The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 17

You Gotta Have Hope

Aired Unknown Feb 25, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Dorothy is in charge of a hospital charity show and things aren't going her way. She can't find any talent for the talent show and her emcee has just cancelled. Rose's solution for her problem makes things worse when the girls scour Miami in hopes of getting Bob Hope to perform in the show.moreless

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  • Why do you constantly look for ways to amuse yourself at my expense? (Because we don't have cable and I can't crochet!)

    This is a pretty good episode. My main issue with it is that I've never found it that funny. There's not that many real "crack up with laughter" moments in it... I mean, we learn that Rose is more pathetic than we originally thought, and the whole thing comes off kind of sicky-sweet at times, but it's definitely worth watching. Great moments: the mean woman at the committee meeting and Blanche's comeback ("Yeah well I heard you've been sleeping with the Japanese guy that blows the leaves out of your driveway!"), the quote I used as my episode summary (CLASSIC Dorothy and Sophia!), and the scene where they're dressed like men and in the locker room hugging each other, and the two guys come by and the one says, "That's it, we've got to get that antique dealer off the membership committee!" That is a really funny line. Unfortunately, the rest of the episode really lacks humor.

    Random points: First of all, does anyone else think the Donatello triplets were actually really annoying? I don't know why the girls thought they were so great. Another point, I'm thinking that Bob Hope's stand-up routine really isn't funny because it isn't the 80's anymore... particularly once you've heard it once already. I always just turn the episode off when it gets to that point, rather than listen to it yet again.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: (Continuity)Rose says that Gunter and AlmaNylundwere her adopted parents. The writers obviously made a slip and forgot what Rose's married name was. She married Charlie Nylund. Her adopted parents were the Lindstroms. Also, in "Blanche and the Younger Man" Dorothy clearly referred to Alma as Mrs. Lindstrom.

    • Not only is Nylund her married name, but Rose says her father's name was Gunter. However, in another episode, she had an Uncle Gunter.

    • Goof: Rose says in this episode that she was left on the doorstep of the Nylunds when she was a baby and adopted. However we know her married name, not her maiden was Nylund, and her maiden name was Lindstrom. She also says in this episode she was adopted as a baby but in the episode where she meets her father she says she was in an orphanage until she was 8.

    • In real life, Bob Hope and Betty White were friends and he appeared on the episode as a favor to her.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sophia: This is who I am, Dorothy. Lesrn to live with it or medicate me

    • Dorothy: So that's the catch, you'll let us have the Donatello Triplets if we let your new boyfriend in the show as well.
      Blanche: Sophia that's blackmail!
      Sophia: That's showbusiness.

    • Dorothy: Ma, you can't sing, you can't dance, you can't tell jokes, you can't be in the show.
      Sophia: You can't be in the show, you can't be in the show, who are you, Ricky Ricardo?

    • Dorothy: Ma, why do you constantly look for ways to amuse yourself at my expense?
      Sophia: Because we don't have cable and I can't crochet. This is who I am Dorothy, either learn to live with it, or medicate me.

    • Bob Hope: I didn't put on all this makeup just to go bowling.

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