The Golden Girls

Season 2 Episode 1

End of the Curse

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Aired Unknown Sep 27, 1986 on NBC
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End of the Curse
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Blanche is mortified after taking a pregnancy test which indicates she's pregnant. Then after visiting her doctor, she learns the truth, she's beginning menopause. Meanwhile, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia go into the mink breeding business.

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  • A pivotal episode but nothing really funny happened.

    6.0
    A pivotal episode for Blanche's character, but nothing really funny happened. I think Blanche could have been more off the wall about the whole thing rather than use the whole "Woe is me." She should have been crazier with the entire situation and that would have made the entire episode a lot funnier than it was. The only thing I found funny was the two male minks mating at the end of the episode.moreless
  • Blanche thinks she his pregnant, but finds out she is going through the change of life. The girls try to convince her otherwise in this funny heartwarming episode.

    7.5
    This episode not only showed us that women aren't dead after menopause, but they are sexy and vibrant. It informed a generation of women of the same, and educated just as many. I loved how the girls all gave Blanche their support and love. And Classic Blanche when the veterinarian came to check on the minks, she wasted no time in hitting on him.



    I didn't like how they exploited the use of the minks to produce fur, of course it had a happy ending on the show but how many people attempted to do the same thing by watching this episode I wonder.



    Great show overall.moreless
  • End of "The Curse". . .

    7.2
    End of the Curse



    While not the funniest episode, this episode introduces to the world the issue of menopause, and how it is not the end of a woman's life, and how women can still go on, and still be sexy, even after 50. Which by the end, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) learns.
  • This, by far, is my favorite subplot on The Golden Girls.

    10
    In the subplot, the girls, not counting Blanche, breed minks. The conversation between Rose and Dorothy about spanish fly ALWAYS cracks me up! Rose is probably my favorite character. Her naive ways and St. Olaf stories (AHHHH!!!!) are always ridiculously hilarious! Betty White is an amazing actress. And to believe that she almost played BLANCHE!!

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode Dorothy said that she always wanted a mink coat. But in the episode "Break-In" she was given a mink stole by her ex-husband Stan.

    • This is the final episode Susan Harris would write until the season five premiere in which Dorothy suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is also the only time she is credited with her married name -- Witt.

    • Philip Sterling plays the psychiatrist Dr. Barensfeld in this episode and returns to The Golden Girls in season three to play a psychiatrist yet again, in the episode entitled "Three on a Couch". You may note that his name has changed to Dr. Ashley and there is no reference to Blanche having seen him once before. Many might recognize him from playing a judge on two shows: L.A. Law as well as Sisters.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sophia: We didn't have mink in Sicily. If you wanted to impress someone, you shot their brother.

    • Blanche: Nobody in my family has ever seen a psychiatrist. Except, of course, when they were institutionalized.

    • Dorothy: (talking about Blanche) She could be in a coma, but put a man within 5 miles of her and she'll roll over and shave her legs.

    • Rose: I never had PMS. I had a BMW.

    • Dorothy: You don't get cramps once a month, you don't go on eating binges once a month, you don't go crazy once a month.
      Sophia: You just grow a beard.
      Dorothy: Don't pay any attention to her.
      Sophia: You grow a beard, Dorothy. I woke up one morning and looked like Arafat.

    • (Dorothy is explaining to Rose about Spanish Fly, which would be an aphrodisiac for the minks)
      Dorothy: It's not a fly, Rose.
      Rose: Spanish fly is not a fly?
      Dorothy: No.
      Rose: What is it?
      Dorothy: It's a beetle.
      Rose: They call it a fly but it's really a beetle?
      Dorothy: Yes.
      Rose: How do they know it's Spanish?
      Dorothy: Because it wears a little sombrero, Rose!

    • (After an emotional Blanche runs into her bedroom, Dorothy and Rose run after her.)
      Rose: She's in there!
      Dorothy: Really, Columbo?

    • Sophia: (about the baby) If it's a boy we can name it after its father Rick-Joe-Bob-Don-Dave.

    • Rose: I never grew a beard.
      Sophia: You never grew brains either.

    • Blanche: (referring to how many men could be the father of her baby) It was more like a ten day two week time span.
      Dorothy: For me that's a lifetime!
      Rose: Not even.

    • Blanche: The only reason I'm sticking around is to read Danielle Steel's next book.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Shortly after this episode aired, three of the Golden Girls (Bea, Rue, and Betty) would film a PSA for PETA, urging people to clean out your closets of your fur coats, and donate them to PETA for distribution to the needy.

    • This episode was videotaped on July 18, 1986.

    • Rose named the minks Fluffy, Muffy, Buffy and JoAnne.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features the four ladies in the garage after Blanche arrives home from her date, feeling better about "the curse."

    • The average age for women to hit menopause is 51, which gives a good base for Blanche's real age.

    • Starting with season 2, there is a new shot of Miami behind The Golden Girls logo in the opening credits. Also, Rue McClanahan's credit has a different clip shown.

    • Writer Susan Harris, who married business partner and fellow executive producer Paul Junger Witt in 1983, receives her first (and only?) credit as Susan Harris Witt on this episode.

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