The Golden Girls


Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/9/85
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  • Episode Description
  • After a concert, the girls arrive home to discover their house has been broken into. This leads the girls to seek out means to protect themselves, including a security system, guard dog and mace. Meanwhile, Rose becomes so paranoid thinking the robbers will come back, she goes so far as to purchase a gun and, later, is forced to confront her worst nightmare.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Susan Harris

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • After the break in this shock Rose very much.

    By yuki_megami, Nov 03, 2007

  • These four at a Madonna concert of all places. LOL

    By peachysquirt21, Apr 12, 2007

  • You've got nothing to fear, but fear itself. And of course the boogie man.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (36)

    • Sophia: I hate psychiatrists, they blame everything on the mothers. Blanche: Sophia, he didn't blame you. Sophia: You heard what he said, we're afraid because our mothers taught us to be afraid. Dorothy: For survival, Ma, they had to! What's a mother supposed to say? 'Don't be afraid of strangers'? 'Ride in their cars'? 'Eat their candy'?

    • Blanche: He seemed very understanding. Sophia: Pay me $85 an hour, I'll be understanding, and make you marble cake.

    • Sophia: (Talking about the psychiatrist's office) I was just glad to get out of there. The man had two dead fish in his tank.

    • Blanche: Well, this is not the end, I can promise you that. Justice will be done here! I hate criminals. I just hate 'em! Someone's gonna pay for this heinous crime! We're gonna have a good, old-fashioned hangin'! That's right, a hangin'! Only first we'll have a whippin', and then we'll have a hangin'! Nobody takes my mama's jewels without swingin' for it! Nighty-night.

    • (After Blanche says she found her jewels in the freezer) Dorothy: If you'd had your way, the robbers would of been beheaded.

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    Notes (2)

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia in a huddle by the doorway looking on at the mess in the house.

    • This was the third episode to be filmed.

    Trivia (9)

    • This is the only episode where the opening shows a shot of a body of water (presumably Miami Bay), though by looking at the house's location, it is not even near any large body of water.

    • Blanche claims the robbers couldn't sell Dorothy's stole because "nobody wears stoles anymore" however, just a few episodes earlier in the Pilot, Blanche borrowed this very stole from Dorothy to wear on a date. Furthermore, she wore it in the mid-June heat just because she thought it looked so fashionable.

    • Rose says that she's afraid of large dogs, but she has no problem bringing home large dogs in season two's "Joust Between Friends," and loves the fact that the girls bought her a large dog in season seven.

    • When Dorothy is imitating Dirty Harry, she says her gun is a .375 Magnum, one of the most powerful guns in the world. A .375 Magnum is a rifle, the gun referred to as 'one of the most powerful in the world' is a .44 Magnum.

    • In the parking garage, you can hear a woman's footsteps moving at pretty much the same pace throughout the entire sequence. Even though Rose walks, stops, speeds up, runs, and stops again, the footsteps don't really change and at times aren't even in sync with her steps.

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    Allusions (1)

    • (After locking the patio door) Dorothy: This is .375 Magnum. One of the most powerful hand guns in the world. It could blow your head off. The only problem is, I don't remember if I shot 4 rounds or 5. So, you have to ask yourself, do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? Sophia: Go ahead, make her day.


      This is an allusion/paraphrase from the movie Dirty Harry, and said by Clint Eastwood.  Except in the movie, it was a .44 Magnum, not a .375 Magnum.

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