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The Golden Palace is an Americanmarker sitcom that originally aired on CBS during the 1992-1993 season. The show was a spin-off of the sitcom The Golden Girls.

Synopsis

The series featured three of the four characters from The Golden Girls moving out of their original home, and operating an upscale hotel called The Golden Palace. The show was not as popular as its predecessor, perhaps due to the absence of Beatrice Arthur as a regular cast member as well as a move to the Friday night death slot. Arthur did make two guest appearances, as did others from the original show. Twenty-four episodes of the series are known to have been taped.

Cast

  • Betty White as Rose Nylund, a jack-of-all-trades in the hotel. This series sees Rose being of a notably stronger will than her previous incarnation (as Dorothy Zbornak noted in her guest appearance, "When did she become the strong one?").
  • Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, who served as the main operator of the hotel. Her character remains virtually unchanged from her previous series. However, she is slightly more helpful than in Girls.
  • Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo, the hotel's co-chef. In this series, her character is beginning to show signs of senility, and is more kind and gentle than in the parent series.
  • Don Cheadle as Roland Wilson, the hotel's manager
  • Cheech Marin as Chuy Castillos, the chef alongside Sophia.
  • Billy L. Sullivan as Oliver Webb, Roland's foster child for episodes 1-6, 11, and 14.


List of episodes

Ep # Title Air date
01 Pilot September 18, 1992
Pilot. Rose, Blanche and Sophia move out of their home and into The Golden Palace hotel where they meet the manager, named Roland, his Foster Child, Oliver, and the Chef, named Chuy.
02 Promotional Considerations September 25, 1992
Rose makes a deal with producers of a talk show to have guests on the show stay at the Golden Palace for free, in exchange for an ad acknowledging the hotel. Until they find out that one of their latest guests is a killer. Guest starring Bobcat Goldthwait.
03 Miles, We Hardly Knew Ye October 2, 1992
Blanche and Roland suspect that Rose's boyfriend Miles (Harold Gould) has been cheating on her.
04 One Old Lady to Go October 9, 1992
Rose makes friends with an old woman (Anne Haney) at the hotel.
05 Ebbtide for the Defense October 16, 1992
Just as Rose has overbooked the hotel with guests—the majority of whom are lawyers visiting the city for a convention—Blanche and Roland find that the hotel's insurance has been canceled.
06 Can't Stand Losing You October 23, 1992
The girls compete to help Roland find a date, and Blanche brings in an old girlfriend (Kim Fields).
07 Seems Like Old Times (1) October 30, 1992
Dorothy reunites with her old friends at the hotel, and is shocked at how hard her mother Sophia is working.
  • Beatrice Arthur returns as Dorothy Zbornak-Hollingsworth for this two-parter.
08 Seems Like Old Times (2) November 6, 1992
Dorothy, Blanche and Rose search for Sophia, who has gone missing.
  • Features the final appearance of Beatrice Arthur as Dorothy. Jack Black has a small role.
09 Just a Gigolo November 13, 1992
Blanche is escorted to a dance by a gigolo named Nick (Barry Bostwick).
10 Marriage on the Rocks, With a Twist November 20, 1992
Roland's parents visit the hotel with the announcement that they're getting a divorce. Tim Conway and Harvey Korman guest star as radio DJs.
11 Camp Town Races Aren't Nearly as Much Fun as They Used to Be December 4, 1992
Blanche and Roland have a disagreement over a Confederate flag hung on the front desk.
12 It's Beginning to Look a Lot (Less) Like Christmas December 18, 1992
Chuy has an A Christmas Carol-esque nightmare about Rose, Blanche, and Sophia.
13 Rose and Fern January 8, 1993
Rose's ex, Miles, keeps calling the hotel, leading Rose to believe he wants to get back together with her. Harold Gould makes his last appearance as Miles.
14 Runaways January 15, 1993
Oliver's mother (Joely Fisher) has arrived to take her son home. However, Oliver and Sophia have run away in a stolen car.
15 Heartbreak Hotel January 29, 1993
Blanche tries to win over the man who snubbed her in college, who ends up falling for Rose. Guest starring Dick van Patten.
16 Señor Stinky Learns Absolutely Nothing About Life February 5, 1993
Roland, Rose, and Brad the pool man form a volleyball team, and constantly leave Chuy out.
17 Say Goodbye, Rose February 12, 1993
Rose's new boyfriend, Bill (Eddie Albert), bears a striking resemblance to her late husband, Charlie. Meanwhile, the hotel holds a comedy competition. George Burns guest stars. Bill Engvall plays Blanche's son Matthew.
18 You've Lost That Livin' Feeling February 19, 1993
Rose invites a restaurant critic (Eric Christmas) to review the hotel restaurant's food. There, the critic drops dead, and the staff fear that Chuy—whom the critic once gave a bad review—may have poisoned him.
19 A New Leash on Life April 2, 1993
Blanche's new love interest plans to put his racing greyhound to sleep if it doesn't win its next race. This does not sit well with Rose.
20 Pro and Concierge April 9, 1993
Blanche fires Roland after he is caught in a job interview with the rep of another hotel chain.
21 Tad April 16, 1993
Blanche's mentally disabled brother Tad (Ned Beatty) visits the hotel, and falls for Rose.
22 One Angry Stan April 30, 1993
Stanley Zbornak, Dorothy's ex-husband, fakes his own death. Last appearance by Herbert Edelman.
23 Sex, Lies and Tortillas May 7, 1993
Spring break at the Golden Palace: Roland discovers a college kid who has been sneaking friends into his room, Chuy tries to get into the Guinness Book of World Records, and Rose's granddaughter (Brooke Theiss) checks into the hotel with plans of sleeping with her boyfriend.
24 The Chicken and the Egg May 14, 1993
Blanche calls upon her daughter Rebecca for an egg after agreeing to have her beau's children.
  • The Series Finale. CBS considered a second season but ultimately decided to cancel it for the 1993 fall lineup.


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