- Whenever Rose insults someone. Because she is so nice and sweet, you never see it coming.
- "Back in St. Olaf..." Anything said after this is bound to end up on this page.
- After the first few episodes, whenever Rose or Sophia are about to tell a story ("Picture it..."/"Back in St. Olaf..."), the audience immediately starts laughing, as they know something funny is about to be said.
- Some of Dorothy's reaction shots.
- Dorothy giving Preemptive Shut Ups to Sophia when she's about to say something rude. In one episode, instead of telling her to shut up, she covers her mouth before she gets a chance to say something.
Clayton: I’d do anything for Doug, and he’d bend over backwards for me!
- In another memorable instance, Dorothy pops a cookie into Sophia's just-opening mouth without missing a beat.
- The show ran on "Ask a Stupid Question..." humor. Some examples:
Blanche: Sophia says she has no appetite after she was stabbed in the back.
- When a friend of Sophia's backed out on a commitment:
Rose: Oh my God, who stabbed Sophia?!
Dorothy: The chef at Benihana, Rose!
Dorothy: (sees Rose walking out of her room with a bucket in each hand) Oh, Rose, is your roof leaking too?
- When Rose gave it back:
Rose: No, Dorothy. I just finished milking the cow that I keep in my closet. Gee, with only three hours sleep I can be as bitchy as you.
Blanche: Oh that's right, you had heart surgery too, didn't you, Sophia?
- When Rose is having heart surgery:
Sophia: No, I take nitroglycerine because I want to explode!
Blanche: I don't really mind Clayton being homosexual, I just don't like him dating men.
- The (second)episode about Blanche's gay brother.
Dorothy: You really haven't grasped the concept of this gay thing yet, have you.
Blanche: There must be homosexuals who date women!
Sophia: Yeah, they're called lesbians.
Dorothy: What happened?
- When Sophia says that an old friend died.
Sophia: She was fighting an oil rig fire in the gulf of Mexico. She was 88!
Rose: Well, it's great that she was able to keep working right up until the end.
Dorothy: Ma, what are you doing?
- When they walk in on Sophia standing in front of the open refrigerator with her robe open.
Sophia: I'm giving the leftover meatloaf a thrill. What do you think I'm doing? It's hot as hell in here!
Dorothy: Ma, close that before the food spoils!
Sophia: Okay! (closes her robe)
Blanche: Have you ever heard of something called dirty dancing?
- When Blanche asks for volunteers to sign up for a dirty dancing class with her.
Dorothy: Well of course, Blanche. They did it in that movie.
Rose: What movie?
Dorothy: Lawrence of Arabia, Rose.
Rose: What's it made of?
- When they discover that their candidate in a local election is a female-to-male transsexual.
Dorothy: Silly putty, Rose!
Rose: She's [her sister] a flautist.
- The other time Rose gives it back.
Dorothy: Oh, she plays the flute?
Rose: No, Dorothy. She plays the flaut. It's a Scandinavian instrument that looks like a tuba except it's got hair on the bottom. Of course she plays the flute!
Dorothy: But the only thing we have in common is under the sheets.
- While talking about Dorothy's boyfriend Eddie:
Rose: What's under the sheets?
Dorothy: His cappuccino maker... Sex, Rose. I am talking sex.
Rose: [shocked] Oh, Dorothy, all that and cappuccino, too?
Blanche: Oh, Rose, are you upset about Arnie?
- When Rose is nervous about going away with her boyfriend.
Dorothy: No, Blanche, she's upset because they keep changing the taste of Coke.
Dorothy: Barry was the man I wanted to be the first.
- When Dorothy talks about an old flame coming to town:
Rose: ...First where?
Dorothy: On Mars, Rose!
Rose: Why would you need a kidney?
- When Blanche's sister sought Blanche out for a kidney transplant.
Dorothy: TO FEED THE CAT, ROSE!
Dorothy: I'm so nervous. Have you ever given a eulogy?
- When Dorothy has to give a eulogy.
Rose: You mean at a funeral?
Dorothy: No, Rose, at a pie eating contest!
Dorothy: It turned up three days later.
- When Dorothy tells a story about Stan putting her engagement ring in a glass of Dom Perignon and her accidentally swallowing it.
(long beat as Blanche, and the audience, laugh,)
Rose: Where'd it turn up, Dorothy?
(long beat, more laughter)
Dorothy: On the Home Shopping Network.
Blanche: We brought dinner.
- When Dorothy walks in with a pizza box.
Rose: What did you get?
Dorothy: A bucket of chicken. I hope you like it extra flat and crispy.
Blanch:: It's a pizza, Rose.
Rose: I know that, I just meant what kind.
Blanch: Did you really?
Rose: No, but I thought I could cover.
Rose: What kind of a movie is this, Dorothy?
- At the cinema:
Character on screen: Rip his throat out!
Dorothy: It's a musical Rose.
Rose: Can I ask a dumb question?
- One might notice that Rose is responsible for a lot of these.
Dorothy: Better than anyone I know.
- "I'm Blanche Devereaux. That's French for... Blanche Deveraux."
- After Sophia gives Blanche's grandson a well-deserved slap;
Blanche: Is that all you Italians know how to do; scream and hit?
Sophia: No. We also know how to make love, and sing opera.
- In the episode where the girls are robbed, Blanche borrows Rose's "Hair spray" and goes down to the police station. There, she sees a police officer she finds cute, so she decided to "touch up" her hair.
Blanche: So I took out your hairspray to give my hair a final spritz? Only surprise, it wasn't hairspray... it was mace. You had mace, your hairspray was mace, I maced myself right there in the police station! Almost died! I fell to the floor, blinded, writing in pain, couldn't move for 20 minutes.
Rose: Well, what do you know? It works!
Blanche: [flings a pillow over her head] WORKS! They thought I was on angel dust! They wanted to arrest me. I'm lying there dying and they're harassing me. Murderers are free, rapists are free, but a poor widow on the floor they try to lock up! Who'd I hurt? Me?
- "In a Bed of Rose's" had her boyfriend dying in bed after sleeping with her. This being the second time a man died after sleeping with her (the first being her husband Charlie), Rose decides to stop sleeping with men, convinced that she's an angel of death. By the episode's end, she returns from a vacation with a new boyfriend, and reveals to Blanche and Dorothy that she slept with him. And he died. And that to prove to the local sheriff that it was her fault, she slept with him too. And then he died. And then Rose reveals to a horrified Blanche and Dorothy that it was all a joke. The two storm out of the room, angrily commenting that they believed her.
Dorothy: I was set to go to her hanging!
- In "The Operation", after Rose and Blanche have been practicing for weeks for a tap dance recital, Blanche gets stage fright before the show and tells Rose a story about when she was a little girl wetting herself at a dance recital, which is why she can't do the show. Rose won't have any of it.
Rose: [harshly] Hey, we've all got our sad stories.Blanche:... What?Rose: Look Blanche, we've practiced for six weeks, we've paid for our costumes, we told everybody we'd be there, now you're not gonna wimp out on me! You're gonna go to that recital, and if you end up in a puddle tonight well you just better break into Singin' in the Rain!
- "Come on Dorothy, if the Egyptians built the pyramids, then we can move this toilet!" "Fine, get me 20,000 hebrews and I'll have it out of here in no time."
- From "Job Hunting", after a phone call has frightened Blanche and Dorothy awake:
Blanche: I'm jumpier than a virgin at a prison rodeo.
Dorothy: Boy, that's... pretty jumpy.
Dorothy: Sure, you're five years older. So am I. So is Blanche.Blanche: *Surprised look*Dorothy: Okay, you've grown a few more wrinkles. So have I. So has Blanche.Blanche: *Irritated look*Dorothy: So you're a bit thicker in the middle. So is Blanche.Blanche: *Epic Death Glare*
- From the same episode, Dorothy trying to talk Rose out of feeling sorry for herself about her physical condition:
- In "Ladies of the Evening", Blanche wins a date with Burt Reynolds and invites Dorothy and Blanche along, but has to leave out Sophia. Hijinks ensue which end with the girls going to a hotel reception and getting arrested after being mistaken for prostitutes, causing them to miss their chance to meet the actor. The episode ends with the girls sitting at home pissed at the turn of events, when Burt Reynolds comes to their house...to take out Sophia! Before they leave, he asks which of the younger three is The Slut, and all three of them yell "I am!"
- From "Isn't It Romantic":
- The whole opening scene. Sophia rents a porno. Hilarity Ensues.
- When Dorothy and Sophia try to explain to Blanche that a visiting friend of Dorothy's is a lesbian, Blanche gets the word confused with "Lebanese". And then she gets outraged when she learns that Dorothy's friend wants Rose and not her.
- From "A Piece of Cake", an episode featuring flashbacks to the girls' birthdays:
Sal: Enough with this "old lady" business! You're acting like an ass! You don't look fifty. You don't look forty-eight. You're just as beautiful as the day I married you.
- Dorothy's flashback is one of her worst birthdays ever. Rose decided to take her to "Mr. Ha-Ha's Hot Dog Hacienda." Dorothy is obviously miserable, which isn't helped by her having to lead a Birthday Parade. After she has to make a wish and blow out her candle, Mr. Ha-Ha says, "I hope everybody gets what they wished for." Dorothy gets a gleam in her eye, picks up her hot fudge cake in throwing position and says, "Do you really, Mr. Ha-ha?" Mr. Ha-Ha warns her that A) his musician's brother is a lawyer, and B) that's not a very mature thing to do. Dorothy agrees, and puts her cake down. However, a little boy named Bobby walks up behind Ha-Ha, gets his attention, and when Ha-Ha turns around, he pies him in the face. Then, with a big toothy grin he says, "Happy Birthday, Dorothy." It's hilarious, a little heartwarming, and even the normally deadpan Dorothy lets out a big belly laugh.
- Sophia's flashback is to her 50th, when she and Dorothy still lived in Brooklyn. For context, she thought it was her forty-eighth until her husband showed her the paperwork immigration had screwed up when they came to America.
Sophia: Oh Salvatore. Salvatore say that again.
Sal: You're acting like an ass!
- In a flashback with Sophia's late husband:
Sophia: Where are you going?
Sal: To get some air.
Sophia: We got air in the house.
Sal: I like beer with my air.
- Sal's running commentary from the kitchen as he tries a TV dinner for the first time, constantly interrupting Sophia and Dorothy's conversation out in the living room.
- Rose says something stupid and Dorothy tells her to pass her the newspaper, which Rose refuses to do since she thinks Dorothy's going to hit her on the head with it. When Dorothy promises not to, Rose hands the newspaper over, and Dorothy immediately passes it over to Blanche so she can do it instead.
- In "Brotherly Love", Stanley's little brother is visiting and begins to go out with Dorothy. Stan starts noticing his little brother is doing many of the same things he did the first time he proposed (namely planning a vacation to Acapulco,) and believe he's about to propose to Dorothy. In the end, he was merely trying to sweet-talk Dorothy into baby-sitting the two kids of the girl he was really trying to propose to. Dorothy appears to take the high road and simply leave, but before she does, she delivers one final parting shot over the host's microphone.
Dorothy: Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention, please? The gentleman at table five, in the blue suit, is impotent. Bon appetit.
- Their visit to a therapist due to problems at home, leading to Rose's (arguably) most memorable line:
Blanche: When she's not saying something stupid, she's doing something stupid, or wearing something stupid, or cooking something stupid!
Doctor: Rose, what do you think about Blanche saying those things?
Rose: I think she's a garkonganokin.
Rose: Well, literally, it means the exact moment when dog doo turns white...
(cut to Blanche's horrified expression)
Rose: ...but generally it means someone you wouldn't want to share your hudencakles with.
Dorothy: Rose, if you say one more of those stupid words-
Rose: Oh, blow it out your tubenburbles!
- In "My Brother, My Father", when Blanche and Rose are rehearsing as the Nuns in The Sound of Music:
Rose: The Nazis are coming! The Nazis are coming!
Sophia: [bursts into the room] Everybody! Grab a gun and run to the basement! Come on, move, move!
- Also, when Uncle Angelo visits, having been led to believe Dorothy and Stan were still married by Sophia who feared he'd disapprove of their divorce. After just finishing his confession that he actually was not a priest:
Angelo: Can you ever forgive me?Dorothy: Oh of course, Uncle Angelo. Actually, we've all been deceitful too; Stanley and I are divorced. I hope you're not disappointed.Angelo: No, I'm thrilled! I never liked him, he's a yutz.
- The joke between the two crows.
- "GET OUT!"
- Blanche and Sophia arguing in "Yes, We Have No Havanas":
Blanche: "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go take a long, hot, steamy bath, with just enough water to barely cover my perky bosoms."
Sophia: "You're only gonna sit in an inch of water?"note
Blanche: "[to Fidel] Midnight for dessert."
Rose: Dessert at midnight?
Sophia: There's always room for Jell-o.
Blanche: I just hate you. I regret the day you ever moved in here.
Sophia: And I regret the day I gave birth to you!
Dorothy: Ma! Ma, I'm your daughter!
Sophia: Oh, yeah...I need a Bromo-Seltzer!
Sophia: I realized today I haven't showered with a man in twenty-two years!Dorothy: Ma, pop's been dead twenty-seven years.Sophia: What's your point?Dorothy: Ma, what are you saying?Rose: Isn't it obvious, Dorothy? She showered with a dead man for five years.
- Also from that episode:
- Sophia negotiating with a grocery store clerk over a nectarine in "The Days and Nights of Sophia Petrillo":
Clerk: I've never seen a more beautiful piece of fruit.
Sophia: Oh yeah? Then try kissing my behind! It's a real peach!
- In "Stan Takes a Wife", after Stan stays with her all night when Sophia is sick with pneumonia, Dorothy decides she's still in love with him, and can't let him marry someone else. She tries to tell him how she feels on the day of the wedding, only for Rose and Blanche to pull out all the stops to keep her from ruining everything. What follows is an almost non-stop laughtrack as they scramble to keep her from doing something she'll regret.
- From "Valentine's Day":
Dorothy: CONDOMS, ROSE! CONDOMS! CONDOMS! CONDOMS!!!
- The girls' recount of their attempt to look more beautiful by getting a new hairdo at a salon. The practitioner commented on a different attribute of each girl (sans Sophia), followed by giving them the same lousy hairdo — Sophia's hairdo!
- Hard to put this line in context, so....
Dorothy: Blanche, you have seen a naked man before, what is the big deal — oh... [beat] Is that a legal serve?
- In the flashback to the worst Valentine's Day the girls had ever had, Rose, Dorothy, and Blanche wind up accidentally going to a nudist resort, thanks to Rose making the wrong reservations for Valentine's Day. Rose is regretful, Dorothy is unsettled... and Blanche is looking out the window, watching a bunch of people outside playing volleyball. Then she calls Dorothy over to look at one of the guys.
- From "Sick and Tired (2)":
Dorothy: Am I going to die?Harry: I'm afraid so.Dorothy: [clearly disturbed] You really think so?Harry: ...Sooner or later I guarantee it! Unless the Japanese come up with something!
- Dorothy goes to see a friend of hers.
"Your heart's in the right place, Rose, but I don't know where the hell your brain is."
- Sophia discovers Rose separating egg yolks from whites, putting all the yolks in a Ziploc bag. Rose explains that she's removing the yolks to make low-cholesterol omelets...but she didn't have the heart to throw them out, so she'll donate the yolks to the homeless. Sophia snarks that that just leads to a nice Final Solution for the homeless problem—having them die of cholesterol. Rose looks at her in shock. Cue Sophia's punch line:
Blanche: What could you possibly find to lie about on a farm? Must be some state. Lots of lakes. Nice pale people. I'd drown myself.
- Blanche, delirious after apparently writing all night, comes across these egg yolks, and her reaction to them is along the lines of "yellow eyeballs" and "little balls of sunshine in a bag."
- Blanche decides to let Rose read her manuscript, because she's honest and from Minnesota. And in her words, people from Minnesota don't lie.
- From "Love Under the Big Top":
Dorothy: You're becoming Irish?
- Dorothy's attorney boyfriend Ken Whittingham tells her he's leaving the law profession to become a full-time circus clown. He does this by putting on a red clown nose while Dorothy's eyes are closed. He tells her to open her eyes and guess what his announcement is, and Dorothy responds thusly:
- Rose, during a "Save the Whales" demonstration: "All creatures must learn to co-exist. Back where I come from, they do. That's why the brown bear and field mouse can share their lives and live in harmony. Of course they can't mate or the mice would explode." Cue WTF looks from the entire picket line.
- At said demonstration, Blanche gets in trouble for punching a dock worker trying to interfere with the protest, and as a result the girls end up in court. Sophia mentions to Dorothy that she's called Ken and he's coming over to take care of the matter, which Dorothy's overjoyed to hear. What Sophia did not mention, however, was that he would be handling the case in full clown get-up.
- From "Mary Has a Little Lamb":
Sophia: You think that since Mary went out and got herself pregnant, she's a slut. Well, let me tell you what a slut is. A slut is a girl who gets knocked up in the back of a Studebaker. It was a Studebaker, right, Dorothy?
Dorothy: It was a Nash, Ma.
Sophia: Now that's a slut.
Blanche: You wouldn't like Blanche, anyway.
- The subplot involving a criminal who was pen pals with Blanche while in prison. He's never seen her. So when he's out, and looking for Blanche...
Rose: She's not your type.
Blanche: That's right, she isn't. Rose: She's very cold.
Blanche: Frigid. Hardly likes men at all.
Rose: And she's ugly, isn't she?
[Blanche starts looking annoyed]
Blanche: Ugly is a pretty strong word, Rose.
Rose: And wrinkled, isn't she?
[Blanche gets even more annoyed]
Blanche: She is not wrinkled.
Rose: And fat.
Blanche: Stop that! You just stop that right now! She is none of those things, Rose Nylund. She is gorgeous! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
Moose: Alright. Sounds good. Tell Blanche I'll be back.
Blanche: ... And stupid! Stupid, stupid, stupid!
Sophia: Hi, Mary. When's the baby due?
- And this:
Dorothy: Ma, you're talking to a sixteen year-old girl.
Sophia: A knocked-up sixteen year-old girl.
Mary: [nods awkwardly]
Dorothy: Ma, how did you know?
Sophia: Because you had the same look of panic on your face when you got pregnant. Kind of like a deer caught in the headlights of a car. I thought only pregnant teenagers had that expression until I saw Dan Quayle on TV.Dorothy: I was desperate!
- From "Like the Beep-Beep-Beep of the Tom Tom":
Rose: She said no one could be afraid when they hear that song... except maybe the Kaiser.
- The girls singing "Over There" to Blanche as she's being wheeled to surgery. What completes the scene is an old doughboy walking by and saluting them.
- Rose's story explaining that her mom used to sing it to her when she was little.
- Just before Blanche is being wheeled to surgery, she tells the girls that her doctor wants to "rip [her] open from stem to stern!" Sophia responds, "Your two favorite parts."
- Dorothy won't let Blanche out of a bathroom stall (It Makes Sense in Context), while the two of them offer insight to a young woman. Dorothy ends up pounding the stall door in frustration, leading to the following:
Blanche: Dorothy, if you do that one more time, I'm going to write all over these walls "For a good time, call Dorothy Zbornak"!
Dorothy: (Chuckles) Blanche, this is a ladies room!
[cue Oh, Crap! look on Dorothy's face]
Blanche: You can't do this, it's a violation of my civil rights.
- There was a lot of good Bathroom Humor (pardon the pun) in that scene.
Dorothy: Well, you have the time, you have the paper, why don't you sit down and write a long letter to your Senator.
Blanche: Dorothy, let me out of here right now.
- And later:
Dorothy: There's only one way out, Blanche, and I don't think you can hold your breath long enough.
- In the beginning of "Once, in St. Olaf", Blanche is giving Dorothy grief about allegedly being the cause of Sophia's hernia (by asking Sophia to move a wicker sofa). At first Rose comes to Dorothy's defense but then pulls out this zinger when she asks for orange juice:
Rose: Would you like me to pour you a glass, or have Sophia come in and bring you the refrigerator?
- When Dorothy fails a star football player, one of the people who tries to talk her out of it is a local priest. Dorothy finally gets fed up and kicks him out, prompting Sophia to do the sign of the cross and say;
Sophia: You threw a priest out of the house. You disgust me.
Sophia: I can't believe I have a daughter who threw a priest out the door!
- It's followed up by this great exchange:
Dorothy: Ma, you have relatives who threw priests out of windows!
Sophia: That was business!
- When Rose displays some knowledge of psychology, referencing such concepts as Cognitive Dissonance, Dorothy, Sophia, and Blanche are shocked. She reveals she used to read an academic journal about psychology that was published in St. Olaf, though Blanche refuses to believe that she is capable of doing such a thing.
Rose: "Believe what you want, see if I care. ''[walks away) Hypersexual bitch."
- "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia?" sees Sophia considering becoming a nun. A nun from a local convent comes over to interview her. During the same episode, Rose and Blanche are in the middle of an argument. She storms into the living room to whine to Dorothy.
Blanche: [angry] Can you believe Rose is trying to blame the whole thing on me? That woman has one hell of a lot of nerve! [notices Dorothy and Sophia motioning with their eyes and turns to sees the nun sitting in her living room and says very sweetly] Hello. [beat] I'm a Baptist. [turns on her heel and promptly exits]
- In the B-Plot of "Mrs. George Devereaux," Dorothy must contend with two men fighting for her affections - Lyle Waggoner and Sonny Bono.
Blanche: Sonny Bono, get off my lanai.
Blanche (gets up and sees who her admirer is): Oh God, no!
- Earlier from what was a serious moment:
Rose: All right, so he's not a ten.
George: Blanche, honey, please-
Blanche: Oh my God, what in hell?! Why do you look like that?! I don't believe it!
Dorothy: Blanche, who is this?
Blanche: If I didn't know any better, I would swear my dead husband George!
[Blanche runs off while everyone in the restaurant suddenly turns their attention to George and the girls]
Dorothy (sincerely): Well, George, we've heard so much about you.
Sonny Bono: But Dorothy, before I go, could I make one last plea for your heart?
- Also this little gem from Sonny:
Dorothy: Oh alright, alright Sonny, go ahead.Sonny Bono: [beat] That was it.
- From "Stand By Your Man":
"We was po'!"
- Sophia pretending to be Blanche's grandmother, complete with a fake southern accent.
Blanche: But that was not my fault, she was declared dead! Those paramedics never give up.
- How did Blanche get Sophia to go along with it?
Blanche: (to Dorothy) I need a chaperone, now do I need to call in the favors you owe me?
Dorothy: I don't owe you any favors.
Blanche: (turns to Sophia without missing a beat) I need a chaperone, now do I need to call in the favors you owe me?
Sophia: I don't owe you any favors.
Blanche: Really? "But officer, the little old lady was with me. She couldn't possibly have put that banana in your tailpipe."
- Blanche explaining that she has never been a man's mistress. Except that one time.
- Rose is trying to give Sophia a pep-talk about why she should support Dorothy and Stan's re-marriage, which goes about as well as you'd expect. (Rose tells her this: "If you hold the bird gently, it'll stay; but if you squeeze the bird... his eyes'll bug out.") Blanche decides to intervene:
Blanche: Rooose... what is eight times six?
Rose: [stops, begins counting on her hands]
Blanche: Okay, now that we have a few minutes...
Blanche: Rose, pencils down.
- And after the discussion between she and Sophia, Rose is still trying to deduce the solution.
Rose: I could've used a pencil?!
- Dorothy's reaction to Sophia walking into the kitchen with a pair of sunglasses.
Dorothy: Ladies and Gentlemen, Roy Orbison.
- And she can't see well in them, either. Not too long after entering the kitchen, Sophia mistakes Blanche for a black man and Blanche is horrified to learn her great-grandmother was not only a Yankee from Buffalo, but also Jewish.
Blanche: What?! Oh no! Oh, no, no, no, no! That can't be! I can't be Jewish!Sophia: Well, I'll be damned! The black guy's prejudiced.
- Blanche then attempts to hide her Yankee lineage from the Daughters of the Old South. It goes about as well as you'd expect. One woman faints.
- And she can't see well in them, either. Not too long after entering the kitchen, Sophia mistakes Blanche for a black man and Blanche is horrified to learn her great-grandmother was not only a Yankee from Buffalo, but also Jewish.
- "Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home" has Rose do something smart, which surprises the other women. When she says that's not the only time she's done something smart, they all try to remember another time, but they can't.
- "The Case of the Libertine Belle" is a gold mine of these moments.
Rose: Maybe that bloody dagger will lead us to the murder weapon.
- The running gag about Rose being Captain Obvious and just about everyone guessing she's from St. Olaf.
Det. Spade Marlowe: St. Olaf?
Rose: Boy he is good!
Rose: Then there must be a gun!
Det. Spade Marlowe: South Side?
Hotel Security Vaczy: He's dead, all right. Steak knife right through the heart.
Rose: That must be what killed him.
Hotel Security Vacsy: St. Olaf?
Rose: It's like I'm wearing a sign!
Dorothy: You're not helping, Rose! It's almost as if you believe Blanche is guilty!
- Then parodied:
Rose: Well, she lied about my earrings, and she took them. I mean, deceit, then theft — isn't murder the next logical step?
Dorothy: St. Olaf, right?
Dorothy: Statistics show patricide is overwhelmingly a male crime. [glares at Sophia] Although daughters frequently murder their mothers!Dorothy: [grabs a knife off the table] A throat... [grabs Sophia in a headlock] A throat is almost always cut from behind! [points the knife at Sophia's throat]
- When Dorothy is solving the mock murder. Sophia has been giving her grief about being such a mystery fangirl for the whole episode.
Sophia (scared): Not part of the show, people, not part of the show!
Blanche: My my, officer, your sweet words could charm the morning dew right off the honeysuckle.
- Near the end when Blanche is about to be arrested for murder and she tries to charm the police detective.
Dorothy: Blanche, not now!
Blanche (scared): If not now, when?!
Dorothy: I think I see now how it happened. Last evening at dinner, when Ms. Mc Glynn saw Blanche give Kendall Nesbitt her room key she was furious. She slipped a steak knife into her purse —
- Sophia interrupting Dorothy's summation:
Sophia: Big deal, I took a whole place setting.
Dorothy: NOT NOW, MA!
Rose: [pointing at a waiter] The Butler Did It!
- Rose randomly stands up with the accusations are flying for the first mystery...
Waiter: [deadpan] I'm a maître d'.
Rose: [pleasantly] Thank you. [points again] The maître d' did it!
Man: [pointing at a suspect] Phil did it!
- At the same time:
Woman: [pointing at a different suspect] Gloria did it!
Sophia: It was Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Candlestick. [everybody gives her a "Seriously?" look] Oh, she says the butler did it and I'm the idiot?
Rose: I've got it! A maître d' is some kind of waiter!
- And later, while Dorothy gives her summation of the staged murder...
- From "Beauty and the Beast":
Dorothy: Get back here, you deceitful little Sicilian gecko!
- Sophia has been pretending to be malingering, sitting in a wheelchair and letting everyone fuss over her. Dorothy walks in on her trying to leave (on her own two feet) and singing merrily. This happens:
Sophia: [thinks quickly, then says in a sickly sweet voice] I wuv you!
Dorothy: [deadpan] Too wittle, too wate.
Blanche: Dorothy, at 2 AM this morning I was entertaining a gentleman caller, when she opened the door, at the most inopportune time. I could have lost my balance and chipped a tooth!
- When Sophia's nurse was driving the other girls insane...
Rose: You think that's annoying. She came into my room last night when I was reenacting the gang-plank scene from Peter Pan!
Dorothy: WHAT THE HELL GOES ON AT NIGHT IN THIS HOUSE?
Dorothy: Ma, you know the rules. When we eat Mexican food you sit at the counter.
- Of course, there's the way Sophia broke her ankles. She initially tries to blame Dorothy for it, who merely retorts, "Ma, you're the one who sneezed and blew yourself off the stool!" And why was she on the stool?
- After a near-death experience, Sophia went on a "live life to the fullest" kick. After a road trip, this happens:
Dorothy: I still can't believe what you were doing on the interstate.
Sophia: I was living for the day!
Dorothy: ''YOU WERE MOONING A CHAIN GANG!'
- When Sophia is figuring out her will and figures Dorothy is just anxious to get at her valuables, Dorothy tells her to calm down and have some tea. All the while, Dorothy has a sinister look on her face and mentions "it'll... relax you". Sophia tells Rose to try it.
Dorothy: Rose, DON'T! (more calmly) That tea was for my mommy.
- This turns into a Brick Joke at the end of the episode when Dorothy adopts the same sinister look and says "let me make you a cup of tea..."
- Rose telling Dorothy and Blanche that if they don't help her, she'll lose her job and have nothing to do but stay home and tell St. Olaf stories.
- Is Blanche the biggest slut? Nope, it's Rose!
Dorothy: She is the easiest person in this room!
Blanche: Dorothy Zbornak, you take that back!
Dorothy: The slut is dead! Long live the slut!
- "I'm Dorothy's roommate, Blanche, and I'll be filling in for her tonight because she's dead."
- Never has popping a balloon generated such a laugh.
- Rue McClanahan once said one of her all time favorite moments on the series was Blanche's disastrous attempt at sexily singing "I Wanna Be Loved by You" in "Journey to the Center of Attention."
- From A Midwinter Night's Dream:
Carol: [Barbara] was the one who—?!
- Sophia is reminded of an old curse placed on Dorothy surrounding the first full moon of a leap year, and tries doing what she can to get it removed. One of the goals she has to complete is "Reveal the betrayal of a loved one." But she ends up convincing Barbara and Carol Weston that the other was responsible for "the thing that made you feel betrayed," and gets them so angry they decide to get revenge on each other.
Sophia: She laughed about it.
Barbara: [Carol] was the one who-?!
Sophia: She laughed about it. I had to laugh too because... I had to play along.
- The first time it happens, Sophia feels guilty. The second time it happens, she specifically sets Barbara on Carol to get out of any blame. Then she realizes "Maybe the paper boy was right, I'm just a mean old lady." The paper boy comment then turns out to be a Brick Joke.
- From "Rose, Portrait of a Woman":
Dorothy: No, see, I've thought it all out. And by level four, you can just nuke her. I mean, nuke the HELL out of her.
- "You just have to see what Joe has to say about this, huh? And this Joe, would he happen to be Joe MAMA?!"
- Dorothy's idea for a video game, about an old woman who won't stop talking and the many ways you can kill her.
- Blanche brings home her date who's a priest who is a virgin but always thought of sex.
Blanche: This brings out the artist in me.
- Rose's extended dream sequence of her, Dorothy, and Blanche as severed heads, and Sophia with her head attached to the body of a twenty-year-old, as well as Dorothy's disgusted reaction.
Blanche: That moron made us promise we would freeze our heads and meet a hundred years later!
Dorothy: And we did it?!
- The hilarious ways in which Blanche and Dorothy died.
- Dorothy's commentary on the whole situation.
Dorothy: We look like a reunion of Henry VIII's wives!