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Enough Wicker: Intellectualizing the Golden Girls

Enough Wicker: Intellectualizing the Golden Girls

By Lauren Kelly and Sarah Royal
Longtime Golden Girls superfans Sarah Royal and Lauren Kelly rewatch the series from beginning to end from a "scholarly" perspective, analyzing cultural themes, storylines, and why so many people still love the show decades after its finale originally aired.
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Enough Wicker: Intellectualizing the Golden Girls

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Episode 59: Yo! Ted-ay!
Stan's brother is in town and spoiler: he really sucks! Initially, he goes out with Blanche but he's not into it, and the next thing we know he and Dorothy are aggressively hugging on the front step in the morning. Turns out he's impotent and wanted a babysitter, unrelated to each other, but important. Meanwhile, Rose is downing caffeinated tea, which she thinks is making her bones strong but is actually keeping her up all hours of the night and Sophia wonders where Ted was her to waltz her down the aisle after Dorothy and Stan got divorced. 
June 13, 2021
Episode 58: Then Why Does It Say The Explosion Was So Great it Shattered Windows In The Building Next Door?!
What is there to say about Gil Kessler that hasn't already been said? This episode hits on a plethora of big issues including sensationalized politics, trans representation, why it's so hard to believe women, toxic masculinity, and of course the challenges of picking out the perfect tie/sock/hanky combo. We talk about what works here, what doesn't, and speculate as to why this one isn't as celebrated in the Golden Girls queer canon as some others.  PS. Run, don't walk, to watch Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen on Netflix. 
June 6, 2021
Episode 57: Comrade Rose Attempts to Broker an International Peace Deal--NBD!
Rose is leading another pseduo-Girl Scout troop and this time she's concerned about nuclear war. In one of the most bizzare episodes, Rose writes to both the American and Soviet governments calling for peace, but only the Soviets respond. There's a Coca-Cola shower, a bangin' jingle about Medicare and of course a dream sequence that features all four Girls speaking at Red Square. Off the wall, but that's why The Golden Girls is the second best thing about America (after Slurpee, of course) 
May 30, 2021
Episode 56: (56?!) Fears, Bolts, and a Buzzed Dorothy
From public speaking at Aunt Gretchen's funeral, to a totally unheard-of fear of flying, to a completely ridiculous phobia of being surrounded by bald men in an enclosed space, Rose, Dorothy, and Blanche each face their biggest fears in this episode. It's also the first of four appearances by Meg Wyllie, who delivers the best line of the entire episode with "yes, that's it -- the beverage cart." Real ones know. 
May 23, 2021
Very Special Episode with Jared Clayton Brown
In this very special episode, we talk to popular culture scholar Jarden Clayton Brown about his paper Sex and the City, Platinum Edition: How The Golden Girls Altered American Situation Comedy. We talk about the popularity and the cultural impact of the show, and how the Golden Girls used the Norman Lear style of gently and indirectly presenting audiences with heavy subject-matter.  
May 16, 2021
Episode 55: Marguerite Deserved Better
Peak Golden Girls scholarship here! In this episode on The Housekeeper, we praise Paula Kelly's performance as Marguerite, call out a couple of the laugh-out-lines, and spend some time critiquing the use of a racist trope here. On the flip side, the writer of this episode, Winifred Hervey, deserves a nod for recognizing that the Girls' stereotyping of Marguerite could be used against them, and boy was it ever.  Morgan Parker's Magical Negro book of poems: 
May 9, 2021
Episode 54: Two Grown Women Record a Podcast about a Pig and He's the One With a Mental Problem?
WELCOME BAABYY! This is an off-the-wall episode wherein Rose inherits responsibility for her dear old uncle's pet pig (although, not that dear, since she's unclear on his offspring). The rest of the girls are initially definitive "no"s but when Baby's escort/attorney reveals that care of the pig comes with a $100K bonus, they change their tune, at least temporarily. 
May 2, 2021
Dr. Elizabeth Yuko and the Intersection of Bioethics, The Golden Girls & COVID-19
In this Very Special Episode, we are joined by Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, an award-winning journalist and an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham University. We found Elizabeth through her 2016 Ted Talk called “Everything I Know About Bioethics I Learned from The Golden Girls," which, as we continue to navigate a global pandemic, has never been more relevant. Elizabeth shares specific examples of how the Golden Girls tackled topics like generalized health, ethics of physicians, sexual health, and shares how she recently referenced Dorothy's world-famous takedown of Dr. Budd in her own real-life struggles to convince medical professionals to take her seriously. 
April 25, 2021
Episode 53: ♫ Gonna Stuff a Chicken ♫
Ah, yes a clip show. The first of Season 3! This is just pure, old-fashioned fun. Plot holes abound as we see the short-lived Miami Mom's Catering, which may have gone under due to their first gig being canceled or a total disregard for food safety. There's a Brooklyn flashback featuring the incomparable Lynnie Greene nailing those DZ mannerisms as always, and perhaps most famously, a dance marathon that has given us some of the greatest Golden Girls gifs of all time. 
April 18, 2021
Episode 52: Jenny Lewis and The Blues
In this first episode of the third season, we discuss the adorable relationship between Sophia and Alvin, and reflect on what makes the diagnosis of Alzheimer's--for Alvin and anyone else affected by this awful disease--so devastating. Because the A-story is so heavy, the B-story has to be equal parts ridiculous and hilarious, and that is exactly what we get when little Daisy (aka Jenny Lewis) bearnaps Rose's beloved Fernando and holds him for ransom. 
April 11, 2021
Episode 51: Rita Moreno's Nest Might Be Empty, But Ours Isn't!
We've made it to the dreaded Season 2 finale--Empty Nests! We're joined by a very special guest Mr. Matt Browning, a writer and the site runner of Matt shares with us some behind-the-scenes info that might explain why this backdoor pilot was such a flop, and makes a compelling case to give the real Empty Nest series a chance. Plus, we talk about Matt's forthcoming book The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide, a guide to every single pop culture reference in the Golden Girls (there's a lot of them). 
April 4, 2021
Episode 50: Deleted by Authority of the Governor
What do Cheryl Strayed, Señor Frogs, and DZ Discovery Zone have in common? They’re all mentioned in this episode! This clip show is the penultimate episode of the second season and includes Dorothy’s birthday party at Mr. Ha-Ha’s Hotdog Hacienda, a flashback to the Petrillo home in Brooklyn, an utterly heartbreaking monologue from Betty White as a recent widow back in St. Olaf, and culminates in a conga line and finally, a successful surprise birthday party for Blanche. What a load of fun!
March 28, 2021
Episode 49: George Clooney Gets Shot--Good Thing He's Got Health Insurance!
A young and hunky George Clooney and his gruff but handsome partner Al are a couple of unconventional (and unethical, seemingly untrained) detectives using the Girls' house for a stakeout location, just like real cops on TV. You could cut the tension between Al and Dorothy with a knife from the very beginning, and this episode invites discussions of love/hate romances, knowing yourself enough to know what you want, and how much information you can get by tailing a criminal around the grocery store. 
March 28, 2021
Episode 48: It Takes Discipline to Shut The F*ck Up
Hello Mother Dorothy. Kate and Dennis come back to Richmond Street amid marital discord. Dennis cheated, and Dorothy, still reeling from Stan's habitual infidelity, is heartbroken at first, but that quickly turns to anger, confusion, and disappointment when Kate decides to stay with Dennis. Someone is projecting, hence the title of this episode. Plus, Rose and Blanche stay up all night watching I L̶i̶k̶e̶ Love Lucy, a show that Rose has never seen due to her inexplicably active sex life. 
March 21, 2021
Episode 47: Jake is the Sexiest Man Alive
The girls are putting together a charity banquet for a local hospital and Blanche falls for the hunky, yet unrefined caterer. Why we need to hold fundraisers for medical expenses in America is a topic for another time, but this episode is not without critical discourse. The class divide between Blanche and Jake, who pushes his food with his fingers and wears white after labor day, seems to be the major problem here, but actually, when we dig a little deeper, it's really just a matter of the SPARK. Plus, this one features a jazz band made up entirely of drag queens. What a load of fun! 
March 14, 2021
A Very Special Episode with Meanwhile At The Podcast's George & Kristin
The Golden Girls had a ton of celebrity guest stars, pop-cultural references, repeat guest appearances and more. To help us recall all those who are so famous they need not be mentioned in this description, we called in some help. Our friends George and Kristin who host Meanwhile at the Podcast are experts on pop culture, fandom, and comics (you'll be surprised how much Batman 66 comes up!) and they were kind enough to come on our show and go down the very long list of famous faces who made appearances on our beloved Golden Girls.  Check out their show here: 
March 7, 2021
Episode 46: Dorothy Prepares A.C. Slater for Bayside High
Mario Lopez guest stars in this wildly problematic episode, which has not one, but two offensive and outdated storylines! The A-story features Dorothy tutoring Mario, played by Mario Lopez, a gifted young writer (despite his trouble spelling 'February'). Eventually, we learn that Mario is undocumented and facing deportation, and that's where the 'rah-rah America' of the Reagan-era seeps through, with Dorothy encouraging him to "come back and do it the right way." Yuck!  In the B story, Rose attempts to reconcile with Blanche by serving as her vedenfreugen, or PERSONAL SLAVE, so yeah, there are some issues in this one. 
February 28, 2021
Episode 45: Beauty is in the Eye of the Bea-Holder
Rose is a burgeoning filmmaker in this one and decides her first (and to our knowledge) the only documentary will be a day in the life of her roommates. Sophia sees it as a great opportunity for free publicity (for only $5.99 the recipe can be yours) and Dorothy, who receives crueler treatment in this one than usual, is hesitant at first but eventually comes around. But Blanche provides the focus here--after a reunion with her sorority sisters, Blanche returns home upset because she 'wasn't the center of attention and no one said she was the prettiest.' Seeing herself on camera only makes it worse and she vows to pursue a perfect body through drastic plastic surgery. This one has us in its corner right up until the end when Blanche's entire self-worth is reinvigorated by a man!  
February 21, 2021
Episode 44: Aunt Angela is Back & She Fried Count Bessie!
Guest star Nancy Walker returns as Angela, Sophia's sister, who has decided to move from Sicily to Miami (with only a single piece of luggage). Angela overstays her welcome with the girls as her apartment search becomes more and more complicated; none of these places have enough room for a goat! Sophia grows impatient and everything boils over when it looks like Angela has slaughtered and deep-fried the show biz chicken Rose is caring for. 
February 14, 2021
Very Special Episode with Dr. Kate Browne!
Lauren and Sarah are joined by Dr. Kate Browne, a culture writer and essayist who wrote The Golden Girls edition of the TV Milestone Series. Kate holds a PhD in English studies from Illinois State University and researches pop culture and body-based autobiography. In this episode, we go chapter by chapter with an in-depth look at Kate's book. First, we look at Dorothy's sometimes unconventional gender performance and shifting desirability; next, we dig into Blanche's complicated relationship with motherhood & aging; Rose's chapter, perhaps the most intriguing, paints a failed picture of the American Dream, with Rose embodying the role of someone who did everything 'right' but still struggles; lastly, we talk about how Sophia drives the action as a trickster--bending plots to her own desires and offering moral lessons. You'll laugh, you'll learn, you might even slam down a few boilermakers during this one.  Buy Kate's book here:
February 7, 2021
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January 31, 2021
Episode 43: Dorothy Tries to Help A Holy Man in that *Special* Way
Dorothy's romantic escapades are the center of this one. She really should have made that pamphlet. Laying the groundwork for Fleabag, Dorothy develops a crush on a hip teacher she hopes is wearing a Nehru jacket, but he turns out to be a priest. Blanche insists she go for it anyway, Rose is distracted by the tushie of love, and Sophia, in between writing letters to Hugh Downs about her corrupt Bingo game, warns of hellfire. This one is full of laughs and particularly amazing outfits.  Golden Girls Fashion Corner:
January 31, 2021
Episode 42: Sweet Jesus Is This A Weird Episode
If nothing else, this episode offers shoutouts to Lauren's stepdad, a long-time fan of chipped beef, and our rad friend and unofficial Sicily researcher Gina. Bedtime Story is a flashback episode of the Golden Girls; it's pretty out there, but there are a couple of LOL moments. We're laughing WITH the writers, not AT them as we take a look back at this Season 2 clip show. 
January 24, 2021
Episode 41: An Abandoned Baby and An Octogenarian Olympic Hopeful
On the Eve of our Dear Betty White's Birthday, we bring you this LOLfest. Sophia enters a walkathon and while she initially shows a strong performance in the 80+ category, she experiences every runner's worst nightmare and hits the wall. Meanwhile, the other girls decide to babysit the children of the race participants and have two notable guests: a little punk named Norman (whose father is played by Family Feud's Ray Combs!) and baby Emily. Emily takes to Blanche right away, and soon the feeling is mutual. Emily serves as a way for the audience to really get to hear about Blanche's regrets around motherhood and wow is it a heartbreaker. Despite the heavy throughline of Blache's regret and a lowkey neglectful child services agency, this one is full of laugh out loud lines.
January 17, 2021
Episode 40: I Ate Life Once
Anyone who knows the kind and gentle Rose Nylund knows she would do anything for a friend or a neighbor, even if that included making two wedding cakes. This attitude gets the best of Rose and she ends up in the hospital with what thankfully turns out to just be an esophageal spasm (try to say that three times fast).  After what she interprets as a near-death experience, Rhonda (oops, we mean Rose!) embraces a lifestyle that would seemingly go against the doctor's orders of staying out all night and partying with her new beach friends. As is often the case with minor tifts on Richmond Street, Rose packs up and moves out. The girls thankfully reconcile and all ends well, but wow what a ride! 
January 10, 2021
Episode 39: Mr. Patrick Vaughn Starring In...not Our Town?
Merry Christmas waterliles! Our gift to you is this LOL-filled episode featuring Mr. Patrick Vaughn, the hunkiest hunk that ever hunked! The Actor is in town to join the cast of what we always thought was a local production of Our Town, but is actually a parody of the Paul Newman show, Picnic. The girls each vie for his affection, though Blanche inflates her efforts (da-da-ching). Meanwhile, Sophia gets a job at a pirate-themed restaurant. 
December 27, 2020
Episode 38: One Episode for Every Year of Marriage
In this season 2 gem, Blanche dates twins and Stanley undergoes heart surgery. Truly, everyone in the house is doubling up on their vitamins! In this one, we take a scholarly look at the relationships between Dorothy, Stan, and Sophia, and ask ourselves why so many women find themselves bending over backward (like Doug) doing emotional labor for men who don't deserve it. 
December 20, 2020
Episode 37: The Grudge
I'd like to write a description here but I hate your mother. Kidding!  Dorothy recruits Blanche and Rose (reluctantly) to help her surprise Sophia with what she thinks is a great birthday gift--a surprise visit from her sister Angela. The two women haven't seen each other in decades, and it turns out, there's a reason for the distance. Nancy Walker guest stars in this hilarious episode. 
December 13, 2020
Episode 36: Merry Christmas Sarah, Merry Christmas Lauren
What the hell is this, The Waltons?! In the first Christmas episode of the series, the girls do quite a lot. Blanche tries to bong a mall Santa and gets caught, Rose offers counseling to her clients right in front of the waiting room, a would-be armed robber takes Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose hostage until Sophia saves the day, and after their flights are grounded, our favorite ladies spend Christmas Eve watching a diner, while the owner spends less than an hour with his family. Plus, the men of Blanche's boudoir actually turn about to be the men of the Golden Girls crew. What fun! 
December 6, 2020
Episode 35: How DO you spell 'Saskatchewan'?
There is nothing worse than watching your friend suffer because their romantic life is in the garbage. Well, actually catfishing that friend by assuming the identity of one Mr. Issac Q. Newton, a citrus farmer from central Canada might be. Blanche and Dorothy have their hearts in the right place, but no one knows where the hell their brains are when they try to trick Rose out of her dating slump. Meanwhile, Sophia tries to fight off the advances of an English golddigger. 
November 29, 2020
Episode 34: Gaugins?! What Are You, A Pervert?!
Dorothy's job hunt isn't going well, so Blanche insists she comes and works with her at the museum. It sounds great at first, but when their loser boss Mr. Allen asks Dorothy to discreetly work on something, Blanche gets territorial. Specifically, she tells Dorothy to 'eat dirt and die, trash,' so things get a little tense at home and in the office.  All the while Rose introduces us to the first iteration of recurring guest star, Dreyfus.  Plus, Lauren and Sarah ruin two of your favorite things: surprises and dogs. 
November 22, 2020
Episode 33: When the Revolution Comes, You'll Be Glad You Don't Got a View
Ok now everybody SHUT THE HELL UP. We're talking about Vacation, arguably the goofiest episode of the first season. Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose go on a vacation that starts with a skeezy motel and ends with the three of them shipwrecked on a deserted island thanks to the subpar sailing skills of their new friends. Meanwhile, Sophia tries to woo the gardener, which is mostly cute to watch, though her tactics involve quite a few microaggressions. 
November 15, 2020
Episode 32: Michael and Bridget Share More Than A Cab
When Dorothy's son Michael and Rose's daughter Bridget visit at the same time, the seemingly inevitable happens, and the two share a night of so-so sex (too much wine) in Blanche's bed. Because this is a sitcom, all four of the women walk in on them, and the awkwardness makes for a really awkward and icky confrontation between Dorothy and Rose. 
November 8, 2020
Episode 31: The Widdah Spencer is Cuter than an Intrauterine
Happy Halloween! It is the perfect time to get out your bolo tie because Big Daddy Hollingsworth is back in Miami! This time to introduce Blanche to his would-be bride, Margaret Spencer, aka the Widow (pronounced Widdah) Spencer. Excited at first, Blanche's enthusiasm quickly deflates when she realizes Margaret is barely 40, or as Blanche puts it, "practically my age." Meanwhile,  Dorothy and Rose enter a songwriting contest and butt heads over whether or not an extra "Miami is Nice" hurts the music. This episode is, in every sense, a hootnanny. 
November 1, 2020
Episode 30: Isn't Danny Thomas One?
Dorothy's college roommate and all-around lovely person Jean is in town for a visit. Though she lives her life out and proud, Rose's fascination with ice cream sundaes and Blanche's immediate insistence that she go out with a man from the discard pile inspires Jean to keep the lesbian thing her hat. But you know what they say about the Lebanese--they bring a u-haul to the second date. Jean finds herself IN LOVE with Rose, a woman she met three days prior. This one is full of laughs, tender moments, and puts a queer character--not the sexuality of a queer character--at the center of the story. 
October 25, 2020
Episode 29: RIP Pfreida Claxton
There is nothing like civic participation. In this episode, we see all four ladies rally together to save an old Oak tree on Richmond Street. While their petitioning tactics vary (and are sometimes questionable), it is admirable to see how seriously they take environmental and historical conservation.   The girls have a formidable opponent in Freida Claxton, a crotchety peeping tom of a neighbor who insists the county get rid of the tree, and when Freida pushes Rose to pfar, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. 
October 18, 2020
A Very Special Episode with Very Special Guest Debbie Macey!
We sat down with the lovely and brilliant Deborah A. Macey, a communications scholar currently teaching at the University of Portland, to talk about her paper, Ancient Archetypes in Modern Media: A Comparative Analysis of Golden Girls, Living Single, and Sex & The City.  In this interview, our new pal Debbie regales us with how she came up with her dissertation topic and how she went about assigning each of the girls to their designated archetype, a challenge considering how much "slippage" there is between the fab four.  PS. For all those cold Saturday nights when you're looking to curl up with a good book, these are the works Debbie cites in the interview:  Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture  by Julia T. Wood  Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives by Jean Shinoda Bolen  The Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine by Christine Downing  The Implied Spider: Politics & Theology in Myth by Wendy Doniger 
October 14, 2020
Episode 28: Feeling Magenta? Eat a BLP!
Stanley, king of the yutzes, shows up and needs a friend. Since Dorothy is busy with her new naval officer boyfriend, she calls in a favor from Blanche. The two hit it off platonically, but their new-found closeness still leaves Dorothy feeling a little jealous, confused, angry--magenta--all of which becomes exacerbated by the end of her own relationship. Meanwhile, Rose and Sophia team up to muscle in on Johnny No Thumbs by selling sandwiches at a construction site, a standard business venture for a couple of aging women. 
October 11, 2020
Episode 27: Burt, Butter, and Payback
In what can only be described as a classic, the girls win three tickets to see Mr. Burt Reynolds (who really appears in this episode and apparently wears monogrammed underwear) at a star-studded event. Ever the Tonto of the group, Sophia is left out and while Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose feel bad for a moment, they mostly think 'WHO CARES!" The tables turn, however, when the girls are arrested and need Sophia to bail them out. During their time in the slammer, Rose works through a nonsensical adolescent trauma, Blanche's inherent biases around class are revealed, and Dorothy rags on the public school system. All in all, this one is a real knee-slapper. 
October 4, 2020
Episode 26: Minks, Menopause, and Stuff in a Garage
In the first episode of the second season, Dorothy and Rose are doing something completely out of character--breeding minks in their garage! While the B-story is whacky, the A-story of Blanche confronting menopause and all that comes with it makes for a wildly progressive (and hilarious) episode. 
September 27, 2020
Episode 25: Golden Origins
In the final episode of the first season, the girls revisit how they met. Mr. Peepers, Madame Zelda, and Rose’s tactic for finding the perfect melon all emerge as unsung heroes in this hilarious wrap-up.
September 20, 2020
E24: Get Out the Boots, He's Back!
Big Daddy Hollingsworth is in town with his antebellum lexicon and a gee-tar, as he informs Blanche that he sold the entire estate in order to pursue a country music singing career. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia deal with Mr. Barton, aka "Mouth" and his complete disregard of neighborly responsibility through both civic involvement and the old stand-by, a Sicilian curse.   PS. Go to to check out the Golden Girls Starter Kit you heard about at the beginning of this episode and get ready to start spamming your novice friends! 
September 13, 2020
Episode 23: Flying Blind
Turn on Channel 5, Lily burned the house down! Well, almost. Rose’s sister Lily, who recently lost her sight, comes for a visit, and the rest of the girls prep for the first of many garage sales at 6151 Richmond. The two stories allow the audience to bear witness to two equally difficult struggles: adjusting to life as a blind person and parting with a hockey stick once used by Bobby Hull.
September 6, 2020
Episode 22: Pretty Jumpy About Rose's Career Prospects
When Rose is laid off from her job as a grief counselor, she does what anyone would do---starts a pro bono 24-hour counseling service out of her home without telling anyone else that lives there. When that gets out of hand (pretty much right way, if you can believe it), Dorothy and Blanche step in to help their defeated friend in what turns out to be a very tender moment. 
August 30, 2020
Episode 21: The Girls Get The Flu and We Get Our First Vibrator Joke
The flu knocks out Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose just in time for the charity event of the season. The girls, sick and irritable, are at each other's throats over the misplacement of a Nyquil cup and a stolen heating pad. They force their recovery, however, when Sophia reveals a rumor that one of them is winning the big award at the banquet. 
August 23, 2020
Episode 20: Bim, Bam, Boom, Sexual Harassment is Still a Huge Problem
In this one, Blanche is pursuing a [deleted by authority of the Governor] degree at a local community college, and is sexually harassed by the ultra-creepy Professor Cooper. She shows courage and determination as she deals with handling this is an environment that values a man's word over a woman's, and Dorothy shows the same qualities while she tries to secure Frank Sinatra tickets. 
August 16, 2020
Episode 19: Plumbers, Private Jets, and Misogyny
In this one, uh, Lou,  Dorothy and Rose attempt to re-do their bathroom in the name of feminism, and Blanche contemplates marrying an old, rich man who uses racial slurs aboard his private jet. Plus, an homage to the late, great Rue la Rue cafe and an emphatic celebration of Sarah's husband's carpentry skills! 
August 9, 2020
Episode 18: A Case of Morton's Neuroma and the Perils of the American Healthcare System
Dorothy's dreams of appearing on stage with her tap team, Rose and Blanche, are dashed when she discovers she has a small tumor that needs to be removed. We validate Dorothy's fears of seeking help in a healthcare system that is barely functioning, celebrate her roommate and under-appreciated guest star, Bonnie (played by the late, great Anne Haney) and emphatically endorse old ladies drinking sherry in the park. 
August 2, 2020
Episode 17: Lucy, Crockett, and Tubbs
Blanche's niece Lucy is in town and arrives with a bang (literally). The girls become concerned with Lucy's promiscuity, all while debating how to handle a field mouse who has taken up residency in their kitchen. Eventually, Blanche is able to offer Lucy some powerful words on self-respect and knowing your worth, and Rose finally finds a friend who appreciates her brain, if only for the vast amounts of useless Miami Vice knowledge it holds.
July 26, 2020
Episode 16: Estate Papers, Dickies, and A Snack You Can Panel Your Den With
In this episode, we break down the 16th episode of The Golden Girls, The Truth Will Out. Rose is forced to have a tough conversation with her daughter Kirsten about her will, which is made more difficult by Kirsten's hard-to-place accent. Plus, we explain what a dickie is and advocate for more girls to go to Space Camp for themselves! 
July 19, 2020
Episode 15: Rose, the Killer
Rose wakes up to find Al Beatty dead in her bed, the second time a man has died while having sex with her. The girls help her work up the courage to tell Mrs. Beatty, who experiences all five stages of grief right before our eyes. Plus Sophia invents normcore and Rose dresses like a pilgrim. All a day in the life at 6151 Richmond! 
July 12, 2020
Episode 14: Exploring the Morals of Dating a Married Man and Selling Your Friend a Lemon
We examine Dorothy's love affair with the first (and lesser, in our opinion) Glen O'Brien and the complicated nature of infidelity. Plus Blanche tries to scam Rose and reminds us that you can take the girl of the Antellbeum, but... 
July 5, 2020
Episode 13: Shrimp, Short-ribs and a Psychic to the Stars
In our 13th episode, we take a look at a great love story that never was--Rose Nylund and Dr. Jonathan Newman. Dorothy and Blanche stumble through dinner with this esteemed doctor who also happens to be a little person.  
June 28, 2020
Episode 12: If Everybody Wants You, Why Isn't Anybody Callin?
We take a look at the 12th episode of the Golden Girls, which has us exploring the complexity of sibling rivalry and relationships as Gloria swoops into town. After a minor spat with Dorothy over her lack of social life, Sophia contemplates leaving her life with a slut and a moron to join her daughter who visits once a year in her mansion in Burt Convy's neighborhood. 
June 21, 2020
Bonus! The Golden Girls & Gay Pride: A Very Special Episode
We are talking about the Girls and the Gays in our first Very Special Episode! In a lot of ways, the show was leaps and bounds ahead of mainstream American pop culture in regard to the LGBTQ  community. From Jean to Clayton to Rambo the Caterer, we reminisce about our favorite queer-centric moments, examine why the show is still so pervasive in gay culture today, and express our deep appreciation that all four actresses walked the walk when it came to fighting for equal rights. 
June 14, 2020
Episode 11: The Return of Stickman aka Big Stan's Return
Stanley is back in Miami in the 11th episode of the Golden Girls. He came to sell some property but somehow ended up in Dorothy's bed (and nightgown!). We break down how satisfying it is for Dorothy to finally choose to walk away on her own terms and examine the ethics of leaving your 80-year-old mother at home so you can go on vacation with your two best friends.
June 14, 2020
Episode 10: Scungilli Kills!
The girls have their first brush with death when Sophia goes from having a bubble in her chest to what she believes is a heart attack. We examine the finer points of this episode, such as Blanche's willingness to step in as the logical decision maker, Rose and Dorothy's shared vulnerability during a tender moment, and once again, how so many Miami doctors are still making house calls in the late 1980s.  
June 7, 2020
Episode 9: Rose and her Older Mother
We take a scholarly look at the 9th episode in the first season of The Golden Girls, Blanche and the Younger Man. As the title suggests, Blanche has a young chippie of her own, but we're more captivated by the B story, Mrs. Lindstrom's visit and Rose's struggle to treat her as an adult. 
May 31, 2020
Episode 8: Fudge, Yarn and Gun
We take a look at the 8th episode of The Golden Girls, The Break-In. As the title suggests, the girls' home is broken into and each is left to deal with the mental anguish. Rose, ever the sensitive one, uses this moment to exploit Florida's lax gun laws, almost to the detriment of Lester! 
May 24, 2020
Episode 7: Bowling with a Full Heart and Full Bosom
In the 7th episode of the series, the girls go bowling. Rose takes it too seriously, Blanche just wants to look cute in her bowling outfit, and Dorothy and Sophia make what seems to be a uneven wager.
May 17, 2020
Episode 6: We Do For Family, We Don't For Rattails
Blanche's disrespectful grandson David visits Miami and learns important lessons about chores, discipline, and handicapped animals.  
May 10, 2020
Episode 5: Ask the Towel Lady!
In The Triangle, Dorothy's housecall-making doctor boyfriend makes a pass at Blanche, and Blanche is put in the awkward position of having to decide whether to tell Dorothy and risk the repercussions, or watch her close friend pursue a future that will almost certainly end in heartbreak and a ruined coming out party. 
May 3, 2020
Episode 4: Organ Transplants and Water-skiing Accidents: Bigger in the 80s?
We take a look at the 4th episode of The Golden Girls, Transplant. Blanche's sister Virginia makes her first appearance and comes with a big ask..she needs Blanche's kidney. A tough decision for anyone, but even tougher when you consider the bitter rivalry built growing up in Hollingsworth Manor. The other three girls care for a baby in one of the lazier B-stories.
April 26, 2020
Rose the Prude and the Great Arnie Injustice of 2017
Lauren and Sarah relive an agonizing third-place Golden Girls trivia finish and take a scholarly look at the third episode, Rose the Prude. Hear your favorite GG Experts examine how Betty White's Emmy-winning performance forced audiences to realize old people do actually have sex, and sometimes it can be pretty complicated. 
April 20, 2020
Guess Who's Talking About The Second Episode?
Sarah and Lauren break down the second episode of The Golden Girls entitled Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding. The episode, which originally aired in September of 1985, features the debut of Stan Zbornak, an emotional confrontation where Bea Arthur shows off her acting chops, and a cheese-ball hating holy man.  What more could you want! 
April 20, 2020
Pilot on a Pilot
Enough Wicker debuts with Lauren and Sarah taking a scholarly view at the pilot episode of The Golden Girls. What worked, what didn't, and why the we, like so many others, have such a strong attachment to the show. 
April 15, 2020