The Golden Girls

Season 5 Episode 2

Sick and Tired (2)

Aired Unknown Sep 30, 1989 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, Dorothy drinks champagne.  However, in "Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself", Dorothy claims that she doesn't like champagne, and that it would only succeed in making her burp.

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    • Dorothy has quite vivid, florid words for the doctor as she tells him off, and is quite audible, but apparently all the other "patrons" don't even lift an eye, as apparently this is just an every day occurence in a fancy restaurant.

    • In the final scene, how likely is it that Dr. Budd just happens to not only be in Miami, but at the very same restaurant as Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia and Rose at the very precise moment they are "celebrating" Dorothy's diagnosis? I know sitcoms aren't realistic, but this is a little too much suspension of reality.

  • Quotes

    • Rose: That is the first time I have ever heard anyone say they were so mad they could scream, and then actually do it. That's like saying, "I laughed all the way to the bank." I've never seen anyone do that either.

    • Blanche Devereaux: [about her romance novel] I don't believe it - another rejection! And this one's not even personal - it's a form letter! They just filled my name at the top, see? Oh I'm so upset - I put everything into this letter, Rose, all of me, I held nothing back. Then to have some snotnosed little kid from Harvard send me a form letter - oh! I'm so mad I could scream... AHHHHHHHH!

    • Sophia: Your heart is in the right place, Rose, but I don't know where the hell your brain is.

    • (Looking at a bag of egg yolks)
      Blanche: Rose, what is this? Yellow eyeballs are staring at me!

    • Rose: I don't understand any of this.
      Blanche: Of course you don't, Rose, you're from Minnesota, what have you read, Silas Marner? Paul Bunyan? Nothing, you know nothing!

    • Dorothy: Harry, am I gonna die?
      Harry: I'm afraid so.
      Dorothy: Really??
      Harry: Sooner or later I guarantee it!

    • Blanche: (about Vincent Van Gogh) He cut off his hair maybe I'll cut off mine!
      Dorothy: He cut off his ear.
      Blanche: I have too many earrings.

    • Blanche: My god! I'm hallucinating! Little balls of sunshine in a bag! Is this supposed to mean something?

      Rose: Those are egg yolks Blanche.

      Blanche: My brain's gone.

  • Notes

    • While this is the final episode written by our beloved Susan Harris,it can be assumed she had some say in the direction of at least some of the episodes.Surprisingly,she has no credited part in the finale episodes.Her final writing credit in the franchise would be the pilot for The Golden Palace.

    • Series creator and writer of this episode, Susan Harris suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

    • Richard Mulligan (Harry Weston) and Park Overall (Laverne Todd) crossover from Empty Nest in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • When in a state of exhaustion, Blanche tells Rose that a person in St. Olaf is well-read if they can get through the Sears catalog. Before the advent of the internet, the Sears catalog was very popular, especially during the Christmas season.