The Golden Girls

The Competition

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 11/2/85
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  • Episode Description
  • In a bowling competition, it's Dorothy and Blanche verses Rose and Sophia. If Sophia and Rose win, Dorothy will allow Sophia to go back to Sicily for a visit with an old beau and if Dorothy and Blanche win Sophia will give her a pair of antique earrings.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Barry Fanaro

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • In this episode, Sophia's old flame visits her. Sophia wants to go back with Augie to Sicily, but Dorothy won't let her. They decide to compete in a bowling competition. However, Dorothy purposely blows it to let Sophia go. Rose & Blanche compete as well.

    By mamacassfan, Jun 23, 2005

  • Touching... but Rose is insane

    By readysetgo88, Aug 09, 2008

  • Sophia reunites with an old beau.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Sophia: [to Dorothy] I can't believe you're denying your own mother. Rose: Denying her what? Dorothy: Springsteen tickets Rose.

    • Dorothy: Honey, aren't you forgetting something? Rose dumped you. Blanche: That's right, she did. I hate being dumped. Just hate it! I haven't been dumped since Wade Hunnicut threw me over for Rebecca Wilkinson, a girl who did not value her reputation. Dorothy: Did you let him get away with it? Blanche: Hell, no. Dorothy: What'd you do? Blanche: Slept with his brother.

    • Dorothy: You know, I used to be a pretty decent bowler. Sophia: Decent bowler? You were a fabulous bowler! 180 average. Rose: 180?!?!? Dorothy: Oh, come on, Ma, you were always a better bowler than I was. Sophia: I know, I do everything better than you. (tastes her sauce) Mmmm! If this sauce was a person, I'd get naked and make love to it!

    • Sophia: (dressed in black to meet her former beau) How do I look? Dorothy: Like a widow in mourning. Sophia: Perfect! He'll know I'm available.

    • Rose: (about Sophia's first beau) I wonder why he looked you up after all this time. Sophia: Are you kidding? He was crazy about me! I was the only girl in our village who didn't want to be a nun!

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode was videotaped on October 11, 1985.

    • This episode begins without the memorable background music that accompanied each opening sequence, which may make it awkward for audiences who are used to hearing that. Instead of the opening music, we hear Sophia singing "La-la-la-la" from the kitchen.

    • Sophia's first kiss was with Augustine in Sicily.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche on the couch looking at Rose's trophy.

    Trivia (7)

    • While Blanche is discussing ways to get back at Rose by sleeping with her brother, Dorothy mentions to Blanche that Rose has six brothers.  We never again hear about or see any of Rose's supposed six brothers, even in the episode where Rose travels to St. Olaf to win woman of the year(though she does hear from her friend Ingrid). 

    • The Sophia story line centers on the fact that Sophia's first boyfriend, from Sicily is coming to Miami to meet her. She claims that when he left for the war, she never heard from him again (World War I). How is it that Augustine not only knew she had married (and her married name) and gone to America, but was now living in Miami?

    • When Blanche exits the kitchen, you can see a 1984 calendar on the wall even though this episode aired in late 1985. The year is not visible, but the dates and days of the week align with 84.

    • The Studio Lights are seen throughout the series in Sophias Glasses...

    • In paying close attention at the bowling alley scene, the extras behind the girls are laughing at all of the witty slams the girls say to one another.

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