The Golden Girls

Season 5 Episode 16

Clinton Avenue Memoirs

Aired Unknown Feb 03, 1990 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Dorothy becomes alarmed when Sophia forgets the date of her wedding anniversary. This leads Dorothy to face the fact that Sophia is becoming more and more forgetful with age. This doesn't seem to bother Sophia that much, until she fears that the memory of her late husband is slipping away. To regain some of it, she and Dorothy revisit their old apartment in Brooklyn.moreless

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  • Sophia is losing her memory, so she and Dorothy take a trip to Brooklyn to visit their old apartment. Meanwhile Blanche and Rose work on a health care survey for Rose's job.moreless

    This episode is really touching and has a wonderful ending. Sophia forgets her anniversary and we find out that she is losing most of her memories. It really takes a toll on her and Dorothy. It's played for laughs, but has a real serious side as well. "I can't let this happen Dorothy.I can't loose my Sal, not again." This really lets you know how hard it has been to loose the one you love. When they travel back to Brooklyn we see the apartment that they lived in, complete with the new Puerto Rican tenant. The height charts on the wall, the old wallpaper are all reminders for Sophia, but they are not the heart that Sal carved on the back of the door that says Sal loves Sophia. Sophia swears it's in the kitchen and when it's not, she is really afraid that it's all over. When she goes up to the bedroom, she imagines Sal and has a very funny talk with him. He prods her into remembering.

    When she discovers the heart on the closet door, her spunk returns and you know she's going to be ok. As the show ends we see the heart and it brings a tear to my eye every time:-)moreless
  • A very touching episode

    This is a sweet episode. A little sad, but still good. Really makes you think about getting older, and how scary it might be. So in a way it is kind of a "social issue" episode, but it's definitely not as preachy as some of the others in the series. It's touching, but not really funny... which is ok once and awhile. I love the scene at the end where Sophia is "visited" by Sal. As a couple, they had good chemistry. Actually the only complaint I have about the episode is the one flashback that Dorothy has, with young Sophia and Sal. That actress was nowhere near good enough to play Sophia, and didn't look much like her either. Overall it was kind of a dumb scene. They really should've left it out and put something else in its place. But it's still a great episode. It's too sad to be one you'd really watch a lot, and not funny enough, but it was definitely very well done and deserves credit for that.moreless
David Correia

David Correia

Mr. Hernandez

Guest Star

Flo Di Re

Flo Di Re

Young Sophia Petrillo

Guest Star

Kyle T. Heffner

Kyle T. Heffner

Young Salvadore Petrillo

Guest Star

Sid Melton

Sid Melton

Salvadore Petrillo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the first and only time that we see Dorothy as a child.

    • Viewed by 32.4 million people, and ranked #4 for the week.

    • According to her DVD audio commentary on this episode, Bea Arthur said she came up with the idea to clamp her hand over Sophia's mouth when the Puerto Rican man answered the door. Arthur claims that it was almost completely automatic when she did this while filming, because the interplay between her and Estelle Getty had grown so comfortable.

    • In this episode Dorothy and Sophia enter Sophia's Brooklyn apartment and the front door is on the right side of the room. They cross over to the left side of the room and enter the kitchen. In previous episodes, the front door to the apartment was on the left side of the apartment and on the back wall near the stairs and the kitchen was through the door on the right side of the room that Dorothy and Sophia enter through. The layout of the apartment in this episode is also used in the 7th season episode, Dateline: Miami when Sophia tells Rose and Blanche the story of finding out Dorothy was pregnant by Stan.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Young Salvadore: (to Dorothy) Your mother's had a rough week, first I'm called away, and then the baby's delivered by a cabbie.
      Young Sophia: Cesarean!

    • Young Salvadore: (about their new son) He's handsome, but why do you have him in Dorothy's old hand me downs?
      Young Sophia: So he wears girl's clothes for a while, what's it gonna hurt?

    • Dorothy: Here we are at the beach.
      Sophia: Yeah, Salvadore loved playing with you kids...why do I look so upset?
      Dorothy: Don't you remember, Ma? Pop was a big Jean Harlow fan, you hated it when he made sand breasts in front of the children.

    • Sophia: I hate getting old, you're always losing things, first its your eyesight. Then people are telling you to turn down the TV when you can barely hear it at all, and you could live with that. But this, Dorothy they're trying to take something from me that I just won't give. I can't lose my Sal, not again.

    • Bea Arthur: (on the DVD episode commentary, during theme song): I love the theme song. Charming.

    • Sophia: Isn't it great to be back in the old neighborhood, Dorothy? Watching the kids playing stickball on the corner?
      Dorothy: Ma, they were beating a man. That was sorta why I called the police.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first time we see the kitchen and bedroom in the Petrillo's Brooklyn apartment. In previous episodes, Sophia would have many conversations with her husband Sal who was in the kitchen, but the kitchen was never seen.

    • Going by the episode title, we can assume that the street Sophia lived on in Brooklyn was Clinton Avenue.

    • In this episode, Sophia and Dorothy visit Brooklyn and see their old apartment! Also, some flashbacks of it from when they lived there are shown.


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