The Golden Girls

Adult Education

Season 1, Ep 20, Aired 2/22/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Blanche's psychology professor sexually harasses her when she goes to him for help on a difficult test. Blanche's professor makes her an harassing deal: If she has sex with him, he'll give her an "A" for the exam. Meanwhile, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia each try to get a hold of tickets for a sold out Frank Sinatra concert.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Stan Zimmerman

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Blanche is harassed and dorothy wants Sinatra tickets

    By damanray, Mar 17, 2009

  • There is something unique about the classroom blanche is in

    By mastercherub, Oct 31, 2008

  • Blanche stands up for her morals.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Professor Cooper: I'm all ears! Blanche: (suggestively) Don't sell yourself short.

    • Sophia: You're lucky I was with you. You'd still be in the slammer if I hadn't fake that heart attack. Rose: My life will be ruined if this ever gets home to St. Olaf. Dorothy: What'll they do Rose?! Revoke your ice fishing license? Take back your helmet with the horns? I mean, I'm the injured party. Obviously I'm destined to never see Frank Sinatra face-to-face. Rose: (angrily) They're called longenhergan. Dorothy: What is called longerhergan? Rose: The helmet with the horns.

    • Dorothy: Don't start with me, Ma. I've had a very rough day. The only scalper I could find had strange things moving around in his hair, and he wanted to bargain in a dark alley. Sophia: So what seats did you get? Dorothy: I didn't get any tickets! I didn't think it was exactly safe. Sophia: I can't believe you were such a baby. In Sicily, we did all our bargaining in dark alleys! How do you think I wound up with your father?

    • Blanche: Dean Tucker, my name is Blanche Devereaux, and I have something extremely important to discuss with you. Dean Tucker: Can it possibly wait until next week? I've only been Dean here for a few days. I don't have a secretary, I can't get my parking validated, and I don't even know where the restroom is. Blanche: I was sexually harassed by Professor Cooper. Dean Tucker: Oh, don't do this to me!

    • Rose: Here we are, Sophia. The perfect after-dinner treat: a nice dish of jello! Sophia: I hate jello. If God wanted peaches suspended in mid-air, he would have filled them with helium!

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode marks the first time we hear Rose talking of her old home town of St Olaf.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features the four ladies on the couch after Dorothy, Rose and Sophia arrive home from being arrested, listening to Blanche's story about her exam.

    • Jerry Hardin would once again appear in a 4th season episode Little Sister as the man that Blanche is seeing.

    Trivia (4)

    • The start of this episode has many inconsistencies in the first two minutes.  When Dorothy is on the phone trying to get Sinatra tickets she said Stan got her tickets for her birthday, but then asked her for a divorce.  In the other episodes from Season 1 (and beyond) she says Stan left her after 38 years of marriage (and didn't ask for a divorce, just had his lawyer call).

      The first problem is she says Stan got the tickets, she got the house an kids.  Her kids are 25-30 at this point, so she wouldn't have "gotten the kids" because Stan just left her within the last couple years as noted in the episode "Stan's Return" also from Season 1.

      Also, if Dorothy got the house why did she have to move in with Blanche at the start of the series?

    • When Blanche goes in to talk with Dean Cooper, they shake hands and introduce each other before sitting down. At that point, Blanche says she has something important to discuss with him, and he asks if it can wait until the following week, when he's less busy. If he wasn't able to speak with her then, why would he have invited her to sit down and talk?

    • Goof: Near the end of the episode, Blanche says, "Dean Tucker was no help whatever." I think that "whatsoever" was the word she meant to say.

    • In another episode, Family Affair, Blanche explains she was thrown out of college after she was caught in bed with a man during bed check.

    Allusions (1)

    • Dorothy: It's different for kids these days; they have Barbara Walters to look up to. This is a reference to the slight speech impediment that hugely popular television newswoman Barbara Walters overcame (but not without getting made fun of a lot for it). This problem caused Walters to pronounce her "R's" like "W's," which is what Dorothy does at the end of the scene, when she tries to say "Rhode Island."

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