Season 5 Episode 6

A Modest Proposal

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 13, 2009 on Showtime



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Nancy: Yeah, hi, Andy. It's me, Nancy. I thought maybe you'd... pick up this time, but you're probably really busy. I gotta say, I think it kind of sucks that you've been avoiding me because I miss you, despite what you might think, and I hoped that maybe by now you'd understand that... I'm doing the best I can to deal with everything. Maybe that's asking too much. Oh, yeah, guess what? Esteban asked me to marry him. I know, right? No more Nancy Botwin, Mrs. Esteban Reyes, Mrs Somebody... else. Isn't that weird? This is the part where I thought you'd laugh and a make a joke about Outlaws and In-Laws and a fajita bar at the wedding. Anyway, call me. Come and see me. (Starts crying) I hope you're good. And please don't have scraggly moonshiner beard, unless you plan on starting a cult in which case... go, beard! (Stops for a second and continues walking) Bye.

    • Deputy C.P. Jones: You are making a big mistake Wilson, big.
      Doug: You know what else is big? My Johnson, and you could suck it!

    • Celia: (refusing to wear sneakers to work) Is it comfortable for me to work at Super Sneakers? Well, it's not. But I will suffer for my beliefs. You wanna know who else did that? Jesus.
      Doug: I thought Jesus wore Birkenstocks.

  • Notes

    • Featured Music:
      "Cello Bop" by Gideon Freudmann
      "Great Day" by Bernie Barlow
      "Julia Florida" by Norbert Kraft
      "Lightbulb" by Rachel Goodrich

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 14, 2009 on HBO Comedy
      Australia: April 12, 2010 on GO!
      United Kingdom: May 30, 2011 on Sky ATLANTIC/Sky ATLANTIC HD

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Skromný návrh (Modest Proposal)

    • This episode is rated TV-MA for mild violence, graphic language and adult content.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Half-Hour Series.

  • Allusions

    • Andy: ...When he dies and you're once, twice, three times a widow, don't expect Uncle Andy to stop by and make pizza eggs.

      The line "once, twice, three times a lady" was popularized by The Commodores as part of the lyrics of their 1978 single "Three Times a Lady".

    • Andy: I have no formal training per se, but uh, I was Ren Mar JCC Light Saber Battle Champ 79-82. (picks up an epee and stretches) That brings up some memories. (waves epee around and makes light saber noises)

      The light saber was a weapon of choice by Jedis in the Star Wars film franchise. It was popular for making a distinct buzz-like sound whenever it is waved around.

    • Nancy: Right, spinach gives you instant muscles and an anchor tattoo.

      Nancy was referring to the fictional cartoon Popeye the Sailorman from the long-running animated TV series Popeye. Popeye has an anchor tattoo on his forearm and grows instant muscles after gobbling up cans of spinach.