The Golden Girls

An Illegitimate Concern

Season 5, Ep 18, Aired 2/12/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Blanche is stunned when a man comes to the front door and claims to be the illegitimate son of her late husband. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia enter a mother-daughter pageant at Shady Pines.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Marc Cherry

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Blanche is shocked when a strange man knocks on the door claiming to be the son of her late husband George. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia compete in the Shady Pines mother daughter beauty contest.

    By grewupwatching, Feb 25, 2010

  • Blanche learns the truth about George the real shocking truth.

    By yuki_megami, Oct 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Blanche: Oh, for goodness sakes! Why, you two could be celebrity look-a-likes. Dorothy: Oh, Blanche, you really think so? Blanche: Well, absolutely! So which one's Cheech and which one's Chong? Sophia: I'm Sonny Bono, you idiot! Dorothy: Gee, I wonder how many maitre'ds have heard that line.

    • Blanche: Why did George cheat on me? Rose: Why does any man cheat? Dorothy: Well, there are two popular theories: 1 - Men are victims of an evolutionary process which genetically programs their sexual drives. Blanche: What's the other one? Dorothy: Men are scum.

    • (David tells Blanche that he's her late husband's illegitimate son) Blanche: Get out of my house. I did not hear what you just said. Rose: Well, if she didn't hear what he said, and she was this upset, can you imagine?-- Dorothy: Shut up, Rose!

    • Sophia: Bad idea. You wear black at Shady Pines they'll stop the show for a head count.

    • Rose: And the shocker is, I lost out on the intelligence quiz. They asked me to name the seven dwarfs. But apparently I didn't name the seven they had in mind.

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    Notes (3)

    • In this episode, we learn George cheated on Blanche with another woman and fathered her child, David. Incidentally, Blanche's grandson is also named David.

    • There's an interesting part in this episode: it features Sonny & Cher's classic hit, "I Got You Babe." It is sung by Dorothy and Sophia when they test it for a possible act for the mother/daughter pageant. Rose is the person who's playing the music while they sing.

    • This episode aired on a Monday.

    Trivia (7)

    • In this episode Sophia hates Gladys Goldfiend, and can't wait to stick it to her by beating her in the beauty pageant, but next season, in "Miles To Go", they're great friends, and are going to see Tony Bennett together.

    • In a previous interview, Beatrice Arthur (Dorothy) claimed that this episode was one of her all-time favorites, specifically the scene where she and Sophia dress up as Sonny and Cher. "I wept because it was so clever," Arthur has said of the storyline idea.

    • Viewed by 31.3 million people, and ranked #8 for the week.

    • Right before Dorothy comes into the room dressed as Cher, the piano player (Betty White does not play the piano) plays a wrong chord.

    • RESPONSE TO BELOW: Dorothy says the last time Sophia told her she was beautiful was June 1, 1949. If that were true that means that June 1, 1987 would have marked Dorothy and Stan's 38th wedding anniversary. However, at the start of the show (1985) they had already been divorced for 2 years, since (1983). This is another error.

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