The Golden Girls

Season 2 Episode 11

'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas

Aired Unknown Dec 20, 1986 on NBC
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'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas
With Christmas approaching, Dorothy is fed up with how commercial Christmas has become this after Sophia goes on a spending spree with Dorothy's credit card. The girls each plan to spend Christmas with their families but before they each go home, they enjoy a Christmas gift exchange. The next day, a series of strange occurrences lead them to spend Christmas together in Miami.moreless

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  • An appreciation review of the first of the two Christmas episodes of the series.

    This was one of the very last of the holiday episodes of any sit-com that captured the essence of classic tv. Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia are getting ready to all go home for the holidays and you can practically feel their excitement; later in the episode with the crazy loon holding them at gunpoint in Rose's office the repartee between Blanche and Dorothy is some of the very best in the entire run of the series: Blanche: I have been told I bear a striking resemblance to Ms Cheryl Ladd... although, my bosoms are perkier. Dorothy: Not even if you were hanging upside down on a trapeze!!!

    Some of the best writing in television history is contained in this show and this episode is chock-full of highlights: ('The Men of Blanche's boudois' calendar, etc.); that's what I love so much about the show (Dorothy always had the very best lines, she was certianly my favorite). The holidays are definitely a little brighter with this episode now available on DVD for all of us to enjoy each year... whether you celebrate Christmas, Channukah or Kwanzaa, this is one for all to appreciate. Happy Holidays from Florida and the Girls from Miami!!!moreless
  • Twas the night before Christmas

    Dorthy begin to comment how expensive the store items are and that they should give an gift to one person.But also they are afriad that one of them would get Rose's gift.So in the end Rose has to buy an gift for Blanche.Which wasn't an really an bad gift.The girls were also planning to spend their vacation with their family as well.Rose had some work to do in her office.But they get an unexpected twist.But when finally prepare to head off to spend with their family.An unexpected thing happened their flights were cancel.So the girls spend the night at an diner.When the worker thought that they were family.When the girls relized that they are family in an way.

    An very good Christmas Episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Blanche enters the house with her Santa Claus and within seconds exits to her bedroom.  Moments later, Dorothy and Rose enter with bags.  With such short time in between, how would Rose and Dorothy not have run into Blanche when they were pulling into the garage.

    • In the final shot of the episode, where the girls are standing by the door, Blanche goes and grabs Sophia's shoulder, and in return, Sophia puts her hand on Blanche's hand. However, in the next shot, which is where we see the girls from outside the door, Sophia's hand is now on Dorothy's hand, which is on Sophia's shoulder.

    • The end of the final scene where it allegedly begins to SNOW in Miami. There has only ever been ONE report of a snow flurry in Miami (1977) and even that claim is suspect.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Blanche: I have been told I bear a striking resemblance to Miss Cheryl Ladd...although, my bosoms are perkier.
      Dorothy: Not even if you hung upside down on a trapeze!

    • Sophia: I've been sitting in the backseat of the car for half an hour! What am I, a dachshund?

    • Blanche: (seductively, seeing a man in a Santa suit at the psych clinic) Hello there, tall, dark and jolly.
      Dorothy: Blanche, maybe you should stay and get some counseling.

    • Blanche: Well, I can't help it! There's something about a man in a Santa Claus suit that just drives me wild!

    • Rose: Why don't we have our own Christmas celebration right here, St. Olaf style!
      Dorothy: I will not drink egg nog wearing a cast iron brassiere.
      Rose: We don't do that for Christmas! We do that at Easter.

    • Airport Mendicant: Excuse me. Would you like to buy a flower?
      Sophia: Beat it, chrome-dome! And while you're at it, get a job! Get a suit! And get on your knees and beg your mother's forgiveness!

    • Blanche: Did I ever tell you girls I met my husband George on Christmas Eve?
      Rose: Oh, Blanche! How exciting!
      Blanche: Let me tell you just how exciting a Christmas Eve can be. I was home from college on Christmas vacation, when my best friend, Lisa Jane Biedler fixed me up with the most beautiful boy I've ever laid my eyes on.
      Dorothy: George.
      Blanche: No, this was Richard Jay Wilde. And believe me, his name said it all! Huh-huh-huh! We must've pulled over on the side of the road five times on our way to that Christmas dance. Ha-hah!
      Rose: It's always best to drive defensively over the holidays.
      Blanche: Anyway, when we finally got to the dance, why, Richard dropped me off, and I turned and ran smack into a man so gorgeous he made Richard Jay Wilde look like a pre-pubescent choirboy.
      Rose: George.
      Blanche: No-no, no. Ernie Willis. Well, Ernie smiled. And the next thing I knew, we were dancing in a local bar. When all of a sudden I heard a deep voice say, "Hm-hm... May I cut in?" Well when I turned, I saw the man I knew I was gonna spend the rest of my life with.
      Albert: George.
      Blanche: Uh, no. No. Thomas Pennville. Uh-huh. Well, after Thomas and I left...
      Dorothy: Blanche! I could get herpes listening to this story!

    • Dorothy: Are you going to be very much longer?
      Rose: Not now, Dorothy. This man is still very down about his financial situation. He was one of the principal backers of Howard the Duck.

    • (The girls have offered to watch Albert's diner for a little while so he can have some time with his family.)
      Albert: Can you cook?
      Sophia: Are you black?

    • (The girls thumb through their "Men of Blanche's Boudoir" calendars.)
      Dorothy: Oh Blanche, this is so thoughtful. Whoa!
      Blanche: September?
      Dorothy: Yep!
      Sophia: I'm surprised you were able to walk in October!

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