The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 17

My Brother, My Father

Aired Unknown Feb 06, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof (Continuity): In this episode, it is mentioned that Dorothy and Stanley honeymooned in the Poconos, which are in Pennsylvania.  However, in Season 1's "The Return of Dorothy's Ex (a.k.a.) Stan's Return", it is said that they honeymooned in Miami; they even bought some property in Miami during said honeymoon.

    • Goof (Continuity): In the beginning of this episode, Blanche is upset because she doesn't get the lead of the play they are preforming at the community theater.  Dorothy is "shocked" and says, "But you've played the lead for the past five years."

      However, in Season Two's The Actor, a woman named Phyllis Hammerow played the lead in the play. She also was "Miami's answer to Meryl Streep" and was said to have been in the lead of every production in the community theater.

    • Goof:According to Dorothy, Michael (her son with Stan) is a member of the Boston Philharmonic, but in other episodes, he is in a jazz band.

    • Angelo thinks it'll be crowded sleeping because there are six of them there, Sophia says they used to sleep four to a bed. In the flashbacks when the heat gave out and all the girls piled into Sophia's bed, she said that four in a bed was a treat and meant half the family was out of town.

    • In this episode Sophia says Angelo is going to visit the family in Brooklyn. But, in "Long Day's Journey into Marinara", even though they are talking about Sicily, Sophia says her and Angela are the only two left of the original family.

    • Uncle Angelo's preposterous story of how he pretended for 72 (yes, seventy-two) YEARS(!) that he was a priest because he promised his mother on her deathbed that he would become a priest. All this time, Angelo was really happily married and nobody ever clued into that fact and nobody presumably knew his wife either. And when 90(?)-year old Angelo finally confesses to the girls and Stan, nobody is really all that shocked that his entire life had been a lie. His promise to his mother is also inconsistent with ep. 76, "Mother's Day" when Sophia and Angelo's mother is clearly still alive well into the 1940s and/or 50s.

    • In this episode Uncle Angelo is stopping in Miami to wish Dorothy and Stan a happy 40th wedding anniversary. We know that Stan and Dorothy were married for 38 years when they were divorced because it is mentioned numerous times during the show. At the beginning of the show Stan had already been gone for 2 yrs. So how can they be married 40 years in this episode it should have been around 43 years.

  • Quotes

    • Sophia: [Sophia is in bed between Stan and Dorothy] Think of me as the Berlin Wall, Stan. Try to climb over me and you'll find out what barbed wire between your legs feels like!

    • Blanche:(in nun's costume, bra in hand) We're collecting lingerie for needy, sexy people.

    • Stan: Dorothy, I know it's been a while, but try and control yourself, I need to get some rest.
      Dorothy kicks him off the bed.
      Stan: What the h*** was that for?
      Dorothy: You are not getting into this bed!
      Stan: Then where am I supposed to sleep?
      Dorothy: On the floor, like any dog.

    • Stanley: I just heard on the radio that there's a big hurricane headed this way. They want everyone to stay just where they are.
      Blanche: Oh, Jesus!
      Blanche: Please, protect us, in this our time of need!
      Dorothy: Amen!

    • (rehearsing The Sound of Music)
      Blanche: The Nazis are coming!
      (Sophia runs into the room)
      Sophia: Everybody grab a gun and run to the basement!

    • Blanche: A gay theater director! Have you ever heard of such a thing?
      Dorothy: It's shocking! Next thing you know, they'll allow black basketball players in the NBA.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • When Angelo (who is still believed to be a priest) tells Dorothy to "sleep with this man" (Stan), Dorothy responds with "Now I know how Jessica Hahn must have felt."

      Jessica Hahn is the woman who had an affair with Jim Bakker, a televangelist, who paid her to keep her quiet using money from his own ministry.


    • At the end of the episode, when the storm is letting up, Rose (still dressed in her nun's costume) says that she wants to try and "get airborne".

      This is a subtle allusion to a TV show that aired from 1967-1970, The Flying Nun. Itstared Sally Field.

    • Stan: "The man at the shop called it the 'Dan Rather' look."

      Dan Rather is a famous news anchor and hosted the CBS Evening News for 24 years, fromMarch 9, 1981, to March 9, 2005.