Before and After

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (14)

  • Rose: (about the doctor) Is he gone? Dorothy: Yeah. What's wrong? Do you need him to come back? Rose: Oh, no, no, I just wanted to make sure he was gone. I have to tell you what happened. I died. I died and went to Heaven! Dorothy: (looks at Blanche, is at a loss for words) Rose, honey, you did not die. You passed out. You hallucinated. Remember that one New Years Eve where you had the three margaritas? You thought you were an animated broomstick in Fantasia!

  • Blanche: Rose, we're only thinking of you. Rose: Well, I'm only thinking of me too. And if you guys don't like the way I'm living my life, then maybe we have a problem. Dorothy: No, Rose. YOU have a problem. Rose: Oh, is that so? Well, then, I guess there's only one solution. I guess I'll have to move out!

  • Dorothy: Do you believe Rose? She doesn't stop for a minute! Blanche: I don't agree with it, but I do understand it. My granddaddy was the same way. He always said that idle hands are the devil's workshop. Of course, he also said that sitting on cold concrete can cause hemorrhoids.

  • Rose: Anything interesting happen when I was gone? Blanche: Does this mean you're back? Rose: If you'll have me.

  • Dorothy: So what do you want to do tonight? Blanche: Well, I guess we can be productive and clean our closets. Dorothy: We could go to a movie. Rose: We can do what we normally do: Talk dirty and pig out. Dorothy: I'll get the bowls and the spoons.

  • Rose: In my dream, I saw a sign that read "Destination: Heaven." My first thought was, "Gee, what a great title for a movie!" My second thought was "Damn! I'm dead!"

  • Sophia: When you reach my age, you get pretty good at spotting the 10 warning signs of death! Blanche: What are they? Sophia: Number one: Your children start visiting during the week. Number two: Your doctor won't let you post-date a check. Number three: You can't eat cream of wheat because it's too spicy. Number four... Dorothy: Will you stop! Will you stop! This could be serious! Sophia: Of course it could. That's why I'm trying not to think about it. I'll be honest, if anything ever happened to Rose it would be like losing one of my own children.

  • Rose: It's true! I died and went to heaven! Well...not exactly heaven...somewhere on the outskirts. Blanche: ...You died and went to a suburb of heaven?

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Notes (3)

  • This episode was postponed on October 25, 1986.

  • The background shot during the closing credits features Rose (in her hospital bed), while Dorothy and Blanche look at her lovingly.

  • This is the first of two times in the series where Rose collapses and is rushed to the hospital. The second time was in the seventh season episodes Home Again, Rose part one and part two.

Trivia (2)

  • While Dorothy and Blanche are in the waiting room, the doctor comes out and asks them if they were the ones that came in with Rose. When Dorothy and Blanche stand up to talk to the doctor, you can see that Dorothy isn't wearing any shoes.

  • In this episode, Rose quite conveniently packs up her life and moves into a new apartment. What about all her things? Apparently she left a bunch of stuff back at the house, because in the seventh season premiere Rose has hoards of stuff that she has to put in storage.