The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 20

And Ma Makes Three

Aired Unknown Feb 20, 1988 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Feeling sorry for a lonely Sophia, Dorothy allows her to come along on a date with her and Dorothy's latest beau. However, pretty soon Sophia begins tagging along on every date which puts a rift in Dorothy's romantic plans.

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  • Sophia ruins Dorothy's relationship

    I think sometimes throughout the series it's difficult to know whether to laugh at how much Sophia messes with Dorothy or whether it's actually pretty sad. This episode is a good example of where it's not funny. I don't hate the episode (there are quite a few that are a lot worse) but I do think it's somewhat sad. I usually don't feel sorry for Dorothy even when Sophia is making fun of her, but here it seems awful that Sophia is messing up her relationship with a good guy when it really should be obvious to Sophia that she's ruining things for her. Sophia is depicted as a bit tactless, but not generally uncaring, and so I think it's out of character for her to do this to Dorothy. And I always wondered what happened after Sophia left on her vacation. I would hope that Dorothy called up her boyfriend and told him she could go, but of course they didn't show that... Again, this episode watchable, but not one of my favorites.moreless
  • Sophia needs to meet some new friends.

    I did like how Sophia met her new friends and seeing how Dorothy's plans kept getting screwed up because of her. I liked how Sophia thought they were all going on vacation. However, I think that Dorothy should have believed Sophia when she told Dorothy that she had new friends.
  • Dorthy invites Sophia along on one of her dates.....

    When Sophia friends move away or passed away.Sophia was alone in the house all the time.So guity Dorthy decided to bring Sophia along on dates.Little did she know that Sophia will be tagging along with them on their date.For Dorthy's boyfriend he thinks that he can't handle dating Dorthy Mother.Dorthy tries not to tell Sophia that she doesn't want Sophia on their little date anymore.She still feels guity about doing this.But the most funny part was when Rose start to tell an St.Olaf story.Except it was an bit different an comic kind.Even when Dorthy cancel her date.She learns that Sophia is going with someone else on vacation well with her new friends.moreless
  • And you were there for me, just like always...

    Some of the best episodes of this show focused on the relationship between mother and daughter, or more specifically, Sophia and Dorothy. As much banter, pessimism, and insulting quips that the two of them offer, they are two of the most lovable and loving characters in sitcom history. That\'s what makes this episode, a cleverly written yarn by Winifred Hervey, particularly effective.

    Dorothy finally has a man in her life, and a seemingly good one, named Raymond (played by James Karen). Raymond and Dorothy seem to be a good match, but their timing is less than optimal. Sophia is depressed because her best friend Mildred has moved away. But it\'s not just that -- all of her friends seem to be disappearing (whether by death, insanity, or new location). She\'s the only one left of her \"old gang\". So Dorothy decides to cheer her up by letting her tag along for a golf game with herself and Raymond. Unfortunately, she becomes a permanent tag-along, and this is becoming a problem for Dorothy and Raymond. As the weeks of \"And Ma Makes Three\" roll along, Raymond is becoming more tiresome of the \"dating-your-mother\" gag.

    So Dorothy and Raymond plan a getaway just for the two of them. But Sophia happens to hear of the plans and invites herself along for the cruise. As the pressure from Raymond and from depressed Ma grows, Dorothy decides to compromise by not going at all. But Sophia is aware of Dorothy\'s impatience and wants to make new friends. So she does so, but Dorothy doesn\'t buy Sophia\'s insistence that she is going on a trip of her own with her new friends.

    Dorothy decides to say no to her trip with Raymond. Raymond then decides to call things off with Dorothy (for a while) until Dorothy gives more attention to the relationship. But, Dorothy is surprised to discover that Sophia is indeed going on the trip after all. Which leads to this exquisite exchange:

    Dorothy: Ma! You\'re really going, aren\'t you?

    Sophia: I tried to tell you.

    Dorothy: But I thought you needed me. I thought you needed me to take care of you.

    Sophia: I did need you. And you were there for me, just like always. I love you, [Dorothy]. But, hey, I\'ve got my own life to live. See ya!

    It\'s really one of the most memorable moments on the show. It shows just how close the two of them are, and it is a testament to the great acting interaction between Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty.

    While this episode is not particularly funny, it is memorable and actually quite moving. I give this episode an enthusiastic thumbs up.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sophia says she has no friends left except Lillian who thinks she's Pinky Lee. However, she's forgetting she supposedly has a friend Edith Flannary, who would die the following season, not to mention Esther Weinstock, who, while she does live in New York, is still a friend, who would also die in season four, and Sister Agnes, another character to face death in season six.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sophia: Those rolls were the best I ever tasted...(takes one out of her purse) want one?
      Raymond: No thanks, Sophia.
      Dorothy: How about some coffee?
      Sophia: Sorry, I didn't steal any, but I've got plenty of matches.

    • Dorothy: How did you get back from the drugstore so quick?
      Sophia: I faked a heart attack to get through the line faster.

    • Dorothy: Right now we're the only friends she's got.
      Rose: I think that's sweet.
      Blanche: I think that's unnatural and I'm from the south.

    • Dorothy: Would you like to join us for golf?
      Sophia: I'd love to but I don't own any ugly plaid polyester. Rose do you have something in a size 6?

    • Rose: You're gonna dump your own mother?
      Dorothy: Faster than CBS dumped Jimmy, the Greek.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Dorothy: Faster than CBS dropped Jimmy, the Greek.

      Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was a CBS sports analyst for 12 years before being dropped when he made remarks that were perceived as racist. Jimmy Snyder is no longer with us.

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