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The Golden Girls

Season 6 Episode 24

Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home (1)

Aired Unknown Apr 27, 1991 on NBC
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Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home (1)
The deathbed confession of an ex-patient of Shady Pines, means bad news for Sophia, since in her confession she stated that Sophia and her started the 1985 Shady Pines fire. With the possibility of Sophia going to jail hanging over their heads, the girls recall happier times (via flashbacks).

Clips from previous episodes include: Letter to Gorbachev, Brotherly Love, Sick and Tired: Part 1, The Accurate Conception, Rose Fights Back, Love Under the Big Top, Comedy of Errors, Great Expectations, Triple Play, An Illegitimate Concern, 72 Hours and Twice in a Lifetime.moreless

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  • Season 6, Episode 24.

    Wow, this episode was powerful. Sophia is accused of starting the fire that burned down her old retirement home, Shady Pines. They can't prove that she started the fire, but Dorothy and Sophia think about their relationship over the past six seasons, and hilarity ensues. Sophia is so great, and it is so sad to see her in such a situation. Estelle Getty was really an amazing actress. Dorothy and Sophia singing Sonny and Cher was pretty good. Haha. This episode rocked. I can't believe Sophia wants to move back to Sicily to avoid being arrested. Thankfully, she doesn't, but it was a pretty cool cliffhanger.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It is said repeatedly throughout the series by each of the girls themselves that they don't have a lot of extra money. But, in this episode Dorothy manages to dig up the bail money for Sophia, which totaled $5,000 within that same day. This is strange considering episodes before when she and Stan were getting audited, Dorothy struggled to come up with half that amount over a course of 30 days, yet in this episode she came up with twice as much over the course of an hour according to Dorothy herself.

    • How realistic is it that a death-bed confession of an elderly woman who was not quite lucid at the time, constituted an "air tight" case for arson, in which case Sophia is arrested and sent to jail? Well, if you go onto the Golden Girls forum and talk to Marc Sotkin, he states, that after he wrote 102 stories from his run on GG alone, it doesn't matter to be factually accurate and that "If one little detail is going to un-do an entire story - go ahead and put the old lady on death row."

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Blanche: Herb, I'm aware of how important it is to make a good impression in court. Tell me, what do you think will move the jury more, cleavage or a lot of leg?
      Dorothy: That depends...do you want a chuckle or a guffaw?

    • Dorothy: (after Sophia ridicules their attorney) Ma, he's here to help you! Are you nuts?
      Sophia: If it helps.

    • Rose: Miles and I had dinner at the Mandarin Ratskeller, that new Chinese-German restaurant.
      Blanche: Oh, how was it?
      Rose: Oh, the food was wonderful. But an hour later, Miles and I were both hungry...for power! (laughs hysterically)
      Blanche: Ah, that provincial midwest humor...that everyone hates.

    • Dorothy: Ma, they can't prove you started that fire.
      Sophia: You can't be sure of that, Dorothy, so I'm going to do what I have to...I'm jumping bail and going back to Sicily.

    • Dorothy: If anybody's going to complain it should be me, I had to dig up the bail money.
      Sophia: How do you put a price on your mother's freedom? What was it, five hundred dollars?
      Dorothy: Five thousand dollars.
      Sophia: Oh...I better straighten up my attitude around here.

    • (Sophia coming home from jail)
      Sophia: So, this is life on the outside. It's changed. You've all gotten so old.
      Dorothy: Ma, knock it off. You were gone an hour.

    • Sophia: I don't even know what s'mores are.
      Rose: You remember Sophia, they're the graham crackers with chocolate.
      Sophia: And marshmallow, don't forget the marshmallow...whoops.

  • NOTES (1)

    • It is said, in this episode, that the Shady Pines fire happened in the month of September. But, the fire happened in the pilot episode, "The Engagement", which, according to Dorothy, took place in June.