The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 9

Scared Straight

Aired Unknown Dec 10, 1988 on NBC

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  • Blanche's brother Clayton come for a visit with some big news. He's gay and Blanche has a lot of trouble dealing with it.

    This show is one of the reasons why so many gay men are huge fans of Golden Girls. The subject of Clay coming out is handled with taste and humor and is handled very realistically. Clay is in his forties and has been married like so many men. When he tells Blanche that he is tired of living a lie, she admits it's hard for her to adjust, but she's willing to try. During the 80's this story was played out in thousands of homes in the US as gay liberation took off in earnest. But even with the serious subject, Golden Girls could find the funny! While they are in the bar, Blanche gets an offer for a date and thinks she's converted one! Plenty of laughs but not mean.
    Rose's "not tonight" when Blanche tries to apologize with the two hardest words for her to say is also a real winner.
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