The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 6

Letter to Gorbachev

Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Rose becomes concerned about nuclear war when girls in her cadet troop draw pictures of a bleak future. This prompts her to write letters to Gorbachev and Reagan. She's stunned when she gets a response and learns that Gorbechev would like to meet her.

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  • Rose writes an letter.

    Rose is not feeling much of herself.She is stressed.She tells the girls about her sunshine cadet and what picture they drew.Which was an nucular war.So she decided to write to the Russian President Gorbachev and President Reagan.So when President Gorbachev respond to the letter.This is Rose dream come true.So Rose begin to dream about her visiting Russia and giving her speech to the Russian nation.So when they had an press conference.Dorthy and Blanche learns that Gorbachev thought that Rose is an little girl fearing that they could used this as an prapagenda.They let one of Rose's sunshine scout to read the speech.

    This was an O.K episode.moreless
  • Rose writes a letter to Gorbachev and is mistaken for a little girl.

    This episode was mostly character development for me. We see that Rose would love to be smart and love for the world to be a happy place, but it's all ruined when because of the letter she wrote she is mistaken for a little girl. I really enjoyed the part where Sophia does the Regan impression and Rose thinks that he wants to meet her. All in all, an average episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: During Rose's dream, you can see her picture with two other people.  These two other people are Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin (Karl Marx is known for creating Communism, while Lenin is known for bringing it to Russia/the USSR.).

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Blanche: (reading Rose's letter) Dear Mr. Gorbachev, my name is Rose Nylund and I'm writing you because I'm really worried about nuclear war. I hear there are enough bombs to blow up the world 100 times. It scares me, and it also scares the members of my cadet troop. They talk about what they want to be if they grow up, not when. I'm asking you to unplug your bombs, and I'd be willing to bet my bottom dollar, or in your case, your bottom ruble, that if you called President Reagan, he would do the same thing, it's just that somebody has to be first. Your friend, Rose Nylund. P.S. Don't call the president in the afternoon, I hear that when he takes naps.
      Dorothy: That was beautiful, Rose, you know it's a shame more people don't think like 9 year olds.

    • Rose: I'm concerned about nuclear war.
      Dorothy: And just yesterday her biggest concern was whether Bubbles the chimp is traveling with Michael Jackson against his will.

    • Dorothy: Oh Ma, Not another act, Ma.
      Sophia: No Dorothy, not another act, 'the' act. I've taken a classic and reworked it, Sophia Style.


      "Thanks for the Medicare, for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, for hip that finally healed, and remember on prescription, generic is a steal, we thank you, so much."

    • Blanche: (in Rose's dream) Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday Mr. #1 Communist! Happy birthday to you!

    • Rose: I'm just a dumb, dimwitted, grade-A, Minnesota, chuckle-head.
      Blanche: But, you're our chuckle-head. And we wouldn't trade you in for any chuckle-head in the world. Why don't you take it Dorothy.

    • Sophia: So what do you think? Don't worry, I can take the criticism.
      Blanche: Depressing.
      Dorothy: Awful.
      Rose: Stinky.
      Sophia: Go to hell, all of you!

    • Nancy: But you promised us we could pee in the woods!
      Blanche: Get away from that couch.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Gorbachev, whom this episode is mainly centered around, was the last leader of the Soviet Union, which disbanded in 1991.

    • Dorothy: You're father's a doctor and you're mother's a lawyer. What are you? One of the Cosby kids?

      The Cosby Show was one of the most popular shows from the eighties.