Dorothy's son Michael is engaged to a black woman who is twice his age.



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Episode cast overview:
Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
Greta Wagner
Montrose Hagins ...
Hartley Silver ...
Justice of the Peace
Lorraine Wagner


Dorothy's son Michael is engaged to a black woman who is twice his age.

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Comedy | Drama





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19 March 1988 (USA)  »

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When Sophia comes home to find The Girls, Dorothy's son Michael and his new fiancée Lorraine, who is black, along with her mother and two aunts - not to mention Blanche and Rose, whose mud-packed faces look for all the world like Al Jolson blackface - she quips, "What is this, a revival of 'Raisin in the Sun'? Besides being funny per se, it is also likely an "inside" compliment to Virginia Capers, the actress who plays Lorraine's mother, as she won the 1974 Tony award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in 'Raisin', the musical based on 'A Raisin in the Sun'. Also, the first name of Michael's fiancée - Lorraine - could well be a "nod" to the author of 'A Raisin in the Sun', Lorraine Hansberry. See more »


Michael's age is given as 23. In the earlier episode The Golden Girls: Family Affair, his age was given as 29. See more »


Blanche Devereaux: [after another St. Olaf story] You know, Rose, sometimes I wish someone would have turned the hose on your parents.
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References The Cosby Show (1984) See more »

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Mixed Blessings (#3.23)
20 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Michael comes to tell Dorothy that he is getting married. He also warns her that the bride is "kind of black", but when Lorraine comes there is another surprise in that she is twice his age. Dorothy is completely against it, and Lorraine's mother is against the wedding because she doesn't want her daughter to marry a "skinny white boy". They all want to stop the wedding, but then it comes out that Lorraine is pregnant and they accept it.

Good episode. I am just upset how they keep on dealing with different age relationships. When Blanche's father married a woman probably 3 times younger than him Blanche accepted it at the end because it made him happy. All relationships where the woman was older were looked down on and this case they just accept it because they have to. Which is sad, would be nice they had the same acceptance Blanche's dad got.

It had lots of funny moments though. Like Blanche and Rose coming in with mud masks looking like offensive blackfaces when Lorraine's family was there. And many many other things they said about race and age. I think in these days it would be a it over the line, but back then it was a pretty good natured and tolerant attitude.

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