The Golden Girls (season 2)

The Golden Girls (season 2)

Season 2 DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Original network NBC
Original release September 27, 1986 (1986-09-27) – May 16, 1987 (1987-05-16)
Season chronology

The second season of The Golden Girls premiered on NBC on September 27, 1986, and concluded on May 16, 1987. The season consisted of 26 episodes.

Broadcast history

The season originally aired Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST) on NBC from September 27, 1986 to May 16, 1987.[1][2]

Awards and Nominations

39th Primetime Emmy Awards

44th Golden Globe Awards

Writers Guild of America Awards

Directors Guild of America Awards

DVD release

The Region 1, 2 and 4 DVDs were respectively released on May 15, August 1 and September 21, 2005.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
261"End of the Curse"Terry HughesSusan HarrisSeptember 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
While Rose and Dorothy try their hands at mink-breeding, Blanche thinks she is pregnant. A visit to the doctor reveals otherwise: it is the onset of menopause.
272"Ladies of the Evening"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro & Mort NathanOctober 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
The roommates are excited when they win tickets to the premiere of Burt Reynolds's new movie and passes to the after-party (except for Sophia, who is none too happy about it). But on the way, the girls stop for a drink in the bar of the hotel where they're staying: a hotel that turns out to be a brothel. The girls are mistaken for prostitutes and end up in jail in a mass raid.
283"Take Him, He's Mine"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanOctober 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
Blanche and Stan (Herb Edelman) hit it off, angering Dorothy. Rose and Sophia team up to sell sandwiches, despite threats from "the mob."
294"It's a Miserable Life"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro & Mort NathanNovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
The girls campaign to save a 200-year-old oak tree in their neighborhood, but the tree is on the property of Frieda Claxton (Nan Martin), a notorious grump. When Rose yells at her to "drop dead" in an angry moment, Mrs. Claxton dies then and there, and Rose is wracked with guilt feelings..
305"Isn't It Romantic?"Terry HughesJeffrey DuteilNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
Dorothy's friend Jean (Lois Nettleton), a lesbian, comes to visit after her longtime partner dies. Rose and Jean have a lot in common and they strike up a fast friendship, but Jean starts falling in love with Rose, who's unaware of her new friend's sexuality.
316"Big Daddy's Little Lady"David SteinbergRussell MarcusNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
Blanche is pleased when her father, Big Daddy (David Wayne), announces he plans to marry "the widow Spencer" (Sondra Currie) until she learns that the widow is a woman younger than she is. Blanche struggles to deal with her father's choice, while Dorothy and Rose enter a song-writing contest.
327"Family Affair"Terry HughesWinifred HerveyNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
Rose's visiting daughter (Marilyn Jones) and Dorothy's visiting son (Scott Jacoby) bicker their way into bed together in Blanche's room, where Blanche and the other girls catch them in the act.
338"Vacation"Terry HughesWinifred HerveyNovember 29, 1986 (1986-11-29)
Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche vacation in the Caribbean, but find the accommodations seriously not to their liking. Events culminate in the girls being marooned on a deserted island and facing the possibility that they won't return home alive. Back in Miami, Sophia woos a Japanese gardener (Keye Luke).
349"Joust Between Friends"Terry HughesScott Spencer GordonDecember 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
When Dorothy is forced to take ten weeks' leave from teaching, Blanche gets her a job at the art museum where she works. It quickly causes a rift between them, as Blanche becomes jealous of Dorothy's aptitude at her job and rapport with the boss. Blanche then discovers that Dorothy is hiding something from her (unaware that it's a surprise party to honor Blanche), and quits her job in a fit of rage.
3510"Love, Rose"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanDecember 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
Rose gets answers to her personal ad from "Isaac Q. Newton" — a fictitious suitor invented by Blanche and Dorothy. They panic when Rose finds a real Isaac Q. Newton (Paul Dooley) in the phone book and invites him to a banquet.
3611"'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro & Mort NathanDecember 20, 1986 (1986-12-20)
A series of mishaps almost ruins the ladies' Christmas.
3712"The Sisters"Terry HughesChristopher LloydJanuary 3, 1987 (1987-01-03)
Dorothy arranges for Sophia's sister, Angela (Nancy Walker), to fly from Sicily to Miami as a surprise gift for Sophia's birthday, not realizing that Sophia and Angela have been feuding for decades.
3813"The Stan Who Came to Dinner"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanJanuary 10, 1987 (1987-01-10)
After major heart surgery, Stan temporarily moves in with the ladies, and quickly overstays his welcome.
3914"The Actor"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro & Mort NathanJanuary 17, 1987 (1987-01-17)
The ladies act in a community play that stars a suave actor, Patrick (Lloyd Bochner). He asks Blanche to go out with him one night, and Rose the next, and Dorothy the next.
4015"Before and After"Terry HughesBob RosenfarbJanuary 24, 1987 (1987-01-24)
Rose decides to live every moment after suffering an esophageal spasm. After clashing with Blanche and Dorothy, she moves into a new apartment with new, younger roommates. Rose then feels out of place with these new women as they simply live together and are not friends as she was with her old roommates.
4116"And Then There Was One"Terry HughesRussell MarcusJanuary 31, 1987 (1987-01-31)
Sophia runs in a marathon, while the ladies babysit several children of runners; the parents of one child do not return. The ladies must then contemplate whether or not to keep the baby and raise it themselves or hand it over to child services.
4217"Bedtime Story"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro
February 7, 1987 (1987-02-07)
Trying to decide on sleeping arrangements for visiting relatives, the ladies reminisce about places where they have previously slept, from a train station to Sophia's bed.
4318"Forgive Me, Father"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanFebruary 14, 1987 (1987-02-14)
Dorothy has her eye on handsome Frank (John McMartin) until he discloses that he's a Catholic priest — who's thinking, he tells her, of "leaving the church."
4419"Long Day's Journey into Marinara"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro & Mort NathanFebruary 21, 1987 (1987-02-21)
Sophia's sister (Nancy Walker) moves to Miami, as all her relatives back in Sicily are dead. Sophia frets that Angela will try to take everything she has, including her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Rose, who has been babysitting a friend's piano-playing chicken, is horrified when it appears that Angela has killed the chicken and fried it up for dinner.
4520"Whose Face Is This, Anyway?"Terry HughesWinifred HerveyFebruary 28, 1987 (1987-02-28)
After a reunion with her sorority sisters, Blanche reports that all of them look years younger than she, thanks to plastic surgery, and decides to get plastic surgery herself. Meanwhile, Rose decides to film a day in the life of her roommates for a school project.
4621"Dorothy's Prized Pupil"Terry HughesChristopher LloydMarch 14, 1987 (1987-03-14)
Dorothy tutors a young Hispanic boy (Mario Lopez) whose prize-winning essay results in the discovery that he is an undocumented immigrant. Meanwhile, Rose decides that she must become Blanche's personal slave for a week to atone for losing a pair of Blanche's earrings, which it turns out that Blanche herself lost.
4722"Diamond in the Rough"Terry HughesJan Fischer & William WeidnerMarch 21, 1987 (1987-03-21)
Blanche dates a handsome caterer (Donnelly Rhodes) , but cannot quite fall for a man who does not use a knife and fork.
4823"Son-in-Law Dearest"Terry HughesPatt Shea & Harriet WeissMarch 28, 1987 (1987-03-28)
Dorothy receives a visit from her daughter, Kate (Deena Freeman), who informs that her husband (Jonathan Perpich) has had an affair and she has left him. When Kate decides to forgive her husband, a dismayed Dorothy tries to talk her out of it, creating a rift between mother and daughter. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose watch an I Love Lucy marathon on television.
4924"To Catch a Neighbor"Terry HughesRussell MarcusMay 2, 1987 (1987-05-02)
The girls allow two undercover cops to use their house as a base for spying on their neighbors, who are suspected of being jewel thieves.
5025"A Piece of Cake"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro
May 9, 1987 (1987-05-09)
The ladies recall other birthday celebrations while preparing a surprise birthday party for a friend.
5126"Empty Nests"Jay SandrichSusan HarrisMay 16, 1987 (1987-05-16)
Neighbors Renee (Rita Moreno) and George (Paul Dooley) are having marital problems.
This episode was a backdoor pilot for the spinoff series Empty Nest, although the concept was retooled and recast before the series actually went to air.


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