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"It's a Miserable Life"
Season 2, Episode# 4
# 29 in Series
Episode information
Series: The Golden Girls
Air date: November 1, 1986
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
IMDb [1] It's a Miserable Life
Production code: 2.4 / 029
Written by: Barry Fanaro
Directed by: Terry Hughes
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It's a Miserable Life was the fourth episode of Season 2 of The Golden Girls TV series, also the 29th overall series episode. Directed by Terry Hughes and written by Barry Fanaro, it originally aired on NBC-TV on November 1, 1986.


The girls band together for a good cause to preserve a 200-year-old oak tree in the neighborhood to their local City Hall, but the owner of the tree, Frida Claxton is extremely mean and hateful and wants the tree cut down despite the neighborhood wanting it saved. Rose tells her to drop dead, and she does! The girls decide to have a funeral for her, since she had no friends and relatives.

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  • The outside of the Mortuary sign is the same one used in the show Will and Grace, where Grace visits a dear friend who she thought was dead.
  • The background shot during the closing credits features the four ladies in the funeral home looking on at Mr. Pfeiffer, who's off-screen.
  • Nan Martin would later appear again in Season Four's, 100th episode, Foreign Exchange as Philomena Bosco.
  • Nan Martin's real name is Abigail Beckwhite.

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