Letter to Gorbachev

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (7)

  • Blanche: (reading Rose's letter) Dear Mr. Gorbachev, my name is Rose Nylund and I'm writing you because I'm really worried about nuclear war. I hear there are enough bombs to blow up the world 100 times. It scares me, and it also scares the members of my cadet troop. They talk about what they want to be if they grow up, not when. I'm asking you to unplug your bombs, and I'd be willing to bet my bottom dollar, or in your case, your bottom ruble, that if you called President Reagan, he would do the same thing, it's just that somebody has to be first. Your friend, Rose Nylund. P.S. Don't call the president in the afternoon, I hear that when he takes naps. Dorothy: That was beautiful, Rose, you know it's a shame more people don't think like 9 year olds.

  • Rose: I'm concerned about nuclear war. Dorothy: And just yesterday her biggest concern was whether Bubbles the chimp is traveling with Michael Jackson against his will.

  • Dorothy: Oh Ma, Not another act, Ma. Sophia: No Dorothy, not another act, 'the' act. I've taken a classic and reworked it, Sophia Style. (singing
    "Thanks for the Medicare, for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, for hip that finally healed, and remember on prescription, generic is a steal, we thank you, so much."

  • Blanche: (in Rose's dream) Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday Mr. #1 Communist! Happy birthday to you!

  • Rose: I'm just a dumb, dimwitted, grade-A, Minnesota, chuckle-head. Blanche: But, you're our chuckle-head. And we wouldn't trade you in for any chuckle-head in the world. Why don't you take it Dorothy.

  • Sophia: So what do you think? Don't worry, I can take the criticism. Blanche: Depressing. Dorothy: Awful. Rose: Stinky. Sophia: Go to hell, all of you!

  • Nancy: But you promised us we could pee in the woods! Blanche: Get away from that couch.

Notes (5)

  • Sophia's "Thanks for the Medicare" song is based on the song "Thanks for the Memory".

  • This episode was videotaped on October 09, 1987.

  • The background shot during the closing credits features the girls in Moscow on the platform, during Rose's dream.

  • News Anchor Edwin Newman makes an uncredited cameo as himself during the news broadcast in Rose's dream.

  • The troop Rose is in charge of are the Sunshine Cadets, which in "OId Friends" the bad seed, Daisy is a member of.

Trivia (1)

  • Trivia: During Rose's dream, you can see her picture with two other people. ┬áThese two other people are Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin (Karl Marx is known for creating Communism, while Lenin is known for bringing it to Russia/the USSR.).

Allusions (2)

  • Gorbachev, whom this episode is mainly centered around, was the last leader of the Soviet Union, which disbanded in 1991.

  • Dorothy: You're father's a doctor and you're mother's a lawyer. What are you? One of the Cosby kids? The Cosby Show was one of the most popular shows from the eighties.