The Golden Girls

The Housekeeper

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 10/17/87
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  • Episode Description
  • The girls' search for a housekeeper ends when they hire Marguerite, a woman who appears to have mystical powers. However, when they fire her, a string of bizarre events convince the girls that Marguerite has placed a curse on them.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Winifred Hervey

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Thank heavens for Sophia!

    By readysetgo88, Aug 09, 2008

  • The girls hire a black housekeeper.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Dorothy: [walking into the kitchen and finding Rose sweeping the floor] Rose why are you cleaning the kitchen? This is Marguerite's job! Rose: Dorothy, I know what you're gonna say. But I talked to Marguerite on the phone and this time she has a really good excuse for being late. Dorothy: Fine. What is it? Rose: She had to go pluck a hair from the chin of a dawrf. Dorothy: And you fell for that old excuse?

    • Dorothy: If you get Norman's attention, it won't be because of what is in that bottle. But if it does, I'll sell my mother for an ounce.

    • Blanche: So, Marguerite, wont you start by telling us a little about yourself. Marguerite: Well, there isn't much to tell. I'm hard working. Honest. And I'll work for a reasonable wage. Rose: That's it? Marguerite Brown: Alright. I wont go on with this charade any longer. There is something else, I'm black. Now if that's a problem for you, I'm white. Course that'll cost you extra! Dorothy: Oh, Marguerite, I could kiss you! Marguerite: And I don't go for that freaky stuff.

    • Blanche: So there was no curse after all, and Norman really did dump me for a fat woman! Sophia: No kidding, fatter than you?

    • Blanche: Girls, we can't fire her now. She's making me an aphrodisiac. Dorothy: Use vodka and black underwear like everyone else!

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    Notes (1)

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche looking horrified as the bird drops down onto the lanai.

    Trivia (2)

    • Theex-prisoner who interviewed for the housekeeping position right beforeMarguerite said she had just been released fromSan Quentin State Prison in California.San Quentin has not had female inmates housed there since 1932when the California Institution for Women was built.

    • The girls are often depicted as not having the most financial security in the world, but yet somehow they are able to afford a housekeeper.

    Allusions (1)

    • Dorothy: Marguerite, I hate to interrupt your work, but we have to talk to you about something. Blanche: Yeah, but before we do, I just want you to know that Tootie is my favorite on The Facts of Life. Blanche makes a reference about Tootie being her favorite character on the The Facts of Life. The Facts of Life aired on NBC from 1979-1988.

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