The Golden Girls (season 3)

The Golden Girls (season 3)

Season 3 DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original network NBC
Original release September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) – May 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)
Season chronology

The third season of The Golden Girls premiered on NBC on September 19, 1987, and concluded on May 7, 1988. The season consisted of 25 episodes.

Broadcast history

The season originally aired Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST) from September 19, 1987 to May 7, 1988.[1][2]

Awards and Nominations

40th Primetime Emmy Awards

45th Golden Globe Awards

Writers Guild of America Awards

Directors Guild of America Awards

DVD release

The Region 1 DVD was released on November 22, 2005. The Region 2 and 4 DVD were respectively released on January 9 and January 11, 2006.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
521"Old Friends"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanSeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
Sophia has a new friend, but as the friendship deepens, the old fellow's behavior becomes erratic, and she learns he has Alzheimer's Disease. At home, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's cherished teddy bear to a Sunshine Cadet (Girl Scout-type). When Blanche tries to get the bear back for Rose, the freckled little girl holds the teddy for ransom.
Guest stars: Joe Seneca as Alvin Newcastle; Jenny Lewis as Daisy.
Note: This episode won two Emmys: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Estelle Getty) and Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series.
532"One for the Money"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
Winifred Hervey Stallworth
September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
The ladies recall their attempts to earn extra money, including starting a catering business.
Guest stars: Sid Melton as Salvadore Petrillo; Lynnie Greene as young Dorothy Zbornak; Roy Stuart as Marty; Conrad Janis as dance announcer.
543"Bringing Up Baby"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro & Mort NathanOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
The ladies can split a cool $100,000 if they care for an elderly pig in their home until it dies. Meanwhile, Sophia shuffles around blind as a bat after losing her eyeglasses at the mall.
Guest star: Parley Baer as Chester T. Raney.
554"The Housekeeper"Terry HughesWinifred Hervey StallworthOctober 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
In Sophia's absence, the ladies hire a housekeeper, Marguerite, who charms all the ladies but is lousy at keeping house. When they fire her, she storms out, telling the ladies they have made a big mistake. At first the ladies think nothing of it until they all receive terrible luck and become convinced that Marguerite has placed a voodoo curse on them.
Guest star: Paula Kelly as Marguerite Brown.
565"Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself"Terry HughesChristopher LloydOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
When Rose's great-aunt dies, she must fly to the Bahamas to deliver the eulogy — and speaking in public is her greatest fear. She persuades Blanche and Dorothy to come along, where they end up facing their own fears. At home, Sophia enters a cook-off for the Daughters of Sicily.
Guest star: Meg Wylie as Candy the stewardess; Paul Ross as Captain Lord (voice).
Note: This was the first of four appearances by Meg Wylie.
576"Letter to Gorbachev"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro & Mort NathanOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
Mikhail Gorbachev's U.S. representatives report that their leader was touched by Rose's letter pleading for nuclear disarmament and that he's eager to meet Rose — who, they all assume, must be a little girl, given her letter's naivete. As Blanche and Dorothy ponder how to break the news to Rose, Sophia tries to devise the perfect act for a talent show.
Guest star: Allan Rich as Alexi.
587"Strange Bedfellows"Terry HughesChristopher LloydNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
A political candidate for whom the ladies are campaigning says that he and Blanche had an affair. Blanche protests her innocence, but the girls do not believe her.
Guest star: John Schuck as Gil Kessler.
598"Brotherly Love"Terry HughesJeffrey Ferro & Fredric WeissNovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
Stan's brother Ted, an attractive doctor, comes to town, and soon causes trouble between Blanche and Dorothy and between himself and Stan. Meanwhile, Rose is dealing with a severe run of insomnia, which it turns out is caused by drinking tea.
Guest star: McLean Stevenson as Dr. Theodore "Ted" Zbornak.
609"A Visit from Little Sven"Terry HughesDavid NicholsNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
Rose's young, clueless cousin Sven arrives from Sweden on his way to St. Olaf to meet his bride-to-be; Blanche uses him to make her cheating boyfriend jealous.
Guest stars: Casey Sander as Sven; Chuck Walling as Floyd McCallum; Yvette Heyden as Olga ("the lean, mean, Swedish machine" per Sophia).
6110"The Audit"Terry HughesWinifred Hervey StallworthNovember 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
Dorothy and Stan are audited by the IRS, and they may be in deep trouble due to Stan's extravagant spending. Meanwhile, Rose takes a Spanish class at night school to qualify for a promotion at work, and Blanche tags along because she figures it'll be a good way to meet smart men.
Guest stars: Tony Perez as Mr. Escobar; Richard Penn as Mr. Murray.
6211"Three on a Couch"Terry HughesJeffrey Ferro & Fredric WeissDecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
Constant bickering leads the ladies to seek professional counseling from a psychiatrist.
Guest stars: Philip Sterling as Dr. Ashley; Terry Wills as Carl; John C. Moskoff as Jerry.
6312"Charlie's Buddy"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanDecember 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
A visitor announces he is an army buddy of Charlie, Rose's late husband. The two hit it off, to the point that Rose considers moving away with him, but Dorothy is suspicious.
Guest star: Milo O'Shea as Buddy Rourke.
6413"The Artist"Terry HughesChristopher LloydDecember 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)
Suave, sexy artist Lazlo chooses Blanche as his nude model for a sculpture. When Blanche sneaks a peek at Lazlo's sketches, she is indignant: the pictures resemble Rose. Dorothy soon reveals that Lazlo asked her to pose, too, and the three bicker over which of them will be immortalized in stone.
Guest stars: Tony Jay as Laszlo; Monte Landis as Victor.
6514"Blanche's Little Girl"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanJanuary 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
Blanche wants to defend her daughter, whose boyfriend speaks to her abusively, but she is afraid that if she does, her daughter will resent her interference and they will again be estranged. Meanwhile, Sophia, now working at a fast-food restaurant, organizes a strike against her tyrannical boss: a pre-teen boy.
Guest stars: Shawn Schepps as Rebecca Devereaux; Joe Regalbuto as Jeremy, Scott Menville as McCracken; Meg Wylie as Edna.
Note: The character of Rebecca would reappear in Seasons 5 and 6 played by Debra Engle
6615"Dorothy's New Friend"Terry HughesRobert Bruce & Martin WeissJanuary 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
Dorothy enjoys the intellectual stimulation of her friendship with new pal Barbara Thorndyke, a novelist, but Barbara's superior air and snobby ways rub Blanche and Rose the wrong way.
Guest star: Bonnie Bartlett as Barbara Thorndyke.
6716"Grab That Dough"Terry HughesWinifred Hervey StallworthJanuary 23, 1988 (1988-01-23)
The girls visit Hollywood, California, to be on the game show Grab that Dough. They are forced to travel cross-country the day before the show, and from there, everything goes wrong: the airline loses their luggage; their hotel has no vacant rooms and they're forced to sleep in the lobby; their purses are stolen; and when they finally get to the television station for the taping, Dorothy and Blanche end up pitting themselves against Rose and Sophia.
Guest stars: Jim McKrell as Guy Corbin; Lucy Lee Flippin as Nancy.
6817"My Brother, My Father"Terry HughesBarry Fanaro & Mort NathanFebruary 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
While Rose and Blanche rehearse for their roles in The Sound of Music, Sophia has a request for Dorothy: pretend to be married to Stan for Angelo, her priest brother, who will be visiting.
Guest stars: Herb Edelman as Stan Zbornak; Bill Dana as Uncle Angelo.
Note: Bea Arthur won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for this episode.
69-7018-19"Golden Moments"Terry HughesTeleplay by: Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro
Story by: Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
February 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
Sophia intends to move to New Jersey to live with her eccentric son, Phil. This prompts the girls to recall the years they've spent together.
Note: One-hour clip show.
7120"And Ma Makes Three"Terry HughesWinifred Hervey StallworthFebruary 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
With all her friends either dying or moving away, Sophia becomes the "third wheel" in Dorothy's latest relationship, and acts as a chaperone on their dates.
Guest stars: James Karen as Raymond, Steven M. Porter as waiter; Marte Boyle Slout as Charlotte; Frank Smith as Duncan.
7221"Larceny and Old Lace"Terry HughesTeleplay by: Robert Bruce & Martin Weiss
Story by: Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss
February 27, 1988 (1988-02-27)
Sophia's latest boyfriend, Rocco, claims to have been a mobster, so when the girls discover a bag of Rocco's with thousands of dollars in it, they assume he robbed a bank. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche sneak a peak at Rose's diary, and discover what appear to be insulting things Rose has written about them.
Guest star: Mickey Rooney as Rocco.
7322"Rose's Big Adventure"Terry HughesJeff AbugovMarch 12, 1988 (1988-03-12)
Rose's newly-retired beau plans a cruise around the world — with Rose as his first mate. Meanwhile, the girls deal with remodeling the garage into a guest room.
Guest stars: George Coe as Al, Vito Scotti as Vincenzo; Don Woodard as Ernie.
7423"Mixed Blessings"Terry HughesChristopher LloydMarch 19, 1988 (1988-03-19)
Dorothy's son Michael plans to wed a much older African-American woman, Lorraine. Dorothy complains of the age difference, but when Lorraine's mother and aunts arrive, they have something to say about Michael's color. The families try to unite to stop the wedding, but they may be too late.
Guest stars: Scott Jacoby as Michael Zbornak; Rosalind Cash as Lorraine; Virginia Capers as Greta; Lynn Hamilton as Trudy; Montrose Hagins as Libby; Hartley Silver as Justice of the Peace.
7524"Mister Terrific"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanApril 30, 1988 (1988-04-30)
Rose starts dating television superhero "Mr. Terrific." He gets Dorothy a job on his show, but Dorothy's recommendations to the producer get Mr. Terrific fired.
Guest stars: Bob Dishy as Mr. Terrific; Lonny Price as Hastings; Jody Price as Jody; Don Woodard as Kolak; John Wheeler as patron; Jim Hudson as Freddy; Raf Mauro as bartender; Ron Kapra as stage manager.
7625"Mother's Day"Terry HughesTeleplay by: Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
Story by: Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
May 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)
Waiting for their children to call, the girls reminisce about previous Mother's Days: Dorothy remembers asking Stan's mother for money; Sophia remembers an incident involving her mother, played by Bea Arthur; Rose reminisces about a motherly lady she once met at a bus station, whose biological daughter died many years earlier; and Blanche remembers the last Mother's Day she spent with her mother.
Guest stars: Geraldine Fitzgerald as Anna (the lady at the bus station); Alice Ghostley as Mrs. Zbornak; Sid Melton as Salvadore Petrillo, Lynnie Greene as young Dorothy Zbornak; Helen Kleeb as Elizabeth Hollingsworth; Wesley Mann as Jacob; Terrence Evans as police officer.
Note: Geraldine Fitzgerald also appears in the Season 5 episode "Not Another Monday" in the role of Sophia's friend Martha Lamont.


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