The Golden Girls

Blanche and the Younger Man

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/16/85
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  • Episode Description
  • Rose's dynamic mother comes to Miami for a visit and it becomes apparent to everyone that Rose needs to lay off and stop smothering her energetic mother who just wants to live life. Meanwhile, Blanche is shocked when her aerobics instructor asks her out on a date, but she is concerned because he is half her age and she does all she can to make herself look younger.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Stan Zimmerman

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • At some point we all turn around and start treating our parents like children.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Sophia: She stuck around to play hi li. Dorothy: Why didn't you stay? Sophia: I'm too short to play hi li.

    • Blanche: He was looking for a mother not a lover. Rose: I think it's sweet. Blanche: You would Betty Crocker.

    • [Blanche is exercising in a crouched position as Dorothy watches] Dorothy: The only time I get in that position is when I give birth.

    • Rose: I want you all to meet my mother, Mrs. Lindstrom. THIS IS BLANCHE AND THIS IS DOROTHY AND SOPHIA! Dorothy: VERY NICE TO MEET YOU. TELL ME HOW WAS YOUR TRIP? Alma Lindstrom: IT WAS JUST FINE! (to Rose) Alma Lindstrom: Which one of them is hard of hearing?

    • Dorothy: (while Blanche is exercising vigorously) Are you all right? Blanche: No, but it's worth it. No pain, no gain. I've gotta look good for Dirk. A man his age is used to a woman with a trim body and good tone. Dorothy: Then buy him a Princess phone.

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    Notes (1)

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Rose as her mother (Alma) cradles her.

    Trivia (4)

    • In this episode Sophia said that she used to be a blonde. However in "Whose Face is this anyway", Sophia said that she used to have red hair.

    • Alma and Rose play mother and daughter in this episode, but in reality, Jeanette Nolan (Alma) is only ten years older than Betty White (Rose)!

    • It is revealed in this episode, though not exact, that Blanche is over 50.

    • In this episode there is no mention of Rose being adopted. The way her and Alma interact, there is no dialogue to indicate that Alma is not her biological mother.

    Allusions (2)

    • Dorothy: Blanche thinks she's Peter Pan and Rose is turning into Mommie Dearest. Sophia: That's nothing. You think you're Josephine: The Plumber This quote is in reference to Peter Pan, who was a boy who refused to grow up, Mommie Dearest was a book and movie about a daughter's relationship with her cruel mother, Joan Crawford and Josephine: The Plumber who was the mascot and spokesperson for Comet Cleanser portrayed by Jane Withers.

    • Blanche: Read any good books lately? Dirk: Pumping Iron. I saw the movie, too, but I don't think it did the book justice. This quote is in reference to Pumping Iron which is a film and book that focuses on the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition in 1975 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu.

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