The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 12

The Custody Battle

Aired Unknown Dec 07, 1985 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Blanche: Well who got the part of Lady Macbeth then? Wait, don't tell me. Probably one of those little theater groupies with a mattress strapped to her back.

    • Rose: I had an imaginary friend once, but he'd never tell me his name.

    • Gloria: Dorothy, why don't you ever come to California to visit me?
      Dorothy: It's not easy, you know... I have my job, I have responsibilities, I've never been invited...
      Gloria: Well, I'm inviting you now. I have a huge house with servants and an ocean view. And Bert Convy shops in my grocery store.
      Dorothy: Bert Convy? Let's leave now!

    • Gloria: Remember when we were little and you told me all those bedtime stories?
      Dorothy: Oh yeah, the boogey man and the little girl, the vampire in the laundry hamper, cannibal parents...I think between the ages of 5 and 7 you got...2 hours sleep.

    • Gloria: When we were kids and Mom and Pop were working, do you know why Mom left you in charge?
      Dorothy: Yeah, because Phil played with matches.
      Gloria: No, it was because Mom knew she could trust you.

    • Rose: (about Sophia moving out) Who's going to keep after us? Make us linguine and tell us stories about Sicily?
      Dorothy: I don't know, Rose. Maybe Mary Poppins has an Italian cousin.

    • Dorothy: Wait! Blanche honey, aren't you forgetting something?
      Blanche: Oh no, I never wear underwear.

    • Sophia: I'm lucky, most people my age have kids trying to get rid of them. My kids are fighting over who gets to keep me.

    • (After Blanche's audition)
      Blanche: I got this one in the sack.
      Rose: She means "in the bag."
      Dorothy: No, she means "in the sack."

  • Notes

    • This episode features the first of many times that the girls get involved in local theatrical productions.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche in the kitchen as Rose explains she has gotten the part in Macbeth and Blanche holds the knife near Dorothy.

    • Terry Hughes, known on the set as "The Silver Fox," makes his Golden Girls directing debut with this episode. Hughes would direct most episodes of the series through Season Five before departing to pursue a career in feature films.

    • Beginning with this episode, the set for the kitchen has been altered. It now has new wallpaper and the wall that previously extended in front of the swinging kitchen door has now been shortened.

    • This is the first appearance of Dorothy's sister, Gloria. She is played by Doris Belack in this episode, but would later be portrayed by a different actress, Dena Dietrich in the final season episodes called The Monkey Show part 1 and part 2.

  • Allusions

    • Dorothy: Who was your father, Rose? Michael Landon?

      Michael Landon was an American actor, director, screewriter, and producer who, despite having an abusive childhood, was known for creating beautiful, tender, and family-oriented TV shows that highlight the good things in life. Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983) and Highway to Heaven (1984-1989) were two of his biggest successes, and he was heavily involved on and off the screen for both productions. Landon died of cancer in July 1991, at the fairly young age of 54.