Rose's (arguably most) memorable line: "Oh, blow it out your turbenburbles!"
"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."
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.
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?
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:
Dorothy: Get back here, you deceitful little Sicilian gecko!
Sophia: (Thinks quickly, then says in a sickly sweet voice) I wuv you!
Dorothy: (deadpan) Too wittle, too wate.
When Sophia's nurse was driving the other girls insane...
Of course, there's the way she 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!"
How did she fall off the stool?
Dorothy: Ma, you know the rules. When we eat Mexican food you sit at the counter.
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.
Blanche, delirious after apparently writing all night, comes across egg yolks that Rose put in a plastic bag. Her reaction to the egg yolks in the bag is along the lines of "Yellow eyeballs" and "little balls of sunshine in a bag."
And then 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.
Blanche: What could you possibly find to lie about on a farm? Must be some state. Lots of lakes and nice pale people. ...I'd drown myself.
Dorothy trying to talk Rose out of feeling sorry for herself about her physical condition: "Sure, you're 5 years older. So am I. So is Blanche. OK, you've grown a few more wrinkles. So have I. So has Blanche. So you're a bit thicker in the middle. So is Blanche."
Made even more funny the camera cut to Blanche's reaction with each line, ranging from annoyance to horror.
The girls' recount of their attempt to look more beautiful by getting a new hairdo at a salon. The practitioner commented different attribute of each girl (sans Sophia), followed by giving them the same lousy hairdo.
Not just the same lousy hairdo, but Sophia's hairdo!
"I'm Dorothy's roommate, Blanche, and I'll be filling in for her tonight because she's dead."
Dorothy's idea for a video game, about an old woman who won't stop talking and the many ways you can kill her.
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.
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.
The first season episode 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!
When Dorothy failed a star football player, one of the people who tried to talk her out of it was a local priest. Dorothy finally got fed up and kicked 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.
Later it's followed up by this great exchange;
Sophia: I can't believe I have a daughter who threw a priest out the door!
Dorothy: Ma you have relatives who threw priests out of windows!
Sophia: That was business!
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 told 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: Rose. What's eight times six?
Rose: (stops, begins counting on her hands)
Blanche: Now that we have a few minutes...
And after the discussion between she and Sophia, Rose is still trying to deduce the solution.
Blanche: Rose, pencils down.
Rose: I coulda used a pencil?!
The Case of the Libertine Belle is a gold mine of these moments.
The running gag about Rose being Captain Obvious and just about everyone guessing she's from St. Olaf.
Rose: Maybe that bloody dagger will lead us to the murder weapon.
Det. Spade Marlowe: St. Olaf?
Rose: Boy he is good!
Rose: Then there must be a gun!
Det. Spade Marlowe: South Side?
When Dorothy is solving the mock murder. Sophia has been giving her grief about being such a mystery fangirl for the whole episode.
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.)
Sophia (scared): Not part of the show people, not part of the show.
Near the end when Blanche is about to be arrested for murder and she tries to charm the police detective.
Blanche: My my, officer, your sweet words could charm the morning dew right off the honeysuckle.
Dorothy: Blanche, not now!
Blanche (scared): If not now when?!
Sophia interrupting Dorothy's summation:
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: Big deal I took a whole place set-
Dorothy: NOT NOW, MA!
Rose randomly stands up with the accusations are flying for the first mystery...
And later while Dorothy gives her summation of the staged murder...
Rose: I got it! A maitre'd is some kind of waiter!
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..."
Blanche: But that was not my fault, she was declared dead! Those paramedics never give up.
In a flashback with her late husband:
Sophia: Where are you going?
Sal: To get some air.
Sophia: We got air in here.
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.
In a flashback during an episode about birthdays, we see one of Dorothy's worst; Rose decided to take her to "Mr. Ha-Ha's Hot Dog Hacienda." Dorothy is obviously miserable, including 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.
"Back in St. Olaf..." Anything said after this is bound to end up on this page.
This exchange in a flashback to Sophia's fiftieth birthday. 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.
Dorothy: Ma, what are you doing? Sophia: Giving the leftover meatloaf a show. What does it look like I'm doing? Dorothy: Ma, close that before the food spoils! Sophia: Okay! (closes her robe)
When Blanche asks for volunteers to sign up for a dirty dancing class with her.
Blanch: Have you ever heard of dirty dancing? Dorothy: Of course, Blanche. They did it in that movie. Rose: What movie? Dorothy:Lawrence of Arabia, Rose!
When they discover that their candidate in a local election is a female-to-male transsexual.
Rose: What's it made of? Dorothy: Silly putty, Rose!
The other time Rose gives it back.
Rose: She's (her sister) a flautist. Dorothy: 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!
One might notice that Rose is responsible for a lot of these.
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.
In one episode, Sophia considers 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).
Rose: "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.
Sophia pretending to be Blanche's grandmother, complete with a fake southern accent.
"We was po'!"
How did Blanche get Sophia to go along with it?
Blanch: (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."
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.
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.
One of the clip shows has Rose does 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.
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 Fidel's expression really sells it.
Blanche: "I'm jumpier than a virgin at a prison rodeo."
Dorothy: That's... pretty jumpy.
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?"
Blanche: "She is not wrinkled." (Blanche gets even more annoyed)
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: Tell Blanche I'll be back.(Moose leaves)
Blanche:... And stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid!"
Sophia: Hi, Mary. When's the baby due? Dorothy: Ma, you're talking to a sixteen year-old girl. Sophia: A knocked up sixteen year-old. 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. I thought only pregnant teenagers had that expression until I saw Dan Quayle on TV.