What are your favourite Golden women doing during the quarantine?
Having written for the Golden Girls for several seasons, among the places my mind has gone during ‘quarantining’ has been the girls’ kitchen and what a cheesecake scene might look like under these circumstances. There was a real comfort for me revisiting the ladies all these years later on paper. Hopefully it will have the same effect on you. — Richard Vaczy
INT. KITCHEN - DAY Dorothy is taping envelopes closed as Blanche brings over a half eaten cheesecake from the refrigerator. BLANCHE Girls, it's so sad. Our last quarantine cheesecake. Don't blink. In the next two hours they'll all be gone. DOROTHY Only to be reborn on your thighs three days later. SOPHIA Dorothy. You ever think we might wanna give each other some compliments? Especially now? Under these horrible circumstances? (turns to her) Blanche, I actually think your thighs are beautiful. BLANCHE Why, thank you, Sophia. SOPHIA Of course all the fornication with those strange valet parkers must keep 'em toned up pretty good. And tearing away from those pissed off girlfriends has gotta be worth something too. BLANCHE Thanks, Sophia, but... SOPHIA And you don't even own a car! (realizes) So that's why there's that Hertz bill in the mail every month! (then) Which brings up the question: who's really the rental here, Blanche? You or the Fiesta? Sophia laughs. She sees that Blanche is not amused. DOROTHY Ma! SOPHIA Relax. I get it. I need to work on my compliments, too... (can't help herself) Ms. Space Needle. (turns to her; faux sincere) But, seriously, sweetheart, your legs are two of the great creatures God ever made. Unique beauties. (thinks about it) I just haven't seen them in years. Who the hell can see around those arms of yours? Blanche starts cutting the cake. BLANCHE (stomps foot; cutting cake) Ohhh, I just hate that new mayor of ours. If he'd put that new power pole on our street, I could have a dozen more cheesecakes in the backup fridge in the garage. Rose starts giggling. BLANCHE (CONT'D) (ticked) Rose, what? We're talking about the very serious topic of running out of cheesecakes and all you can do is giggle? What's so funny? ROSE You said... (can't keep it in) ..."power pole"! BLANCHE Darn it, Rose, stop being so juv..! Oooo, "power pole." Has such a solllid, unrellllenting sound... (turns quickly to fridge) Excuse me. I need a lemonade. Blanche gets one. ROSE And wasn't that your nickname for that weight lifter from Warsaw you'd follow to the gym every day and try to smell after his workouts? BLANCHE Why, Rose, that's disgusting. I'd never "smell" anyone. I'd maybe just go in for a little "sniff". A tiny "whiff" of must, testosterone and perspir... (turns back to fridge) I need more ice. Blocks maybe. ROSE Well, I've got some good news, Blanche. I ran into the mayor earlier and I got him to hook us up. So we've got extra quarantine cheesecakes if we want right now. BLANCHE Oh my God, Rose! Are you kidding? That's wonderful. But how'd you..? ROSE Blanche, I'm your opposite so you probably don't think my subtlety and finesse and general pleasant- ness would ever work on a man. BLANCHE (dubious) Well, probably n... ROSE (re: her breasts) That's where these Himalayan gila monsters come in! (then) Works every time. I own that tool now. He'd paint our bathrooms right now if I wanted him to. DOROTHY Still, there's a problem. We might have cheesecakes but this damn quarantine isn't ever gonna end. ROSE Dorothy's right. I don't ever remember feeling this alone. Although there was this one time in St. Olaf... DOROTHY (puts tape over her mouth) No, there wasn't, Rose. (then) But you're right. No matter who we are we all get lonely. We all have our "alone" stories. Even Blanche. BLACHE (considers it) Uh... nope. Not... a one. (sings it happily) Zippo! (notices women glowering) Though... I could make one up if you girls all want me to? DOROTHY That's okay, Blanche. I've kept track of all your boy toy tales over the past five weeks and they've been entertaining enough. (pulls out list) And, I gotta say, your bedroom has diversity numbers only Harvard University could be jealous of. (indicates with thumb) It's gotta be just like the United Nations in there. (then) Especially when guys realize what a waste of money it is. SOPHIA Hold on. Hold on. I've got a Dorothy "lonely" story. And it isn't even hugely embarrassing. Okay, Dorothy? Sophia looks at Dorothy for permission. DOROTHY If you must, Ma. SOPHIA Picture it. Red Hook. 1938. Buildings crumbling. People getting nailed over the head with lead pipes at the deli. Drunks licking W.C. Fields' leg trying to get any kind of buzz they could possibly get. DOROTHY Ma! What does this have to do with anything? SOPHIA It doesn't. Was just describing an average day in Brooklyn in 1938. (looks up at women) In any event, it was the day of my Pussycat's Sweet Sixteen Party. Or as we'd later call it "Is that the doorbell? Lie to her! Sunday." DOROTHY Come on, Ma, pace it up. SOPHIA (shrugs) Please. Italians like to savor. Relax. (then) In any event, while we sold--and Dorothy bought, ha!--that Brooklyn was empty that night cause they were giving away free how-to-crush- beer-cans-against-your-face lessons in Jersey... BLANCHE Ahhh, the northern paradise you two described all these years... SOPHIA ...we convinced Dorothy a boy there was the high school quarterback, "Mook", but it was actually her cousin's sex doll she chatted up on the porch all night instead. DOROTHY (to them all) I had my first beer that night and lost my glasses! So sue me! SOPHIA Called herself the future Mrs. Mook all night. Hugged him so hard, when he started leaking air she thought it was him going "Shhhh" to make things more romantic. DOROTHY (re: Sophia) Can someone quarantine me from all this? SOPHIA But blind as you were, I actually thought you were having a good time till Sal came along and strangled the doll, yelling "No one touches my Little Spumoni like that! At least not in exchange for a nice bottle of Valpolicello!" DOROTHY Ma, didn't you start all this off by saying it wasn't embarrassing? SOPHIA (shrugs; qualifies) "Hugely" embarrassing. DOROTHY Although there is something real comforting about your obnoxiousness. SOPHIA (genuinely shy) Awww, you are just embarrassing me, Oblong Creature. DOROTHY I mean there's a normalcy to it all. And that's hard to find right now. Ma, you and your inability to speak to humans... BLANCHE Rose's... inability to relate to humans... Rose nods. DOROTHY ...And Blanche's desire to still get voted "Favorite Girl in the Drug Store Alley." Ahhh, all sooo comforting. ROSE Yeaahhhh... DOROTHY These are things that are always there. Even now, when you open the door and the real world isn't really out there anymore. BLANCHE Ohh, Dorothy, thanks for putting everything in such wonderful perspective. ROSE It makes me feel eternally grateful. BLANCHE And I'm just thankful for all of you. Life may've changed but we always, always have each other. Come here, girls. Blanche indicates they should come together for a group hug but they stop. The virus. They start a regular high five then an elbow bump but demur from them, too. ROSE Here, follow me. I have a super secret hug I invented in St. Olaf that actually might work here. The women all look at each other then look at Rose. No one really moves. They look at Rose again like "Well?" ROSE (CONT'D) (doesn't move further) I told you I was subtle! The ladies laugh together simulating hugs six feet apart. END SCENE HOPEFULLY END CORONAVIRUS