The Golden Girls (season 1)

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The Golden Girls (season 1)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes25
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) –
May 10, 1986 (1986-05-10)
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List of The Golden Girls episodes

The first season of the American television comedy series The Golden Girls originally aired on NBC in the United States between September 14, 1985 and May 10, 1986. Created by television writer Susan Harris, the series was produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions and Touchstone Television. It stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty as the main characters Dorothy Zbornak, Blanche Devereaux, Rose Nylund, and Sophia Petrillo. The series revolves around the lives of four elderly women living together in a house in Miami.

The first season of The Golden Girls premiered to strong ratings for NBC, ranking number one in its first week on air and number seven among all primetime programs airing during the 1985–86 primetime network season. Upon its initial airing, the show was met with critical acclaim and was the recipient of various industry awards, including three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe awards. Warner Bros. Home Video released the first season on DVD in the United States on February 7, 2006, and in Canada on April 10, 2007.



The Golden Girls was based on a parody performed by Selma Diamond and Doris Roberts (pictured).

NBC senior vice president Warren Littlefield conceived the idea of the series during the filming of a television special aimed at promoting the new 1984–85 season lineup. The special featured a skit by Night Court's Selma Diamond and Remington Steele's Doris Roberts promoting the upcoming show Miami Vice as Miami Nice, a parody about old people living in Miami, Florida. Amused by the performance, he visualized a series based on the geriatric humor of the female performers.

Littlefield met with producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, who were pitching a series about a female lawyer, to ask about developing Miami Nice. Witt asked his wife, Susan Harris, to write the series after the duo's original writer had declined. Harris, who was planning on retiring after Thomas and her ABC series Soap, was interested, noting that "it was a demographic that had never been addressed." Though her vision of a sitcom about women in their 60s differed with NBC's request to write a comedy about women at the age of around 40,[1] Littlefield was impressed when he received Harris' pilot script and subsequently approved production of the pilot. The Cosby Show director Jay Sandrich, who had previously worked with Harris, Witt, and Thomas on Soap, agreed to direct.[2]

The pilot also includes the girls' gay houseboy, Coco (Charles Levin), who lived with them. Levin had been suggested by then-NBC president Brandon Tartikoff based on his groundbreaking recurring gay role, Eddie Gregg, on NBC's Emmy-winning drama, Hill Street Blues. After the pilot, the character of Coco was eliminated from the series.[3][4]


The season aired on NBC in the United States on Saturday nights at 9:00 pm EST. Harris, her husband Paul Junger Witt, and Tony Thomas were the executive producers for the season. The season featured a panel of writers. Harris and Winifred Hervey each wrote five episodes for the season. Writing duos James Berg and Stan Zimmerman and Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman each wrote three episodes for the season, while Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan wrote five episodes, including the season finale. Liz Sage wrote two episodes, and Susan Beavers, Bob Colleary, Christopher Lloyd, and Stuart Silverman were each credited for an episode.

Directors for the season included Paul Bogart, Jim Drake, Terry Hughes, Jay Sandrich, Jack Shea, and Gary Shimokawa. Bogart directed four episodes for the season. Hughes was credited for 10 episodes, and Drake received directing credits for eight episodes. Sandrich, Shea, and Shimokawa each directed one episode for the season.


Betty White (pictured left) was originally planned to play Blanche until director Jay Sandrich suggested a switch between Rue McClanahan's (pictured right) role and hers.

Based on their previous work on Maude and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rue McClanahan and Betty White were considered for the parts of Rose Nylund, the bubbly Nordic woman, and Blanche Devereaux, the sexy siren, respectively. Sandrich, who was hired to film the pilot, suggested that the women switch roles to avoid typecasting.

The character of Dorothy Zbornak was tailored toward Bea Arthur, but being unavailable at the time, the producers looked at Elaine Stritch for the role. When her audition flopped, Harris asked McClanahan to convince Arthur, with whom she costarred on Maude, to take the role. Arthur flipped upon reading the script, but was apprehensive because of McClanahan's approach, as she did not "want to play (their Maude characters) Maude and Vivian meet Sue Ann Nivens." Arthur was further convinced when hearing that White would be playing Rose and McClanahan would be playing Blanche.

The role of Sophia Petrillo, Dorothy's mother, was played by Estelle Getty, who was discovered by Tony Thomas while performing in the Broadway play Torch Song Trilogy as the mother character. Getty, being younger than Arthur and White, wore heavy make-up, thick glasses, and a white wig to age her. The character of Sophia was thought by the creators to enhance the idea that three retirement-age women could be young. Disney's Michael Eisner explains, "Estelle Getty made our three women into girls. And that was, to me, what made it seem like it could be a contemporary, young show."[5]

Reception and accolades[edit]


The Golden Girls debuted on September 14, 1985, in its 9:00 pm Saturday-night timeslot, following a broadcast of the Miss America contest and preceding another new comedy series, 227. The debut episode garnered a 25.0 household rating and a 43 share, which translates to a reach of 21.5 million homes. It was the highest-rated program of the week, and the highest-rated premiere of a program in two years.[6] The show also elevated the ratings for Saturday nights, which were on a steep decline in the years preceding its debut. After five episodes, the series was averaging a 21.5 household rating, landing among the top-20 highest-rated programs.[7][8]

Critical reception[edit]

On Metacritic, a site which uses a weighted mean score, the season scored a 82/100 from six critics, translating to "universal acclaim".[9]


At the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards, The Golden Girls won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.[10] Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White received nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, with White winning for her performance in the episode "In a Bed of Rose's".[11] Estelle Getty received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[12] Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan won the Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the episode "A Little Romance". Susan Harris also received nomination for the award for the pilot episode.[13] Directors Jim Drake and Terry Hughes each received a nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for their work in "The Heart Attack" and "A Little Romance", respectively.[14] At the 43rd Golden Globe Awards, the series won the award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The four lead actress were each nominated for the award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, with Getty tying with Cybill Shepherd for the award.[15] Jay Sandrich won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series for the episode "The Engagement" at the 38th Directors Guild of America Awards.[16] The series was also nominated at the 2nd TCA Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.[17]

DVD release[edit]

The first season was released on November 23, 2004, in North America. The set contains three discs, comprising 25 total episodes, and a fashion commentary bonus feature, in which Joan and Melissa Rivers provide a critique on the costumes worn by the main characters.[18] The entire first season was also released in the series collection entitled The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection, released on November 9, 2010.[19]


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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Engagement"Jay SandrichSusan HarrisSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)
Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), an attractive and carefree woman, has been dating a gentleman named Harry. Her roommates, Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) and Rose Nylund (Betty White), help Blanche make an important decision after Harry proposes; Blanche accepts, and they plan to marry next week, because they think long engagements do not make sense at their age. Both Dorothy and Rose have different views on the engagement – Rose worries about Blanche's future, and Dorothy feels happy. Rose has a bad feeling about Harry, but Dorothy does not let Rose ruin Blanche's happiness. When Harry is 30 minutes late to the wedding, the ladies find out that he is a bigamist with six wives. Dorothy reads Blanche a letter that Harry wrote to her, claiming that he really cared about her, and it was different this time. The wedding does not happen, and Blanche has a broken heart and feels like an old fool. Meanwhile, Dorothy's mother, Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) moves into the house after her retirement home, Shady Pines, burns down.
Guest stars: Charles Levin as Coco; Frank Aletter as Harry; Meshach Taylor as the cop.
Notes: This is the only appearance of Coco, the gay cook/housekeeper. This episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series. The episode ranked as the highest-rated program of the week, bringing in a 25.0/43 rating/share.
22"Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?"Paul BogartWinifred HerveySeptember 21, 1985 (1985-09-21)
Dorothy's daughter, Kate, comes to Miami, Florida, with an announcement: she is engaged to a doctor named Dennis. Dorothy's happiness dims when her daughter, Kate, asks that her father, Dorothy's ex-husband Stan, be present. Their marriage of 38 years ended when Stan left Dorothy for a stewardess half her age named Chrissy. Dorothy promises not to make a scene at the reception for her daughter's sake, which places Rose and Blanche in the role of peacemakers. Dorothy, after the wedding, tells Stan what she felt after 38 years and when he left her for another woman.
Guest stars: Herb Edelman as Stan Zbornak; Lisa Jane Persky as Kate; Dennis Drake as Dennis.
Notes: Kate and Dennis reappeared in the second season played by Deena Freeman and Jonathan Perpich, respectively. This is Herb Edelman's first appearance as Stanley Zbornak.
33"Rose the Prude"Jim DrakeBarry Fanaro and Mort NathanSeptember 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)
Rose agrees to double date with Blanche and two brothers: Jeffrey and Arnie Peterson. Blanche's date with Jeffrey ends badly, while Rose forms a romantic relationship with her date, Arnie, making him Rose's first boyfriend since Charlie's death. Arnie invites her to accompany him on a cruise, which would involve sharing a stateroom, something for which Rose is not sure she is ready. The trip with Arnie is further complicated by a revelation from Rose about Charlie's death, which took place while they were making love. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia have a gin rummy marathon, with Dorothy hoping to end a 30-year losing streak.
Guest star: Harold Gould as Arnie Peterson.
Note: Harold Gould reappeared in later seasons in the recurring role of Rose's boyfriend Miles Weber.
44"Transplant"Paul BogartSusan HarrisOctober 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)
Blanche's sister Virginia comes to visit Blanche for the first time in the show. Blanche has suspicions about her sister wanting something. She is surprised by what her sister wants, a kidney. Her sister is dying from renal failure, and a transplant is her best hope for surviving. Blanche is tortured by the decision of whether or not to do it. After deciding to do it, she leaves for Atlanta, Georgia. She returns the next day, and shares good news with the girls; Virginia found another donor, which was lucky, because Blanche's blood vessels were too small for the operation to have worked.
Guest star: Sheree North as Virginia Hollingsworth.
Note: North reprised her role as Virginia in Season 5.
55"The Triangle"Jim DrakeWinifred HerveyOctober 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)
An attractive doctor named Elliot Clayton begins dating Dorothy, after they meet during Sophia's house-call appointment, but makes a pass at Blanche later. When Dorothy dismisses Blanche's warning as jealousy, and a hurt Blanche decides to throw Dorothy out of the house, Rose decides it is up to her to save their friendship, by "seducing" Elliot while Dorothy listened from her bedroom.
Guest star: Peter Hansen as Dr. Elliot Clayton.
66"On Golden Girls"Jim DrakeLiz SageOctober 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)
Dorothy is studying for a French final exam, when Blanche tells everyone that her grandson David is coming to visit, while his parents go on a second honeymoon in Hawaii. David causes trouble by having a party at 2:00 a.m. and in general acting like a brat, and after mouthing off to Dorothy, Sophia slaps him, and he runs off to the lanai. Blanche gets angry at Sophia, and goes to comfort David, who reveals that his parents do not pay attention to him. Blanche orders her daughter Janet to give David the love and attention he deserves, and Janet announces that she is paying for him to join them in Hawaii. The girls teach David responsibility by giving him chores, and Dorothy gets an A on her French exam. Before he leaves, Dorothy tells David that he could live with them if it does not work out with his parents.
Guest star: Billy Jacoby as David.
Note: In real life, Billy Jacoby is the brother of Scott Jacoby, who played the recurring role of Dorothy's son Michael Zbornak.
77"The Competition"Jim DrakeBarry Fanaro and Mort NathanNovember 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)
Sophia's ex-fiancee from Sicily, Italy, Augustine Bagatelli, arrives in town, and they spend a lot of time with each other throughout the week. Meanwhile, a bowling tournament final is coming up, and Rose dumps Blanche as her partner, and later Dorothy, due to her competitiveness. After her new partner, Sonja Nielsen, makes up with her sister, Olga, who is Blanche's new partner, Rose teams up with Sophia, and Blanche teams up with Dorothy. Augustine asks Sophia to return to Sicily for the San Genero festival, and Dorothy refuses to allow it or pay for Sophia to go. They make a bet, that if Sophia wins, she will pay for her to go, but if she loses, Dorothy gets Sophia's antique silver earrings. Rose and Sophia antagonize Blanche at the tournament, by wearing "her" bowling outfit, and end up winning, after Dorothy sees her mother and Augustine embracing, and purposely gets a gutter ball. Sophia knows what Dorothy did, and in return, she gives her earrings to Dorothy, saying, "she won it fair and square".
Guest star: Ralph Manza as Augustine Bagatelli.
88"Break-In"Paul BogartSusan HarrisNovember 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)
While the ladies attend a Madonna concert, their house is burglarized. Blanche is relieved when her Chinese vase is found safe, and Dorothy quotes Dirty Harry. Rose is terrified after the burglary, and Dorothy and Blanche are enraged, because Dorothy's mink stole and Blanche's jewelry were stolen. Dorothy throws a crooked salesman (Christian Clemenson) out of the house, after he encourages them to pay $10,000 for a security system. Rose gets a guard dog, which later runs off when Sophia scares it. Then, Rose buys a revolver, and sits up all night with it, hoping to catch the burglars if they returned. Blanche and her date, Lester, accidentally set off the alarm, and Rose shoots the vase by accident. Dorothy tells Rose that she needs help, but Rose discovers soon after she can defend herself, after a man chased her in a parking garage, and she kneed him in his "safe-deposit box". Meanwhile, Blanche helps the police by giving them sketches of her jewelry. The police catch the burglars, and Dorothy gets her stole back, but they do not find Blanche's jewelry. Miraculously, Blanche finds her jewelry while putting champagne in the freezer.
99"Blanche and the Younger Man"Jim DrakeJames Berg and Stan ZimmermanNovember 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)
Sophia is hiding all of the sweets in the house, because Rose's mother, Alma, who is coming for a visit, is on a special diet. Blanche is given a ride home by her Jazzercise instructor, Dirk, and he then asks her out. After briefly being scared he was too young for her, she decides to go out with him. Rose's mother arrives, and Rose is overprotective of her. After Sophia and Alma return from a trip to the horse track, Rose warns her mother that she could break her hip again if she is too active. Alma says she is sorry she came, and plans on leaving early for Houston, Texas, where one of Rose's brothers lives. Blanche and Dirk go to a French restaurant, and Blanche is desperate to find something they have in common. After he tells her that she reminds him of his mother, who he has not seen in three years, she orders a double shot of Jack Daniel's on the rocks. Rose apologizes to her mother, and explains that she was being overprotective because she was afraid of her mother's death.
Guest stars: Jeanette Nolan as Alma Lindstrom; Charles Hill as Dirk.
1010"The Heart Attack"Jim DrakeSusan HarrisNovember 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)
After a successful dinner party featuring Sophia's Sicilian cuisine, Sophia gets a stomachache, which then advances to severe chest pain. She thinks she is having a heart attack. Sophia is convinced that she is dying, and Dorothy must face her fear of becoming an "orphan". Blanche calls Sophia's doctor, Dr. Harris, and paramedics, to come to aid Sophia. Sophia tells Dorothy that she loves her very much, and thanks Blanche and Rose for being good friends and letting her live there with them. Soon after, the paramedics call back, saying that they will be late due to downed trees from a windstorm, Dr. Harris arrives. He examines Sophia, and determines that she is having a gallbladder attack from overeating throughout the day.
Guest star: Ronald Hunter as Dr. Harris.
1111"Stan's Return"Jim DrakeKathy Speer and Terry GrossmanNovember 30, 1985 (1985-11-30)
When Dorothy's ex-husband, Stan, visits to have her sign some legal documents regarding their retirement property in Miami, they end up in bed after Stan tells her that Chrissy (Simone Griffeth), his wife, had left him for a younger man. Dorothy sees this as a fling, while Stan sees it as their reconciliation, possibly even the start of a new marriage. Dorothy goes to Stan's hotel room to tell him she is not getting back together with him, when Chrissy arrives. She begs Stan to come back to her, but he refuses, saying that he loves Dorothy too much. After Chrissy throws a drink on him and leaves, Dorothy tells him the bad news. He runs out of the hotel room to grab Chrissy before somebody else does.
Guest star: Herb Edelman as Stan Zbornak.
1212"The Custody Battle"Terry HughesWinifred HerveyDecember 7, 1985 (1985-12-07)

Blanche is auditioning for the role of Lady Macbeth in an upcoming spring production of Macbeth. Dorothy's sister, Gloria, has arrived for a visit. Dorothy is hopeful to have a relationship with her sister, and suggests that they share Dorothy's room for the night. While reminiscing about their childhoods, Gloria tells Dorothy that she asked Sophia to live with her in California, and she agreed. Rose comes home, and tells Blanche that she received a minor role, while Rose, who also auditioned, was cast as the lead. Dorothy then tells the girls that Sophia is leaving. Dorothy tells Gloria that she is already rich, and does not need to have Sophia. Gloria reveals that though she is rich, Dorothy's life seems more important. She also tells Dorothy that she thinks Sophia wants to stay in Miami, Florida. Dorothy speaks with Sophia, and gets her to stay.
Guest star: Doris Belack as Gloria.

Note: Gloria was played by Dena Dietrich in Season 7.
1313"A Little Romance"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro and Mort NathanDecember 14, 1985 (1985-12-14)
Though Rose has been dating Dr. Jonathan Newman for three weeks, she is reluctant to introduce the girls to him. When Blanche invites him over for dinner without consulting Rose first, and they see why: he has dwarfism. Blanche thinks that Rose hired him to teach her a lesson, and makes a fool of herself, due to her self-consciousness about his height. He tells Rose that he has important news for her; she assumes he intends to propose and frets over how to respond. Later that night, she has a dream about marrying Jonathan, in which her father, as a dwarf, and famous psychic, Jeane Dixon, appear to her and give her advice. She wakes up, and decides that she will marry him. Jonathan and Rose go to L'Auberge Restaurant, and he tells her that they have to break up because she is not Jewish. Rose makes a scene, and they then agree that the relationship was difficult for both of them.
Guest stars: Brent Collins as Dr. Jonathan Newman; Billy Barty as Edgar Lindstrom; Jeane Dixon as herself
Note: Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for this episode.
1414"That Was No Lady"Jim DrakeLiz SageDecember 21, 1985 (1985-12-21)
Blanche tells everyone about a new blue car she wants to get, but she can only get it if she can sell her old one. Rose is looking for a car, and regretfully accepts to take Blanche's car for a few days before buying it, after Sophia and Blanche convince her to. Blanche leaves for the car dealership to buy the car. Dorothy comes home from work, and tells the girls about an attractive gym teacher named Glen O'Brien. She goes out with him, and they hit it off. Later, after making love at what would become The Golden Palace Hotel seven years later, he admits to her that he is married. She storms out, but later regrets it and continues to miss him. Sophia and Rose agree that he is a liar and cheater, and that Dorothy should not call him, but Blanche says that you have to get happiness whenever you can in life, and tells her to call him. Rose comes home with bad news about Blanche's car, but Blanche tells Rose that she intended to cheat her, so she could get full blue-book value for the car. Rose says that she cannot sell it to anyone, because it was stolen. Blanche gets furious, but Sophia tells her that if an insured car is stolen, the owner is paid full blue-book. Dorothy calls Glen, and they get back together, but only for a short while. After talking with Sophia, Dorothy admits that she is hating herself, and needs to break off the relationship. She breaks it off, and they all go cruising in Blanche's new car.
Guest star: Alex Rocco as Glen O'Brien.
Note: Glen O'Brien returned in Season 5, played by Jerry Orbach.
1515"In a Bed of Rose's"Terry HughesSusan HarrisJanuary 11, 1986 (1986-01-11)
Rose brings a date home, and in the morning, Sophia discovers that he is dead. She confides in her roommates that her husband also died while they were making love. Believing that she kills men by sleeping with them, Rose becomes depressed and says she will never sleep with another man.
Guest stars: Richard Roat as Al Beatty; Priscilla Morrill as Lucille Beatty
Notes: Betty White won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 1986 Emmy Awards for this episode. Richard Roat appeared in the seventh season as Kendall in the episode, "The Case of the Libertine Belle".
1616"The Truth Will Out"Terry HughesSusan BeaversJanuary 18, 1986 (1986-01-18)
Rose has often bragged to her children and grandchildren about Charlie's success, but the settlement of his estate discloses that he left his widow nearly nothing.
Guest stars: Christine Belford as Kirsten; Bridgette Andersen as Charley.
Note: Kirsten was played by Lee Garlington in Season 7.
1717"Nice and Easy"Terry HughesStuart SilvermanFebruary 1, 1986 (1986-02-01)
Blanche is excited as her niece, Lucy is coming for a visit. The girls are concerned however when Lucy begins dating several men. Reluctant to be seen as a hypocrite, Blanche eventually is convinced to talk to her. Lucy agrees to mend her ways and continues her stay with Blanche. Meanwhile, Dorothy is terrified by an intruding mouse in their kitchen, but Rose talks her into not calling the exterminator and the mouse eventually leaves at Dorothy's polite request.
Guest star: Hallie Todd as Lucy.
1818"The Operation"Terry HughesWinifred HerveyFebruary 8, 1986 (1986-02-08)
Dorothy injures herself while performing a dance routine with Blanche and Rose at a local show. She is terrified of hospitals and refuses to have surgery on her foot. Eventually she is persuaded by Sophia, but is not an easy patient. Finally, afer meeting with a breast cancer patient, she realises how cowardly she has been in the face of the woman's bravery. Rose and Blanche decide to perform the routine as a duo.
Guest stars: Robert Picardo as Dr. Revell; Anne Haney as Bonnie.
1919"Second Motherhood"Gary ShimokawaChristopher LloydFebruary 15, 1986 (1986-02-15)
Blanche dates a wealthy man with marriage on his mind. He also has two young children. Having reared her own family, Blanche does not want to raise children again. Meanwhile, Rose and Dorothy attempt to install a toilet, much to the amusement of the local plumber. In the end, Blanche realizes that she is not concerned about being a mother again, but about being third in her lover's life after his work and children. Finally, Rose and Dorothy unveil their fitted toilet.
Guest stars: Kevin McCarthy as Richard; Alan Blumenfeld as Lou.
2020"Adult Education"Jack SheaJames Berg and Stan ZimmermanFebruary 22, 1986 (1986-02-22)
The girls try desperately to get Frank Sinatra tickets, while Blanche attends night school in hopes of getting a promotion at the museum. When she struggles with one of her courses, her professor offers her an "easy" way to a good grade: sleep with him. In the end, she tells off Professor Cooper and studies hard to get an "A". Through various means, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia end up with 10 tickets to the concert, the excess of which Dorothy decides to sell as a scalper. However, they miss the show due to being arrested.
Guest star: Jerry Hardin as Professor Cooper.
2121"The Flu"Terry HughesJames Berg and Stan ZimmermanMarch 1, 1986 (1986-03-01)
Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose all come down with the flu and are at one another's throats. When all are revealed as contenders for the "Best Friend of the Friends of Good Health" award, they all are determined to attend, though all are still ill. During one scene, Blanche wants to watch Another World, a show on which Rue McClanahan (who plays Blanche) appeared in the early 1970s.
2222"Job Hunting"Paul BogartKathy Speer and Terry GrossmanMarch 8, 1986 (1986-03-08)
Due to a lack of funding, the grief-counseling center is closed, forcing Rose to seek employment elsewhere, but she faces age discrimination. Due to her frustration of failing to find work, Rose decides to continue counseling people from home, much to the annoyance of Dorothy and Blanche. At their wit's end, the ladies inspire Rose to persevere and "stretch the truth" on her job interviews. Meanwhile, Blanche flirts with one of Rose's former clients who has an infatuation with fat women, and Dorothy reconnects with an old flame, who she later finds out is gay.
Note: This episode was the second one to be produced, but was held over for later in the season.
2323"Blind Ambitions"Terry HughesBob CollearyMarch 29, 1986 (1986-03-29)
Rose's sister Lily comes to visit for the first time since losing her sight; the rest of the girls do spring cleaning and hold a garage sale to raise funds for a new television. It is revealed that Lily only came to ask Rose to come home with her to Chicago, Illinois and take care of her. Rose tells her that she has to go to blind school, and in the end, Lily goes to the school and receives Becky, a service dog.
Guest star: Polly Holliday as Lily.
2424"Big Daddy"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro and Mort NathanMay 3, 1986 (1986-05-03)
Blanche's father visits with a big surprise: he has sold the family mansion to finance his dream to become a country music singer. Dorothy feuds with the girls' next-door neighbor over storm damage.
Guest stars: Murray Hamilton as Big Daddy Hollingsworth; Gordon Jump as Leonard Barton; Peggy Pope as Gladys Barton.
Note: Big Daddy was played by David Wayne in the second season, after the death of Murray Hamilton.
2525"The Way We Met"Terry HughesKathy Speer, Terry Grossman, Winifred Hervey, Mort Nathan, and Barry FanaroMay 10, 1986 (1986-05-10)
After watching the movie, Psycho, the girls reminisce about how they came to live together.
Guest stars: Edan Gross as little boy; Dom Irrera as produce clerk.


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