The Honeymooners

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (192)

  • Ralph: You're not going to become a cover girl! Alice: And what's wrong with being a cover girl? Ralph: Because all the cover girls I ever saw were uncovered!

  • Delivery boy: (after he enters the Kramdens' apartment) Here's the medicine from the drug store.
    Alice: Oh, thanks, honey. Wait a minute, I'll give you a tip. (Alice looks for small change to give the boy, but finds none.) Oh, gee. I don't have any change. Um... here, how about a banana?
    Delivery boy: No, thanks. I'm not a monkey.
    Alice: Well, how about a nice tangerine?
    Delivery boy: No, thanks.
    Trixie: What's the matter? Don't you like fruit?
    Delivery boy: No, it ain't that. See, everywhere I go, I never get money anymore. They always offer me grapes and pears and apples and tangerines. If this keeps up, I'll have to trade in my bicycle for a push cart.

  • (Ralph and Alice are arguing about the Nortons). Ralph: They're going upstairs! Alice: They're staying down here! Ralph: They're going upstairs! Alice: They going upstairs over my dead body! Ralph: Don't tempt me!

  • Ralph: After Ed says something stupid to a customer I suspected it at first, now i'm sure: YOU'RE NUTS!!

  • RALPH(to Ed)"Ya stoop,you forgot the frankfurter.Now suppose I had been a customer,and you did that?"

  • Ed: Listen, don't take it rough, will you? Maybe I can get a job for you with me in the sewer. All you gotta do is past the test. Ralph: What test? Ed: Can you float?

  • Alice: Only myself to blame. My mother warned me.

  • Ralph: Today I'm fired, tomorrow I'm forgotten. They probably won't even remember what I look like! Ed: That's all right. You go there tomorrow morning, and you apply for another job. Ralph: You are a mental case!

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Notes (143)

  • Length: 8 minutes 45 seconds.

  • "The Turkey" would eventually be expanded and redone as the 1956 episode "Two-Family Car."

  • This is an antecedent of the later performances called "The Adoption" (3/55 and 1/66).

  • A favorite theme of Gleason's, this was a reworking of the first season's "Booby Prize Boob," as well as the basis for the Classic episode, "The $99,000 Answer."

  • This would be the third and final Honeymooners sketch (to have surfaced) performed without an appearance by Art Carney, and the only one during its CBS tenure. Norton would be featured in every sketch from here forward.

  • Length: 7 minutes 8 seconds.

  • Length: 8 minutes 18 seconds.

  • This was a rewrite of the season-one DuMont episode, "Where Are My Blades?"

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Trivia (69)

  • Watch for the hysterical scene where Ralph is tapping a piece of steak on the table and it snaps in half.

  • When Alice is entering the bedroom she utters "I wish you'd fix this door." talking about the locked door she cannot enter.

  • Watch for the shadow go across the wall outside the Kramden's front door when an officer is speaking to Ralph.

  • When Ralph burns his foot and is hopping around the room, Trixie is standing there cracking up at his antics. Joyce Randolph evidently forgot that this was not a dress rehearsal. Ralph directs an angry ad lib at her, so she instantly realizes that she is out of character and leaves, after which Ralph and Alice save the scene ad libbing.

  • Watch for when Ralph is talking to Norton about his lucky jacket. Jackie's's fly is wide open while he sits on the chair, he then gets up, he walks around and says:

    "You know something pal, there comes a time in every guys life when he could use a lucky jacket like that."

  • Keep an eye on Ralph's coffee cup. In order to make steam, baking soda and vinegar were used with dry ice, causing the cup to eventually bubble over.

  • Notice that Ralph's best-friend Norton is not yet a brother Raccoon.

  • This was Ralph and Ed's very first harebrained business venture.

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Allusions (7)

  • This episode title is a reference to William Shakespeare's play of Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, where the phrase reads as follows: "To be, or not to be: that is the question."

  • Norton asks to watch Captain Video on Ralph's TV. The show was an actual series (full title, Captain Video and His Video Rangers) appearing on The DuMont Television Network.

  • ED NORTON: The armature sprocket is causing interference, which in turn causes the combustion line to interfere with the flow in the Dynaflow.
    Norton's referring to a "Dynaflow" in his diagnosis of the malfunctioning vacuum cleaner was most likely an in-joke reference to the Variable Pitch Dynaflow Drive which was an exclusive feature of the 1956 Buick Wagon Estate model. Buick was the sponsor of The Honeymooners for the 1955-1956 season.

  • Alice (Audrey Meadows): Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. This is a reference to Aesop's fable entitled "The Milkmaid and Her Pail", where Patty the Milkmaid was going to the market carrying a pail of milk on her head. Her mother would say this quote after the pail fell off her head with all of the milk spilled on the ground.

  • Alice (Audrey Meadows): Parting is such sweet sorrow. This phrase was derived from William Shakespeare's play of Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2.

  • Title: The title is play on the name given to Miami Beach, Florida as "The Sun and Fun Capital of the World" at the begin of each color Honeymooners show which was filmed there.

  • Title: The title is a reference to the song "We're Off To See The Wizard" in the classic 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz.