The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 21

Larceny and Old Lace

Aired Unknown Feb 27, 1988 on NBC
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Sophia's latest boyfriend, Rocco claims to have been involved in the mob, so when the girls discover a bag of Rocco's with thousands of dollars in it, they assume he robbed a bank. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche sneak a peak at Rose's diary.

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  • Sophia's new boyfriend is a criminal.

    I liked seeing how the writers gave Sophia a love interest. It was refreshing because we normally don't see Sophia going out on dates. I liked the ending best when Dorothy makes the comment about after Sophia does something wrong she's suddenly her mother again, when the other girls had just claimed they feel like she's their mothers too.
  • One of the season's best episodes.

    "Larceny and Old Lace" is a gem of an episode. With stinging one-liners, an hysterical and yet moving storyline, and great acting work, this episode is certainly one of the best of the season and is up there on my favorites from the whole series.

    The episode focuses on Sophia's new boyfriend Rocco (played by the indelible Mickey Rooney), a man who likes to make trouble but seems fairly harmless. His stories include "running Detroit", knowing Capone, and running some other questionable rackets. It is obvious that Rocco and Sophia are quite the couple, however, as their chemistry is obvious (Good acting interaction between Rooney and Getty helps).

    Dorothy is not so wild about the relationship, however. I suppose the games of strip poker and "wild fun" in Sophia's bedroom do not help the cause. When Rocco stores some of his belongings in Sophia's room, it takes a scene involving all four women to reveal just what he's storing. Money, and lots of it. When Sophia calls to ask him where it came from, he says he robbed a bank.

    While the reasoning for the robbery is certainly romantic, Dorothy and Sophia are both repulsed by the crime. When Sophia confronts Rocco about it, Rocco reveals his true personality. "I wasn't a big shot nothing," he says. It turns out he was not a crime lord, a mobster, a gangster, anything. He made up the stories to entertain Sophia. He took out his life savings to treat Sophia like a queen. But Sophia does not need the money. "You always treat me like a queen," she says. Great scene.

    The subplot of the episode brings much of the hilarity. Blanche discovers a diary Rose has been keeping, which appears to say terrible things about Dorothy and Blanche. The word "pigs" shows up more than once, however, leading to one of the quirkiest misunderstandings in sitcom history. Turns out it was Rose's 4-H diary she kept one summer while caring for two pigs. Heh, heh. Only Rose.

    But Rose is infuriated and does not want to speak to Blanche and Dorothy anymore. Thus, the Sophia bedroom scene (when the money is discovered). A terrific comedic sequence here. Rose knocks the door, and Sophia goes into an "answering machine" rant. Rose, of course, thinks she's actually listening to an answering machine.

    Sophia: Leave a message after the beep. [beat] Beep.

    Rose: Hi, this is Rose...

    Sophia: Rose, shut up and get in here!

    Ah, the comedy of the Golden Girls. Little has matched it since then. Another great installment from a one-of-a-kind sitcom.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Sophia says she has plenty of room to store Rocco's garbage in her bedroom, you see Sophia leading him all the way down the hall. Then later that night when Dorothy and the girls are in Sophia's room, they are in the room at the first door on the right.

    • When the girls were sharing romantic moment stories, Dorothy spoke of the night she and Stan got engaged when she downed a glass of champagne and swallowed her ring. She had to have gotten engaged at age 17. How could she be drinking champagne at a restaurant?

    • When Rocco comes in with his shopping cart full of his "life", Sophia and Rocco are shown going down the hallway as Rocco exclaims "Yes, Mrs. Cleaver!" to Dorothy.
      In the next shot, Rose goes over to pick up her diary off the coffee table, clearly showing a shot of the hallway! With a cart that big, how'd both Sophia and Rocco manage to disappear so fast?

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Sophia: (telling a story) 3 friends, arguing over a camel.
      Rose: (interrupting) How many humps?
      Sophia: None! It was the last cigarette!

    • Dorothy: Here's here isn't he?
      Sophia: Who?
      Dorothy: "Who?" I'll tell you who Rcoko!
      (Sophia pretennds she doesn't know who he is)
      Sophia: (thoughtful) Rocko...
      Dorothy: I'll refresh your memory; The man you met in the police line up.
      Sophia: (defensive) I was there to identify the guy who stole my purse! Rocko was there on a trumped up charge.
      Dorothy: Ma, they caught him on a billboard, spray painting something obscene on Spud mckenzi.
      Sophia: The dog they use in those ads is really a female! Rocko was just making spud anatomically correct.

    • Rose: Hi girls... gee what's my diary doing here? Next to a pair of pliers?
      Blanche: Rose, whatever it is you're thinking - it isn't true.
      Rose: Good - then George Bush isn't married to his mother?

    • (After seeing Dorothy banging Rose's diary on the kitchen table and coughing)
      Blanche: Use the knife.

    • Dorothy, Blanche, Rose: Oh, I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I forgive you! (all hug)
      Sophia: Great. Now get the hell out of my room!

    • Blanche: (reading from Rose's diary) I don't know how much longer I can stand living with these two pigs. At first, it seemed like a good way to save some money, but now it's gotten out of hand. If one isn't keeping me up all night with her squealin', the other is belchin' in my face!

    • Rose: (Knocking on Sophia's door) Sophia?
      Sophia: I'm not in. Wait for the beep and leave a message. Beep!
      Rose: Hi, this is Rose...
      Sophia: Rose, shut up and get in here!

    • Blanche: Where did all that money come from?
      Sophia: I don't know but the next time we go to the Colonel, I'm ordering all white meat and a biscuit!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Sophia and Dorothy mention "Spuds Mackenzie" and how Rocco defaced a billboard with her face on it.

      Spuds Mackenziewas part of the advertising of Bud Light from 1987-1989.