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.
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.
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.
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.
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