The Golden Girls

The Heart Attack

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 11/23/85
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  • Episode Description
  • After a dinner party, Sophia suffers an apparent heart attack. A heavy storm delays the paramedics, so the girls try to keep her calm, while trying to stay calm themselves. Meanwhile, Dorothy must deal with the possibility of losing her mother.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Susan Harris

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Sophia prepares for the end. . .sort of.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 26, 2006

  • Sophia's surprise sympton gave the other girls worried.

    By yuki_megami, Sep 29, 2006

  • The first glimpse into the great friendships in the girls' house.

    By missrachel, Dec 24, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (33)

    • Sophia: You know something, Dorothy? Dorothy: What, Ma? Sophia: Death sucks.

    • Dorothy: (about her mother) Oh, God, Blanche, what if she dies? Blanche: She's a tough lady, Dorothy. If anybody's a survivor, she is. Dorothy: If she dies, I'll be an orphan. (chuckles a little) Can you believe that? I'm over 50 years old, and I'll still feel like an orphan.

    • Blanche: (Referring to Dr. Harris) Dorothy, is he single or what? Dorothy: Or what. Blanche: Happily? Dorothy: Happily. Blanche: Damn!

    • Blanche: And Milk Duds. Remember, you had those two boxes of Milk Duds. Doctor: Milk Duds? Sophia: They're great. The problem is, they get caught in my dentures.

    • Dr. Harris: (Sitting beside Sophia on the sofa) So, what's this, Sophia? I hear we're not feeling well. Sophia: We? What are you, partner?

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    Notes (5)

    • This is the first time we learn that Charlie had his heart attack, and essentially died while making love to Rose.

    • Sophia's "heart attack" was a case of gross-overeating!

    • Ranked #7 for the week.

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche kneeling next to Sophia, who lies on the couch.

    • Jim Drake, who directed this episode, received a 1986 Emmy nomination for his work on "Heart Attack."

    Trivia (3)

    • Goof (Continuity): Blanche says "for somebody else's funeral, I have the perfect black dress", but in Season 6's "Ebbtide's Revenge", Blanche wears a red dress to Phil's funeral, saying "It's my funeral dress."

    • As of (S1, E7 – The Competition) Sal had been dead 22 years. This means he died when Sophia was 58. In this episode Sophia says that she hasn't seen Sal in 30 years. That would mean he died when she was 50. This is one of many discrepancies that pop up over the course of the series, but it doesn't deter from the quality of the show.

    • At the end of the closing scene, the girls decide to go on a walk. Hello!! Not only was it then supposed to be very late at night following Sophia's gall bladder attack, but there had also been a bad storm - bad enough where trees were down and the paramedics couldn't get through scarcely 15 minutes before. Did the writers suddenly forget the entire premise of this episode?

    Allusions (2)

    • Blanche: The Milk Duds, remember. You had two boxes of Milk Duds. Dr. Harris: Milk Duds. Sophia: They're delicious. I love them. The trouble is, they take out my dentures. This quote is in reference to Milk Duds which are bite size milk chocolate covered caramels. Milk Duds were originally suppose to be a "perfectly round piece" but this was impossible to achieve hence the word "duds" was used along with the word "milk" for the large amount of milk used in the product.

    • Dorothy: Why do you think your having a heart attack? Sophia: (Lying on the couch) I'm 80 years old. I got Pavarotti sitting on my chest. Odds are it's a heart attack. This quote is in reference to Luciano Pavarotti who is a robust, Italian tenor known for his vocal performances in the opera world.

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