The Golden Girls

Season 5 Episode 6

Dancing in the Dark

Aired Unknown Nov 04, 1989 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Towards the end of the episode, Rose tells Miles that she doesn't understand what a metaphor is, but in the season 3 episode "Dorothy's New Friend," Rose apparently knows what a metaphor is because she tells Dorothy, "Her well of knowledge has run dry."

    • Viewed by 31.0 million people and ranked #5 for the week.

    • If you notice when Blanche is getting up to get ready to go out with Miles she almost falls down because she is stepping on her long nightgown.

    • Sophia says that Dorothy was unmarried and pregnant when she was 20. However; in several episodes it is mentioned that Stan got Dorothy pregnant when she was 17.

  • Quotes

    • Rose: He makes me feel foolish! I don't even feel comfortable telling him St. Olaf stories!
      Dorothy: I wanna know exactly what he said to make you feel that way.

    • Rose: (missing the pretentious connotation of the question posed about inviting any 2 people over for dinner) Well, I'd feel guilty not inviting my two best friends, Dorothy and Blanche. But, could Jesus stop by for dessert?

    • Miles: I bet you thought a party full of college professors would be stuffy, but not this one!
      Rose: You're a college professor?
      Miles: What did you think I meant when I said I 'taught Hemingway'?
      Rose: I thought you were old!

    • Rose: It's just ground up pork and cabbage.
      Sophia: Cabbage she feeds me! In fifteen minutes I'll be skywriting!

    • Dorothy: Rose, you are not stupid, you just... march to a different drummer?
      Sophia: Yeah, the little wind-up monkey banging on the snare drum.
      Dorothy: Ma!
      Sophia: I was agreeing!

    • Blanche: Rose, Miles called again. He wants you to meet him outside the concert hall.
      Rose: I asked you to tell him I'm not going.
      Blanche: I'm not gonna do your dirty work for you, Rose.
      Rose: Well, I don't wanna talk to him. He makes me feel foolish. I don't even feel comfortable telling him St. Olaf stories.
      Dorothy: I want to know exactly what he said to make you feel that way.
      Rose: Look, I'm not going out with him. You go, Blanche.
      Dorothy: What!
      Rose: Well, you like him, I know you do. So you go.
      Blanche: Well, I couldn't!
      Dorothy: Of course che couldn't!
      Blanche: You stay out of this Dorothy.
      Rose: Well, why not? It's all over betwen us. He'll know that tonight.
      Blanche: It's impossible. I'd feel like a... like a...
      Dorothy: A backstabbing slut?
      Blanche: No.
      Rose: Please go. For me. I'll feel better knowing this thing is finally over with.
      Blanche: Well, since you put it that way. But only as a personal favour to you, honey. I guess I'd better go get dressed
      [Blanche exits]
      Rose: [to Dorothy] Can you believe that backstabbing slut?

    • (Rose runs off the lanai)
      Miles: She sure left in a hurry.
      Sophia: Hey, who told her to feed me cabbage?

    • (Rose describes what she put in the dinner)
      Sophia: Cabbage she serves me, in ten minutes I could be skywriting.

  • Notes

    • Although this is the first appearance of Miles Webber, Harold Gould had previously played one of Rose's beaus (see "Rose the Prude"). Their relationship was one of the few on the show that lasted more than an episode, thanks to great chemistry.

  • Allusions

    • Dorothy says "There really is one born every minute", which subtly alludes to a quote by P.T. Barnum (of Barnum and Bailey's Circus fame), which says "There's a sucker born every minute."

    • The title is an allusion to Bruce Springsteen's 1984 hit song, "Dancing in the Dark."