The background shot during the closing credits features Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and newlyweds Max and Sophia, looking at the Elvis impersonators at ceremony's end.
This is only seen in syndication.
This first part originally aired along with the second as a full one-hour episode (and is seen as such on the official DVD set). In syndication, however, it is aired in two separate half-hour segments.
Jack Gilford, Max in this episode, co-starred with Rue McClanahan in Norman Lear's extremely
short-lived television series Apple Pie
This episode was taped on November 5, 1988.
Dorothy: (having just found Sophia in bed with Max) Ma, what is going on here?!
Blanche: I hope you're not too upset over this, Dorothy.
Dorothy: I've just been thrown out of an unauthorized Elvis fan club. I'll try to pick up the pieces and go on with my life. I mean, there must be a support group for people like me.
Blanche: Do you know what I hate doing most after a party?
Rose: Trying to find your underwear in the big pile?
(Rose has elected Blanche the president of the Fan Club because she claims to have slept with Elvis.)
Dorothy: Blanche, why did you say that? You didn't really sleep with Elvis Presley.
Blanche: Back where I come from, there were a lot of hillbilly boys with muttonchop sideburns named Elvis. The light was bad in the bayou. It could've happened.
Dorothy: Blanche, you never slept with Elvis Presley.
Blanche: Oh, alright, alright! But I did make love to an unattractive boy named Ernest, and in the middle of it I cried out Elvis' name. Technically I think that counts.
Sophia: (tearful) Esther Weinstock is dead. We grew up together. She was my best friend.
Dorothy: Oh, I'm so sorry! What happened?
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 work right up to the end!
Max: You're little Dorothy Petrillo!
Dorothy: That's right!
Max: You haven't changed a bit! Same gorgeous smile, pretty eyes, beautiful figure, long golden blonde hair...
Dorothy: You have cataracts, don't you, Mr. Weinstock?
Max (puts on glasses) Since 1967.
Sophia: If you've got something to say, spit it out.
Max: Don't push me, or I will!
(Sophia pushes him some.)
Sophia: There. I pushed. Too bad you weren't on a flight of stairs.
Max claimed that as a result of the gambling incident, Sal Petrillo never gambled again, yet in the season five episode "All Bets Are Off", Sophia claims Sal was a gambler until his dying day (saying his last words were "Ten bucks says I don't need this oxygen tank").
Sophia claims that she grew up with Esther Weinstock, who lived in New York. Sophia, however, was born and raised in Sicily, and only began living in New York in her 20's.
According to Sicilian custom, I can't marry unless I have You-Know-Who's blessing.
Dick Clark! (beat)
Dorothy, you idiot!
Dorothy, your mother's talking to you.
(1929-2012), known as the "world's oldest teenager" due to his seeming inability to age, was an American television personality, best-known as the host of the long-running programs American Bandstand
, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
, and Pyramid
(The attendees of Max and Sophia's wedding are all Elvis impersonators.)
Uh-oh... either I mixed the Elvis list with the wedding list or everyone in Max's family appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
was a highly popular variety show running from 1948-1971. The show, which was hosted by Sullivan himself, played host to numerous popular music and variety acts of the day, including Elvis himself, who made three appearances on the show in 1956 and 1957.