The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 10

Stan Takes a Wife

Aired Unknown Jan 07, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Stan breaks the news that he's engaged to be married something Dorothy at first seems to accept. However, after Sophia falls ill, Stan comforts Dorothy which sparks old feelings in her and she contemplates trying to get back together with Stan.

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  • Stan is finally act like a decent man

    Sophia fall ill and Stan finally act like a decent man for one.
  • While Stan announces that he is getting married, Sophia is taken ill and while in the hospital near death, Stan and Dorothy wait it out.

    This episode shows that no matter what has happened between Dorothy and Stan, there are still strong feelings between them. As they spend the night together waiting for news on Sophia we see how hard it for them to forget the 38 years they have together.

    Dorothy is really scared and the familiar comfort that Stan offers is just what she needs. This episode really highlights how much love there is here. But through it all there are the laughs. "Stan showed me that special part of himself." "Right there in the waiting room?" "Not that part Rose!!"

    A great final episode from Winifred Hervey.moreless
  • Stan almost grows up a little

    I understand not every episode can be just one funny moment right after another and that sometimes it's nice to have something a little more serious, but eh... I'm still not a big fan of this one. It's nice to see Stan being so caring towards Dorothy, but one wonders why we don't see this side of him more often. It seems only natural to me that Dorothy is having issues with Stan getting married yet again, since it seems like he might actually be growing up a little. I thought it was unfair that Rose and Blanche worked so hard to keep her from "ruining" Stan's new marriage. Why should they care that much, anyway? It's not like they like Stan. It seems like they should've been supporting Dorothy's decision rather than making her feel bad. I never understood that.

    I'm glad we got to see a different aspect of Stan and Dorothy's relationship here, but it's not a very funny episode.moreless
  • Stan takes an wife and get marries how does this make Dorthy feel?

    It all started when Stan annouce to the girls,that he is engaged.Blanche,Rose and Dorthy are happy for him.However when Sophia,had to be taken to the hospital.When Dorthy stay in the hospital to wait to find out Sophia's condition.Stan stayed with her which gave Dorthy an second thought about him.She than told Blanche and Rose,that she was going to tell Stan,that she loves him and stopped the wedding.Rose and Blanche,tries to convince Dorthy just to let it go.When Dorthy was at the bar.She meets an young woman,who is going to get married.But is afriad that his ex wife would be there thinking that Stan's ex wife was better and would want him back.But Dorthy told her that she would have to let go.

    Pretty good episode.My favorite scene was when Rose said something about Dorthy and Dorthy pushed the chair near her.moreless
  • Dorothy still loves Stan.

    I liked the whole idea. No matter how much Dorothy makes fun of him, this episode proved that there will always be part of him in her. I'm glad they didn't get back together, but it was nice to see the other girls try to stop it, while Dorothy tries to fight them off. I was glad to see Dorothy showing some compassion to him.
Elinor Donahue

Elinor Donahue


Guest Star

Tom Tarpey

Tom Tarpey

Dr. Seymour

Guest Star

Herb Edelman

Herb Edelman

Stanley Zbornak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Apparently Stan was either never married, or got divorced, because the next time we see Stan in an episode, there's no mention of Stan's wife or a divorce for that matter.

    • This is the final Episode Veteran Writer Winifred Hervey would pen for the Show.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Stan: (to the girls) Hey, well, there's nothing wrong with my taste. You've seen that ring that I picked out for Dorothy.
      Dorothy: (looking at the ring) Actually, he was going for a bracelet but the mechanical claw grabbed the ring.

    • Rose: Blanche, what are you doing home? I thought you were out on a date with Jerry!
      Blanche: So did I. He led me out of the movie theater, said he was going to go park the car, and that's the last I saw of him.
      Rose: I think you've been ditched.
      Blanche: Now, did I ask you? If I want advice on getting ditched, I'll ask an expert. Dorothy, did I get ditched?
      Dorothy: Yes, Blanche. But don't feel bad. Look what it's done for Sonny Bono.

    • Dorothy: (Stan enters the hospital) What're you doing here?
      Stan: I had second thoughts about the price I paid for the ring so I came over to discuss it with you. The neighbors told me what happened.
      Dorothy: Oh God, for once I'm glad that you're cheap.

    • Dorothy: I'm still in love with the man, and I can't let him marry someone else.
      Sophia: Is it just me or is the room suddenly getting darker?

    • Rose: He's wearing a girdle?
      Dorothy: And shoulder pads.
      Blanche: And knowing him, a sock in the crotch.

    • Dorothy: Did you lose weight?
      Stan: No, I'm wearing a girdle. Will Sophia be able to come?
      Dorothy: She wasn't up to it but she sends her regards, and baggies for the food, you're wearing a girdle.

    • Dorothy: Ma, you're supposed to be in bed.
      Sophia: When I feel bad, I have to distract myself, and there's only one thing that does that.
      Dorothy: Cooking a big meal.
      Sophia: No, making love in a closet, but hey you do what you can.

    • Dorothy: Oh Ma, you scared me to death.
      Sophia: You scared ME to death, you couldn't have put on a little makeup? There might be a single doctor in here.

    • Stan: (to the doctor) Now look, Sophia may be just another case to you, but we love her, and we want to be updated on her condition regardless. We want to be informed of how she's doing EVERY hour ON the hour.

    • Dorothy: My lasagna never tastes as good as Ma's, she says that's because I don't sing my marinara sauce. That's her secret, she sings opera to her sauce, except at Christmas then she sings Nat King Cole. (starts crying)
      Stan: I love your lasagna.
      Dorothy: You're just saying that to make me feel better.
      Stan: Is it working?
      Dorothy: (regaining composure) Like a charm.

    • Stan: Well, do I look like a man about to do it for the third time? Get married I mean.

    • Rose: Dorothy. Should I get Sophia a glass of water?
      Dorothy: No. You should sit there and watch her hack herself to death.

    • Dorothy: Either you follow the doctors orders or I'm going to call him and tell on you.
      Sophia: Ooo. What's he going to do, come over and spank me?
      Blanche: If he does, send him to my room when he's done.

    • (After Dorothy tells her that she's been dumped)
      Blanche: I've lost it!
      Sophia: In more back seats than anyone I know.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is the closest to farce that Golden Girls ever came. The entire scene with Stan in the hotel room is complete farce.


    • Dorothy: I hate waiting.
      Blanche: I hate hospitals.
      Rose: I hate when the people put each other down on Love Connection.

      Allusion: Rose is referencing the video dating game show which premiered in 1983 and was hosted by Chuck Woolery.