Monday, January 3, 2011

A Midwinter Night's (Gay)Dream

I had a dream early New Year's Day. It was equally comforting and confusing. (It should all make sense in a moment.)

See, it was a Golden Girls dream. Except it wasn't the Golden Girls. Rather it was the actresses who played the Golden Girls. Except that it took place on the set of The Golden Girls. And the Girls each played to their character's stereotype. And it happened in front of a live audience. (I know this not because I could see them but because they laughed at all the appropriate places ... or maybe it was a laugh track. Who knows.)

In any case ... The Golden Girls was done ... in syndication and no new episodes had been shot in years. Betty was upset about a particular episode that she felt didn't have the right resolution. (Don't ask me which one. I'm sure it doesn't really exist.) Betty approached the other Girls about reuniting and doing the episode again, except with the correct resolution. Rue, in her charming Southern accent, said that she thought it was just a lovely idea and she would be so happy to be part of it. Bea, after some hemming and hawing, agreed that it didn't really feel right to her either and that they should do it. Estelle, however, wasn't as keen to the idea. So the entire "dream episode" revolved around convincing Estelle to re-shoot the offending episode (which, now that I remember better after typing all this out, was the series finale). Estelle, of course, agrees in the end to the once-off reunion and the dream fades to black amidst audience applause.

What does it all mean? Hell if I know. All I do know is that it was good to see the Girls together again, even if it was all in my head.

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