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The Golden Girls: The Custody Battle

Dorothy's sister Gloria visits from California, with news: she wants Sophia, their mother, to move in with her. Sophia, having already had a heated argument with Dorothy, agrees. Meanwhile, Rose and Blanche try out for a local production of Macbeth.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 014
Airdate: Saturday December 07th, 1985

Director: Terry Hughes
Writer: Winifred Hervey


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7/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Doris BelackDoris Belack
As Gloria
Main Cast
Beatrice ArthurBeatrice Arthur
As Dorothy Zbornak
Betty WhiteBetty White
As Rose Nylund
Rue McClanahanRue McClanahan
As Blanche Devereaux
Estelle GettyEstelle Getty
As Sophia Petrillo
Episode Notes
This is the first episode for director Terry Hughes, who would later be referred to as "the fifth Golden Girl." He would remain with the show until the end of season five.

The kitchen's design is given an update in this episode. The polka-dotted wallpaper has been replaced with that a floral print pattern, and the wall near the swinging kitchen door has been shortened.



Episode Quotes
Sophia: Can I make a suggestion when you go for your makeover?
Dorothy: Sure, ma.
Sophia; Don't expect a miracle.

Gloria: When we were kids and Mom and Pop were working, do you know why Mom left you in charge?
Dorothy: Yeah. Because Phil played with matches.



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