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Blanche has a Pacemaker and scared of it's side effects decides to give up making love.


Blanche returns from the Doctors with him wanting her to see another due to something wrong with her heartbeat, clearly scared Blanche, despite the confidence of the girls she is told she will need a Pacemaker.

After the surgery Blanche recovers well, but she feels different and acts strangely because she "had a out of body experience" she goes on a date with Simon but she declines to finish the date in the normal way, she tells the girls she is giving up sex and makes crafts out of popsicle sticks but in the end she goes out with Simon to tell him the truth.

However that night she explains to Simon that she is scared she'll have a reaction to having sex but Simon at least is willing for defeat asks for a kiss and seeing there is nothing bad happen she and Simon make love with the girls leaving her to it.

Guest Stars[]

Robert Culp as Simon

Peter Michael Goetz as Dr. Strien

Missing scene from DVD release[]

When this episode was released on DVD, a portions of one scene in act two were removed.

The scene is set in the kitchen when Sophia returns from checking on Blanche and telling Dorothy and Rose that she took the money from Blanche's night stand.

In the original edit of the episode, before Blanche enters Sophia goes to the cupboard and finds her instant popcorn missing. Dorothy and Rose have removed it and are selling the microwave due to it risk of killing Blanche. Then Blanche enters, and the portion of the scene that includes Blanche is included in the DVD edit. After Blanche exits, Sophia makes a joke about them giving up a favoruite microwave treat just for Blanche. Those lines are also removed from the DVD edit.

The popcorn is referenced later in the episode (and still included in the DVD version) in a joke that gets a huge laugh from the live audience. The scene's deletion was due to the threat of a lawsuit from Microwave companies due to the proven fact Microwaves were no longer a threat to people with Pacemakers. 

This YouTube video reconstructs the scene in full:


Uncut microwave scene from S5E17 - Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom Tom