The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 13

The Impotence of Being Ernest

Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1989 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Here Rose takes Dorothy's advice and agrees that maybe she and Ernie can see a sex therapist. However, in "Break-In" in Season One, Rose says that they never see therapists back home.

    • If you will notice when Rose is having dinner with Ernie, her purse strap is on her shoulder when they first sit down. Then they cut away to Ernie and then back to Rose, her strap is missing. They cut back to Ernie and then again to Rose and her purse strap is back on her shoulder.

    • In this episode Dorothy talks about how she fed Stanley so many oysters that when he passed a kidney stone she had it appraised. However, in the first season episode, "The Way We Met," Blanche has to explain to Dorothy about using oysters as aphrodisiacs.

  • Quotes

    • (after Sophia tells Blanche and Dorothy that she slept with Sonny)
      Dorothy: Ma. You are incredible.
      Sophia: Those were Sonny's words exactly.

    • (after Dorothy asks about her weekend)
      Rose: First he said I was a very attractive woman.
      Blanche & Dorothy: (together) Yeah.
      Rose: Then he said I was fun to be with.
      Blanche & Dorothy: (together) Yeah.
      Rose: Then he said he was impotent.
      Blanche & Dorothy: (together) Ewww!

    • Blanche: Sometimes you got to stoke a man's fire.
      Sophia: Words of wisdom from the Human Torch.

    • (After seeing Rose depressed)
      Dorothy: (To Rose) Is it about Ernie?
      Blanche: He's lousy in bed. I knew something was wrong with him.

    • (Ernie's left Rose for his ex-wife since he's not impotent after sleeping with Rose)
      Blanche: You gave him back his manhood, you should be proud of that.
      Rose: If he can find it he can have it...he's the worst lover I ever had.

    • (Sophia receives a black feather from Sicily, but insists it's nothing)
      Dorothy: You're not fooling me, Ma. Everything that comes from Sicily means something. A black rose means a family member is dying, a white carnation means a newborn is on the way, a dead rabbit means 'my husband knows, get out of town'.
      Rose: Knows what, Dorothy?
      Dorothy: The score to South Pacific.

    • Sophia: When I turn my hearing aid to 10, I can hear a canary break wind in Lauderdale.

  • Notes

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