The Golden Girls

Season 5 Episode 1

Sick and Tired (1)

Aired Unknown Sep 23, 1989 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • According to this episode, Blanche was out getting a pedicure when George died, but according to another episode, Blanche was at home when the police called.

    • Averaged 34.8 million people for the week ranking at #4.

    • On the original episodes, this episode marks the start of an updated opening sequence. Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty now have new clips during their credit.

      (When shown on Lifetime syndication, this version of the opening is shown only during several episodes from season 7)

  • Quotes

    • Blanche: Well, now I know why Hemingway killed himself. Oh, girls, I have writer's block. This is the worst feeling in the world.
      Sophia: Try ten days without a bowel movement sometime.
      Blanche: You just sit there hour after hour after hour.
      Sophia: Tell me about it.

    • Rose: We never had a barbeque in St. Olaf after the tragedy.
      Dorothy: ...I guess we have to ask.
      Sophia: No we don't.
      Dorothy: She'll work it in anyway. What tragedy, Rose?
      Rose: I can't talk about it.
      Dorothy: Fine.
      Sophia: Good.
      Rose: But it had to do with barbequing elk, a big fire and someone who lost his balance.
      Dorothy: Got it.
      Sophia: Clear as a bell.

    • Sophia: You think they knew what the Black Plague was when one guy had it? Thousands had to die before they knew what it was. Dorothy could be dying and they just don't know it.

    • Rose: Dorothy you have to get help you're getting sicker and sicker.
      Blanche: Just like my heroine, sicker and sicker. Of course my heroine doesn't look like you. This is a romantic novel, not science fiction.
      Dorothy: Remind me when I'm feeling better to kick the crap out of her.

    • Dorothy: Tell me, how much have you written?
      Blanche: Nothing that's how I know I have writers block.
      Dorothy: Blanche you have to have written to have writers block otherwise we all have it.

    • Blanche: Now I know why Hemingway killed himself. Girls, I have writers block. It is the worst feeling in the world!
      Sophia: Try ten days without a bowel movement some time.
      Blanche: You just sit there, hour after hour.
      Sophia: Tell me about it!

  • Notes

    • This was planned to be the last season but Bea Arthur agreed to stay 2 more seasons.

    • In this episode, Sophia discusses how it would feel to have a child die before the parent. She would come to know exactly how it feels in the 6th season episode "Ebbtide's Revenge", when her son Phil died suddenly of a heart attack.

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