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The Golden Girls: Blind Ambitions

123. Blind Ambitions

Aired March 28, 1986

When Rose's sister, Lily, who has recently lost her sight visits Miami, Rose can't help trying to do everything for her.

Quote from Blanche

Blanche: Oh, I just love barbecues. We used to have the most wonderful ones back home. I can remember sitting out under a big old tree with the Darcy triplets: Hank, Beau and Dove. Eating and talking and laughing. And then along towards the end of the meal, why, the boys always got into a fight over who was going to get to lick the barbecue sauce from my fingertips and kiss away the little droplet of butter that always drizzled down my chin. Oh, has it gotten awful hot out here?

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Quote from Rose

Rose: Oh, we used to cook outdoors all the time when we were kids. Remember our camping trips, Lily?
Lily: Oh, I sure do. During the summer, our father would take the whole family on camping trips into the wilderness. Of course, it wasn't really the wilderness. He'd drive in circles for about 20 minutes and then end up in the woods just beyond the barn. It was years before all the kids caught on to Dad's trick.
Rose: What do you mean, just beyond the barn?

Quote from Blanche

Dorothy: You know, when I was in college, I taught school part-time at one of those schools for the blind. It is really amazing what they can accomplish.
Lily: Oh, I went to one of those schools for a little while. It's just a lot of talking and hand-holding. Never been so bored in my life. I think I'm just the kind of person that likes to get out there and do it.
Rose: Did you know that my sister Lily still holds the record at our high school for the 100-yard dash? She served three terms on the city council, and she was the first woman in St. Olaf's to ever have a pilot's license.
Blanche: Oh, really? Well, we have something in common, Lily. I was the first woman in my hometown ever to have a pilot.
Dorothy: Blanche's bed is next to the X-15 at the Space and Aviation Museum.

Quote from Blanche

Blanche: Honey, it's a terrible thing to do something out of guilt. Believe me, I know. Just about the time that George and I were getting serious, he was shipped off to Korea. Well, I wanted to do my part for the war effort, so I took a job in a factory that made canteens. I figured that one of the canteens that I had riveted would somehow find its way to George, and his lips would drink from the galvanized spout I had so lovingly fashioned, thereby symbolically reuniting us.
Rose: Oh, Blanche, that's a beautiful reason to take that job.
Blanche: Well, that wasn't the only reason. That factory also had a comprehensive dental plan, and I was in desperate need of a bridge and two crowns.
Dorothy: War is hell.
Blanche: So were my teeth. Anyway, while I was working on that assembly line, why, I met a young man named Andrew Beandorf. Oh, it was just a platonic thing. We just went out to the movies and dinner. But when George came home on leave, he was furious. He accused me, unjustly, of infidelity while he was off fighting in some foreign land, some godforsaken land where people didn't even believe in Jesus. And he forbade me ever to see Andrew again. So, of course, I didn't.
Dorothy: So you lost a good friend just because George made you feel guilty about it.
Blanche: That's right. I lost a good friend and a wonderful companion and an excellent lover.
Rose: An excellent lover?
Blanche: Did I say "excellent lover"? Oh, no, I meant excellent riveter.
Dorothy: I can understand how you could confuse the two.
Blanche: Anyway, the point is guilt is a very bad thing. Story over.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: I was just talking to Lily. I hear you're moving with her back to Chicago.
Rose: That's right.
Sophia: Good idea. Now you can ruin your life and hers. I got dibs on Rose's room.
Rose: Sophia, you just don't understand.
Sophia: Please, Rose. What I forgot, you'll never know. Tell her, Dorothy, how bad off I was when I had my stroke.
Dorothy: You were really sick, Ma. You know, in the beginning, she couldn't walk, she couldn't talk, she couldn't even feed herself.
Sophia: All I could do was sit and feel sorry for myself, which is what I did all the time.
Blanche: But you got better.
Sophia: Yeah, because she stopped coddling me. She screamed, she hollered, day and night. She made me do my therapy. She forced me to rebuild my life because she knew I could. And for that I'll always be grateful.
Dorothy: Oh, thanks, Ma.
Sophia: I only have one question. Now that I'm better, why do you still scream and holler at me?

Quote from Sophia

Dorothy: Oh, Lily, honey, how do you like your steak?
Lily: Oh, medium's fine.
Sophia: Why are we cooking outdoors?
Dorothy: Ma, we're having a barbecue.
Sophia: Do you know what they call cooking meat over an open fire in Sicily?
Dorothy: No. What?
Sophia: Poverty.

Quote from Sophia

Rose: Gee, those steaks smell good.
Sophia: What do you know, Rose? You thought you could go out in the ocean and catch fish sticks.

Quote from Sophia

Rose: Would you be interested in going to an outdoor concert tonight?
Lily: Oh, you couldn't drag me out of this house tonight. St. Elsewhere's on. That's my favorite program. I never miss it.
Blanche: You still watch television?
Lily: Well, I don't really watch it. I just pretend it's radio.
Sophia: We don't exactly watch it, either. With our crummy TV, we get two channels at once. For a while there, I thought Benson was having an affair with Miss Ellie.

Quote from Dorothy

Dorothy: Listen, Mom, 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 while 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.

Quote from Rose

Rose: Maybe we could sell our old TV and use the money towards one of those new stereo models.
Blanche: Sell it? Honey, I don't think we could give it away.
Lily: Oh, you would be amazed at the things people will buy. When I moved from my house into the apartment, I had a garage sale and I made a lot of money. 'Course, I probably would've made a lot more if I could tell a one from a 20.

Quote from Sophia

Blanche: Ooh, girls, let's do that. Let's have a garage sale.
Rose: Well, can we get in trouble having a garage sale? I mean we're not actually selling a garage.
Sophia: If it's a choice between the two of them, let the blind one make change.

Quote from Sophia

Lily: Isn't it amazing that three people could accumulate so much stuff?
Dorothy: Will you look at this. I got this doll on my tenth birthday. Oh, I can't believe I've kept her all these years. Her hair is falling out, her clothes are all worn, she smells of mothballs.
Sophia: Hey, I may not be Ann-Margret, but I'm still your mother.

Quote from Blanche

Blanche: Girls, look at this! Look at this! You know, I remember wearing this outfit the night George took me to Woodstock. Oh, what a night. I will never forget it. Listening to the music of Mr. Richie Havens and Mr. Bob Dylan, and then making love in the mud.
Rose: You went to Woodstock?
Blanche: Well, actually it was the movie, but afterwards we did go home and make love in the mud.
Dorothy: I guess the 60s were a confusing time for all of us, Blanche.

Quote from Rose

Lily: I know, you wanted to see if I was all right. Rose, really, I'm fine. I've been having accidents since I was two years old. This is not a major crisis. You don't have to worry about me.
Rose: Well, it's hard for me not to.
Lily: I know. That's because you're a worrier. I remember when you were six years old and Dad got you that puppy for your birthday. You worried because you thought her paws were too big and that the other dogs would laugh at her.
Rose: Well, they did! They used to bark and point at her.
Lily: Everybody pointed at her. You made her wear a bonnet and matching booties.

Quote from Sophia

Rose: I'm not sure what was best for you is best for Lily.
Sophia: Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. You want to help your sister? Help her to help herself. [Rose leaves]
Blanche: Sophia, that was a very sweet thing for you to do.
Sophia: Hey, Rose is a good kid, and I like her a lot. But after all is said and done, I would sell Dorothy to the gypsies to get that bedroom.

Quote from Blanche

Man: I'll give you a dollar for these Elvis Presley salt and pepper shakers.
Blanche: A dollar? I will have you know the day I bought these salt and pepper shakers at the Graceland gift shop, I thought I saw the King himself walk by, eating a giant chili cheeseburger and drinking a 36-ounce Dr.
Pepper. Turned out it was an impersonator, but these are still very precious mementos. And parting with them is an extremely painful sacrifice on my part.
Man: A buck and a quarter.
Blanche: A dollar and a quarter? Sir, if that is the respect you have for genuine Elvis memorabilia, then I kindly suggest you hand these over and remove yourself from my property.
Dorothy: Blanche! Blanche, I can't believe that you did that! I mean, they're just a silly salt and pepper shaker.
Blanche: The King is gone, Dorothy. But we must cherish the things he left behind: his movies, his songs-
Dorothy: And his seasonings.

Quote from Dorothy

Dorothy: Rose, in my opinion, it is time to say bye-bye to Mr. Longfellow and Elvis. I mean, what's the use of having a garage sale if we can't part with anything?
Man: How much for this hockey stick?
Dorothy: $1100.
Blanche: Dorothy!
Dorothy: This isn't an ordinary hockey stick. Bobby Hull used this. This is a piece of history.
Blanche: It's a piece of junk. And the price tag says four dollars.
Dorothy: Four fifty.
Man: I'll take it.
Dorothy: Uh, OK, but listen. Before you go, come into the house with me. I'll show you the kind of wood oil that I use on it.

Quote from Dorothy

Rose: I forgot to kiss you two goodbye.
Blanche: Oh, goodbye, sweetie.
Dorothy: Goodbye. Come on now, come on now. Get out of here. You come back more times than Shirley MacLaine.

Quote from Rose

Lily: Rose? I knew that was you.
Rose: Lily! Oh, honey, what are you doing here?
Lily: I wanted to surprise you.
Rose: Oh!
Lily: Surprise!
Rose: Did you come all this way by yourself?
Lily: No, I came with Becky.
Rose: Well, Becky, how do you do?
Lily: Oh, Rose. I had to see you again because I felt terrible about the way we left things.
Rose: Oh, so do I.
Lily: Oh, Rose, I owe you an apology. I was angry at the world because I couldn't see it anymore. That's why I wanted you to take care of me. I didn't think it was worth the effort to do it myself. But you didn't give me any other choice. So I went back to that school. And once I got out there and started learning a few things, I realized that the effort is worth it. Oh, I still have a long way to go, but Becky and I are doing OK.
Rose: Oh, I feel so silly. I came out here to talk some sense into you, and you didn't even need me.
Lily: Oh, yes, I did, Rose. I needed you to see that you were right.

Quote from Rose

Rose: Excuse me, Becky. You take my arm. I'm gonna lead you.
Lily: Now, Rose, you always had a terrible sense of direction. You take my arm, I know the way. It's 49 steps right down this way. And watch out for the wad of gum on the 41 st.
Rose: I'm so proud of you.
Lily: Oh, this is nothing. Wait till you see me drive home. Come on, Becky. One, two, three


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