It's too bad Fredric Weiss and Jeffrey Ferro did not write more episodes for this show. Their scathing wit and intelligent storylines are part of the cream of the crop for this show.
By this time, it was clear that "flashback" episodes were becoming commonplace (and, in fact, somewhat of a staple) for this show. I always find these shows to have a standup "skit-like" feel, and I generally enjoy the results. This episode is no exception. The classic "personals column" flashback is one of the most memorable scenes of the series: "Here's eight dollars, Dorothy. Let's get started." "I'm not Dorothy, she is." "I'll give you four dollars. Let's get started." "How would you like your rear end kicked across the street?!" "Oh, boy, here's the other four dollars!"
Another classic moment: the Scandinavian word-fest near the halfway point in the episode. "Literally, it's the moment dog doo turns white." Ah, the hilarity of spontaneity.
The episode involves the girls at each other's throats. They go to a psychiatrist to hopefully tackle the situation. So we listen to four stories, basically looking at the qualities that often bring conflict among the four. More exactly, each flashback is focused on a particular trait of one of the girls. We get a hint of Blanche's selfishness, Rose's idiocy, Dorothy's authoritativeness, and Sophia's motherliness. Qualities we've grown to know and love but often lead to trouble.
The psychiatrist concludes that the four are incompatible. But I think the writers are of the opinion that they are instead complementary. Dorothy needs a dose of Blanche's vanity and Rose's innocence. Blanche could use some of Dorothy's common sense and Rose's naivete. And Rose can certainly take more grounded advice from intelligently superior Dorothy and Blanche. And to stay in line, all three need the advice of the wise one: Sophia. It's just that four feathers of four different birds sometimes clash.
My mother always told me that the best conflict comes from the closest relationships. It became clear by Season 3 that the Golden Girls were as close as can be. Yes, they frequently have miffs, but their friendships were strong. The last scene of the episode, in the kitchen, was testament to the foundation this show had made. And leave it to Sophia, as usual, to sum things up and to straighten the girls out.
What a great episode. Funny and endearing. You can't ask for much more from these girls...or any show, for that matter.