The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 23

Blind Ambitions

Aired Unknown Mar 29, 1986 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Rose's sister, Lily must deal with life as a blind person after recently losing her sight. Meanwhile, the girls hold a garage sale in order to buy a new TV but find it hard to part with things.

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  • This episode is a good example of the girls always help each other out, no matter what.

    In this episode of "The Golden Girls", Rose's sister Lily comes to Miami to visit Rose and the girls after becoming blind. Not too long after the episode starts, we find Rose starting to mother Lily, reasoning that since her sister is blind, she can't fend for herself. However, with that particular part of the story, I really didn't like it that much, mainly due to the fact that there are people out in the world that think people who have lost their sight can't live productive lives and do things by themselves. But I have to say was an upside of it was how Dorothy and Blanche helped Rose see that she has to help her sister realize that she needs to learn how to do things on her own, and I thought that the ending of the episode was nice, with how Lily thanked Rose for pushing her to go back to being her own independent self, even if she needs her service dog to be her eyes. And lastly, another thing that I enjoyed about this episode was Sophia and how in her own way also helped Rose see that what she was doing with her sister wasn't helping Lily become independent again. In all, this was one nice episode that shows very well how the four roommates are able to help each other with their problems, whatever they may be.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the opening scene Rose mistakenly calls her home town St. Olafs (plural) instead of simply St. Olaf.

    • This is one of many errors the show makes. Rose tells the girls that she lived in an orphanage until she was 8, at which point she was adopted by the Lindstroms. Yet, in this episode, Lily reminds Rose of something that had occurred while Rose was 6.

    • Time Index 7:00 and during the entire scene. When Lily is cooking and it catches fire, you can clearly see there is no heat lighting the electric burners.

    • Polly Holliday is better known for her role as Flo on the 1970's sitcom Alice and its spin-off, Flo.

    • At the end of the episode in the airport, the flight attendant is thanking passengers for flying Air Florida. This isn't possible as Air Florida folded in 1984, almost 2 years before this episode was first aired.

    • In the beginning of the episode when Dorothy is grilling steaks, why is there not even a hint of smoke?

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Blanche (after finding out that Rose's sister Lily was the first woman in St. Olaf to have a pilot's license.):

      Well, we have something in common, Lily. I was the first woman in my home town ever to have a pilot!

    • Blanche: Oh, girls, listen let's face it all that so called junk out there has too many fond memories for all of us. We're never gonna be able to part with it.
      Dorothy: We might just as well call this whole garage sale off.
      Rose: And kiss our new TV goodbye, isn't that right Mr. Longfellow? (high-pitched voice) Yes, it is, Rose.
      Dorothy: Please!

    • Woman: (looking at an item at the garage sale) How much?
      Sophia: Two bucks. Go wild. Treat yourself.
      Woman: Nah. I'll give you $1.50.
      Sophia: What does this look like, Baghdad? Get the hell out of here!
      Dorothy: Ma! That's no way to sell things!
      Sophia: Hey, go to Neiman Marcus sometime. See if they treat you any better!

    • Sophia: What are we cooking outside for?
      Dorothy: Ma, we're having a barbecue.
      Sophia: Do you know what they call cooking meat over an open fire back in Sicily?
      Dorothy: No, what?
      Sophia: Poverty!

    • Rose: Those steaks smell great!
      Sophia: What do you know? You thought you could go out to the ocean and catch fishsticks!

    • Rose: My sister's going to be fine. She's a very independent person.
      Dorothy: No she's not, Rose. Not until she learns to become independent as a blind person.

    • Sophia: I just talked to Lily. I hear you're moving with her back to Chicago.
      Rose: Yes, I think it's best.
      Sophia: Great. Now you can ruin your life and hers!

    • Blanche: Girls, let's do that: Let's have a garage sale!
      Rose: Well, can we get in trouble having a garage sale? I mean, we're not actually selling a garage.
      Sophia: If it's a choice between the two of them, let the blind one make change.

    • Lily: And Rose, quit pouting.
      Rose: How'd you know I was pouting?
      Lily: You always pout. Like when we got a new puppy and you thought its paws were too big and that the other dogs would laugh at him.

  • NOTES (3)