|The Golden Girls|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original release||September 27, 1986 –|
May 16, 1987
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.
The season originally aired Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST) on NBC from September 27, 1986 to May 16, 1987.
See also: List of The Golden Girls episodes
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Rating|
|26||1||"End of the Curse"||Terry Hughes||Susan Harris||September 27, 1986||25.6|
Blanche is depressed when she thinks she is pregnant, but is devastated when she finds out she is beginning menopause. Rose and Dorothy try their hands at mink-breeding with no success.|
Guest Stars: Philip Sterling as Dr. Barensfeld and Vince Cannon as Dr. Parks.
Note: Rue McClanahan won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for this episode. Philip Sterling appears in a Season 3 episode as Dr. Ashley
|27||2||"Ladies of the Evening"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan||October 4, 1986||27.3|
Blanche wins three tickets to a premiere of Burt Reynolds's new movie and passes to the after-party, leaving Sophia angry about left out. The girls decide to make a weekend out of attending the premiere and get arrested when their hotel is raided for prostitution.|
Guest Stars: Peter Jason as The Policeman, Rhonda Aldrich as Meg, Ron Michaelson as Carl
|28||3||"Take Him, He's Mine"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman||October 11, 1986||24.6|
Blanche takes Dorothy's ex-husband Stan out as a favor to Dorothy, but when Blanche says they hit it off, Dorothy becomes jealous. Rose and Sophia team up to sell sandwiches and end up threatened by the mob.|
Guest Stars: Herb Edelman as Stan; Lana Schwab as The Girl; Tom La Grua as Vinnie.
|29||4||"It's a Miserable Life"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan||November 1, 1986||25.0|
The girls work on saving a 200-year-old oak tree in their neighborhood and become frustrated when the grouchy neighbor on whose property the tree is located, insists it be removed. At a local council meeting, Rose reaches her limit and yells at the woman, who then dies of a heart attack, leaving Rose feeling guilty.|
Guest Stars: Nan Martin as Frieda Claxton, Thom Sharp as Mr. Pfeiffer
Note: Nan Martin would appear in a season 4 episode.
|30||5||"Isn't It Romantic?"||Terry Hughes||Jeffrey Duteil||November 8, 1986||27.3|
Dorothy's lesbian friend Jean visits and develops feelings for Rose.|
Guest Star: Lois Nettleton as Jean.
|31||6||"Big Daddy's Little Lady"||David Steinberg||Russell Marcus||November 15, 1986||25.3|
Blanche is thrilled when her father, Big Daddy, announces he is getting married, but quickly changes her attitude when she finds out how young the bride-to-be is. Dorothy and Rose enter a song-writing contest and creative differences almost come between them.|
Guest Stars: David Wayne as Big Daddy, Sondra Currie as Margaret Spencer
|32||7||"Family Affair"||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey||November 22, 1986||26.8|
When Rose's daughter, Bridget, and Dorothy's musician son, Michael, both visit and sleep together, it prompts a vicious fight between their mothers.|
Guest Stars: Scott Jacoby as Michael, Marilyn Jones and Bridget
|33||8||"Vacation"||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey||November 29, 1986||25.0|
Dorothy, Rose, and Blanche vacation in the Caribbean, but find the accommodations seriously not to their liking. Back in Miami, Sophia woos the girls' Japanese gardener.|
Guest Stars: Keye Luke as Toshiro Mitsumo, Tom Villard as Rick, Stephen Lee as Dwayne, Brett Porter as Winston Hardwick III, Stuart Pankin as Jacques DeCourville
Note: Tom Villard appears in a season 7 episode as Randy.
|34||9||"Joust Between Friends"||Terry Hughes||Scott Spencer Gordon||December 6, 1986||23.6|
Dorothy takes a job working with Blanche at the museum and things go well until Dorothy starts keeping secrets from Blanche.|
Guest Stars: Reid Shelton as Mr. Allen and Inky as the Stray Dog
|35||10||"Love, Rose"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman||December 13, 1986||23.8|
With Rose feeling lonely, she takes Blanche's advice places an ad in the local newspaper's personals column. When she gets no response and feels even more depressed, Blanche sends her a response under the name Isaac Q. Newton. Their deception works until Rose invites Isaac to be her date at a formal banquet.|
Guest Stars: Paul Dooley as Isaac Q. Newton and Colin Drake as Wilfred Witley Cheswick
Note: Paul Dooley appears in a later episode as George Corliss
|36||11||"'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan||December 20, 1986||23.5|
A series of mishaps almost ruins the girls' Christmas.|
Guest stars: Terry Kiser as Santa Claus, Craig Richard Nelson as Thurber, Teddy Willson as Albert, Sam Anderson as Meyer, Buddy Daniels as Airport Mendicant
|37||12||"The Sisters"||Terry Hughes||Christopher Lloyd||January 3, 1987||27.0|
Dorothy arranges for Sophia's sister, Angela, 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, over what turns out to be a big misunderstanding.|
Guest Stars: Nancy Walker as Angela
|38||13||"The Stan Who Came to Dinner"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman||January 10, 1987||26.6|
After major heart surgery, Stan temporarily moves in with the ladies, and quickly overstays his welcome.|
Guest Stars: Rod Sabbe as Rob, Odil Sabbe as Bob, Steve Kramer as Dr.
|39||14||"The Actor"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan||January 17, 1987||25.0|
When a handsome actor comes to Miami to star in a play at the local community theater, he dates Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy simultaneously, leading each of them to believe he will marry them.|
Guest Stars: Lloyd Bochner as Patrick Vaughn, Janet Caroll as Phyllis Hammerow, Frank Birney as the Stage Manager
|40||15||"Before and After"||Terry Hughes||Bob Rosenfarb||January 24, 1987||26.4|
After suffering an esophageal spasm, Rose decides to "live for the day", upsetting the other girls and eventually moving out. |
Guest Stars: Deborah May as Liz, Rosanna Huffman as Stephanie, Nat Bernstein as Dr. Wallerstein
Note: Nat Bernstein appears in a later episode as Emily's father
|41||16||"And Then There Was One"||Terry Hughes||Russell Marcus||January 31, 1987||21.8|
The girls volunteer to babysit the children of participants in a local marathon, in which Sophia participates, and become concerned when a baby boy's parents don't pick him up after the race.|
Guest Stars: Christopher Burton as Norman, Nat Bernstein as Emily's father, Ray Combs as Bob Henderson, Ariana Richards as Lisa
|42||17||"Bedtime Story"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman, Mort Nathan, and Barry Fanaro||February 7, 1987||24.1|
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.|
Guest Stars: Randy Bennett as Stationmaster
|43||18||"Forgive Me, Father"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman||February 14, 1987||23.7|
Dorothy has her eye on a handsome teacher colleague at the school where she has been working, but doesn't realize he is a priest. He further confuses her when he tells her he is thinking of "leaving the church."|
Guest Stars: John McMartin as Fr. Frank Leahy, and Barney McGeary as Father Callahan
|44||19||"Long Day's Journey Into Marinara"||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan||February 21, 1987||24.5|
When Sophia's sister Angela moves to Miami, Sophia quickly begins to think she is wants 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.|
Guest Stars: Nancy Walker as Angela and Joe Alfasa as Tony
|45||20||"Whose Face Is This, Anyway?"||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey||February 28, 1987||25.8|
After attending her college sorority reunion and seeing that her sorority sisters have had plastic surgery and seeing how old she looks in a video Rose made for community college class, Blanche decides to have an aggressive amount of plastic surgery herself.|
Guest Stars: Joseph Whipp as Dr. Taylor
|46||21||"Dorothy's Prized Pupil"||Terry Hughes||Christopher Lloyd||March 14, 1987||23.8|
Dorothy tutors a young Hispanic boy and enters an essay of his in a local contest where it not only wins first prize, but results in the discovery that he is an in the country illegally. Meanwhile, Rose decides that she must become Blanche's personal servant for a week to atone for losing a pair of Blanche's earrings, which it turns out that Blanche herself lost.|
Guest Stars: Mario Lopez as Mario, John Braden as Sam Burns
|47||22||"Diamond in the Rough"||Terry Hughes||Jan Fischer and William Weidner||March 21, 1987||23.3|
Blanche dates a handsome caterer and shocks the other girls when she refuses to commit to a serious relationship with him.|
Guest Stars: Donnelly Rhodes as Jake Smollens, Howard Witt as Hunter McCoy
|48||23||"Son-in-Law Dearest"||Terry Hughes||Patt Shea and Harriet Weiss||April 11, 1987||23.0|
Dorothy's daughter Kate visits and reveals that she has left her husband, Dennis, after he cheated on her. Dorothy is even more furious when Kate reconciles with him. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose watch an I Love Lucy marathon on television.|
Guest Stars: Deena Freeman as Kate, Jonathan Perpich as Dennis
|49||24||"To Catch a Neighbor"||Terry Hughes||Russell Marcus||May 2, 1987||19.5|
The girls allow two undercover cops (Joseph Campanella and George Clooney) to use their house as a base for spying on their neighbors, who are suspected of being jewel thieves.|
Guest Stars: Joseph Campanella as Al Mullins, George Clooney as Bobby Hopkins, Barbara Tarbuck as Martha McDowell.
|50||25||"A Piece of Cake"||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman, Mort Nathan, and Barry Fanaro||May 9, 1987||19.2|
The ladies recall other birthday celebrations while preparing a surprise birthday party for a friend.|
Guest Stars: Lynnie Greene (credited as Lyn Greene) as Younger Dorothy, Alan Blumenfeld as Mr. Ha Ha, Jeffrey Weber as Bobby Spina, Sid Melton as voice of Salvadore Petrillo.
Note: Alan Blumenfeld appeared in an earlier episode as Lou
|51||26||"Empty Nests"||Jay Sandrich||Susan Harris||May 16, 1987||17.8|
The girls' neighbor Renee feels lonely because her doctor husband, George, works constantly and their children have moved out.|
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.
Guest Stars: Rita Moreno as Renee Corliss, Paul Dooley as Dr. George Corliss, David Leisure as Oliver, Jane Harnick as Jenny Corliss, and Geoffrey Lewis as Chuck/Mr. Fix-It.
39th Primetime Emmy Awards
44th Golden Globe Awards
Writers Guild of America Awards
Directors Guild of America Awards
The Region 1, 2 and 4 DVDs were respectively released on May 17, August 1 and September 21, 2005.