The Golden Girls (season 2)
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|The Golden Girls (season 2)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original run||September 27, 1986– May 16, 1987|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||May 15, 2005|
|Region 2||August 1, 2005|
|Region 4||September 21, 2005|
|List of The Golden Girls episodes|
The Region 1, 2 and 4 DVDs were respectively released on May 15, August 1 and September 21, 2005.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|26||1||"End of the Curse"||Terry Hughes||Susan Harris||September 27, 1986|
|While Rose and Dorothy try their hands at mink-breeding, Blanche thinks she is pregnant. A visit to the doctor reveals otherwise: it is the onset of menopause.
Note: Rue McClanahan won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 1987 Emmy Awards for this episode
|27||2||"Ladies of the Evening"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan||October 4, 1986|
|The roommates are excited when they win tickets to the premiere of Burt Reynolds's new movie and passes to the after-party (except for Sophia, who is none too happy about it). But on the way, the girls stop for a drink in the bar of the hotel where they're staying: a hotel that turns out to be a brothel. The girls are mistaken for prostitutes and end up in jail in a mass raid.
Guest stars: Burt Reynolds as himself; Rhonda Aldrich as Meg; Ron Michaelson as Carl; Amelia Kinkade as Hooker # 2; Ursaline Bryant as Hooker # 3; Peter Jason as policeman.
|28||3||"Take Him, He's Mine"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman||October 11, 1986|
|Blanche and Stan hit it off, angering Dorothy. Rose and Sophia team up to sell sandwiches, despite threats from "the mob."
Guest stars: Herb Edelman as Stan Zbornak.
|29||4||"It's a Miserable Life"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan||November 1, 1986|
|The girls campaign to save a 200-year-old oak tree in their neighborhood, but the tree is on the property of Frieda Claxton, a notorious grump. When Rose yells at her to "drop dead" in an angry moment, Mrs. Claxton dies then and there, and Rose is wracked with guilt feelings.
Guest stars: Nan Martin as Frida Claxton; Johnny Haymer as the Commissioner; Amzie Strickland as lady at the funeral.
Note: Nan Martin would reappear in the 4th season in the role of Sophia's old friend Philomena Bosco.
|30||5||"Isn't It Romantic?"||Terry Hughes||Jeffrey Duteil||November 8, 1986|
|Dorothy's friend Jean, a lesbian, comes to visit after her longtime partner dies. Rose and Jean have a lot in common and they strike up a fast friendship, but Jean starts falling in love with Rose, who's unaware of her new friend's sexuality.
Guest stars: Lois Nettleton as Jean.
Note: Terry Hughes won the award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series at the 1987 Emmy awards for this episode.
|31||6||"Big Daddy's Little Lady"||David Steinberg||Russell Marcus||November 15, 1986|
|Blanche is pleased when her father, Big Daddy, announces he plans to marry "the widow Spencer," until she learns that the widow is a woman younger than she is. Blanche struggles to deal with her father's choice, while Dorothy and Rose enter a song-writing contest.
Guest stars: David Wayne as Big Daddy Hollingsworth; Sondra Currie as Margaret Spencer.
|32||7||"Family Affair"||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey||November 22, 1986|
|Rose's visiting daughter and Dorothy's visiting son bicker their way into bed together in Blanche's room, where Blanche and the other girls catch them in the act.
Guest stars: Scott Jacoby as Michael Zbornak; Marilyn Jones as Bridget Nylund.
|33||8||"Vacation"||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey||November 29, 1986|
|Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche vacation in the Caribbean, but find the accommodations seriously not to their liking. Events culminate in the girls being marooned on a deserted island and facing the possibility that they won't return home alive. Back in Miami, Sophia woos a Japanese gardener.
Guest stars: Tom Villard as Rick; Stephen Lee as Dwayne; Stuart Pankin as Jacques De Courville; Winston Hardwick III Brett Porter; Keye Luke as Toshiro Mitsumo; Paul Rodriguez as Ramone.
|34||9||"Joust Between Friends"||Terry Hughes||Scott Spencer Gordon||December 6, 1986|
|When Dorothy is forced to take three months' leave from teaching, Blanche gets her a job at the art museum where she works. It quickly causes a rift between them, as Blanche becomes jealous of Dorothy's aptitude at her job and rapport with the boss. Blanche then discovers that Dorothy is hiding something from her (unaware that it's a surprise party to honor Blanche), and quits her job in a fit of rage.
Guest star: Reid Shelton as Mr. Allen.
|35||10||"Love, Rose"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman||December 13, 1986|
|Rose gets answers to her personal ad from "Isaac Q. Newton" — a fictitious suitor invented by Blanche and Dorothy. They panic when Rose finds a real Isaac Q. Newton in the phone book and invites him to a banquet.
Guest star: Paul Dooley as Isaac Q. Newton.
Note: Paul Dooley reappeared at the end of the second season as Dr. George Corliss in the original test pilot for Empty Nest.
|36||11||"'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan||December 20, 1986|
|A series of mishaps almost ruins the ladies' Christmas.
Guest stars: Craig Richard Nelson as Thurber; Teddy Wilson as Albert; Sam Anderson as Meyer; Terry Kiser as Santa Claus.
|37||12||"The Sisters"||Terry Hughes||Christopher Lloyd||January 3, 1987|
|Dorothy arranges for Sophia's sister, Angela, to fly from Sicily to Miami as a surprise gift for Sophia's birthday, not realizing that Sophia and Angela have been feuding for decades.
Guest star: Nancy Walker as Angela.
|38||13||"The Stan Who Came to Dinner"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman||January 10, 1987|
|After major heart surgery, Stan temporarily moves in with the ladies, and quickly overstays his welcome.
Guest stars: Herb Edelman as Stan Zbornak; Steve Kramer as Dr. Stephen Deutsch; Mario Machado as sportscaster (voice).
|39||14||"The Actor"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan||January 17, 1987|
|The ladies act in a community play that stars a suave actor, Patrick. He asks Blanche to go out with him one night, and Rose the next, and Dorothy the next.
Guest stars: Lloyd Bochner as Patrick Vaughan; Janet Carroll as Phyllis Hammerow; Frank Birney as stage manager.
|40||15||"Before and After"||Terry Hughes||Bob Rosenfarb||January 24, 1987|
|Rose decides to live every moment after suffering an esophageal spasm. After clashing with Blanche and Dorothy, she moves into a new apartment with new, younger roommates. Rose then feels out of place with these new women as they simply live together and are not friends as she was with her old roommates.
Guest stars: Deborah May as Liz; Rosanna Huffman as Stephanie; Nat Bernstein as Dr. Wallerstein; Tony Pope as doorman (voice).
|41||16||"And Then There Was One"||Terry Hughes||Russell Marcus||January 31, 1987|
|Sophia runs in a marathon, while the ladies babysit several children of runners; the parents of one child do not return.The ladies must then contemplate whether or not to keep the baby and raise it themselves or hand it over to child services.
Guest stars: Ray Combs as Bob Henderson; Ariana Richards as Lisa; Scott Curtis as Timmy; Nat Bernstein as Emily's father.
|42||17||"Bedtime Story"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro
|February 7, 1987|
|Trying to decide on sleeping arrangements for visiting relatives, the ladies reminisce about places where they have previously slept, from a train station to Sophia's bed.|
|43||18||"Forgive Me, Father"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman||February 14, 1987|
|Dorothy has her eye on handsome Frank until he discloses that he's a Catholic priest — who's thinking, he tells her, of "leaving the church."
Guest star: John McMartin as Father Frank Leahy.
|44||19||"Long Day's Journey into Marinara"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan||February 21, 1987|
|Sophia's sister moves to Miami, as all her relatives back in Sicily are dead. Sophia frets that Angela will try to take everything she has, including her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Rose, who has been babysitting a friend's piano-playing chicken, is horrified when it appears that Angela has killed the chicken and fried it up for dinner.
Guest stars: Nancy Walker as Angela; Joe Alfasa as Tony; Esther Larner as woman.
|45||20||"Whose Face Is This, Anyway?"||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey||February 28, 1987|
|After a reunion with her sorority sisters, Blanche reports that all of them look years younger than she, thanks to plastic surgery, and decides to get plastic surgery herself. Meanwhile, Rose decides to film a day in the life of her roommates for a school project.
Guest star: Joseph Whipp as Dr. Taylor.
|46||21||"Dorothy's Prized Pupil"||Terry Hughes||Christopher Lloyd||March 14, 1987|
|Dorothy tutors a young Hispanic boy whose prize-winning essay results in the discovery that he is an undocumented immigrant. Meanwhile, Rose decides that she must become Blanche's personal slave for a week to atone for losing a pair of Blanche's earrings, which it turns out that Blanche herself lost.
Guest stars: Mario Lopez as Mario; John Braden as Sam Burns; Danny Goldman as man in theatre; Chip Olcott as Burt Nesbitt.
|47||22||"Diamond in the Rough"||Terry Hughes||Jan Fischer & William Weidner||March 21, 1987|
|Blanche dates a handsome caterer, but cannot quite fall for a man who does not use a knife and fork.
Guest stars: Donnelly Rhodes as Jake Smollens; Mike Muscat as waiter; Glenn Shadix as musician; Howard Witt as Hunter McCoy.
|48||23||"Son-in-Law Dearest"||Terry Hughes||Patt Shea & Harriet Weiss||March 28, 1987|
|Dorothy receives a visit from her daughter, Kate, who informs that her husband has had an affair and she has left him. When Kate decides to forgive her husband, a dismayed Dorothy tries to talk her out of it, creating a rift between mother and daughter. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose watch an I Love Lucy marathon on television.
Guest stars: Herb Edelman as Stan Zbornak; Deena Freeman as Kate; Jonathan Perpich as Dennis.
|49||24||"To Catch a Neighbor"||Terry Hughes||Russell Marcus||May 2, 1987|
|The girls allow two undercover cops to use their house as a base for spying on their neighbors, who are suspected of being jewel thieves.
Guest stars: Joseph Campanella as Al Mullins; George Clooney as Bobby Hopkins; Barbara Tarbuck as Martha McDowell.
|50||25||"A Piece of Cake"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro
|May 9, 1987|
|The ladies recall other birthday celebrations while preparing a surprise birthday party for a friend.
Guest stars: Alan Blumenfeld as Mr. Ha Ha; Sid Melton as Salvatore Petrillo (voice); Lynnie Greene as young Dorothy Zbornak.
|51||26||"Empty Nests"||Jay Sandrich||Susan Harris||May 16, 1987|
|Neighbors Renee and George are having marital problems.
Guest stars: Paul Dooley as Dr. George Corliss; Rita Moreno as Renee Corliss; David Leisure as Oliver; Jane Harnick as Jenny Corliss; Geoffrey Lewis as Chuck.
Note:This episode was a backdoor pilot that was intended to become the spin-off series Empty Nest, but the cast and concept were changed significantly before the latter launched as a series.
- TV Listings for September 27, 1986
- TV Listings for May 16, 1987
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1437. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.