The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 5

Bang the Drum, Stanley

Aired Unknown Nov 12, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • The show's title comes from the 1956 novel and 1973 film Bang the Drum Slowly; both of which are also about baseball.