The Golden Girls

Season 6 Episode 5

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy

Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1990 on NBC
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Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy
Blanche gets an unexpected visit from her childhood "mammy" (nanny) but Blanche is reluctant to even speak to her since she deserted her when she was a child. Meanwhile, Sophia hires a matchmaker for Dorothy who experiences a date with a convict.

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  • Review of GG S6 E5

    Why should the topic have been left alone? Because it was controversial? A topic of this type which the producers were NOT afraid to deal with, is one of the MANY reasons this show will live in syndication for many, many years. It was unrealistic for a white Southern man to be romantically linked to his black domestic, according to who? Maybe Curtis Hollingsworth had more courage than he was willing to admit, but he GENUINELY LOVED Viola Watkins, just NOT for public consumption, and that's OK!!!!moreless
  • Mammy and Mr. O'Hara

    This is one of perhaps three episodes of the Golden Girls in which the writers tried too hard to deal with a topic that probably should have been left alone. Instead, they glamorize a sobering situation (in this case, an extra-marital affair) by sensationalizing the romance between Big Daddy (a white Southerner) and his (black) hired help, Blanche's Mammy. Can any one of us imagine ourselves in Blanche's shoes, finding out someone whom we trusted and loved ruined our parents' marriage by cheating with one of them? Yet Mammy makes the statement, "I don't need your forgiveness! I did nothing wrong!" Um...okay. And now Mammy wants a momento of her homewrecking days. She has come to see Blanche to acquire a music box.

    Entirely selfish. Yet we as the audience is supposed to sympathise with Mammy and reproach Blanche. This rankled.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Blanche learns about Big Daddy's infidelity with Mammy Watkins, she is stunned and devastated that he would cheat on her mother. However, she seems to be forgetting that in season four she stated that Big Daddy once slept with a girl who Blanche ended a friendship with, that her mother came to accept, along with a new car.

    • Blanche and Big Daddy danced to "Tennessee Waltz" at her wedding.

    • In this episode, Mammy tells Blanche that she saw her wear a white dress at her wedding. In a different episode, Blanche celebrates her anniversary by slipping into her wedding dress, which happens to be red. Blanche's explanation is that even she couldn't keep a straight face in a white dress.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sophia: (to Dorothy) If you were to go on a date, which of the following characteristics could you live with: body odor, schizophrenia, or extra toes?

    • Sophia: (greeting Dorothy after her date with a criminal) Hi, Pussycat!
      Dorothy: Say good-bye, old woman!

    • Dorothy: Blanche, if you don't mind, I'm having a heart-to-heart with my mother. (turns to Sophia) Now listen up, you withered old Sicilian monkey!

    • Rose: Blanche, are you alright?
      Blanche: I'm stunned, I'm just stunned.
      Dorothy: Honey, what's wrong?
      Blanche: That call, it was Viola Watkins, she used to be my Mammy.
      Dorothy: Your what?
      Blanche: My Mammy, the woman who took care of me when I was little.
      Dorothy: Oh, I'm sorry, I don't think I ever heard anyone called Mammy before.
      Rose: What about Mrs. Eisenhower?
      Dorothy: Mammy Eisenhower... I think only the Nixon kids got to call her that.

    • Rose: You know, I had a nanny when I was a child. She was my best friend. I could tell her anything and I'd know she would keep it a secret. We used to spend the days running and playing in the meadow or playing hide and seek in the barn. My nanny treated me like I was her own kid. (crying) Excuse me. (leaves)
      Dorothy: Am I the only one who didn't think she wasn't talking about a goat? (everybody shakes their heads)

    • Mammy: Blanche, I loved your father.
      Blanche: Of course you did, everybody loved Big Daddy.
      Mammy: No, I loved your father.

    • Blanche: I woke up one morning and you were gone. No goodbye, no nothing. I spent the next few years wondering what I did, or what I said that made you leave.
      Mammy Watkins: Is that what this is all about? Blanche, I didn't abandon you, I had to leave, your mother found out about your father and me.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Notice that the lanai is a little different from earlier seasons. There seem to be more actual palm trees, instead of earlier seasons with a painted backdrop of palm trees in the distance. Here the trees block the backdrop, and it can only be seen a little.

    • Mammy Watkins states Blanche's full name "Blanche Marie Hollingsworth," however in a later episode, her middle name is changed to "Elizabeth" so her initials spell B.E.D.

    • This is the only time Big Daddy's first name is mentioned, Curtis.


    • When Rose says "What about Mrs. Eisenhower?" (in reference to Dorothy never hearing anyone called "Mammy" before), Dorothy replies with "I think only the Nixon kids got to call her that."

      Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower's grandson, David, married Richard Nixon's daughter, Julie.

    • When Blanche is talking about her Mammy for the first time, Rose says "Like Mrs. Eisenhower?"

      Mamie Eisenhower was the wife of President/Five-Star General Dwight D. Eisenhower.