Golden Girls: The Complete Fifth Season
DVD Reviews | Jun 6th, 2006
Starring Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Estelle Getty, Herb Edelman, Harold Gould
Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
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Travel to Miami for a visit with the original girls gone wild, The Golden Girls! Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty are back for Season Five. These four young-at-heart ladies couldn’t be more different, but they stick together through thick and thin. The hilarious adventures include Sophia going on a bulk-buying binge, Rose and Blanche joining a protest to save some dolphins and Dorothy dating a real clown. The girls are also joined by classic guest stars including Dick Van Dyke.
Blanche is the homeowner that opens her house up to roommates since her husband George died. Blanche is always talking about all the men she dated and slept with. She meets Rose at the supermarket while putting up an ad to advertise the rooms. Rose comes from a very sheltered town in St. Olaf Minnesota. She is dumb but that what makes her so lovable. She always has a dumb St. Olaf story for every situation. At first Blanche thought Rose wasn’t a good match but later accepts her. Then we meet Dorothy and her mother Sophia. Dorothy is a substitute teacher and always on the hunt for a guy. Her ex husband Stan always comes and visits the girls’ house and wants to get back with Dorothy. Sophia is Dorothy’s 82-year-old mother that had a stroke. She was in an old folks home until it burned down. She had no other place to go so she moved in with the girls. She always says what she thinks and I think that’s what really makes the show. She also had the best Sicily stories.
I remember as a kid watching the Golden Girls and loved it. If you’re a dedicated fan like I am you still can watch every episode over and over again. I get asked all the time which character is my favorite and I really can’t answer that because I like them all. I think Season Five had some of the best plots that ranged from dealing with family deaths, illegitimate children, pacemakers, gambling, HIV, and many others. I really enjoyed The Presidents Coming! The Presidents Coming! Parts 1 and 2. George Bush picks Blanche’s and her roommates Dorothy, Sophia, and Rose’s house to make a public appearance Dorothy decides to make a list of things leading up to his visit to criticize him but when the time comes she’s in shock and can’t talk. 72 Hours was also another good episode and a very real life situation. Rose had a blood transfusion a few years back and got a call from the hospital saying the blood she received might have been HIV positive. So Rose tries to occupy herself till the test results come back. Sophia stops using everything Rose has touched. She even put an “R” on all the coffee cups Rose has used. At the end the test results are in and they were negative to everyone’s relief.
As for the extra features I didn’t watch them all but I find commentaries really annoying while trying to watch the show. So most times I don’t even bother. Its hard to watch the episode with them talking over the shows dialog. They really only talk about making the episode, if any bloopers happened, and how they felt during the taping. As far as the commentaries go I really wouldn’t waste my time watching them, but maybe that’s just me. Commentaries are included on episodes Sick and Tired Part 2, Dancing In The Dark, Clinton Avenue Memoirs, and An Illegitimate Child.
I would have to say this is one of the best seasons of The Golden Girls. Hopefully the next seasons will have better extra features. I definitely can’t wait till Season Six comes out.
Exclusive Insights and Commentaries with Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White
English Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Full Screen 1.33:1
Favorite Scenes: Sick and Tired Parts 1 and 2, Rose Fights Back, Triple Play, 72 Hours, Cheaters, All Bets Are Off
Running Time: 616 minutes