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Viewed by 24.1 million people, and ranked #13 for the week.
A series low, the episode attracted 22.4 million people, and ranked #17 for the week.
This is the final episode that Terry Hughes, known as "the fifth golden girl," would direct. Lex Passaris would direct the majority of the show's final two seasons, with some help from Matthew Diamond and Peter D. Beyt.
At the end of this show, Rose hopes that Dorothy is finally cured of her gambling problem. Dorothy mentions that you are never really cured. But Rose said the same thing when she came back from rehab with a drug problem. Wouldn't she more or less know what Dorothy is going through?
When Sophia is going over Dorothy's resume, she suggests she put down anthropological research starting in 1946, which meant her marriage to Stan. But Dorothy and Stan got married in 1949 when she was 17.
Dorothy's uncharacteristic gambling problem surfaces again and it is mentioned how she almost lost everything when she and Stan were married, but on "The Audit", Dorothy explains how careful she had always been with her money and it's made quite clear that Stan was the irresponsible one.
Interesting how much Sophia abhors gambling in this episode and yet in other episodes Sophia is involved in countless get rich quick schemes - kid Pepe, the sandwich business with Rose, the pizza stand with Max, renting out the house to borders, etc.
To add: Not to mention, Sophia openly visits the dog track in several episodes, and gambles with Rose's mother through the entire episode.
Viewed by 30 million people, and ranked #5 for the week.
During the course of the series, Blanche is depicted as able to attract strong, virile, youthful men, and yet in this episode, and many others the men we see Blanche with are what most viewers wouldn't consider physically attractive for men that age. Are we supposed to believe that Blanche, as superficial and shallow as she is, would be with a man as overweight as Doug?
Jenny is Dorothy's god-daughter but calls her Aunt Dorothy (and Blanche Aunt Blanche).
In another episode, Sophia referred to her list of things to do before she died and she said she had to make amends with Guido Spirelli who she ran out on when she was supposed to marry him in an arranged marriage. Then there was another episode when Dorothy was making the family history and found out Sophia was married before her father Sal and had the marriage annulled because she didn't want an arranged marriage.
And in another episode she says that her and Sal also had an arranged marriage... she has to stand on a rock or she would have ended up with someone else.
In this episode, Sophia explains she put a curse on the man who stood her up at the alter. But there have been several different episodes, where she discusses several different men who were supposed to have been her first husband by an arranged marriage. How many arranged marriages could she have before she married Sal?
In this episode, when Blanche and Sophia are at the mall, it is the same mall for the Tv series, "Roseanne." In season one episode 16, Becky wanted to purchase a dress from a store called "The Ultimate." When Blanche and Sophia decide that they will withdraw $1,000 each to put down, as the camera zooms out you can see that the store they're walking away from is called "The Ultimate." The font of the store name and layout, are exactly the same in Roseanne.
Viewed by 30.3 million people, and ranked #7 for the week.
When Dorothy reveals to Blanche and Rose that Glen proposed, Blanche and Rose encourage her. Rose even goes so far and says "Do it!" However, in the Pilot Rose cautions Blanche about marrying a man she hardly knows. Why now, would Rose encourage Dorothy to marry a man, who, A) when he first appeared, Rose told her to stay away from, and B) she hardly knows.
Viewed by 31 million people, and ranked #8 for the week.
Rose says after graduation she went to St. Gustaf. However, in Season Four Rose says that to get to from St. Gustaf to St. Olaf you have to take a plane and then land transportation. If Rose was standing outside in the middle of the night in St. Gustaf, with the rain pouring down, with St. Olaf a two-day train ride away, how did she get home, and where did she spend the night? On the street?
According to the layout of the house, Blanche's room is the one at the end of the hallway. However, in this episode and many others, when the girls are in Blanche's room and the door is wide open, you can clearly see that to the right is the door that supposedly leads to Blanche's room.
Barbara Babcock is best known for her roles as Grace Gardiner on Hill Street Blues and as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Viewed by 32.1 million people, and ranked #5 for the week.
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