Break-In was the eighth episode of Season 1 of The Golden Girls TV series, also the 8th overall series episode. Directed by Paul Bogart and written by series co-executive producer Susan Harris, it originally aired on NBC-TV on November 9, 1985.
After a Madonna concert, the girls arrive home to discover their house has been broken into. This leads the girls to seek out means to protect themselves. First, the girls have a burglar alarm installed. Also, at Rose's insistence, the girls take home a guard dog from the shelter, that turns out to be quite cowardly, running away in fear from a hungry Sophia. After returning from an errand, Rose finds Blanche in distress on the couch. Blanche tells her that she borrowed Rose's pocket hairspray and went to the police station for an update on her jewels and Dorothy's mink stole, but, in a horrifying experience, discovered that Rose's hairspray was, in fact, mace. She blinded herself and was detained and later let go by the police, who originally thought she was on drugs. Rose then tells the girls she purchased a handgun, which she later used on "intruders," that turned out to be Blanche and her boyfriend, Lester. Destroying Blanche's favorite Chinese vase in the process, she realizes that she is not okay and may be permanently affected by the experience. However, after subduing a parking attendant she mistook for a predator, she had a revelation and learned that she could defend herself in a violent situation.
Episode Notes, Goofs and TriviaEdit
- Rose says that she's afraid of large dogs, but she has no problem bringing home large dogs in season two's Joust Between Friends, loves the fact that the girls got her a large dog in Questions and Answers, and wanted to keep one of Dreyfuss's puppies in Stand By Your Man. She has also helped look after Dreyfuss for Harry Weston.
- At the beginning of the episode, before entering the house, the girls mention they went to see Madonna in concert. In 1985, when this episode originally aired, the only show Madonna played in Miami was at the now-demolished Hollywood Sportatorium on 11th May, however, this episode was originally aired on 9th November, which would imply it was set much earlier than that, or the writers simply didn't check their facts.
- When Dorothy is imitating Dirty Harry, she says her gun is a .375 Magnum, one of the most powerful guns in the world. A .375 Magnum is a rifle, the gun referred to as "one of the most powerful in the world" is a .44 Magnum.
- In the parking garage, you can hear a women's footsteps moving at pretty much the same pace throughout the entire sequence. Even though Rose walks, stops, speeds up, runs, and stops again, the footsteps don't really change and at times aren't even in sync with her steps.
- After Blanche is attacked, she tells Dorothy she was wearing the wrong underwear. But in The Custody Battle, Blanche admits she never wears underwear.
- In this episode, Rose shoots at that big floral vase that sits by the door and breaks it into pieces. In later episodes, you see that vase sitting in the same place in perfect condition.
- When Rose comes home from buying the gun, she says that the gun shop has a basement where they teach you to shoot the gun. There are no basements in Florida. Also, she takes two new towels out of the bag holding her shooting range target and, presumably, the gun. It is very unlikely that a gun shop would sell household items, such as towels.
- The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia in a huddle by the doorway looking on at the mess in the house.
- There is an obvious deleted scene from this episode. A short scene showing Blanche pulling her arm into the sleeve of her red jacket as Dorothy and Rose gasp appears during the intro to each episode. There of course is no dialogue, but it appears Blanche is telling a story of a dog biting someone's hand right off (perhaps after the girls are talking about the dog in the kitchen for protection.)
- When Blanche is lying on the couch and Dorothy is preparing washcloths for her, there is clearly no water in the bowl. However the cloth Dorothy is wringing out produces several drops into the dry bowl.