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‘72 Hours’ Quotes

The Golden Girls: 72 Hours

519. 72 Hours

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 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 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 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 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 Blanche

Blanche: I know I'm not always the first one to volunteer, but I happen to have an affection for bayous. Matter of fact, I became a woman in one.
Sophia: I thought you lost it in a hot-air balloon.
Dorothy: I thought you lost it at a pancake breakfast.
Blanche: Well, those don't count. I mean, they did at the time, but this is the definitive where-I-lost-my-virginity story.
Sophia: It's really nice of you to share something so personal with us, Blanche. In a bayou? You slut.

Quote from Rose

Blanche: What is it, Rose? Is something wrong?
Rose: I'm not sure. St. Luke's hospital wants me to come in for some kind of test. That's where I had my gallbladder out six years ago.
Dorothy: Can I see it, Rose?
Rose: They throw organs out after surgery.

Quote from Rose

Receptionist: Can I help you?
Rose: I think so. I have a two-o'clock appointment for an AIDS blood test. My name is- Well, it's-
Receptionist: You know, we encourage anonymity, so if you'd like to give us a fictitious name for our files.
Rose: Oh, that'd be great. Dorothy Zbornak.
Receptionist: Fine. We'll call you in. You'll be seeing a counselor and then the doctor. Meanwhile, just take a seat, Ms.-
Rose: Zbornak. Dorothy Zbornak. Z-b-o-
Dorothy: Let's go, Dorothy.

Quote from Blanche

Blanche: Rose. Come here, honey. Come here. We need to talk.
Rose: What, Blanche?
Blanche: Well, this is the kind of thing I tend to keep to myself, but I want you to know. I got tested too, so I know what you're going through.
Rose: What did you do?
Blanche: Well, I just had the test, and then I had a nice long talk with myself about being with so many men, and now when I'm with a man, I know his complete history and we take all the necessary precautions. I just wanted you to know I understand this is not an easy time.
Rose: Thank you, Blanche.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: What are you reading?
Dorothy: This pamphlet on AIDS and teenagers. It's really so discouraging. Parents don't talk to their kids about sex. I mean, this is so important you'd think they'd get past their embarrassment.
Sophia: Thank God I was one of those progressive parents.
Dorothy: Oh, I was amazed at how you used those technical terms. You told me never to let a boy touch me "you know where." And you spelled "where."
Sophia: Well, maybe I used to be old-fashioned, but times have changed. So when I was at the pharmacy I bought you some condoms. Your boyfriends are supposed to put them you know w-h-e-r-e.

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

Dorothy: Ma, what were you doing in my bathroom for two hours?
Sophia: The hokey-pokey. What do you think I was doing?
Dorothy: Why were you using my bathroom?
Sophia: There's something wrong with mine.
Dorothy: What?
Sophia: Rose used it.
Dorothy: Ma, that is just ignorant paranoia.
Sophia: Hey, I'm making progress. Yesterday I used the bathroom down at the Shell station.
Dorothy: You know, it's attitudes like that that add to the panic about this. Now, what is wrong with you?
Sophia: Hey, one little slip and you're all over my back. It won't happen again. Relax.
Blanche: Why is there an R on some of our coffee cups?
Sophia: Uh, R for "Regular." Blank ones are decaf.
Dorothy: I don't believe you.
Sophia: Look. I know intellectually there's no way I can catch it. But now that it's so close to home, it's scary.
Blanche: Well, Sophia, I'm afraid you're just gonna have to get over that.
Sophia: I'll try. I'll try. I'm usually not like this. [to Dorothy] I've been using your toothbrush for months.

Quote from Rose

Blanche: Hi, Rose. What's going on?
Rose: Oh, I'm just sitting here kicking myself for not taking care of my gallbladder. And for going to that hospital for the operation, and for letting them give me blood without asking first: "Oh, excuse me, are you sure this isn't gonna kill me one day?"
Blanche: Now, now, Rose. Take it easy.
Rose: Why does everyone keep saying that? I don't feel like taking it easy. I might have AIDS, and it scares the hell out of me. And yet every time I open my mouth to talk about it, somebody says, "There, there, Rose. Take it easy."
Blanche: I'm sorry, honey.
Rose: Why me, Blanche? I'm tired of pretending I feel OK so you won't say "Take it easy." And I'm tired of you saying "Take it easy" 'cause you're afraid I'm gonna fall apart. Dammit. Why is this happening to me? I mean this isn't supposed to happen to people like me. You must have gone to bed with hundreds of men. All I had was one innocent operation.

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

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: 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.

Quote from Sophia

Rose: Oh, he's right. You guys were terrific. Thank you for being there for me. And thank you for making me feel you'd always be there for me, no matter what happened.
Blanche: Bet you'd like to go home now and get some rest.
Rose: No! No! I haven't felt like I've been living for the last three days. I want to go with you to the fundraiser.
Blanche: Great!
Dorothy: And it's going to be a success.
Dorothy: You know, Ma must have stuffed and mailed over 500 invitations.
Sophia: "Stuffed"?


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