The Golden Girls

The Operation

Season 1, Ep 18, Aired 2/8/86
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  • Episode Description
  • During a tap dance rehersal with Rose and Blanche, Dorothy injures her foot and later Dorothy is hesitant about having foot surgery just as she was scheduled to tap dance with Blanche and Rose in a dance recital. Meanwhile, with Dorothy out of the recital, Blanche and Rose must re-work their act.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Winifred Hervey

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • dorothy has to have a foot operation, and is less than thrilled

    By damanray, May 10, 2009

  • Dorothy's dancing is compromised by a small tumor in her foot.

    By tvFanatic2008, Oct 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Sophia: (about knitting a wrap for her brandy bottle) You drink out of a paper bag at the park and suddenly everybody's your friend!

    • Rose: (about Dorothy getting hurt) It happened in class when she tried to do a Cincinatti Red with a double pullback. It goes something like this. (does a little tap dance) Sophia: Margaret Weinstein did the same thing when they changed her medication.

    • Dorothy: The doctor says I'm fine. Sophia: You're lying. Rose: Oh, Sophia, Dorothy wouldn't lie. Sophia: A mother knows when her child is lying. It's like bat radar! Now what did the doctor really say? Dorothy: He said I'd have to have surgery. Rose: Surgery? For what? Dorothy: (annoyed) For kicks, Rose!

    • Dorothy: I don't like hospitals, I don't like doctors! Rose: Dorothy, nobody likes hospitals, but there's nothing to be scared of. Dorothy: Oh really, Rose? What about blood? What about death? What about those nighties that don't close up in the back?? Rose: Well, anyone can make it sound terrible.

    • Blanche: When are you having the surgery? Dorothy: Never. Blanche: Dorothy, you just said yourself that it's a very common procedure. Dorothy: Yes, for the doctor, but it happens to be my foot that he wants to cut open!

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    Notes (2)

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, in her hospital bed, while Blanche and Rose, with their backs to the cameras, stand, waiting for Dorothy's reaction to their dance.

    • Actor Robert Picardo guest stars as a doctor. He also played doctors on China Beach and Star Trek: Voyager.

    Trivia (3)

    • As Blanche and Rose conclude their first dance in the living room and they are standing, waiting for the audience to stop applauding, you can see a microphone over Sophia's head as she enters from the kitchen.

    • It seems in this episode Blanche reveals a secret about how she was afraid of dancing in a recital as a child and she was "standing in a puddle" and therefore wants to back out of the dance recital... but in other episodes she seems more than agressive in persuing actor/dancing roles ... The Sound of Music, MacBeth, Henny Penny to name a few.

    • In this episode, Blanche shares her fear of flying, but in "Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself", it's Dorothy who is scared of flying and Blanche is afraid of bald men. Dorothy's hospital fear and Blanche's fear of performing is never mentioned again.

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