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The Golden Girls: Blind Ambitions

Rose gets a visit from her sister Lily, who was once fiercely independent but is now blind. After constantly bumping into everything and nearly setting the house on fire, Lily breaks down and begs Rose to move in with her to help her. Meanwhile, the girls try to hold a garage sale to pay for a new TV.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x23
Production Number: 024
Airdate: Saturday March 29th, 1986

Director: Terry Hughes
Writer: R.J. Colleary

Guest Stars
Annie AbbottAnnie Abbott
As Woman
Bill GraftonBill Grafton
As Man #1
Donna LaBrieDonna LaBrie
As Stewardess
Polly HollidayPolly Holliday
As Lily Lindstrom
Main Cast
Beatrice ArthurBeatrice Arthur
As Dorothy Zbornak
Betty WhiteBetty White
As Rose Nylund
Rue McClanahanRue McClanahan
As Blanche Devereaux
Estelle GettyEstelle Getty
As Sophia Petrillo
Episode Notes
The only appearance of Rose's now-blind sister Lily, played by Polly Holliday, who is best known as Flo in the sitcom Alice and its spin-off Flo.

Rose flies to be with Lily on an airline called Air Florida. Air Florida was the name of a real-life airline company that folded in 1984, two years before this episode aired.

Episode Quotes
Sophia: Do you know what they call cooking meat over an open fire in Sicily?
Dorothy: No, what?
Sophia: Poverty!

Rose: Lily was the first person in St. Olaf to have a pilot's license.
Blanche: We have something in common. I was the first person in my town to ever have a pilot.

Woman: I'll give you $1.50 for this.
Sophia: What does this look like, Bagdad? Get the hell out of here!

Dorothy: Listen, Ma, we cannot afford a new TV. We're using the household money to repair the roof and repave the driveway.
Sophia: Great. And what am I supposed to do when every other old lady on the block is watching Cosby?
Dorothy: Well, you can sit in the new driveway and hope that an amusing black family drops by.

Episode Goofs
Rose accidentally pluralizes her hometown of St. Olaf as "St. Olafs" in the opening scene. She would not be the only person to do this over the series' run.

When Lily sets the oven on fire, no heat is lighting any of the bunsen burners -- including the one set on fire.

In one scene, Lily reminds Rose of something that happened when she was six. In later episodes, however, Rose states she lived in an orphanage until she was eight, at which point she was adopted by the Lindstroms.

Cultural References
Sophia: What am I suppose to do while everybody else is watching Cosby?
Dorothy: Just sit and watch for an amusing black family to walk by.

Refers to The Cosby Show with Bill Cosby. His show was about a family and was comedic in style.

(To Rose)
Dorothy: Now get out of here, you've come back more times then Shirley MacLaine.

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