The Golden Girls

Blind Ambitions

Season 1, Ep 23, Aired 3/29/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Rose's sister, Lily must deal with life as a blind person after recently losing her sight. Meanwhile, the girls hold a garage sale in order to buy a new TV but find it hard to part with things.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • R.J. Colleary

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This episode is a good example of the girls always help each other out, no matter what.

    By calicow, Apr 18, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Blanche (after finding out that Rose's sister Lily was the first woman in St. Olaf to have a pilot's license.):

      Well, we have something in common, Lily. I was the first woman in my home town ever to have a pilot!

    • Blanche: Oh, girls, listen let's face it all that so called junk out there has too many fond memories for all of us. We're never gonna be able to part with it. Dorothy: We might just as well call this whole garage sale off. Rose: And kiss our new TV goodbye, isn't that right Mr. Longfellow? (high-pitched voice) Yes, it is, Rose. Dorothy: Please!

    • Woman: (looking at an item at the garage sale) How much? Sophia: Two bucks. Go wild. Treat yourself. Woman: Nah. I'll give you $1.50. Sophia: What does this look like, Baghdad? Get the hell out of here! Dorothy: Ma! That's no way to sell things! Sophia: Hey, go to Neiman Marcus sometime. See if they treat you any better!

    • Sophia: What are we cooking outside for? Dorothy: Ma, we're having a barbecue. Sophia: Do you know what they call cooking meat over an open fire back in Sicily? Dorothy: No, what? Sophia: Poverty!

    • Rose: Those steaks smell great! Sophia: What do you know? You thought you could go out to the ocean and catch fishsticks!

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    Notes (3)

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy (with hockey stick in hand), Rose and Blanche in the living room, discussing why the yard sale was a bad idea.

    • This episode marks the first and last appearance of Rose's now blind sister Lily Lindstrom.

    • It would seem that all the Lindstrom girls are named after flowers: Rose, Lily, and Holly.

    Trivia (6)

    • In the opening scene Rose mistakenly calls her home town St. Olafs (plural) instead of simply St. Olaf.

    • This is one of many errors the show makes. Rose tells the girls that she lived in an orphanage until she was 8, at which point she was adopted by the Lindstroms. Yet, in this episode, Lily reminds Rose of something that had occurred while Rose was 6.

    • Time Index 7:00 and during the entire scene. When Lily is cooking and it catches fire, you can clearly see there is no heat lighting the electric burners.

    • Polly Holliday is better known for her role as Flo on the 1970's sitcom Alice and its spin-off, Flo.

    • At the end of the episode in the airport, the flight attendant is thanking passengers for flying Air Florida. This isn't possible as Air Florida folded in 1984, almost 2 years before this episode was first aired.

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