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Quotes (27)

  • Rose: How was it possible to get pregnant in Sicily just by crossing the street? Sophia: Cheap chianti and narrow streets.

  • Rose: This is like The Long Day's Journey Into Light. Dorothy: "Night", Rose. Rose: 'Night, Dorothy. [goes off to bed]

  • (After hanging up the phone) Blanche: She'll call us right back. She has to wake up the Yankee.

  • (Speaking to Janet on the phone) Blanche: You let me tell you this. If you and Michael don't straighten up and give that boy the love and attention he deserves. I will kick your uppity butt till hell won't have it again!

  • Blanche: (Handing out champagne). I want to propose a toast. To Dorothy Zbornak, who got an "A" in her French class, proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Sophia: And if anyone knows about tricks.

  • David: Well, I don't mind the gardening. But it's like, the vacuuming, I hate. That's like for girls. Dorothy: Well, we can renegotiate. I'll do the vacuuming, if you'll like, learn English.

  • Dorothy: I made the beds, I washed the dishes, scoured the pots, cleaned the bathroom, folded the laundry, took out the garbage. Blanche: My, my. Did you attend a military school? Sophia: No, she lived with me.

  • Rose: We had to feed the chickens, slop the hogs, muck the stalls. Sophia: (Holding a piece of toast) Please, I'm trying to eat here.

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Notes (3)

  • Blanche refers to her son-in-law as "The Yankee."

  • The background shot behind the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche on the lanai after Blanche hangs up the phone on her daughter.

  • This episode is the first and only appearance of Blanche's grandson, David. He is played by Billy Jayne, who is the real life brother of Scott Jacoby who played Dorothy's son, Michael.

Trivia (5)

  • The actor who plays Blanche's grandson "David" is the real life brother of the actor who plays Dorothy's son "Michael" in the show.

  • In season six Blanche doesn't want her daughter Becky to have little Aurora call her Grandma. However, in this episode, she has no problem when David calls her that.

  • Dorothy tells the kids that came with David that if anything is missing, she'll give their names to every narc in the city. But she can't know their names as they just met and she never asked.

  • It is implied that Blanche and the girls were around their early or mid 50's in this first season. Therefore, it's not entirely plausible that Blanche has a teenage grandson already, unless she became a grandmother in her late 30's or early 40's. That's possible, I suppose, but then that means Blanche had her daughter Janet when she was really young, in her teens, and it was never mentioned that Blanche was a teenage mother.

  • When David indicates that he'd like to live with the girls for good, Blanche keeps saying that she would love to have an opportunity to raise her grandson and "make up for the mess she made" with her daughter Janet. However, given that David is a teenager, it's a bit of a stretch to say that Blanche would be "raising" him at this point.

Allusions (2)

  • Rose: You know, David. I went to the Bahama's once.
    David: Oh, yeah? Was it on the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Maria?


    This joke is implying that Rose is really old; the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria were the three ships that Columbus helped sail when he reached North America in 1492.

  • The title of this episode is a take off of the 1981 movie, On Golden Pond starring Jane Fonda, Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn.