The pilot episode of the Golden Girls, otherwise known as "The Engagement," kicks off this truly wonderful series. While it is certainly far from perfect, it does a great job in setting up what was yet to come.
It takes a while for any show to flesh out its main characters and the first episode of "The Golden Girls" does a commendable job. While there's not a whole lot of laugh-out-loud moments here, The opening monologue delivered by Dorothy about clashing with a student over her fashion sense and the monologue delivered by Rose about ending up alone are well-done and very memorable. Dorothy also spouts a few of her trademark deadpan sarcastic remarks here. Blanche doesn't have a lot to do in this episode but since she gets her chances to shine as the series goes on this can be overlooked. The housekeeper, Coco, is the weakest character in the episode and it's easy to see why they got rid of him. In fact, I watched these shows when they first aired and I don't even remember him from that first viewing.
While the other women are terrific, this episode truly belongs to Sophia. From the moment she walks through the door, she spouts hilarious one-liners at rapid fire pace and never lets up. Her timing is terrific and her delivery is so dynamic that you can't help but laugh even if the line wasn't intended to be funny. It's easy to see why the writers changed their mind and made her a series fixture. I do think that the explanation blaming her boisterous nature on a stroke just seemed like overkill.
The weakest point of this episode would have to be Rose suddenly developing reservations about Blanche's fiancée. It really comes out of nowhere, it's not explained well and it feels rushed. It also feels like it was written in just to introduce a conflict. At least they do manage to get a few funny moments out of it.
As with any pilot, it has issues that will definitely be worked out later. Even so, Susan Harris and the fab four will give you more than enough laughs to keep you coming back for more. One interesting side note is that this episode briefly features Meshach Taylor, who would go on to star in another show based around a quartet of women: "Designing Women."
The very first episode deals with Blanche, and her engagement to a suspicious man. However, it's really Dorothy, Rose, and the introduction of Sophia that steal the episode.
This first episode is crucial, because it makes us realize who these women are. Dorothy is intelligent and sarcastic, Rose is dimwitted, Blanche is sexy, and Sophia is grumpy. All are explored in this classic first episode.
The only complaint is Coco, who thankfully was written out of the series after this episode. His character goes nowhere, and is borderline offensive.
A pretty good start of something that looks like a promising comedy. The characters are introduced very well and we have an idea about ho they will be in the show. Many funny one liners and jokes. As well as it starts with positive message of how much they love living together. I only couldn't understand why Rose was suspicious of the groom.
Rose: What a day, one sad person after another. Dorothy: Rose, you work at grief counseling, what do you expect, comedians? Rose: Well, it would be a change of pace
Rose: Sit down, you must be exhausted. Sofia: Why? I rode in the cab, I didn't push it!