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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  • the most racist episode ever!

    I see others hate it too, but it seems to be for the fact of his being what he is, and not for the obvious bigoted dialog given the actor. (let us remember, the man is an actor that took on a role that sent his people back 100 years, due to the few roles available in the first place) He had to take the role "as a hispanic" and not as a guy in the show. So in other words, "we dont need you working on the show if youre hispanic, unless we need a hispanic to talk about his being hispanic". its clear the people that dont like the episode, seem to h"hate" the same the hispanic dares to say he is "like everyone else" a million tv shows have quotes shakespere, but this guy doing it turns your stomachs? I GUARANTEE you, 100% of you also feel that the country is going to hades in a hand basket due to obama, and "illegals". YES this episode sucks, but its due to the racism in hiring of hispanics for no other reason but to PLAY one. One of these days, white america will be able to see past themselves and see OTHERS and how their positions of power have effected others. Also, they had to slip in the "gay agenda" crap saying "people cant "turn gay" they either are gay or they are comment with zero reality in history. I'd like those people to say that to the men in prisons, who are there for the long haul. Straight men? turn towards one another. PERIOD. but the gay community quickly runs from "those" gay behaviors. its not all rape. Because SOMEONE is doing the attacking. Either he is a GAY person that "always has been gay" and they happen to be arresting a lot of them, or the person "turned gay" due to the environment. Whatever it is? the gay community runs from that reality.moreless
  • 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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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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.