The Golden Girls

The Return of Dorothy's Ex (a.k.a.) Stan's Return

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 11/30/85
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  • Episode Description
  • Dorothy's ex-husband, Stan shows up to settle a piece of land in Miami they bought on their honeymoon. This leads to Dorothy and Stan rekindling old feelings resulting in the two of them spending the night together. Meanwhile, Dorothy, Rose and Blanche plan a vacation and Sophia is none too pleased when she learns she is not invited.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Kathy Speer

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Dorothy is just too funny

    By damanray, May 31, 2010

  • Dorothy's ex Stan returns after being dumped by his new wife. In the meantime the girls plan a vacation together without Sophia.

    By grewupwatching, Apr 02, 2010

  • Ebbtide: The Return of Stan!

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 26, 2006

  • Somewhat predictable, but still a good episode

    By attilasd, Jun 27, 2006

  • Another look at Stan Zbornak

    By missrachel, Dec 24, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Dorothy: Believe me, Chrissy left him. He was devastated. Next thing I knew, I was holding him, he was crying, we were in bed. It was just as it always had been. Blanche: Well, I'm shocked. Dorothy: I was too. You know, Chrissy didn't teach him a thing.

    • (After Dorothy says that Chrissy left Stan) Blanche: That's the oldest line in the book. I hear that at least twice a week! Sophia: And it works every time.

    • Dorothy: Ok. I know what it looks like. And frankly, that's exactly what it is. Sophia: You had to bring him home? Couldn't you find a drunken sailor on a street corner?

    • Stan: Do you mind if I use the phone? Sophia: You already used my daughter. You didn't ask for permission.

    • Sophia: Not only am I not allowed to go. I'm not allowed to talk about it. This is the same deal Cinderella had with her step sisters.

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    Notes (6)

    • Sophia has already had a stroke, and just a few episodes prior Dorothy was concerned about her health because her blood pressure was up and she was pale.  A few episodes later the ladies believed Sophia had a heart attack.  Knowing all this, and how Dorothy worries about her mother and how much time she has left with her, how irresponsible are these women to just up and leave Sophia in an empty house for who knows how long, while they go on a merry vacation.  Not to mention, there's no indication that they even have someone who would check on Sohpia to see if she's okay.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche sitting at the kitchen table, which is filled with food, at night.

    • This is the first of two times that Dorothy considers getting back together with Stan. The second is in the season six episode There Goes the Bride part one & part two.

    • This is the only time we meet Stan's new wife, Chrissy.

    • Beatrice Arthur and Simone Griffeth starred together in the 1983 sitcom, Amanda's on ABC.

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