The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 4

The Housekeeper

Aired Unknown Oct 17, 1987 on NBC
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The Housekeeper
The girls' search for a housekeeper ends when they hire Marguerite, a woman who appears to have mystical powers. However, when they fire her, a string of bizarre events convince the girls that Marguerite has placed a curse on them.

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  • Thank heavens for Sophia!

    This episode is one of those that's just ok... there's nothing particularly bad about it, but nothing that good either. I kind of find Marguerite's accent annoying, but that's not why it's not great. I just don't feel that there's very much funny about it... until the end when Sophia gets back. I love how Dorothy sternly and fearfully tells her not to say anything to Marguerite, and she comes right out of the kitchen and says "So what's this crap about you putting on a curse on my daughter?" Also the "What is this, the Miss Black America contest?" line. And then, after Marguerite leaves... "Anything else you want me to clear up for you?" I think Sophia is what saves this episode from being pretty terrible.moreless
  • The girls hire a black housekeeper.

    I personally don't like the storyline. Sophia barely appears in it at all and the other girls fear that the housekeeper has put a curse on them. The whole episode was a bitsilly and there was no need for it to even be written. Out of all seven seasons, season three was by far my least favorite.

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Theex-prisoner who interviewed for the housekeeping position right beforeMarguerite said she had just been released fromSan Quentin State Prison in California.San Quentin has not had female inmates housed there since 1932when the California Institution for Women was built.

    • The girls are often depicted as not having the most financial security in the world, but yet somehow they are able to afford a housekeeper.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Dorothy: [walking into the kitchen and finding Rose sweeping the floor] Rose why are you cleaning the kitchen? This is Marguerite's job!
      Rose: Dorothy, I know what you're gonna say. But I talked to Marguerite on the phone and this time she has a really good excuse for being late.
      Dorothy: Fine. What is it?
      Rose: She had to go pluck a hair from the chin of a dawrf.
      Dorothy: And you fell for that old excuse?

    • Dorothy: If you get Norman's attention, it won't be because of what is in that bottle. But if it does, I'll sell my mother for an ounce.

    • Blanche: So, Marguerite, wont you start by telling us a little about yourself.
      Marguerite: Well, there isn't much to tell. I'm hard working. Honest. And I'll work for a reasonable wage.
      Rose: That's it?
      Marguerite Brown: Alright. I wont go on with this charade any longer. There is something else, I'm black. Now if that's a problem for you, I'm white. Course that'll cost you extra!
      Dorothy: Oh, Marguerite, I could kiss you!
      Marguerite: And I don't go for that freaky stuff.

    • Blanche: So there was no curse after all, and Norman really did dump me for a fat woman!
      Sophia: No kidding, fatter than you?

    • Blanche: Girls, we can't fire her now. She's making me an aphrodisiac.
      Dorothy: Use vodka and black underwear like everyone else!

    • Blanche: Tootie is my favorite on The Facts Of Life.

    • Sophia: I've been known to cast a curse myself. Do you think Shelley Long was really tired of playing in Cheers. Wrong baby, I was tired of her!
      Marguerite: Is that what this is all about. You think I put a curse on you?
      Blanche: Well it's true. You reversed that love potion you gave me.
      Marguerite: Honey that wasn't love potion, that was Chanel number five.
      Rose: I'm not buying that, Dorothy uses Chanel number five all the time and she never attracts men.

    • Rose: Dorothy, I know we agreed that Marguerite was going to have to do all this, but she called me today and said she had a good reason for being late.
      Dorothy: Oh, what was it?
      Rose: She had to pluck a hair off the chin of a dwarf.
      Dorothy: ...and you fell for that old excuse.

    • Blanche: (hanging up the phone) I don't understand it, that's the second time Norman has canceled.
      Rose: Maybe he's not interested
      Blanche: Not interested. Don't be silly! I am the most attractive and desirable woman in all of Miami, now that Miss Donna Rice has moved to Hollywood.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche looking horrified as the bird drops down onto the lanai.


    • Dorothy: Marguerite, I hate to interrupt your work, but we have to talk to you about something.
      Blanche: Yeah, but before we do, I just want you to know that Tootie is my favorite on The Facts of Life.

      Blanche makes a reference about Tootie being her favorite character on the The Facts of Life. The Facts of Life aired on NBC from 1979-1988.