The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Unknown Oct 05, 1985 on NBC

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  • 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.