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Big Daddy Hollingsworth
Blanche accuses Big Daddy's new love interest as being a "gold digger." However, a few episodes earlier in Season One's "Big Daddy," Blanche is devastated to learn that her father has sold the family plantation and used up all his savings to start his lifetime dream of going into show business.
Notice when Dorothy and Rose write and sing the lyrics "M-I-A-M-I spells Miami Beach." Blanche informs them that M-I-A-M-I spells Miami Beach, not Miami, and Dorothy objects that there's absolutely nothing that rhymes with Miami, so they needed to add "beach." But you'll notice that the rest of the song never, ever uses a rhyming word for "beach," either, so they could have easily omitted that word without hurting the lyrics.
Blanche: How'd the song-writing contest go?
Rose: We came in second.
Blanche: Oh, that's terrific! What did you get?
Dorothy Treated badly.
Sophia: (about Big Daddy remarrying) I've got to hand it to you, Blanche. You're handling this a lot better than I thought.
Blanche: Oh, well, to tell you the truth, I'm not thrilled, but as long as they're in love and happy, and I don't have to call her Mommy, I can live with it.
Dorothy: We could be the next Rodgers and Hammerstein, the next Simon and Garfunkle...
Rose: The next Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop!
Dorothy: I don't think I could get my hand that far up your dress, but for ten thousand dollars, I'd be willing to try.
Rose: This never happened when I worked alone.
Dorothy: Yeah, well, when you worked alone, the only thing you could think of to rhyme with "go" was "go!"
Big Daddy: (on why he's getting remarried) Blanche, when you spend six months watching the person you love more than anyone else in the world slowly die, you wonder if you'll ever love again. After that, believe me, if you can even think of marrying someone else, there's only one reason. You're in love.
Blanche: Daddy, when a man reaches your age, he might start wondering who's going to be there to take care of him.
Big Daddy: Yes, he does.
Blanche: And he might even start looking for somebody to replace his first wife.
Big Daddy: Yes, he might.
Blanche: And maybe he's even looking for ways to feel young again.
Big Daddy: Yes, he certainly might be.
Blanche: But Daddy, is that any reason to get married? Just because some pretty, sexy, bouncy, bubbly young thing takes an interest in you?
Big Daddy: Hell yes!
Blanche: You know, Sophia, men in their 70's and 80's can still have great sex.
Sophia: Yeah, with women in their 70's and 80's! Put me in a bedroom with Tom Cruise, and you'd be peeling me off the ceiling!
Big Daddy: (to Blanche) Oh, let me look at you. You're still as pretty as a ladybug sunning itself on a lily pad, on a misty spring day just south of Savannah.
Dorothy: Could you be more specific, Big Daddy?
Rose: And then once when I was in grade school I crossbred a rutabaga with a potato, but I didn't know whether to call it a rutatato or a potatabaga.
Blanche: I have to say what I feel.
Rose: (singing) I have to say what I feel. Miami has so much appeal. A great place to get a seafood meal.
Rose and Dorothy: (singing) Miami.
Rose: Yes, Garfunkel?
Dorothy: To the 88s.
Sophia: Why aren't you at work at the piano?
Dorothy: We're blocked.
Sophia: I've been having good luck with Tang, but immediately followed by a granola bar.
Blanche: Daddy, this woman is all wrong for you. You're just dragging our family name through the mud!
Big Daddy: Blanche, I've always given you my love and respect. If you can't return even a little bit of that, then you're no longer a part of this family.
Dorothy: The lyrics don't make any sense. See, it goes, 'Miami is nice, so I'll say it twice...'
Rose: Oh! Well, how about, 'Miami is nice, so I'll say it thrice?'
Dorothy: Right, who the hell says thrice?
Rose: It's a word!
Dorothy: So is intrauterine. It does not belong in a song!!
Rose: (singing) Miami, you're cuter than an intrauterine.
Dorothy: Could I get you something to drink?
Blanche: How about chocolate milk?!
Dorothy: Please, have a seat.
Blanche: Maybe she needs a booster seat.
Dorothy: Oh fine fine you find something to rhyme with Miami hotshot.
Rose: Mammy, whammy, clammy, alabami, hootenanny, salami ...
Dorothy: Hootenanny is marginal and I refuse to accept salami
Dorothy: I'll have you know that I dabbled a little with poetry writing back in high school.
Rose: Well that's nothing to be ashamed of. Lots of tall girls who couldn't get dates wrote poetry.
Dorothy: Rose, play or die!
Dorothy: Tickle the ivories, Rose.
Rose: Coochy, coochy, coo. HAHAHAHAHA!
(Big Daddy announces his engagement, and Blanche lets out a scream)
Big Daddy: Is she [Blanche] happy or sad?
Rose: I don't know. I've never heard her make that sound before.
Dorothy: I once heard her make that sound, and I assure you, she was happy.
This episode was videotaped on October 10, 1986.
The background shot during the closing credits features the four ladies at the piano singing "Miami, You've Got Style."
The original actor, Murray Hamilton who played Big Daddy had to be recast due to the fact that he died later that year after making his appearance.
Big Daddy Hollingsworth is featured once more, this time played by David Wayne.
Sophia: Put me in a bedroom with Tom Cruise, and you'd be peeling me off the ceiling!
Tom Cruise is an American actor who has starred in several films, including the Mission Impossible movies.
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