The Golden Girls

Little Sister

Season 4, Ep 21, Aired 4/1/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Rose's sister, Holly comes for a visit and becomes quick friends with Dorothy and Blanche, and leaves Rose out in the cold. However, when Rose catches Holly with Blanche's boyfriend and tries to tell Blanche and Dorothy, they refuse to believe her. Meanwhile, Dorothy trusts Sophia to watch a dog, but when Sophia screws up, she tries her best to hide it from Dorothy.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Christopher Lloyd (II)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Rose calls out not just her sister, but a lame sitcom excuse...

    By Gojirob, Dec 30, 2010

  • How much Rose hates her little sister?

    By yuki_megami, Sep 11, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Rose: (upset) He's a lewd, horny, oversexed beast with five hands! Blanche: You don't have to build him up to me, hunny, I like him fine already.

    • Rose: My sister's in town on business. She's a world-renowned flautist. Dorothy: Oh, she plays the flute? Rose: No, Dorothy, she plays the flaut. It looks like a tuba except there's hair on the bottom. OF COURSE she plays the flute!

    • Blanche: Why is there a big hairy beast in my house? Sophia: My guess is he because he bought you dinner.

    • Holly: She's feisty, zesty, and full of Old World charm. Sophia! Sophia: She's mopey, dopey, and full of crap. Rose's sister. Don't mess with me kid, I have the home field advantage.

    Trivia (5)

    • When Dorothy and Blanche are in the kitchen trying to covince Rose that Holly is a good person and has invited them to a movie, Rose accidentally walks into the living room to find Gary and Holly making out. Are we to assume that Blanche didn't even know Gary was at the house? Also, how did he get to the house, nevermind the living room, without Blanche and Dorothy knowing? Wouldn't Blanche and Dorothy have seen his car when they left to go to the movies?

    • In this episode, Rose expresses often how much she dislikes/hates her sister. Yet in a previous episode, Transplant, when Blanche's sister comes to visit and Blanche goes on about how she hated her sister, Rose said she didn't understand how someone could hate their own sister.

    • When Rose's sister first makes her appearance and is in the process of identifying Blanche, Dorothy herself (from how Rose has spoken of them to her I assume) Sophia walks out from the kitchen and says "Who's this?" Rose's sister says to her "She's feisty, zesty, and full of old world charm, Sophia." Sophia retorts "She's mopey, dopey, and full of crap Rose's sister." How did Sophia know she was Rose's sister when she wasn't present when Rose told Dorothy and Blanche she was coming? Not to mention seconds prior she had just asked "Who's this?"

    • Dorothy and Blanche seem to be totally out of character. Much like in Dorothy in Season One's "The Triangle" and Dorothy again in Season Three's "Dorothy's New Friend," in which Dorothy disregards her own friends feelings for someone she hardly knows. These women have been together for years, and know and trust each other. Why would Dorothy and Blanche take Holly's side over Rose's, call her ridiculous and not respect her thoughts? Doesn't Rose know her own sister better than Dorothy and Blanche?

    • Inga Swanson was Ingrid Swenson on Soap. Witt, Thomas, Harris apparently liked using various cast members from their sitcoms to play various roles in other sitcoms of theirs including Benson, Golden Girls, Empty Nest, and Golden Palace.

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