The Golden Girls

Season 5 Episode 14

Great Expectations

Aired Unknown Jan 13, 1990 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The sign in the Motor Lodge directing people towards Rose's optimism group says "Create Your Own Happiness" however when Mary Ellen walks in she welcomes everybody to the "Create Your Own Miracles" group.

    • Viewed by 32.2 million people and ranked #6 for the week.

    • When Rose is telling Dorothy the story of St. Olaf's greatest explorer, she first calls him Hans Glookenflonken. Then, Hans Glookensplonkin, and then finally, she refers to him as Wrong Way Gaflookenflonken.

    • Blanche breaks up a marriage when she mistakes the guy in the next bed for Steven, outraging this man's wife.  With all the commotion going on, and Steven only feet away, why wouldn't he have settled everything before this woman just explodes and says she wants a divorce?

    • Sophia has said that Dorothy got pregnant when she was 17. However earlier this season, in "Dancing in the Dark" Sophia says 20. Then, eight episodes later, in "Great Expectations" she says 19. This is two different ages in one season.

  • Quotes

    • Blanche: I've been trying to keep this thing with Steven casual, if I go to the hospital, I'm in and there's no way out.
      Rose: That's not true, Blanche, you just follow the orange line in the middle of the floor, it leads straight to the elevator.

    • Dorothy: Ma, I have a feeling you're lying.
      Rose: Be positive, Dorothy.
      Dorothy: Okay, I'm positive you're lying!

    • Dorothy: I'm Dorothy Zbornak.
      Sophia: I'm Melani Griffith.
      Mary Ellen: Hi Dorothy, hi Melanie.
      Thinking Group: (in unison) You're special.
      Sophia: You're nuts.

    • Blanche: What's the point of wearing this if I've got nothing to put in it?
      Sophia: I say that every morning when I'm putting on my bra.

    • Rose: Dorothy, in times like these, you have to hold on to your faith. Just like Hanz Glookenflonkin: St. Olaf's greatest explorer.
      Dorothy: Rose, please, let me have a little recovery time before you start a St. Olaf story--
      Rose: You see, Hanz Glookensplonkin, set out for Florida, to find the Fountain of Intelligence. Unfortunately, when he got to Duluth he took a left, instead of a right and wound up back in St. Olaf. That's how he got his nickname, Wrong Way Gaflookenflonkin.
      Dorothy: Rose, how is this a story about faith?
      Rose: Well, when he got back it was the dead of winter. Tired and hungry, but still clinging to his belief that he would find the Fountain of Intelligence. He saw the miracle water, trickling out of the ground, and he fell to his knees and tasted it. Unfortunately, it was a broken sewer main. Two days later he died of Carra.
      Dorothy: What is the point, Rose?
      Rose: He was positive he had found the Fountain of Intelligence. In fact, his dying words were, "I think I've learned something from this."

    • Blanche: Dorothy, by any chance did you borrow my pearl handled 6 Shooter?

  • Notes

    • Robert Mandan portrayed Chester Tate on the series Soap. He is also somewhat known as James Bradford from the ill-fated Three's Company spin-off titled Three's a Crowd.

  • Allusions

    • Dorothy mentions the song "Sunrise, Sunset" in this episode. Beatrice Arthur, who plays Dorthy, was a part of the original cast of "Fiddler on the Roof", where the song originates.

    • Dorothy tells the girls not to fall asleep during the positive thinking group because that's when the pods take over their bodies. This is a reference to the 1956 sci-fi movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, in which people who fall asleep were replaced by giant alien pods that transform into complete replicas of the people.

    • The title is a pun on Charles Dicken's novel of the same name.