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72 Hours

‘72 Hours’

Season 5, Episode 19 -  Aired February 17, 1990

Rose is terrified when she is told a blood transfusion she had years ago may have been contaminated with HIV. The girls try to support Rose as she waits three days for the results of a test.

Quote from Blanche

Blanche: Hey! Wait a minute. Are you saying this should be me and not you?
Rose: No. No, I'm just saying that I am a good person. Hell, I'm a goody two shoes.
Blanche: AIDS is not a bad person's disease, Rose. It is not God punishing people for their sins.
Rose: You're right, Blanche.

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Quote from Rose

Rose: I haven't been this scared since 1952, when St. Olaf's most active volcano threatened to erupt. Luckily, there were some Druid priests who were in town for the opening of Stonehengeland. They said they could stop it if they could sacrifice the town's dumbest virgin. I don't know why I raised my hand. It must have just been the excitement of the moment. But they said the only way to prevent the eruption was for me to crawl through their legs, up the volcano, while they gave me my birthday whacks. Well - and you're not gonna believe this - it turns out they weren't Druid priests at all. Just a bunch of Shriners looking for a good time.

Quote from Dorothy

Dorothy: What an idiot! Of all the lamebrained, moronic dopes. I mean, if ever I wanted to reach right through the phone and strangle somebody.
Sophia: Not really a morning person, are you, pussycat?
Dorothy: It's this caterer that I hired for my Save the Wetlands banquet. He's a week late with the menu, now he tells me that he's going to serve wild duck and crayfish. They come from the wetlands. It's like holding a Save the Whales function on a Japanese trawler.

Quote from Sophia

Dorothy: Ma! Where have you been?
Sophia: I always think it's nice when you're in a hospital to walk around and cheer people up.
Dorothy: Ah. That's nice, Ma.
Sophia: So after I had my prescription filled, I went to up to Geriatrics and sang "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better."
Dorothy: Ma.
Sophia: What a tough crowd. They threw Jell-O at me. If you could call that throwing.

Quote from Rose

Rose: Well, some people might chuckle, but I think what you're doing is important. I mean, people laughed at me back in St. Olaf when I spearheaded the drive to get our very own missile silo. Oh, sure, some gloomy Gusses muttered about the plutonium thing. But I figured if we could make our sleepy little hamlet into a first-strike target, it would help tourism.

Quote from Rose

Rose: Oh, God. This waiting is driving me crazy. Blanche, when you were tested, how did you make it through?
Blanche: Just kept it to myself and acted like a real bitch to everybody else.
Rose: No wonder we never knew.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: Is there an open bar?
Dorothy: You know, Ma, that's part of the problem. Nobody cares. Do you realize what would happen if there were no swamps?
Sophia: New Jersey wouldn't have a state smell.

Quote from Sophia

Dorothy: These three days are killing Rose.
Blanche: What she needs from us are calm heads.
Sophia: Then that's what she'll get. Oh, God. You gave me an R cup!
Dorothy: Ma, will you stop that? [Dorothy swaps cups] Here.
Blanche: Listen, we are the only family Rose has here, so we have to help her through whatever she's going through.
Dorothy: Right.
Sophia: Sure.
Blanche: So, here's to Rose. Whatever happens, whatever those tests show, we're here for her.
Sophia: [Sophia takes the "R" cup back] Dorothy, gimme that.

Quote from Sophia

Rose: Hi, girls.
Blanche: Rose, what were you doing out so early this morning?
Rose: Well, I couldn't sleep so I went for a spin last night. To Alabama. Blanche, do you know at a truck stop in Tuscaloosa they have an egg dish named after you.
Blanche: Really? How are they prepared?
Sophia: Overeasy.

Quote from Sophia

Rose: It's weird. I wanted those three days over, and now that they are, I kinda feel I'd like some of it back. I mean, any second, that door is gonna open, and that doctor is gonna tell me my future.
Sophia: Your future's gonna be filled with nothing but joy and laughter.
Rose: Thank you, Sophia.
Sophia: Don't thank me, thank The Miami Herald. It's your horoscope.

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