The Golden Girls

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Unknown Oct 05, 1985 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Blanche prides herself on being such a classy lady, and yet she's going to say she comes from a place where women would sleep with their own brothers?

    • In this episode, we learn that Virginia and Blanche's other sister, Charmaine, cannot give Virginia a kidney because her two kidneys are attached.

    • Blanche states that Virginia is the only family she has but she's forgetting about Big Daddy, her other sister, Charmaine, and her brother Clayton.

    • Rose can't believe that Blanche hates her sister, Virginia. But on the episode entitled, "Little Sister", Rose repeatedly mentions how much she hates her sister, Holly.

  • Quotes

    • Sophia: (talking about giving her kidney) I'd give to all my children.. except Phil.
      Dorothy: Why not Phil?
      Sophia: 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 wise man on a ritz cracker.

    • Rose: The doctor says it's the first time he's ever been called because a baby was sleeping in the day. And then I think he called me an idiot.

    • Blanche: Oh, well the most wonderful thing happened, they found a donor! And excellent match! She was a retired Mormon school teacher.
      Rose: Virginia is so lucky!
      Blanche: Oh, I'll say! That kidney was showroom new! Why, the wildest thing that ever passed through there was Ovaltine!

    • Sophia: I nursed all you kids. Your brother Phil was 12 when he stopped. He wanted to come home from school at lunch. I've got nothing left up here!
      Dorothy: Oh, Ma!

    • Virginia: That was a lovely lunch, Blanche. A lovely lunch in a lovely house, with your lovely friends.
      Blanche: Stop making fun of me, Virginia.
      Virginia: Making fun of you? Honey, I was complimenting you!
      Blanche: I know how you said "lovely."
      Virginia: How did I say "lovely?"
      Blanche: You know perfectly well how you said "lovely!" You said "lovely" like you say to a date who's just shown up in a blue tuxedo.
      Virginia: Well, I meant lovely, no matter how it came out.

    • Blanche: What do I do if I give her one of my kidneys, and then the other one I have goes bad? What do I do, ask for my kidney back?
      Rose: You'd be an Indian giver.

    • Dorothy: Ma, could you eat a little more quietly, please?
      Sophia: These are Fritos! You want me to swallow them whole?

    • Rose: (to Dorothy and Sophia, about Blanche deciding whether or not to give a kidney to her sister) What would you do?
      Dorothy: For my children, I wouldn't even have to think. I'd give them two kidneys--I'd cut them out myself.
      Rose: Me too. I'd give them my heart.
      Sophia: I give to all my kids--except Phil.
      Dorothy: Why not Phil?
      Sophia: Because he never calls, he never writes. I only hear from him at Christmas, when he sends me a cheddar cheese Nativity scene. I'm Catholic--I can't spread a Wise Man on a Ritz cracker!

    • Virginia: Please, Blanche, let's not do this! We've been doing this our whole lives long. Let's just call an end to it, okay?
      Blanche: Sure. Whatever. thinking about getting a facelift?

    • Sophia: (to Blanche) Are you gonna give her your kidney or what?
      Virginia: Sophia, it's a difficult decision. She needs time to think about it.
      Sophia: If you can't count on family, then who the hell can you count on?

    • Blanche: Isn't it funny? Sometimes you have to almost lose somebody before you realize how much they really mean to you.

    • Rose: I thought you had a sister, Charmaine.
      Blanche: Oh, you can't count her. Why, she's an awful, selfish, neurotic woman who made me and Virgina miserable our entire lives.

    • Virgina: (Speaking about Charmaine) She never could help Mama because she had heart flutters and she never could take gym class, no, because she had a tipped uterus and she never did any housework because she had a spastic colon. Now, she has attached kidneys.
      Blanche: That girl is some kind of mutant.

    • Rose: You hold her life in your hands. What are you gonna do?
      Blanche: I don't know!
      Sophia: I'm glad you're not my sister.

    • Rose: Blanche, your sister seemed very nice.
      Blanche: She was nicer than she's ever been. She was interested, charming, caring, loving. Just couldn't have been more wonderful. I just wonder what she wants, the conniving little witch.

    • Blanche: (To Virgina) You know at your age, when you lose weight, your skin just hangs there like leaves on a willow.

    • Blanche: (Speaking to Rose about Virgina) It was the day before Christmas and we were playing and she jiggled the tree and the star fell off and broke. So she told me to pick it up and put it on my finger. And I did. Then she plugged it in.

    • Blanche: (To Rose) You know what she used to do? She used to bite herself on the arm and then run crying to Daddy that I had done it and he'd punish me.

    • Rose: (Referring to to Blanche) Where ever she goes, she finds a man.
      Sophia: So do hookers.

    • (Dorothy and Rose are baby talking to the baby)
      Sophia: What are you two carrying on about? It's like talking to a salami!

    • Sophia (to Virginia): I'd give you my kidney, but I'm sure you'd rather have one you could control.

    • Rose: Sophia, if you hated your sister, would you spend the whole day cleaning the house?
      Sophia: I'd put Vaseline on the tips of her walker!

    • Blanche: We can't have a baby here; my sister's coming!
      Dorothy: Does she eat them?

    • Blanche: I don't want any babies around. Babies make messes.
      Dorothy: In diapers, and unless we use them as placemats, your sister will never know.

    • Blanche: Sleeping with your brothers is southern.

    • Rose: (to Blanche) Why would she need a kidney?
      Dorothy: To feed the cat, Rose!

  • Notes

    • The background shot during the closing credits features Dorothy, Rose and Blanche from the end of the episode where the three are on the couch.

    • Sheree North makes her first appearance as Blanche's sister, Virginia.

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