The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 2

The Days and Nights of Sophia Petrillo

Aired Unknown Oct 22, 1988 on NBC
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The Days and Nights of Sophia Petrillo
This episode does a study in contrast, Sophia's busy day to Blanche, Dorothy and Rose's lazy day. While Sophia, organizes a band to raise money, volunteers at the hospital and battles return policies at the supermarket, Blanche, Dorothy and Rose sit around discussing what they should do that's constructive.moreless

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  • This is more about Sophia and how the girls never see her true color.

    While the girls are busy doing something at home.Sophia is in the market buying stuff.When she see's her friend who has an problem with an frozen meat.Sophia helps her by complaining.The girls having nothing else to do.Dorthy points out that when Sophia comes home that she is always tired and sleep before dinner.We see Sophia playing in the band getting money for the hospital.She works in the hospital.That is Sophia busy lifestyle.While the girls do nothing.Sophia has an busy life.

    So this episode revolves around Sophia.Its an surprise that the girls all sat around doing nothing and Rose telling her boring St. Olaf stories.moreless
  • Not my favorite episode but it proves that Sophia does much more than the other girls.

    To me, I was able to appreciate the fact that Sophia does so much more than the other girls. I didn't like the way they all said Sophia does nothing. They don't know. They are just going by what she says. The girls seem so hypocritical because they have no proof that Sophia does nothing. They were totally lazy in this episode and I didn't like their characters in it. Sophia was fantastic.moreless
  • Sophia leaves to buy a nectarine, while the others stay at home and discuss how uneventful Sophia's life is. Little do they know, Sophia's routine involves much more than buying a nectarine.moreless

    I love this episode. The whole time everyone else is sitting at home doing nothing and discussing how Sophia needs to be more productive, Sophia is out buying fruit, volunteering at a hospital, and raising money for the nursing home. The girls have no idea about all the work she's doing, and Sophia keeps it that way. She returns home to say that she does the same thing she does every day, buy a nectarine. All the girls accomplished was television watching and trying fruit cocktail on a bagel, yet they worry about Sophia's uneventful life. Very cleverly written episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Dorothy claims that Sophia's mother lived to be 94 years old, and that in 1952, she went into politics. Later, though, Dorothy says that Sophia's mother was 94 years old when Dorothy was six, implying that Dorothy was six years old when her grandmother died. Dorothy was born in 1929 (as stated in season 7), meaning her grandmother died in the mid-1930s, and therefore couldn't possibly have lived to see 1952. Also, a flashback in the earlier season three episode "Mother's Day" features Sophia's mother existing at the same time as a full-grown Dorothy.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sam: But I hate nectarines.
      Sophia: You got to keep up your strength.
      Sam: Sophia, you know it doesn't matter, once they messed up my blood transfusion, there was nothing they could do.
      Sophia: Crazy talk, comes from not eating enough fresh fruit.
      Sam: Nobody's ever beaten it, Sophia.
      Sophia: But someday they will, it could be tomorrow and it could be you, I believe that and you've got to believe that. Because in life, that's all we have is hope.
      Sam: And a nectarine?
      Sophia: And a nectarine.

    • Produce Manager: (picking up a nectarine) I've never seen a more perfect piece of fruit.
      Sophia: Oh yeah! Then why don't you try kissing my behind? It's a real peach!

    • Sophia: (to the produce manager) Please, I have a bowl of wax bananas that will be ripe before these are!

  • NOTES (4)