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'Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas was the 11th episode of Season 2 of The Golden Girls, also the 36th overall episode. Directed by Terry Hughes, and written by Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan, it premiered on NBC-TV on December 20, 1986.


The girls all plan to visit their respective families for Christmas but their plans are ruined when they are held hostage by a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Grief Counseling Center.


Blanche returns home early with a Store Santa whom she was about to conquer when the other girls come back so he leaves, Dorothy admits she's a little blue as all Christmas seems like to her know is shopping, so Rose suggests they have a little celebration at home with home made gifts the night before they leave for their families. The night comes and Blanche's gift is a Calendar called The Men of Blanche's Boudoir displaying the men she has the best time with.

The next day Blanche and Dorothy are waiting in the foyer of Rose's Grief Centre while she finishes, however a man dressed as Santa holds them at gunpoint, he's a lonely man who wants a little cheer, the girls plan to tackle him, however Rose is ticked off telling him for being so selfish and maybe he needs to realise why he's alone not think other people own him it. However Sophia comes in, takes the gun off him, revealing it to be a harmless toy.

The girls get to their gates just in time, but just then Bad Weather has grounded them all, they all go to a diner for Coffee and Cheesecake sad they won't be seeing their families however the solo staff member explains he thought they were family which improves their moods so in an act of kindness they will look after the diner so he can see his family which he is thankful for. The girls then see presented with snow, ending a prefect Christmas together.


  • Two of the prop men on the show used to play practical jokes on the cast and once took nude and semi-nude pictures of themselves and put them into the Blanche's Boudoir calendar which was used on the episode "'Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas".
  • The title refers to the Clement Clarke Moore poem 'A Visit from St. Nicholas', more commonly known today as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'.
  • Near the end of the episode, when the girls are in a diner, the exterior shot before the beginning of the scene is of "The Roadside Diner" (its real name) which is (as of 8/2012) and has been in business for decades. It's in Wall Township, New Jersey, a few miles outside of Farmingdale, NJ, just west of the Collingwood Circle. It's been the location for scenes in several movies over the years.

Scene execerpts[]

  • Airport Mendicant: Excuse me. Would you like to buy a flower?
  • Sophia: Beat it, chrome-dome! And while you're at it, get a job! Get a suit! And get on your knees and beg your mother's forgiveness!

  • Blanche: Did I ever tell you, girls, I met my husband George on Christmas Eve?
  • Blanche: Let me tell you just how exciting a Christmas Eve can be. I was home from college on Christmas vacation, when my best friend, Lisa Jane Biedler fixed me up with the most beautiful boy I've ever laid my eyes on.
  • Dorothy: George.

  • Blanche:  No, this was Richard Jay Wilde. And believe me, his name said it all! Huh-huh-huh! We must've pulled over on the side of the road five times on our way to that Christmas dance. Ha-hah!
  • Rose: It's always best to drive defensively over the holidays.
  • Blanche: Anyway, when we finally got to the dance, why, Richard dropped me off, and I turned and ran smack into a man so gorgeous he made Richard Jay Wilde look like a pre-pubescent choirboy.
  • Rose: George.
  • Blanche: : No-no, no. Ernie Willis. Well, Ernie smiled. And the next thing I knew, we were dancing in a local bar. When all of a sudden I heard a deep voice say, "Hm-hm... May I cut in?" Well when I turned, I saw the man I knew I was gonna spend the rest of my life with.
  • Albert: George.
  • Blanche:' Uh, no. No. Thomas Pennville. Uh-huh. Well, after Thomas and I left...
  • Dorothy: Blanche! I could get herpes listening to this story!

  • Dorothy: [looking through Blanche's bodies calendar] Whoa!
  • Blanche: September?
  • Dorothy: Yep!
  • Sophia: I'm surprised you were able to walk in October.

Guest Stars[]

  • Theodore Wilson as Albert
  • Sam Anderson as Meyer
  • Buddy Daniels as Airport Mendicant
  • Terry Kiser as Santa Claus
  • Craig Richard Nelson as Thurber