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The Golden Girls: Sophia's Choice

422. Sophia's Choice

Aired April 15, 1989

Concerned at how her friend is being treated in a nursing home, Sophia breaks Lilian out and promises to take care of her at home. Meanwhile, Blanche considers having her breasts enlarged.

Quote from Blanche

Rose: This just makes me so mad. I mean, people like this really need help. Then there are places like Sunny Pastures.
Blanche: Well, there weren't any Sunny Pastures in the South. At least, not when I was growing up. I remember this one old man. His name was Ben. All he did all day long was sit out there on his family's front porch in that old hickory rocking chair and whittle. Just whittle. I used to pass by there on my way home from school, and I'd say, "Hi, Ben." And he'd yell back, "Hi, Blanche. Stay away from my grandsons." Anyway, I realized that Ben could spend all his days happy, whittling away, because his family was there for him. I will never forget that look on his face. He was happier than a Kentucky yearling frolicking in blue grass as high as a hoot owl's perch on the top of a spring-
Dorothy: In English, Jethro! In English!
Blanche: He was happy. Anyway, Ben got older, and I guess a little bit frail, and... This is the hard part of my story. One autumn day, I walked by that porch and old Ben was gone.
Dorothy: I bet he died in the bed he was born in.
Blanche: No, he was sent up the river on a morals charge.

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Quote from Sophia

Sophia: Well, then. That's that. Lillian's problems are solved. Isn't this terrific?
Dorothy: Terrific? Ma, this is wonderful. I mean, this is a real happy ending. So, how come I don't feel all that happy?
Blanche: I don't know. Is it because we know that Lillian's just plain lucky? That a lot of old people do slip through the cracks and are forgotten? And maybe it may not be too long until we're elderly ourselves?
Rose: I know, girls. Let's make a pact that we'll always take care of each other. That we'll never desert each other, no matter what.
Blanche: You can count on me, honey.
Dorothy: Do you think it's gonna be that easy getting rid of me, Rose? That was rhetorical, Rose. Ah, but what a comforting thought, knowing you'll never be alone. And listen, what the hell? If we do have to go to a nursing home, let's all go together.
Rose: But what happens when there's only one of us left?
Sophia: Don't worry. I can take care of myself.

Quote from Sophia

Blanche: It's from your friend Gladys at Shady Pines. She says Lillian was sent to Sunny Pastures.
Dorothy: You see, Ma, your friend is fine.
Sophia: Fine? Are you kidding? Sunny Pastures is the worst nursing home in the city. It's every old person's nightmare. That, and a childproof cap on the Kaopectate bottle.

Quote from Sophia

John Porter: OK, let's fill this out.
Sophia: Uh, please.
John Porter: And you are?
Sophia: Sophia. Sophia Pe- Hawkins.
John Porter: OK, Mrs. Pehawkins, um... Maybe you can tell me a little bit about your mother's history?
Sophia: Picture it. Sicily, 1900. An olive-skinned woman sets sail for the new world.
John Porter: I was talking about her medical history.
Sophia: So was I. You think that was a pleasure cruise? There was smallpox, scurvy, typhoid. And that was business class.

Quote from Sophia

Dan Cummings: Problems, problems, problems. The world is bringing me problems. And you are?
Sophia: We are the world.

Quote from Dorothy

Blanche: Girls, I am so excited. I just got a big bonus at work.
Dorothy: Ah!
Blanche: And guess what I've decided to do with it.
Dorothy & Rose: What?
Blanche: I'm gonna have my breasts enlarged.
Rose: You're not serious, Blanche?
Blanche: Oh, sure I am. Breasts are back in fashion. And what God didn't give me, Dr. Myron Rosensweig will. Oh, that man is the Picasso of plastic surgeons.
Dorothy: Well, just be sure he doesn't attach one of them to your forehead.

Quote from Sophia

Dorothy: Ma, I haven't seen you all morning. Where have you been?
Sophia: I went to see my friend Lillian.
Dorothy: Lillian, at Shady Pines?
Sophia: Oh, you remember Shady Pines? That retirement home you stuck me in that resembled Sing Sing. My mistake, Sing Sing has a movie night.

Quote from Blanche

Rose: Sophia, how is Lillian?
Sophia: I don't know. She wasn't there. There was someone else in her bed. It was weird.
Blanche: Lillian? Oh, did you say Lillian? My God, you got a call about her this morning. I was so caught up in my breasts, I totally forgot.
Dorothy: It happens to all of us, Blanche. That's why my rent check was late.

Quote from Sophia

Sophia: I have to see if Lillian is OK.
Dorothy: What? Ma, wait. If it'll make you feel better, I'll take you.
Sophia: Oh, good. Now while we're there, will you promise you'll hold my hand the entire time?
Dorothy: Oh, Ma, are you really that scared?
Sophia: No. I just wanna make sure you're not grabbing at brochures behind my back.

Quote from Sophia

Rose: Boy, when you hear horrible stories like that, it brings up so many questions.
Sophia: It sure does. Why do we let things like this happen? Why can't we care for our elderly the way they do in Japan? Why are there 17 sets of hooters on the coffee table?

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