Laverne & Shirley

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (32)

  • Shirley: What's that song Frank Sinatra sings? "What makes the little ant think he'll move the rubber tree plant? Anyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant. But he's got..." What's he got, Laverne? Laverne: A hernia.

  • Shirley: Laverne, the only parties we've ever been to are bring-your-own. Laverne: I like bringin' my own. That way, I know what I'm gettin'.

  • (Lenny and Squiggy ask Laverne and Shirley out on a date) Shirley: No, thank you. We're going to a formal society dinner. Lenny: (sarcastically) Whoa! Pardon me, ladies. Squiggy: Yeah. I woulda worn my tuxedo but my polo pony ate it.

  • Laverne: A Society gentleman would only go out with you for one reason: to have a good time, a few laughs, and a little vo-deo-doh-doh. Shirley: I don't vo-deo-doh-doh! Laverne: You vo-deo-doh-doh. Shirley: I don't vo-deo-doh-doh! Laverne: You vo-deo. Shirley: Once. I was going steady a whole year. I have a spotless reputation.

  • Shirley: I treat my body as a temple, Laverne. You have chosen to treat yours as an amusement park.

  • Laverne: If, in heaven, we don't meet hand-in-hand, we'll bear the heat, and if it ever gets too hot, Pepsi-Cola hits the spot.

  • Shirley: Of course you're never going to meet a high society gentleman. What's he gonna do? Walk up to you and say, "Hello, Laverne. Care to go to the opera, my dear?" And you'll go "bbbbbbbb." Laverne: Never saw you do that. You do that good.

  • Shirley: (about the girl who's supposed to come out of the cake) What happened to her? Fonzie: Broke her arm coming out of a pie.

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Notes (105)

  • In the first season, Shirley had a midwestern accent to make her seem more believable as a Milwaukee resident. However, what sounded more like a combination of a southern bell and Bronx accent was dropped after a short time. Garry Marshall asked her to drop the accent since her character was not from New York, and the accent did not sound very good.

  • Nearly all the scripts of Hey Landlord, a short-lived 1960s Garry Marshall-produced comedy about a man who inherits a brownstone apartment, were rewritten as scripts for Laverne & Shirley.

  • Laverne & Shirley is one of the few sitcoms in television history that opens with an outside shot at night (the girls skipping down the sidewalk).

  • Laverne and Shirley's apartment letter is "A" and would continue to be through all the episodes set in Milwaukee.

  • The set from The Odd Couple, another Garry Marshall production, was modified to become Laverne and Shirley's apartment.

  • Laverne and Shirley was shot on a stage next door to the stage where Happy Days was shot.

  • "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley is heard on the jukebox.

  • "I'm Walkin'" by Fats Domino is heard on the jukebox.

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Trivia (134)

  • During the first season, the opening titles call the series Laverne De Fazio & Shirley Feeney.

  • In this episode, Shirley says that she and Laverne live at 730 Hampton Street. In subsequent episodes, they say their address is 730 Kanap Street.

  • Laverne and Shirley work at the fictional Shotz Brewery.

  • Music on jukebox: "I'm Walkin'" by Fats Domino

  • This introductory episode sets the tone for the show: Laverne and Shirley attempting to "make their dreams come true" by getting a chance to step into high society. The characters would rarely get a chance to do something this special as they were more frequently just trying to get ahead while being put down by rich friends like Rosie Greenbaum.

  • This is the first episode of many to feature the hysterical running joke about Lenny and Squiggy: just as Laverne or Shirley is describing some repulsive guy or situation, Lenny and/or Squiggy barge in through the door.

  • Throughout the series, beginning in this episode, Lenny and Squiggy are Laverne and Shirley's male counterparts of sorts. Laverne and Lenny are the lighter-haired, taller ones while Shirley and Squiggy are the dark-haired, shorter ones. When it is time to pair up, Shirley and Squiggy often become pals and Laverne and Lenny stick together. Lenny helps comfort Laverne over the death of her mom, and he has a crush on her once (if not continuously). Squiggy thinks of Shirley as "The Female Squiggy."

  • While casual critics are often quick to point out that Laverne is all brains and brawn and that Shirley is a Snow White, virgin type, the girls are actually deeper than that through the run of the show. The first season makes less of a distinction between the girls' personalities with both of them being nearly as feisty. Shirley seems to be a little more street smart than she is willing to let on, and Laverne has a sensitivity and a bit of innocence about life that peeks through from time to time.

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Allusions (13)

  • The title for this episode was taken from a 1975 movie Dog Day Afternoon, also about an intended bank robbery.

  • Drive, He Said The episode title is a reference to the 1971 motion picture Drive, He Said in which Cindy Williams appeared.

  • Frank and Edna watch Lassie.

  • Before Full House's Stephanie Tanner's "How rude!" exclamation would become popular, Shirley uses the phrase in the same way in this episode. This may be due to the presence of director Joel Zwick who worked on both series.

  • Laverne & Shirley's parent series, Happy Days, had a very similar episode to this one. In "Great Expectations," Richie meets a beatnick girl at a local coffee house and, like Shirley in this episode, gets caught up in her lifestyle.

  • The episode's title was taken from the 1974 motion picture Murder on the Orient Express.

  • This episode's storyline is similar to the I Love Lucy episode "The Diner" in which the Ricardos and the Mertzes operate a diner together.

  • The earthquake scene with the beds sliding is similar to the I Love Lucy episode "First Stop" where Lucy and Ricky's bed slides across the floor from a moving train in Ohio.

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