... Kirsten Bennett (credit only)
Scott Grimes ... Will McCorkle
Gates McFadden ... Greer Erikson
Darrell Larson ... Ed Brighton
Cari Shayne ... Nina DiMayo
Mitchell Anderson ... Ross Werkman
Sarah Lassez ... Cynda
Carol-Ann Merrill ... Heather (as Carol-Ann Plante)
Jessica Hecht ... Amanda
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Jeannie
Brandon Porter Brandon Porter ... Owen Salinger


Bailey hopes to cure his heart, broken by Kate, when mother Salinger's mature, sophisticated friend Greer Erikson pays a surprise visit and seems to desire him. She also sets up a modeling career launch photo-shoot with 'friendly photographer' Ed Brighton, but Charlie finds that's one of her many untruthful stunts, which makes Bailey doubt too, especially when she moves out. Charlie finally finds a new babysitter for Owen he can't fall in love with and manages to make Claudia realize Ross coming out as gay should not affect their fine tutoring and friendship. Written by KGF Vissers

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gay | kiss | homosexual | gift | competition | See All (6) »


Drama | Family


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Release Date:

7 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bailey comments to Greer about finding love in space and Gates McFadden, who played Greer, played Doctor Crusher in "Star Trek: The Next Generation. See more »


[first lines]
Nina DiMayo: Did you check out the theme for the dance? "Starry, Starry Night". Lame or what?
Julia Salinger: Definitely the lamest.
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Closer to Five
Composed by Sammy Llanas (as Sam Llanas) and Kurt Neumann
Performed by the BoDeans
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This episode shows the worst aspects of POF...
31 July 2009 | by rixrexSee all my reviews

Sorry to the fanboys and girls of the series, but as in all TV series, there's both good and bad, and this episode is indicative of the problems with this series. (Don't be too forlorn, fans, for I exalt the good qualities of POF in a review of the very next episode) The problems that are consistent in what is often a very well-done weekly series are when the episodes get bogged down in superficialities and preaching. this episode does more of that than others I've seen. The main concern here of nearly everyone of the Salinger kids is their appearance and presentation to peers and the opposite sex, and what is an extraordinary amount of low self-esteem. Before you advise me that this is certainly realistic of youth, let's remember that we're not watching merely a presentation of mundane issues of youth, but a series that's supposed to have more depth.

The second matter that is consistent with this series is the general preachiness of the Hollywood view of political dogma and morality. This is to be expected in such series as this, but this particular episode is pretty strident and rather unrealistic in presenting the reaction of the young sister towards her gay violin teacher when she learns of it. Unfortunately, the issue needed a antagonist's viewpoint to fully round out the statement, and the writers decided to make the young sister the unwitting antagonist, which I found reprehensible and out of character for her as well.

A low point in a fine series. For a high point, take a look at the very next episode, certainly one of the best.

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