When Dorothy's doctor boyfriend makes a pass at Blanche, their friendship becomes threatened.



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Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
Dr. Elliot Clayton


When Dorothy's doctor boyfriend makes a pass at Blanche, their friendship becomes threatened.

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Comedy | Drama





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19 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Bea Arthur received her first Emmy nomination playing Dorothy Zbornak for this episode, but lost to Betty White. See more »


Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: Listen, you keep your bloomers on, Scarlett. He's taking me out tomorrow night.
Blanche Devereaux: But he wants me, I can feel it.
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: Let somebody else feel it.
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Featured in 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) See more »


Thank You For Being A Friend
Written by Andrew Gold
Sung by Cynthia Fee
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Calling Dr. Love
17 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's Dorothy who's making house calls when Sophia gets a routine checkup from an eligible doctor. Blanche, of course, makes a play for the same man but backs off for Dorothy's sake only to find that the doctor may reciprocate her feelings...

"The Triangle" would be the first of many episodes where two or more of the girls would fight over one man. Of course, as was the case with many a lackluster storyline in this series, the talented writing team and cast manage to keep it interesting.

Since the A-and-B-plot formula that would emerge in later episodes is absent here, it's up to Rose and Sophia to lighten the mood due to the fact that Dorothy and Blanche are embroiled in a bitter catfight. While Sophia has a hilarious exchange about trying to weasel out of her doctor's appointment, Rose finally gets some material worthy of her. We're treated to an amusing anecdote about her pastoral upbringing in Minnesota (though she doesn't refer to it as St. Olaf just yet), and her true shining moment is her cluelessly naive, misguided attempt at seducing Dorothy's boyfriend.

As for the disagreement between Dorothy and Blanche, I could believe Blanche's fear of telling her but I had a hard time believing that Dorothy would take her boyfriend's word over hers. Of course, this was before the recurring theme of desperate, dateless Dorothy took hold so I guess it's forgivable.

"The Triangle" is a great episode but not exactly a classic either. However, it is a treat to finally see the Rose Nylund we would all come to know and love begin to emerge here.

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