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Valentine's Day is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of The Golden Girls and the ninety-first episode overall. Directed by Terry Hughes and written by Barry Fanaro, Terry Grossman, Mort Nathan, and Kathy Speer, it premiered on NBC-TV on February 11th, 1989.


The ladies' Valentine's Day dates all stand them up, so they sit around, eat cheesecake, and look back at memorable Valentine's Days past.


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Tall Tales[]

Back in St. Olaf...[]

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Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

  • Sid Melton as Salvadore Petrillo
  • Bill Dana as Papa Angelo
  • Pat McCormick as Clerk
  • Tom Isbell as Young Man
  • Wayne C. Dvorak as Maitre d'
  • Michael Blue as Porter
  • Peter Elbling as Desk Clerk
  • Michael J. London as Edgar
  • Joe Faust as Raymond
  • John Rice as Steve
  • John Harnagel as Mechanic
  • Julian Deyer as Waiter
  • Julio Iglesias as Himself



  • Bill Dana, who portrays Sophia's father Angelo, also portrays her brother Angelo in several other episodes.
  • The scene where Sophia hears the gunshots in her flashback is often cut from syndication.


  • In "Rose's Big Adventure", Sofia mentions witnessing the St. Valentine's Day massacre.[2] Her story is confirmed in this episode.


  • In the beginning, Dorothy tries a piece of chocolate and mentions the piece having a red ring around the outside. Sophia says it was her lipstick. However, Sophia isn't wearing any lipstick.
  • The clerk takes the condoms from the girls in his left hand and picks up the P.A. microphone in his right. It then cuts to a very brief shot of Dorothy then back to the clerk and the microphone is now in his left hand and the condoms have disappeared.
  • When Dorothy tries to force-feed the chocolate to Sophia, she is holding it in front of her mother's face just before Blanche walks in. It then cuts to a longer shot (as Blanche appears) and Dorothy is already putting the chocolate back in the box.
  • In Sophia's flashback, Sophia and her family are driving to California from Chicago during cold winter. Yet when they enter the mechanic's garage in Chicago, it's clear that they've been driving with the cars top down.
  • The Saint Valentine's Day massacre occurred in February 1929. The series established that Sophia was born around 1905 or 1906, thus she would be anywhere between 22 to 24 years old at that time. The same would also apply for Sal. However, both characters are portrayed by Estelle Getty and Sid Melton, who were both in the early sixties, instead of younger actors like in the future episode "Clinton Avenue Memoirs".
  • During Sophia's flashback, there is a grille shell from either a 1930 or 1931 Ford Model A hanging on the wall directly in front of their Model T touring sedan. This would be historically inaccurate, as the massacre occurred in February 1929.

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  1. The Golden Girls, Season 4, Episode 15, “Valentine’s Day”. Fanaro, Barry; Grossman, Terry; Nathan, Mort and Speer, Kathy (writers) & Hughes, Terry (director) (February 11th, 1989)
  2. The Golden Girls, Season 3, Episode 22, “Rose’s Big Adventure”. Abugov, Jeff (writer) & Hughes, Terry (director) (March 12th, 1988)