The Golden Girls

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (1561)

  • Sophia: Hello. Dorothy: Ma, what are you doing here? Sophia: Everything's fine, nobody died, the home burned down.

  • Dorothy: Let's go out and celebrate. Sophia: What, that she came out of her room!

  • Blanche: Dorothy, can I borrow your mink stole? Dorothy: It's Miami in June - only cat's are wearing fur! Rose: Are you going out? Dorothy: No, she's going to sit here where its 112 degrees and eat enchiladas.

  • Blanche: We're going to New York for the honeymoon. I just hope I don't get murdered.

  • Dorothy: I taught a class today, the finest school in Dade County, two girls had shaved heads, and three boys had green hair. Coco: They're expressing themselves! Dorothy: Well, I expressed myself. I told them they had to leave, they were too ugly to look at. Now the parents are upset, a father in a three piece suit came in and defended Tiffany, a bald girl with a nose ring.

  • Sophia: The fancy man and I are going to the dog tracks. Blanche: Your mother bets? Dorothy: No, she rides. She's a dog jockey. Let's go, girls. (The Ladies Exit).

  • Sophia: (turning to Rose and Dorothy) When I go, put me in a steel sack and leave me on the curb next to the cans.

  • Blanche: I guess maybe I'm hoping the shock will be too much for my heart and I'll just drop dead right here. And the minister can bury me with Mr. Pinkus. I won't have to look anyone in the eye ever again. Rose: Except maybe Mr. Pinkus.

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Notes (494)

  • Guest Meshach Taylor would later work with Estelle Getty in the movie Mannequin.

  • This episode was videotaped on April 22, 1985.

  • Viewed by 25 million viewers and ranked #1 for the week, pushing The Cosby Show to #2.

  • Rue McClanahan and Betty White both starred together on Mama's Family.

  • Beatrice Arthur and Rue McClanahan both played on Maude together.

  • The background shot behind the closing credits is of Dorothy, Rose and Blanche embraced in the hug.

  • The set for the pilot was arranged different from what it would become. If you notice, the entrance to Blanche's bedroom would become the entrance to the lanai. The table in the living room is on a curve, and the chair where Sophia sits in the Blanche & Harry scene is also on a curve. The lanai is also backwards from what it would become. The doors leading out from the lanai would be switched later.

  • Charles Levin (Coco) was credited as a Special Guest Star. He never appears again on the show after this episode.

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Trivia (500)

  • According to Betty White, she was nervous about switching the roles because she understood Blanche, but did not get who Rose was. She said Susan Harris gave her the character in a nutshell, and from then on, she is enternally grateful to Jay Sandrich whose idea it was to switch the roles.

  • In Bea Arthur's one woman show, she confirms that Sophia's line in the pilot regarding Harry being a "scuzball" was originally written to say "The man is a douchebag," and that this was the only line the censors would not allow.

  • On the front door of Blanche's home, there is an exclamation point type looking engravement, which remains there for the rest of the series.

  • Meshach Taylor, who plays the policeman in this pilot episode, is better known for his long-term role as Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women which ran on CBS from 1986-1993.

  • Sophia looks different in the pilot episode (as well as much of Season 1) than she does in the rest of the series. She looks much older than she does in the other seasons of the show.

  • The series was pitched with the title, Miami Nice but was changed before the "Pilot" was filmed. The pilot script is titled The Golden Girls.

  • When Blanche asked if she could borrow Dorothy's mink stole, Dorothy said "it's Miami in June", that's also the night Sophia moved in because Shady Pines burned down. But in the episode Never Yell Fire Pt 1, Dorothy said Shady Pines burned down in September.

  • In this episode, Dorothy says that she's from Queens, but in future episodes, she and Sophia and from Brooklyn.

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Allusions (143)

  • Rose: "Mrs. Gandhi would be alive today if she had taken my call."
    This is a reference to the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who was killed in 1984, the year before this episode aired.

  • Dorothy: "She has more colors than Benjamin Moore paints."
    Dorothy was talking about Blanche's make-up collection. The reference is to the well-known paint store chain.

  • Blanche: "We went to Joe's."
    Blanche tells the ladies that she had dinner at "Joe's" and ate stone crabs. This is a reference to Joe's Stone Crabs which is one of the most famous restaurants in Miami Beach.

  • Dorothy: "I can't get through to New Jersey with MCI."
    Reference to MCI, one of the major phone companies during the 1980's.

  • Dorothy: "She wouldn't even budge for Julio Iglesias."
    Dorothy talks about getting tickets for Julio Iglesias to cheer Blanche up. Iglesias was one of the most popular singers of the 1980's and even made a cameo on the fourth season episode called "Valentine's Day".

  • (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.

  • Rose: I'm depressed. Blanche: Is this about Arnie? Dorothy: No Blanche, she's upset because they keep changing the taste of Coke. This in reference to Roberto C. Goizueta's, CEO of the Coca-Cola Co., idea of releasing a new taste of Coke in 1985, the first change in 99 years of the formula. The public didn't like the changes and critics called it the biggest marketing blunder and the original formula was brought back.

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