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The Golden Girls: To Catch a Neighbor

The girls throw a welcome party for their new neighbors, the McDowells, but after the festivities they are visited by two policemen, who inform them that the McDowells are actually dealers in stolen gems. After a bit of discussion, the girls allow the policemen to move into the house for a stakeout. Meanwhile, Dorothy falls for one of the policemen.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x24
Production Number: 049
Airdate: Saturday May 02nd, 1987

Director: Terry Hughes
Writer: Russell Marcus

Guest Stars
Barbara TarbuckBarbara Tarbuck
As Martha McDowell
George ClooneyGeorge Clooney
As Bobby Hopkins
Joseph CampanellaJoseph Campanella
As Al Mullins
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
Joseph Campanella (Al Mullins in this episode) and Betty White both, at different times, appeared on the long-running soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

George Clooney, now a successful Hollywood film star, was at the time of this episode an up-and-coming actor, who guest-starred in sitcoms such as Roseanne and The Facts of Life. Television-wise, he is best-known for his role of Dr. Doug Ross on the long-running medical drama ER.

This episode was taped on February 27, 1987.

Blanche mentions her son Matthew in this episode. He would eventually be seen in the Golden Palace episode "Say Goodbye, Rose," played by Bill Engvall.

Episode Quotes
Al Mullins: I'd like to ask you about your next-door neighbors, the McDowells.
Bobby Hopkins: They're not who you think they are.
Rose: You mean we invited the wrong people to dinner?

Blanche: I would do it [go undercover], but I'm afraid I might be too conspicuous. It's a dinner party and I plan to show cleavage.

Dorothy: (about Sophia) She's really a very sweet woman. She just doesn't like to show it.
Al Mullins: Is that a family trait?

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