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The Golden Girls: Old Friends

While relaxing on the beach boardwalk, Sophia befriends an elderly man named Alvin, whose increasingly odd behavior indicates that he has Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear, Fernando.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 055
Airdate: Saturday September 19th, 1987



  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Joe SenecaJoe Seneca
As Alvin Newcastle
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
Terry Hughes earned an Emmy nomation for Best Director for this episode in 1988.

Jenny Lewis, Daisy in this episode, would go on to appear alongside Craig T. Nelson and Shelley Long in the 1989 comedy film Troop Beverly Hills. She has since left acting, and is now a musician, known for being the lead singer of indie rock group Rilo Kiley from 1998-2011.

The series moved filming locations from Sunset Gower Studios to Ren-Mar Studios beginning with this episode.



Episode Quotes
(Blanche comes into the kitchen holding something behind her back)
Blanche: Girls...guess what I found! (pulls it out front) Fernando!
Rose: ...that's not Fernando.
Blanche: Well, what do you mean, that's not Fernando? How could you tell?
Rose: All you have to do is look in his eyes!
Dorothy: Or at the price tag stuck to his back.

Blanche: (about Daisy) She isn't a sweet kid anymore! She is holding Fernando for ransom!
Dorothy: (dismissive) Come on...
Blanche: Dorothy! She sent me one of his ears! (holds it up for her to see)



Warning: The Golden Girls season 3 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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