The Golden Girls

The Impotence of Being Ernest

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 2/4/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Rose is crazy about her latest boyfriend, Ernie, but can't understand why he doesn't approach the subject of sex so when she forces the subject she learns the truth, he's impotent. Meanwhile, a mysterious feather in the mail has Sophia acting strange.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Kevin Abbott

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • (after Sophia tells Blanche and Dorothy that she slept with Sonny) Dorothy: Ma. You are incredible. Sophia: Those were Sonny's words exactly.

    • (after Dorothy asks about her weekend) Rose: First he said I was a very attractive woman. Blanche & Dorothy: (together) Yeah. Rose: Then he said I was fun to be with. Blanche & Dorothy: (together) Yeah. Rose: Then he said he was impotent. Blanche & Dorothy: (together) Ewww!

    • Blanche: Sometimes you got to stoke a man's fire. Sophia: Words of wisdom from the Human Torch.

    • (After seeing Rose depressed) Dorothy: (To Rose) Is it about Ernie? Blanche: He's lousy in bed. I knew something was wrong with him.

    • (Ernie's left Rose for his ex-wife since he's not impotent after sleeping with Rose) Blanche: You gave him back his manhood, you should be proud of that. Rose: If he can find it he can have it...he's the worst lover I ever had.

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    Notes (1)

    • Betty White and Richard Herd later play husband and wife on Everwood.

    Trivia (3)

    • Here Rose takes Dorothy's advice and agrees that maybe she and Ernie can see a sex therapist. However, in "Break-In" in Season One, Rose says that they never see therapists back home.

    • If you will notice when Rose is having dinner with Ernie, her purse strap is on her shoulder when they first sit down. Then they cut away to Ernie and then back to Rose, her strap is missing. They cut back to Ernie and then again to Rose and her purse strap is back on her shoulder.

    • In this episode Dorothy talks about how she fed Stanley so many oysters that when he passed a kidney stone she had it appraised. However, in the first season episode, "The Way We Met," Blanche has to explain to Dorothy about using oysters as aphrodisiacs.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title is a pun on the Oscar Wilde play The Importance of Being Ernest.

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