The Golden Girls: Season 5, Episode 18

An Illegitimate Concern (12 Feb. 1990)

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A young man shocks Blanche when he shows up unannounced from Dallas, Texas and tells him that her late husband George was his father.



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Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)


A young man shocks Blanche when he shows up unannounced from Dallas, Texas and tells him that her late husband George was his father.

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In one episode when Dorothy and Sophia are dressed up as Sonny & Cher, Blanche enters the room and says they could be celebrity look-alikes for the comedy duo Cheech & Chong. Cheech Marin later played a role as a chef in the spin-off The Golden Palace (1992) alongside Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty. See more »


[Blanche is upset after discovering her late husband had cheated on her in 1967, fathering an illegitimate son he never knew of]
Blanche Devereaux: Why did George cheat on me?
Rose Nylund: Why does any man cheat?
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: Well, there are two poular theories: 1 - Men are victims of an evolutionary process which genetically programmes their sexual drives.
Blanche Devereaux: What's the other one?
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: Men are scum.
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I Got You Babe
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Performed by Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty
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An Illegitimate Concern (#5.18)
15 February 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One day a young man stands at their door asking for Blanche's deceased husband. He claims to sell encyclopedias but later he comes back saying that he is his son and wants to know more about his father. Blanche is devastated but later decides that she should accept it and tells the young man more about his dad. And Dorothy and Sophia participate in the Shady Pines Mother/Daughter Beauty contest.

Poor Blanche, her stories always seem to be so upsetting. But once again the show takes a sad situation and makes a beautiful story with great characters while sending positive messages.

And the beauty contest was a fun addition. Especially seeing the two dressed up as Sonny and Cher singing.

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