Many actors and actresses were invited back to play different characters. Harold Gould played two of Rose's boyfriends, Arnie and Miles. Bill Dana played Sophia's brother Angelo and her father. Ellen Albertini Dow played Sophia's friend Lillian and an unnamed resident of an old folks home. Chick Vennera played a prize fighter and TV reporter Enrique Mas. Paul Dooley played Rose's date Isaac Newton and a neighbor doctor for a pilot of what became Empty Nest (1988). Philip Sterling played two different psychiatrists. Sid Melton played Sophia's late husband and a jester at a restaurant. George Grizzard played Blanche's late husband and her brother-in-law. Numerous other actors with much smaller parts were asked back twice, sometimes to play non-speaking extras.
I mean, for the entire second act, the audience kept yelling, "She's in the attic, she's in the attic!"
Depending on the episode, the police called Blanche to inform her that her husband was killed in a car accident, or her husband died from a coma brought on by injuries from a car accident.
Most syndicated and cable versions in the USA and Canada, in addition to being cut by 1-2 minutes, use a 25-second version of the 1986 opening sequence on most episodes, or an extended version of said sequence in a small number of episodes. The 1985 and 1989 openings are usually replaced.
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