The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 10

The Audit

Aired Unknown Nov 28, 1987 on NBC
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The Audit
Dorothy is stunned to learn that Stan's tax problems are her tax problems since Stan is being audited for a number of years when they were still married. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose take a Spanish class, each for different reasons.

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  • Dorothy really hate Stan

    Ha Ha, Dorothy always slam door on Stan wherever Stan came around. LOL.
  • Stan does something really nice for Dorothy.

    I liked the constant bickering between Dorothy and Stan in this episode and how Dorothy finds herself with the decision of whether or not to pawn her wedding ring to come up with her share of the money. She doesn't want to sell it because it's the one nice thing that Stan gave to her. I really liked at the end when Stan bought it back for Dorothy and then he asks her if she wants to go to bed and Dorothy squeezes him real hard.moreless
  • Winifred Hervey takes the helm in this amusing episode, although it is clearly below the Golden Girls' hilarity norm.

    Winifred Hervey tackled many of the Stan episodes. In fact, she wrote the first Stan episode, so it is not surprising that many of her episodes focused on everybody's favorite ex-husband.

    It was becoming clear by Season 3 that Winifred Hervey was losing her touch. She had a handful of tremendous episodes from Season 1 (I especially liked The Operation), but her humor was a level short of co-writers Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan. Thus, there is an obvious disconnect in level of quality between Hervey episodes and those of others.

    The Audit is a clear example of this. While this episode has its moments, it is mainly standard fare. I was, however, quite pleased with a few scenes in the episode. One of my favorites involves Stanley's revelation that he bought a Corvette without telling Dorothy. Bea Arthur, in her infinite skill as a strong-willed, smart, angry woman, pulls off another beauty of a fit in this scene.

    Another favorite scene from the episode involves Dorothy's wish for Stan to have a jailmate named Bubba. Ah, good stuff.

    And the focus on Dorothy's watch (that Stan gave her) was a nice touch. It was gratifying to see that there were still some sparks in their defunct and slighly parasitic relationship. Arthur and Herbert Edelman sure worked well together on screen.

    My main problem with the episode, however, was that there seemed to be a lot of time between laughs -- and the laughs weren't that hearty in this one. This became a common characteristic of the Hervey episodes (Refer none other than to The Housekeeper from earlier this season). However, this episode sneaks in a "great" rather than a "good" because of Arthur and Edelman, whose chemistry onscreen makes any episode, great or mediocre, much more fun to watch.moreless
Richard Penn

Richard Penn

Mr. Murray

Guest Star

Tony Perez

Tony Perez

Mr. Escobar

Guest Star

Herb Edelman

Herb Edelman

Stanley Zbornak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Rose mentions that in order to get her promotion, she has to become bilingual (speaking two languages), and begins taking Spanish classes.  However, as we have seen from many other episodes, Rose is bilingual.  She speaks English and Norwegian.  If she also spoke Spanish, she would become trilingual, (three languages).

    • Dorothy says here she is, flat broke. If she's flat broke, a)how can she afford the rent Blanche charages? and b)how on earth can she afford the elegant gown she buys for the museum fundraiser in "Charlie's Buddy?"

    • Rose mentions here that she studied Latin, albeit it's Pig Latin, but we've been told several different times that Rose never graduated.

    • Continuity Error: Blanche's character in this episode is in direct conflict with her character in a first season episode, "Adult Education." In that episode, she was offended at her teacher's suggestion that she sleep with him in order to get an A in his class, even reporting him to the dean. In this episode, however, she promises to sleep with the teacher in order to get the answers to a test.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (to Stan)
      Mr. Murray: Cut the crap, paizan.

    • Stan: We're going to jail, Dorothy.
      Dorothy: That's right Stanley, and please, let me know where you and Bubba are registered.

    • Sophia: What's all the noise in here?
      Dorothy: Nothing, I could just kill Stanley, he bought a corvette! without telling me.
      Sophia: So what? Your father did stuff all the time without telling me. How do you think I got pregnant with your brother Phil?

    • Stan: We could be in a lot of trouble, Dorothy, we could go to jail!
      Dorothy: Good, I want you to go to jail, and I want a big bald guy named Bubba to pick you for his girlfriend!

    • Dorothy: ...I'm just gonna have to sell some of my stuff.
      Sophia: Hold it! No daughter of mine is "Selling her stuff". It's immoral. It's a sin. And let's face it Dorothy, lately you can't give it away!
      Dorothy: Ma, I'm talking about selling some of my belongings!

    • (Learns that the auditor is bald and takes off his toupee)
      Stan: Paizan! Brother of the scalp!
      Dorothey: Oh God, we are going to jail.

  • NOTES (3)