This episode, along with the second part, serves as the finale of The Golden Girls. Both parts were originally aired as one full one-hour episode, but were split into two 30-minute segments for syndicated reruns.
This is the first (and, counting the second part, only) appearance of Uncle Lucas Hollingsworth, played by Leslie Nielsen. Nielsen and Rue McClanahan both appeared, at different times, as murder victims of a character played by Patrick McGoohan in the television series Columbo.
Estelle Getty had, by this point, begin early stages of the dementia that would later claim her life. If you notice throughout this episode, she appears to be looking for cue cards offscreen.
Rose: If you ask me, Blanche, your uncle Lucas is nothing but lonely. Desperate, pathetic and lonely.
Rose: (realizing) Hey Dorothy, you two just might hit it off!
Dorothy: Women like me don't grow on trees.
Sophia: Too bad, we could use the shade!
(she and Rose crack up)
(Sophia comes in in a Southern maid's uniform, ringing a triangle loudly.)
Dorothy: How classy. A tribute to Hop Sing.
Hop Sing was a cook who summoned the Cartwright family to meals in a similar manner on the long-running TV western Bonanza.
Dorothy: (about her date with Lucas) We'll always have Jack's Crab House.
Sophia: Ingrid Bergman had Paris, my pussycat has crabs.
"We'll always have Paris" is a line spoken by Humphrey Bogart to Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film Casablanca, considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time.