When Sophia brings the box of canned goods for Father Rossi, it's obvious the box is empty as that size box containing canned goods would be far heavier.
In response to the comment about Dorothy looking directly at the studio/camera...I think she has done this a few times over the series' run. One other time I can remember Bea Arthur acknowledging the camera is in the episode where they hire the Housekeeper. She looks directly at the studio audience and says, "We're all going to be turned into Kumquats."
When one goes for bloodwork, your results are not returned same day, especially in the 1980s.
When Dorothy is in bed with Sophia and is comforted by the people who claim to be her actual parents, Dorothy actually looks directly at the camera when she says "I think I'm slowly going out of my mind!" This is very unusual, admitting the presence of a camera.
Response to above: I don't think that's what Bea was doing. I think she was clearly looking diagonally. None of Witt/Thomas/Harris shows have ever done this to my knowledge. I think you mistook it.
Vito Scotti previously appeared in the third season episode, "Rose's Big Adventure". Many might recognize him from playing other Italians on other 80's sitcoms, Uncle Aldo Micelli on Who's the Boss?, and Dino Forenzi on Charles in Charge.
In this episode they say that Dorothy was born in a hospital, but in the episode where Sophia was watching Dreyfuss she told Dorothy that she was born on the Pennuckle table at Sal's lodge and even said "Hospital the closest that your father ever got to a hospital was when he delivered ice"
In this episode, when the girls are discussing Sophia weighing 98 pounds, Blanche says she says she weighed 98 pounds in college, and Dorothy answers back with, "Where did you go to college Blanche, the University Of Jupiter?" This was a BIG mistake on the writers part because on Jupiter, weight is about 2.36 times the amount on Earth, not lighter which is what was suggested by this joke.
Lloyd Bochner played Patrick Vaughn, a womanizing actor, in the Season Two episode "The Actor."
In this episode Sophia states she has never weighed more than 100 pounds in her life. In another episode when Sophia finds a list of things she wanted to accomplish in her life, on the list it says lose 200 pounds... and Sophia says, "did it!"
The scene at the end where the girls make a pact to stick together, and Rose questions what happens when only one of them is left, has become an iconic moment because of its relevance. Since the deaths of Estelle Getty in 2008, Beatrice Arthur in 2009, and Rue McClanahan in 2010, Betty White, the one who asked, is the only one left.
This is the second time that Blanche considers having plastic surgery, although the first time (in season two's "Whose Face is This Anyway?") she explains at the end of the episode that the cosmetic surgeon's interest in her convinced her that her body was fine the way it was.
Edit: Technically her exact words were that if she could land a doctor, she might as well wait and let him pay for [her plastic surgery].
When Dorothy and Blanche are in the kitchen trying to convince Rose that Holly is a good person and has invited them to a movie, Rose accidentally walks into the living room to find Gary and Holly making out. Are we to assume that Blanche didn't even know Gary was at the house? Also, how did he get to the house, nevermind the living room, without Blanche and Dorothy knowing? Wouldn't Blanche and Dorothy have seen his car when they left to go to the movies?
In this episode, Rose expresses often how much she dislikes/hates her sister. Yet in a previous episode, Transplant, when Blanche's sister comes to visit and Blanche goes on about how she hated her sister, Rose said she didn't understand how someone could hate their own sister.
When Rose's sister first makes her appearance and is in the process of identifying Blanche, Dorothy herself (from how Rose has spoken of them to her I assume) Sophia walks out from the kitchen and says "Who's this?" Rose's sister says to her "She's feisty, zesty, and full of old world charm, Sophia." Sophia retorts "She's mopey, dopey, and full of crap Rose's sister." How did Sophia know she was Rose's sister when she wasn't present when Rose told Dorothy and Blanche she was coming? Not to mention seconds prior she had just asked "Who's this?"
Dorothy and Blanche seem to be totally out of character. Much like in Dorothy in Season One's "The Triangle" and Dorothy again in Season Three's "Dorothy's New Friend," in which Dorothy disregards her own friends feelings for someone she hardly knows. These women have been together for years, and know and trust each other. Why would Dorothy and Blanche take Holly's side over Rose's, call her ridiculous and not respect her thoughts? Doesn't Rose know her own sister better than Dorothy and Blanche?
Inga Swanson was Ingrid Swenson on Soap. Witt, Thomas, Harris apparently liked using various cast members from their sitcoms to play various roles in other sitcoms of theirs including Benson, Golden Girls, Empty Nest, and Golden Palace.
It seems highly unlikely that neither Rose's friends, family, or doctor would not notice a 30 year addiction to pain pills. The side effects alone from taking this type of pill for so long would be noticable. Not to mention that if she had been taking pills for 30 years, she would need to be taking more than one per day to have the desired effect. Over time her body would have built up a tolerance to the drug.
In this episode,Sophia said that she never breastfed Dorothy.However in "Till Death do we volley",Sophia said Dorothy was breastfed until she was 2.
Not only is Dorothy's breast feeding in question, but now so is Phil's. In "Transplant" Sophia remarked about how Phil loved the breastmilk til he was 12 years old and wanted to race home from school at lunchtime for a tasty treat.
While Dorothy is slurping up what's left in the blender, Sophia says, "Is it any wonder that I never breast fed you?" But actually, in Season 2's And Then There Was One, Sophia says that she breast-fed all her children, except her son Phil.