Season 1 Episode 3

Hurling Day

Aired Friday 9:30 PM May 10, 1991 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Fran: I've made a decision, you're not throwing my mother.
      Earl: I'm throwing her, Fran.
      Fran: You want to sleep on the couch the rest of your life?
      Earl: I'm throwing her, Ethyl! I'm throwing her, I'm throwing her, I married you so I could throw her.

    • (looking through photographs)
      Robbie: This is when you came to visit me at camp, here's a letter I wrote. "Dear Grandma, how are you? I am good, the food here is good, I hope you are good too. (both laugh) Love, Robbie Sinclair.
      Ethyl: Yeah, yeah you always wrote me.

    • Robbie: It used to be old dinosaurs slowed down the pack, now we live in houses. It used to be old dinosaurs couldn't hunt, now we have supermarkets. So isn't throwing Grandma off a cliff just a waste of a perfectly good old lady?

    • Robbie: Dad, when Grandma goes into the tar pit, is there life after that?
      Earl: For me there is.

    • Fran: I want you to think of the tar pit as a wonderful place where you'll want to spend eternity.
      Charlene: Oh, I get it. Just like the Galleria.
      Fran: (sarcastically) Yeah.

    • Earl: After 20 years of your mother on my back, I get to haul her up to the top of the mountain and fling her bony butt to oblivion, solemnly and with dignity, of course.

    • Earl: Without this, my life means nothing.
      Robbie: Then I guess my life must mean nothing because when your time comes, I'm not throwing you.
      Earl: Why the hell not?
      Robbie: Because you're my father, just because you get old doesn't mean you quit being my father.

    • Robbie: What am I supposed to say when she comes over tonight? Goodbye? Good luck? Sorry you're being thrown off a cliff?

    • Ethyl: It's the baby!
      Baby: It's the Grandma! (Earl enters the room) Uh oh!
      Earl: Hello, mother Phillips.
      Ethyl: Hello, fat boy.
      Earl: Hello you wretched!
      Fran: Earl Sneed Sinclair!
      Earl: Oh God, my whole name.
      Fran: All I'm asking is that you get along with mother for 12 hours, 12 hours, that's all, then she's out of your life forever.
      Earl: She provokes me!
      Fran: Close your mouth and don't let her provoke you.
      Baby: Hello, fat boy!

    • Fran: It's only for the rest of her life, how long could that be?
      Earl: I don't know, Frannie, no one's ever died of old age before.
      Ethyl: You know? I feel like I could live to be a million.

  • Notes

    • This episode was example on how Dinosaurs would hurl their mother-in-laws into the tar pit when the reached a certain age. This episode gives a view on how the Dinosaurs deal with old age.

    • This is the first appearance of Ethyl Phillips in the series.

  • Allusions

    • Mister Ed

      While watching TV, a commercial comes on for Mr. Ugh. About a dinosaur who owns a caveman that can speak.

      This is a parody of Mister Ed, a show about a man who owned a horse who could talk.

    • La Brea Tar Pits:

      When Robbie asked about the tar pits, Ethyl said they were named after a dinosaur named Bob La Brea.

      This is a reference to the famous La Brea Tar Pits in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, CA.

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