The Golden Girls

Mixed Blessing

Season 3, Ep 23, Aired 3/19/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Dorothy's son, Michael pays another visit to Miami and this time he has an announcement, he's engaged. However, Dorothy has two more surprises in store, her future daughter-in-law is also black and twenty years older than Michael.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Christopher Lloyd (II)

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Season 3, Episode 23.

    By Wanted23, Apr 09, 2009

  • Eh...

    By readysetgo88, Aug 21, 2008

  • Dorothy's son Michael is getting married to Lorraine. Problems begin when Michael tells his mother that Lorraine is "kinda black." When Lorrain's family meets Michael, Lorrain's mother refuses to see her daughter married to some "skinny white boy."

    By Y2May17, Jan 13, 2008

  • Michael annouces that he is getting married.

    By yuki_megami, Oct 12, 2006

  • great lesson

    By port5170, Feb 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Rose: The same thing happened with the Bigbotters back in St Olaf. You see, Gretchen had a thing for Buddy but Mr Bigbotter tried his best to keep them apart. Well, one day he came home to find them….how do I say….in the most indelicate situation.
      Dorothy: What did he do?
      Rose: Well, he yelled at them to stop, but they didn’t, so he turned the hose on them.
      Blanche: He turned the hose on them???!!
      Rose: They were out in the front yard!
      Blanche (in horror): OOooooooh!!!
      Dorothy: Wait a minute….wait a minute….Buddy and Gretchen weren’t people, were they?
      Rose: : Of course not, they were dogs! Buddy schnauzer and Gretchen was dalmatian. And Mr Bigbotter wasn’t too happy when he ended up with a litter of “schalmatians”!

    • Michael: You are being small-minded. Dorothy: You know, a wise philosopher once said, "There are no small minds, just big heads." Michael: What the hell does that mean? Dorothy: I'm not sure. Come to think of it, it wasn't a philosopher, it was Rose.

    • Rose: Are you nervous because you haven't met Michael's fiancé? Dorothy: No, Rose. I'm nervous because if Sonny Bono gets elected Mayor of Palm Springs, he's going to make all the postmen wear leather bell-bottoms and a fur vest.

    • Rose: Can I ask a dumb question? Dorothy: Better than anybody I know. Rose: What color is black people's dandruff? Dorothy: Rose, black people don't have dandruff. God figures they've been through enough already.

    • Dorothy: (to Greta) Race is not even the issue. I mean, your daughter is twice my son's age! What could a woman in her 40's possibly have in common with a man in his 20's? Blanche: Sex! A man in his 20's is at his peak. A woman in her 40's is also at her peak, and when the two come together, hot damn!

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode was videotaped on February 22, 1988.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Blanche holding a mirror in front of Rose's face while Dorothy stands behind Rose.

    • This episode deals with racism in its most accepted form. Dorothy, who does not hate black people, is not necessarily happy about Michael marrying a black girl. Lorraine's parents are not happy about Lorraine marrying a white boy either...but its doubtful either sides of the family are racist.

    Trivia (3)

    • In this episode, Blanche warns Dorothy not to interfere in her son's relationship, because Blanche herself almost lost her own daughter Becky when she butted in her personal life. Blanche is referring to the Season 3 episode Blanche's Little Girl, which aired shortly before this one. The thing is, it's odd that Blanche would regret having interfered in that particular situation, since it helped save Becky from marrying a jerk, and it actually brought Blanche even closer to her daughter. Correction: She was probably referring to the situation that took place four years before that episode, which was Rebecca dropping out of school to become a model. Blanche was against it and as a result, Rebecca did not speak to her until the events of "Blanche's Little Girl".

    • Michael was 29 in a episode in season 2 so how can he be 23 in season 3.

    • Stan and Dorothy were married for 38 years before getting divorced at least 3 years before this episode aired. Right now, though, their son Michael is apparently 23. Their first child was conceived out of wedlock, which would make that child at least 41. Even if their daughter Kate is the oldest, it's not possible for the two kids to be so far apart in age. This would mean that Stan and Dorothy had their second child once their oldest headed off to college, which seems incredibly far-fetched and was never indicated over the course of the series. Other episodes have led us to believe that Michael and Kate grew up together.

    Allusions (1)

    • Sophia: What the hell is this--a revival of A Raisin in the Sun? A Raisin in the Sun is a very popular play that deals with racism and the struggles between black and white.

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