The Golden Girls

The Bloom is Off the Rose

Season 6, Ep 13, Aired 1/5/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Rose wants more adventure in her relationship with Miles, so she signs them up for sky diving lessons. Meanwhile, Blanche's relationship with abusive man causes Dorothy to speak her feelings.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Philip Jason Lasker

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Season 6, Episode 13.

    By Wanted23, Aug 05, 2008

  • The best way to make a "special" episode.

    By amandasalzman, Jun 29, 2007

  • Rose wants Miles,to be more exciting!

    By yuki_megami, Apr 05, 2007

  • Rose wants to spice up her relationship with Miles.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Blanche: Well, I have everything I need…sun tan lotion and a string bikini. I don't want the fish to be the only ones nibblin'! Sophia: Or flopping around in the boat.

    • Dorothy: You're lucky. Most people in an abusive relationship have to hit rock bottom before they can get out of it. Sophia: Your bottom's a lot higher than most people's.

    • Rose: Are you excited? Miles: Dumbstruck. Rose: Oh, I know that feeling.

    • Dorothy: (watching Blanche fold some laundry) Men's underwear? Sophia: Getting a little misty-eyed, are we Pussycat?

    • Rose: Let's face it, you and I are Dull City, population two!

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode seems out of character for Blanche. Although she has always been man-hungry, she has never been portrayed as a victim in any way. It is similar to the events of the "Facts of Life" episode "Magnificent Obsession". Blair, a flirt who never takes any of the men she dates seriously, out of character, lets a new boyfriend mistreat her and walk all over her.

    Trivia (3)

    • Rex comes over to pick up some laundry that Blanche did for him. However, he remarks that it's too late to go out, which begs the question, why did Rex come all the way over to her house solely to pick up what appears to be two pairs of underwear and a couple of shirts (that look way too small for him anyway)?

    • In the very first scene of the episode, the laundry in Blanche's basket keeps changing, both in content and the fact that suddenly, it is folded.

    • In Season One Rose's character is so proper, it pains her to even mention someone having to burp, and now she has no problem describing what kind of sex she has and how long it lasts. Rose said early on in the show how prim and proper she was raised. Apparently the bloom is off that rose, too.

    Allusions (1)

    • The episode title, The Bloom is Off the Rose, refers to the saying "the bloom's off your rose".

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