The Golden Girls (1985–1992)
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An Illegitimate Concern 

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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Comedy | Drama





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12 February 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Rose mentions why the supposed salesman didn't bring in the encyclopedias Blanche says that no sales person will bring in 26 encyclopedias. In fact there is not 26 books. There are some books with more than 1 letter inside. See more »


Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: [Sophia and Dorothy come home after the Shady Pines mother-daughter beauty pageant] The big news is, we beat Gladys Goldfine, right, Ma?
Sophia Petrillo: Ahh, it was a hollow victory. Time has taken its toll on Gladys. She's not the fierce competitor she once was.
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: Y'know, for the talent section, she was supposed to do a medley from The Fantasticks. She started with "Try to Remember" and... she couldn't.
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


I Got You Babe
Written by Sonny Bono
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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