The Golden Girls

Bringing Up Baby

Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 10/3/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Rose is shocked to learn that in her late-uncle's will he left her his "Baby". However she is quickly delighted to learn the "baby" is a pig but delighted is not a word to describe Dorothy, Blanche and Sophia, at least not until they learn that when Baby dies Rose gets a large sum of money.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Barry Fanaro

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Rose inherit her uncle farm pig

    By yuki_megami, Feb 17, 2007

  • The girls take in a pig just for $100,000.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 09, 2006

  • Rose gets a letter from home, explaining that they will leave her a baby. Assuming it's a real baby, the girls decide to take him, only to find out he's a pig. They would decline, but they think again when they learn the pig equals a large sum of money.

    By amcfan84, Jan 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Dorothy: (to the vet) How is Baby, Doc? Sophia: I read in Newsweek they ran him out of Haiti.

    • Dorothy: (talking to Rose) We've been over this a hundred times. You cannot get pregnant using the toilet at the mall.

    • Sophia: Dorothy, thank God, I broke my glasses at the mall, I can't see a thing. It took me six hours to get home. Dorothy: Why didn't you call? Sophia: I did, but everytime I put in a dime and started to dial, a condom popped out. Here, I've got five in my pocket, at your age that's enough for a lifetime.

    • Dorothy: I got your new glasses. Sophia: Thank God...oh wait, these aren't the right ones. Dorothy: Are they the wrong prescription? Sophia: No the wrong color. I specifically asked for old lady smoky gray, these are black, I look like Buddy Holly.

    • Blanche: I will not let you do this. Dorothy: Get out of my way, Blanche. Blanche: I want that car, Dorothy. I will give you anything. Dorothy: Blanche, we have to tell Rose the truth. Blanche: I'll give you one of my sons. (Dorothy looks appalled) I have given this a lot of thought, Dorothy. I have had four kids, I have never had a Mercedes. What do you say? Which one do you want? Biff, Doug, Skippy-- no, don't take Skippy. He's got asthma. Dorothy: Blanche, this has gone far enough.

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was videotaped on July 24, 1987.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche looking at the man as he brings in Baby, the pig.

    Trivia (7)

    • In this episode dorothy told Rose she'd love to be a mother again, but in "Second Motherhood" Dorothy made it very clear that she didn't want to be a mother again.

    • When Blanche tries to convince Dorothy to let her keep the car, she mentions she would give Dorothy one of her sons. She mentions, Biff, Doug and Skippy. Not only does she later mention a son Matthew, but the number of children she has is sometimes unknown. If this episode is believed as truth, that would mean Blanche six children. Biff, Doug, Skippy, Matthew, Janet and Rebecca.

    • When Sophia walks out the front door without her glasses, a car horn honks two seconds after she crosses the threshold, and she comes back inside claiming that she had an encounter with a Buick. However, it is evident from the opening shot of the girls' home that the front door is at least twenty yards from the street and it would have taken Sophia much longer than to get anywhere near street traffic.

    • In this episode, Sophia reveals the address of the girls' home as 6151 Richmond Street.

    • Blanche mentions that she has another son, Matthew, who is mentioned in season 2 episode, To Catch a Neighbor. Matthew, however, doesn't appear until The Golden Palace episode, Say Goodbye, Rose.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Sophia:(with her new glasses) "I look like Buddy Holly". Buddy Holly was a singer in the 1950s who had a string of hits including Peggy Sue, That'll Be The Day, amung others. Buddy Holly died in a plane crash with The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens on February 2nd, 1959.

    • Dorothy: How is Baby, Doc? Sophia: I read in Newsweek they ran him out of Haiti. This is a reference to Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who was the ruler of Haiti from 1971 when his father Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier died, to 1986.

    • "Bringing Up Baby" The title of this episode is a reference to the 1938 film of the same name, where a screwball woman uses her pet leopard, Baby, to hook a paleontologist.

    • Sophia: Now, I know how Johnny Carson feels. This quote is in reference to Johnny Carson who hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on NBC during this time period.

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