History Series / TheGoldenGirls

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** It's a skill Sophia apparently learned from her own mother, as shown in the Mother's Day flashback episode.
--> '''Sophia's Mother''' (BeaArthur): Let me tell you a story. Picture it! Sicily, 1881. A beautiful young peasant girl...
--> '''Sophia''': Ma, not another story!
--> '''Sophia's Mother''': Sophia, come closer. ''[slaps Sophia in the face]''
15th Sep '17 6:07:42 PM GarrulousTiger
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Many of the episode titles are references to classic movies, books, or popular songs. For example: "TwoRodeTogether", "Like the Beep-Beep-Beep of the Tom-Tom" (lyrics from the ColePorter standard "Night and Day"), "[[CyndiLauper Girls Just Wanna Have Fun... Before They Die", and so on.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Many of the episode titles are references to classic movies, books, or popular songs. For example: "TwoRodeTogether", "Like the Beep-Beep-Beep of the Tom-Tom" (lyrics from the ColePorter standard "Night and Day"), "[[CyndiLauper "[[Music/CyndiLauper Girls Just Wanna Have Fun... Before They Die", Die]]", and so on.
15th Sep '17 6:06:22 PM GarrulousTiger
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Many of the episode titles are references to classic movies or novels (i.e. "Two Rode Together" is a classic [[TwoRodeTogether 1961 Western]], "Bang the Drum Stanley" is a reference to BangTheDrumSlowly, and so on) or popular songs ("Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom Tom" references lyrics from the ColePorter standard "Night and Day").

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Many of the episode titles are references to classic movies or novels (i.e. "Two Rode Together" is a classic [[TwoRodeTogether 1961 Western]], "Bang the Drum Stanley" is a reference to BangTheDrumSlowly, and so on) movies, books, or popular songs ("Like songs. For example: "TwoRodeTogether", "Like the Beep Beep Beep Beep-Beep-Beep of the Tom Tom" references lyrics Tom-Tom" (lyrics from the ColePorter standard "Night and Day").Day"), "[[CyndiLauper Girls Just Wanna Have Fun... Before They Die", and so on.
15th Sep '17 6:02:32 PM GarrulousTiger
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Many of the episode titles are references to classic movies or novels (i.e. "Two Rode Together" is a classic [[TwoRodeTogether 1961 Western]], "Bang the Drum Stanley" is a reference to BangTheDrumSlowly, and so on) or popular songs ("Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom Tom" references lyrics from the ColePorter standard "Night and Day").



** The two malingerers team up for the biggest deceit of all in "Bang the Drum Stanley." After Sophia is whacked on the head by a fly ball at a baseball game, Stan convinces her to pretend she's paralyzed so they can sue the park and get a big cash settlement. Sophia goes along with it at first but eventually guilt gets the better of her when she sees how many people in the hospital waiting room seem legitimately injured. It's then revealed that [[spoiler:everyone in the waiting room is also Playing Sick, as Dorothy put them up to it to shame her mother into confessing the deceit]].

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** The two malingerers team up for the biggest deceit of all in "Bang the Drum Stanley." After Sophia is whacked on the head by a fly ball at a baseball game, Stan convinces her to pretend she's paralyzed so they can sue the park and get a big cash settlement. Sophia goes along with it at first (although Dorothy is not fooled) but eventually guilt gets the better of her when she sees how many people in the hospital waiting room seem legitimately injured. It's then revealed that [[spoiler:everyone in the waiting room is also Playing Sick, as Dorothy put them up to it to shame her mother into confessing the deceit]].confessing]].
15th Sep '17 5:52:02 PM GarrulousTiger
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** Dorothy killing a mosquito after declaring that "All life is valuable" in one episode.



* CannotKeepASecret: Rose and Sophia both. Rose accidentally let slip that Dorothy had her ears pinned back in high school (much to Blanche's amusement). And as for Sophia...

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* CannotKeepASecret: Rose and Sophia both. Rose accidentally let slip that Dorothy had her ears pinned back in high school (much to Blanche's amusement). She also once revealed a secret of Dorothy's to Blanche under pressure of Blanche threatening to ''tickle'' her. And as for Sophia...



** Dorothy tries faking one in "Bang the Drum Stanley," an attempt to expose Sophia as a malingerer (faking paralysis so she can sue the baseball park after being hit on the head by home run - Stan's idea, naturally). It fails.

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** Dorothy tries faking one in "Bang the Drum Stanley," an attempt to expose Sophia as a malingerer (faking paralysis so she can sue the baseball park after being hit on the head by home run - Stan's idea, naturally).[[PlayingSick malingerer]]. It fails.


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** Blanche chewing out Trudy for her prank in "Till Death Do We Volley" by pointing out that things we do when we're kids aren't always appropriate once we grow up - like staying out all night dating multiple men. She then realizes she's lost credibility and clams up.


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* PlayingSick:
** After recovering from heart surgery, Stan fakes a relapse in order to keep Dorothy waiting on him hand and foot.
** In "Beauty and the Beast," Sophia fakes the severity of an injury that has confined her to a wheelchair in order to keep Nurse DeFarge waiting on ''her'' hand and foot.
** The two malingerers team up for the biggest deceit of all in "Bang the Drum Stanley." After Sophia is whacked on the head by a fly ball at a baseball game, Stan convinces her to pretend she's paralyzed so they can sue the park and get a big cash settlement. Sophia goes along with it at first but eventually guilt gets the better of her when she sees how many people in the hospital waiting room seem legitimately injured. It's then revealed that [[spoiler:everyone in the waiting room is also Playing Sick, as Dorothy put them up to it to shame her mother into confessing the deceit]].


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* SayingTooMuch: Also see CannotKeepASecret.
15th Sep '17 5:32:23 PM GarrulousTiger
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** Dorothy tries faking one in "Bang the Drum Stanley," an attempt to expose her mother as a malingerer. It fails.

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** Dorothy tries faking one in "Bang the Drum Stanley," an attempt to expose her mother Sophia as a malingerer.malingerer (faking paralysis so she can sue the baseball park after being hit on the head by home run - Stan's idea, naturally). It fails.
15th Sep '17 5:29:16 PM GarrulousTiger
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** Dorothy tries faking one in "Bang the Drum Stanley," an attempt to expose her mother as a malingerer. It fails.
11th Sep '17 4:19:49 PM GarrulousTiger
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** Rose as well, albeit an older version thereof.
11th Sep '17 4:14:44 PM GarrulousTiger
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* SexyScandinavian: Olga, Sven's fiancee in "A Visit from Little Sven." She's such a knockout that she immediately makes Sven forget his feelings for [[spoiler:Blanche]].
** Rose as well, albeit an older version thereof.



* StereotypeFlip: Pepe the Cuban boxer in "Fiddler on the Ropes" purposely plays into the stereotype of a dumb Latino boxer (including apparently being able to speak any English outside of "Kill Gonzales!"), and the girls go along with it without questioning until they discover that there's a lot more to Pepe - he not only can speak fluent English, but he's a very talented violinist. Similarly, Marguerite in "The Housekeeper" purposely plays into the stereotype of a woman of Caribbean descent as a practitioner of voodoo and black magic by letting the girls believe that she's blessed them with good luck charms for hiring her and later cursed them with bad luck for firing her. She admits in the end that it was a put-on and she's studying for her law degree.

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* StereotypeFlip: Pepe the Cuban boxer in "Fiddler on the Ropes" purposely plays into the stereotype of a dumb Latino boxer (including apparently being able to speak any English outside of "Kill Gonzales!"), and the girls go along with it without questioning until they discover that there's a lot more to Pepe - he not only can speak fluent English, but he's a very talented violinist. Dorothy at first expresses indignation that Pepe would think she and her friends were closed-minded enough to buy into that stereotype, until Pepe rightfully points out that they ''did'' buy into it without questioning.
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Similarly, Marguerite in "The Housekeeper" purposely plays into the stereotype of a woman of Caribbean descent as a practitioner of voodoo and black magic by letting the girls believe that she's blessed them with good luck charms for hiring her and later cursed them with bad luck for firing her. She admits in the end that it was a put-on and she's studying for her law degree.
11th Sep '17 4:02:43 PM GarrulousTiger
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*** Earlier in this episode, Sophia undergoes an ink blot test as a sort of psychiatric entrance exam. Dorothy, accusing her mother of making up the answers to the exam, remarks that one of the ink blots looks like "JohnForsyth lying naked in a pool of honey." The nun administering the test examines the blot and says a bit giddily, "It does look a little bit like John Forsyth, doesn't it?"

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*** Earlier in this episode, Sophia undergoes an ink blot test as a sort of psychiatric entrance exam. Dorothy, accusing her mother of making up the answers to the exam, remarks that one of the ink blots looks like "JohnForsyth "JohnForsythe lying naked in a pool of honey." The nun administering the test examines the blot and says a bit giddily, "It does look a little bit like John Forsyth, Forsythe, doesn't it?"


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* StereotypeFlip: Pepe the Cuban boxer in "Fiddler on the Ropes" purposely plays into the stereotype of a dumb Latino boxer (including apparently being able to speak any English outside of "Kill Gonzales!"), and the girls go along with it without questioning until they discover that there's a lot more to Pepe - he not only can speak fluent English, but he's a very talented violinist. Similarly, Marguerite in "The Housekeeper" purposely plays into the stereotype of a woman of Caribbean descent as a practitioner of voodoo and black magic by letting the girls believe that she's blessed them with good luck charms for hiring her and later cursed them with bad luck for firing her. She admits in the end that it was a put-on and she's studying for her law degree.
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