The Golden Girls: Season 2 (1986 - 1987)


Season 2
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Air date: Sep 27, 1986

Season two of The Golden Girls gets under way as an apprehensive Blanche (Rue McClanahan) takes a pregnancy test which comes up positive. Can it be that our fiftysomething heroine is going to have a baby? No, it so happens that Blanche is in the first stages of menopause -- and she's mighty miserable when she finds out. Meanwhile, Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Rose (Betty White), and Sophia (Estelle Getty) try to raise extra cash by breeding minks; unfortunately, the little devils steadfastly refuse to procreate. Amazingly, it turns out that the episode's two subplots have a great deal in common!

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Air date: Oct 4, 1986

While their house is being fumigated, the girls set up camp at a low-cost Miami Beach hotel, where Blanche looks forward to cashing in on the tickets she has won to a Burt Reynolds movie premiere and party. Alas, a case of mistaken identity results in our heroines being arrested as prostitutes. It is up to Sophia (Estelle Getty) to bail the girls out of jail -- if she feels like it, that is. Beyond the not-so-surprising "surprise cameo" at episode's end, this installment of The Golden Girls offers several cute references to The Match Game, where series regular Betty White frequently appeared as a panelist.

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Air date: Oct 11, 1986

Dorothy's ex-husband, Stan (Herb Edelman), shows up at the girls' doorstep, depressed over having just lost his business. Since she is about to embark upon a date, Dorothy (Bea Arthur) suggests that Stan cry on the shoulder of her housemate Blanche (Rue McClanahan) -- only to become furious when Blanche and Stan hit it off big-time. Elsewhere, Sophia (Estelle Getty) and Rose (Betty White) clash with a gent known as "Johnny No Thumbs" when they go into the sandwich-vending business.

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Air date: Nov 1, 1986

The city wants to widen Richmond Street, meaning that a 200-year-old oak tree will have to be cut down. The girls petition to save the tree, only to run afoul of the neighborhood's most hated resident: Frieda Claxton (Nan Martin), who owns the property on which the oak resides. Out of frustration, Rose (Betty White) tells the "miserable, vile, scum-sucking" Frieda to drop dead -- whereupon the old woman promptly obliges. Consumed by guilt, Rose arranges the old battle-ax's funeral...with ironic results.

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Air date: Nov 8, 1986

In this Emmy-winning episode, Dorothy (Bea Arthur) is reluctant to tell her roommates that her old college friend Jean (Lois Nettleton) is a lesbian. As a result, wide-eyed Rose (Betty White) is totally unprepared for Jean's overenthusiastic display of affection when the two ladies become better acquainted. In other developments, the purchase of a VCR leads Dorothy's mom, Sophia (Estelle Getty), to begin renting X-rated films without tipping off her daughter.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1986

In the first-season episode "Big Daddy," the title character was played by Murray Hamilton. In this episode, the role of Blanche's flamboyant father, Big Daddy Hollingsworth, is essayed by David Wayne. At first, Blanche is thrilled to learn that Big Daddy is about to marry the "Widow Spencer" (Sondra Currie). But she is less than thrilled when she finds out that the widow is a very beautiful -- and very, very young -- redhead. Meanwhile, Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and Rose (Betty White) are exposed to the cruel underside of showbiz when they enter a songwriting contest held by the city of Miami.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1986

The girls are none too comfortable when Dorothy's jazz-musician son, Michael (Scott Jacoby), and Rose's (Betty White) college-student daughter, Bridget (Marilyn Jones), pay a visit at the same time. Things get really sticky when the worldly Michael and the sheltered Bridget hit it off -- culminating in a nocturnal rendezvous. Elsewhere, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) wrenches her back in aerobics class, but not for the reasons that one might assume.

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Air date: Nov 29, 1986

Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Rose (Betty White), and Blanche (Rue McClanahan) find out the hard way that they were bamboozled by crooked travel agents after embarking on their Caribbean "dream" vacation. Not only is their "luxury hotel" a fleabag, but the girls must share certain facilities with a trio of loudmouthed jerks. And back at home, Sophia (Estelle Getty) inaugurates a romance with Japanese gardener Mr. Mitsumo (played by the inimitable Keye Luke).

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Air date: Dec 6, 1986

During a sabbatical from school, Dorothy (Bea Arthur) seeks out a part-time job. Blanche (Rue McClanahan) persuades the museum where she works to take on Dorothy temporarily -- only to regret her generosity when Dorothy, and not Blanche, is assigned to organize an important banquet. Meanwhile, Rose (Betty White) picks up a stray dog at the supermarket, leading to a variety of negative reactions from her housemates -- and an effort to spike the mutt's water dish with sherry.

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Air date: Dec 13, 1986

Lonely Rose (Betty White) is heartbroken when no one responds to her ad in the local newspaper's personal column. To cheer up their housemate, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Dorothy (Bea Arthur) respond to the ad, writing affectionate missives under the pseudonym "Isaac Newton." But things get out of hand when Blanche cheerfully announces that she has located the mysterious Mr. Newton (Paul Dooley) -- and no, there isn't a falling apple in sight.

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Critic Reviews for The Golden Girls Season 2

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The Golden Girls had a penchant for taking on social issues not often discussed in primetime during its era. "Isn't It Romantic?," the second-season episode, featured an out and proud lesbian and nodded to the Sapphic subtext of the series itself.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

An update: I still like The Golden Girls... But I am getting tired of variations on only one theme. I expected to see more imagination in the scripts and more than one side to each of these great characters.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Though some of the plots are a bit repetitive and formulaic, the hilarious writing and inspired acting still carries you through.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Not only does the show nail the kind of devastatingly dry shade-based humor that gay viewers tend to flock to, but the show was a beacon in the 1980s for network television dealing with gay themes in even a halfway progressive manner.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

More funny stuff from those great ladies in a Miami retirement community - Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. They are all talented comic actresses, and this is a funny series.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Golden Girls: Season 2

  • Aug 19, 2020
    Stand out episodes: Episode 2 - arrested for prostitution, Episode 4 - mean old neighbour, Episode 12 - Angela comes to visit, Episode 22 - the hunk named Jake
  • Aug 01, 2020
    One of the best-written sitcoms ever. An absolute gold standard for the form, while also being a departure at the time. Great show.

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