The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 18

Fiddler on the Ropes

Aired Unknown Mar 04, 1989 on NBC
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Fiddler on the Ropes
Without the consent of the other girls, Sophia sinks their life savings in, Pepe, a prize fighter. However, on the eve of the fight, the girls discover Pepe missing and make a shocking discovery.

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  • Terrible!

    I'm so glad to read that others hate the way he performs the adapted Shakespearean monologue. It's just atrocious, not funny but completely stupid, and I hate it!
  • Worst episode, right here

    Oh... wow... There are no words to describe how awful this episode is. It's probably number 1 on my list of all time worst episodes in the series. Not only is the plot completely ridiculous (who really thinks they would BUY a prizefighter?) but it's also very unfunny. Pepe is nothing if not extremely irritating. Every time he opens his mouth I want to hit mute. If I forget how much I hate this episode and end up watching it, I always have to mute it when Pepe starts the "hath not a Cuban eyes" crap. It was EXTREMELY annoying the first time he does it, and they put it in there TWICE? How could anyone find that funny? Ughhhhh.moreless
  • Sophia is sent to the bank to check on a CD for the girls. Instead of checking on the CD, she spends three thousand dollars on a fighter. There is a grand prize involved if he wins his next fight, and the girls become his managers.moreless

    As the classification says, this episode just wasn\'t my favorite. No particular reason why, it just didn\'t really hold my interest. For first time viewers, it does not give a very good picture of what the show is all about. It wasn\'t that memorable for me either, as I can\'t even tell you how it ended.

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Rose: I still feel guilty about going through Pepe's things.
      Blanche: Me too. Although it was kind of exciting opening his closet and seeing his little boxing trunks hanging there with that provocative nickname on 'em.
      Dorothy: Blanche, Everlast is a brand name, not a nickname.

    • Sophia: Remember Pepe, there are 3 rules in boxing. Rule 1, cover your face, rule 2, keep your head down, and rule 3, always keep moving. Incidentally those same rules apply if you ever eat at a clam bar in Little Italy.

    • Rose: I think I might be able to help Pepe too.
      Sophia: Yeah, you can be a constant reminder of what happens if you spar without head gear.

    • Sophia: Okay Pepe, left, jab jab, left jab.
      Dorothy: Ma, will you cut it out? You don't know anything about boxing.
      Sophia: Please, I used to be considered the Don King of Sicily, of course I wore my hair differently back then.

    • Dorothy: After that, it's adios Pepe.
      (Pepe opens the door to leave)
      Sophia: No no, Pepe, get back here and boom boom!

    • Dorothy: Stan used to have to get naked to count to 21.

    • Sophia: Boom Boom.
      Pepe: Kill Gonzalez!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This is not the last time we will see Chick Vennera.  While he played Pepe in this episode, in "Rose Fights Back" and All That Jazz", he plays "Enrique Mas", Rose's boss at the television station.


    • Pepe's "Hath not a Cuban eyes? Hath not a Cuban hands..." speech is a reference to Shylock's speech from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, which was actually in defense of Jews.

    • The title of this episode is a take-off of the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof", which, incidentally, Bea Arthur was a member of the original cast.