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The Golden Girls: Rose Fights Back

504. Rose Fights Back

Aired October 21, 1989

When the company Charlie used to work for goes under and takes his pension with it, Rose faces age discrimination as she tries to get another job to support herself.

Quote from Dorothy

Rose: Boy, life sure has a way of throwing you curve balls. When I was younger, I never would have imagined that I'd be worrying about money at this stage of my life.
Dorothy: I used to think Stan would take care of me. I mean, we didn't have much saved, but he was a darn good novelty salesman. Sounds naive now to think that I placed my hopes for the future on a bald pinhead with the morals of a maggot who made his living selling plastic dog-doo. Well, at least I'm not bitter.

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Quote from Blanche

Rose: Blanche, did you really start shaving at 11? That seems so young.
Blanche: Oh, I did it on a dare. You know, back where I come from, everybody thought that once you started shaving your legs, why, you'd become loose. So I shaved 'em.
Rose: What happened?
Blanche: Oh, it was an old wives' tale. I didn't become loose for another year and a half.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: Dorothy, your father's on the phone.
Dorothy: Ma, Pop's been dead for 15 years.
Sophia: Oh, you're right. I'm getting old. I meant, what's for dinner?

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: Oh, I finally got my membership card from the Shoppers Warehouse store.
Blanche: Gloria at the museum shops there, but don't you have to buy everything in large quantities?
Sophia: So what? They give you great bargains. Wow, look at this. If you buy ten boxes of adult diapers, they're only eight dollars a box.
Dorothy: Ma, you don't wear diapers.
Sophia: A lot of my friends do. I'll load up now and keep them for stocking stuffers.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: You know, there's an old Italian saying for times like this: "Scapa, tu si mal fortuna."
Rose: What does that mean?
Sophia: Get away from me, you're bad luck.

Quote from Blanche

Rose: Well, I don't make enough at the counseling center to live without that pension, so I figured I'd better get a new job.
Blanche: I'm helping her look. We're going through the classifieds and cutting out ads that might be of some interest to her.
Dorothy: "Single white male seeks traveling companion. Tour of European cathedrals. No prudes."
Blanche: That's my pile.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: You're not cutting up the obituaries, are you? I wanna make sure my canasta game is still on for tomorrow.
Rose: I'm looking for a job. They cut off Charlie's pension.
Sophia: He's dead. How much does he need?

Quote from Rose

Rose: You know what gets me mad about this whole thing? All those years Charlie put into that job just for the pension. He used to say, "Rose, I hate selling horseshoes, but if I do it long enough, you'll be set for life."
Blanche: Your husband sold horseshoes? I thought he sold insurance.
Blanche: Oh, he sold insurance for a while, but Charlie wasn't very good at it. As soon as people said no, he'd give up. Well, insurance salesmen have to keep going till they get a yes. They have to keep talking and talking and talking, even if people aren't listening.
Dorothy: He should have taken you with him.
Rose: Anyway, after he was fired, he worked for an iron company. He sold other things, but horseshoes were his specialty. He had a sense of humor about it. We couldn't pass a horse without Charlie saying: "Can I show you something in an Oxford?" Ah, then he'd laugh and I'd laugh. Sometimes, even the horse would laugh.
Sophia: With them or at them?

Quote from Sophia

Dorothy: Now, Ma, what is going on?
Sophia: I don't know. It makes me feel good. In a strange way, shopping there makes you feel immortal.
Dorothy: I don't follow.
Sophia: Let's say you buy 20 cases of sardines.
Dorothy: This better be just an example.
Sophia: Of course. You get 20 cases of sardines, you figure: "God doesn't want me to waste good sardines. He's gonna wait till I finish the 20 cases." That could take five, six years.
Dorothy: Yeah, well, why couldn't you just eat one case slowly?
Sophia: Silly, isn't it?
Blanche: What in the hell are all those sardines doing in the kitchen?
Dorothy: Oh, Ma!
Sophia: Wait till you're my age. We'll see what kind of straws you clutch at.

Quote from Rose

Rose: Well, I just feel overwhelmed. How could this have happened? Charlie and I were so careful with our money. We saved. We never splurged. OK, one year, we went to Chicago to tour the stockyards. But it was our 20th anniversary. We had a romantic trip coming.
Dorothy: You must have been the envy of every woman in St. Olaf.
Rose: Oh, it was more than the stockyards. We even got to see where Crisco is made. The point is, we thought I'd have enough money for the rest of my life, as long as I had his pension. Now the reality is I probably have enough for only a couple of months.

Quote from Rose

Rose: I don't know what I'm gonna do. I don't know how much longer I'll be able to pay the rent. I can't live here anymore.
Blanche: Now, I won't hear any more of this. You will call Enrique Mas and you will get that job at the pet store that you deserve. And you will stay here with us as long as we can afford it.
Dorothy: She's right. Rose, you have to fight this.
Rose: You know, every morning, when I leave the house, I see this bag lady going through the garbage over on 135th Street. She has everything she owns piled in one of those old shopping carts. Well, the other day, for the first time, I noticed she's about our age. You know, you always feel sorry for someone like that, but I wondered, what did she do to get herself into a fix like that? I thought, well, she must be lazy. Or she must be pretty stupid to let something like this happen to her. But the truth is she's me. God, what am I gonna do?

Quote from Rose

Rose: Rose Nylund, to see Terry Franco.
Terry: Oh, hi, Mrs. Nylund. I'm Terry.
Rose: Hi. It was so nice of Mr. Mas to see me on such short notice.
Terry: I'm sorry. Maybe you misunderstood me on the phone. I'll be helping you. Enrique will get involved and put you on TV only if your age discrimination case gets really ugly and the company tries to discredit you, drag your name through the mud and make you look stupid.
Rose: I guess we can only hope.

Quote from Dorothy

Rose: OK, what we have to do is try these different hair-removal products, evaluate their advantages and disadvantages and see which one gets our legs the smoothest. Sophia, why don't you try the regular razor? Dorothy, would you like to try this thing?
Dorothy: What is it?
Rose: Well, that wire vibrates and it's supposed to whisk hair away from below the skin line.
Dorothy: I don't know whether I wanna use this. It says it's gonna hurt.
Rose: Well, you can try it on your right leg and then use the hot wax on your left one.
Dorothy: Why don't we just set each other on fire?

Quote from Sophia

Dorothy: I remember when I started shaving. I was 13, and I wanted to shave because I was going to a movie with Alan Steckler. You remember him, Ma?
Sophia: Small head, enormous lips.
Dorothy: Anyway, Ma told me that, once I started shaving, I'd never be able to stop. I mean, she said I'd regret it for the rest of my life because my legs would have bristles.
Sophia: I was right. By the time you were 16, I could grate cheese on your knees.

Quote from Sophia

Blanche: It's almost dinnertime. Now, what could be taking Rose so long at that job interview?
Dorothy: I mean, if she's taking this long, that's a good sign, isn't it? I mean, how long does it take to say no?
Sophia: What are you asking her for? She never said no in her life.


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