The Golden Girls

Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 9/21/85
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  • Episode Description
  • Dorothy's daughter, Kate, comes to Miami with an announcement. She's engaged to a podiatrist named Dennis. Dorothy is thrilled but her happiness quickly turns to anger when she realizes that ex-husband, Stan, is going to be invited. After 38 years of marriage, Stan had left Dorothy for a woman half her age. Dorothy threatens to make a scene at the reception which places Rose and Blanche in the role of peacemaker.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Winifred Hervey

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Dorothy's daughter is getting married and Stan comes to the wedding despite Dorothy's hatred for him.

    By grewupwatching, Mar 31, 2010

  • Dorthy's daughter Kate is getting married.

    By yuki_megami, Oct 13, 2006

  • Dorothy doesn't think she can stand Stan at Kate's wedding.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 09, 2006

  • Dorothy's daughter Kate is going to be married to a doctor--a foot doctor. She forces Dorothy to invite Stan (her ex-husband) to the wedding. Dorothy reluctantly agrees to do so. However, she doesn't know if she can make it through the ceremony and the re

    By mamacassfan, Jun 18, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • [Kate is hugging Sophia tightly] Sophia: Relax... Relax... You're already in the will!

    • Sophia: Dorothy, anger is a lot like shredded wheat caught underneath your dentures. If you leave it there, you get a blister, and you've gotta eat Jell-O all week. If you get rid of it, the sore heals, and you feel better. Dorothy: (pauses) Anger is like a piece of shredded wheat?? Sophia: Hey, if you want good lyrics, you listen to Neil Diamond. If you want good advice, you listen to your mother.

    • Sophia: It's time to throw rice at the kids. Dorothy: I'm not in the mood, Ma. Sophia: You're acting like a jerk. Dorothy: Thanks, Ma, thanks. That really makes me feel better. Sophia: Don't you talk back to your mother. Listen, Dorothy, you're my daughter and I love you dearly, but you're not the first woman to be dumped by her husband.

    • Blanche: And then one day, Stanley is gonna be out of your life completely. Dorothy: Not completely. There will always be a little part of him that stays with me. Rose: Of course, Dorothy. After 38 years. There are always bound to be some memories that stay with you. Dorothy: I wasn't talking about memories. I was talking about this. (holding up Stan's toupee he left behind)

    • Dorothy: (after giving Stanley a long speech about him leaving her after 38 years of marriage) I finally get to have what you tried to cheat me out of. I finally get to say goodbye, Stanley.

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    Notes (3)

    • The background shot behind the credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche looking on as Stan (off-screen) toasts Kate at her wedding.

    • This episode is also the first for Dorothy's daughter, Kate Zbornak, played by Lisa Jane Persky, in this episode.

    • This episode is the first for Herb Edelman, Stanley Zbornak, Dorothy's ex-husband.

    Trivia (5)

    • Goof When Dorothy told Stan "After three years, I didn't think you were coming back", that would mean that Kate (or Michael, who isn't seen, or mentioned, in this episode) would be at least 40. ┬áIf you remember, Dorothy and Stan got married because Dorothy got pregnant at 17, and then were married for 38 years.

      Kate looks nothing like a woman who is 40; she looks to be in her mid-twenties.

    • Continuity: While this episode centers around Dorothy and Stan's daughter, Kate, where is their son (and Kate's brother), Michael? Unless there was some strife in the family (which is NEVER mentioned), why wouldn't Michael come to Kate's wedding? There isn't even a mention of him at all.

    • Towards the end of the episode where Dorothy is confronting Stan, at time 22:50, you can see what seems to be camera equipment move into the shot towards the bottom left of the frame.

    • The scene where Dorothy squeezes Blanche's hand (as an aide to dealing with Stan) appears in the opening credits throughout season one.

    • The backdrop outside of Dorothy's window doesn't seem to match the establishing shot of the neighborhood at the beginning of each episode.

    Allusions (2)

    • (Talking about how Kate, Dorothy's daughter, may get lost on her way to the house)

      Blanche: Dorothy, I gave Kate the directions over the phone.

      Dorothy And who are you... Rand McNally?

      Rand McNally is a publisher of maps (wall, street, and reference maps, including atlases).

    • Episode Title: Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding? This is a reference to the 1967 movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" starring Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier.

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