'Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas was the 12th episode of Season 2 of The Golden Girls, also the 36th overall episode. Directed by Terry Hughes, and written by Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan, it premiered on NBC-TV on December 20, 1986.
The girls all plan to visit their respective families for Christmas, but their plans are ruined when they are held hostage by a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Grief Counseling Center.
- Two of the prop men on the show used to play practical jokes on the cast and once took nude and semi-nude pictures of themselves and put them into the Blanche's Boudoir calendar which was used on the episode "'Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas".
- The title refers to the Clement Clarke Moore poem 'A Visit from St. Nicholas', more commonly known today as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'.
- Near the end of the episode, when the girls are in a diner, the exterior shot before the beginning of the scene is of "The Roadside Diner" (its real name) which is (as of 8/2012), and has been in business for decades. It's in Wall Township, New Jersey, a few miles outside of Farmingdale, NJ, just west of the Collingwood Circle. It's been the location for scenes in several movies over the years.
- Airport Mendicant: Excuse me. Would you like to buy a flower?
- Sophia: Beat it, chrome-dome! And while you're at it, get a job! Get a suit! And get on your knees and beg your mother's forgiveness!
- Blanche: Did I ever tell you girls I met my husband George on Christmas Eve?
- Blanche: Let me tell you just how exciting a Christmas Eve can be. I was home from college on Christmas vacation, when my best friend, Lisa Jane Biedler fixed me up with the most beautiful boy I've ever laid my eyes on.
- Dorothy: George.
- Blanche: No, this was Richard Jay Wilde. And believe me, his name said it all! Huh-huh-huh! We must've pulled over on the side of the road five times on our way to that Christmas dance. Ha-hah!
- Rose: It's always best to drive defensively over the holidays.
- Blanche: Anyway, when we finally got to the dance, why, Richard dropped me off, and I turned and ran smack into a man so gorgeous he made Richard Jay Wilde look like a pre-pubescent choirboy.
- Rose: George.
- Blanche: : No-no, no. Ernie Willis. Well, Ernie smiled. And the next thing I knew, we were dancing in a local bar. When all of a sudden I heard a deep voice say, "Hm-hm... May I cut in?" Well when I turned, I saw the man I knew I was gonna spend the rest of my life with.
- Albert: George.
- Blanche:' Uh, no. No. Thomas Pennville. Uh-huh. Well, after Thomas and I left...
- Dorothy: Blanche! I could get herpes listening to this story!
- Dorothy: [looking through Blanche's boudier calendar] Whoa!
- Blanche: September?
- Dorothy: Yep!
- Sophia: I'm surprised you were able to walk in October.