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Dorothy's sister Gloria visits from California, with news: she wants Sophia, their mother, to move in with her. Sophia, having already had a heated argument with Dorothy, agrees. Meanwhile, Rose and Blanche try out for a local production of Macbeth.
The background shot during the closing credits features Rose seated at the kitchen table with Dorothy and Blanche standing, with Blanche holding a knife near Dorothy, after Rose has just told Blanche she's gotten the lead in Macbeth.
This is the first episode for director Terry Hughes, who would later be referred to as "the fifth Golden Girl." He would remain with the show until the end of season five.
The kitchen's design is given an update in this episode. The polka-dotted wallpaper has been replaced with that a floral print pattern, and the wall near the swinging kitchen door has been shortened.
This is the first appearance of Dorothy's sister Gloria. She is played here by Doris Belack, later known for the recurring role of Judge Margaret Berry on Law & Order
and its spin-offs from 1990-2001.
Sophia: Can I make a suggestion when you go for your makeover?
Dorothy: Sure, what is it?
Sophia; Don't expect a miracle.
Gloria: When we were kids and Mom and Pop were working, do you know why Mom left you in charge?
Dorothy: Yeah. Because Phil played with matches.
Blanche: Oh Dorothy, could I please borrow your diamond ring and your pearl necklace and your jade bracelet?
Dorothy: Are you planning to come back?
Blanche: Oh, I know for a fact my parents liked my sisters better than they did me.
Rose: Oh, Blanche, that's silly. How could you know a thing like that?
Blanche: They told me.
Gloria: (getting into bed with Dorothy) This reminds me of when we were little, and you used to tell me bedtime stories.
Dorothy: Oh yeah, yeah. "The Boogeyman and the Little Girl"... "The Zombie in the Hamper"... "Cannibal Parents"... I think between the ages of five and seven you might've gotten, mmm... two hours sleep.