I can confidently claim that I have an advanced knowledge and sophisticated taste in comedy. Which is why I am surprised that this episode provided a moment where I literally almost lost my shit:
It’s such a cliche joke! Blanche is calling a little person a shrimp! How is that even funny? I think it is because these women are so gifted at the physical aspect of comedy. The character of Blanche is so over the top, she could be annoying. But Rue McC has everything down to a science: her walk, her sudden realization of what’s she’s said, and the direct walk back in the kitchen. It’s just so well done. many Golden Girls jokes are super corny, but it’s the embodiment of their characters which make them great.
I s’pose some background is needed: Rose is dating a Jonathan, a psychiatrist, but she is afraid to introduce him to her gal pals because he is a little person. He comes over for dinner, charms everyone. Sophia gets home unexpectedly and sees Jonathan, and cut to-
Brilliant. We all know Sophia is going to say something so inappropriate. She actually doesn’t, but checks wirth Dorothy to make sure she’s not having a stroke. Rose thinks he is going to propose to her.
Seriously, what guy in Miami DOESN’T propose to one of these women? She’s unsure about it but then has a weird dream where her father is also a little person, and some supposed famed psychic shows up, and she decides she’s ready. Only Jonathan can’t marry her because she isn’t Jewish. And someone she is alright with being dumped.
Blanche relays a story about dating someone she shouldn’t have. The other gals think she means a black man, and commend her for her commitment to civil rights. “No, he was from New Jersey! I went to prom with a Yankee!”
Well played everyone, well played. The gals were on their A game for this one.
Fashion Award: I loved Blanche’s polyester blue onesie. I’m not being ironic. I really did. I don’t know what is up with Dorothy’s shirt and how it has a part cut out to see her crotch.