The Golden Girls

Season 2 Episode 21

Dorothy's Prized Pupil

Aired Unknown Mar 14, 1987 on NBC
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Dorothy's Prized Pupil
Dorothy has been tutoring a student of hers and he has been doing very well in her class, so well that she decides to submit a paper that he wrote for a contest. However, this inadvertently signals to the INS that he is an illegal alien. Meanwhile, Rose's sudden streak of losing things leads her to become Blanche's slave for a week after she loses a pair of her earrings.

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  • Would it have killed them to have a Hispanic character that wasn't completely annoying?

    It seems to me like every time there's a Hispanic character on this show, they're extremely annoying. Kid Pepe in the fourth season bomb "Fiddler on the Ropes," Rose's boss in the fifth season and Mario here... they all make me want to hit mute by how irritating it is to listen to them. Mario's problem is that his lines are completely trite and lame. I mean, HOW are we supposed to like a character that calls Dorothy "Teach" like that's supposed to be endearing? Ewww. Every line out of his mouth is lame. I really feel like they could've done a better job writing for him. But on a more positive note, the side plot with Rose being the veedinfrugen is hilarious. Blanche and Rose are classic! It's so funny seeing all the things that Blanche makes Rose do, and I love how it ends... "You heard her, Blanche, get cracking!" LOVE Rose there. Basically, the episode is worth watching, as long as you don't watch the parts where Mario is on screen.moreless
  • Golden Girls is one of my top 10 favorite shows but this episode is just bottom of the barrel!

    Maybe I feel this way partly because I cannot stand Mario Lopez on this guest spot or on Saved by the Bell especially. It seems more sad to see a kid get deported than comical. The only mildly funny part was the Weedenfrugen and seeing Rose force Blanche to wait on Dorothy. Other than that, nothing much else really happened.
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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Rose talks about Grandma Nylund's 100th birthday. First off, Nylund is her married name, and this would be Charlie's grandmother, yet this woman is depicted as some Scandinavian Viking, which would fit with who Rose's relatives are, but not Charlie's.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Rose: (to Sophia) Where are you going?
      Sophia: The President's in town, so a bunch of us are going to his hotel to see his wife. I just loved her in Father Knows Best.
      Rose: Sophia, you're a little confused, honey. That was Jane Wyatt; the Present was married to Jane Wyman.
      Sophia: That old crow from Falcon Crest?
      Rose: Well, it doesn't matter, they're not married anymore. Now he's married to Nancy Davis.
      Sophia: The one from All About Eve?
      Rose: That's Bette Davis.
      Sophia: The one who beat her kids with wire hangers?
      Rose: No, that was Joan Crawford.
      Sophia: The fat cop from Highway Patrol?
      Rose: That was Broderick Crawford.
      Sophia: The president was married to Broderick Crawford? And Mondale still lost, what an idiot!
      Sophia: (to Blanche) Blanche, who is the president married to?
      Blanche: Nancy Reagan.
      Sophia: Of course, the thin one he helps out of the helicopter. (points to Rose) This idiot thought he was married to Broderick Crawford. Get some help, Rose!

    • Dorothy: I read somewhere that in America, you always felt you were among friends.
      Mario: That was just a story.
      Dorothy: I think it's a true story.

    • Rose: What kind of movie is this?
      Audience man: Rip his throat out!
      Dorothy: It's a musical.

    • (Dorothy is reading the article about her and Mario in the newspaper)
      Dorothy: Oh look, my picture is in there and everything.
      Blanche: Oh, let me see it!
      Dorothy: No, I look terrible!
      Blanche: It can't be that bad! (looks at the picture) Oh God that's ugly

    • Rose: Would you like a snack, Mario?
      Mario: Sure! Thanks, I'm starving.
      Rose: How about a nice herring sandwich on raisin bread?
      Mario: Um, gee, would you look at the time? I'd better get going!

    • Dorothy/Blanche/Rose: Surprise!
      Sophia: (grabbing her chest) Louder next time. My heart's still beating.

    • Sophia: Dorothy if I live to be a hundred...
      Dorothy: I know, Ma. No surprise parties.
      Sophia: No, promise me you'll get enough money for us to get an apartment together. These two are driving me crazy!

    • Blanche: How does my dress look?
      Sophia: What does it matter? It will be crumpled on the floor next to a bottle of Jack Daniels in two hours anyways.

    • Dorothy: (while watching a violent movie) Woah! I'm sorry I just didn't realize that tearing a man's nose off would leave that big a hole!

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