The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 10

The Heart Attack

Aired Unknown Nov 23, 1985 on NBC

Episode Recap

The girls throw a party in their house, with Sophia doing a majority of the cooking. While the girls start clearing up, Sophia claims she has a "bubble". Soon it turns into a sharp pain. Dorothy tries to laugh it off, but Sophia is adament. She fears she is having a heart attack.

Blanche calls 911 and Rose relates the story of how her husband died of a heart attack. The paramedics are delayed by a storm, so the girls try to calm themselves. Rose and Blanche talk about death, but Dorothy wants no part in the conversation.

Sophia nods off, but when she awakes she claims she went to Heaven and she wants to go back. Dorothy begs her to stay and Sophia requests Dorothy to get her rosary. In the bedroom, Dorothy confesses to Blanche she is terrified about the prospect of losing Sophia. Blanche tells her she isn't alone. Blanche and Rose may not be blood-related to Dorothy and Sophia, but they are family.

Eventually, the doctor manages to get through the storm. He asks several questions and reveals the true cause of Sophia's pain. It seems Sophia stuffed herself with food that day. This caused her to have a gallbladder, not heart attack. After the doctor leaves, the girls comment on the brevity of life.
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