The Golden Girls

Season 7 Episode 15

Goodbye, Mr. Gordon

Aired Unknown Jan 11, 1992 on NBC
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Goodbye, Mr. Gordon
Dorothy is contacted by a high school teacher she once had a crush on. They quickly begin seeing each other and Dorothy is convinced his feelings are genuine. Meanwhile, Rose puts together a talk show.

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  • Dorothy reunites with her High School teacher, Mr. Gordon who comes looking for her help on an article he's writing. Meanwhile Rose starts working on a talk show at the TV station, which takes things in a whole new direction!moreless

    Mr. Gordon shows up and Dorothy gets as giddy as a school girl. She still has a big crush on him. When they have lunch, Sophia really goes too far in making fun of Dorothy. It's not long though until we see that Mr. Gordon is trying to take advantage of her by having Dorothy do all the work, while he takes all the credit.

    The comedy really starts when the filming of the show starts. Rose described it as a show about women who live together. Turns out it was about lesbians! When Blanche and Dorothy are introduced as lesbians, the looks on their faces are hysterical. When the audience asks questions, Sophia is too funny. As with all the Golden Girl shows that dealt with being gay this one does it in a funny way, not a mean way. The reaction of the girls after the show are great. A great show, even in the last season.moreless
  • Season 7, Episode 15.

    This episode was pretty cool. I liked Dorothy's giggle. Blanche tells Mr. Gordon that he has the wrong number when he called up looking for Dorothy. Haha. Dorothy used an excuse that she married that Stan kid, and when Mr. Gordon asks what his last name was, she says she can't remember. Haha! Dorothy was way too much in love when Malcolm kissed her. Blanche said she was in shock. Hehe. Dorothy said, "He gave me flowers... From the store!" The TV interviewer says that he is talking to four lesbians! LMAO! Very good episode, like every other, especially in season seven.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Malcolm/Mr. Gordon mentions that Dorothy didn't hand in an assignment because she had married Stan, but couldn't remember his last name.  How could he have looked up Dorothy in Miami if he didn't know her last name (he knew her as Petrillo, not Zbornak)?  Additionally, how could he have known that she lived in Miami now?

    • Goof:Dorothy states that she was seventeen in the 11th grade, while her teacher, Mr. Gordon, was twenty-three. However, she also states that now Mr. Gordon is in his 70s and is ancient. Dorothy is not near her 70s in this episode, so her math may be a little off.

    • Sophia's calendar from 1984 marks the day she escaped from Shady Pines. However, Sophia escaped in 1985, after the home burned down.

    • James T Callahan plays Dorothy's high school teacher despite being younger than actress Beatrice Arthur.

    • James Callahan was a drama teacher at Beverly Hills High School prior to becoming an actor full time.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Rose: Oh, go ahead, Blanche. I'm a bubblehead and I deserve to die.
      (no one says anything)
      Rose: I said I'm a bubblehead and I deserve to die!!
      Dorothy: And it was worth repeating.

    • Dorothy: When you're 17 years-old, 23 can seem dangerous and forbidden!
      Rose: When you're 17, a cow can seem dangerous and forbidden!

    • Man in the crowd: (directing question to Blanche and Dorothy, after being told they're lesbians) Are there male/female roles in the relationship?
      Blanche: Well, I am the little homemaker, if that's what you mean!
      Dorothy: (indignant) Now, wait a minute!(decides to go along with it)...And I take out the garbage.

    • Rose: Oh please do this, if you don't I'll lose my job. Dorothy: Good! Rose: If I lose my job I won't be able to do anything except...except sit around all day telling St. Olaf stories! Blanche: Blackmail! Rose: They don't call me Harold Goldstein for nothing.

    • Ron: [to the studio audience] Any other questions? Ah! Here we go!
      Sophia: This is directed to Dorothy's lover: Do people treat you differently because you're a lesbian?
      Blanche: Well, most people don't know.
      Sophia: Really? I would've guessed right off. Next question to Dorothy: What kind of pain and embarrassment has this lifestyle caused your mother?
      Dorothy: I really don't know, but... I'll ask her tomorrow when I visit her at... THE HOME.

    • Dorothy: Rose, we can't kill you in here because there are cameras!
      (when Dorothy and Blanche learn that the episode of the TV show Rose is producing deals with lesbian lovers living together!)

  • NOTES (1)

    • The end credits feature a brief tag where Pat (from "Wake up, Miami") comes to the door, as she heard about Dorothy and Blanche's "break-up."

      Dorothy's reply:
      "Too Soon."


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