The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 21

Little Sister

Aired Unknown Apr 01, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Rose's sister, Holly comes for a visit and becomes quick friends with Dorothy and Blanche, and leaves Rose out in the cold. However, when Rose catches Holly with Blanche's boyfriend and tries to tell Blanche and Dorothy, they refuse to believe her. Meanwhile, Dorothy trusts Sophia to watch a dog, but when Sophia screws up, she tries her best to hide it from Dorothy.moreless

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  • Rose calls out not just her sister, but a lame sitcom excuse...

    Rose's sister comes for a visit, and for once the ebullient Rose is not so much. Her friends dismiss her complaints about her sister's true nature, and little by little she is cut out of things, just as she predicted. The for-once sober/sane Rose is given surprisingly non-sarcastic advice about how to handle her Eddie-Haskell-type sister from Sophia. Instead of having her complaints and accusations in effect become part of Holly's defense, she waits until Holly is caught out by the others. Sure enough, she slips up and tries to snake out with her tail between her legs.

    That's when the good part comes.

    Rose pushes past all her sister's BS. Don't want to talk about it? Too bad. A quick I'm sorry? Not nearly enough. You had trouble making friends, and it was always so easy for me, you had to take mine? Get out of my life until you grow the hell up. This from the supposedly dumb one. So many sitcoms I've watched would have taken the moment Holly offered up the 'hard times making friends' excuse and let her off on it. I like to think Betty White herself was responsible for that moment, a great break with a bad tradition.moreless
  • How much Rose hates her little sister?

    Rose little sister Holly comes to visit.Of course as usual Rose isn't too thrill about it.But when Holly comes it seemed that she came here not to see her sister but to steal her best friends too leaving her out of things.Meanwhile Sophia is babysitting Drayfuss,even though she told Dorthy,that she could watch him.Of course when she lost him and brought another looked like.Things get into choas.Also Rose catches holly,with Blanche Boyfriend.Even though Dorthy and Blanche didn't believed her on what she said.But in the end she was right.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Dorothy and Blanche are in the kitchen trying to covince Rose that Holly is a good person and has invited them to a movie, Rose accidentally walks into the living room to find Gary and Holly making out. Are we to assume that Blanche didn't even know Gary was at the house? Also, how did he get to the house, nevermind the living room, without Blanche and Dorothy knowing? Wouldn't Blanche and Dorothy have seen his car when they left to go to the movies?

    • In this episode, Rose expresses often how much she dislikes/hates her sister. Yet in a previous episode, Transplant, when Blanche's sister comes to visit and Blanche goes on about how she hated her sister, Rose said she didn't understand how someone could hate their own sister.

    • When Rose's sister first makes her appearance and is in the process of identifying Blanche, Dorothy herself (from how Rose has spoken of them to her I assume) Sophia walks out from the kitchen and says "Who's this?" Rose's sister says to her "She's feisty, zesty, and full of old world charm, Sophia." Sophia retorts "She's mopey, dopey, and full of crap Rose's sister." How did Sophia know she was Rose's sister when she wasn't present when Rose told Dorothy and Blanche she was coming? Not to mention seconds prior she had just asked "Who's this?"

    • Dorothy and Blanche seem to be totally out of character. Much like in Dorothy in Season One's "The Triangle" and Dorothy again in Season Three's "Dorothy's New Friend," in which Dorothy disregards her own friends feelings for someone she hardly knows. These women have been together for years, and know and trust each other. Why would Dorothy and Blanche take Holly's side over Rose's, call her ridiculous and not respect her thoughts? Doesn't Rose know her own sister better than Dorothy and Blanche?

    • Inga Swanson was Ingrid Swenson on Soap. Witt, Thomas, Harris apparently liked using various cast members from their sitcoms to play various roles in other sitcoms of theirs including Benson, Golden Girls, Empty Nest, and Golden Palace.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Rose: (upset) He's a lewd, horny, oversexed beast with five hands!
      Blanche: You don't have to build him up to me, hunny, I like him fine already.

    • Rose: My sister's in town on business. She's a world-renowned flautist.
      Dorothy: Oh, she plays the flute?
      Rose: No, Dorothy, she plays the flaut. It looks like a tuba except there's hair on the bottom. OF COURSE she plays the flute!

    • Blanche: Why is there a big hairy beast in my house?
      Sophia: My guess is he because he bought you dinner.

    • Holly: She's feisty, zesty, and full of Old World charm. Sophia!
      Sophia: She's mopey, dopey, and full of crap. Rose's sister. Don't mess with me kid, I have the home field advantage.

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