End of the Curse was the premiere episode of Season 2 of The Golden Girls TV series, also the 26th overall series episode. Directed by Terry Hughes and written by Susan Harris, it originally aired on NBC-TV on September 27, 1986.
Blanche drops a bombshell on the girls, revealing that she is pregnant after taking a home pregnancy test. After this shock, she visits her local doctor who tells her she is not pregnant but entering menopause. Blanche, unlike the other girls, is not thrilled at all of her new change in life.
Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia plan to breed minks for fur, but Blanche is in bed depressed for an unknown reason. When she appears, clearly upset, she tells the girls the truth she's pregnant and she is unsure if she could have the baby or who the father is. The following days the minks are uninterested in mating, which means the girls will end up broke. Blanche returns and while the girls convince they will help her with the baby, she reveals the doctor tells her that it's menopause and she is depressed. The girls bring Blanche to a psychiatrist's office to deal with her depression, she reveals that she is scared it's the end of her sexual attractiveness and she fears she will become her mother which is her worst nightmare. The next day Blanche is still depressed and the girls try to cheer her up by talking about their own period stories and why menopause means nothing in the end. Blanche is still depressed but when the vet appears, Blanche starts to perk up, the vet tells the girls the minks are too old for breeding and unlike humans, they lose the sexual appeal which cheers Blanche up and she chats him up. After Blanche's date, she tells the girls she's over the depression and she glad they were there as well as they let her know menopause wasn't the end she believed it to be. However, the mink is still there and while Dorothy called the animal center but Rose doesn't she said while the minks aren't useful any more it doesn't mean they shouldn't be sent away, Blanche declares they can stay. Just then they begin mating but Dorothy tells them that the two minks mating are the males.
- Philip Sterling as Dr. Barensfeld
- Vince Cannon as Dr. Parks
Blanche's fear of growing older or like her Mother is because her mother died of Alzheimer's Disease, shown in the episode Mother's Day.
In this episode Dorothy states that Stan never bought her a mink, but in the season one episode Break-in she states that her mink stole was stolen and that it was a gift from Stan.