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The Golden Girls

Season 2 Episode 19

Long Days Journey into Marinara

Aired Unknown Feb 21, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Sophia's sister, Angela arrives in Miami for a visit and decides to move there but while she's looking for an apartment Dorothy invites her to stay with the girls. This ticks off Sophia since she thinks that Angela is after everything that she has. Also, Rose offers to babysit a chicken for one of her patients.moreless

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  • Who cooks a musician at the height of her career?

    Oh wow, this episode is amazing! Definitely a series best. Angela and Sophia are so much fun together. I love watching them put Sicilian curses on each other ("May the bags under your eyes grow so large your head falls in 'em!") Great stuff. And the chicken thing is classic Rose. The scene where she comes in distraught because she can't find Count Bessie and Dorothy and Blanche are holding the pieces of fried chicken... probably one of the all-time funniest Golden Girls scenes ever! I don't know how Betty White kept a straight face. And later, when Rose is banging her nose on the piano trying to get a chicken to do it... you just have to crack up every time you see it ("Do you know offhand if 911 is the right number to call for a straightjacket?") This episode is great writing, great plot - one that's funny all the way through. I'm sorry we never got to see more of Angela after this. It definitely made for wonderful comedy.moreless
  • Sisterly love.

    I found this story to be very funny. From the chicken story to Sophia being conviced that Angela stole her man. I loved the scene in the kitchen with Rose's crazy cake and I really did like the part in the end where they both make up. That was sweet and funny. This was a very well written episode.
  • great

    ah the piano playing chicken, and angela.. what next well everyone thinks the worst when angela.makes a meal with chicken, and the talented fowl goes missing..the hunt for anonther chicken, ose trying to teach them how to play.. then trhe final outcome, it is one of my top 5 GG episodes ever

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Blanche says that jealousy drives a wedge between sisters, and that her sisters didn't like her because she was a devastatingly beautiful child. However, in season five's "Ebb Tide" Blanche was a fat child before she became a stunning beauty.

    • It seems very unlikely that Angela would fly thousands of miles to another country, show up on her sister's doorstep, and then within an hour of being there, decide to pack up her life and move back to the states. Not to mention, by the end of the episode, it's not even clearly stated what Angela is going to do.

    • If Count Bessie wandered out of her cage and Rose couldn't find her, it would be pretty easy to find her, because you'd obviously hear a chicken clucking somewhere in the house (see I Love Lucy episode #172, "Lucy Does the Tango")

    • Sophia declares that her and Angela are the only ones left of the original family. Did Sophia forget about her brother Angelo who arrives on a later episode?

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Dorothy: Look Rose, if you're worried about voids, start with the one in your head!

    • Sophia: Look at these liver spots! I've got more brown skin than the Temptations.

    • Blanche: Angela, that was the best meal I've ever had in my life.
      Angela: Well, how good could it have been? You left half of it.
      Blanche: I ate every bite!
      Angela: There's some sauce left. If you'd really liked it, you'd take a hunk of bread and sop it all up. You can afford it!
      Blanche: Oh, no I cant! I've put on a few pounds, you just haven't noticed.
      Angela: What am I blind? I can see that. I meant the bread. You can afford it, it's only 89 cents a loaf.

    • (Rose is trying to find a replacement for Count Bessie)
      Rose: Four chickens and not one of them has any musical ability!
      Dorothy: That's too bad. I guess it's because all the young chickens are wasting time playing video games

    • Dorothy: Boy wasn't that story about the heart transplant amazing!
      Blanche: Oh, I wasn't paying attention; I was too busy fantasizing about what Tom Brokaw looks like naked.
      Dorothy: I think he sensed it, I thought I saw him looking down your blouse.

    • (Rose is trying to persuade Blanche into letting her babysit Count Bessie.)

      Rose: She isn't just a chicken. Count Bessie is a showbiz chicken!
      (Rose exits)
      Blanche: (to Dorothy) What does she do, play the piano?
      (Rose re-enters with a mini-piano)
      Rose: She plays the piano!

    • Rose: (modestly) ... but I'm not one to blow my own gertubenfluben.
      Sophia: I can't even reach mine.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Sophia:Look at these liver spots! I've got more brown skin than the Temptations.

      The Temptations were an all black singing group from the 60's. They are most known for the song, "My Girl".