The Golden Girls

Season 7 Episode 25

One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)

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Aired Unknown May 09, 1992 on NBC
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One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)
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Blanche has a date and needs someone to entertain her visiting Uncle Lucas. She persuades Dorothy into going out with him and the two later come up with a scheme to get revenge on Blanche, who lied to both of them. However, their scheme seems to become all too real, as Uncle Lucas' "phoney" marriage proposal soon becomes sincere.moreless

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  • One flew out of the cuckoo's nest.

    10
    Dorothy thinks that she and Lucas are just trying to get even with Blanche, but it turns out to be the beginning of a new romance and they decide to actually get married. I think this is a great idea for a finale. However, I would have liked it even more if they didn't do the Golden Palace and then all the character's lives could have been wrapped up and then it would've been even better.moreless
  • I loved it so I TIVO'd it

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    I love the way this episode started out. It's so typical of blanche. I liked it although I could tell this was the end of the show before they spinned off to Golden Palace. The writing in my opinion was good especially in this show. Typical of the show. I didn't notice any faults just a little thing. I thought Big Daddy sold everything for his Singing Career. I didn't notice it but I still wish Bea would have changed her mind. I respect her for putting her family above her job. But, All god things come to an end.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Again, where is Miles? Rose is about ready to move in with her daughter Kirsten to be the 'Sophia' of her household all the while ignoring the fact that she and Miles were still very close just a few episodes back.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Rose: If you ask me Blanche, your Uncle Lucas is nothing but desperate, pathetic, and lonely.
      Dorothy: Right.
      Rose: Hey, Dorothy, you two just might hit it off!

    • Rose: If anyone should have the right to complain, it should be me! Let me explain: Blanche is related to Lucas in blood, now Dorothy's going to marry him, while Sophia will be an in-law. Everybody will be related to each other, except me.
      Sophia: That's family planning for ya!

    • Dorothy: (holding up a crab) Look at this one. It's shriveled up little frown reminds me of my mother. (takes the mallet and hammers its leg off)

    • Lucas: (to Dorothy) These past three days have been the lightest and brightest since Edna died.

    • Sophia: Ingrid Bergman had Paris, my Pussycat has crabs.

    • (about Dorothy and Lucas)
      Rose: It's like something out of a 40's movie...strong, handsome, daring...and now she has a man.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Leslie Nielson is best known as Frank Drebin in the 1982 short lived TV series Police Squad, and the Naked Gun movies.

    • By season's end and due most likely to a quick change in timeslot from the comfortabale 9pm slot to 8pm, the show dipped to #30 amongst all primetime TV shows.

    • According to sources, at this point, Estelle Getty had begun her early stages of dementia. If you look closely when the girls are on the couch and Dorothy is telling them of her date, Estelle appears to be caught off guard when the camera comes back to her. Her eyes appear to be looking at cue cards for her next line.

    • Rue McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux) and Leslie Nielsen (Lucas Hollingsworth) both played murder victims of a character played by Patrick McGoohan in different episodes of Columbo: Clanahan in "Ashes to Ashes", Nielsen in "Identity Crisis".

    • Bea Arthur is the reason why The Golden Girls came to its close despite it's good ratings. She decided she didn't want to play Dorothy any longer. However, the other girls wanted to keep going so that is why The Golden Palace was created.

    • This episode is the first for Uncle Lucas Hollingsworth! With the results of this two-part finale, Dorothy is married to him, and becomes Blanche's stepaunt!

    • This episode originally aired as a one-hour special, along with it's second part, and is the finale. In syndication, this episode would be shown in two separate 30-minute segments.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • When Sophia rings a triangle. alerting the family that it's time to eat, Dorothy cracks a line about Hop Sing, an allusion to the hit western Bonanza that featured a beloved cook named Hop Sing who summoned the Cartrights to meals the same way.

    • Sophia's reference to Ingrid Bergman having Paris while her daughter had crabs is an illusion to the Humphrey Bogart epic Casablanca, one of the most memorable lines in cinema history

    • The title is a pun on the Ken Kesey novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson.

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