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The Golden Girls: Diamond in the Rough

Rose and Dorothy participate in a charity event, where Blanche soon falls for Jake, the handsome caterer. The two start a relationship, but Blanche soon calls it quits when she finds he's not quite up to her level of sophistication.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x22
Production Number: 047
Airdate: Saturday March 21st, 1987

Guest Stars
Donnelly RhodesDonnelly Rhodes
As Jake Smollens
Glenn ShadixGlenn Shadix
As Musician
Howard WittHoward Witt
As Hunter McCoy
Mike MuscatMike Muscat
As Waiter
Vince TrankinaVince Trankina
As Mr. Hinkley
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, Sophia, Blanche, and Blanche's date Hunter McCoy, with Dorothy's hand over Sophia's mouth, at the charity event.

Donnelly Rhodes, Jake in this episode, is a Canadian-American actor, best-known to Canadian audiences as "Doc" Roberts on the drama Danger Bay and, more recently, as Detective Leo Shannon on the hit series Da Vinci's Inquest. In America, he is known for his role of Dutch Lightner on the sitcom Soap.

This episode was taped on February 13, 1987.

Episode Quotes
Rose: You know, sometimes when people are under pressure, they sleep to escape.
Sophia: Dorothy's father used to do that. Unfortunately it was usually during foreplay.
Dorothy: Ma, the man is dead.
Sophia: Longer than you think.

Rose: Blanche, sometimes you act just like a woman I knew in St. Olaf!
Sophia: Please, no one say "what woman"!

Episode Goofs
In one scene, Blanche sits down with the girls and pours herself a cup of tea. However, in a later shot, she stands up to leave, and the teacup is in its original position next to the teapot, untouched.

Cultural References
Rose: (describing a nightmare she had to Dorothy) I'm at the banquet. It looks beautiful, I look beautiful, everyone looks beautiful. Suddenly Charlton Heston walks in dressed like Moses, and he tries to part the dessert table. And when that doesn't work, he rounds up all the guests and leads them to the lingerie department of the nearest J.C. Penney's, where everybody starts making fun of the fat lady underwear. What do you suppose it means?
Dorothy: That you spent too many years sleeping on curlers.

Charlton Heston dressed like Moses and trying to part something is a reference to the 1956 film, The Ten Commandments.

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