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Picture it. Jenkintown, 1980-something. A classic beloved '80s sitcom is featured on a current beloved sitcom that's set in the '80s. That's right. "The Goldbergs" yukked it up for "The Golden Girls" in a recent episode. Now, this is the part where I ask myself, self, should I take a beat here to explain "The Golden Girls" and "The Goldbergs"? Probably not. I mean, it's not like you live under a rock or something. But just in case there are any rock dwellers out there who just happen to have internet access, here it goes: The Golden Girls are/were eccentric ladies living together in Miami, and the Goldbergs are an eccentric family living in a suburb of Philadelphia.
Now that that's out of the way, we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming.
In this episode, the Goldberg clan becomes smitten with the four feisty Floridians, humming along with the theme song (yes, even crotchety Murray [Jeff Garlin]!) and picking out their favorites. Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is particularly taken with the idea of having gal pals to laugh with once her schmoopies are grown and gone. So, as part of her Bevolution, which is her self-improvement plan (and yes, that's what she really calls it), she launches a mission to forge lifelong friendships stat, an ill-starred effort that involves strong-arming her fellow PTAers into bedazzling sweaters and answering to belittling nicknames. Confrontations are made, heart-to-hearts are had, and hilarity ensues, all to the tune of a cover of the Golden Girls theme song. Also, there's sledding on lunch trays (a failed ski trip somehow factors in). Betty White does not make a cameo. The only thing that could have made it more iconic would be Shaq doing commercials for Gold Bond (because of the gold, not the Shaq, as he's clearly '90s territory). Well, that and a Betty White cameo.
So. To celebrate this turduckan of cultural Culture Club-era camp, I made this gold Go for the Golden Girl Necklace. Or rather, as I say in its Etsy listing, "gold-tone." (This is The Tote Trove, not Tiffany's.)
Ah, gold. The Big G. What a winner. It's the color of Beverly's big, bouffant hair, and the shade of the Miami sun. Also of liquid gold Velveeta shells and cheese, which is something that domestic divas Beverly Goldberg and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) would never dream of serving to family. Those two would get along, I think, what with their big mouths and manipulatively matriachal ways. Or maybe they'd destroy each other, just like the dinosaurs. (What? The dinosaurs didn't destroy each other? T-Rex ghost, you've been lying to me.) But there's no need for a face-off. Because . . . (sing it with me, now!), you make new (TV) friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other's gold(en). Unlike the dinosaurs, "The Golden Girls" and "The Goldbergs" will never die, living on forever in syndication.
Sounds like a reason to gorge on shrimp parm and cheesecake to me.