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Dorothy, Blanche and Rose go on vacation in the Caribbean, but the glamorous time advertised in the brochure turns out to be false -- the girls get stuck in a cheap motel that has a mosquito problem, is run by a sleazy owner, and is so cramped the girls have to share a bathroom with three men. Meanwhile, Sophia spends some time with the girls' Japanese gardener.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 030
Airdate: Saturday November 29th, 1986

Director: Terry Hughes
Writer: Winifred Hervey


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Guest Stars
Tom VillardTom Villard
As Rick
Recurring
Brett PorterBrett Porter
As Winston Hardwick III
Keye LukeKeye Luke
As Toshiro Mitsumo
Stuart PankinStuart Pankin
As Jacques de Courville
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
The background shot during the closing credits features Rose, Dorothy and Blanche around the campfire, apologizing to each other after having just had an argument.

Tom Villard, who plays Rick, would return as Randy Becker in the final season episode "Rose: Portrait of a Woman."

This episode was taped on August 22, 1986.



Episode Quotes
Ramone: Americans! You measure everything by the almighty dollar!
Rose: Well, we're trying to learn the metric system! It's not that easy!

Rose: Dorothy, do you have the airline tickets?
Dorothy: Yes, Rose.
Rose: And the passports?
Dorothy: Yes, Rose.
Rose: Did you remember to bring Pepto-Bismol?
Dorothy: Yes, Rose.
Rose: Dramamine?
Dorothy: Yes, Rose.
Rose: And chewing gum in case we have to pop our ears?
Dorothy: Yes, Rose.
Rose: Did you call a cab to take us to the airport?
Dorothy: No, Rose, I called two cabs. One for Blanche and me and one for you, 'cause you're making me crazy with all your questions!

(The girls were promised an ocean view by the brochure.)
Blanche: We have no view!
(Ramone comes in and tosses their luggage into the room.)
Ramone: When the revolution comes, and the heads of the imperialist swine are impaled on sticks stuck in the sand for the peoples to spit on, you'll be glad you don't got a view!

Sophia: Uh, so did I mention that my daughter and her roommates just left on their vacation? They'll be gone for five days. (beat, waits for him to say something) Anyway, I notice, um... we're always smiling at each other. So I was thinking, now that we have a little privacy maybe sometime we could smile and talk, you know, over, uh... over a glass of Tang or something.
Toshiro Mitsumo: (nods in understanding) Oh! Tang!
Sophia: ...Tang is not the catchword here.



Episode Goofs
While stranded on the beach, Dorothy reveals that Rose had a nose job. A future episode, however, has Rose saying how she doesn't believe in plastic surgery, saying she's too scared to have any done.

When the girls are coming to shore after having just been shipwrecked, none of their clothes seem to be even remotely wet, save for Dorothy's pants.

Dorothy flies with the girls to the Caribbean in this episode. In the season three episode "Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself," however, Dorothy states she has an incredible fear of flying.



Cultural References
Sophia: So I was thinking, now that we have a little privacy maybe sometime we could smile and talk, you know, over, uh... over a glass of Tang or something.
Toshiro Mitsumo: (nods in understanding) Oh! Tang!
Sophia: ...Tang is not the catchword here.

Tang is a brand of multi-flavored drink mix. Most notably, U.S. astronaut John Glenn brought some with him into space on his Project Mercury spaceflight in 1962.



Warning: The Golden Girls season 2 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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