The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 8

Brotherly Love

Aired Unknown Nov 14, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Blanche makes a move at Ted, Stan's brother the minute she learns he's a neurosurgeon. She is furious when she discovers the only woman Ted is apparently interested in is Dorothy. Meanwhile, Rose is suffering from insomnia.

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  • Season 3, Episode 8.

    This episode had a good plot. I didn't get to see a lot of it. I forgot why. But I did like the concept of this episode.

    Blanche makes a move at Ted, Stan's brother, the minute she learns he's a neurosurgeon. She is furious when she discovers Ted is interested in is Dorothy.--- I liked this storyline. It was very interesting to see Stan's brother and to see Dorothy "in a relationship" with him. I can't believe how he ended up using her though. That was sad, but I liked how she embarrassed him.

    Rose suffers from insomnia. --- OK plot. Didn't catch too much of it.moreless
  • What would you call this, a testimonial?

    This episode is a kind of hidden highlight of the third season. It's very well written, the type of episode where every other line is good for a great laugh. The scenes between Blanche and Ted are very funny and well done, first when she's picking him up and again when she's trying to seduce him and Rose and Sophia keep interrupting. Great comedy right there! Another small but hilarious scene is when Sophia is trying to convince Rose that she's given her a sleeping potion and is really going to hit her on the head... "I don't feel anything, when's it going to hit me??" The scene at the dance club between Dorothy, Ted and Stan is also very amusing. One thing I never understood though... if Ted is impotent, what is he going to do with the stewardess that he's flying to Acapulco?moreless
  • Stan's brother returns and he and Dorothy have a fling.

    I liked this episode a lot, especially the part where Dorothy and Blanche go back and forth at each other, and they call each other such names as "slut," "trash." This was a very funny episode. I liked the part where Dorothy learned that Ted just wanted her to babysit and she tells the entire restaurant he's impotent. Very good episode.
  • A Weiss and Ferro gem

    Fredric Weiss and Jeffrey Ferro were not on the show long, but the two episodes they wrote together (plus their third contribution) were some of the best of the series.

    In Brotherly Love, McLean Stevenson guest stars as Stanley's brother. He's young, talented, and old-fashioned -- a stand-up guy to his older, less successful brother.

    It's of no surprise then that Dorothy happens to like Ted a lot more so than Stan. So when Dorothy greets Ted warmly, Stan, in his endless seek for attentions, asks: "What about me, babe?" Dorothy's answer is classic: "Go hug a land mine!"

    Weiss and Ferro were particularly good at the one-line insults. "No, Rose, Minneapolis, France!" "The man at Table 5, in the blue suit, is impotent. Bon appetit!" "She's Gary Hart's campaign manager. It doesn't pay much, but she doesn't have to get out of bed to do it." "What is this, Hamlet?"

    Ted turns out to be less than stellar with Dorothy, however, leading to her terrific exit from the restaurant/dance floor. This, of course, is after Dorothy "steals" Ted away from all-over-him Blanche. Ted is less than thrilled by Blanche's eager attitude, but nevertheless, this leads to a slight wedge between Blanche and Dorothy. Tired Rose to the rescue.

    This is one of my personal favorites given the unforgettable one-liners, but I also appreciate it because of its dead-on impression of the characters. Smart, mean, but vulnerable Dorothy; egotistical, sexually active, but well-intentioned Blanche; sweet, innocent, naive, dimmest-bulb-in-the-tree Rose, and sarcastic, insulting, but caring matriarch Sophia. Each of them had their moments in this episode (I thought Rose was especially well-written), and that's all I ask from a Golden Girls ep.moreless
McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

Ted Zbornak

Guest Star

Brad Trumbeull

Brad Trumbeull

Maitre d'

Guest Star

Herb Edelman

Herb Edelman

Stanley Zbornak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Stan had just cut in on Dorothy dancing with Ted)
      Stan: Dorothy, you're not moving. Reminds me of our wedding night.

    • (fighting with Blanche about who's a slut)
      Dorothy: Haven't you heard the latest ads? 'Join the navy; see the world; sleep with Blanche Devereaux'. 'Join the army; be all you can be; sleep with Blanche Devereaux'. 'The marines are looking for a few good men who haven't slept with Blanche Devereaux'!

    • (Stan believes Blanche has slept with his brother, and keeps insinuating as such)
      Blanche: Stan, what are you talking about?
      Stan: Oh. I get it; 'play dumb'. I can play dumb.
      Sophia: Play? You could manage the team!

    • Dorothy: Ted and I just talked all night.
      Sophia: Sure, and the Godfather made all of his money selling olive oil.

    • Dorothy: Blanche, I didn't know you were in here.
      Blanche: I was hiding behind the drapes.
      Dorothy: What is this, Hamlet?

    • Blanche: Try counting sheep!
      Rose: I can't count sheep, I'm allergic to them. So then I tried counting members of the Jackson family: Michael, Janet, Latoya, Tito.
      Blanche: Rose! (rushing Rose out of the room)
      Rose: And then there was Stonewall Jackson but I don't remember him from the Victory tour.

    • Ted: I'm from Minneapolis.
      Rose: Minneapolis, Minnesota?
      Sophia: No Minneapolis, France.
      Rose: Oh, I'm from Minnesota.
      Ted: I'm from Minnesota too.
      Rose: Then you've just moved to France?

    • Stan: You shouldn't keep the door open in the back like that. Any idiot could just walk in.
      Sophia: Any idiot just did!

    • Stan: What about me, babe?
      Dorothy: Oh, go hug a landmine!

    • Dorothy: Excuse me, the gentleman at table 5, in the blue suit, is impotent. Bon appetite!

  • NOTES (2)

    • McLean Stevenson along with Betty White made frequent guest spots on Match Game in the 70's and 80's.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Sophia and Rose at the kitchen table, while Blanche stands with her hand on Dorothy's chair looking on.


    • Sophia: and The Godfather made all his money selling olive oil.

      Sophia is likely referencing the 1972 classic, 'The Godfather', in which the Don (or leader) of a mafia/organized crime family, tried to appear to have a legitimate front (such as selling olive oil) to hide their more sinister, illegal activities.

    • Blanche: (comes out from behind curtains I forgive you.
      Dorothy: Honey, where did you come from?
      Blanche: Oh, I was hidin' behind the drapes.
      Dorothy: What is this, Hamlet?

      This is an allusion to the character Polonius in Shakespeare's, Hamlet, when Polonius hides behind the curtains, while evesdropping on Hamlet and Gertrude's conversation.

    • Dorothy: (about Rose) She's Gary Hart's campaign manager. It doesn't pay much, but you doesn't have to get out of bed to do it.

      In 1987, the Miami Herald accused ex-Senator Gary Hart of infidelity. Not long after, the same paper caught him on his boat with a 29-year-old model, Donna Rice, sitting on his lap. When the story broke, Hart dropped out of the 1988 Presidential race.