The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 5

The Triangle

Aired Unknown Oct 19, 1985 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Sophia has been avoiding a doctor's check-up and when he shows up at the house, Dorothy finds herself with a new doctor boyfriend who later makes a pass at Blanche. But when Blanche tells Dorothy about it, Dorothy doesn't believe her. Dorothy accuses her of being a slut and when Blanche can't take no more of this, she orders Dorothy to move out.moreless

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  • 'But he wants me I can feel it' 'Let somebody else feel it'

    I love this episode because Blanche and Dorothy take centre stage and they are absolutely hilarious. Blanche has really sprouted into a funny character after being the least developed of the four characters in the first few episodes.

    We meet Elliot who makes a pass at Blanche

    'You are a very attractive woman Blanche'

    'I know' She says as she's being groped in front of the mini-bar, which we never see again. When she confronts Dorothy about what happened Dorothy reacts poorly accusing Blanche of jealousy. Blanche feeling betrayed orders Dorothy out. So its time for Rose to step in and save the day

    'I may look square, but i'm like my father's tractor, I take a while to start but when I get going I can turn your top soil till the cows come'

    Elliot looks disgusted

    'Rose don't take this the wrong way but your not my type'

    'But Blanche was'

    'That never happened'

    Dorothy walks in

    'Oh yes it did, Blanche told me all about it'

    'She made it up'

    'No she didn't'

    'Well nothing came of it and I did apologise to her'

    Dorothy interjects

    'And you lied to me'

    There problem solved. Best way to describe it.moreless
  • Dorothy + Blanche + a doctor=a love triangle.

    Blanche's behavior towards friends in the past comes back to haunt her when Dorothy doesn't believe that, Clayton, the man she is seeing, made of a move on Blanche. Blanche, apalled that her best friend doesn't believe her, orders Dorothy to move out. This was funny to see Sophia telling Rose her Sicily story and to stay out of it. This episode really proved that friendship conquers all.
  • In this episode, both Dorothy and Blanche fall for the same man--Sophia's doctor. Dorothy and Dr. Eliot Clayton agree to date. While waiting for Dorothy, Dr. Clayton makes a pass at an unsuspecting Blanche. When Blanche tells Dorothy, Dorothy doesn't belimoreless

    This is definitely a well-acted episode on the parts of Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan. The episode is both serious and comical at the same time. It details how a simple love relationship can (nearly) destroy a strong and beautiful friendship. Luckily, the girls reconcile in the end and everything is back to normal.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Notice when Dorothy first goes to go talk to Blanche before Rose makes a snide comment, she starts to go into the door which is supposedly Sophia's bedroom. The scene cuts and she enters Blanche's bedroom. However, when Rose opens the door you can see into the hall, and you can see the door at the end of the hall, which is where Blanche's bedroom is supposed to be. The room they are in, while dressed like Blanche's, is where Dorothy's bedroom comes to be.

    • Blanche tells Elliot she is not accostumed to being manhandled. Well, apparently within a year or two, she's really changed her tune, because in season two she runs thru the house with a Santa Claus and in season seven she is appalled that the women don't think of her as the biggest slut there is.

    • The negligee Blanche wears while at the bar, is the same one Katherine Helmond wears in an episode of Soap.

    • Blanche pours Elliot a drink from the bar. In later episodes the TV is where the bar is.

    • Blanche is angry and offended at being called a slut, but in later episodes, she takes pride in being "the biggest slut."

      RESPONSE TO ABOVE: Not only that, but in season five Blanche tells Rose that she knows all about a man's history before getting intimate. That would mean that with all her one night stands, she must start her dates off asking who they've bauffed, before hopping into bed with them.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Dorothy: You know something, we are really lucky that we found a doctor who makes house calls.
      Rose: I know! When I was growing up in Minnesota the doctor made house calls all the time, for us and the livestock.
      Dorothy: You and the animals had the same doctor?
      Rose: Sure! Worked out fine... until the doctor started drinking hog linament and tried to neuter the Swenson brothers.

    • Sophia: You can't pick men and you can't pick pizza.

    • Rose: (To Elliot) Wanna see some Polaroids of me in my tennis skirt?

    • Sophia: Let me tell you a story! Sicily. 1912. Picture this. Two young girls, best of friends, who share three things: a pizza recipe, some dough and a dream. Everything is going great until one day a fast talking pepperoni salesman gallops into town. Of course, both girls are impressed. He dates one one night, the other the next night. Pretty soon, he drives a wedge between them. Before you know it, they pizza suffers, the business suffers, the friendship suffers. The girls part company and head for America, never to see one another again. Rose, one of those girls was me. The other one you probably know as Mama Celeste.

    • Blanche: He's lying. (Referring to Elliot) Look at him. He's twitching and blinking. He's lying and twitching and blinking.
      Rose: (Coming over to the door) He is blinking, Dorothy.

    • Sophia: I can't believe it! My daughter is finally seeing a doctor and he turns out to be a scuzz bucket!

    • Dorothy: You, Blanche, are an amoral backstabbing self-centered Jezebel. And I am very glad that this happened because now I know really what kind of person you are.
      Blanche: Well. Then the hell with you and your oversexed boyfriend, Dorothy Zbornak! I'm just glad that little Mei-Ling's coming out party was ruined.
      Dorothy: Who?
      Blanche: And I'm glad that Elliot is bonging every woman at your country club!
      Dorothy: What the hell are you talking bout?
      Blanche: Ask the towel lady.

    • Dorothy: You could never be a real friend to another woman and you know why?
      Blanche: Why?
      Dorothy: Because you're a slut!
      Blanche: A slut!
      Dorothy: Don't repeat everything I say.
      Blanche: I don't repeat everything you say? I'm not repeating everything you say.
      Dorothy: You just did.
      Blanche: I did not. Nothing you say is worth repeating.

    • Blanche: He came up to me and he put his big, masculine arms around my tiny little waist.
      Dorothy: I don't believe you!
      Blanche: What?
      Dorothy: I don't believe that he put his big, masculine arms around your alleged tiny little waist.

    • Elliot: (Hugging Rose) My what's that marvelous scent you're wearing?
      Rose: Fancy albacore tuna!

    • Blanche: I loved Anderbeau and her beau! Now you see why I can't tell Dorothy
      Rose: I don't even understand who Anderbobob is.

    • Blanche: Forgive me for starring, but I do declare you're just about the most attractive man I've seen in Florida since Mr. John Forsythe performed Hamlet at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre.

    • Dr. Clayton: Why don't we start by taking your temperature, huh?
      Sophia: Temperature, hmm. He must have graduated at the top of his class.

    • Dr. Clayton: I'm sorry, Sophia. What seems to be the problem?
      Sophia: What am I, a doctor?

    • Dr. Clayton: What seems to be her problem?
      Dorothy: Well, her blood pressure is up and she's a little pale and a little tired.
      Dr. Clayton: Is she on any medication?
      Dorothy: Yes, to control her blood pressure.
      Dr. Clayton: How long's she been on that medication?
      Sophia: What am I, 2 years old?

    • Sophia: If that's the doctor, tell him I have no insurance and no money! If he still comes in, he just wants to see me naked.

    • Sophia: I'm an old white woman. I'm not suppose to have color. You want color? Talk to Lena Horn.

    • Dorothy: Wait a minute. Just where do you think you're going?
      Sophia: Over to Mildred's to watch the adult movie channel. She has a wide-screen TV.

    • (Following Blanche telling Rose about Dorothy's boyfriend hitting on her)
      Rose: She could marry that man. They could have a child.
      (Blanche looks at her funny)
      Rose: They could adopt a child.

    • Blanche: But we were meant for each other. I'm a woman. He's a man.
      Dorothy: And what am I, Little Richard?

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