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The Golden Girls: The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments

A 90-minute special airing on Lifetime, which at the time of airing was the only place the series could be seen in America. Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan all served as hosts for this episode, with Estelle Getty having been too ill to participate. Featured: interviews with the cast and crew, bloopers and outtakes, and never-before-seen footage from England.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x0
Production Number: Reunion
Airdate: Monday June 02nd, 2003
Special Runtime: 60 Minutes

Writer: Marc Sotkin

Guest Stars
Beatrice ArthurBeatrice Arthur
As Host/Flashbacks as Dorothy Zbornak
Betty WhiteBetty White
As Host/Flashbacks as Rose Nylund
Estelle GettyEstelle Getty
As Flashbacks only as Sophia Petrillo
Rue McClanahanRue McClanahan
As Host/Flashbacks as Blanche Devereaux
Susan HarrisSusan Harris
As Herself
Tony ThomasTony Thomas
As Himself
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
It is mentioned that Estelle Getty retired from acting. In truth, her dementia had worsened severely by this point to the extent she was unable to participate, though she can be seen in clips from the show as Sophia Petrillo. Sadly, Getty passed away in 2008.

When this special premiered, Lifetime followed it with the pilot and two-part series finale back-to-back.

Lifetime re-aired this special on November 12, 2005 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series.

A new version of the theme song, "Thank You for Being a Friend," was recorded for this special.

Episode Quotes
Betty White: Well, scoff if you must, but I -- I -- screwed it up!

Betty White: I haven't been this depressed since I was rejected by Uncle Sam.
(no response from the audience)
Rue McClanahan: (laughs) I thought they were going to laugh, and they didn't.
Betty White: They didn't the last time, why should they now? (to audience) You didn't before and you shouldn't again. "I haven't been this depressed since I was rejected by Uncle Sam," ("flashes" the audience) WHOOP!
(audience erupts in hysterical laughter)
Terry Hughes (OS): Settle down, please.
Rue McClanahan: (to audience) Now don't laugh this time, 'cause I'm not waiting.

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