The Golden Girls: Season 4, Episode 8

Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket? (3 Dec. 1988)

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Sophia donates an old jacket to charity, not knowing that it contains a winning lottery ticket.



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Episode cast overview:
Karl Wiedergott ...
Matthew Faison ...
Father Campbell
Herta Ware ...
Teddy Wilson ...
Andre Rosey Brown ...
Howard Goodwin ...
Art K. Koustik ...
Dave (as Art Koustik)
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Philip Starr (as Stanley Wojno Jr.)


Sophia donates an old jacket to charity, not knowing that it contains a winning lottery ticket.

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The title is based on the Depression era song "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" written in 1931 by lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney for the 1932 musical New Americana. See more »


Blanche Devereaux: I suppose I could try a little friendly persuasion.
Rose Nylund: Friendly persuasion hell, this isn't for lunch at the Rainbow Room, this is for 10 big ones, give him what he wants!
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References A Different World (1987) See more »


Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
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No-one told me it costs money to get old...
7 September 2013 | by (Kenya) – See all my reviews

Writers Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman (supervised by Susan Harris) wrote an excellent episode. Although a sitcom, The Golden Girls were a series not being afraid of bringing social injustices to the attention of the public -as this episode proves. We start off light as the girls buy -what turns out to be- a winning lottery ticket, it gets misplaced though and the search for it is funny and well written. And then we get to the better part -the girls end up in a homeless shelter and decide to stay the night. The dialogues they have with the guests are eye-openers. Sometimes life is cruel -and without any warning there you are, in a shelter, homeless. As a friend of Sophia says: no-one told me it costs money to get old... And so she had to leave her retirement home -a nice punishment for getting a senior citizen.

When 'Brother, can you spare a dime?' is sung as the girls look for their ticket, it is heartbreaking. In the end what else can they do but only the right thing?

I'm touched every time I watch it. Excellent writing, excellent acting, excellent directing (Terry Hughes) and as a topic still very ongoing, even 25 years after taping.


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