"The Golden Girls" has been a well-liked show by my mother, as well as my friend's mother, so I used to catch a lot of it. I've seen nearly every episode several times, and I remember many of the jokes and storylines.

I remember one particular episode where Clayton (Blanche's gay brother) dropped by and brought his partner Doug along. I had originally seen this episode years back, and there was one particular gag I thought was very funny. Unfortunately, the next time I saw this episode, I was disappointed to see that the gag had been censored.

They censored The Golden Girls.

Lifetime (the network that is now pretty much the only one that airs the show) is probably the culprit responsible for the censorship. Incredible. It pissed me off, because I hadn't seen this particular episode in a long time, and I was looking forward to hearing this joke again when the episode re-aired.

The clip went something like this:

Clayton: (Referring to Doug, after announcing that they were to be married) "Doug is my best friend, and he'd do anything for me. And hell, I'd bend over backwards for him!"

The camera cuts to Sophia, who almost starts to say something. Dorothy quickly covers her mouth.

The new version removes the scene where Dorothy covers Sophia's mouth, and replaces it with a shot of the girls, staring vaguely at the direction of where Clayton would be, just sitting and smiling.

I really wish people's over-sensitivity would decrease to the point where we can enjoy things without having big red "CENSORED" stamps clomp across the screen. It's not like the show was anti-gay; this episode actually seemed to be the exact opposite. And the show dealt with many taboo topics fairly regularly, including one other gay storyline that comes to mind. (Jean thinking she's in love with Rose. "Jean's a lesbian." "So? Isn't Danny Thomas one?" "Not Lebanese, Blanche. Lesbian.") If I remember correcly, Dorothy's brother Phil was a cross-dresser as well.

Just a quick tidbit, in case you catch this episode. Now you know how it was supposed to go.