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This page lists all the episodes aired in Season 3 of The Golden Girls TV series. The third season of The Golden Girls premiered on NBC-TV on September 19, 1987, and concluded on May 7, 1988. The season consisted of 25 episodes. The season originally aired Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST) from September 19, 1987 to May 7, 1988.[1][2]

DVD release[]

The Region 1 DVD was released on November 22, 2005. The Region 2 and 4 DVD were respectively released on January 9 and January 11, 2006.

Season 3 Episodes (1987-88)[]

Picture Title Original Airdate Episode # No. in Series Prod. code Directed by Written by
052 - The Golden Girls - Old Friends - Sofia and Alvin.jpg Old Friends September 19, 1987 1 52 3.1 Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Sophia has a new friend, but as the friendship deepens, the old fellow's behavior becomes erratic, and she learns he has Alzheimer's Disease. At home, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's cherished teddy bear to a Sunshine Cadet (Girl Scout-type). When Blanche tries to get the bear back for Rose, the freckled little girl holds the teddy for ransom.

Note: This episode won two Emmys: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy  (Estelle Getty) and Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series. 

053 - The Golden Girls - One for the Money.jpg One for the Money September 26, 1987 2 53 3.2 Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Barry Fanaro. Mort Nathan & Winifred Hervey Stallworth
The ladies recall their attempts to earn extra money, including starting a catering business.
054 - The Golden Girls - Bringing Up Baby.jpg Bringing Up Baby October 3, 1987 3 54 3.3 Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
The ladies can split a cool $100,000 if they care for an elderly pig in their home until it dies. Meanwhile, Sophia shuffles around blind as a bat after losing her eyeglasses at the mall.
  • Guest star:Parley Baer as Chester T. Raney. 
055 - The Golden Girls - The Housekeeper.jpg The Housekeeper October 17, 1987 4 55 3.4 Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey Stallworth
In Sophia's absence, the ladies hire a housekeeper, Marguerite, who charms all the ladies but is lousy at keeping house. When they fire her, she storms out, telling the ladies they have made a big mistake. At first the ladies think nothing of it until they all receive terrible luck and become convinced that Marguerite has placed a voodoo curse on them. Paula Kelly guest stars as Marguerite Brown
056 - The Golden Girls - Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself.jpg Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself October 24, 1987 5 56 3.5 Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd
When Rose's great-aunt dies, she must fly to the Bahamas to deliver the eulogy — and speaking in public is her greatest fear. She persuades Blanche and Dorothy to come along, where they end up facing their own fears. At home, Sophia enters a cook-off for the Daughters of Sicily.
  • Guest stars: Meg Wylie as Candy the stewardessPaul Ross as Captain Lord (voice).

Note: This was the first of four appearances by Meg Wylie. 

The Golden Girls Season 3 Episode 06.JPG Letter to Gorbachev October 31, 1987 6 57 3.6 Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
Mikhail Gorbachev's U.S. representatives report that their leader was touched by Rose's pleading for nuclear disarmament and that he's eager to meet Rose — who, they all assume, must be a little girl, given her letter's naïveté. As Blanche and Dorothy ponder how to break the news to Rose, Sophia tries to devise the perfect act for a talent show.
  • Guest star: Allan Rich as Alexi
058 - The Golden Girls - Strange Bedfellows.jpg Strange Bedfellows November 7, 1987 7 58 3.7 Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd
A political candidate for whom the ladies are campaigning says that he and Blanche had an affair. Blanche protests her innocence, but the girls do not believe her. John Schuck guest stars as Gil Kessler
059 - The Golden Girls - Brotherly Love.jpg Brotherly Love November 14, 1987 8 59 3.8 Terry Hughes Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss
Stan's brother Ted, an attractive doctor, comes to town, and soon causes trouble between Blanche and Dorothy and between himself and Stan. Meanwhile, Rose is dealing with a severe run of insomnia, which it turns out is caused by drinking tea. McLean Stevenson guest stars as Dr. Theodore "Ted" Zbornak
060 - The Golden Girls - A Visit from Little Sven.jpg A Visit from Little Sven November 21, 1987 9 60 3.9 Terry Hughes David Nichols
Rose's young, clueless cousin Sven arrives from Sweden on his way to St. Olaf to meet his bride-to-be; Blanche uses him to make her cheating boyfriend jealous.
  • Guest stars:Casey Sander as Sven; Chuck Walling as Floyd McCallum; Yvette Heyden as Olga
Db8cd5331bde9bf1d2a4f342565a7944.jpg The Audit November 28, 1987 10 61 3.10 Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey Stallworth
Dorothy and Stan are audited by the IRS, and they may be in deep trouble due to Stan's extravagant spending. Meanwhile, Rose takes a Spanish class at night school to qualify for a promotion at work, and Blanche tags along because she figures it'll be a good way to meet smart men.

Guest stars:Tony Perez as Mr. EscobarRichard Penn as Mr. Murray

Tgg Season 3 Episode 11.JPG Three on a Couch December 5, 1987 11 62 3.11 Terry Hughes Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss
Constant bickering leads the ladies to seek professional counseling from a psychiatrist.

Guest stars: Philip Sterling as Dr. Ashley; Terry Wills as Carl; John C. Moskoff as Jerry

Charlie's Buddy.jpg Charlie's Buddy December 12, 1987 12 63 3.12 Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
A visitor announces he is an army buddy of Charlie, Rose's late husband. The two hit it off, to the point that Rose considers moving away with him, but Dorothy is suspicious. Milo O'Shea guest stars as Buddy Rourke
TheArtist.jpg The Artist December 19, 1987 13 64 3.13 Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd
Suave, sexy artist Lazlo chooses Blanche as his nude model for a sculpture. When Blanche sneaks a peek at Lazlo's sketches, she is indignant: the pictures resemble Rose. Dorothy soon reveals that Lazlo asked her to pose, too, and the three bicker over which of them will be immortalized in stone.
  • Guest stars: Tony Jay as Laszlo;, Monte Landis as Victor
BlanchesLittleGirl.jpg Blanche's Little Girl January 2, 1988 14 65 2.14 Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Blanche wants to defend her daughter, whose boyfriend speaks to her abusively, but she is afraid that if she does, her daughter will resent her interference and they will again be estranged. Meanwhile, Sophia, now  working at a fast-food restaurant, organizes a strike against her tyrannical boss: a pre-teen boy.

Guest stars: Shawn Schepps as Rebecca DevereauxJoe Regalbuto as JeremyScott Menville as McCracken; Meg Wylie as Edna.

Note: The character of Rebecca would reappear in Seasons 5 and 6 played by Debra Engle 

Season 3 Episode 15.jpg Dorothy's New Friend January 16, 1988 15 66 3.15 Terry Hughes Robert Bruce & Martin Weiss
Dorothy enjoys the intellectual stimulation of her friendship with new pal Barbara Thorndike, a novelist, but Barbara's superior air and snobby ways rub Blanche and Rose the wrong way. Bonnie Bartlett makes a guest starring appearance as Barbara Thorndike
Grab-that-dough.jpg Grab That Dough January 23, 1988 16 67 3.16 Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey Stallworth
The girls visit Hollywood, California, to be on the game show Grab that Dough. They are forced to travel cross-country the day before the show, and from there, everything goes wrong: the airline loses their luggage; their hotel has no vacant rooms and they're forced to sleep in the lobby; their purses are stolen; and when they finally get to the television station for the taping, Dorothy and Blanche end up pitting themselves against Rose and Sophia.
  • Guest stars:Jim McKrell as Guy CorbinLee Flippin as Nancy
My Brother, My Father.jpg My Brother, My Father February 6, 1988 17 68 3.17 Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
While Rose and Blanche rehearse for their roles in The Sound of Music, Sophia has a request for Dorothy: pretend to be married to Stan for Angelo, her priest brother, who will be visiting. Herb Edelman makes another guest appearance as Stanley Zbornak.
  • Other guest stars:Bill Dana as Uncle Angelo.
  • NoteBea Arthur won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for this episode. 
File:69.jpg Golden Moments (Parts I & II) February 13, 1988 18/19 69/70 3.18/3.19 Terry Hughes Teleplay by: Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro

Story by: Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman

Sophia intends to move to New Jersey to live with her eccentric son, Phil.
  • Note: One-hour clip show derived from flashbacks from previous episodes. 
File:71.jpg And Ma Makes Three February 20, 1988 20 71 3.20 Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey Stallworth
With all her friends either dying or moving away, Sophia becomes the "third wheel" in Dorothy's latest relationship, and acts as a chaperone on their dates.
  • Guest stars: James Karen as Raymond, Steven M. Porter as waiter; Marte Boyle Slout as Charlotte; Frank Smith as Duncan
File:72.jpg Larceny and Old Lace February 27, 1988 21 72 3.21 Terry Hughes Teleplay by: Robert Bruce & Martin Weiss
Story by: Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss
Sophia's latest boyfriend, Rocco, claims to have been a mobster, so when the girls discover a bag of Rocco's with thousands of in it, they assume he robbed a bank. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche sneak a peak at Rose's diary, and discover what appear to be insulting things Rose has written about them. Mickey Rooney makes a guest appearance as Rocco
File:73.jpg Rose's Big Adventure March 12, 1988 22 73 3.22 Terry Hughes Jeff Abugov
Rose's newly retired beau plans a cruise around the world — with Rose as his first mate. Meanwhile, the girls deal with remodeling the garage into a guest room.

Guest stars:George Coe as AlVito Scotti as Vincenzo; Don Woodard as Ernie

File:74.jpg Mixed Blessings March 19, 1988 23 74 3.23 Terry Hughes Christopher Lloyd
Dorothy's son Michael plans to wed a much older African-American woman, Lorraine. Dorothy complains of the age difference, but when Lorraine's mother and aunts arrive, they have something to say about Michael's color. The families try to unite to stop the wedding, but they may be too late.
File:75.jpg Mister Terrific April 30, 1988 24 75 3.24 Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Rose starts dating television superhero "Mr. Terrific." He gets Dorothy a job on his show, but Dorothy's recommendations to the producer get Mr. Terrific fired.

Guest stars: Bob Dishy as Mr. TerrificLonny Price as Hastings; Jody Price as Jody; Don Woodard as Kolak; John Wheeler as patron; Jim Hudson as Freddy; Raf Mauro as bartender; Ron Kapra as stage manager. 

File:76.jpg Mother's Day May 7, 1988 25 76 3.25 Terry Hughes Teleplay by: Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
Story by: Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Waiting for their children to call, the girls reminisce about previous Mother's Days: Dorothy remembers asking Stan's mother for money; Sophia remembers an incident involving her mother, played by Bea Arthur; Rose reminisces about a motherly lady she once met at a bus station, whose biological daughter died many years earlier; and Blanche remembers the last Mother's Day she spent with her mother.

Note: Geraldine Fitzgerald also appears in the Season 5 episode "Not Another Monday" in the role of Sophia's friend Martha Lamont.