I've already reviewed and named my favorite episodes from all seven seasons of this sitcom on season 1 so check it out. Season 2's episode "Isn't It Romantic" is my all time series favorite and prior to buying Season 2 I'd always record and watch it whenever it was aired. There's something really visceral about the way the subject matter of this episode is handled and plays out. Dorothy's long time friend Jean, from her college days, visits the ladies. In the beginning only Dorothy and Sophia know that Jean is gay. Rose and Blanche assumed her deceased spouse "Pat" was a man. In a few days, and after having spent time with Rose, Jean confides to Dorothy that she wants to leave early because she thinks she's falling in love with Rose , who at that time in the story line still doesn't know that Jean is gay. The way Blanche finds out, and her reaction to it, is priceless. The way Rose finds out is unexpected and amusing. I really appreciated the way the subject matter was handled in this episode. It's not an "in your face" story. It's done with good taste and kindness.
Another season 2 episode I really enjoy is "It's a Miserable Life". In it Rose petitions to save a 200 year old Oak tree from being torn down, only it's on private property owned by the girl's neighbor, Frieda Claxton (Nan Martin), an elderly spinster who hates trees and people.( Nan Martin also plays the part of Philomena Bosco is season 4's episode "Foreign Exchange") It's the last part of the episode in which Rose, who can't bear the idea that no one cared for or loved Frieda and that she'd be buried in an unmarked grave, tries to make Frieda's life mean something by asking the ladies to help pay for a funeral and the burial. The funeral service scenes are really witty and fun. The way the Oak tree is saved is what's truly touching about this episode. You cannot go wrong with this series. I very highly recommend "The Golden Girls"!!