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Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket? 

Sophia donates an old jacket to charity, not knowing that it contains a winning lottery ticket.

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Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
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Karl Wiedergott ...
Kenny
Matthew Faison ...
Father Campbell
Herta Ware ...
Ida
Teddy Wilson ...
Ben
Andre Rosey Brown ...
Bodyguard (as Andre 'Rosey' Brown)
Howard Goodwin ...
Auctioneer
Art K. Koustik ...
Dave (as Art Koustik)
Stan Wojno ...
Philip Starr (as Stanley Wojno Jr.)
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Sophia donates an old jacket to charity, not knowing that it contains a winning lottery ticket.

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3 December 1988 (USA)  »

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The title is based on the Depression era song "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" written in 1931 by lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney for the 1932 musical New Americana. See more »

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Kenny: It's all about pressure, and family, friends, professors. No room to slide, you always have to be perfect. Guess what, Blanche? I'm not perfect.
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References Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975) See more »

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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
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Written by E.Y. Harburg and Jay Gorney
Performed by Judy Collins
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No-one told me it costs money to get old...
7 September 2013 | by (Kenya) – See all my reviews

Writers Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman (supervised by Susan Harris) wrote an excellent episode. Although a sitcom, The Golden Girls were a series not being afraid of bringing social injustices to the attention of the public -as this episode proves. We start off light as the girls buy -what turns out to be- a winning lottery ticket, it gets misplaced though and the search for it is funny and well written. And then we get to the better part -the girls end up in a homeless shelter and decide to stay the night. The dialogues they have with the guests are eye-openers. Sometimes life is cruel -and without any warning there you are, in a shelter, homeless. As a friend of Sophia says: no-one told me it costs money to get old... And so she had to leave her retirement home -a nice punishment for getting a senior citizen.

When 'Brother, can you spare a dime?' is sung as the girls look for their ticket, it is heartbreaking. In the end what else can they do but only the right thing?

I'm touched every time I watch it. Excellent writing, excellent acting, excellent directing (Terry Hughes) and as a topic still very ongoing, even 25 years after taping.

Pieter


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