The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 5

Bang the Drum, Stanley

Aired Unknown Nov 12, 1988 on NBC
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Bang the Drum, Stanley
At a baseball game, Sophia gets beaned this prompts Stan to talk her into filing a lawsuit for payment on her severe injuries, which he gets her to fake. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose prepare for roles in the play "Cats."

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  • Stan hatches a plan to make money when Sophia gets hit on the head at a baseball game. Meanwhile Rose and Blanche perform in Cats.

    This is not a favorite episode of mine. The story with Stan and Sophia is funny enough, but the ending when Sophia is tricked into confessing that she is faking is a little much.

    Stan and Dorothy are always fun to watch together, but this whole episode is just a little slow. By this point in the series there had been so many really funny shows, that I expected them all to be top notch but this one left me disappointed. Also the ending with Rose being chased through the house by Dreyfuss was predictable and really not funny. For one thing why wouldn't Rose be able to open the door.moreless
William Denis

William Denis

Dr. Cauley

Guest Star

Ben Rawnsley

Ben Rawnsley

Dr. Jerry

Guest Star

Matthew Brooks

Matthew Brooks


Guest Star

Herb Edelman

Herb Edelman

Stanley Zbornak

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In an earlier episode Sophia says lying is a sin and will send you straight to hell. Well, apparently she has her bags packed and ready to go, because what does she call what she's doing here?

    • Dorothy tells Stan it took 12 seconds and she wound up 3 months pregnant at her wedding. In "Job Hunting", Dorothy says it only took 3 seconds.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Blanche: Rose, I was about to tell a story.
      Rose: I wanna tell one!
      Blanche: Dorothy?
      Dorothy: Boy, this is a no win situation... but go ahead, Blanche.
      Rose: (pouts) Fine, you may never get to hear my story.
      Dorothy: Then I'm wrong, it isn't a no win situation.

    • Stan: What would you say if I told you I have come up with a great way to make some fast money for us, and all you have to do is lie on your back?
      Sophia: I'd say you're about 50 years too late on that one.

    • (after Sophia gets hit with a baseball)
      Dorothy: Ma, are you alright??
      Sophia: Fine, fine, but next time, Salvador, either we start lower on the bed, or remove the headboard.

    • Rose: [describing Blanche] She's a character. She's also a cheap slut.

    • Dorothy: Ma, are you alright?
      Sophia: Please! I've survived war, disease, and two seasons of Designing Women!

    • Sophia: What do doctors know? They practice medicine for 15 years, they still don't know to warm their hands before a breast exam.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Sophia (in hospital bed) with Dorothy standing next to her, and Blanche and Rose (in cat customes) standing behind Dorothy looking at Sophia as well.


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