The Golden Girls

Season 5 Episode 12

Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas

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Aired Unknown Dec 16, 1989 on NBC
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Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas
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It's the Christmas season and the girls are fed up with Christmas shopping in a heat wave. So they decide to buy gifts for the one person they pick from a hat. Later, the girls decide to serve Christmas dinner for the homeless, including a recently homeless Stan.moreless

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  • A preachy holiday episode

    5.8
    This is one of those episodes that is supposed to draw attention to some social plight and teach everyone a lesson... which is not a bad goal, I guess, but it doesn't make for a great episode. I'm not big on "holiday" episodes of shows in the first place. Really the only part of it that's worth watching is the beginning where Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia all talk about how awful Rose's gift is sure to be, and the scene where they draw the names out of the hat. That is classic Golden Girls funny, but the rest is not. I do think it's touching that at the end Stan donates his fire engines that he was going to sell to the homeless kids, but generally I'd rather be laughing than be touched. So it's an ok episode, but I might only watch it once and a while, not frequently like many others.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Viewed by 31.2 million people, and ranked #4 for the week.

    • In the opening scene, Stan's gift to Dorothy goes from sitting on the corner of the coffee table in one shot to disappearing altogether in the next shot, even though none of the girls go near it.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Rose: You know, I've been thinking.
      Blanche: That would explain the beads of sweat.

    • Stan: What if I told you, I'm going to make all you ladies wealthy?
      Dorothy: How come when my ship comes in, it's leaking?

    • Rose: As we say in St. Olaf, Christmas without fruitcake would be like St. Sigmund's Day without the headless boy!

    • Blanche: Sophia, you were just kidding about the eels, right?
      Sophia: It wouldn't be Christmas in Sicily without eels, eels and larks.
      Blanche: Honey, larks aren't eating birds, they're singing birds.
      Sophia: They don't sing long in Sicily.

    • Dorothy: Come on, Stan, you've always been able to turn a bad situation around. Remember the Christmas we were so broke that you convinced the kids that Christmas was actually December 26th? You went out and got a tree from somebody's garbage and decorated it with gum wrappers and pull tabs and put on Jim Thorp, All American, and told them it was King of Kings.
      Stan: And they believed it.
      Dorothy: Right up to where Jesus got His olympic medals taken away for playing professional baseball.

    • Dorothy: Ma, remember the Midnight Mass? The music and the candles, it was beautiful.
      Sophia: And they spoke Latin...these days who knows? It might be English, it might be Spanish, they should put it back to Latin, the language Jesus spoke.
      Dorothy: Ma, He spoke Hebrew.
      Sophia: Even in church?

    • Dorothy: Robbie wanted a Batman hat, I went to three stores, there was one left and another woman saw it.
      Blanche: Oh no.
      Dorothy: I tell you I don't understand how a woman can push aside a complete stranger, step on her hand and elbow her in the forehead all for a Batman hat. But I did it anyway.

    • Blanche: Rose, for the last half hour you've been humming Jingle Bells and yelling out 'hey!' Why do you do that?
      Rose: It's too hard to yell out the 'hey'.

    • Sophia: We've got all these fruitcakes from this year, last year and the year before, why don't we put them together and...
      Dorothy: And what, Ma, make a fortress?
      Sophia: No, we can unload them, I mean take them to the church for dessert.

    • Dorothy: Why are the Christmas cookies in shapes of American flags and Liberty bells?
      Rose: I couldn't find the Christmas cookie cutters so I used the 4th of July cookie cutters.

    • Dorothy: Take a look around at these kids, this may be the only Christmas they have. Think about that instead of your own problems, Stanley.

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