Dorothy's Prized Pupil was the 21st episode of Season 2 of The Golden Girls, also the 46th overall episode of the series. Directed by Terry Hughes and written by Christopher Lloyd, it premiered on NBC-TV, originally airing on March 14, 1987.


One of Dorothy's favorite students turns out to be an illegal alien.


One of Dorothy's students writes a prize-winning essay on what it means to be an American. After this, the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services reveals that the boy is in this country illegally.

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  • Sophia: My laundry's more fun, Rose, you ever see panties from the 20s? They've got pockets on 'em.

  • Rose: What kind of a movie is this, Dorothy?
  • Man in theatre: Rip his throat out!
  • Dorothy: It's a musical, Rose!

  • Blanche: [watching the movie] I want to get a better look at this guy.
  • Dorothy: He's in a loin cloth, covered in oil, what more is there to see?
  • Blanche: I don't know but I'm going to move down to the front row and find out.

  • Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy: : Surprise!
  • Sophia: [coming in] Louder next time, my heart's still beating!
  • Rose: We thought you were Mario.
  • Sophia: You'll have to yell louder than that to kill him.

  • Rose: The president's married to Nancy Davis now.
  • Sophia: From "All About Eve"?
  • Rose: That was Bette Davis.
  • Sophia: The one who beat her children with wire hangers?
  • Rose: That was Joan Crawford.
  • Sophia: The fat cop from "Highway Patrol"?
  • Rose: That was Broderick Crawford.
  • Sophia: The president was married to Broderick Crawford?

  • Dorothy: [talking to Mario on a movie theatre] You know, a lot of people come to America to start a new life. You're looking at one. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Came to America, started a new career, married a Kennedy. Right now, he's tearing off a man's arm and hitting him with it.

  • Dorothy: [watching the movie] WHOA! Sorry Mario. I never realized that ripping a man's nose off his face would leave a hole that big.

  • Dorothy: I read somewhere that in America, you always felt that you were among friends.
  • Mario: That was just a story.
  • Dorothy: I think it's a true story.

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