The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 21

Flu Attack (a.k.a.) The Flu

Aired Unknown Mar 01, 1986 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Tony Carreiro who plays Tommy Cochrane, the waiter that Blanche tries to pawn off as her date in this episode, previously played a waiter earlier in the season in the episode entitled "A Little Romance" (1-13). He returns once more in season 5, episode 19 entitled "72 Hours" to play Rose's doctor. Most may know him best from his role as Joe, Daphne's love interest on "Frasier".

    • Bea claims in her Season Five commentary on Clinton Avenue Memoirs that this episode was one of the few times where she couldn't keep herself from laughing and had to tell the cameramen to put the camera somewhere else so they wouldn't catch her laughing.

  • Quotes

    • Blanche: It's time for "Another World".
      Dorothy: You can't watch "Another World".
      Blanche: And why not?
      Dorothy: Cause you watched it, yesterday.
      Blanche: That's exactly why I have to watch it today, Dorothy. To find out what happens. That's why they always say, "Stay tuned for the continuing story of Another World!" (turns on the tv)
      Dorothy: Too bad, Blanche. Today it's my turn to choose and we are not watching "Another World"!(turns off the tv)
      Blanche: You are undoubtably the meanest sick person I've ever met! Not to mention the most unattractive.

    • Sophia: In Sicily we never went to the doctor, we went to the widow Caravelli. Whatever you had, she had a cure. She was best known for this green salve she used to make to treat ear infections. One day she gave a batch to Salvadore, the village idiot. He misunderstood the directions and put it on his linguine instead of his ear. As it turns out, it wasn't such a bad thing to do. The stuff tasted great, and Salvadore decided to market it. At first it didn't move so well. Linguine with ear salve on a menu doesn't look so appetizing. But once he changed the name to pesto sauce, it moved like hotcakes.

    • Dorothy: Rose, I took your stupid cup, and do you know why? Because I feel lousy, and being mean to you makes me feel better.

    • Sophia: What are you doing?
      Rose: We're having a group hug.
      Sophia: Well, cut it out. The neighbors will see and get the wrong idea!

    • Rose: Dorothy, you can go to H-E double hockey sticks!
      Dorothy: Double hockey sticks?
      Blanche: (sarcastically) Ooh, what language, my ears are burning! Rose, you know what you are? You are a type A, first class, all around NERD!

    • Blanche: Dorothy, where's my heating pad.
      Dorothy: How should I know?
      (Blanche lifts a cord running under Dorothy's blanket.)
      Blanche: Well, if this isn't it, I'd like to know what other electrical appliance you are using under that blanket.

    • Rose: What did she say?
      Sophia: It's not what she said. It's what she didn't say.
      Rose: What didn't she say?
      Sophia: How the hell do I know? She didn't say it!

    • Blanche: Do you really think selling peanut brittle is going to win you that award?
      Dorothy: Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize that slipping your tongue to half the men in Dade County was a loftier achievement.

    • Blanche: I treat my body like a temple.
      Sophia: to anyone, day or night!

    • Blanche: I've never been looked over by a female doctor before. Feels kind of strange.
      Doctor: I know what you mean. You know, despite all the progress women have made, medicine is still a man's world.
      Doctor: SO, if it makes you feel any better, I used to be a man.

  • Notes

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche on the couch. Blanche covering her eyes. Dorothy holding her ears, and Rose blowing her nose.

    • A bit of irony involved: Blanche, while sick, wants to watch Another World. In real life, Rue McClanahan briefly appeared on that soap from 1970 to 1971 portraying Caroline Johnson.

  • Allusions