First season down and I really enjoyed it. It’s for sure dated but it’s also often hilarious. Someone pointed out recently that the ladies in the new iteration of Sex and the City are the same age as the ladies were in The Golden Girls and how we’ve progressed in ‘allowing’ women to age on TV now. I absolutely agree BUT The Golden Girls is funnier and I kind of love some of the fashion in The Golden Girls. Shockingly, Dorothy’s wardrobe in particular, everything looks so comfy! 😀
1 “The Engagement”
Excuse me? Who the f**k is Coco and why did they get rid of him?
A gay butler? How could they get rid of him? The possibilities!!
I understand it had something to do with Sophia being a hit but all I can think about is the endless banter Coco could have added to the show. I very obviously never saw the pilot because to say I was shocked is an understatement.
p.s. Poor Blanche. Dude was an asshole!
2 “Guess Who’s Coming to the Wedding?”
This episode absolutely proving that I was too young to understand the overarching storylines when I first watched this show. Let us talk about the mind-blowing events that led to Dorothy being a divorcee.
Dickhead Stanley met a much younger flight attendant, ran off with her to Hawaii and told Dorothy their marriage of 38 years was over VIA HIS LAWYER!! I hate him and Dorothy is classy AF!
3 “Rose the Prude”
Awwwww! Rose is just the cutest. Man she loved Charlie.
Arnie makes a comment about how he remained faithful to his wife while they were married. He says something about how “he looked and patted a few bottoms but was always faithful” and wow was that a 1985 statement. I feel Rose deserved better than Arnie but I’m glad she got her some! 😀
This episode was kind of dark. It made me glad I have a good relationship with my siblings because Blanche had a tough decision given the fact that she and her sister Virginia didn’t really like each other. I know that the ‘family is family’ way of thinking is still very much pushed and in 1985 it was an absolute but toxic relationships are toxic relationships and if their relationship was truly problematic for Blanche can we really expect her to give up a kidney? For 1980’s era it’s safe to say that’s exactly what is expected but for the 2020’s I think some therapists would need to be involved! 😀
Sophia’s constant shade to Blanche (the woman whose house she is living in) is still epic. #SorryNotSorry
Rose: Wherever she (Blanche) goes, she always finds a man!
The Golden Girls
Sophia: So do hookers.
5 “The Triangle”
The player doctor episode. He was the worst. Dorothy taking the word of a man she just met over the word of her best friend who she lives with was very disappointing. Blanche was the bigger person here and thank goodness for Rose intervening!
6 “On Golden Girls”
David having all his friends over at 2am makes me feel even happier about my childfree choice. Sophia slapping David also helped. Everyone but Dorothy behaved kind of terribly in this episode. Teenagers are tough. I don’t know how parents did it in the 80’s, I really don’t know how my mother did it and I really, really don’t know how parents in the current era do it. Imagine David and all his abandonment issues with social media?
7 “The Competition”
Top tier episode. All four ladies in competition was hilarious and Rose being so competitive was unexpected and yet fit her character so well. The addition of Sophia’s first love and Dorothy coming around to her visiting Sicily was all just perfection.
Did this feel like a look at gun control in the year 1985 in ‘Merica? It sure did. Thus proving that, and will become more and more apparent, The Golden Girls was ahead of it’s time. Of course there are some problematic issues (mostly language) throughout but when it comes to the big topics they really were trail blazers. Felt bad for Rose in this episode. Being afraid in your own home is the worst. I’m glad she punched that random dude who was completely innocent. 😀
9 “Blanche and the Younger Man”
Rose’s mum comes to visit and Rose is annoying! 😀
This episode was kind of sad but the eventual communication between Rose and her mother and Dorothy and Sophia was really lovely and super poignant.
The comic relief came from Blanche’s ‘date’ and Dorothy’s tough talk at the end of the episode and Blanche’s realisation was wonderful.
10 “The Heart Attack”
I thought that Sophia’s situation was going to be what made me tear up this episode but turns out it was Rose and it came out of nowhere. Really well done. I can also totally relate to Sophia not feeling well because she ate too much! 😀
I liked where the end of the episode was going in relation to food and diets but it was the 80’s and they backtracked. I liked the initial line from Dorothy though:
“I knew this woman who went to Paris, went out to eat and she just had watercress, because you know she didn’t want to gain weight. And when she left, this gargoyle fell off the roof, hit her on the head and killed her! And just look at what her last meal was.”
I mean first off, if you are on vacation in Paris and eating watercress, you don’t deserve to be there and secondly, this as a last meal is the actual worst thing ever! 😀
11 “Stan’s Return”
I really don’t like Stan and he does nothing in this episode to fix that. Dorothy is good enough only after his young wife leaves him? Massive side eye!
Dorothy: Why did I ever marry that man?
Sophia: Because he knocked you up.
Dorothy: Why did I ever let that happen?
Sophia: Because he got you drunk.
Dorothy: Why am I even discussing this with you?
Sophia: Beats the hell out of me.
12 “The Custody Battle”
Honestly my favourite part of this episode was the Macbeth drama!
The stuff between Sophia and Dorothy felt odd after the “The Heart Attack” episode.
13 “A Little Romance”
One of the episodes that feels weird when watched in the year 2022.
Rose’s current boyfriend is a person of short stature. I don’t think I need to go into why this episode didn’t age all that well.
That being said, in the final scene Betty White and Brent Collins have an argument in the restaurant:
Jonathan: ‘Rose, please lower your voice, people are staring at you.
Rose: ‘At me? They’re staring at you!’
Jonathan: ‘ Yes, but I’m used to it. I’m a very snappy dresser!’
And they both burst into laughter and I would eat my hat if number one, it wasn’t unscripted and number two, they didn’t have a lot of fun together.
14 “That Was No Lady”
This one surprised me, I was a little disappointed in Dorothy BUT the fault for the cheating, as always, lay with the married man not the single lady. I just would have liked for her to have decided he was a selfish asshole before going back to him again. He really was pathetic!
This was a bit of a bummer truth be told.
15 “In a Bed of Rose’s”
This was way too funny for it to have begun with a dead man in Rose’s bed!
I laughed pretty much throughout, Betty White was amazing and I see that she actually won an Emmy for it and it was well deserved! Top tier episode!
Rose: I’m the kiss of death. It’s the second time a man has died in my bed
16 “The Truth Will Out”
Lasting impression from this episode? Kirsten, Rose’s daughter, is awful!
HOW DARE SHE?!!
My mother would slap me up and down the street if I EVER spoke to her the way Kristen spoke to Rose. And she’d be right to do so because I’d hope I’d do the same if someone spoke to me that way.
17 “Nice and Easy”
The slut shaming was kind of difficult to witness but that chat between Blanche and Lucy had me in tears. I will also admit that there were a few Sophia zingers.
Lucy: Dorothy, Rose, I hope I wasn’t too much trouble.
Rose: Oh, don’t be silly.
Dorothy: Oh, we enjoyed having you.
Sophia: So did half of Miami.
18 “The Operation”
Oh this one was a sneak attack episode. It’s all fun and games until near the end when Dorothy meets a fellow patient.
Bonnie: [In hospital, Dorothy is very nervous about surgery on her foot. Bonnie, the lady in the bed next to her, is exercising] I hope my exercising doesn’t bother you.
Dorothy: No not at all. What is it some kind of therapy you have to do?
Bonnie: No – I just like to stay healthy.
Dorothy: Well, I hate to break this to you, Bonnie, but you’re in a hospital the exercises aren’t working.
Bonnie: Surgery today, huh?
Dorothy: Yes. And I might as well warn you I am not the best patient in the whole world.
Bonnie: Oh I can put up with it for one night. And then tomorrow it is my turn in the operating room.
Dorothy: You’re having surgery too?
Dorothy: And you’re smiling?
Bonnie: I’ve had this procedure before, the first time I was as nervous as you are. This time I know what to expect.
Dorothy: You’re having the same operation, again? I mean, don’t they get it right around here the first time.
Dorothy: Oh no, its nothing like that. About three years ago I had a mastectomy and – now I’m in for another.
Dorothy: And you’re not scared?
Bonnie: I’m petrified. No ones that brave accept in the movies and on television. But at least this time I know what I’m facing. I’ve gone through all the steps before. I have considered the alternatives… dealt with the reality. The last time – I think I cried the moment the doctor told me and I didn’t stop until they wheeled me off to surgery. And later, I cried because there was so much pain I didn’t think it would ever go away, but it did. And it will again. You get through it. You go on. When it comes right down to it what other choice do we have? It could have been a lot worse I could have missed out on these last three years. [Dorothy is teary eyed and silent] Dorothy, are you alright?…How’d you feel?
Dorothy: Like a fool. Like a damn fool.
That’s a long quote but it got me. This does not diminish Dorothy’s anxiousness at all but as someone who would totally be worrying like her the above interaction is something I would like to try and remember when spiraling.
Anyway, the comic relief that was the dance routine at the end was much needed and greatly welcomed!
19 “Second Motherhood”
A lot of respect for Blanche in this episode. She often comes across as vapid and man crazy but episodes like this really make me like her.
20 “Adult Education”
See comments on Blanche above.
Also, the Frank Sinatra ticket fiasco was epic!
Dorothy: Ma! How in the world did you get these?
Sophia: Easy. I called Frank. I told you I had connections.
Rose: You know Frank Sinatra?
Sophia: No, Frank Caravicci! From the fish market. He’s always been good to me, never a bad piece of cod. He knows Frank.
Sophia: No, Frank Tortoni, the dry cleaner. Tina’s third cousin once removed.
Dorothy: Tina Tortoni?
Sophia: Tina Sinatra!
21 “The Flu”
There is no way that Sophia didn’t know who that award was going to and she fooled the ladies into going while sick so she’d have an audience!
Blanche: Oh don’t worry about me honey, I never get sick, I take very good care of myself. I treat my body like a temple!
Sophia: Yeah, open to everyone. Day or night.
I would like to point out, yet again, that Sophia is a legend!
22 “Job Hunting”
An episode that gets into how hard it is for older women to get jobs in the 80’s.
Forty years later? Not much has changed.
23 “Blind Ambitions”
Rose’s sister, who is fiercely independent and recently blind, comes to visit and everyone was a little harsh in my opinion! 😀
Yes, I get where they were going but man, not a lot of sympathy going on for the blind lady.
I did like Sophia’s input about her stroke recovery but the tough love for Lily felt a bit too much. All worked out in the end though so that’s nice.
24 “Big Daddy”
What is with the infantilising of the parents in this show?
At least ‘Big Daddy’ *side eye at this and Blanche’s choice of dress for his arrival* stood up for himself, did it in a way that made me cry though! 😀
Sophia’s curse was such welcome comic relief!
25 “The Way We Met”
Lovely end to the season with flashbacks to how the ladies met. Again, like many times before, I feel like the laughter over Rose’s story wasn’t scripted. I wonder did they not table read those? I thought Dorothy and Blanche were going to fall off their chairs and Rose was on the edge of laughing for sure. These scenes are always so fun to watch.
I also adore when they do late night snack and chats!