The Golden Girls

The Days and Nights of Sophia Petrillo

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 10/22/88
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  • Episode Description
  • This episode does a study in contrast, Sophia's busy day to Blanche, Dorothy and Rose's lazy day. While Sophia, organizes a band to raise money, volunteers at the hospital and battles return policies at the supermarket, Blanche, Dorothy and Rose sit around discussing what they should do that's constructive.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Kathy Speer

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • This is more about Sophia and how the girls never see her true color.

    By yuki_megami, Oct 17, 2006

  • Not my favorite episode but it proves that Sophia does much more than the other girls.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 09, 2006

  • Sophia leaves to buy a nectarine, while the others stay at home and discuss how uneventful Sophia's life is. Little do they know, Sophia's routine involves much more than buying a nectarine.

    By amcfan84, May 31, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Sam: But I hate nectarines. Sophia: You got to keep up your strength. Sam: Sophia, you know it doesn't matter, once they messed up my blood transfusion, there was nothing they could do. Sophia: Crazy talk, comes from not eating enough fresh fruit. Sam: Nobody's ever beaten it, Sophia. Sophia: But someday they will, it could be tomorrow and it could be you, I believe that and you've got to believe that. Because in life, that's all we have is hope. Sam: And a nectarine? Sophia: And a nectarine.

    • Produce Manager: (picking up a nectarine) I've never seen a more perfect piece of fruit. Sophia: Oh yeah! Then why don't you try kissing my behind? It's a real peach!

    • Sophia: (to the produce manager) Please, I have a bowl of wax bananas that will be ripe before these are!

    Notes (4)

    • In syndication, thw whole conversation between Sophia and Sam about his illness and nectarines is cut from the episode.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche on the couch at the very end of the episode after Sophia exits to her room.

    • This episode was the first one videotaped this season, but was the second to be aired.

    • Blanche's nightgown is so low-cut, the audience can see a mole on her right breast.

    Trivia (1)

    • Dorothy claims that Sophia's mother lived to be 94 years old, and that in 1952, she went into politics. Later, though, Dorothy says that Sophia's mother was 94 years old when Dorothy was six, implying that Dorothy was six years old when her grandmother died. Dorothy was born in 1929 (as stated in season 7), meaning her grandmother died in the mid-1930s, and therefore couldn't possibly have lived to see 1952. Also, a flashback in the earlier season three episode "Mother's Day" features Sophia's mother existing at the same time as a full-grown Dorothy.

    Allusions (1)

    • It is alluded that the little boy in the hospital, Sam, is dying of AIDS, but not specifically stated.

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