The Golden Girls

72 Hours

Season 5, Ep 19, Aired 2/17/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Rose discovers that she may be carrying the HIV virus after learning the blood they used in her gallbladder operation may have contained HIV antibodies. What really gets to her though is the 72 hours she must wait before hearing the test results. Meanwhile, Dorothy organizes a Save the Swamplands charity.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Richard Vaczy

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • A Clear indication to the fear of Aids in the early 90's

    By damanray, Jan 14, 2010

  • Rose finds out she might be carrying the HIV virus from a transfusion she received during a gall bladder operation.

    By grewupwatching, Mar 10, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Blanche: I happen to have an affection for bayous. Matter of fact, I became a woman in one. Sophia: I thought you lost it in a hot-air balloon. Dorothy: I thought you lost it at a pancake breakfast. Blanche: Well, those don't count. I mean, they did at the time, but this is the definitive "Where I lost my virginity" story. Sophia: It's really nice of you to share something to personal with us, Blanche. In a bayou. You slut.

    • Rose: Blanche, did you know that at a truck stop in Tuscaloosa there's an egg dish named after you? Blanche: Really? How are they prepared? Sophia: Over easy.

    • Sophia: I know that theologically there's no way I can catch it, but now that it's so close to home, it's scary.

    • Rose: Blanche what did you do while you waited for the results? Blanche: I just kept it to myself and acted like a bitch to everyone else. Rose: No wonder we never knew.

    • Dorothy: (to Sophia) You told me never to let a boy touch me you know where. And you spelled where.

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    Notes (1)

    • In this episode, Blanche reveals that she had been tested for HIV before. She also remarked about how she takes all the proper precautions when she is with a man. Given the theme of her promiscuity throughout the series and the era in which it aired, this was socially applaudable.

    Trivia (2)

    • In this episode, Dorothy asks Sophia why she had been in her bathroom and Sophia replies the reason she was is because Rose had used her restroom. In other episodes, Blanche has her own bathroom as well (Which makes sense because it is Blanche's house).  However, It is hard to believe that there would be that many bathrooms in the house, let alone in 3 out of the four bedrooms. If anything, Rose is the one that should have her own bathroom because in the episodes where her bedroom is shown, it appears to be the largest out of them all.

    • Tony Carreiro who plays Rose's doctor in this episode has appeared twice before on The Golden Girls. First in two first season episodes, "A Little Romance" playing a waiter, then again in the episode entitled "Flu Attack" playing a waiter. Most may know him best from his role as Joe, Daphne's love interest on Frasier.

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