List of The Golden Girls episodes

List of The Golden Girls episodes

This article is a list of episodes from The Golden Girls.

All seven seasons have been released on DVD by Buena Vista.


Series overview

Season № of
Premiered: Ended: DVD set
1 25 1985·09·14 1986·05·10 2004·11·23
2 26 1986·09·27 1987·05·16 2005·05·15
3 25 1987·09·19 1988·05·07 2005·11·22
4 26 1988·10·08 1989·05·13 2006·02·14
5 26 1989·09·23 1990·05·05 2006·05·09
6 26 1990·09·22 1991·05·04 2006·11·14
7 26 1991·09·21 1992·05·09 2007·02·13


  • Ep = Episode number within the season
  • = Overall episode number

Season 1: 1985-1986

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 1 "The Engagement" Jay Sandrich Susan Harris September 14, 1985
Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), an attractive and carefree woman, has been dating a man named Harry. Her roommates, Dorothy Zbornak (Beatrice Arthur) and Rose Nylund (Betty White), think he is about to propose. When he finally does, Blanche accepts. Both Dorothy and Rose have different views on the engagement - Rose worries about Blanche's future, and Dorothy feels happy. When Harry is thirty minutes late to the wedding, the ladies find out he is a pervert, and is married to six women at the same time. The wedding does not happen. Meanwhile, Dorothy's mother, Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) moves into the house after her retirement home burns down. This is the only appearance of Coco, the gay cook/housekeeper.
Special Guest Stars: Charles Levin as Coco, Frank Aletter as Harry, F. William Parker as The Minister, Meshach Taylor as The Cop 
2 2 "Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?" Paul Bogart Winifred Hervey September 21, 1985
Dorothy's daughter, Kate, comes to Miami with an announcement: she's engaged to a podiatrist. Dorothy's happiness dims when her daughter, Kate, asks that her father, Dorothy's ex-husband Stan, be present. Their marriage of thirty-eight years ended when Stan left Dorothy for a stewardess half her age named Krissy. Dorothy promises not to make a scene at the reception for her daughter's sake, which places Rose and Blanche in the roles of peacemakers. Dorothy after the wedding tells Stan what she felt after 38 years and when he left her for another woman.
Special Guest Stars: Herbert Edelman as Stanley Zbornak, Lisa Jane Persky as Kate, Dennis Drake as Dennis, Kurt Smilden as The Priest 
3 3 "Rose the Prude" Jim Drake Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
September 28, 1985
Rose agrees to double-date with Blanche and two brothers: Jeffrey and Arnie Peterson. Blanche's date with Jeffrey ends badly, while Rose forms a romantic relationship with her date, Arnie, making him Rose's first boyfriend since Charlie's death. Arnie invites her to accompany him on a cruise, which would involve sharing a stateroom, something Rose is not sure she's ready for. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia have a gin rummy marathon, with Dorothy hoping to end a thirty-year losing streak.
Special Guest Star: Harold Gould as Arnie Peterson 
4 4 "Transplant" Paul Bogart Susan Harris October 5, 1985
Blanche's sister Virginia, comes to visit Blanche for the first time in the show. Blanche has suspicions about her sister wanting something. She is surprised by what her sister wants, a kidney. Her sister is dying from kidney failure and Blanche is tortured by the decision of whether or not to do it.
Special Guest Star: Sheree North as Virginia Hollingsworth 
5 5 "The Triangle" Jim Drake Winifred Hervey October 19, 1985
An attractive doctor named Elliot is dating Dorothy, but makes a pass at Blanche. When Dorothy dismisses Blanche's warning as jealousy, Rose decides it's up to her to save their friendship.
Special Guest Star: Peter Hansen as Elliot 
6 6 "On Golden Girls" Jim Drake Liz Sage October 26, 1985
The household is disrupted when Blanche's unruly 14-year-old grandson David (Janet's son) visits, and Blanche shares with her roommates her guilt that she left her children largely to a nanny.
Special Guest Star: Billy Jacoby as David, John Hostetter as The Policeman, Karl Wiedergott as Boy #1 
7 7 "The Competition" Jim Drake Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
November 2, 1985
Sophia's old boyfriend from Sicily, Augustine Bagatelli, arrives in town to ask Sophia to come back with him to Sicily for a visit; the girls enter a bowling tournament, which would mean a trip back to Sicily for Sophia if she and Rose win.
Special Guest Star: Ralph Manza as Augustine Bagatelli 
8 8 "Break-In" Paul Bogart Susan Harris November 9, 1985
While the ladies attend a Madonna concert, their house is burglarized, instilling fear especially in Rose. Rose is terrified after the burglary and does a number of things to protect herself - including buying a gun. 
9 9 "Blanche and the Younger Man" Jim Drake James Berg,
Stan Zimmerman
November 16, 1985
Blanche's young fitness instructor (Dirk) asks her out; Rose's mother visits (Alma Lindstrom), but Rose's over-protectiveness causes problems.
Special Guest Stars: Jeanette Nolan as Alma Lindstrom, Charles Hill as Dirk 
10 10 "Heart Attack" Jim Drake Susan Harris November 23, 1985
After a successful dinner party featuring Sophia's Sicilian cuisine, she has severe chest pain and thinks she is having a heart attack. Sophia is convinced that she's dying, and Dorothy must face her fear of becoming an orphan. 
11 11 "Stan's Return" Jim Drake Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
November 30, 1985
When Dorothy's ex-husband, Stan, visits to have her sign some legal documents, they end up in bed, which Stan thinks means reconciliation, but Dorothy isn't sure.
Special Guest Stars: Simone Griffeth as Chrissy, Herbert Edelman as Stanley Zbornak 
12 12 "The Custody Battle" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey December 7, 1985
Blanche and Rose audition for the same part in Macbeth; Dorothy's wealthy sister, Gloria, visits with the intention of persuading Sophia to move to California with her.
Special Guest Star: Doris Belack as Gloria 
13 13 "A Little Romance" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
December 14, 1985
Though Rose has been dating Dr. Newman for a month, she is reluctant to introduce the girls to him. When Blanche invites him over for dinner without consulting Rose first, they see why: he is a dwarf. He tells Rose that he has "important news" for her; she assumes he intends to propose and frets over how to respond.
Guest stars: Brent Collins as Dr. Jonathan Newman, Billy Barty, Jeane Dixon
14 14 "That Was No Lady" Jim Drake Liz Sage December 21, 1985
After a few passion-filled dates, Dorothy's beau admits that he is married. Though outraged at his deception, Dorothy finds herself still attracted to him.
Guest star: Alex Rocco
15 15 "In a Bed of Rose's" Terry Hughes Susan Harris January 11, 1986
Rose brings a date home and wakes to find him dead. Husband Charlie seems to have died the same way. Is Rose a killer between the sheets? 
16 16 "The Truth Will Come Out" Terry Hughes Susan Beavers January 18, 1986
Rose has often bragged to her children and grandchildren about Charlie's success, but the settlement of his estate discloses that he left his widow nearly nothing.
Guest stars: Bridgette Andersen, Christina Belford. 
17 17 "Nice and Easy" Terry Hughes Stuart Silverman February 1, 1986
Blanche upbraids her favorite niece, Lucy, for flitting from bed to bed, while Lucy charges Blanche with her own reputation for being "fast."
Guest star: Hallie Todd
18 18 "The Operation" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey February 8, 1986
Dorothy injures herself attempting to perform a "Cincinnati time step with a double pull-back" and requires foot surgery. She is terrified until she meets her hospital roommate: a woman with breast cancer.
Guest stars: Robert Picardo, Anne Haney, Bill Quinn
19 19 "Second Motherhood" Gary Shimokawa Christopher Lloyd February 15, 1986
Blanche dates a wealthy man with marriage on his mind. He also has two young children. Having reared her own family, Blanche doesn't want to raise children again. Meanwhile, Rose and Dorothy install a toilet. In the end, Blanche realizes that she isn't concerned about being a mother again, but about being third in her lover's life. 
20 20 "Adult Education" Jack Shea James Berg,
Stan Zimmerman
February 22, 1986
The girls try desperately to get Frank Sinatra tickets, while Blanche attends night school in hopes of getting a promotion at the museum. When she struggles with one of her courses, her professor offers her an "easy" way to a good grade: sleep with him. In the end she tells off Professor Cooper.
Guest star: Jerry Hardin
21 21 "Flu Attack" Terry Hughes James Berg,
Stan Zimmerman
March 1, 1986
Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose all come down with the flu and are at one another's throats. When all are revealed as contenders for the "Best Friend of the Friends of Good Health" award, they all are determined to attend, though all are still ill. During one scene, Blanche wants to watch Another World, a show on which Rue McClanahan (who plays Blanche) appeared in the early 1970s.
Guest stars: Dom Irrera, Silvana Gallardo
22 22 "Job Hunting" Paul Bogart Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
March 8, 1986
Due to a lack of funding, the grief-counseling center is closed, forcing Rose to seek employment elsewhere, but she faces age discrimination. Blanche flirts with one of Rose's former clients and Dorothy reconnects with an old flame. 
23 23 "Blind Ambitions" Terry Hughes Bob Colleary March 29, 1986
Rose's sister Lily comes to visit for the first time since losing her sight; the rest of the girls do spring cleaning and hold a garage sale to raise funds for a new television. It is revealed that Lily only came to get Rose to take care of her. Rose tells her she has to go to blind school and in the end Lily goes to the school and receives Becky, a Service Canine.
Guest stars: Polly Holliday, Stuart Fratkin
24 24 "Big Daddy" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
May 3, 1986
Blanche's father visits with a big surprise: he has sold the family mansion to finance his dream to become a country singer.
Guest stars: Murray Hamilton, Gordon Jump, Peggy Pope, Gary Grubbs, Tony Frank, Blake Emmons
25 25 "The Way We Met" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Terry Grossman,
Winifred Hervey,
Mort Nathan,
Kathy Speer
May 10, 1986
After watching the movie Psycho, the girls reminisce about how they came to live together.
Guest stars: Edan Gross, Dom Irrera

Season 2: 1986-1987

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 26 "End of the Curse" Terry Hughes Susan Harris September 27, 1986
While Rose and Dorothy try their hands at mink-breeding, Blanche thinks she is pregnant. A visit to the doctor reveals otherwise: it is the onset of menopause
2 27 "Ladies of the Evening" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
October 4, 1986
The roommates are excited when they win tickets to the premiere of Burt Reynolds's new movie and passes to the after-party. But on the way, the girls stop for a drink in the bar of the hotel where they're staying: a hotel that offers cheap rates, lots of unattached men in the lobby, and guys whose opening line is, "How long have you girls been working?"
Guest star: Burt Reynolds
3 28 "Take Him, He's Mine" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
October 11, 1986
Blanche and Stan hit it off, angering Dorothy. Rose and Sophia team up to sell sandwiches, despite threats from "the mob." 
4 29 "It's a Miserable Life" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
November 1, 1986
The girls campaign to save a 200-year-old oak tree in their neighborhood, but the tree is on the property of Frieda Claxton, a notorious grump. When Rose yells at her to "drop dead," she does. 
5 30 "Isn't It Romantic" Terry Hughes Jeffrey Duteil November 8, 1986

Dorothy's friend Jean (Lois Nettleton), a lesbian, comes to visit after her longtime partner dies. Rose and Jean have a lot in common and they strike up a fast friendship, but Jean may be falling in love with Rose, who's unaware of her new pal's sexuality.

Note In 1987 this episode won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.[1] 
6 31 "Big Daddy's Little Lady" David Steinberg Russell Marcus November 15, 1986
Blanche is pleased when her father, Big Daddy, announces he plans to marry "the widow Spencer," until she learns that the widow is a woman younger than she is. Blanche struggles to deal with her father's choice, while Dorothy and Rose enter a song-writing contest.
Guest stars: David Wayne, Sondra Currie
7 32 "Family Affair" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey November 22, 1986
Rose's visiting daughter and Dorothy's visiting son bicker their way into bed together in Blanche's room, where Blanche and the other girls catch them in the act.
Guest star: Scott Jacoby
8 33 "Vacation" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey November 29, 1986
Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche vacation in the Caribbean, but find the accommodations seriously not to their liking. Back in Miami, Sophia woos a Japanese gardener.
Guest stars: Tom Villard, Stuart Pankin, Keye Luke, Paul Rodriguez
9 34 "Joust Between Friends" Terry Hughes Scott Spencer Gordon December 6, 1986
When Dorothy is forced to take three months' leave from teaching, Blanche gets her a job at the art museum where she works. When Dorothy shines, Blanche fumes.
Guest star: Reid Shelton
10 35 "Love, Rose" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
December 13, 1986
Rose gets answers to her personal ad from "Isaac Q. Newton" — a fictitious suitor invented by Blanche and Dorothy. They panic when Rose finds an Isaac Q. Newton in the phone book and invites him to a banquet.
Guest star: Paul Dooley
11 36 "'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
December 20, 1986
A series of mishaps almost ruins the ladies' Christmas.
Guest stars: Craig Richard Nelson, Teddy Wilson, Sam Anderson
12 37 "The Sisters" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd January 3, 1987
Dorothy arranges for Sophia's sister, Angela, to fly from Sicily to Miami as a surprise gift for Sophia's birthday, not realizing that Sophia and Angela have been feuding for decades.
Guest star: Nancy Walker 
13 38 "The Stan Who Came to Dinner" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
January 10, 1987
After major heart surgery, Stan temporarily moves in with the ladies, and quickly overstays his welcome.
Guest star: Steve Kramer
14 39 "The Actor" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
January 17, 1987
The ladies act in a community play that stars a suave actor, Patrick. He asks Blanche to go out with him one night, and Rose the next, and Dorothy the next.
Guest star: Lloyd Bochner
15 40 "Before and After" Terry Hughes Bob Rosenfarb January 24, 1987
Rose decides to live every moment after suffering an esophageal spasm. After clashing with Blanche and Dorothy, she moves into a new apartment with new, younger roommates.
Guest stars: Deborah May, Tony Pope
16 41 "And Then There Was One" Terry Hughes Russell Marcus January 31, 1987
Sophia runs in a marathon, while the ladies babysit several children of runners; the parents of one do not return.
Guest stars: Ray Combs, Ariana Richards, Scott Curtis
17 42 "Bedtime Story" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Terry Grossman,
Mort Nathan,
Kathy Speer
February 7, 1987
Trying to decide on sleeping arrangements for visiting relatives, the ladies reminisce about places where they have previously slept, from a train station to Sophia's bed. 
18 43 "Forgive Me, Father" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
February 14, 1987
Dorothy has her eye on handsome Frank 'til he discloses that he's a Catholic priest — who's thinking, he tells her, of "leaving the church."
Guest star: John McMartin
19 44 "Long Day's Journey into Marinara" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
February 21, 1987
Sophia's sister moves to Miami, as all her relatives back in Sicily are dead. Sophia frets that Angela will try to take everything she has, including her boyfriend.
Guest star: Nancy Walker
20 45 "Whose Face Is This, Anyway?" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey February 28, 1987
After a reunion with her sorority sisters, Blanche reports that all of them look years younger than she, thanks to plastic surgery.
Guest star: Joseph Whipp
21 46 "Dorothy's Prized Pupil" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd March 14, 1987
Dorothy tutors a young Hispanic boy whose prize-winning essay results in the discovery that he is an illegal alien. Meanwhile, Rose decides that she must become Blanche's personal slave for a week to atone for losing a pair of Blanche's earrings, which Blanche herself lost.
Guest stars: Mario Lopez, John Braden, Danny Goldman
22 47 "Diamond in the Rough" Terry Hughes Jan Fischer,
William Weidner
March 21, 1987
Blanche dates a handsome caterer, but can't quite fall for a man who doesn't use a knife and fork.
Guest stars: Donnelly Rhodes, Mike Muscat, Glenn Shadix, Howard Witt
23 48 "Son-in-Law Dearest" Terry Hughes Patt Shea,
Harriett Weiss
April 11, 1987
Dorothy's daughter isn't pregnant, but is leaving her cheating husband. 
24 49 "To Catch a Neighbor" Terry Hughes Russell Marcus May 2, 1987
The girls allow two undercover cops to use their house as a base for spying on their neighbors, who are suspected of being jewel thieves.
Guest stars: Joseph Campanella, George Clooney, Barbara Tarbuck
25 50 "A Piece of Cake" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Terry Grossman,
Mort Nathan,
Kathy Speer
May 9, 1987
The ladies recall other birthday celebrations while preparing a surprise birthday party for a friend.
Guest stars: Alan Blumenfeld, Sid Melton 
26 51 "Empty Nests" Jay Sandrich Susan Harris May 16, 1987

Neighbors Renee and George are having marital problems. Stars Paul Dooley, Rita Moreno, David Leisure, Jane Harnick, Geoffrey Lewis.

  • This episode was a pilot that was intended to become the spin-off series Empty Nest, but the cast and concept were changed significantly before the latter launched as a series. 

Season 3: 1987-1988

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 52 "Old Friends" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
September 19, 1987
Sophia has a new friend, but as the friendship deepens, the old fellow's behavior becomes erratic, and she learns he has Alzheimer's Disease. At home, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's cherished teddy bear to a Girl Scout. When Blanche tries to get the bear back for Rose, the freckled little girl holds the teddy for ransom.
Guest stars: Joe Seneca, Jenny Lewis
2 53 "One for the Money" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Terry Grossman,
Winifred Hervey,
Mort Nathan,
Kathy Speer
September 26, 1987
The ladies recall their attempts to earn extra money, including starting a catering business.
Guest stars: Sid Melton, Roy Stuart. Special appearance by Conrad Janis
3 54 "Bringing Up Baby" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
October 3, 1987
The ladies can split a cool $100,000 if they care for an elderly pig in their home until it dies.
Guest star: Parley Baer
4 55 "The Housekeeper" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey October 17, 1987
In Sophia's absence, the ladies hire a housekeeper, Marguerite, who charms all the ladies but is lousy at keeping house. When they fire her, she leaves angrily, promising to put a "voodoo hex" on all of them, which immediately seems to bring them all bad luck. Ah, but Marguerite hasn't yet met Sophia.
Guest star: Paula Kelly
5 56 "Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd October 24, 1987
When Rose's great-aunt dies, she must fly to the Bahamas to deliver the eulogy — and speaking in public is her greatest fear. She persuades Blanche and Dorothy to come along, where they end up facing their own fears. At home, Sophia enters a cook-off for the Daughters of Sicily. 
6 57 "Letter to Gorbachev" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
October 31, 1987

Mikhail Gorbachev's US representatives report that their leader was touched by Rose's letter pleading for nuclear disarmament and that he's eager to meet Rose — who, they all assume, must be a little girl, given her letter's naivete. As Blanche and Dorothy ponder how to break the news to Rose, Sophia tries to devise the perfect act for a talent show.

  • Features the famous "Thanks for the Medicare" scene. 
7 58 "Strange Bedfellows" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd November 7, 1987
A political candidate for whom the ladies are campaigning says that he and Blanche had an affair. Blanche protests her innocence, but the girls don't believe her.
Guest star: John Schuck
8 59 "Brotherly Love" Terry Hughes Jeffrey Ferro,
Fredric Weiss
November 14, 1987
Stan's brother Ted, an attractive doctor, comes to town, and soon causes trouble between Blanche and Dorothy and between himself and Stan.
Special appearance by McLean Stevenson
9 60 "A Visit from Little Sven" Terry Hughes David Nichols November 21, 1987
Rose's young, clueless cousin Sven arrives from Norway on his way to St. Olaf to meet his bride-to-be; Blanche uses him to make her cheating boyfriend jealous.
Guest star: Casey Sander
10 61 "The Audit" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey November 28, 1987
Dorothy and Stan are audited by the IRS, and they may be in deep trouble due to Stan's extravagant spending.
Guest stars: Tony Perez, Richard Penn. 
11 62 "Three on a Couch" Terry Hughes Jeffrey Ferro,
Fredric Weiss
December 5, 1987
Constant bickering leads the ladies to seek professional counseling from a psychiatrist
12 63 "Charlie's Buddy" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
December 12, 1987
A visitor announces he is an army buddy of Charlie, Rose's late husband. The two hit it off, to the point that Rose considers moving away with him, but Dorothy is suspicious.
Guest star: Milo O'Shea
13 64 "The Artist" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd December 19, 1987
Suave, sexy artist Lazlo chooses Blanche as his nude model for a sculpture. When Blanche sneaks a peek at Lazlo's sketches, she is indignant: the pictures resemble Rose. Dorothy soon reveals that Lazlo asked her to pose, too, and the three bicker over which of them will be immortalized in stone.
Guest stars: Tony Jay, Monte Landis
14 65 "Blanche's Little Girl" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
January 9, 1988
Blanche wants to defend her daughter, whose boyfriend speaks to her abusively, but she's afraid that if she does, her daughter will resent her interference and they will again be estranged.
Guest stars: Scott Menville, Meg Wyllie, Joe Regalbuto
15 66 "Dorothy's New Friend" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Martin Weiss
January 16, 1988
Dorothy enjoys the intellectual stimulation of her friendship with new pal Barbara Thorndike, a novelist, but Barbara's superior air and snobby ways rub Blanche and Rose the wrong way.
Guest star: Bonnie Bartlett
16 67 "Grab That Dough" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey January 23, 1988
The girls visit Hollywood, California, to be on the game show Grab that Dough. They are forced to travel cross-country the day before the show, only to find that their hotel has no vacant rooms, forcing them to pay to sleep overnight in the hotel lobby – without any luggage or spare clothes.
Guest star: Lucy Lee Flippin
17 68 "My Brother, My Father" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
February 6, 1988
While Rose and Blanche rehearse for their roles in The Sound of Music, Sophia has a request for Dorothy: pretend to be married to Stan for Angelo, her priest brother, who will be visiting. 
18 69 "Golden Moments (Part 1)" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Terry Grossman,
Mort Nathan,
Kathy Speer
February 13, 1988
Sophia intends to move to New Jersey to live with her eccentric son, Phil. 
19 70 "Golden Moments (Part 2)" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Winifred Hervey,
Kathy Speer
February 13, 1988
Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose try to talk Sophia out of leaving. 
20 71 "And Ma Makes Three" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey February 20, 1988
With all her friends either dying or moving away, Sophia becomes the "third wheel" in Dorothy's latest relationship.
Guest star: James Karen
21 72 "Larceny and Old Lace" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Jeffrey Ferro,
Fredric Weiss,
Martin Weiss
February 27, 1988
Sophia's latest boyfriend, Rocco, claims to have been a mobster, so when the girls discover a bag of Rocco's with thousands of dollars in it, they assume he robbed a bank. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche sneak a peak at Rose's diary.
Guest star: Mickey Rooney
22 73 "Rose's Big Adventure" Terry Hughes Jeff Abugov March 12, 1988
Rose's newly-retired beau plans a cruise around the world — with Rose as his first mate. Meanwhile, the girls deal with remodeling the garage into a guest room.
Guest stars: George Coe, Vito Scotti
23 74 "Mixed Blessings" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd March 19, 1988
Dorothy's son Michael plans to wed a much older African-American woman, Lorraine. Dorothy complains of the age difference, but when Lorraine's mother and aunts arrive, they have something to say about Michael's color. The families try to unite to stop the wedding, but they may be too late.
Guest stars: Scott Jacoby, Virginia Capers, Lynn Hamilton, Montrose Hagins, Rosalind Cash
24 75 "Mister Terrific" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
April 30, 1988
Rose starts dating television superhero "Mr. Terrific." He gets Dorothy a job on his show, but Dorothy's recommendations to the producer get Mr. Terrific fired.
Guest stars: Bob Dishy, Lonny Price
25 76 "Mother's Day" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Terry Grossman,
Mort Nathan,
Kathy Speer
May 7, 1988
Waiting for their children to call, the girls reminisce about previous Mother's Days: Dorothy remembers asking Stan's mother for money; Sophia remembers an incident involving her mother, played by Beatrice Arthur; Rose reminisces about a motherly lady she once met at a bus station, whose biological daughter died many years earlier; and Blanche remembers the last Mother's Day she spent with her mother.
Guest stars: Geraldine Fitzgerald as Anna, the lady at the bus station; Alice Ghostley as Mrs. Zbornak, Stan's mother; Sid Melton, Helen Kleeb, Wesley Mann, Terrence Evans

Season 4: 1988-1989

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 77 "Yes, We Have No Havanas" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
October 8, 1988
Blanche and Sophia date the same man, causing a rift between them; Dorothy teaches a history class for General Equivalency Diploma candidates, who include Rose. 
2 78 "The Days and Nights of Sophia Petrillo" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
October 22, 1988
Sophia plans to go to the market and buy a nectarine, which she does every day. The other girls worry that she is too old and frail to enjoy life. However, the tables are turned: Sophia has a full day, rallying fellow shoppers to fight return policies at a supermarket, leading a charity band on the boardwalk, and volunteering at a hospital, while the other girls sit around the kitchen table talking about how to pass the time.
Guest Star: Don Burnaby. 
3 79 "The One That Got Away" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd October 29, 1988
Blanche is expecting a visit from a high-school friend who, she claims, is the only man that ever rejected her. She becomes determined to seduce him to "perfect" her record. Meanwhile, Rose claims to have seen a UFO and gets the Air Force involved. 
4 80 "Yokel Hero" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Martin Weiss
November 5, 1988
When Rose is nominated to be St. Olaf's "Woman of the Year," Dorothy and Blanche secretly touch up her list of accomplishments.
Guest appearance by Richard Mulligan as pediatrician Dr. Harry Weston, cross-promoting the NBC sitcom Empty Nest. 
5 81 "Bang the Drum, Stanley" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Martin Weiss
November 12, 1988
Stan, hard-pressed for money, asks Dorothy and Sophia to a baseball game to butter up his ex-wife and get a loan. When Sophia is hit on the head by a ball at the game, Stan hatches a scheme to sue the ballpark, while Blanche and Rose prepare to be in a local musical production. 
6 82 "Sophia's Wedding (Part 1)" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
November 19, 1988
Sophia's dearest friend dies, and Sophia comforts her friend's widower, Max Weinstock. Meanwhile, Rose and Blanche start an unofficial Elvis fan club.
Guest stars: Quentin Tarantino as an Elvis Presley impersonator. Also guest starring: Jack Gilford, Raye Birk, Sid Melton, Blake Gibbons
7 83 "Sophia's Wedding (Part 2)" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
November 26, 1988
Sophia and Max return from their honeymoon, and they try to resurrect Max and Salvador's old pizza-and-knish stand at the beach. A stressed-out Dorothy starts smoking cigarettes again, fifteen years after quitting.
Guest star: Jack Gilford
8 84 "Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
December 3, 1988
A frantic search to retrieve a winning lottery ticket that Sophia accidentally gave away takes the ladies to a homeless shelter.
Guest stars: Karl Wiedergott, Herta Ware. Pseudo-appearance by Michael Jackson
9 85 "Scared Straight" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd December 10, 1988
When Blanche's newly divorced brother, Clayton, comes to town, he confides to Rose that he is homosexual; scared to tell Blanche the truth, though, he pretends to have bedded Rose.
Guest stars: Monte Markham, Nancy Priddy
10 86 "Stan Takes a Wife" Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey January 7, 1989
Stan breaks the news that he's engaged to be married for the third time. The girls try to talk Dorothy out of ruining Stan's wedding.
Guest star: Elinor Donahue
11 87 "The Auction" Terry Hughes Eric Cohen January 14, 1989
Blanche can't afford a new roof. Upon meeting an artist with a fatal disease, Blanche hatches a plan: invest in the artist's work, which will surely increase in value once he dies.
Guest star: Michael McManus
12 88 "Blind Date" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd January 28, 1989
After being dumped by her boyfriend, Blanche befriends a man at a bar and makes a date with him, not realizing that he's blind; Dorothy and Rose try their hands at coaching a kids' football team. 
13 89 "The Impotence of Being Ernest" Steve Zuckerman Kevin Abbott,
Rick Copp,
David A. Goodman
February 4, 1989
Rose hits it off with new beau Ernest, but the two hit a snag when their relationship never quite gets physical. Meanwhile, Sophia fears a vendetta when she receives a black feather in the mail.
Guest star: Richard Herd
14 90 "Love Me Tender" Terry Hughes Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
February 6, 1989
Sophia objects to Dorothy's "completely physical" relationship with a nondescript new lover. Blanche and Rose become pals to two motherless girls, who also happen to be juvenile delinquents.
Guest stars: John Fiedler, Stefanie Ridel. 
15 91 "Valentine's Day" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Terry Grossman,
Mort Nathan,
Kathy Speer
February 11, 1989
The ladies remember the unique ways they have celebrated Valentine's Day in the past.
Guest star: Bill Dana; special appearance by Julio Iglesias
16 92 "Two Rode Together" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Martin Weiss
February 18, 1989
Dorothy hopes to spend "quality time" with Sophia, while Sophia just wants to ride Space Mountain at Walt Disney World. Rose and Blanche collaborate to write a children's book with not-so-good results.
Special appearance by Freddie Jackson
17 93 "You Gotta Have Hope" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
February 25, 1989

Dorothy is in charge of a talent show and things aren't going her way: she can't find any talent for the show and her emcee has just canceled. She only groans when Rose insists she can get Bob Hope to appear.

Guest stars: Bob Hope, Douglas Seale, the Del Rubio triplets, Daniel Rosen
18 94 "Fiddler on the Ropes" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
March 4, 1989
Sophia invests the roommates' money in a prizefighter.
Guest stars: Chick Vennera, Pamela Kosh
19 95 "Till Death Do We Volley" Terry Hughes Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
March 18, 1989
Dorothy is visited by high-school friend Trudy, whose friendship with her is based on competition and practical jokes. The competition gets out of hand when Trudy collapses during a game of tennis and Dorothy must break the news to their assembled classmates.
Guest star: Anne Francis
20 96 "High Anxiety" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Martin Weiss
March 25, 1989

After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, the girls learn that Rose is addicted. She battles withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.

Guest star: Jay Thomas
21 97 "Little Sister" Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd April 1, 1989
Rose catches her visiting sister Holly with Blanche's boyfriend and tries to tell Blanche and Dorothy, who've been charmed by Holly and refuse to believe Rose. Meanwhile, Dorothy trusts Sophia to watch a dog.
Guest stars: Inga Swenson, Jerry Hardin
22 98 "Sophia's Choice" Terry Hughes Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
April 15, 1989
Sophia goes into action to break her friend, Lillian, out of Sunny Pastures, "the worst nursing home in the city." However, Lillian proves to be too much of a handful for Sophia to handle. Meanwhile, Blanche considers having her breasts enlarged.
Guest star: Ellen Albertini Dow
23 99 "Rites of Spring" Terry Hughes Eric Cohen April 29, 1989
A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate what they should do to improve their looks, leading them to reminisce about previous attempts to do so.
Guest star: Lloyd Bochner
24 100 "Foreign Exchange" Terry Hughes Harriet B. Helberg,
Sandy Helberg
May 6, 1989
In the 100th episode, Sophia's old friends come to Miami from Sicily for a visit and have shocking news for Dorothy: they believe she is theirs, switched at birth with the daughter they raised. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose take "dirty dancing" lessons.
Guest stars: Vito Scotti, Nan Martin
25 101 "We're Outta Here (Part 1)" Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro,
Mort Nathan
May 13, 1989
Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose return home from a play to discover Sophia in the midst of selling the house. A "For Sale" sign was accidentally placed on the front lawn, but Blanche considers going through with the sale after learning the amount she's been offered. 
26 102 "We're Outta Here (Part 2)" Terry Hughes Terry Grossman,
Kathy Speer
May 13, 1989
The roommates mull over whether or not they should give up the house. 

Season 5: 1989-1990

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 103 "Sick and Tired (Part 1)" Terry Hughes Susan Harris September 23, 1989
Doctors dismiss Dorothy's lingering illness as all in her head. Meanwhile, Blanche is inspired to write a novel about her life. 
2 104 "Sick and Tired (Part 2)" Terry Hughes Susan Harris September 30, 1989
Dorothy finally has a diagnosis: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Blanche is delirious after she stays up for three days writing her manuscript, but Rose doesn't think it's any good. 
3 105 "The Accurate Conception" Terry Hughes Gail Parent October 14, 1989
Blanche's daughter intends to become a mother, through artificial insemination, despite Blanche's opposition. Meanwhile, Dorothy has to pull teeth in order to get Sophia to go in for a checkup. 
4 106 "Rose Fights Back" Terry Hughes Marc Sotkin October 21, 1989
When the company that Rose's husband worked for cuts off his pension, Rose must find a better-paying job. When she goes to the TV station to complain to their investigative reporter, Enrique Mas, of the age discrimination she's facing, she finds he needs an assistant — but he passes on her because she's too old. Meanwhile, Sophia goes wild buying things in quantity at a warehouse store.
Guest star: Chick Vennera in his first appearance as Enrique Mas. 
5 107 "Love Under the Big Top" Terry Hughes Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
October 28, 1989
Dorothy is in a serious relationship with a lawyer and believes he's on the verge of proposing. However, his announcement is that he's leaving law to become a circus clown. Meanwhile, Rose and Blanche put together a protest to save some dolphins.
Guest star: Dick Van Dyke
6 108 "Dancing in the Dark" Terry Hughes Phillip Jayson Lasker November 4, 1989
Rose fears that she is not smart enough for her dance partner, a college professor. First appearance by Harold Gould as Miles. 
7 109 "Not Another Monday" Terry Hughes Gail Parent November 11, 1989
Sophia's friend wants to commit suicide and she wants Sophia there to hold her hand; Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy become singing nursemaids to a sick baby that they are taking care of for the weekend. Featuring Geraldine Fitzgerald as Martha Lamont. 
8 110 "That Old Feeling" Terry Hughes Tom Whedon November 18, 1989
Blanche is visited by her brother-in-law and is taken aback by his resemblance to her deceased husband; Sophia secretly has been driving. 
9 111 "Comedy of Errors" Terry Hughes Don Reo November 25, 1989
Dorothy finds a list of things that she wanted to accomplish before a certain age and realizes that she hasn't accomplished many of them, so she signs up to do stand-up comedy at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Blanche finds herself battling the IRS when they discover her failure to report her rental income, and Rose tries to figure out why an employee dislikes her. 
10 112 "All That Jazz" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Martin Weiss
December 2, 1989
Dorothy's son, Michael, shows up on her doorstep with news that he's separated from his wife and needs a place to stay; Dorothy quickly gets tired of his freeloading and dumps him on Stan. Meanwhile, Rose is under much stress at work, but she is reluctant to ask her boss to cut back her duties.
Guest stars: Scott Jacoby, Chick Vennera. 
11 113 "Ebb Tide" Terry Hughes Marc Sotkin December 9, 1989
When Blanche goes back to her childhood home for Big Daddy's funeral, she argues with her sister, Virginia, and decides not to attend. Meanwhile, Sophia tries to raise cash for a TV and rents out the girls' rooms in their absence.
Guest star: Sheree North as Virginia. 
12 114 "Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas" Terry Hughes Tom Whedon December 16, 1989
Stan visits, trying to get the ladies to invest in a research-and-development lab for novelties. The ladies volunteer at a soup kitchen on Christmas
13 115 "Mary Has a Little Lamb" Terry Hughes Harold Apter January 6, 1990
The girls take in a 16-year-old pregnant girl who's been thrown out of her home; Blanche's prison pen pal has just been released and is looking for her. 
14 116 "Great Expectations" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Martin Weiss
January 13, 1990
Rose joins a positive-thinking group and tries to get a pessimistic Dorothy to join. Meanwhile, Blanche is scared to get physical with her latest boyfriend, especially after he has a heart attack. 
15 117 "Triple Play" Terry Hughes Gail Parent January 27, 1990
Blanche tries to lure men by placing an ad for a Mercedes she doesn't own. Meanwhile, Rose has to deal with meeting Miles's daughter; Dorothy discovers Sophia is hoarding Social Security money she's receiving, thanks to a computer error, in excess of her entitlement.
Guest stars: Harold Gould, Molly Hagan, Ronnie Schell, Bill Cort, Lance Wilson-White. 
16 118 "Clinton Avenue Memoirs" Terry Hughes Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
February 3, 1990
Sophia decides to try to regain some of the memories she has lost by taking a trip to Brooklyn to see their old apartment. Meanwhile, Blanche works for Rose.
Guest stars: Sid Melton, Kyle Hefner, David Correia, Flo Di Re, Jandi Swanson
17 119 "Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom-Tom" Terry Hughes Phillip Jayson Lasker February 10, 1990
Blanche has a pacemaker implanted, and is afterward so scared of intimacy that she decides to give up sex.
Guest star: Robert Culp
18 120 "An Illegitimate Concern" Terry Hughes Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
February 12, 1990
Blanche is stunned when a man comes to the front door and claims to be the illegitimate son of her late husband; Dorothy and Sophia enter a mother-daughter pageant at Shady Pines.
Guest star: Mark Moses who plays Paul Young on Desperate Housewives
19 121 "72 Hours" Terry Hughes Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
February 17, 1990
Rose is afraid that a blood transfusion she had several years ago may have contained HIV-infected blood. 
20 122 "Twice in a Lifetime" Terry Hughes Robert Bruce,
Martin Weiss
February 24, 1990
Rose must decide between her boyfriend, Miles, and an old boyfriend who wants her to go to Europe with him. Meanwhile, fed up with Dorothy's rules, Sophia decides to move out.
Guest star: Eddie Bracken
21 123 "Sisters and Other Strangers" Terry Hughes Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
March 3, 1990
Blanche and her sister, Charmaine, reconcile after a life-long rivalry, until Blanche reads her sister's recently published romance novel and realizes that the heroine is based on her. Dorothy becomes fed up with Stan's visiting cousin from Czechoslovakia. (The name of this episode is a play on that of the film Lovers and Other Strangers, which starred Bea Arthur.)
Guest stars: Barbara Babcock, Marian Mercer
22 124 "Cheaters" Terry Hughes Tom Whedon March 24, 1990
The married man whom Dorothy once dated re-enters her life with news that he's now divorced and would like to reconcile with her; Blanche and Sophia become the victims of a con game.
Guest star: Jerry Orbach
23 125 "The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present" Terry Hughes Phillip Jayson Lasker March 31, 1990
The girls attend the wedding of Dorothy's goddaughter, who is marrying the grandson of a man who was once engaged to Sophia. Sophia thinks that the wedding reception is the perfect spot for revenge.
Guest stars: Howard Duff, Stuart Nisbet, Tanya Louise, Paul Collins, Miles Berkowitz. 
24 126 "All Bets Are Off" Terry Hughes Eugene B. Stein April 28, 1990
Dorothy's gambling problem re-surfaces after a visit to the racetrack; Rose takes up painting; and Blanche is insulted when a co-worker rejects her advances. 
25 127 "The President's Coming! The President's Coming! (Part 1)" Lex Passaris Robert Bruce,
Gail Parent,
Marc Sotkin,
Martin Weiss
May 5, 1990
The girls learn that President George H. W. Bush is coming to Miami and their house is a possible candidate for his stop along the way to a retirement home. The girls reminisce as a Secret Service agent informally interrogates them. 
26 128 "The President's Coming! The President's Coming! (Part 2)" Lex Passaris Marc Cherry,
Phillip Jayson Lasker,
Tom Whedon,
Jamie Wooten
May 5, 1990
The girls continue to reminisce with a Secret Service agent, and the President decides to stop at their house. 

Season 6: 1990-1991

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 129 "Blanche Delivers" Matthew Diamond Gail Parent,
Jim Vallely
September 22, 1990
Blanche's daughter wants to give birth in a birthing center; Blanche doesn't want her to deliver in a local hospital, worried that the artificial insemination will become known. Meanwhile, Rose decides to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming an ice skater. 
2 130 "Once, in St. Olaf" Matthew Diamond Harold Apter September 29, 1990
Rose meets her biological father while volunteering at the hospital; Sophia must undergo hernia surgery.
Guest star: Don Ameche
3 131 "If at Last You Do Succeed" Matthew Diamond Robert Spina October 6, 1990
Finally having become rich with one of his "silly" contraptions, Dorothy's ex-husband, Stan, tries to win her back. 
4 132 "Snap Out of It" Matthew Diamond Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
October 13, 1990
Dorothy decides to help Sophia with the Meals on Wheels program and runs across a reclusive man who hasn't stepped out of his apartment since the 1960s; Blanche's birthday is coming up and Rose is determined to find out her real age.
Guest star: Martin Mull
5 133 "Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy" Matthew Diamond Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
October 20, 1990
Blanche gets an unexpected visit from her childhood "mammy," but Blanche is reluctant even to speak to her because, she says, the woman deserted her when she was a child; Sophia hires a matchmaker for Dorothy.
Guest star: Ruby Dee
6 134 "Feelings" Matthew Diamond Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel
October 27, 1990
Dorothy receives threats after failing a football star; Rose must deal with her dentist, who she thinks fondled her during her last visit.
Guest star: CD Barnes. 
7 135 "Zborn Again" Matthew Diamond Mitchell Hurwitz November 3, 1990
Stan is wooing Dorothy and her old feelings for him may be resurfacing; Rose has to deal with an annoying co-worker (played by Siobhan Fallon Hogan) and asks for Sophia's assistance. 
8 136 "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia?" Matthew Diamond Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
November 10, 1990
After the death of a friend who was a nun, Sophia is accepted by the convent as a novice; Blanche gets into an accident in Rose's car. 
9 137 "Mrs. George Devereaux" Matthew Diamond Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
November 17, 1990

Strange goings-on: Blanche has a secret admirer and is shocked when she meets him, her dead husband, George; and Dorothy is being wooed by two celebrities, Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner.

Guest stars: George Grizzard, Lyle Waggoner, and Sonny Bono
10 138 "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun... Before They Die" Matthew Diamond Gail Parent,
Jim Vallely
November 24, 1990
Sophia and Rose take advice from Blanche that lands each of them in hot water: Due to a drought in St. Olaf, Rose swears to be celibate and Blanche advises her not to tell Miles, while Sophia follows Blanche's tips to lure a man into bed.
Guest star: Cesar Romero
11 139 "Stand by Your Man" Matthew Diamond Tom Whedon December 1, 1990
Blanche meets a man at the library and only after they make a date does she realizes he's in a wheelchair; Rose wants a puppy, despite Blanche's and Dorothy's opposition. 
12 140 "Ebbtide's Revenge" Matthew Diamond Marc Sotkin December 15, 1990
Dorothy must give the eulogy at the funeral of her brother, Phil, who was a cross dresser. The long-running feud between Sophia and Phil's widow culminates in Sophia's revelation of her true feelings about her son and his lifestyle.
Guest star: Brenda Vaccaro
13 141 "The Bloom Is Off the Rose" Matthew Diamond Phillip Jayson Lasker January 5, 1991
Rose wants more adventure in her relationship with Miles, so she signs them up for sky-diving lessons; Blanche uncharacteristically dates an abusive man. 
14 142 "Sister of the Bride" Matthew Diamond Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
January 12, 1991
Blanche's gay brother, Clayton, visits Miami to announce his commitment ceremony; Rose expects to win a Volunteer of the Year award. 
15 143 "Miles to Go" Matthew Diamond Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel
January 19, 1991
After hearing of a mobster's death, Miles reveals that he is in the Witness Relocation Program in Chicago, and that his real name is Nicholas Carbone. When he learns that the mobster faked his death, Miles must leave Miami and go into hiding. Meanwhile, Blanche must find a way to pay for the expensive dress she bought, having hit a snag in her plan to return the dress after wearing it. 
16 144 "There Goes the Bride (Part 1)" Matthew Diamond Mitchell Hurwitz,
Gail Parent,
Jim Vallely
February 2, 1991
Dorothy has been sneaking around so that Sophia won't know that she's dating Stan; Rose goes out to dinner with a friend of Miles, whose ex-wife begins stalking Rose. (*A plot point/air date conflict is apparent when Rose explains that Miles is in Europe with a class of college students, when it has been revealed that he has fled Miami to escape a mobster named the Cheeseman.) 
17 145 "There Goes the Bride (Part 2)" Matthew Diamond Gail Parent,
Jim Vallely
February 9, 1991
Totally against Dorothy and Stan's impending nuptials, Sophia vows not to let the ceremony come off; Blanche interviews a potential roommate (Debbie Reynolds). 
18 146 "Older and Wiser" Matthew Diamond Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
February 16, 1991
Wanting someone to keep an eye on Sophia during the day, Dorothy gets Sophia a job under false pretenses. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose are excited about being hired as models for a Penny Saver, but it doesn't turn out the way they expected. 
19 147 "Melodrama" Matthew Diamond Robert Spina February 16, 1991
Blanche wants to intensify her relationship with her infamous one-night-stand man, Mel Bushman; Rose tries her hand at TV reporting. 
20 148 "Even Grandmas Get the Blues" Robert Berlinger Gail Parent,
Jim Vallely
March 2, 1991
While Blanche is babysitting her granddaughter, a man mistakes Blanche for the baby's mother, and Blanche does nothing to set him straight. Meanwhile, Sophia gets ready for the Festival of the Dancing Virgins, a celebration of mothers and daughters.
Guest star: Alan Rachins
21 149 "Witness" Zane Buzby Mitchell Hurwitz March 9, 1991
Rose has a new man, Karl, in her life, but out of the blue Miles returns, still undercover in the Witness Protection Program; Sophia loses her glasses; and Blanche discovers that she had a Jewish great-grandmother, a Yankee from Buffalo.
Guest star: Barney Martin, Harold Gould
22 150 "What a Difference a Date Makes" Lex Passaris Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
March 23, 1991
The man who stood up Dorothy for her senior prom contacts her and they make a date; Blanche goes on a diet to keep to her tradition of annually fitting into her wedding dress.
Guest star: Hal Linden
23 151 "Love for Sale" Peter D. Beyt Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel
April 6, 1991
The girls prepare for the Children's Hospital Bachelorette Auction; Stan's uncle dies, leaving him his apartment, and making Dorothy a landlady. Meanwhile, Sophia's brother, Angelo, comes to Miami, broke and with no place to live.
Guest Star: Bill Dana 
24 152 "Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home (Part 1)" Matthew Diamond Tracy Gamble,
Gail Parent,
Mitchell Hurwitz,
Richard Vaczy,
Tom Whedon
April 27, 1991
The deathbed confession of an ex-resident of Shady Pines is bad news for Sophia: the old lady confessed that she and Sophia started the 1985 Shady Pines fire. With the possibility of Sophia's going to jail hanging over their heads, the girls relive happier times via flashbacks. 
25 153 "Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home (Part 2)" Matthew Diamond Tracy Gamble,
Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel,
Richard Vaczy,
Jim Vallely
April 27, 1991
Sophia can't remember the events of the evening of the 1985 Shady Pines fire, and decides to jump bail and go back to Sicily. 
26 154 "Henny Penny — Straight, No Chaser" Judy Pioli Tom Whedon May 4, 1991
The ladies star in Dorothy's school play when a bug quarantines her students. Rose is Henny Penny, the chicken that believes "the sky is falling"; Blanche is Goosey Loosey; and Dorothy is Turkey Lurkey.
Guest star: George Hearn

Season 7: 1991-1992

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original airdate
1 155 "Hey, Look Me Over" Lex Passaris Mitchell Hurwitz September 21, 1991
A photograph shows Rose's Charlie in bed with Blanche; Dorothy resists getting a hearing aid. 
2 156 "The Case of the Libertine Belle" Lex Passaris Tom Whedon September 28, 1991
The girls participate in a murder-mystery weekend and Dorothy is a keen amateur sleuth. But when the show's over and the case is solved, there's another stabbing, and Blanche is suspected. This episode was meant as parody of the popular CBS series Murder, She Wrote starring Bea Arthur's real life best friend Angela Lansbury
3 157 "Beauty and the Beast" Lex Passaris Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
October 5, 1991
Blanche wants her visiting granddaughter (Alisan Porter) to win the Little Miss Beauty contest. Meanwhile, Dorothy hires a nurse to look after a wheelchair-bound Sophia, who is less than thrilled when her nurse turns out to be an old enemy from Shady Pines.
Guest star: Edie McClurg
4 158 "That's for Me to Know" Lex Passaris Kevin Abbott October 12, 1991
When Blanche tries to put in a hot tub, she learns from a city inspector that she must either lose a renter or make costly modifications to her home. Meanwhile, Dorothy wants to know the truth behind a photo of Sophia as a young bride with a man who isn't Dorothy's father. 
5 159 "Where's Charlie?" Lex Passaris Gail Parent,
Jim Vallely
October 19, 1991
After Miles gives Rose a friendship ring, Rose becomes convinced Charlie is trying to contact her from the grave with the message that he disapproves of her relationship with Miles; Blanche begins coaching her new baseball-player boyfriend. 
6 160 "Mother Load" Lex Passaris Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel
October 26, 1991
Blanche begins dating a newscaster (Peter Graves), who has an interfering mother; Stan asks Dorothy to attend a counseling session with him. 
7 161 "Dateline: Miami" Peter D. Beyt Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
November 2, 1991
As she prepares to go out on a Saturday night, Dorothy realizes she is the only one with a date. Soon the other girls are reminiscing about some of the worst dates they have ever had. 
8 162 "The Monkey Show (Part 1)" Lex Passaris Mitchell Hurwitz,
Marc Sotkin
November 9, 1991
As a hurricane threatens Miami, Dorothy discovers that Stan is "moving on" with her sister, Gloria, while Blanche and Rose hold a telethon to save a lighthouse
9 163 "The Monkey Show (Part 2)" Lex Passaris Mitchell Hurwitz,
Marc Sotkin
November 9, 1991
Dorothy catches Gloria with Stan in her bed, then learns that Sophia pushed Stan and Gloria together. As the storm intensifies, Dorothy and Sophia get into a fight and Sophia goes out into the hurricane. 
10 164 "Ro$e Love$ Mile$" Lex Passaris Tracy Gamble,
Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel,
Richard Vaczy
November 16, 1991
Rose, tired of Miles' penny-pinching ways, decides to take Blanche's advice and go out with her and some big spenders. Meanwhile, Blanche has been left in charge of Sophia while Dorothy is away, and Sophia decides to go to Sicily to square things with the man she stood up at the altar decades earlier. 
11 165 "Room 7" Peter D. Beyt Tracy Gamble,
Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel,
Richard Vaczy
November 23, 1991
Sophia chokes on a piece of candy and has an after-life experience, seeing her late husband in heaven. Meanwhile, Blanche is distraught over the demolition of her grandmother's plantation, so the girls travel to Atlanta, where Blanche handcuffs herself to the radiator. 
12 166 "From Here to the Pharmacy" Lex Passaris Gail Parent,
Jim Vallely
December 7, 1991
A man Blanche has no memory of, a soldier returning from the Persian Gulf, charges her with the promise he says she made to him before he left: that she would be his and only his. Meanwhile, Rose helps Sophia with her will. 
13 167 "The Pope's Ring" Lex Passaris Kevin Abbott December 14, 1991
Pope John Paul II's in town and Sophia goes to his mass to get a blessing for an ailing friend; while there, she somehow gets and loses the pope's piscatory ring. Meanwhile, as a birthday gift, Blanche hires Rose a detective to spy on Miles. 
14 168 "Old Boyfriends" Peter D. Beyt Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
January 4, 1992
Rose can't remember an acquaintance named Thor from St. Olaf; Sophia meets a man through an ad whose sister insists on coming with them on all their dates.
Guest stars: Ken Berry and Betty Garrett
15 169 "Goodbye, Mr. Gordon" Lex Passaris Gail Parent,
Jim Vallely
January 11, 1992
Dorothy is contacted by her high-school teacher on whom she once had a crush and apparently still has. Meanwhile, Rose arranges for Dorothy and Blanche to appear on a talk show with the topic of "women who live together," not realizing that the show is about lesbian relationships. 
16 170 "The Commitments" Lex Passaris Tracy Gamble,
Richard Vaczy
January 25, 1992
Dorothy goes to see "Beatlemania" and begins bedding a Beatle impersonator from the show on the night she meets him. In contrast, Blanche worries about her sex appeal when she pulls out all the stops to get an attractive widower (Ken Howard) into bed and he hasn't so much as kissed her after five dates. 
17 171 "Questions and Answers" Lex Passaris Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel
February 8, 1992
Dorothy is all excited when she learns that Jeopardy! is having tryouts in Miami; Blanche and Dorothy give Rose a dog to cheer her up when her candy-striper job at the hospital begins to get her down.
Guest stars: Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert and Merv Griffin, all as themselves. 
18 172 "Ebbtide VI: The Wrath of Stan" Lex Passaris Marc Sotkin February 15, 1992
Dorothy and Stan are ordered to live in their bug-infested building; Sophia's annual trip to buy shoes goes awry. 
19 173 "Journey to the Center of Attention" Lex Passaris Marc Cherry,
Jamie Wooten
February 22, 1992
Blanche takes a lonely Dorothy down to the Rusty Anchor, Blanche's favorite hangout, and gets more than she bargained for when Dorothy's singing is a hit with all the guys; Sophia hosts her own wake
20 174 "A Midwinter Night's Dream (Part 1)" Lex Passaris Kevin Abbott,
Tom Whedon
February 29, 1992
A full moon on Leap Day prompts Blanche to throw a Moonlight Madness Party, but Dorothy gets all the attention; Rose proposes to Miles after winning a free honeymoon to Paris
21 175 "A Midwinter Night's Dream (Part 2)" Lex Passaris Tom Whedon February 29, 1992
The full moon and festivities prompt strange happenings: Dorothy and Miles find themselves sharing a passionate kiss, and Blanche's necklace disappears while she necks with a foreigner. 
22 176 "Rose: Portrait of a Woman" Lex Passaris Robert Spina March 7, 1992
It's Miles's birthday and Rose is planning on giving him a golf club; Blanche suggests she spice up her relationship by giving him naughty pictures instead. Meanwhile, Career Day results in a new job for Dorothy. 
23 177 "Home Again, Rose (Part 1)" Peter D. Beyt Gail Parent April 25, 1992
Rose is upset when she misses her high-school reunion, so Blanche persuades the girls to crash a reunion held in Miami, but during the festivities, Rose suffers a heart attack. 
24 178 "Home Again, Rose (Part 2)" Peter D. Beyt Jim Vallely May 2, 1992
As Rose undergoes triple bypass surgery, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia grapple with the possibility of losing Rose. Meanwhile, Rose's daughter Kirsten arrives and expresses her disapproval of her mother's living arrangements. 
25 179 "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (Part 1)" Lex Passaris Mitchell Hurwitz,
Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel
May 9, 1992
Blanche needs someone to entertain her visiting Uncle Lucas, and persuades Dorothy to go out with him. Uncle Lucas makes a joking marriage proposal that soon becomes sincere.
Guest star: Leslie Nielsen
26 180 "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (Part 2)" Lex Passaris Mitchell Hurwitz,
Jerry Perzigian,
Don Seigel
May 9, 1992
As Dorothy's wedding day approaches, everyone prepares for changes in the household: Rose plans to move in with her daughter, and Sophia plans to move with Dorothy and Lucas to Atlanta. Or will Sophia be willing to leave two of her girls behind? 


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