The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 8

Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket?

Aired Unknown Dec 03, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode when Blanche is talking to the guy in the homeless shelter you see Sophia in the backround. A second later, she is gone.

  • Quotes

    • (Watching Rose remake her bed)
      Ben Weiden: Are you going to tie a bow around that when you're done wrapping it up?

    • Rose: (Looking at Dorothy) I have a really dumb question.
      Sophia: And I have a box of chiclets. What's your point?

    • (Grabbing pitcher of flowers)
      Sophia: Stand back. I know how to use this thing.
      Dorothy: Spill it, ma.
      (Sophia dumps flowers on floor)
      Sophia: I'm scared. I'll tell you anything.

    • Rose: Now I'll never fly on the Concord.
      Blanche: And, I'll never get that emerald pendant to dangle between my perky bosoms.
      Sophia: and I'll never have perky bosoms. But what the hell, nothing else perks on this body.

    • Homeless Man: Is this your first time?
      Blanche: Lord it's been ages since I heard that from a man. Yes, it's my first time.
      Homeless Man: Let me give you a few pointers.
      Blanche: Now that I've never heard from a man.

    • (A big scary man with the jacket tosses it to Michael)
      Blanche: Do you know who that was?
      Sophia: Sure, it's the guy from the Pepsi commercials!
      Rose: Pepsi commercials? Michael! Oh my God, it's Michael J. Fox!

  • Notes

    • During their time in the shelter, Rose talks with a homeless former hotel porter from Minnesota; Blanche talks to a homeless, alcoholic former graduate student in sociology, and Dorothy and Sophia talk to Sophia's former Shady Pines' acquaintance that is now homeless.

    • At the end of the episode, the girls find the winning lottery ticket and donate it to the shelter.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Sophia, Dorothy and Rose on the couch and Blanche standing at the end of the couch near Sophia after they learn they won $10,000.

    • Terry Hughes received a 1989 Emmy nomination for his work on this episode.

  • Allusions

    • This title is a pun on the song Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?. The song was played during the final scene where the girls were looking for the lost lottery ticket in the shelter.

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