This episode was taped on January 31, 1987.
This episode was ranked #5 for the week.
This is the second and final appearance of Nancy Walker as Aunt Angela. Her character would be largely replaced by Uncle Angelo, played by Bill Dana, beginning in the following season.
In the first scene with Count Bessie, Rose's piano-playing chicken, notice how Dorothy gets up from the couch and crosses over to the other side of the room when the chicken is brought out. This was done to accommodate Bea Arthur, who in real life had a fear of chickens.
Blanche: Rose, honey, you've got to stop torturing yourself like this! Now Count Bessie is gone!
Rose: I know. It's just such a tragedy. Who cooks a musician at the height of her career?
Dorothy: (to Sophia and Angela) Gosh, you two made such a fantastic meal, I can't imagine what you came up with for dessert!
Rose: I made dessert!
Rose: What'd you say, Blanche?
Blanche: "Yum!" I said "yum!"
Dorothy: Rose, is this another one of those Scandinavian Viking concoctions?
Rose: Yes! It's called Geneuckenfluegen Cake. It's an ancient recipe, but I Americanized it.
Dorothy: Oh, so one might say you brought "Geneuckenfluegen" into the '80s?
Rose: Yes, but I'm not one to blow my own greteugenfluegen.
Sophia: I can't even reach mine!
Blanche: Angela, that was best meal I've ever had in my life!
Angela: Well how good could it have been? You left half of it.
Blanche: I ate every bite!
Angela: Well there's some sauce left. If you really liked it, you'd take a hunk of that bread and sop it all up. You can afford it.
Blanche: Oh, no I can't! I've put on a few pounds, you just haven't noticed.
Angela: What am I, blind? I can see that. I meant the bread. You can afford the bread, it's only 89 cents a loaf.
Angela: You know, I like Rose, but when a woman throws herself on a platter of chicken and screams "murderer," she's not playing with a full set of bocce balls.
Character Name: Count Bessie
Count Bessie, the piano-playing chicken, is was named after the late jazz musician William "Count" Basie, who led the Count Basie Orchestra from 1936-1950, and again from 1952 until his death in 1984. The orchestra continues to perform to this day.
(The doorbell rings.)
Dorothy: I wonder who that could be?
Blanche: Maybe it's the Count's clarinet player. Henny Goodman.
Blanche's joke is a pun on the name Benny Goodman, who was a famous clarinet player and jazz musician known as the "King of Swing."
Rose: Maybe I can convince the Count to give us some live entertainment with dessert! Have you any requests?
Blanche: How about "Bye Bye Birdie?"
Bye Bye Birdie was a 1960 Broadway musical production starring Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera. It was made into a feature film in 1963, where the title song comes from.