The Golden Girls: Season 2, Episode 5

Isn't It Romantic? (8 Nov. 1986)

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Dorothy's lesbian friend Jean develops a crush on Rose.



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Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)


Dorothy's lesbian friend Jean develops a crush on Rose.

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Comedy | Drama





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8 November 1986 (USA)  »

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The character name Jean used by Lois Nettleton (as Dorothy's lesbian friend who falls in love with Rose) was a tribute to Jean Shepherd - author of the book that was the basis for A Christmas Story (1983) - and Lois Nettleton's real-life husband for 7 years in the 1960s. See more »


In the beginning of the episode Dorothy pushes fast forward on the VCR while Sophia is watching a dirty movie, but the music is still audible. See more »


Sophia: Jean likes girls instead of boys - some people prefer cats instead of dogs. I'd rather live with a lesbian than a cat.
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References Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) See more »

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lesbian friend comes to visit the girls
27 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...One of the funniest episodes of -any- comedy ever! I hate to be clichéd, but I laughed till I cried. "Sophia" has some of the best lines ever. Lois Nettleton guests as Rose's lesbian friend. She plays the part perfectly with humor and a gentle vulnerability. I can't imagine why this episode would be rated under an 8 or 9. The writers deal with a potential 'senior' bias against homosexuality with a deft mix of humor and personalizing the issue by making the gay person a dear friend. It's neither preachy nor didactic. In fact, I haven't even seen the episode since it first aired(!) but I still remember some of the jokes. If you don't like Golden Girls, that's one thing. But if you're a fan, this episode is everything the show is supposed to be: hilarious and finally touching.

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