The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 7

Strange Bedfellows

Aired Unknown Nov 07, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The girls try to help in a campaign to get Gil Kessler elected as local official. To his advantage, his chances of winning are boosted when reporters snap photos of Blanche entering his home one evening while his wife was away.

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  • Hilarious first half, although the second half does slow down a little.

    Okay, so the story line is somewhat far-fetched, but are we not used to Christopher Lloyd expecting us to suspend our disbelief and just laugh at the characterisation?.

    The epsiode's first half really was funny. Here are few of the best one liners

    Rose:'That little floozy stole Blanche's clothes'

    Blanche: 'Omg they've spread my backside all over the front page'

    Sophia: 'Must have been a wide angle lense'

    Rose: 'Then why does it say that the explosion was so big it shattered windows in the building next door'

    Dorothy: (Yelling) Rose, that's an article about an earthquake guatamala'

    However, Gil possibly winning the election because he slept with Blanche, was too far fetched for me.

    The ending was surprising, to say the least. Gil was once a woman.

    Fav Line:

    Rose to blanche about not believing her 'You should make us eat dirt, give us the silent treatment'

    Dorothy: Rose, if you give us the silent treatment, I will eat dirt.moreless
  • Somewhat ridiculous, but mostly boring

    This episode is ok, but I think it misses truly being funny. It's another third season episode (much like "The Artist") that's really only entertaining the first time you see it, when you don't know what's going to happen in the end. Once you know what the big twist is, it's kind of dull. But unlike "The Artist," in "Strange Bedfellows," the jokes are not funny enough to make it worth watching, nowhere near the usual Golden Girls standard. It's dull to the point of being hard to pay attention to. Plus, the plot is pretty ridiculous when you think about it. I'm sorry, but who really cares whether the wimp wins? And the twist is very unbelievable. And I don't think Dorothy and Rose would've been so unfair to Blanche, either. But all in all, it's not horrible to watch. I'd watch it if it was on, but it's not very funny, and way below the Golden Girls norm.moreless
  • The girls believe that Blanche slept with a city councilman, but then learn that it was all a lie.

    I do believe this is a good episode in the sense that the girls really underestimate Blanche and don't realize that she doesn't sleep with <b>everybody</b>. Sure she enjoys the company of men, but that doesn't mean she's a common whore. I liked when it turned out that the girls were wrong and how they tried to apologize to Blanche. I thought the funniest part was the <i>Facts of Life</i> joke.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Blanche is appalled that this man is not telling the truth because it paints her in a bad light. Well, Blanche is sometimes quite a stranger to the truth. She lies about her age, the amount of men she's been with, and she lies to the IRS about the fact that she houses the ladies and charges them rent. That makes Blanche quite the liar herself.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Blanche: (answering the phone) Hello? Yes this is Blanche Deveraux... Yes that Blanche Deveraux and no I did not! I will tell it to a judge, I will swear to it on a stack of Bibles, I will yell it from the rooftop of every house! (hangs up) There, does that sound like a liar?
      Dorothy: No, it sounds like Jim and Tammy Faye on Nightline!

    • Sophia: Easy on the arm, Dorothy, you break it you pay for it.

    • Sophia: My hunches are never wrong.
      Dorothy: Oh come on, Ma, remember your nephew Angelo? You said one day he'd be Pope.
      Sophia: Dorothy, you have to listen closer, I said one day he'd sell dope.

    • Blanche: They've got my rear end spread all over the front page. How can they do such a thing?
      Sophia: My guess is they used a wide angle lens.

    • Blanche: I oughta kick your butt from here to Tallahassee!

    • (Dorothy and Blanche are exchanging insults)
      Blanche: Traitor!
      Dorothy: Tramp!
      Blanche: Backstabber!
      Dorothy: Homewrecker!
      Rose: Indian giver!

    • (After learning that Gil Kessler was previously a woman before having a sex change)
      Rose: I'm still confused about the operation Gil Kessler had. Is the man asleep during it?
      Dorothy: I think so, Rose.
      Rose: And what about the parts they put on? Do they test them first?
      Dorothy: Of course, Rose. You know, like windshield wipers.
      Rose: So they work?
      Dorothy: I assume so, yes.
      Rose: (a pause) What are they made of?
      Dorothy: Silly putty, Rose!

    • Rose: You should make us grovel, eat dirt, beg for forgiveness, give us the silent treatment...
      Dorothy: Rose if you give us the silent treatment I will eat dirt!

    • (The girls read about Gil Kessler's alleged affair with Blanche in the paper.)
      Dorothy: Then, why does it say you were there for over two hours?
      Blanche: We were just talking.
      Rose: Then, why does it say the explosion was so powerful, it shattered windows in the building next door?
      Dorothy: Rose, that's an article about an earthquake in Guatemala!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Dorothy: (to Blanche) Horizontal stripes make you look like Roger Ebert!

      This is an allusion to the film critic, Roger Ebert.

    • When Dorothy asked Sophia why she came out her room during the campaign rally, she replied "who am I, ALF?" This refers to the "alien life form" character from the 1980's sitcom.