The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Unknown Oct 05, 1985 on NBC

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  • Powerful episode

    One of my favourite Sophia moments happened in this episode. S: I'd give to all my children (kidney) except Phil
    D: Why not Phil?
    S: Because he never calls and he never writes, the only time i hear from him is at Christmas when he sends me a cheddar cheese nativity scene...I'm catholic, I can't spread a wiseman on a ritz cracker'

    The studio audience erupted and so did I. That line highlights the shows originality, to create humor in places we as an audience aren't accustomed.

    We also enjoy a very strong dramatic performance from Rue, who is torn between giving the sister she despises a kidney, or letting her die. A wonderful plot that brings out the best and worst in these characters
  • To give. . .or not to give?

    Blanche struggles with the decision of whether or not to give the sister she hates her kidney to save her life. Although it was a sad story it was still funny to see Blanche trying to keep her spirts up. I loved the cheddar cheese navtivity seen bit, that was quite funny. This was quite a good first season installment.
  • Blanche's sister Virgina comes to visit.What does she want from Blanche?

    Yeah it all started when Blanche was preparing for her sister's arrival.She didn't want her house to be messy.While Blanche was having company.Dorthy and Rose are babysitting an baby.While Virigina was talking about the past.Even trying to resort things even to forget about arguing and why they hate each other.Of course Blanche,knew that she wanted something.When her sister asked her an favor which is to give her kidney cause she is dying.So this make Blanche with an ultemate choice either to give her other kidney or not.Pretty good episode.Remembered Blanche hates her sister actucally both of her sister now it is just one sister.
  • Blanche's sister Virginia, whom she loaths, comes for a visit, and it becomes obvious that time hasn't changed the cool relationship between them. Blanche senses she is after something, and is quite right: Virginia is dying and needs a kidney to survive.

    This tearjerker is absolutely stunning, a series classic, brilliantly written, with superb and memorable dialogue.

    Blanche's dilemma is so catching because we really all could end up facing it; would you be selfish and keep your kidney, or donate it to the sister you hate so much?
    Blanche's decision is beautifully played - Rue McClanahan in general shines in this episode and proves her immense acting talent - and the hugging scene between Blanche and Virginia actually made me cry.
    Absolutely outstanding!
    AND it still contains so much wonderful humour that you must almost cry from laughter - example, Blanche tells the girls about her sister's need, and Rose, not understanding: Why does she want your kidney? Dorothy roars: To feed the cat, Rose!
    You have to love it.

    Ratings: A.
  • very funny

    One of the better early episodes, The whole thing was fuuny I loved how Blance ekplained to Rose why she did't tlike Virginia,the best was the Christmas Tree shocking event,
    the babay was more or less just a distracton , but the main story was great loved the ending when she turned it around and made it seem her and Virginia were the victems of Charmaine, instead of it bing the oppsite at the beginning Classic Rue McClanahan
  • In this strong episode, Blanche's sister Virginia comes to visit. Blanche hates Virginia and thinks that she needs something. She's right. Virginia does need something--one of Blanche's kidneys. Blanche must decide to be selfish or to donate one kidney. M

    This is another very well-written episode by Susan Harris. Rue McClanahan does a great job portraying the inner difficulties of a self-centered middle-aged woman. It is funny, sad, and worthwile to see. Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Estelle Getty do a remarkable job supporting the sub-plot. This is definitely another must-see episode of "The Golden Girls."