The Golden Girls

Season 2 Episode 5

Isn't It Romantic

Aired Unknown Nov 08, 1986 on NBC
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Isn't It Romantic
Dorothy's old friend, Jean comes to Miami for a visit and Dorothy decides not to tell Blanche and Rose that Jean is a lesbian. Then, after spending time with Rose, Jean begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, a new VCR, prompts Sophia to rent "dirty movies."

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  • Remind me of my unrequited female love

    This episode make me sad and very confused. Because i am also in love with a woman i can never have because she is not attracting to woman and she is thousand of miles away. Yet i am still so desperately and hopelessly in love with her everyday and my heart aches and hurt for her. She was my former therapist and i was completely heart broken when she decide to terminated me because she felt like she can't provide the help i needed. She thinks i am being too attracting to her and it get in the way of our treatment. :( My life simply turn upside down the day i walked out of her office at April.14.2011. :(moreless
  • A classic episode. Dorothy's friend Jean arrives for a visit. Jean has one little secret, she's a lesbian. She gets a crush on Rose. Meanwhile, the girls get a new VCR and Sophia starts renting dirty movies!moreless

    This is an outstanding episode. It shows Dorothy's friend Jean, a lesbian, to be a normal everyday person, with real feelings. She develops a crush on Rose, of all people. The scene where she tells Rose her feelings is very sweet. Rose, who is no dummy, knows exactly what Jean is talking about. When she tells Jean that she doesn't understand 'those kind of feelings, but if I did I'd be flattered' is a sweet and genuine way to let Jean down without insulting her for being gay It's a hallmark for the series, and really told viewers in 1985 the truth.

    Also the funniest scene ever takes place with Blanche's reaction to Jean being Lebanese, 'isn't Danny Thomas one?' When Blanche finds out that Jean prefers Rose over her is priceless! "To think Jean would prefer Rose over me. That's ridiculous!" Blanche at her best with Dorothy and Sophia pouring on the laughs.

    A total favorite episode. Love it.moreless
  • An old friend of Dorothy's visits and brings with her a secret.

    Jean, a lesbian and an old friend of Dorothy visits the four ladies, just to promptly fall for Rose. Although Rose does not reciprocate, the writers managed to let Jean down gently and in a very respectful and sweet manner. For being written in 1986 the episode deals with homosexuality almost better than shows produced today; thumbs up! Betty White's Rose is endearing as always. Rue McClanahan manages to pull off Blanche's snotty, jealous routine perfectly. Lois Nettleton did an admirable job as Jean, although it must have been a difficult role to play at the time. A great episode which, hopefully, clarified a few things for some viewers in 1986.moreless
  • Gene's in town. Ofcourse this is the Golden Girls so this character is going to push boundaries and look to blur them.

    'For Starters Gene is a lesbian' Sophia in typical Sophia blurts out to the oblivious Blanche

    'So' Blanche calmly replies

    'You mean you aren't surprised

    'No, i mean i've never known any personally but isn't Danny Thomas one'

    The audience slowly realise the hilarity of the situation and explode

    'Not lebanese Blanche' Dorothy explains for all of you who didn't get it.

    So is the best scene in this classic Season 2 installment of the show. Season 2 takes place between 1986-1987 a time where television was reinventing itself and the sitcom genre was back on top. For the Golden Girls to make the decision of having a gay character on television at the time was an area that could have turned people away. Instead what comes is twenty five minutes of pure comic genius.

    Gene, yes she's a lesbian but rather than having an episode where she's asked questions about her life and observed like she was going in a text book they rather look to create a situation that would bring out the best in the girls, while shining an accepting light on the issue, and they do both with pinpoint precision

    Blanche comes off the best with her Jealous rage at Gene's feelings for Rose

    'Gene has the hots for Rose...I don't believe it.. Too think that Gene would prefer Rose over me..that's ridiculous!'

    Sophia is her usual self. She's at her best when watching Porn with Dorothy. 'Dirty is the eye of the beholder.... Okay maybe that's a little Dirty'.

    Having Gene fall for Rose the show was skating on ice, just the idea of any sought of woman/women love would have had the censors worrying. Rose's innocence which Betty White does with pitch perfect perfection allows for a sugar coated scene between the two.

    I found it quite funny when Rose walks into the kitchen in the final scene and everbody assumes she and Gene slept together Sophia 'If somebody told you to jump of a bridge would you do it'

    Although these characters seemingly being accepting of 'gays' Sophia's comment suggest otherwise. The episode really was great.moreless
  • Dorthy's old college friend, Jean comes to visit. Jean is a lesbian, whose longtime female lover died, and develops a crush on Rose. Meanwhile, someone uses a new VCR to watch "dirty" movies.moreless

    In the pilot episode, the girls had a gay live-in cook. For one reason or another, depending on who you ask, the character was dropped. Yet, the series would not shy away from postive depictions of gay and lesbian characters.

    This is the first episode in the series to deal with homophobia. Dorthy and her mom have no problem with the fact that Jean is a lesbian and is mourning the death of her wife.

    However, they do not think that Blanche and Rose would be as accepting, especially when Jean develops a crush on Rose. Yet, both 'Golden Girls' handle the 'secret' well and, later on, Blanche will deal with her brother coming out and marrying his boyfriend.

    Meanwhile, their is a secondary storyline about a new VCR and 'adult' movies that is incredibly funny and heartwarming to watch unfold.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Dorothy and Jean went to college together. This does not make a lot of sense based on stories of Dorothy's younger life starting in the pilot, where she rehashes becoming pregnant at 17-18. While she eventually returned to college it was likely part time while juggling motherhood. Jean on the other hand came from the farm and likely lived in the school's dormitory.

    • What happened to the large chest/shelf Dorothy has in her bedroom that can be seen in "Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?" In this episode it's just a bare wall to the right of her window.

    • Blanche, upon learning what a lesbian is, says she's never known any personally. Well, according to the story she regaled Dorothy with in season one, she commented how her finishing school teacher Ms. McGvyer and Ms. McGee were shacking up in a one bedroom apartment off campus. Obviously Blanche knows what a lesbian is.

    • When Dorothy tries to turn off the dirty movie, she accidentally presses fast-forward and the sound can be heard to be going much faster. However, most VHS players don't play the sound when they are fast-forwarding.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Blanche: Oh I love the rain, it reminds me of my first kiss.
      Dorothy: Your first kiss was in the rain.
      Blanche: No, it was in the shower.

    • (Dorothy plays the X-rated movie in reverse.)
      Blanche: I did that once. It was his birthday.

    • (Sophia comes in as Rose and Jean are hugging)
      Jean: This isn't what it looks like.
      Sophia: I know. I know. I was listening at the door.
      Rose: Why were you listening at the door?
      Sophia: 'Cause I wasn't tall enough to listen at the window. (Pointing at the window where Dorothy and Blanche are standing)

    • Dorothy: Ma, did Jean sleep with you last night?
      Sophia: Dorothy. There are a lot of things I want to try before I die but that's not one of them.

    • Sophia: You mean the fact that she's a lesbian.
      Dorothy: Oh Ma she is did you know?
      Sophia: I've known since you two were in college.
      Dorothy: She didn't even know in college--how did you know?
      Sophia: A mother knows.

    • Rose: Listen, Jean, I really don't understand these feelings you have...but if I did understand, and if I was, you know, like you...I think I'd be very proud and flattered that you thought of me that way.

    • Dorothy: Ma, you rented a dirty movie?
      Sophia: Dirty is in the eye of the beholder...(watches the screen) OK, maybe that's a little dirty.

    • Dorothy: Ma, we did not buy a VCR so you could watch dirty movies!
      Sophia: I'm 81 years old! What--you think I'm gonna go find someone down at the Center to do that with?

    • Rose: Everyone knows but me?
      Dorothy: Oh, honey, I didn't even think you'd know what a lesbian was.
      Rose: I could have looked it up!

    • Blanche: Every time I mention to Jean that she should go out and meet guys, you two change the subject.
      Dorothy: I do not. Look, I think the rain is starting to let up.
      Blanche: Dorothy, I may be a lot of things, but naive is not one of them. Face it...your friend Jean is seeing a married man!

    • Sophia: Jean is a nice person. She happens to like girls instead of guys. Some people like cats instead of dogs. Frankly, I'd rather live with a lesbian than a cat. Unless a lesbian sheds ... that I don't know.

    • Dorothy: Ma, how would you react if one of your kids was gay?
      Sophia: Your brother Phil is gay? I knew it! When he was twelve we couldn't tear him away from those Gladiator movies!
      Dorothy: Ma, Phil is not gay.
      Sophia: You mean you're gay? What, is your friend Jean having some sort of membership drive? I know you don't get many dates, but stick with what you know. At your age it's very hard to break into something new.

    • Dorothy: Jean thinks she's in love with Rose.
      (Sophia starts laughing)
      Dorothy: Ma, come on! It's not funny!
      Sophia: The hell it's not! Jean in love with Little Miss Muffett? Come on!

    • (after being told that Jean is not only a lesbian, but has a crush on Rose)
      Blanche: To think that Jean would prefer Rose over me?! That's ridiculous!!
      Dorothy: Blanche. Please!
      Blanche: (To Dorothy) Now you tell me the truth, if you had to pick between me and Rose, who would you pick? Who?

    • (after exploding over hearing that Jean preferred Rose to her...)
      Blanche: (haughtily) Well... I don't think we should tell Rose about this... she's not as sophisticated and worldly about these things as I am...
      Sophia: Absolutely, if she found out Danny Thomas was a lesbian it would break her heart.

    • Sophia: For starters, Jean is a lesbian.
      Dorothy Ma.
      Blanche: What's funny about that?
      Sophia: You aren't surprised?
      Blanche: Of course not. I mean I've never known one personally, but isn't Danny Thomas one?
      Dorothy: Not Lebanese, Blanche. Lesbian.
      Blanche: Lesbian... Lesbian... LESBIAN. But isn't that where one woman and another...
      Dorothy: We already know what it means.

    • Sophia: Jean you're such a terrific girl. Dorothy why can't you be more like Jean? Scratch that

    • (Rose comes in crying after seeing sad movies)
      Blanche: Honey that phony haircolor won't come out just because you got caught in the rain.

  • NOTES (5)


    • When Dorothy and Sophia tell Blanche that Jean is a lesbian, she seems unfazed, commenting the Danny Thomas is one. She confused lesbian with Lebanese (as Dorothy humorously pointed out in one of the series' classic lines).