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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.
Saturday March 29th, 1986
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.
Sophia: Do you know what they call cooking meat over an open fire in Sicily?
Dorothy: No, what?
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.
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.
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.
Dorothy: Now get out of here, you've come back more times then Shirley MacLaine.