The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 2

Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?

Aired Unknown Sep 21, 1985 on NBC
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Dorothy's daughter, Kate, comes to Miami with an announcement. She's engaged to a podiatrist named Dennis. Dorothy is thrilled but her happiness quickly turns to anger when she realizes that ex-husband, Stan, is going to be invited. After 38 years of marriage, Stan had left Dorothy for a woman half her age. Dorothy threatens to make a scene at the reception which places Rose and Blanche in the role of peacemaker.moreless

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  • Dorothy's daughter is getting married and Stan comes to the wedding despite Dorothy's hatred for him.

    A good episode with lots of laughs. We really see Dorothy's sarcastic side as she tries to put up with Stan. Sophia is right on, and we start to see the girls really caring for each other. Blanche starts to show herself as the sexy one and Rose starts to show herself as not so bright!

    The interaction of Dorothy and Stan is great. The first thing Dorothy does is slam the door in his face. We all know it won't be the last time!Also the first time we see Dorothy do one of her little speeches where she sticks up for herself.

    For the second episode in the series, the show is starting to come together. It's funny to see how different the girls look and some of the changes in the house. Blanche's bedroom eventually becomes the lanai and all the bedrooms end up down the hall. Guess I've seen these shows a few (hundred!) times.moreless
  • Dorthy's daughter Kate is getting married.

    Dorthy daughter Kate is getting married to an doctor.Which Dorthy is excited about of course.So her daughter is coming over to visit and also for Dorthy to meet Kate's fiance.Also Dorthy plans to have Kate and her fiance David to marry at Miami.Dorthy didn't know that David was an foot doctor of course.Also Kate also wanted to invite her father aka Dorthy's ex husband.Altough Dorthy,didn't really want that to happened.But she must try to get along with her husband.This is of course Rose and Blanche first meeting with Stan.

    Pretty good episode.I mean it was an start of seeing Stan of course.moreless
  • Dorothy doesn't think she can stand Stan at Kate's wedding.

    It was an episode that was funny, but wouldn't have hurt the series if they never made it. To me, I think that it was more sad to realize what Stan did to Dorothy and to watch her deal with it. I do have to say there was one funny part, and that was when Dorothy pulled his toupe out from under her at the very end. That was pretty funny. Other than that, this is just an average episode.moreless
  • Dorothy's daughter Kate is going to be married to a doctor--a foot doctor. She forces Dorothy to invite Stan (her ex-husband) to the wedding. Dorothy reluctantly agrees to do so. However, she doesn't know if she can make it through the ceremony and the remoreless

    This is the first of many episodes to be written by Winifred Hervey. It is cleverly acted and the plot itself is fantastic. Paul Bogart used some great camera angles. For the first time (though not necessarily in production order), we are treated to a bit of Sophia's advice. Intersting, but funny nonetheless. A must see.
Lisa Jane Persky

Lisa Jane Persky

Kate Zbornak

Guest Star

Dennis Drake

Dennis Drake


Guest Star

Kurt Smildsin

Kurt Smildsin


Guest Star

Herb Edelman

Herb Edelman

Stanley Zbornak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof When Dorothy told Stan "After three years, I didn't think you were coming back", that would mean that Kate (or Michael, who isn't seen, or mentioned, in this episode) would be at least 40.  If you remember, Dorothy and Stan got married because Dorothy got pregnant at 17, and then were married for 38 years.

      Kate looks nothing like a woman who is 40; she looks to be in her mid-twenties.

    • Continuity: While this episode centers around Dorothy and Stan's daughter, Kate, where is their son (and Kate's brother), Michael? Unless there was some strife in the family (which is NEVER mentioned), why wouldn't Michael come to Kate's wedding? There isn't even a mention of him at all.

    • Towards the end of the episode where Dorothy is confronting Stan, at time 22:50, you can see what seems to be camera equipment move into the shot towards the bottom left of the frame.

    • The scene where Dorothy squeezes Blanche's hand (as an aide to dealing with Stan) appears in the opening credits throughout season one.

    • The backdrop outside of Dorothy's window doesn't seem to match the establishing shot of the neighborhood at the beginning of each episode.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • [Kate is hugging Sophia tightly]
      Sophia: Relax... Relax... You're already in the will!

    • Sophia: Dorothy, anger is a lot like shredded wheat caught underneath your dentures. If you leave it there, you get a blister, and you've gotta eat Jell-O all week. If you get rid of it, the sore heals, and you feel better.
      Dorothy: (pauses) Anger is like a piece of shredded wheat??
      Sophia: Hey, if you want good lyrics, you listen to Neil Diamond. If you want good advice, you listen to your mother.

    • Sophia: It's time to throw rice at the kids.
      Dorothy: I'm not in the mood, Ma.
      Sophia: You're acting like a jerk.
      Dorothy: Thanks, Ma, thanks. That really makes me feel better.
      Sophia: Don't you talk back to your mother. Listen, Dorothy, you're my daughter and I love you dearly, but you're not the first woman to be dumped by her husband.

    • Blanche: And then one day, Stanley is gonna be out of your life completely.
      Dorothy: Not completely. There will always be a little part of him that stays with me.
      Rose: Of course, Dorothy. After 38 years. There are always bound to be some memories that stay with you.
      Dorothy: I wasn't talking about memories. I was talking about this. (holding up Stan's toupee he left behind)

    • Dorothy: (after giving Stanley a long speech about him leaving her after 38 years of marriage) I finally get to have what you tried to cheat me out of. I finally get to say goodbye, Stanley.

    • Rose: (after realizing that Dorothy was going to cut the wedding cake) Oh, I thought you were going to stab Stan.
      Dorothy: Don't be ridiculous! I mean, do you honestly believe that I would stab Stan at my own daughters wedding?
      Rose: Oh, no. I guess not. (handing her the knife)
      Dorothy: Well, of course not! I would wait until after the wedding. There are too many witnesses.

    • Dorothy: Have you ever met a man who knows how to push all your buttons?
      Blanche: Just once. He was a cabana boy in Pensacola.

    • Stan: (showing pictures to Kate) That's me and Chrissy at a luau.
      Dorothy: (pointing to the picture) Is she the one with the apple in her mouth?

    • Sophia: I never understood why people throw rice at weddings?
      Dorothy: Because tomatoes leave stains.

    • Dorothy: (on the phone) Hello, Stan? Dorothy. Dorothy Zbornak. The one who gave you the best years of her thighs.

    • Rose: Kate dated Paul McCartney?
      Dorothy: Yes, Rose. They wanted to get engaged but I insisted that she finish grade school.

    • Blanche: Dorothy, are you gonna be alright?
      Rose: Of course she is. She's a trooper, aren't you Dorothy?
      Dorothy: Not until I've tasted his BLOOD!!!

    • Dorothy: (As Rose comes into the living room) Oh, Rose. I'd like you to meet my ex-husband, Stan Zbornak.
      Rose: Hello.
      Dorothy: And this is his hair.
      Rose: It's a pleasure to meet you both.

    • Dorothy: You know, you're the greatest mother in the world.
      Sophia: Tell me something I don't know.

  • NOTES (3)


    • (Talking about how Kate, Dorothy's daughter, may get lost on her way to the house)

      Blanche: Dorothy, I gave Kate the directions over the phone.

      Dorothy And who are you... Rand McNally?

      Rand McNally is a publisher of maps (wall, street, and reference maps, including atlases).

    • Episode Title: Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?

      This is a reference to the 1967 movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" starring Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier.