The Golden Girls

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy

Season 6, Ep 5, Aired 10/20/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Blanche gets an unexpected visit from her childhood "mammy" (nanny) but Blanche is reluctant to even speak to her since she deserted her when she was a child. Meanwhile, Sophia hires a matchmaker for Dorothy who experiences a date with a convict.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Marc Cherry

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Review of GG S6 E5

    By RobinLeslie, May 05, 2014

  • Mammy and Mr. O'Hara

    By millerem99, Jun 27, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Sophia: (to Dorothy) If you were to go on a date, which of the following characteristics could you live with: body odor, schizophrenia, or extra toes?

    • Sophia: (greeting Dorothy after her date with a criminal) Hi, Pussycat! Dorothy: Say good-bye, old woman!

    • Dorothy: Blanche, if you don't mind, I'm having a heart-to-heart with my mother. (turns to Sophia) Now listen up, you withered old Sicilian monkey!

    • Rose: Blanche, are you alright? Blanche: I'm stunned, I'm just stunned. Dorothy: Honey, what's wrong? Blanche: That call, it was Viola Watkins, she used to be my Mammy. Dorothy: Your what? Blanche: My Mammy, the woman who took care of me when I was little. Dorothy: Oh, I'm sorry, I don't think I ever heard anyone called Mammy before. Rose: What about Mrs. Eisenhower? Dorothy: Mammy Eisenhower... I think only the Nixon kids got to call her that.

    • Rose: You know, I had a nanny when I was a child. She was my best friend. I could tell her anything and I'd know she would keep it a secret. We used to spend the days running and playing in the meadow or playing hide and seek in the barn. My nanny treated me like I was her own kid. (crying) Excuse me. (leaves) Dorothy: Am I the only one who didn't think she wasn't talking about a goat? (everybody shakes their heads)

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    Notes (3)

    • Notice that the lanai is a little different from earlier seasons. There seem to be more actual palm trees, instead of earlier seasons with a painted backdrop of palm trees in the distance. Here the trees block the backdrop, and it can only be seen a little.

    • Mammy Watkins states Blanche's full name "Blanche Marie Hollingsworth," however in a later episode, her middle name is changed to "Elizabeth" so her initials spell B.E.D.

    • This is the only time Big Daddy's first name is mentioned, Curtis.

    Trivia (3)

    • When Blanche learns about Big Daddy's infidelity with Mammy Watkins, she is stunned and devastated that he would cheat on her mother. However, she seems to be forgetting that in season four she stated that Big Daddy once slept with a girl who Blanche ended a friendship with, that her mother came to accept, along with a new car.

    • Blanche and Big Daddy danced to "Tennessee Waltz" at her wedding.

    • In this episode, Mammy tells Blanche that she saw her wear a white dress at her wedding. In a different episode, Blanche celebrates her anniversary by slipping into her wedding dress, which happens to be red. Blanche's explanation is that even she couldn't keep a straight face in a white dress.

    Allusions (2)

    • When Rose says "What about Mrs. Eisenhower?" (in reference to Dorothy never hearing anyone called "Mammy" before), Dorothy replies with "I think only the Nixon kids got to call her that."

      Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower's grandson, David, married Richard Nixon's daughter, Julie.

    • When Blanche is talking about her Mammy for the first time, Rose says "Like Mrs. Eisenhower?"

      Mamie Eisenhower was the wife of President/Five-Star General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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