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Grapevine (1992)

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In June 1992 CBS introduced a very controversial TV series called Grapevine. It was planned as short summer series not intended for the fall schedule. Only six episodes were broadcast. The show was about relationships but was doomed because it was too racy. Modern romances are very complicated and this show was just too sexy for broadcast TV. Though very popular with fans and the critics, it was quicky canceled. Similar shows on cable, like Sex and the City, have done very well. It was filmed in Miami and many of the actors were from the local acting community.

On February 28th, 2000 CBS rebooted the show, as a mid-season replacement. But again it was canceled after only six episodes. I wasn't surprised since I didn't like the new version. It was too soapy, poorly cast, and too watered down. It didn't have any of the charm or humor of the original. Read the 2000 build-up here and revisit the 2000 episodes here.

NOTE - I have been asked several times for copies of the shows. I do not have the capability of coping them and even if I did, I would not do it because that would be illegal. I know other people do that kind of thing but I'm sorry, I have a good life and am not going to put it as risk for a total stranger. Try writing CBS - Maybe if there's enough interest they will make a DVD. I have seen other, long extinct, shows come to TUBI. I for one would like better versions myself.

Summary (1992 Version)

Three friends - Susan, David, and Thumper gossip about a couple they all know going through some kind of relationship crisis. Each week a new couple is introduced along with several supporting characters. The problems are always sexually related either directly of indirectly. As the couple works through the issues, the others talk to the camera to give their point of view or advice. Some of the topics include virginity, infidelity, impotence, commitment, voyeurism, pillow talk and sex toys.

Lynn Clark as Susan Lynn Clark as Susan

Susan Crawford is David's girl friend, an executive with a cruise line. This gives her a way to meet lots of people and provides endless story lines.

Lynn Clark continued to act for a few more years.

Jonathan Penner as David Jonathan Penner as David David Klein is a restaurant owner and dating Susan. His restaurant is also a great source for new characters.

Jonathan Penner became a TV producer and appeared on three episodes of Survivor.

Steven Eckhold as Thumper Steven Eckhold as Thumper Thumper Klein, David's brother, is a TV sports commentator. He is a real womanizer and his character provides easy access to celebrity sleaze. He's a great source for kiss and tell stories. He's a total P.I.G. which is totally hilarious.

Trivia - The nickname Thumper originated because he has a really hard Tennis serve. It changed after he scored while visiting David in College.

Steven Eckholdt went on to Melrose Place, It's Like You Know., Grapevine 2000, and many other projects.

One frustrating thing about the show was that they didn't run credits immediately. David would close the show with “That's All I Heard” and they would cut to commercials. Several minutes later they would return for the credits but by then, either my tape had stopped or I'd turned it off. So I can only add the actors names as I recognize them on other shows. Any info visitors could add would be appreciated.

Episode Summaries

Pilot Aired 15 Jun 1992

Episode 1-1 The Janice and Brian Story

Janice is an HR executive at the cruise line with Susan and, believe it or not, is still a virgin. All her life she was very fat and men ignored her. Now, that she's lost the weight, and looks hot, she's ready to bed the right man. Brian is a hunky auto mechanic that fixes her dead car battery. They begin to date until they run into Henry, Janice's old boss. Henry wants her bad, now that he's divorced. Since Janice had always had a crush on Henry, she quickly dumps Brian. Henry quickly pops Janice's cherry and shortly afterward, afraid of losing her to a younger man, asks her to marry him. They fly off to Las Vegas for a quickie wedding. But, Liz, Henry's ex-wife, sends a prostitute to Henry's room while Janice it out getting a message. The wedding is called off when Janice catches Henry in the act. Janice returns to Brian for a happy ending. The funny interjections are made by the Nutritionist that helped Janice lose the weight. Brian's Mom has a few lines but his Dad only repeats, “I wouldn't say that.”


Liz Vassey as Janice, Grapevine 1992 Janice is an HR worker at the same cruise line as Susan and they go to the gym together. BTW, she's still a virgin.

Liz Vassey went on to fame as Captain Liberty (Maid America) on the Tick and many other TV appearances.
Dean Cain as Brian, Grapevine 1992 Dean Cain as Brian, Grapevine 1992 Brian just got out of the Army and is working in his dad's garage.

Dean Cain went on to play superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and host Ripley's Believe it or Not.
Stan Ivar as Henry, Grapevine 1992 Stan Ivar as Henry, Grapevine 1992 Henry is Janice's old boss, a hotel magnate.

Stan Ivar went on to play dozens of characters on TV and in the movies including Little House on the Prairie, Star Trek: Voyager and Who's the Boss.
Victoria Bass as Liz, Grapevine 1992 Victoria Bass as Liz, Grapevine 1992 Liz is Henry's ex-wife and a total bitch.

Victoria Bass continued to act for many years.
Brian's dad, Grapevine 1992 Brian's Mom - She really likes Janice.

Liz Peterson - I'm not sure which one this is on IMDB.
Brian's Father, Grapevine 1992 Brian's Father - Repeats One line, “I wouldn't say that”, four times.

Dan Fitzgerald - Went to many other roles.
Ilse Earl -Janices's Nutritionist, Grapevine 1992 Ilse Earl - Janices's Nutritionist, Grapevine 1992 Janice's Nutritionist - Enumerates Janice's mental issues.

Ilse Earl went on several other acting roles.
The madame, Grapevine 1992 The Madame - Sends the obese prostitute requested to Henry's room. We knew Liz was an awful woman

Episode 1-2 Aired June 22, 1992

The Katie and Adam Story

Katie, a TV journalist, marries Adam, an accountant. Their relationship is good but not very exciting and Katie is troubled because Adam doesn't express his feelings. Katie's career takes off after she does a story about a lottery winner. When Greg enters the picture, as Katie's new boss, sparks fly. At first they fight but he provides Katie the adventure she needs. Soon she and Greg start having an affair. Eventually they decide to divorce their spouses and get together. But after Katie breaks up with Adam, Greg chickens out and won't leave Marsha. This episode ends sadly with Katie and Adam separating and Adam moving to away.


Mariska Hargitay as Katie, Grapevine 1992 Mariska Hargitay as Katie, Grapevine 1992 Katie is bored in her marriage and disappointed that Adam doesn't say he loves her enough.

Mariska Hargitay went on to huge success on Can't Hurry Love, ER, and Law and Order:SVU
Michael Knight as Adam, Grapevine 1992 Adam is Katie's husband, an banker who loses his job. His marriage deteriorates because he isn't exciting, doesn't tell Katie he loves her enough and isn't aggressive about anything.

Michael Knight continues to act.
John Terlesky as Greg, Grapevine 1992 John Terlesky as Greg, Grapevine 1992 Greg is a jerk of a manager who claims that he makes a bad first impression. In reality he's a misogynist, who should have been fired for sexual harassment.

John Terlesky continued to act but was more successful writing and directing.
Karen Leigh Hopkins plays Marsha, Grapevine 1992 Marsha is Greg's dutiful wife, who either never suspects or never admits she knows he's cheating.

Karen Leigh Hopkins continued to act, write, direct and produce.
Avery Sommers as Dorothy, Grapevine 1992 Dorothy - Is a lottery winner and the subject of one of Katie's most popular news stories.

Avery Sommers went on to numerous acting roles.
Clarence Thomas as Leonard, Grapevine 1992 Leonard - Dorothy's husband. He walks out because she won't let him control the money, but they reconcile.

Clarence Thomas continued to act until his death in 2009. There's a very nice obituary in the Sun-Sentinel.
Jim McDonald as Paratrooper, Grapevine 1992 Jim McDonald as Paratrooper, Grapevine 1992 Paratrooper, - The subject of one of Katie's stories. He takes her skydiving. He's seen wearing a desert camouflage uniform, in respect to the Persian Gulf War, which was in progress during filming.

Quote - ”I once jumped with this guy whose chute didn't open at fifteen thousand feet. I'll tell you; That's an awful long time to be thinking 'Hello parking lot'.”

Jim McDonald had few other film appearances. I guess acting was a side gig.
Florist, Grapevine 1992 Florist - Adam asks her what flowers to buy for an apology? She answers yellow roses; so he buys every rose in the shop and filled the house.

Florence McGee - IMDB shows acting was just a hobby.
Robert Zeihn as Fabian, Grapevine 1992 Fabian about to kiss Katie, Grapevine 1992 Fabian - Is Katie's new boyfriend after her marriage and affair fall apart. He has an exotic accent.

Robert Zeihm - IMDB says this was his ONLY acting credit. According to his profile he was a recent German immigrant and became a model in the 80's, a club owner in the 90's and now runs one of Miami's Premier Boutique Brokerage (properties).
Sandy Mielke as Adam's boss, Grapevine 1992 Adam's Boss - Fires Adam on a putt-putt golf course, where the clown eats your ball.

Sandy Mielke retired from acting shortly after this appearance.

Episode 1- 3 Aired June 29, 1992

The Fran and Joey Story

Joey moves to Miami to be with his sick grandmother. He meets Fran in the hospital who is caring for her sick grandfather. Joey can't stay in his grandmother's house because he's allergic to her cat, so he moves in with Fran. Fran waitresses in David's restaurant while finishing her Master's degree in marine biology. While Fran immediately falls for Joey, he doesn't feel the same and thinks of her as his little sister. Meanwhile, Joey is infatuated with Olivia, the rich, exotic and famous woman of his dreams. Olivia is married to a famous Latin singer, Raphael and there have a child. While Joey is in bed with Olivia she doesn't let him, “Do it.” Instead she turns to the night table and says she prefers something else. Then says to the camera “I don't like to have to depend on a man.” Meanwhile Fran is sleeping with her professor but can't stop calling him “Professor Kimball” in bed. Olivia's gay friend, Victor, has some of the best lines.

This is my favourite episode and I really loved Paula Marshall!


Paula Marshall as Fran, Grapevine 1992 Paula Marshall as Fran, Grapevine 1992 Fran is a grad student having an affair with her professor and working in David's restaurant. She falls in love with Joey but he in infatuated with Olivia.

Paula Marshall went on to many other series: Wild Oats, Chicago Sons, Seinfeld, Spin City, Snoops, Cupid, Hidden Hills, Out of Practice, and Veronica Mars.

Kenny Johnston as Joey, Grapevine 1992 Kenny Johnston as Joey, Grapevine 1992 Joey - Is an out of work piano player torn between two women.

Quote - (After confessing to David and Thumper that he's sleeping with Olivia but not having intercourse.) “It's sorta like being the star and the audience at the same time.”

Kenny Johnston continues to act but never got his big break.
Joey's Grandmother, Grapevine 1992 Joey's Grandmother - Is in the hospital and needs Joey to feed her cat.

Can anyone identify the actress?
Fran's Grandfather, Grapevine 1992 Fran's Grandfather - Is in the hospital recovering after a stroke.

Can anyone identify the actor?
Sister Inez, Grapevine 1992 Sister Inez - Says Olivia was 16 when she fornicated with the man she wanted to marry. (Rafael)

Can anyone identify the actress?
Ely Pouget as Olivia, Grapevine 1992 Ely Pouget as Olivia, Grapevine 1992 Olivia - Is a former model married to Rafael. She owns a disco and has a son named Edwardo. She's bored with her life and seduces Joey to keep her entertained while Rafael is out of town.

Quote - (After being in bed with Joey) “I don't like to depend on a man in bed, it's too often disappointing.”
Ely Pouget - Continues to act on numerous TV series including Walker, Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote, and many others.
Kirsten Lara Getchell as Becky, Grapevine 1992 Becky dated Thumper in college and was on the tennis team. He spied on her because he thought she was cheating on him, which she was.

Kirsten Lara Getchell - Continued to act but found more success as a photographer.
Who is this actor -  Grapevine 1992 Who is this actor -  Grapevine 1992 Professor Kimball - An oceanography professor having an affair with Fran, his grad student. He's frustrated that she keeps calling him professor in bed.

Can anyone identify the actor?
Who is this actor -  Grapevine 1992 Who is this actor -  Grapevine 1992 Rafael is Olivia's husband, and famous latin singer. Susan regulalry books him for her cruise line.

Can anyone identify the actor?
Who is this actress -  Grapevine 1992 Rafael is having an affair with his Backup Singer who says “Ooh Ooh Baby” a lot.

Can anyone identify the actress?
Who is this actor -  Grapevine 1992 Victor is Olivia's gay photographer friend. He has some amazing lines.

Quote - (After Olivia says she doesn't like to lie) “And I'm as straight as a chopstick.”

Can anyone identify the actor?

Special thanks to Dave in Miami - The only person in the world to have this episode recorded.

Episode 1- 4 Aired July 6, 1992

The Lisa and Billy Story

Lisa and Billy are engaged to be married. But a women from Billy's past, Karen shows up and has an affair with him.


Courtney Thorne-Smith as Lisa, Grapevine 1992 Courtney Thorne Smith as Lisa - Grapevine 1992 Lisa owns a T-shirt shop called The Big Tease and is in love with lawyer and rodeo calf roper Billy

Courtney Thorne-Smith went blond and achieved stardom on Melrose Place, Ally McBeal, According to Jim and Two and a Half Men.
Patrick Warburton as Billy, Grapevine 1992

Billy: A cowboy lawyer who is madly in love with Lisa but is about to make a big mistake with Karen.

Patrick Warburton went on to regular roles on Designing Women, Dave's World, Seinfield and The Tick. He's currently on Rules of Engagement.

Yancy Butler as Karen, Grapevine 1992 Yancy Butler as Karen, Grapevine 1992

Karen - An artist who only paints bulls because her brother died while running with the bulls in Pamplona. She's also in love with Billy and will do anything to get him.

Rumor has it that she had an affair with her brother.
When Billy asks her, she replies “ If I say yes, you'll be disappointed; If I say no, you'll be really disappointed ”

Yancy Butler, went on to several TV series including Mann and Machine, South Beach and Witchblade. She's been in many flops but still managed a successful movie and television career.

Marc Macaulay as Randall, Grapevine 1992

Randall shot his wife, Loreen, in a jealous rage and is now on trial. He's being defended by Billy.

Marc Macaulay continued to play dozens of characters on television.

Jeff Moore as Ted, Grapevine 1992

Ted is Lisa's ex-boyfriend who is immature, selfish, insensitive and proud of it.

Jeff Moore played Ted but I don't know which Jeff Moore.

C.C. Costigan as Loreen, Grapevine 1992 C.C. Costigan as Loreen, Grapevine 1992 Loreen and her lover were caught in the act by Randall and she was shot.

Randall says he paid for her operation; “Her breasts were as good as new.”

She counters; “Better than new,” with a big grin.

C.C. Costigan (as Kate Colburn) - Continued to act for many years.
Ruben Rabasa as Emilio, Grapevine 1992

Emilio manages a hotel in Pamplona, Spain where Karen's brother Dan dies when he slips in the bath. He tells Karen that Dan died running with the bulls because, “She is too much in love.”

Ruben Rabasa played Emilio and has dozens of roles as a character actor.

E. Katherine Kerr as Lisa's Mom, Grapevine 1992

Lisa's Mother gives Lisa very unusual advise when she learned about Billy's indiscretion. She tells Lisa to get even.

Quote - (After convincing Lisa to marry Billy) I told her to go in with her eyes open. I never told her the catering deposit was non-refundable. She might have misjudged my motives.

E. Katherine Kerr continued a very successful acting career in both movies and television: Most recently as a judge on Law & Order.

Dennis Burns as Claw, Grapevine 1992

Claw - A basketball buddy of David's that Billy fouls on purpose.

Dennis Burns played claw.

Steve Lankau as the Diver, Grapevine 1992

Diver - A professional diver hired to find their lost diamond ring, Twice

Quote - (After Lisa accidental drops the wedding ring in the lake) “That's the first time I ever went diving for a diamond ring.”
Quote - (After Lisa throws her wedding ring in the lake) “That's the second time I ever went diving for a diamond ring.”

Steve Lankau - This is his ONLY acting credit. I think he's was goofing around while working on his legal license.

Maria Canals-Barrera as the stripper, Grapevine 1992

Stripper - She's upset Billy fell asleep while she was giving him a lap dance.

Maria Canals-Barrera - Went on to numerous acting jobs and voice over work.

Episode 1 - 5 Aired Jul 20, 1992

The Allison and Ken Story

Allison gets caught cheating with their dentist. Her husband Ken kicks her out, only to be seduced by her younger sister, Laurie. Susan, David, and Thumper get caught in the middle and have to choose sides.

Good quotes

Lawyer - He said file the paper. Not destroy them, just file them. How come it's always the clients that can win that quit?


Brenda Strong as Allison, Grapevine 1992 Allison- An English literature professor having an affair with their dentist. She says it's because she “Just need something that wasn't suppose to happen in her life.”

Quote - (After loosing contact with everyone) It's like all of your friends were in a terrible plane crash.

Brenda Strong went on to numerous roles, but her best known were the ship captain in Starship Troopers and the dead narrator, Mary Alice, in the hit TV show Desperate Housewives.
Brett Cullen as Ken, Grapevine 1992 Ken catches his wife having an affair, kicks her out, then starts cheating with her sister Laurie.

Brett Cullen - Has had numerous roles on television and movies. I often see him as the evil quarterback Eddie Martel in the Replacements. He recently had a big role in Joker. He is one of the few actors that have written to me about this page.
Terry Farrell as Laurie, Grapevine 1992 Terry Farrell as Laurie, Grapevine 1992 Laurie - Allison's younger sister is a soccer coach who seduces Ken after his marriage with Allison falls apart.

Quote - (After Ken declines showering/sleeping with her) You're right it would have been very bad. But it would have been very good!

Terry Farrell went on to fame and fortune in Star Trek DS9 as Dax and then on Becker.

Episode 1- 6 Aired July 27, 1992

The Jessica and Tony Story

Jessica works for Tony in an advertising agency. Jessica has some personal baggage that causes stress in the relationship. They fight a lot: even their pets don't get along. Jessica may be cheating, they don't seem to have compatible goals, and his mother is interfering. Then it gets really interesting when his ex-girlfriend shows up and another man comes into the picture.

Galyn Görg as Jessica, Grapevine 1992 Jessica - Is an art director in the advertising agency with Tony and also his psychotic girlfriend. She doesn't take the relationship as seriously as he does, but threatens suicide if talks about leaving her.

Quote - “If I make too much noise, just kiss me.”

Galyn Görg appeared in episodes of Xena and Star Trek and dozens of other shows.
Michael Whaley as Tony, Grapevine 1992 Tony is an advertising director in love with Jessica.

Michael Whaley went on to guest star on L.A. Law, Frasier, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I'll Fly Away, CSI:Miami and other acting jobs..
Kathryn Klvana as Ann, Grapevine 1992 Ann is Jessica's friend and single mom attracted to Tony.

Kathryn Klvana continued to act but found more success with her own voice-over company.
Peter, Grapevine 1992 Peter is the new hire at the ad agency that everyone thinks is gay.

Charles Reece - Continued to act but not frequently.
Pet Shrink, Grapevine 1992 They hire a pet psychologist to try to reconcile Jessica's cat and Tony's dog.

Can anyone identify this actor?
Helen, Grapevine 1992 Helen, is Tony's ex-girlfriend who is a very good cook. She broke up with him because she thought he was always looking at other women.

Can anyone identify this actress?
Dr. clayton, Grapevine 1992 Doctor Clayton - Jessica's psychiatrist

Quote - “I told him to give her two weeks and to keep her away from sharp objects.”

Can anyone identify this actress?
Doctor Molina, Grapevine 1992 Doctor Molina - Tony's psychiatrist.

Quote - “GET OUT!”

Robert Gwaltney - Has very few film credits.
Tony's Mom, Grapevine 1992 Tony's mom - Doesn't like Jessica.

Quote - “If I had a piano, I would have dropped it on her.”

Who is this actress?

Episode 1- 7 Never Aired

Title - Unknown

No other information available

Guest Stars may have been Kristin Dattilo (Diane) and Amanda Pays (Paulina)

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