The Golden Girls

Old Friends

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/19/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk whom she becomes quick friends with. However, his strange behavior signals that he has a medical condition, Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Kathy Speer

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Sophia makes an new friend at the boardwalk.

    By yuki_megami, Feb 17, 2007

  • Showed that the character of Sophia had more depth than just one-liners.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Dorothy: You want me to give you a ride down to the boardwalk? Sophia: No, I want to do cartwheels for six miles.

    • Dorothy: Ma, where are you going? Sophia: Down to the boardwalk. I like to watch the old guys rearrange themselves when they come out of the water.

    • Blanche: Look what I found. (takes a teddy bear from behind her back) Fernando! Rose: That's not Fernando. Blanche: What do you mean it's not Fernando? Rose: All you have to do is look in his eyes. Dorothy: Or the price tag stuck to his back.

    • Sophia: I'm making a scarf for a friend I don't have anymore. Rose: I know what you mean. (holds up a pair of teddy bear-sized overalls) I made these for Fernando.

    • Daisy: (holding a water pistol to Fernando the teddy bear's head) See this water pistol? It's loaded with red ink! (Rose walks in) Blanche: Rose, don't move, honey! She's got the teddy bear and a water pistol! Rose: What? Dorothy: Rose, it won't sound anymore ridiculous if you hear it a second time.

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    Notes (6)

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy and Blanche on either side of Rose on the couch, discussing why she needs to give the teddy bear up.

    • Little red-haired Jenny Lewis, who played the adorable yet diabolic little girl in this episode, is perhaps best known for playing Shelley Long and Craig T. Nelson's young daughter Hannah in the 1989 classic film Troop Beverley Hills. Lewis did not continue acting beyond her childhood, but she did become a passionate musician, and while she is willing to discuss her former acting career with anyone who asks, she has admitted that she is "embarrassed" by her work as a child star.

    • As stated, The Golden Girls which started out filming at Sunset-Gower Studios, Stage 2 from 1985-1987, moves to Ren-Mar Studios, Stage 5 starting with this episode. Interesting fact is, The Golden Girls started out at Sunset-Gower and moved to Ren-Mar, while its spin-off, Empty Nest, started out at Ren-Mar, and then moved to Sunset-Gower.

    • The Chinese vase is no longer by the front door. If you recall, Rose shot this vase in the first season episode, Break-In and then it was replaced by a new vase that was shown through the end of the 2nd season.

    • When Blanche asks Daisy to collect some things on Rose's bed, she walks through the archway and immediately to the right, which would be Sophia's room. Instead of the last door on the left, which was Rose's room.

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    Trivia (3)

    • When Blanche tells Daisy to get the things on Mrs. Nylund's bed she goes in and brings the items out of Sophia's bedroom, but when Rose comes home, she goes into her real bedroom and comes out and notices Fernando is missing.

    • When Dorothy comes down from the hallway with her pink outfit, she enters out of Rose's bedroom (last door on the left). Why would her clothes be in Rose's bedroom?

    • Why would Sophia be knitting a scarf for her friend when the two of them both live in tropical Miami? It isn't until after she's started making it that it is revealed Alvin will be moving to New York.

    Allusions (1)

    • Sophia makes a comment towards Rose about dumping "that midget" she once dated. Rose dated Dr. Jonathan Newman, a midget, in the episode A Little Romance from the first season.

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