The Golden Girls

Season 7 Episode 2

The Case of the Libertine Belle

Aired Unknown Sep 28, 1991 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • At the beginning of the episode, Rose says she was the "Sherlock Holmes of St Olaf" prompting Dorothy to quip "Figured out which one was the Shinola?".  Shinola was a shoe polish quite popular in early 20th century, especially during World War II.  It was during this time that the phrase "doesn't know sh*t from Shinola" was coined to mean someone who doesn't know much.

    • 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

    • 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

    • "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."

  • Allusions

    • 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.