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The Golden Girls: Sick and Tired: Part 2

502. Sick and Tired: Part 2

Aired September 30, 1989

After being dismissed by the doctors she visited for help, Dorothy turns to her friend, Dr. Harry Weston, to finally get to the bottom of why she feels so ill. Meanwhile, Blanche loses it as she stays up for three days to write her novel.

Quote from Dorothy

Dorothy: Dr. Budd, I came to you sick. Sick and scared. And you dismissed me. You didn't have the answer. And instead of saying, "I'm sorry. I don't know what's wrong with you," you made me feel crazy, like I had made it all up. You dismissed me. You made me feel like a child, a fool, a neurotic who was wasting your precious time. Is that- Is that your caring profession? Is that healing? No one deserves that kind of treatment, Dr. Budd, no one. I suspect, had I been a man, I might have been taken a little bit more seriously and not told to go to a hairdresser.
Dr. Budd: Look, I am not going to sit here anymore-
Helen Budd: Shut up, Lewis.
Dorothy: I don't know where you doctors lose your humanity, but you lose it. You know, if all of you at the beginning of your careers could get very sick and scared for a while, you'd probably learn more from that than anything else. You'd better start listening to your patients. They need to be heard. They need caring, they need compassion. They need attending to. You know, someday, Dr. Budd, you're gonna be on the other side of the table, and as angry as I am, and as angry as I always will be, I still wish you a better doctor than you were to me.

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Quote from Blanche

Blanche: What day is this? I've been up for 72 hours. I had a breakthrough. I discovered a new form of writing. I will go down in history. First I wrote all day, then I tore it all up, and then that night it came to me, and the words poured forth like liquid from a stream. It was almost a mystical experience. Somebody else was writing this.
Rose: Who?
Blanche: Everyman. This is everyman's work. It's all gold. Just open it anywhere and the magic will touch you. But I'm so tired. I must sleep. And I cannot sleep. I am too tired to sleep. I will never sleep again. I may die from this. What am I gonna do? My God, I'm hallucinating. I see little balls of sunshine in a bag. Does this mean something?
Rose: Those are egg yolks, Blanche.
Blanche: My brain's gone. My body is limp with exhaustion. I suppose all the greats knew this feeling. And the thing is, after all this I've decided not to sell my book. It's too good to sell. They can publish it after I'm dead, like Vincent van Gogh.
Dorothy: Van Gogh was a painter, Blanche.
Blanche: Whatever. It's all the same thing. We're all artists. We're all misunderstood. He cut off his hair. Maybe I'll cut off mine.
Dorothy: He cut off his ear.
Blanche: I have too many earrings.

Quote from Blanche

Blanche: Rose, you're my friend so I'm gonna let you read a few pages, but you have to give me your word you won't tell anyone. Your word.
Rose: Of course. And then will you sleep?
Blanche: Whatever. I can trust you, I know I can. You're from Minnesota. People from Minnesota are honest. They don't lie. What could you possibly find to lie about on a farm? Must be some state. Lots of lakes and nice, pale people. I'd drown myself. Read, Rose. Don't talk. I must publish a guide to go with my book. It's too full of references people could not possibly understand. It will be taught in universities. Rose, what is this? Yellow eyeballs are staring at me.
Rose: Those are egg yolks, Blanche. Blanche, you are exhausted.
Blanche: You have to sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream. My God, what a wonderful line. Oh! I'm getting so good I can't stand it. I ought to write that in my book, that line.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: You're a genius. All your people are brilliant. The Chinese invented pasta, you know. We take credit for it, but we just added oregano.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: Just calm down. I'll show you an old Sicilian trick. This is how I grew up poor and managed to eat in the best restaurants in all of Italy. Watch. [adds salt to her champagne] Look. Learn. [spits out] It's awful! Swill!
Waiter: Is there a problem?
Sophia: You're supposed to take off your socks before you step on the grapes. Taste this.
Waiter: Oh, dear. Ladies, I'm terribly sorry. I'll get you a new bottle.
Sophia: No, no. It lingers on the palate. We won't be able to drink champagne for weeks.
Waiter: Well, at least let us pay for your meal.
Sophia: If you insist.
Waiter: Thank you.
Sophia: Now it's a celebration!

Quote from Blanche

Blanche: I did all this work, Rose. I worked so hard.
Rose: Oh, I know you did, Blanche.
Blanche: All I ever wanted was to be special. I thought this would do it. I thought I'd publish a novel and I'd be special. 'Course, I've always been special because of my looks, but they won't last forever. I have to be realistic. Another 20 or 30 years. My face and body might start to go and then I'll have nothing to make me special.

Quote from Dorothy

Harry: Dorothy, Dorothy. Don't smash the Play-Doh.
Dorothy: Sorry.
Harry: Well, as far as doctors go, you've certainly seen the best.
Dorothy: The best don't exist anymore. The best are dead.
Harry: Well, I don't know about that.
Dorothy: Oh. You're the exception, Harry. I didn't mean you.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: Rose, what the hell are you doing?
Rose: I'm making omelets for us without yolk so we don't get too much cholesterol. And that leaves us with all these yolks, which I hate to throw out, so I thought we'd give them to the homeless.
Sophia: Fine. Give them egg yolks. They'll die of heart attacks. They won't need homes. Your heart's in the right place, Rose, but I don't know where the hell your brain is.

Quote from Rose

Rose: Good luck, Dorothy. I hope he finds something wrong with you. Oh, I don't mean something wrong wrong. I mean something wrong so you know you're right when you know there's something wrong and you haven't been wrong all along.
Blanche: My God, I can't even understand people when they speak anymore, I'm so tired. What'd she just say, Dorothy? Was that a poem?

Quote from Blanche

Blanche: What do you think, Rose? What page are you on?
Rose: Well, to tell you the truth, Blanche, I don't understand any of this. It doesn't seem to make any sense.
Blanche: Doesn't make sense? Since when are you a literary critic, Rose Nylund?
Rose: Well, I'm not.
Blanche: You're from Minnesota. What have you read, for God's sake? Silas Marner? Paul Bunyan? Nothing.
You know nothing. People from Minnesota are considered well-read if they get through the Sears catalog. Give me back my book. This is why Hollywood won't get it either. I will not have my words coming out of Glenn Close's mouth. I'd rather die.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: I want you to know I'm crazy about Chinese people.
Dorothy: Ma.
Sophia: It's a compliment. I am.
Dr. Chang: Thank you, Mrs. Petrillo.
Sophia: Chinese people revere the elderly. In this country we throw away anything that's old. But you people don't. That's a beautiful thing. You also have the most gorgeous hair in the world. Even when it's humid.

Quote from Sophia

Dr. Chang: It's OK, Mrs. Zbornak. I'm finished. You've seen some wonderful doctors, but I really can't agree with their findings. There are new diseases arising all the time - things that we don't necessarily have tests for - but that doesn't mean the diseases don't exist.
Sophia: See how terrific the Chinese are? With the most terrific food. Tasty, but not fattening. I don't care what anyone says. I don't get hungry an hour later.
Dorothy: Ma, let Dr. Chang finish.
Sophia: I love Chinese checkers. It's much better than plain checkers. And chopsticks, what a great idea. Who knows what fork to use at a dinner party? Chopsticks, you don't feel like an idiot.
Dorothy: Ma, enough!

Quote from Dorothy

Dr. Chang: All I can say at this point is try to adapt to it. Rest when you need to, eat well, eliminate stress if you can. Right now there is no cure, and no one thing that relieves symptoms in everyone. Right now I'm afraid you'll just have to live with it.
Dorothy: Oh, why didn't they tell me, all those doctors I saw?
Dr. Chang: I'm sure some of them weren't familiar with it. And the ones who have heard about it sometimes have trouble believing it exists, since they're not able to see it under their microscopes just yet. Those colleagues of mine, unfortunately, tend to blame the victim.
Dorothy: I can't tell you what a relief this is.

Quote from Rose

Rose: That's not what makes a person special, Blanche. You're special because you're a kind, decent, loving individual with a wonderful heart and a beauty that comes from your soul.
Blanche: That's that Minnesota crap again about the meaning of life.
Rose: Well, Blanche, what else is there besides love and kindness?
Blanche: How about fame and fortune?
Rose: Well, that doesn't bring happiness.
Blanche: Like hell it doesn't.
Rose: You know, I'm getting sick of you knocking Minnesota. Maybe we're not as sophisticated as Miami, maybe we don't have French boutiques and valet parking and face-lifts for Christmas vacation, but we have friends and family and a sense of community and caring, and that's pretty special. And our people are special too. And if we have farms, that's great. Without farms, you couldn't eat, and without eating, you wouldn't be able to go on a diet, and if you couldn't do that, what would you do for the rest of your life? [exits, returns] Was I harsh?

Quote from Blanche

Dorothy: I can't tell you what a relief it is to just be sick, not sick and crazy, and to know what I have, and that a lot of other people have the same thing.
Blanche: I don't like the name. I think it ought to have a better name.
Dorothy: That's what Dr. Chang said. Chronic fatigue syndrome makes it sound like I'm just a tired person when it is so much more than that.
Rose: I think they should name it after you. Zbornak syndrome.
Blanche: Zbornak syndrome. That sounds like a chess move. Devereaux's disease has a nice ring to it.

Quote from Dorothy

Dorothy: Dr. Budd?
Dr. Budd: Yes.
Dorothy: You probably don't remember me, but you told me I wasn't sick. Do you remember? You told me I was just getting old.
Dr. Budd: I'm sorry. I really don't-
Dorothy: Remember. Maybe you're getting old. That's a little joke. Well, I tell you, Dr. Budd, I really am sick. I have chronic fatigue syndrome. That is a real illness. You can check with the Center for Disease Control.
Dr. Budd: Oh, well, I'm sorry about that.
Dorothy: Well, I'm glad. At least I know I have something.
Dr. Budd: I'm sure. Well, nice seeing you.
Dorothy: Not so fast. There are some things I have to say. There are a lot of things that I have to say. Words can't express what I have to say. What I went through, what you put me through- I can't do this in a restaurant.
Dr. Budd: Good.
Dorothy: But I will.


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