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Sophia's Choice

‘Sophia's Choice’

Season 4, Episode 22 -  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 Sophia

Orderly: Excuse me, ladies, but visiting hours are over.
Rose: Oh, then I guess we'll just come back-
Sophia: No, we don't. We're not here to visit.
Rose: We're not?
Sophia: No, we're here to see about checking in Mom.
Orderly: You two are sisters?
Sophia: Uh, it's a long, involved, and somewhat sordid story. If you want to get a clearer picture, I suggest you rent the cassette of Chinatown.

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Quote from Sophia

John Porter: Hi, I'm John Porter. I'm in charge of admissions.
Sophia: Oh, yeah. Hi. I wanted to talk to you about my mother.
John Porter: About checking her in?
Sophia: No, about her collection of commemorative plates. Of course about checking her in. She's 125. You can't pry the yogurt out of her hands.

Quote from Sophia

John Porter: What I need to know is, does your mother require any special medical care?
Sophia: She does. Uh, an old war injury. Remember the Maine? She didn't. She was a frogman and swam right into the bulkhead. They put a metal plate in her head, and now she gets HBO through her eyeballs. Don't look at me like that. If Tyson has another fight, you may wanna set her up in the rec hall.
John Porter: This is all hard to believe.
Sophia: If it's not true, my name isn't Sophia Pehawkins.

Quote from Sophia

Dorothy: Ma, sit down. Ma, we need to talk about Lillian.
Sophia: I said I'll take care of her.
Dorothy: Ma!
Sophia: I already take care of you three, so I'll do a little more cleaning, a little more cooking, and make up one more bed in the morning.
Blanche: Sophia, you don't make my bed.
Sophia: I know. It's impossible to put a fitted sheet around a big, hairy guy named Ed.

Quote from Dorothy

Dorothy: Well, I guess it's my shift.
Rose: It's OK, Dorothy. I think she's finally asleep.
Dorothy: Oh, thank God. I am exhausted. I haven't been this tired since my wedding night.
Blanche: Well, a night of unbridled passion should take it out of you.
Dorothy: Who said anything about passion? I was tired from picking up beer cans from Stan's poker buddies.

Quote from Sophia

Rose: Are you OK, Sophia? You're awfully quiet.
Sophia: What? Oh, it's just that talking about Lillian makes me think about the future.
Dorothy: Oh, Ma. Honey, you have nothing to worry about.
Sophia: Who said I was talking about my future? You three aren't exactly spring chickens, you know.

Quote from Dorothy

Dan Cummings: So, you have some concerns about Sunny Pastures?
Dorothy: Actually, they're more like complaints.
Dan Cummings: Oh, complaints? Oh, well, what you need to do is fill out these forms and mail them back to me.
Dorothy: Yes, and then what happens?
Dan Cummings: Then it goes right here into my inbox.
Dorothy: This is outrageous. Lillian's problems cannot wait that long. She is old, she is sick, and she needs better care right now.
Dan Cummings: I agree.
Sophia: What?
Dan Cummings: Look, ladies, Sunny Pastures doesn't operate at a profit. Our patients' social security and Medicare pay most of our bills. The government subsidies pick up the slack so we can meet minimum standards.
Dorothy: Well, then maybe minimum standards aren't enough.
Dan Cummings: Right again. And this year, the government's made cutbacks. We're operating in the red and doing the best we can.
Dorothy: Are you telling me that nothing can be done?
Dan Cummings: Look, I'd love to help your friend. I'd love to help all our patients. And if you have any ideas on how to make it better, I'm all ears.

Quote from Sophia

Blanche: Well, girls, how did it go?
Dorothy: Terrible. I can't believe you live and wind up in a place like Sunny Pastures. I guess money makes the world go round.
Sophia: Hey, you live 80, 90 years, just getting up too fast makes the world go round.

Quote from Blanche

Rose: Well, it's not as nice as Shady Pines, but the staff really seems to care, and the patients are happy.
Dorothy: Rose, that is fantastic. And it won't cost any more than Sunny Pastures?
Rose: Well, that's the one little problem. Lillian's benefits won't quite cover the costs. She'll need another $150 a month.
Dorothy: Little problem? Rose, how could you get our hopes up like that? I mean, who has an extra $150 a month?
Blanche: I do.
Dorothy: What?
Blanche: I do! We'll use that bonus check I got at work.
Dorothy: But, Blanche-
Blanche: Don't try and talk me out of it, now. My mind is made up.
Sophia: Blanche, are you sure?
Blanche: Sure, I'm sure. Lillian ought to be covered for two years with that money in my bosom account.

Quote from Rose

Dorothy: Blanche, I'm proud of you. But why the sudden change of heart?
Blanche: Oh, well. I guess this cosmetic surgery business is pretty trivial, really. I'll do fine with what God gave me. Having Lillian here made me realize that my problems are pretty trite.
Rose: I suppose something like this does make your breasts seem rather small.
Blanche: Well, sort of.

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