The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 13

A Little Romance

Aired Unknown Dec 14, 1985 on NBC
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Rose has been dating Dr. Jonathan Newman and begins to think their relationship is leading to the alter. However she begins to have second thoughts especially since he's a midget. Meanwhile, Sophia goes away for the weekend for her grandson's graduation.

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  • One of the funniest half an hours in TV history.

    Oh it doesn't get better than this.

    'Shrimp!' Remains one of my favourite Blanche moments ever. Oh i just laughed and laughed. This show really is such a cut above the rest.

    So rose is dating a midget and everybody reacts differently to the whole thing.

    'Hello, I'm doctor Jonathon Newman'

    Dorothy: Are you absolutely sure?

    'Ah Blanche This is doctor Jonathon Newman'

    Blanche stares at him 'Get out of here'

    Sophia walks in a stars DOWN at this man. We all get worried that she's about to say something horrible. The expression on Dorothy's face is hysterical. She doesn't end up saying anything, but OMG we all had our hearts in our mouths.

    And to top it all off Blanche shares the time she went to her Senior prom 'with a Yankee' Classic Comedymoreless
  • Rose is dating Dr.Jonathan Newman but neglects to mention one little thing. He's a midget! When he arrives for dinner at Blanche's invitation, the laughs begin and don't stop.

    The standout episode from season 1. I've watched it so many times, I know every line. It's not hard to see why this won the Emmy for writing that year. Rose is rather bashful about talking about her new beau and avoids inviting him for dinner. When Blanche asks him over Rose purses her lips so tight they almost disappear. When the doorbell rings, Blanche answers, sees this little man and shuts the door, saying it was one of the Doanldson boys selling a newspaper subscription! When the bell rings again it's Dorothy who answers and she immediately gets uncomfortable after meeting Dr.Johnathan Newman. "Let me take your height!...oh hat" Blanche reenters and it all starts. After being introduced and once Rose comes in, Blanche thinks it's a practical joke played by Rose to get even. As they stand there, Blanche finally realizes she's wrong and lets out a little nervous laugh that is priceless. Rue McClanahan at her best. When Blanche comes in and offers Shrimp, it's hysterical.

    The rest of the episode is fun, even the silly dream that Rose has. The cameo from Jeanne Dixon is really funny. At the end, when Rose is expecting a proposal, and finds herself being dumped because she's not Jewish is really funny. The first episode that is funny all the way through and a landmark that lead to Golden Girls being a classic!moreless
  • May I take your height?

    This is considered a series classic and it's a stand out from the first season (which was the weakest in my opinion), but I don't love it. Dr. Jonathan Newman actually really irritates me. Plus I don't care how you look at it, it was wrong of him to dump Rose because she's not Jewish. Why ask her out in the first place? But aside from that, it's a well written episode. The scene where Jonathan meets Blanche, then Dorothy, then Blanche again is a true Golden Girls classic moment. Blanche is hillarious there. My favorite part of the episode is probably Blanche's story about her prom date ("I went to my senior prom with a YANKEE!!") Love it. I hate the dream sequence though. I know it's supposed to be stupid in order to be funny, but I really think it stays at stupid. Great line at the end... ("How was the shrimp?"..."Unfortunately I'll never know.") Not a bad episode, but not a series best in my opinion.moreless
  • Short but sweet.

    Rose worries that her new relationship with a midget is going to garner stares. It was great seeing the dream sequence where Sophia plays the priest. It was great seeing all the fiasco that ensued when Blanche tried to stop making jokes about the man being small. This was a very clever season one episode.
  • Shrimp?

    This is probably one of the best half hours in sitcom history. In one of the few cases where the Emmys were dead-on, the Golden Girls were a popular award recipient. This episode, which won an Emmy for its script, is the quintessential example of why The Golden Girls will always remain one of the greatest sitcoms in TV history.

    This was one of Terry Hughes's first episodes (of The Golden Girls) in the directing helm, and it is clear why he was chosen to direct full time after this effort. The extended sequences in this episode were pitch perfect in tone and delivery, undoubtedly a Hughes trademark on the series (Just compare Season 2 episodes to Season 6 episodes, e.g.).

    But as much as Hughes delivers in the directing front, it is the combination of terrific writing and terrific acting that make this episode a winner. Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan delivered one of their best scripts with A Little Romance. And the results were impressive.

    There are several famous sequences in this episode. The introduction of Rose's date was dynamite (Dorothy: May I take your height? -- hat!), Blanche's "shrimp?" was perfectly delivered, Blanche's prom story (Benjamin wasn't black. He was from New Jersey!) was hysterical, and the dream sequence was brilliantly silly.

    Most writers dream of making an episode like this. Nathan and Fanaro would deliver several more through the first four seasons of this series, but this will always be their masterpiece. Before this episode, The Golden Girls was good. After this episode, The Golden Girls was immortal.moreless
Brent Collins

Brent Collins

Dr. Jonathan Newman

Guest Star

Jeane Dixon

Jeane Dixon


Guest Star

Billy Barty

Billy Barty

Edgar Lindstrom

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof (Continuity): Sofia claims to get along with Phil's wife alright, but in "Ebbtide's Revenge", she cannot stand her.

    • Tony Carreiro who plays the waiter in the restaurant in this episode returns later in the season in the episode entitled "Flu Attack" to play yet another waiter. He returns once more in a fifth season episode entitled "72 Hours" to play Rose's doctor. Most may know him best from his role as Joe, Daphne's love interest on Frasier.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Dorothy: Ma, what are you doing?
      Sophia: What does it look like? I'm putting clam sauce in my suitcase.
      Dorothy: I think they serve a snack on the plane.
      Sophia: Ha, ha. You kill me.

    • Blanche: So, Rose, you're seeing a psychiatrist.
      Sophia: It's about time. The woman gives names to her gingerbread men.

    • Blanche: I've found a great way to meet more men.
      Sophia: "More men? You're gonna need a turnstile in your bedroom.

    • (After Blanche has told of her forbidden affair with a Yankee.)
      Dorothy: A Yankee! That is incredible! And to think they made a movie about that deadbeat Ghandi when there's a story like this that hasn't been told.

    • Blanche: (opening the door for Jonathan and mistaking him for someone else) Oh, sorry, little boy, we already get the newspaper delivered. (closes door in his face)
      Dorothy: Who was that?
      Blanche: Oh, just one of the Donaldson kids, trying to sell us a magazine subscription.
      Dorothy: (doorbell rings again) Oh, those Donaldson boys won't take no for an answer. (opens door)
      Jonathan: Hello, I'm Dr. Jonathan Newman.
      Dorothy: (long pause) Are you absolutely sure?
      Jonathan: Yes. May I come in?
      Dorothy: Oh, of course, of course, please come in. May I take your height--I mean, your hat?

    • Blanche: Small world, isn't it?
      Jonathan: Not from where I'm standing.
      Blanche: (embarrassed) Oh, I did it again! I'm sorry.
      Jonathan: Oh, don't be sorry, Blanche. You don't need to feel strange about my height. I'm not. Everyone has something about themselves that they wish they could change. The trick is getting past it. Now, don't get me wrong--I'd love to know what it feels like to be the center on the Boston Celtics--but all in all, I'm pretty happy with who I am.
      Rose: Oh, he gives me goosebumps when he talks like that!

    • Dorothy: (about Jonathan) What a delightful man. You know, he has the most positive attitude of anyone I have ever met.
      Blanche: And he's wearing the most adorable little suit I've ever seen!
      Dorothy: You just can't help yourself, can you, Blanche?

    • Dorothy: (in Rose's dream, about her wedding) You can't disappoint the guests.
      Rose: The guests? But I have to think about what's best for me!
      Dorothy: That's only in real life. In dreams, you do what's best for the guests!

    • Sophia: That guy over he a midget?
      Dorothy: Yes, Ma.
      Sophia: Thank God, I thought I was having another stroke!

    • Rose: I'm not mad!
      Blanche: Oh yes, you are. I can tell. When you're mad, you purse those little lips up until they almost disappear. See?
      Dorothy: (calling out to Blanche) Have her lips come out yet?
      Blanche: Nope, she's still mad at me.
      Rose: I'm not mad! But if I were, I'd have every reason to be.
      Dorothy: Oh, honey, come on. You look like you're about to swallow your chin!

    • Sophia: My son married a welder. Too bad she didn't weld his zipper shut; they got ten kids they can't afford.

    • Blanche: He analyzed my dream.
      Dorothy: What dream?
      Blanche: The one where I'm running naked through a train going through tunnel after tunnel while a sweaty bodybuilder chases me. He said he thinks it's sexual.
      Dorothy: He thinks? For God's sake, Blanche, you smoke a cigarette after that dream.

    • Dorothy: Rose has decided to keep seeing Jonathan.
      Sophia: Fine, but Rose we're all adults here. Let the man out of the pillowcase; we don't mind if he sleeps over.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Rose and Jonathan both had issues with their relationship. Rose was concerned because Jonathan was a little person. Jonathan was concerned because Rose wasn't Jewish.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche in Rose's room during the dream sequence, as Blanche pulls Rose's leg up in the air, trying to get her off the bed.

    • In the dream sequence, Rose's father appears, albeit he is supposed to be much smaller to prove a point. However, it is not mentioned that he is her adopted father.

    • Terry Hughes received an Emmy nomination for Best Directing in a Comedy Series for this episode.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.


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