Season 3 Episodes (1987-88) Edit
|Picture||Title||Original Airdate||Episode #||No. in Series||Prod. code||Directed by||Written by|
|125px||Old Friends||September 19, 1987||1||52||3.1||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman|
| Sophia has a new friend, but as the friendship deepens, the old fellow's behavior becomes erratic, and she learns he has Alzheimer's Disease. At home, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's cherished teddy bear to a Sunshine Cadet (Girl Scout-type). When Blanche tries to get the bear back for Rose, the freckled little girl holds the teddy for ransom.
Note: This episode won two Emmys: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Estelle Getty) and Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series.
|125px||One for the Money||September 26, 1987||2||53||3.2||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman |
Barry Fanaro. Mort Nathan & Winifred Hervey Stallworth
|The ladies recall their attempts to earn extra money, including starting a catering business.|
|125px||Bringing Up Baby||October 3, 1987||3||54||3.3||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan|
|The ladies can split a cool $100,000 if they care for an elderly pig in their home until it dies. Meanwhile, Sophia shuffles around blind as a bat after losing her eyeglasses at the mall.
|125px||The Housekeeper||October 17, 1987||4||55||3.4||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey Stallworth|
|In Sophia's absence, the ladies hire a housekeeper, Marguerite, who charms all the ladies but is lousy at keeping house. When they fire her, she storms out, telling the ladies they have made a big mistake. At first the ladies think nothing of it until they all receive terrible luck and become convinced that Marguerite has placed a voodoo curse on them. Paula Kelly guest stars as Marguerite Brown.|
|125px||Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself||October 24, 1987||5||56||3.5||Terry Hughes||Christopher Lloyd|
|When Rose's great-aunt dies, she must fly to the Bahamas to deliver the eulogy — and speaking in public is her greatest fear. She persuades Blanche and Dorothy to come along, where they end up facing their own fears. At home, Sophia enters a cook-off for the Daughters of Sicily.
Note: This was the first of four appearances by Meg Wylie.
|125px||Letter to Gorbachev||October 31, 1987||6||57||3.6||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan|
|Mikhail Gorbachev's U.S. representatives report that their leader was touched by Rose's pleading for nuclear disarmament and that he's eager to meet Rose — who, they all assume, must be a little girl, given her letter's naivete. As Blanche and Dorothy ponder how to break the news to Rose, Sophia tries to devise the perfect act for a talent show.|
|125px||Strange Bedfellows||November 7, 1987||7||58||3.7||Terry Hughes||Christopher Lloyd|
|A political candidate for whom the ladies are campaigning says that he and Blanche had an affair. Blanche protests her innocence, but the girls do not believe her. John Schuck guest stars as Gil Kessler.|
|125px||Brotherly Love||November 14, 1987||8||59||3.8||Terry Hughes||Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss|
|Stan's brother Ted, an attractive doctor, comes to town, and soon causes trouble between Blanche and Dorothy and between himself and Stan. Meanwhile, Rose is dealing with a severe run of insomnia, which it turns out is caused by drinking tea. McLean Stevenson guest stars as Dr. Theodore "Ted" Zbornak.|
|125px||A Visit from Little Sven||November 21, 1987||9||60||3.9||Terry Hughes||David Nichols|
|Rose's young, clueless cousin Sven arrives from Sweden on his way to St. Olaf to meet his bride-to-be; Blanche uses him to make her cheating boyfriend jealous.|
|125px||The Audit||November 28, 1987||10||61||3.10||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey Stallworth|
|Dorothy and Stan are audited by the IRS, and they may be in deep trouble due to Stan's extravagant spending. Meanwhile, Rose takes a Spanish class at night school to qualify for a promotion at work, and Blanche tags along because she figures it'll be a good way to meet smart men.|
|125px||Three on a Couch||December 5, 1987||11||62||3.11||Terry Hughes||Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss|
|Constant bickering leads the ladies to seek professional counseling from a psychiatrist.|
|125px||Charlie's Buddy||December 12, 1987||12||63||3.12||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman|
|A visitor announces he is an army buddy of Charlie, Rose's late husband. The two hit it off, to the point that Rose considers moving away with him, but Dorothy is suspicious. Milo O'Shea guest stars as Buddy Rourke.|
|125px||The Artist||December 19, 1987||13||64||3.13||Terry Hughes||Christopher Lloyd|
|Suave, sexy artist Lazlo chooses Blanche as his nude model for a sculpture. When Blanche sneaks a peek at Lazlo's sketches, she is indignant: the pictures resemble Rose. Dorothy soon reveals that Lazlo asked her to pose, too, and the three bicker over which of them will be immortalized in stone.|
|125px||Blanche's Little Girl||January 2, 1988||14||65||2.14||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman|
|Blanche wants to defend her daughter, whose boyfriend speaks to her abusively, but she is afraid that if she does, her daughter will resent her interference and they will again be estranged. Meanwhile, Sophia, now working at a fast-food restaurant, organizes a strike against her tyrannical boss: a pre-teen boy.|
|125px||Dorothy's New Friend||January 16, 1988||15||66||3.15||Terry Hughes||Robert Bruce & Martin Weiss|
|Dorothy enjoys the intellectual stimulation of her friendship with new pal Barbara Thorndike, a novelist, but Barbara's superior air and snobby ways rub Blanche and Rose the wrong way. Bonnie Bartlett makes a guest starring appearance as Barbara Thorndike.|
|125px||Grab That Dough||January 23, 1988||16||67||3.16||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey Stallworth|
|The girls visit Hollywood, California, to be on the game show Grab that Dough. They are forced to travel cross-country the day before the show</span>, and from there, everything goes wrong: the airline loses their luggage; their hotel has no vacant rooms and they're forced to sleep in the lobby; their purses are stolen; and when they finally get to the television station for the taping, Dorothy and Blanche end up pitting themselves against Rose and Sophia.|
|125px||My Brother, My Father||February 6, 1988||17||68||3.17||Terry Hughes||Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan|
|While Rose and Blanche rehearse for their roles in The Sound of Music, Sophia has a request for Dorothy: pretend to be married to Stan for Angelo, her priest brother, who will be visiting. Herb Edelman makes another guest appearance as Stanley Zbornak.|
|125px||Golden Moments (Parts I & II)||February 13, 1988||18/19||69/70||3.18/3.19||Terry Hughes||Teleplay by: Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro|
Story by: Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
|Sophia intends to move to New Jersey to live with her eccentric son, Phil.
|125px||And Ma Makes Three||February 20, 1988||20||71||3.20||Terry Hughes||Winifred Hervey Stallworth|
|With all her friends either dying or moving away, Sophia becomes the "third wheel" in Dorothy's latest relationship, and acts as a chaperone on their dates.|
|125px||Larceny and Old Lace||February 27, 1988||21||72||3.21||Terry Hughes||Teleplay by: Robert Bruce & Martin Weiss |
Story by: Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss
|Sophia's latest boyfriend, Rocco, claims to have been a mobster, so when the girls discover a bag of Rocco's with thousands of in it, they assume he robbed a bank. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche sneak a peak at Rose's diary, and discover what appear to be insulting things Rose has written about them. Mickey Rooney makes a guest appearance as Rocco.|
|125px||Rose's Big Adventure||March 12, 1988||22||73||3.22||Terry Hughes||Jeff Abugov|
|Rose's newly-retired beau plans a cruise around the world — with Rose as his first mate. Meanwhile, the girls deal with remodeling the garage into a guest room.|
|125px||Mixed Blessings||March 19, 1988||23||74||3.23||Terry Hughes||Christopher Lloyd|
|Dorothy's son Michael plans to wed a much older African-American woman, Lorraine. Dorothy complains of the age difference, but when Lorraine's mother and aunts arrive, they have something to say about Michael's color. The families try to unite to stop the wedding, but they may be too late.|
|125px||Mister Terrific||April 30, 1988||24||75||3.24||Terry Hughes||Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman|
|Rose starts dating television superhero "Mr. Terrific." He gets Dorothy a job on his show, but Dorothy's recommendations to the producer get Mr. Terrific fired.
Guest stars: Bob Dishy as Mr. Terrific; Lonny Price as Hastings; Jody Price as Jody; Don Woodard as Kolak; John Wheeler as patron; Jim Hudson as Freddy; Raf Mauro as bartender; Ron Kapra as stage manager.
|125px||Mother's Day||May 7, 1988||25||76||3.25||Terry Hughes||Teleplay by: Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan|
Story by: Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
|Waiting for their children to call, the girls reminisce about previous Mother's Days: Dorothy remembers asking Stan's mother for money; Sophia remembers an incident involving her mother, played by Bea Arthur; Rose reminisces about a motherly lady she once met at a bus station, whose biological daughter died many years earlier; and Blanche remembers the last Mother's Day she spent with her mother.
Note: Geraldine Fitzgerald also appears in the Season 5 episode "Not Another Monday" in the role of Sophia's friend Martha Lamont.