Saturday, February 25, 2017

Blanche and the Younger Man S1E9

Synopsis: Blanche begins dating her much younger aerobics instructor Dirk; when Rose's mother comes to visit she becomes overly protective of her. 

80s Flashback
Dorothy: “This is the only peace and quiet I've had in two days. Blanche thinks she's Peter Pan and Rose is turning into Mommie Dearest.”

That’s What She Said
Blanche: “I have decided to overlook that minor detail and succumb to the Vesuvius of passion that is about to erupt from me.”
Sophia: “Stand back, we're gonna get something on us.”

Lewd Ladies
Alma: “Sophia, what time does that mall close? I feel like getting wild! I'll buy you some of that bikini underwear.”
Sophia: “Nah, it rides up on me.”

Zbornak Zingers
Rose, to Dorothy: “You?? You dated a younger man??”
Dorothy: “Yes, of course it was before I had the hump on my back.”

Tales from the Old South
Blanche: “I've only felt this once before. It was during my 17th summer and I was working behind the cosmetics counter at the Rexall drugstore. I was stocking the Maybelline display when I heard this booming voice say, 'Excuse me, ma'am. Where are the cuticle scissors?' I turned around and there he was. Our eyes locked, and for one brief moment, there was nobody else on earth but the two of us. I know in my heart, if I'd just followed my feelings that day at the Rexall drugstore, today I would be Mrs.
Andy Griffith!”

Product Placement
Blanche: “Waiter, eighty-six the watercress, I'll have the orange duck and a double Jack Daniels on the rocks.”

Reel References
Blanche: “Read any good books lately?”
Dirk: “Pumping Iron. I saw the movie too but I don’t think it did the book justice.”

Golden Quotes
Blanche: “This is strictly off the record, but Dirk's nearly five years younger than I am.”
Dorothy: “In what Blanche, dog years?”

Critique: This is a decent half hour, but the storyline involving Rose's mother is sort of a snooze. The episode is really only worth it once you find out why Dirk is so interested in Blanche. There's not really any outright horrible episodes of The Golden Girls (though some fans may disagree) but this one just doesn't feel all that memorable. Blanche's attempts to feel and look younger are great of course and some fun lines abound (“The only time I get in that position is when I give birth”) but otherwise this is a rather dull episode. Fun fact: In the tradition of characters on the show playing older than then are, Jeanette Nolan who played Rose's mother, was only 11 years older than Betty White.  GRADE: B-

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