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The Golden Girls

Season 5 Episode 11

Ebb Tide

Aired Unknown Dec 09, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Blanche is shattered after her father, Big Daddy, passes away. However, when she goes back to her childhood home, she gets into a big argument with her sister, Virginia and decides not to attend the funeral. Meanwhile, Sophia tries to raise cash for a TV and rents out the girls rooms, while Dorothy and Blanche are away.moreless

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  • Blanche becomes queen of the battle.But her father passed away.

    Blanche gets all excited that she was queen of the ball again.When her father calls her and asked her if she could come home.But Blanche said that she couldn't because she had to be at the ball.That she would go and see him some other time.However later on she receives words,that her father passed away.So she decide to head to Alanta,Dorthy went with her to keep her company.Blanche and Virigina begin to clashed before the funeral.So Blanche,doesn't go in the end.Meanwhile Sophia money scheme was to rent out the girls room to get money for an new tv.When Blanche's plate gets broken.Rose is determined to get an new one for Blanche.Before she comes home.

    Yes this was an very sad episode it made me cry.When Blanche said that she is nobody little girl anymore.moreless
  • Poor Blanche

    Unlike most Golden Girls episodes, I found this episode the saddest (probably of them all). It really started to get sad as the ending came along. Personally, when Blanche regret not going back home after Big Daddy called, it started to get sad there. But the argument with Virginia was the real start. I started to realize that it was all about family. The part that I found really grieving was when Blanche gave flowers to Big Daddy (on his casket) and started talking to him, and also when Blanche thought that, when Dorothy was calling Blanche to leave, Blanche thought it was Big Daddy. I almost cried when Blanche said "I'm nobody's little girl anymore." (Blanche and Dorothy were getting ready to leave.) The point is that this episode is sad, but it has a very good storyline and moral.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Blanche and Dorothy return from Atlanta, Rose gives Blanche her Citrus Festival plate claiming that she and Sophia had taken good care of it for her. When Blanche drops the plate on the ground and the plate shatters, the camera goes to Sophia who has a shocked expression on her face. However, when the camera goes back to Blanche and the shattered plate, the pieces of the plate, the sizes of the shattered pieces, and its place on the ground are different from the first shot where she dropped it. Meaning that they linked two different takes together.

    • Viewed by 31.4 million people, and ranked #6 for the week.

    • Big Daddy has just died, and yet there is no mention or sight of his second wife, Margaret, who he married in season two.  Not to mention, his two other children, Clayton and Charmaine are nowhere to be seen or heard of.

    • In this episode, you see Blanche back at her childhood home but Big Daddy sold it in the first season episode, "Big Daddy".

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Dorothy: [reading the newspaper] Miami will be busy this weekend with ten major conventions. Listen to this. ...the highlight being the Citrus Festival Ball, which is being chaired this year by 35-year-old Blanche Devereaux. How much did that cost you?
      Blanche: I don't have to pay for my compliments.
      Dorothy: You went to bed with him.
      Blanche: Twice. But, it's not like I wouldn't have anyway.

  • NOTES (3)


    • "Ebb Tide" is the title of a song written by Carl Sigman and Robert Maxwell which was recorded many including Frank Sinatra and The Righteous Brothers.