The Golden Girls

'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas

Season 2, Ep 11, Aired 12/20/86
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  • Episode Description
  • With Christmas approaching, Dorothy is fed up with how commercial Christmas has become this after Sophia goes on a spending spree with Dorothy's credit card. The girls each plan to spend Christmas with their families but before they each go home, they enjoy a Christmas gift exchange. The next day, a series of strange occurrences lead them to spend Christmas together in Miami.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Barry Fanaro

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • An appreciation review of the first of the two Christmas episodes of the series.

    By arataman_79, Jun 04, 2009

  • Twas the night before Christmas

    By yuki_megami, Dec 12, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Blanche: I have been told I bear a striking resemblance to Miss Cheryl Ladd...although, my bosoms are perkier. Dorothy: Not even if you hung upside down on a trapeze!

    • Sophia: I've been sitting in the backseat of the car for half an hour! What am I, a dachshund?

    • Blanche: (seductively, seeing a man in a Santa suit at the psych clinic) Hello there, tall, dark and jolly. Dorothy: Blanche, maybe you should stay and get some counseling.

    • Blanche: Well, I can't help it! There's something about a man in a Santa Claus suit that just drives me wild!

    • Rose: Why don't we have our own Christmas celebration right here, St. Olaf style! Dorothy: I will not drink egg nog wearing a cast iron brassiere. Rose: We don't do that for Christmas! We do that at Easter.

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode was videotaped on November 14, 1986.

    • During rehearsals for this episode, the crew played a prank on the ladies--some of the crew members put semi-nude pictures of themselves in the "Blanche's Boudoir" calendar. This can be seen during the blooper section of The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments special.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features the four ladies at the diner door, watching the snow fall.

    Trivia (3)

    • Blanche enters the house with her Santa Claus and within seconds exits to her bedroom.  Moments later, Dorothy and Rose enter with bags.  With such short time in between, how would Rose and Dorothy not have run into Blanche when they were pulling into the garage.

    • In the final shot of the episode, where the girls are standing by the door, Blanche goes and grabs Sophia's shoulder, and in return, Sophia puts her hand on Blanche's hand. However, in the next shot, which is where we see the girls from outside the door, Sophia's hand is now on Dorothy's hand, which is on Sophia's shoulder.

    • The end of the final scene where it allegedly begins to SNOW in Miami. There has only ever been ONE report of a snow flurry in Miami (1977) and even that claim is suspect.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: 'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas This is a reference to the story "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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