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Rodney: Pilot

Rodney quits his job at the fiberglass plant to pursue his old comedy routine and receives less than positive support from Trina. With a job offer from Trina’s dad on the table, Rodney has to decide if he’ll swallow his pride or follow his dreams.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Tuesday September 21st, 2004

Guest Stars
Jon ReepJon Reep
As Gerald Bob
Mac DavisMac Davis
As Carl
Charles C. Stevenson, Jr.Charles C. Stevenson, Jr.
As Wal-Mart Greeter
Michael Patrick McGillMichael Patrick McGill
As Guy at Party
Main Cast
Rodney CarringtonRodney Carrington
As Rodney Hamilton
Jennifer AspenJennifer Aspen
As Trina Hamilton
Nick SearcyNick Searcy
As Barry
Oliver Davis (1)Oliver Davis (1)
As Jack Hamilton
Matthew JostenMatthew Josten
As Bo Hamilton
Amy PietzAmy Pietz
As Charlie


After Rodney quits his job, Trina isn’t happy with the situation. Once again, he’s trying to pursue a career in comedy. Things get even worse when he lets it spill that he was to be promoted to foreman. Carl offers Rodney a job as a used car salesman, but Rodney doesn’t want to be stuck in a job that he hates...

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Episode Notes
The pilot episode is "Dedicated to the Memory of Barry Martin, 'Famous Comedian,' a friend of Rodney Carrington who passed away in 2003.

The song "Dancing with a Man" was first featured on Rodney Carrington's 1998 album Hangin' with Rodney and later on his greatest hits compilation.

Rodney's standup act about Wal-Mart was first featured on his 1998 album Hangin' with Rodney as "Tips on Shopping, Entertainment & Life" and later on his greatest hits compilation as "Wal-Mart". An excerpt can be heard at his official site.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Rodney CarringtonDancing with a ManPrior to ending credits

Episode Quotes
Rodney: (golfing with Barry) I've been tellin' Trina for years I'd take her to Hawaii when she turned 30. Now I don't know what I'm gonna do.
Barry: Well, tell her you'll take her twice when she turns 60.

Trina: (as Rodney contemplates a job with Carl) It's a job Rodney. It pays money.
Rodney: A used car salesman Trina? Are you crazy? I'm gonna have a hard enough time gettin' into Heaven as it is.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerDavid Himelfarb  |  Ric Swartzlander
ProducerJason Fisher (1)  |  Mark Gross
Associate ProducerScott Schofield
Production DesignerMichael Hynes
EditorDavid Helfand
CastingGayle Pillsbury  |  Bonnie Zane
Unit Production ManagerJason Fisher (1)
First Assistant DirectorSean Mulcahy
Second Assistant DirectorCatherine Schlesinger
MusicSteve Dorff
Costume DesignerNicole Gorsuch
HairstylistMichelle Weiss
Make-upSergio Lopez-Rivera
Set DecoratorLisa De Los Reyes
Property MasterJode S. Mann
Production Sound MixerRichard Masci
Script SupervisorLinda Hiromi Ota
Production CoordinatorSheryl Hayward
Director of PhotographyJames W. Roberson
Costume SupervisorLaura Guzik
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