The Custody Battle was the 12th episode of Season 1 of The Golden Girls TV series, also the 12th overall series episode. Directed by Terry Hughes and written by series co-executive producer Susan Harris and Winifred Hervey, it originally aired on NBC-TV on December 7, 1985.


Sophia is faced with a new living decision when her other daughter Gloria arrives in town and wants her to move to California with her. Sophia agrees which puts her relationship with Dorothy under more tension than it already is.

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Gloria: Dorothy, why don't you ever come to California to visit me?
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: It's not easy, you know... I have my job, I have responsibilities, I've never been invited...
Gloria: Well, I'm inviting you now. I have a huge house with servants and an ocean view. And Bert Convy shops in my grocery store.
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: Bert Convy? Let's leave now!