19 January 2011

Golden Girls, Thank You for Being a Friend (and Ally)

There’s been an embarrassment of riches on TV lately...just as I was writing about current TV shows that featured gays as fully realized characters, a Golden Girls rerun came on to remind me how that show was embracing gays 25 years ago:

It’s the middle of the night. Dorothy and Sophia are sharing a bed. Dorothy wakes Sophia.

DOROTHY: Ma, what would you do if one of your kids was gay?

SOPHIA: Phil is gay?

DOROTHY: No, Phil’s not gay.

SOPHIA: You’re gay? What, Jean’s running a membership drive? I know you don't get that many dates, but stick with what you know. At your age, it's hard to try something new.

DOROTHY: No Ma, I'm not gay. I just wanted to get your reaction.

SOPHIA: Well, if one of my kids was gay, I wouldn't love him one bit less. I would wish him all the happiness in the world.

DOROTHY: Because you're the greatest mother in the world.

SOPHIA: Thank you. Now shut your big fat lip so I can get some sleep.

Pause

DOROTHY: Jean thinks she's in love with Rose.

(Sophia laughs sarcastically)

DOROTHY: Ma, that is not funny!

SOPHIA: The hell it's not. Jean in love with Little Miss Muffet? Come on!

(They both laugh hysterically. Blanche walks in)

BLANCHE: What's going on in here?

SOPHIA and DOROTHY: Nothing.

BLANCHE: I heard you two laughing. What's up?

SOPHIA: Well, for starters, Jean is a lesbian.

BLANCHE: What's so funny about that?

SOPHIA: Aren't you surprised?

BLANCHE: No, why should I be? Isn't Danny Thomas one?

DOROTHY: Not LEBANESE, Blanche. LESBIAN.

BLANCHE: Lesbian...Lesbian....LESBIAN! Isn’t that where one woman...(gestures vaguely)

DOROTHY: We already know what it means.

BLANCHE (slightly confused): Jean's a very attractive woman, she could have any man she wants.

DOROTHY: But she doesn't want them.

BLANCHE: But a man has so much more to offer, Dorothy, you know what I mean?

DOROTHY (dryly, as only Dorothy can): You know, that was the case with Mark Purper when he was running for class president back in the third grade.

BLANCHE: What does that have to do with anything?

DOROTHY: His slogan was "Vote for me and I'll show you my wee-wee". He won by a landslide!

BLANCHE: I'll say if Jean likes someone of the same sex then it's alright by me...

DOROTHY: There's one more thing...

SOPHIA: Jean thinks she's in love with Rose!

BLANCHE (dramatically): You mean, Jean has the hots for ROSE! I don't believe it! I just don't believe it!

DOROTHY: We were surprised also.

BLANCHE (indignantly): I'll bet! To think Jean would prefer Rose over me? Come on!

DOROTHY: Blanche, please!

BLANCHE (competitively): Think about it, if you were gay, who would you choose, huh?!

DOROTHY: Blanche, pull yourself together!

BLANCHE (visibly calming herself): Oh, I'm so sorry. Does Rose know?

DOROTHY: No she doesn't.

BLANCHE (slyly and with feeling): Good, I don’t think we oughta tell her. After all, she's not as worldly and sophisticated about these things as I am.

SOPHIA: You tell her Danny Thomas is a lesbian, it'll break her heart.

Good work, Girls!

- Maura McGurk

1 comment:

  1. I remember watching this episode (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-3QTMjZvN4) in the denial phase of my gayness. It was one of the few things that made me feel validated and safe. Great pick. DeeCue

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