Thursday, June 29, 2017

Two Rode Together S4E16

Synopsis: Dorothy takes Sophia to Disney World for “quality time,” but all Sophia wants to do is ride Space Mountain; meanwhile, Blanche and Rose team up to write a children's storybook.

80s Flashback
Blanche: “Well this is great. We've been writing stories that have already been written!”
Rose: “Well, if it's any consolation, they do it all the time on Mr. Belvedere.”

Musical Moments
Sam the piano player: “It's a world of laughter/It's a world of tears/It's a world of hopes/And a world of fears/There's so much that we share/That it's time we're aware/It's a small world after all”

Let’s Get Political
Sophia: “Let me tell you a little story. When I was a kid in Sicily, I loved lightning bugs. I'd stand out in the field and watch them light up the night sky. That was magical. That was spectacular. I tell you, I saw a thousand points of light. It was a kinder, gentler America. I turned to my wife, Barbara, and I said--
Dorothy: “Ma, what the hell are you talking about??”
Sophia: “Oh. Sorry, I must have lapsed into George Bush's inauguration speech.”

St. Olaf Vocab
Hans Christian Luckenhueven – St Olaf's greatest author and writer of the classic fairy tale “Hansel & Hansel,” not to mention the book “Tales of Toonder the Tiger & His Friends.”

That’s What She Said
Dorothy: “There's one more thing I want to show you to make this terrific weekend complete.”

Shady Pines, Ma
Dorothy: “Ma, we're going away for the weekend, just the two of us. So pack your bags, we're off to a cabin in the Keys.”
Sophia: “Wait a minute, Dorothy, you pulled this one on me once before. Remember Shady Pines Retirement Village? She told me we were going to a resort. We pull up to this place that looks like the Bates Motel and two goons in white coats drag me inside. And for the next year and a half, I'm forced to make lanyards against my will.”
“Ma, you know that's not how it was.”
“You're right. Sometimes they forced me to make moccasins.”

Lewd Ladies
Blanche: “You know what I'm thinking, Rose?”
Rose: “That with your drawings and my poems, we might go into the greeting card business together?”
Blanche: “No. I'm thinking about a place out at the beach where the waves break so hard, they knock the bathing suits right off the men coming out of the water.”

Zbornak Zingers
Rose: “Why are you both wearing black? Did you just come from a funeral?”
Sophia: “No, Rose. We were singing backup for Johnny Cash.”

Insult Watch
Rose: “Anyway, it made Toonder's wife miserable that her husband was best known for being mediocre.”
Blanche: “I understand Marilyn Quayle feels the same way.”

Product Placement
Rose: “This book is really coming along.”
Blanche: “Yeah, and you can chalk it all up to synergism.”
Rose: “Yeah, synergism. What would we ever do without it? Good old synergism.”
Blanche: “You have no idea what it means, do you?”
Rose: “Not a clue.”
Blanche: “Synergism is the powerful energy that is generated by two people engaged in the same activity. Up till now, I had no idea it could occur outside a Howard Johnson's motor lodge!”

Sassy Sophia
Sophia: “Space Mountain, here I come.”
Dorothy: “Ma, I told you, no scary rides.”
Sophia: “Then we'd better find another way to get to the airport. The cabby is wearing a turban.”

Back in St. Olaf
Rose: “Once upon a time in the magical land of Flafluevenhaven... lived Toonder the mediocre tiger. He was mediocre because there was nothing special about him. He wasn't talented, he wasn't smart, he wasn't rich, he wasn't handsome. He wasn't good at anything…. Anyway, it made Toonder's wife miserable that her husband was best known for being mediocre... So she asked her fairy godmother to grant Toonder the ability to perform incredible feats of magic, and her wish was granted. Toonder the Mediocre became Toonder the Magnificent…. Well, Toonder the tiger spent so much time performing that he didn't have enough time to spend with his wife. Well she told him that she missed the time they had together when he was just mediocre, so Toonder used his magic only once more, and that was to make his powers disappear.”
Blanche: “And they lived happily ever after?”
Rose: “No, actually she got bored and ran off with Wiseblat the weasel, Toonder's old business manager. But they lived happily ever after.”
Blanche: “What happened to Toonder??”
Dorothy: “Oh, who cares, Blanche!! Once you hear 'happily ever after,' it's over.”

Best of B.E.D.
Blanche: “Well, Dorothy, I live by one simple rule. Share your love with people today 'cause they may be gone tomorrow.”
Dorothy: “That's a beautiful sentiment, Blanche.”
Blanche: “Comes from dating a lot of traveling salesmen.”

Sweet, Single-Digit-IQ Rose
Dorothy: “Ma's 82 years old. Edith was only six years older. You can guess what I'm thinking.”
Blanche: “You're thinking your time with Sophia may be running short.”
Rose: “Wow, Blanche. That's amazing. Now guess what I'm thinking.”

Reel References
Dorothy: “Ma, why are you trying so hard to ruin my weekend?”
Sophia: “You don't get it, do you? This weekend could've been a lot of fun, until you decided we were gonna have quality time.”
Dorothy: “Is that so horrible? Ma, all I wanted to do was have us finish unfinished business and say things to each other that we never said before.”
Sophia: “Dorothy, this isn't On Golden Pond.”
Dorothy: “I know, Ma.”
Sophia: “And you're not Jane Fonda.”

The Boob Tube
“Ma, you've been in there for 20 minutes, now what are you doing?”
“Painting a fresco on the ceiling. It's a bathroom. What do you think I'm doing? What are you writing?”
“Oh, nothing.”
“What do you mean nothing? What is that?”
“Well Ma, you have such a great sense of humor. And I can never remember all the funny things you say, so I've decided to keep a journal.”
“A Journal? Who the hell are you? Bill Moyers?”
“That is classic. Bill Moy-ers.”

Golden Quotes
Dorothy: “Oh, Pop was sure a lousy photographer. Who is that?”
Sophia: “Uncle Vittorio.”
Dorothy: “His head's cut off. How can you tell?”
Sophia: “Because that's exactly how he looked in the morgue after he turned state's evidence against Benny the Blade.”

and

Dorothy: “I'm sorry, Ma. I was trying to remember when was the last time I said 'I love you.'”
Sophia: “After lunch, when I said you had grilled cheese stuck to your chin.”

Critique:
This episode has everything. St. Olaf fairy tales, walks down memories lane, awkward stock Disney World footage, and even a “Casablanca” satire. I could also watch Sophia try to steal crap from her hotel room over and over and over again. But I digress. I'm a huge fan of this episode. Sure we never really get to see Disney World the way other sitcoms of the day did. Roseanne, Full House, and Family Matters all had episodes that took place at Disney World. You'd think since the show took place in Florida they'd have more than just some brief stock footage. If only to see Bea Arthur fly by in a Space Mountain train. Anywho, this is a great episode because both story lines are exceptionally solid. Rose and Blanche have some really great moments with each other Blanche is typical Blanche with her “brilliant” drawings which we never get to see. I could also listen to Blanche say “Who's Hans Christian Luckenhueven” a million times. Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty, to get all Disneyfied, are simply magical here. This episode is the epitome of their fantastic chemistry. If you can't buy that these two people are actually mother and daughter then, like Rose, you probably need a CATSCAN. The current cost of a one day pass to Disney World? $124. The cost of listening to Bea Arthur's guttural scream on Space Mountain? Priceless. GRADE: A
This
episode has everything. St. Olaf fairy tales, walks down memories
lane, awkward stock Disney
World footage, and even a 
“Casablanca” satire. I
could also watch Sophia try to steal crap from her hotel room over
and over and over again. But I digress. I'm a huge fan of this
episode. Sure we never really get to see Disney World the way other
sitcoms of the day did. Roseanne, Full House, and Family Matters all
had episodes that took place at Disney World. You'd think since the
show took place in Florida they'd have more than just some brief
stock footage. If only to see Bea Arthur fly by in a Space Mountain
train. Anywho, this is a great episode because both story lines are
exceptionally solid. Rose and Blanche have some really great moments
with each other Blanche is typical Blanche with her “brilliant”
drawings which we never get to see. I could also listen to Blanche
say “Who's Hans Christian Luckenhueven”
a million times. Bea Arthur
and Estelle Getty, to get all Disneyfied, are simply magical here.
This episode is the epitome of their fantastic chemistry. If you
can't buy that these two people are actually mother and daughter
then, like Rose, you probably need a CATSCAN. The
current cost of a one day pass to Disney World? $124. The cost of
listening to Bea Arthur's guttural
scream on Space Mountain? Priceless. GRADE: AAnyway, it made Toonder's wife miserable that her husband was best known for being mediocre.
I understand Marilyn Quayle feels the same way.

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