The Golden Girls (season 2)

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The Golden Girls (season 2)
Season 2 DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Original network NBC
Original release September 27, 1986 (1986-09-27) – May 16, 1987 (1987-05-16)
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List of The Golden Girls episodes

The second season of The Golden Girls premiered on NBC on September 27, 1986, and concluded on May 16, 1987. The season consisted of 26 episodes.

Broadcast history[edit]

The season originally aired Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST) on NBC from September 27, 1986 to May 16, 1987.[1][2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

39th Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Beatrice Arthur) (Episode: "The Stan Who Came to Dinner")
  • Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Rue McClanahan) (Episode: "End of the Curse")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Betty White) (Episode: "Isn't It Romantic?")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Estelle Getty)
  • Nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (Herb Edelman) (Episode: "The Stan Who Came to Dinner")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (Lois Nettleton) (Episode: "Isn't It Romantic?")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (Nancy Walker) (Episode: "A Long Days Journey Into Marinara")
  • Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Terry Hughes) (Episode: "Isn't It Romantic?")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Jeffrey Duteil) (Episode: "Isn't It Romantic?")

44th Golden Globe Awards

  • Award for Best Comedy Series
  • Nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Beatrice Arthur)
  • Nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Estelle Getty)
  • Nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Rue McClanahan)
  • Nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Betty White)

Writers Guild of America Awards

  • Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan) (Episode: "'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman, Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan) (Episode: "A Piece of Cake")

Directors Guild of America Awards

  • Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Terry Hughes) (Episode: "Isn't It Romantic?")

DVD release[edit]

The Region 1, 2 and 4 DVDs were respectively released on May 17, August 1 and September 21, 2005.


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
26 1 "End of the Curse" Terry Hughes Susan Harris September 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
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. Blanche becomes depressed about it but eventually manages to snap out of it when she realises that she can still attract men. The mink-breeding however, is a disaster when it turns out that they're none breeders due to being not only too old, but also gay.
27 2 "Ladies of the Evening" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan October 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
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 doesn't get a ticket. 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. Sophia bails them out, but not before grabbing the tickets and attending the party alone.
28 3 "Take Him, He's Mine" Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman October 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
Blanche takes Dorothy's ex-husband Stan (Herb Edelman) out as a favour to Dorothy. Surprisingly, they hit it off, which ultimately angers Dorothy. Rose and Sophia team up to sell sandwiches, despite threats from "the mob". Dorothy makes up with Blanche when she discovers Stan is not sleeping with Blanche, but a much younger woman, while Rose and Sophia decide to get out of the sandwich business due to lack of profit.
29 4 "It's a Miserable Life" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan November 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
The girls campaign to save a 200-year-old oak tree in their neighborhood, but the tree is on the property of Frieda Claxton (Nan Martin), 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 guilty feelings. The girls agree to pitch in to pay for her funeral, but nobody attends. Rose scatters her ashes around the tree, which convinces the council to not disinter it.
30 5 "Isn't It Romantic?" Terry Hughes Jeffrey Duteil November 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
Dorothy's friend Jean (Lois Nettleton), 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.
31 6 "Big Daddy's Little Lady" David Steinberg Russell Marcus November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
Blanche is pleased when her father, Big Daddy (David Wayne), announces he plans to marry "the widow Spencer" (Sondra Currie) 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, in which they come second.
32 7 "Family Affair" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey November 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
Rose's visiting daughter (Marilyn Jones) and Dorothy's visiting son (Scott Jacoby) bicker their way into bed together in Blanche's room, where Blanche and the other girls catch them in the act.
33 8 "Vacation" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey November 29, 1986 (1986-11-29)
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 (Keye Luke).
34 9 "Joust Between Friends" Terry Hughes Scott Spencer Gordon December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
When Dorothy is forced to take ten weeks' 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.
35 10 "Love, Rose" Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman December 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
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 (Paul Dooley) in the phone book and invites him to a banquet.
36 11 "'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan December 20, 1986 (1986-12-20)
A series of mishaps almost ruins the ladies' Christmas.
37 12 "The Sisters" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd January 3, 1987 (1987-01-03)
Dorothy arranges for Sophia's sister, Angela (Nancy Walker), 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.
38 13 "The Stan Who Came to Dinner" Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman January 10, 1987 (1987-01-10)
After major heart surgery, Stan temporarily moves in with the ladies, and quickly overstays his welcome.
39 14 "The Actor" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan January 17, 1987 (1987-01-17)
The ladies act in a community play that stars a suave actor, Patrick (Lloyd Bochner). With all the girls smitten, he secretly dates Blanche, Rose and Dorothy. During the play's opening performance it turns out he's actually been dating everyone in the cast and he makes a quick exit.
40 15 "Before and After" Terry Hughes Bob Rosenfarb January 24, 1987 (1987-01-24)
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. With the girls missing Rose and Rose feeling lonely, she decides to go back.
41 16 "And Then There Was One" Terry Hughes Russell Marcus January 31, 1987 (1987-01-31)
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. The baby's father eventually comes back, he had been taken away due to his wife giving birth to triplets. Blanche is left upset, as she had grown close to the child.
42 17 "Bedtime Story" Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro
February 7, 1987 (1987-02-07)
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 (1987-02-14)
Dorothy has her eye on handsome Frank (John McMartin) until he discloses that he's a Catholic priest — who's thinking, he tells her, of "leaving the church." Dorothy is convinced it's because he has fallen for her, but he informs her that he's actually leaving his own church to be a teaching priest.
44 19 "Long Day's Journey into Marinara" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan February 21, 1987 (1987-02-21)
Sophia's sister (Nancy Walker) 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. The chicken is finally found alive and well and Sophia and Angela continue their love/hate relationship as always.
45 20 "Whose Face Is This, Anyway?" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey February 28, 1987 (1987-02-28)
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.
46 21 "Dorothy's Prized Pupil" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd March 14, 1987 (1987-03-14)
Dorothy tutors a young Hispanic boy (Mario Lopez) 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.
47 22 "Diamond in the Rough" Terry Hughes Jan Fischer & William Weidner March 21, 1987 (1987-03-21)
Blanche dates a handsome caterer (Donnelly Rhodes) , but cannot quite fall for a man who does not use a knife and fork.
48 23 "Son-in-Law Dearest" Terry Hughes Patt Shea & Harriet Weiss March 28, 1987 (1987-03-28)
Dorothy receives a visit from her daughter, Kate (Deena Freeman), who informs that her husband (Jonathan Perpich) 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.
49 24 "To Catch a Neighbor" Terry Hughes Russell Marcus May 2, 1987 (1987-05-02)
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.
50 25 "A Piece of Cake" Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro
May 9, 1987 (1987-05-09)
The ladies recall other birthday celebrations while preparing a surprise birthday party for a friend.
51 26 "Empty Nests" Jay Sandrich Susan Harris May 16, 1987 (1987-05-16)
Neighbors Renee (Rita Moreno) and George (Paul Dooley) are having marital problems.
This episode was a backdoor pilot for the spinoff series Empty Nest, although the concept was retooled and recast before the series actually went to air.


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