The Golden Girls

Rites of Spring

Season 4, Ep 23, Aired 4/29/89
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  • Episode Description
  • A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate on what they should do to improve their appearance. This leads the girls to reminisce about previous attempts to improve their looks.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Eric Cohen

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Dorothy: What are you going to with me? Eduardo: You have good bones. Yes, this is a strong, noble face, full of wisdom and sincerity. You could be a Greek goddess. Dorothy: Oh go on Eduardo. I said go ON Eduardo. Sophia: Give him a break, he barely got it out once with a straight face.

    • Sophia: Admit it, I'm your best friend. Dorothy: You're right. I was talking about you, Ma. You are my best friend. Just like I'm your best friend. Sophia: Best friend? Please! You aren't even my favorite child! When you were 13 there were neighbor children I liked better.

    • Stan: I'm so happy you're all here. I've just had an incredible experience that I wanted to share with my dearest friends. Rose: So what are you doing here?

    • Dorothy: I can't get my check book to balance. Oh what the hell? I'm only off by a few cents. Sophia: In Sicily that can be the difference in owning a gun and inserting bullets into your victim manually.

    • [Dorothy, Blanche and Rose have enrolled in a special aerobics class in order to lose weight] Dorothy: [trying to stretch her legs wide apart] Ooh, that hurts! Blanche: [sitting with her legs already wide apart] I'm not havin' any trouble. Dorothy: Why is it that doesn't surprise me?

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    Notes (1)

    • Hilary Shepard Turner would later go on to play Divatox on Power Rangers Turbo.

    Trivia (3)

    • In this episode, when the girls are discussing Sophia weighing 98 pounds, Blanche says she says she weighed 98 pounds in college, and Dorothy answers back with, "Where did you go to college Blanche, the University Of Jupiter?" This was a BIG mistake on the writers part because on Jupiter, weight is about 2.36 times the amount on Earth, not lighter which is what was suggested by this joke.

    • Lloyd Bochner played Patrick Vaughn, a womanizing actor, in the Season Two episode "The Actor."

    • In this episode Sophia states she has never weighed more than 100 pounds in her life. In another episode when Sophia finds a list of things she wanted to accomplish in her life, on the list it says lose 200 pounds... and Sophia says, "did it!"

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode alludes to the phrase "rites of passage," indicating a ritual one completes en route to an advancement of some sort in life.

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