The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 14

Blanche's Little Girl

Aired Unknown Jan 09, 1988 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Blanche is thrilled by a visit from her daughter, Rebecca, an ex-model who has now gained quite a bit of weight. Also visiting with Rebecca is her oafish beau who constantly puts down her weight. The kicker: she's thinking of marrying him.

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  • Blanche's large daughter reveals she's engaged to a cruel, vicious, hateful man.

    I absolutely hated this episode because of the way the character of Jeremy was written. He was just the rudest man I've ever seen on a TV show (guest star or series regular). I just kept wanting Blanche to punch him in the face, that's how rude he was. I do think Blanche should have stuck her nose in sooner, because this man was treating her daughter disgracefully. This was a bottom of the barrel episode.moreless
  • Season 3, Episode 14.

    This episode was pretty good. I enjoyed it a lot. Blanche receives a post card from her daughter Rebecca. Rebecca is coming to visit, and Blanche tells the women she left for Paris to be a model. However, when she shows up as big as a house, it brings confusion and some clever and funny insults from Sophia. Becky's boyfriend is an ass, though. She even wants to marry the jerk, who wasn't funny at all. I enjoyed this episode because it was comedic and had a very clever plot. This is yet another great episode of The Golden Girls. I have high expectations from the show's history, and they haven't let me down.moreless
  • A dramedy...

    I describe this episode as a dramedy because there was nothing funny about the Blanche storyline and everything funny with the Sophia bits. Blanche's daughter returns overweight and bethrothed to jerky Jeremy. Sophia argues with her boss. It is a terrible thing to be overweight and deal with the snide remarks and low self-esteem. Jeremy's character was nothing but demeaning and disgusting. Thankfully, Blanche did stick her nose in and, providing relief, Dorothy (my favorite) made her own comments back. In the end, the story is complete and Blanche's daughter has found herself when she rejects her beau. It is a necessary step in discovering one's own self-worth. Sophia is hilarious and her story allows the more dramatic piece to not only stand out as such but to also provide levity to the half hour show. Not everything on a sitcom is all about the chuckles.moreless
  • Although riddled with comedic moments, the painful ones are a bit too much to handle.

    This show barely gets a "fair" ranking in my book, all because of the painful material surrounding Rebecca's boyfriend Jeremy -- a jerk written and portrayed so well as to become unbearable to watch. While certainly undeniable well-written and well-portrayed, comedy shouldn't be painful. At least not this painful.

    The comedy of the episode centers around Sophia's storyline -- she and her restaurant peers have had it with their superior, who happens to be a teenaged manager. They have a great once-for in the kitchen, topped by Sophia's line: "Would your own grandmother lie to you?"

    The drama of the episode centers around Blanche's daughter Rebecca, who has decided to reconcile with her mother after four years of silence. She returns to Miami, and her appearance is quite surprising to Blanche. Rebecca has gained weight, a lot of weight, since Blanche last saw her. Note the comedic lines by Sophia here -- certainly insulting Rebecca's weight, but never mean-spirited. This should be noted to clarify that the writers did a tremendous job differentiating between jokes and insults. Sophia's ribbing was comedic-spirited, and her personality backs this up.

    This is certainly not the case with Rebecca's boyfriend, an absolutely insulting and hateful man named Jeremy. He is made to look mean-spirited right from the start, and it works. It actually works too well. I find some of the scenes too painful to watch. This should never be the case with a sitcom.

    Actually, Rebecca has come to tell Blanche that she has agreed to marry Jeremy. Blanche does not take this well at all but is forced into silence since the last time she brought her opinions into Rebecca's life, they ended up not talking for four years. But Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia encourage Blanche to talk to Rebecca. Blanche continues to refuse, but Jeremy's incessant insults become too much for her to handle. Rebecca does not take Blanche's opinions well and leaves again. But she then returns realizing her mother was right (Thank God).

    While I admire the writers for their story and their convincing presentation, I can't ignore that the show is "not funny" enough to make the dramatic moments stick. Thus, this episode is a miss in my book. A rare "off the mark" for this series, Blanche's Little Girl is an episode I do not recommend.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Blanche seems to have awful strong opinions about her daughter's apparent weight gain, and is determined to fix it. Not only that, Blanche has always declared what a stunning beauty she has always been. Yet in Season Five we learn Blanche was fat as a child. Shouldn't she have more sympathy for someone in this condition, not to mention her own daughter?

    • Dorothy is the only person in this episode who does not call Becky "fat" right to her face. For that matter, Dorothy is the only one who doesn't mention the girl's weight at all.

    • Blanche's daughter remarks when Blanche shows her to her room... "Momma you have a lovely home"... I thought that Blanche and George lived and raised their family in that home... why would her daughter say that if that was the house she grew up in?

  • QUOTES (19)

    • McCracken: (after Sophia tells her story) You expect me to buy that? Look, the only reason I came over here was so you wouldn't cause a scene at The Chow Wagon when I fired you.
      Sophia: Fired us?!
      McCracken: You heard me. And no story you could tell is gonna change my mind.
      Edna: Not even the one we could tell your father about how his car got dented while you were doing wheelies and not while it was sitting in the parking lot?!
      McCracken: You wouldn't do that. Would you?
      Sophia: Hey. She's your grandmother. Has she ever lied to you?

    • Sophia: (about her boss) He said that Edna and Mildred could only take ten-minute bathroom breaks.
      Dorothy: Well, Ma, that's not unreasonable.
      Sophia: Please! They're 84 years old. It takes Mildred ten minutes to roll down her stockings!

    • Rose: It's not like Blanche to go to bed at eight o'clock.
      Sophia: At least not by herself!
      Dorothy: She's depressed, Rose.
      Rose: Do you think she's depressed because of Rebecca?
      Dorothy: No, Rose. She's depressed because Marblehead Manor is only on once a week.
      Rose: Boy, I remember on the farm, when we'd get depressed. Grandma could always cheer us up... she'd take out her dentures and take a healthy swig of the aquarium and then hold a flashlight under a chin, so we could watch the goldfish swim from cheek to cheek... boy we could have watched them all day... but visiting hours were only from ten to four.

    • Rose: You know, Sophia, your problem at work reminds me of something that happened back in St. Olaf.
      Sophia: Please. Dust reminds you of something in St. Olaf!

    • Rose: (about Blanche) Dorothy, I know how hard it is to just sit back and watch, but there's nothing we can do. It's her daughter, it's her choice. It's like something that happened back in St. Olaf--
      Dorothy: Oh, stop! Rose, why is it that every time one of us makes an observation, the first thing you say is "Back in St. Olaf?" Did it ever occur to you that maybe the rest of us are tired of hearing "Back in St. Olaf, back in St. Olaf, back in St. Olaf?"
      Rose: Gee, no, I never realized. I'm sorry.
      Dorothy: Oh, it's all right. (pats her hand)
      Rose: (after a brief silence) Back in that town whose name you are tired of hearing--
      Dorothy: ROSE!

    • Blanche: (to Becky) Let me get a look at you.
      Sophia: This could take several hours.

    • (talking to Becky - Blanche's overweight daughter)
      Rose: So, Becky. What brings you to Miami?
      Sophia: My guess is, a small barge.

    • Rose: In the meantime, would you like some milk and some Double Stuff Oreos?
      McCracken: No thank you, ma'am.
      Dorothy: Boy, he's tough!

    • Becky: I'm still never good enough for you, am I, Mama? Just like when I was in school. It never mattered that I was pretty, I had to be the prettiest. It never mattered that I was popular, I had to be the most popular. Never mattered that I was bright, I had to be the brightest.
      Blanche: That doesn't mean you had to go out and become the fattest!

    • Blanche: Now, Becky, I've held my tongue for a week, but I can't let you walk out that door without asking why. Why are you doing this?
      Becky: Because I want a husband, I want a family, and Jeremy may be my last chance.

    • Blanche: Aw, Becky honey, don't worry. I love you just the way you are, every last pound of you! Just out of curiosity, how many pounds am I currently loving?

    • Blanche: We were always so much alike and so close, just like Siamese twins.
      Sophia: It's a shame when they separated you, you got both butts.

    • Jeremy: Blanche, I would like to ask for your daughter's hand in marriage. I'd ask for the rest of her, but I've got a bad back!

    • Rebecca: Jeremy, you haven't said a thing about my new outfit. You know, that's not very nice.
      Jeremy: I was trying to be nice. That's why I didn't say anything.

    • Jeremy: Well, there were no tables left at the restaurant, so I just Becky.

    • Jeremy: Becky's a bigger fan than me. Becky's a bigger everything.
      Dorothy: Not everything, Jeremy.

    • Blanche: Sophia, you tell me. Am I a bad mother?
      Sophia: You did what you had to do.
      Blanche: Why can't children realize we're just trying to do what's best for them?
      Sophia: Because they're kids. Someday, when they have their own, they'll understand.

    • (Rose's reaction to Rebecca's weight)
      Rose: Oh, it's just we didn't expect you to be so fat!

    • Sophia: (upon meeting Blanche's overweight daughter, a former model) What did she model, car covers?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Viewed by 33.4 million people.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche on the couch, at the very end of the episode, after the whole Rebecca fiasco.

    • Joe Regalbuto guest stars in this episode who is best known for his role on Murphy Brown. Later Rue McClanahan would guest star in an episode Murphy Brown.

    • This is Rebecca's first appearance, although the only time she was played by Shawn Schepps. Later episodes would feature a much-thinner Rebecca played by Debra Engle.