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.