Rose's petition to save a very old tree attracts the ire of Freida Claxton, a misanthropic old woman on whose property the tree lies. At a public hearing, Rose gets angry at Mrs. Claxton ... See full summary »

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Rose's petition to save a very old tree attracts the ire of Freida Claxton, a misanthropic old woman on whose property the tree lies. At a public hearing, Rose gets angry at Mrs. Claxton and tells her to "drop dead," which she does. Rose blames herself for Mrs. Claxton's death, so the girls decide to pay her one final act of kindness. Written by Attmay

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1 November 1986 (USA)  »

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When Blanche stands up to speak at the hearing, the boom mic briefly dips into the top of the frame when she leans down to speak to the girls. See more »

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Sophia: When is old lady Claxton's funeral? I want to pay my respects
Dorothy: Pay your respects? I thought you hated her
Sophia: I did. But when a person dies you go to their funeral to show the man upstairs you have respect for human life, no matter how wretched it was. Any idiot knows that.
Rose: I knew that.
Sophia: See?
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Thank You For Being A Friend
Written by Andrew Gold
Sung by Cynthia Fee
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It's a Miserable Life (#2.4)
12 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The girls want to save a giant oak tree but the woman whose property it is on doesn't care what happens to it, she hates both people and trees. At court Rose tells her to drop dead and she indeed does. Sophia kind of feels bad for her not having any close people and they decide to organize her funeral.

I love how once again they make Rose "kill" somebody, she just can't stop!.

I also liked the scene where the woman comes to a wrong funeral, for a moment they make you think it is one of those "oh you didn't know how great she was moments" but soon enough you are back to seeing her in a bad way. And Nan Martin who played Frida Claxton was great in her role.


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