The Courtship of Joseph's Father

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (13)

  • Dale: Nancy, I have something to tell you. I am a husband and an exterminator, but above all, I'm a father. And it's my responsibility to provide the best for my child. That is why I've given away our only son, our precious boy, to be raised by rich people. Nancy: What are you talking about, Dale? I just saw Joseph at the Hills'. Dale: What?! He can't stay with them! They're worse than us!

  • Kahn: Hello, neighbor! I hear your delightful son is attending prestigious Spencer Academy. Dale: You heard correctly. Kahn: Maybe you could write a letter of recommendation for Kahn, Jr. You know how to write, don't you? (laughs) Of course you do, you big Spencer family! But just in case, I typed up a little something. Make your mark here.

  • Dale: Gentlemen. Bill: Wow, Dale, you could be on top of a wedding cake. What's the occasion? Dale: I'm going to a gala. That's what we "Spencer families" do. We gala. Hank: Look, it's bad enough you stuck Joseph somewhere he doesn't want to be and screwed up Tom Landry's winning season. Can we not hear about your stupid party? Dale: Gala.

  • Dale: Joseph can get his name on more than a bench! Like a stadium or a country! Think of it, Nancy! "Josephistan".

  • Joseph: I don't know what to do. I'm so nervous. I got stomach flies!

  • Bill: Are you sure you're doing what's best for Joseph? Dale: Are you suggesting he stay at Tom Landry? Because their offer was CRAP!

  • Dale: Quite an impressive place you've got here. Might I suggest for future tours a golf cart? Or a little train?

  • Dale: Gasp! You're Uncle Chuck, of Uncle Chuck's Breakfast Meats! Your picture's on my sausage patties! Charlie St. Clair: Oh, that's my dad- he founded the company, but I run it now. And someday I'll pass it to my son... unless he's still a vegetarian. Then I guess the girl gets it.

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Notes (1)

  • Tagline: "I can't remember what you look like!" -Joseph

Trivia (2)

  • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

  • At the "Gribble Gala" Joseph is wearing a football jersey at first, but then in the last shot he is shown wearing his regular clothes.

Allusions (3)

  • Dale: Come on, you've seen Annie! Dale is referring to Little Orphan Annie, the popular comic strip/movie/Broadway show about a lovable red headed orphan named Annie who gets chosen to live with Oliver Warbucks, a billionaire. Thanks to his resources, Daddy Warbucks clearly leads a better life than Annie is used to (she even wants to scrub the floors when she first arrives as she is accustomed to doing at the orphanage), but she gradually starts to adapt to his style.

  • Dale: I could have danced all night! "I Could Have Danced All Night" is a song from the 1956 musical "My Fair Lady".

  • The title is an allusion to the 1969 television show The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which was based on a 1963 movie of the same name.