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The Golden Girls: Sophia's Wedding (1)

Sophia is devastated when she hears of the death of her old friend Esther Weinstock. At the funeral in New York, Dorothy and Sophia run into Esther's widower Max, whom Sophia has proclaimed to hate ever since she believed Max had made a bad gambling decision that ended up costing her late husband Sal a huge sum of money. Once Sophia finds out what actually happened, however, she makes up with him -- to the extent that when she and Dorothy return to Miami, she finds Sophia in bed with him. The surprises don't end there, though -- almost immediately afterwards, the two announce their intentions of marrying.

Meanwhile, Rose and Blanche start an unauthorized Elvis Presley fan club.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x6
Production Number: 082
Airdate: Saturday November 19th, 1988



 
Guest Stars
Blake GibbonsBlake Gibbons
As Wedding Guest
Recurring
Jack GilfordJack Gilford
As Max Weinstock
Recurring
Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
As Elvis Impersonator
Recurring
Sid MeltonSid Melton
As Salvadore Petrillo
Recurring
Fritzi BurrFritzi Burr
As Esther Weinstock
Raye BirkRaye Birk
As Caterer
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 background shot during the closing credits features Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and newlyweds Max and Sophia, looking at the Elvis impersonators at ceremony's end.
This is only seen in syndication.

This first part originally aired along with the second as a full one-hour episode (and is seen as such on the official DVD set). In syndication, however, it is aired in two separate half-hour segments.

Jack Gilford, Max in this episode, co-starred with Rue McClanahan in Norman Lear's extremely short-lived television series Apple Pie in 1978.

This episode was taped on November 5, 1988.



Episode Quotes
Dorothy: (having just found Sophia in bed with Max) Ma, what is going on here?!
Sophia: Afterglow.

Blanche: I hope you're not too upset over this, Dorothy.
Dorothy: I've just been thrown out of an unauthorized Elvis fan club. I'll try to pick up the pieces and go on with my life. I mean, there must be a support group for people like me.

Blanche: Do you know what I hate doing most after a party?
Rose: Trying to find your underwear in the big pile?

(Rose has elected Blanche the president of the Fan Club because she claims to have slept with Elvis.)
Dorothy: Blanche, why did you say that? You didn't really sleep with Elvis Presley.
Blanche: Back where I come from, there were a lot of hillbilly boys with muttonchop sideburns named Elvis. The light was bad in the bayou. It could've happened.
Dorothy: Blanche, you never slept with Elvis Presley.
Blanche: Oh, alright, alright! But I did make love to an unattractive boy named Ernest, and in the middle of it I cried out Elvis' name. Technically I think that counts.

Sophia: (tearful) Esther Weinstock is dead. We grew up together. She was my best friend.
Dorothy: Oh, I'm so sorry! What happened?
Sophia: She was fighting an oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico. She was 88!
Rose: Well, it's great that she was able to work right up to the end!

Max: You're little Dorothy Petrillo!
Dorothy: That's right!
Max: You haven't changed a bit! Same gorgeous smile, pretty eyes, beautiful figure, long golden blonde hair...
Dorothy: You have cataracts, don't you, Mr. Weinstock?
Max (puts on glasses) Since 1967.

Sophia: If you've got something to say, spit it out.
Max: Don't push me, or I will!
(Sophia pushes him some.)
Sophia: There. I pushed. Too bad you weren't on a flight of stairs.



Episode Goofs
Max claimed that as a result of the gambling incident, Sal Petrillo never gambled again, yet in the season five episode "All Bets Are Off", Sophia claims Sal was a gambler until his dying day (saying his last words were "Ten bucks says I don't need this oxygen tank").

Sophia claims that she grew up with Esther Weinstock, who lived in New York. Sophia, however, was born and raised in Sicily, and only began living in New York in her 20's.



Cultural References
Sophia: According to Sicilian custom, I can't marry unless I have You-Know-Who's blessing.
Rose: Who?
Sophia: Dick Clark! (beat) Dorothy, you idiot!
Rose: Dorothy, your mother's talking to you.

Dick Clark (1929-2012), known as the "world's oldest teenager" due to his seeming inability to age, was an American television personality, best-known as the host of the long-running programs American Bandstand, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, and Pyramid.

(The attendees of Max and Sophia's wedding are all Elvis impersonators.)
Rose: Uh-oh... either I mixed the Elvis list with the wedding list or everyone in Max's family appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The Ed Sullivan Show was a highly popular variety show running from 1948-1971. The show, which was hosted by Sullivan himself, played host to numerous popular music and variety acts of the day, including Elvis himself, who made three appearances on the show in 1956 and 1957.



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