The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 23

Mixed Blessing

Aired Unknown Mar 19, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, Blanche warns Dorothy not to interfere in her son's relationship, because Blanche herself almost lost her own daughter Becky when she butted in her personal life. Blanche is referring to the Season 3 episode Blanche's Little Girl, which aired shortly before this one. The thing is, it's odd that Blanche would regret having interfered in that particular situation, since it helped save Becky from marrying a jerk, and it actually brought Blanche even closer to her daughter.

      Correction: She was probably referring to the situation that took place four years before that episode, which was Rebecca dropping out of school to become a model. Blanche was against it and as a result, Rebecca did not speak to her until the events of "Blanche's Little Girl".

    • Michael was 29 in a episode in season 2 so how can he be 23 in season 3.

    • Stan and Dorothy were married for 38 years before getting divorced at least 3 years before this episode aired. Right now, though, their son Michael is apparently 23. Their first child was conceived out of wedlock, which would make that child at least 41. Even if their daughter Kate is the oldest, it's not possible for the two kids to be so far apart in age. This would mean that Stan and Dorothy had their second child once their oldest headed off to college, which seems incredibly far-fetched and was never indicated over the course of the series. Other episodes have led us to believe that Michael and Kate grew up together.

  • Quotes

    • Rose: The same thing happened with the Bigbotters back in St Olaf. You see, Gretchen had a thing for Buddy but Mr Bigbotter tried his best to keep them apart. Well, one day he came home to find them….how do I say….in the most indelicate situation.
      Dorothy: What did he do?
      Rose: Well, he yelled at them to stop, but they didn't, so he turned the hose on them.
      Blanche: He turned the hose on them???!!
      Rose: They were out in the front yard!
      Blanche (in horror): OOooooooh!!!
      Dorothy: Wait a minute….wait a minute….Buddy and Gretchen weren't people, were they?
      Rose: : Of course not, they were dogs! Buddy schnauzer and Gretchen was dalmatian. And Mr Bigbotter wasn't too happy when he ended up with a litter of "schalmatians"!

    • Michael: You are being small-minded.
      Dorothy: You know, a wise philosopher once said, "There are no small minds, just big heads."
      Michael: What the hell does that mean?
      Dorothy: I'm not sure. Come to think of it, it wasn't a philosopher, it was Rose.

    • Rose: Are you nervous because you haven't met Michael's fiancé?
      Dorothy: No, Rose. I'm nervous because if Sonny Bono gets elected Mayor of Palm Springs, he's going to make all the postmen wear leather bell-bottoms and a fur vest.

    • Rose: Can I ask a dumb question?
      Dorothy: Better than anybody I know.
      Rose: What color is black people's dandruff?
      Dorothy: Rose, black people don't have dandruff. God figures they've been through enough already.

    • Dorothy: (to Greta) Race is not even the issue. I mean, your daughter is twice my son's age! What could a woman in her 40's possibly have in common with a man in his 20's?
      Blanche: Sex! A man in his 20's is at his peak. A woman in her 40's is also at her peak, and when the two come together, hot damn!

    • Dorothy: These two are going to get married whether we like it or not. Do you like it?
      Greta: No.
      Dorothy: Neither do I.
      Greta: They're also going to have a baby whether we like it or not. Do you want to see it?
      Dorothy: Yes.
      Greta: So do I. So what do we do?
      Dorothy: What mothers have done since the beginning of time: pretend that we're happy, and then complain to anyone who will listen!

    • Sophia: (to man inside the eloping chapel) Excuse me, did a white man and a wrinkled old black woman just come in here?
      Dorothy: Ma!
      Greta: She means a regal black woman, and a scuzzy little white boy!

    • Dorothy: Rose. Can you excuse us.
      Rose: Sure. Where you going?
      Dorothy: No where. Get out.

    • Rose is looking at herself in a mirror, prompting her to use a beauty mask later in the episode; Dorothy is standing behind Rose

      Rose: Oh my God, I look terrible! (sees Dorothy) Oh, Dorothy, it's just you.

    • (to Lorraine's mother)
      Sophia: Is it true...what they say about...'black men in bed'?
      Blanche: (cutting in) Oh, yes, definitely! (pause) Oh...yes...definitely...I would like to know that, too!
      Dorothy: BLANCHE, that's stereotyping!
      Trudy: I don't care what you call it I'm just glad it's true!
      (They all laugh.)

    • Dorothy: Blanche, how would you feel if your son was marrying an older woman?
      Blanche: Dorothy, when my son was five years old he almost burnt down our entire town. Now nothing he does upsets me. Hell, he could marry Lilian Gish and I wouldn't care.

    • Michael: Lorraine is kinda . . . black.
      Dorothy: Kinda black? What does that mean, kinda black? That's like being kinda Spanish.
      Rose: Emilio Estevez is kinda Spanish.
      Dorothy: Thank you, Rose.

  • Notes

    • This episode was videotaped on February 22, 1988.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Blanche holding a mirror in front of Rose's face while Dorothy stands behind Rose.

    • This episode deals with racism in its most accepted form. Dorothy, who does not hate black people, is not necessarily happy about Michael marrying a black girl. Lorraine's parents are not happy about Lorraine marrying a white boy either...but its doubtful either sides of the family are racist.

  • Allusions

    • Sophia: What the hell is this--a revival of A Raisin in the Sun?

      A Raisin in the Sun is a very popular play that deals with racism and the struggles between black and white.

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