The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 9

Blanche and the Younger Man

Aired Unknown Nov 16, 1985 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode Sophia said that she used to be a blonde. However in "Whose Face is this anyway", Sophia said that she used to have red hair.

    • Alma and Rose play mother and daughter in this episode, but in reality, Jeanette Nolan (Alma) is only ten years older than Betty White (Rose)!

    • It is revealed in this episode, though not exact, that Blanche is over 50.

    • In this episode there is no mention of Rose being adopted. The way her and Alma interact, there is no dialogue to indicate that Alma is not her biological mother.

  • Quotes

    • Sophia: She stuck around to play hi li.
      Dorothy: Why didn't you stay?
      Sophia: I'm too short to play hi li.

    • Blanche: He was looking for a mother not a lover.
      Rose: I think it's sweet.
      Blanche: You would Betty Crocker.

    • [Blanche is exercising in a crouched position as Dorothy watches]
      Dorothy: The only time I get in that position is when I give birth.

    • Rose: I want you all to meet my mother, Mrs. Lindstrom. THIS IS BLANCHE AND THIS IS DOROTHY AND SOPHIA!
      Alma Lindstrom: IT WAS JUST FINE!
      (to Rose)
      Alma Lindstrom: Which one of them is hard of hearing?

    • Dorothy: (while Blanche is exercising vigorously) Are you all right?
      Blanche: No, but it's worth it. No pain, no gain. I've gotta look good for Dirk. A man his age is used to a woman with a trim body and good tone.
      Dorothy: Then buy him a Princess phone.

    • Sophia: Did this Ben teach you how to gamble?
      Alma: He taught me how to play cards and how to carve a pistol out of soap. (Cocking her finger and clicking her tongue)

    • Alma: I hired a farm hand. He was such a nice young man. He raved about my cooking. I guess they didn't feed him very well in prison.

    • Rose: You dated a younger man!
      Dorothy: Yes, Rose. Of course, it was before I had the hump on my back.

    • Alma: Let's see. These are worth a dollar a piece. I have 20 to 30 pretzel sticks here.
      (Sophia smashes the pretzel sticks)
      Sophia: (Sarcastically) Now you got pretzel dust.

    • Blanche: Waiter. 86 the water cress. I'll have the orange duck and a double Jack Daniels on the rocks.

    • Blanche: Read any good books lately?
      Dirk: Pumping Iron. I saw the movie, too, but I don't think it did the book justice.

    • Sophia: The one thing you never do is treat me like an old lady. you treat me like a person. I appreciate that. You're a good daughter, Dorothy.
      Dorothy: Ma, I'm overwhelmed. I don't know what to say.
      Sophia: I could tell you what to say. You could say I don't owe you the $50.

    • Alma: I merely flagged a policeman to ask for directions and before I knew it, he dragged me to the police station.

    • (After fixing the kitchen sink)
      Dorothy: Blanche thinks she's Peter Pan and Rose is turning into Mommie Dearest.
      Sophia: That's nothing. You think you're Josephine: the Plummer.

    • (After speaking with Dirk)
      Blanche: I do believe the man said "gorgeous". I'm gonna to live forever.
      Dorothy: Not outside an institution.

    • Blanche: A husband like Dirk could keep me young another 20 years.
      Sophia: Or kill ya!

    • Alma: Sophia. What time does that mall close? I feel like getting wild. I'll buy you some of that bikini underwear
      Sophia: Nah, it ride up on me!

    • (After Rose comes home to be with her mother)
      Dorothy: No, my mother took her to the track.
      Rose: You let her out of the house?
      Dorothy: No. She dug a tunnel out of her bedroom with a dessert spoon.

    • (After Blanche tells a story about Andy Griffith)
      Dorothy: Didn't she tell us that story before?
      Sophia: Yes, but the last time it was Woolworth's, a toe nail clipper and John Cameron Swayze.

    • Blanche: (Referring about Dirk and Blanche's ages) I've decided to overlook that minor detail and succumb to the Vesuvius of Passion that is about to erupt from me.
      Sophia: Stand back. We're going to get something on us.

    • Rose: (To her mother) There's nothing wrong with taking a nap. Bob Hope takes naps.
      Sophia: Unless he's in the bedroom now taking one, I think she'd rather stay here with us.

    • Blanche: Mrs. Lindstrom, How would you like a little tour of our home while Rose is fixing that snack.
      Rose: Oh, I don't think this is a good time for that, Blanche. Mother's had a big day and I don't want her to get over tired.
      Dorothy: Well, she can skip the east wing, Rose.

    • (Going into the kitchen)
      Dorothy: You haven't even met Rose's mother.
      Sophia: I know a lot of old people. They're all the same. They're cranky, they're demanding, they repeat themselves. They're cranky, they're demanding.

    • Dorothy: My God, I hope Alma's all right.
      Sophia: Don't worry about Alma. She's a tough old broad!

    • Rose: (about her mother) How could she talk to me like that? I'm only trying to help her!
      Dorothy: Rose, can I talk to you from one daughter to another? When we were teenagers, do you remember what we wanted most from our mothers?
      Rose: A training bra?
      Dorothy: No. What we wanted most was to be treated like adults--then, as we get older, we turn around and treat our mothers like little girls. Honey, all your mother wants is to be treated like a woman. Is that asking too much?

    • Rose: Do you want to go back to the hospital? Did you have fun the last time?
      Alma: I had more fun than I'm having here with you.
      Rose: Mother!
      Alma: Don't "mother" me! You make me sorry I came!

    • Blanche: (Coming into the kitchen) I'm just a little depressed. For the first time in my life, I feel over forty.
      Dorothy: You know why that is, honey?
      Blanche: Why?
      Dorothy: Because you're over fifty.

    • Blanche: I'm getting younger with each passing day.
      Dorothy: Great, great. When they defrost Walt Disney, you'll have someone to go out with.

    • Blanche: This is strictly off the record, but Dirk is almost five years younger than I am.
      Dorothy: In what, Blanche? Dog years?

    • Blanche: Why Dirk, did I just hear you ask me for a date?
      Sophia: Are you deaf? I heard him from here.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Dorothy: Blanche thinks she's Peter Pan and Rose is turning into Mommie Dearest.
      Sophia: That's nothing. You think you're Josephine: The Plumber

      This quote is in reference to Peter Pan, who was a boy who refused to grow up, Mommie Dearest was a book and movie about a daughter's relationship with her cruel mother, Joan Crawford and Josephine: The Plumber who was the mascot and spokesperson for Comet Cleanser portrayed by Jane Withers.

    • Blanche: Read any good books lately?
      Dirk: Pumping Iron. I saw the movie, too, but I don't think it did the book justice.

      This quote is in reference to Pumping Iron which is a film and book that focuses on the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition in 1975 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu.