The Golden Girls

Season 7 Episode 2

The Case of the Libertine Belle

Aired Unknown Sep 28, 1991 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The girls participate in a murder mystery weekend and Dorothy has a ball when she solves a mystery. However, when Blanche is accused committing a real murder, Dorothy will have to use all her keen detective skills to find the real murderer.

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  • Did it jump the shark?

    This seemed a bit too alternate reality. I don't think it needed to be as dramatic as it was, they could've put a bit more humor into it. It just didn't seem to fit with these ladies characters. The story should have seen Blanche trying to get that position not having them go through a murder mystery. We didn't even find out at the end if she got it, we just learn she's still in the running for it. Not my favorite storyline.moreless
  • Series Classic

    I love this episode. I'm not usually a fan of episodes that are set in environments other than the usual sound stage but with this episode the audience doesn't have a chance to take notice of that. When the first mystery begins it seems to be the four girls and only them that participate. Now that wouldn't be the case in real life but that is one of the flaws of the sitcom Genre. Once again Dorothy steals the show ( Bea wasn't nominated for an Emmy this season that is a travesty). 'Her mother was a slut to'

    'Patricide is an overwhelming male crime.. Although daughters often murder their mothers'

    Rose doesn't fall short either

    'Blanche you don't understand they'll send you to woman's prison'.

    The show has become so developed now, that inside Jokes of the show have become so well known, that the writers use them in the biggest moments knowing the audience will love it. 'Maybe that dagger will lead us to the murder weapon

    'St. Olaf' Says the policeman who's never met Rose

    Poor Blanche... flirtatious no matter what and Rue looked Wonderful Season 7.

    And Sophia well there would be no Dorothy without her and vice versa. No one can deliver a one liner like her

    To Blanche:'I thought hotels always gave you the group rating' Classic Comedymoreless
  • Season 7, Episode 2.

    The seventh season of The Golden Girls is very enjoyable! I love the episodes I can remember from the season. I love the whole murder mystery thing. It's so great to see the girls in these weird situations. They can make comedy out of such a serious storyline so easily. Marc Cherry must be part of the genius, as he created the humorous hostage situation on Desperate Housewives. I'm surprised that The Golden Girls had so many viewers on Saturday night that they were able to stay on for seven seasons! Then again, I can understand with episodes as great as this one.moreless
  • One of my favorites ...

    I disagree with the previous review. This is one of my favorite episodes of the series. Rose is still clueless ("I've got it; the maitre d is some kind of waiter). Blanche is still slutty ("My my officer, your sweet words can charm the morning dew off of the honeysuckle"). Dorothy is still sarcastic ("Patricide is overwhelmingly a male crime, but daughters often murder their mothers!"). And Sophia is still Sophia (stealing the silverware and asking Dorothy to carry her heavy purse). Many people can argue that the last season wasn't up to par with the rest of the series, but this installment was no disappointment!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia During the first mock murder, two of the guests are murdered, an old man and his new young bride. The old man's children are blamed, Phillip and Gloria. These are also the names of Dorothy's siblings.

    • At the end of the episode, when she asks Dorothy to carry her purse for her, we learn that Sophia was slowly pilfering pieces of the table setting throughout the murder mystery weekend.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Blanche: If I got this job, it would mean going to Europe with him, to look for rare paintings and antiques.
      Sophia: Well, if he has an eye for antiques, you should be a shoo-in.
      Dorothy: Look who's calling the vase Ming.

    • (accused of murdering Kendell)
      Blanche: If they send me to prison, I'll be alright. I'll be brave.
      Rose: You don't understand, Blanche, this would be a women's prison!

    • Dorothy: It's almost as though you believe Blanche is guilty!
      Rose: Well, she lied about my earrings, and then she took them. I mean, deceit, then theft--isn't murder the next logical step?
      Dorothy: (beat). St. Olaf, right?

    • Detective: You've given us a 'who', a 'how', and a 'ha'...but you've yet to give us a 'why'.

    • (after Dorothy has accused her of murder during the performance)
      Gloria: (scoffs) This woman's pathetic!
      Sophia: (sarcastically)Ohhhh, big news. Tear out the front page!

    • (Posy accuses Blanche of killing Kendell)
      Posy: That tramp murdered my lover!
      Dorothy: I know Blanche Deveraux, Detective, and this tramp is incapable of murder!

    • Dorothy: Blanche are you kidding? I have read every word Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler ever wrote. Sam Spade and Philip Marlow have become a part of me...

      "She had more curves than the Monaco Grand Prix and was twice as dangerous. Her jewelry was mute testimony that Charlie Chaplin wasn't the only tramp who hit it big in this town."

    • Rose: Maybe that bloody dagger will lead us to the murder weapon!
      Detective: St. Olaf?
      Rose: Wow, he really is good!

    • Blanche: Flirting is part of my heritage. I'm from the South.
      Rose: What does that mean?
      Dorothy: Her mother was a slut, too, Rose.

    • Blanche: Things like this don't happen to me. I'm a Deveraux. Things like this usually happen to people named...Petrillo.
      Sophia: Hey, I take offense to that. Nobody in my family ever, EVER... left a body to be found.

    • (Dorothy, solving case with Blanche being blamed)
      Dorothy: She slipped the knife in her purse!
      Sophia: Big Deal, I took the whole placeset-
      Dorothy: (shouting) NOT NOW MA!

    • Rose: (after Dorothy has solved the case) Wow, Dorothy, that was a real tour de France!

    • Rose: The butler did it!
      Maître D': I'm a maître d'.
      Rose: Thank you. The maître d' did it!
      Man: Vaczy did it!
      Woman: Gloria did it!
      Sophia: It was Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick! What, she says the butler did it and I'm the idiot!

  • NOTES (2)

    • "The Case of..." is a typical prefix for a mystery title, perhaps best known for being used in the Perry Mason series of novels, TV series and telemovies. (At the time, the Perry Mason TV movies were hitting it big on NBC at the same time as The Golden Girls.) Also, "Libertine Belle" (meaning "moral-less southern woman") is a play on the name "Liberty Bell."

    • Richard Roat, who plays Kendall, played Rose's boyfriend Al (who ends up dying in her bed) in Season One's "A Bed of Rose's."


    • Sophia:It was Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick.

      This is a reference to both the classic board game and the cult-classic film Clue. Both have characters such as Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlett, and Mrs. Peacock. They also both involve having either the players of the game or the audience trying to figure out who killed Mr. Boddy, who died before either the game or movie began. There are many rooms in the mansion, along with many weapons.

    • The murder-mystery group is named "The Maltese Falcon Club." The Maltese Falcon is a famous detective novel and award-winning film.

    • The private detective at the mystery dinner is named "Spade Marlowe," after two famous characters from classic mystery novels- Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade.