The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 25

Mother's Day

Aired Unknown May 07, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity:Blanche has always mentioned growing up in Georgia (near Atlanta), but in this episode, when she visits her mother in a flashback, she says "I was back in Virginia." Why would her mother be in Virginia, when she lived in GA, and was still married to Big Daddy (Blanche's father)?

    • Goof (Continuity): Blanche mentions that her daughter, Janet, has yet to call for Mother's Day. However, from previous episodes, we know that Janet is not her only child.

    • Sophia's mother is supposed to be from Sicily. Sophia is, and didn't leave until she was 20. Grandma even starts to tell a story about Sicily in 1881.Yet, there is no trace of an Italianaccent. With Sophia, there is a trace, but not with her own mother!

    • Big Daddy once said that he was married to Elizabeth Anne Bennett, but in this episode, and another where Blanche did her family tree, it's Margaret.

    • Throughout the season, Dorothy's son Michael is said to be 22 years old. However, he is a baby in the 1954 flashbacks. Making him in his 30's.

    • Grandmother Petrillo in other episodes was said to have died when Dorothy was 6, but she is alive in the flashback and seen with a fully grown Dorothy.

  • Quotes

    • Jacob;: loudly into microphone Attention! Express to Cedar Grove, River Junction, Northern Falls, now boarding!
      Police Officer:: For crying out loud Yacob, there's three people here! You could have just pointed to the door!

    • Rose: Are you sure you shouldn't call your daughter?
      Anna: Mother's Day isn't until tomorrow, she knows I'm coming, I always do.
      Rose: Still, she must be worried about you.
      Anna: Rose, my daughter's dead. I go out to the cemetery every Mother's Day to be with her. It was always such an important day for us. I like to pretend it still is. Only I don't know if I'm going to be able to make it this year.
      Rose: Aren't you feeling well?
      Anna: I ran away from the home, and I'm afraid they're just about to catch up with me.

    • Anna: (about St. Olaf) Rolling hills, beautiful houses.
      Rose: Yes.
      Anna: Full of idiots.
      Rose: Yes...what?
      Anna: Oh no offense, deary, I didn't say everybody who lived there was an idiot, it just seems that per capita they have more than their share.
      Rose: Oh well per capita, sure...I'm going there to see my children. They figured it'd be cheaper for me to come out to see them than for all them to come out here.
      Anna: They figured that out? And they live in St. Olafs?
      Rose: Yes.
      Anna: You must be so proud.
      Rose: I am.

    • Sal: (to Sophia) Oh boy it's a dark day in Brooklyn, the Dodgers are moving out and your mother's moving in.

    • Eleanor Angelo: Where's Salvadore - he's hiding from me? He's always hiding from me, the little monkey hates me.
      Young Dorothy: Grandma, don't be silly - Pop is crazy about you.
      Salvadore Petrillo: [Voice] Don't lie to your Grandmother it's a sin!
      Young Dorothy: Well, ok, he isn't crazy but he's very fond of you!
      Eleanor Angelo: The man repairs complicated machinery for a living, three times he couldn't set the handbreak on my wheelchair!
      Young Dorothy: Grandma, that was just a coincidence!
      Eleanor Angelo: Please, all three times were at the top of the stairs to the subway station.

    • Big Mama: Wasn't Virginia the slut?
      (Brief pause.)
      Blanche: (with pride) No Mam, that was me!

  • Notes

    • Big Mama gives out to the audience Blanche's real age...if you do the math. With the calculations in this episode you can figure out Blanche's Age, (Year of the Episode)-(Year Mentioned by Blanche's Mother)-17 years: 1988-1949-17=56, so Blanches age is actually 56, see, she wasn't far off with the age of 42.

    • This was the last episode in which the exterior shots from the Pacific Palisades were shown. Starting next season, the shots would be taken from the facade that was built on MGM Studios in Florida that could be seen up to 2003 on the Backlot Tour.

    • Rose mentions a son named Charlie Jr. in this episode. This is the first known mention as before her only son was noted as Adam Nylund.

    • This is the only time we see Blanche's mother Margaret.

  • Allusions