History Heartwarming / TheGoldenGirls

1st Mar '17 10:34:53 AM LavenderCat
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** In the episode "Foreign Exchange" the Bascos, friends of Sophia's from Sicily, come to visit with a shocking possibility - [[SwitchedAtBirth their daughter Gina and Dorothy were possibly mixed up at birth, meaning Sophia isn't really Dorothy's mother.]] Dorothy agonizes over this for the entirety of the episode, especially when she sees Sophia growing closer to Gina. Sophia goes to have a blood test to solve the whole issue once and for all, and while they're waiting for the results, Sophia tells Dorothy the story of her first day of school - Dorothy began crying and calling out for Sophia, but the teacher told Sophia to leave so they could get Dorothy calmed down. Throughout the rest of the day, Dorothy was bullied by another girl every time the teacher had her back turned. Sophia was afraid the incident would put Dorothy off school forever, but when she picks Dorothy up, she learns Dorothy had a fantastic time and can't wait to go back. Dorothy realizes the only way Sophia could have known about all that is if she'd been watching, which Sophia confirms: "I stood at the window for four hours. In case you needed me."

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** * In the episode "Foreign Exchange" the Bascos, friends of Sophia's from Sicily, come to visit with a shocking possibility - [[SwitchedAtBirth their daughter Gina and Dorothy were possibly mixed up at birth, meaning Sophia isn't really Dorothy's mother.]] Dorothy agonizes over this for the entirety of the episode, especially when she sees Sophia growing closer to Gina. Sophia goes to have a blood test to solve the whole issue once and for all, and while they're waiting for the results, Sophia tells Dorothy the story of her first day of school - Dorothy began crying and calling out for Sophia, but the teacher told Sophia to leave so they could get Dorothy calmed down. Throughout the rest of the day, Dorothy was bullied by another girl every time the teacher had her back turned. Sophia was afraid the incident would put Dorothy off school forever, but when she picks Dorothy up, she learns Dorothy had a fantastic time and can't wait to go back. Dorothy realizes the only way Sophia could have known about all that is if she'd been watching, which Sophia confirms: "I stood at the window for four hours. In case you needed me."



** The Boscos come to the same realization, deciding to let the matter drop and go back to Sicily with Gina. Philomena apologizes to Dorothy for putting her through all this, and says, "You would have been a wonderful daughter. But then, you already are."

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** The Boscos come to the same realization, deciding to let the matter drop and go back to Sicily with Gina. Philomena apologizes to Dorothy for putting her through all this, and says, "You would have been a wonderful daughter. But then, you already are.have, for ''your'' mother."
1st Mar '17 10:34:10 AM LavenderCat
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* Dorothy and Sophia make a bet over a bowling competition. If Sophia wins, Dorothy will pay for a trip to Italy with an old boyfriend that she disapproved of. If Dorothy wins, Sophia will give her a pair of treasured antique earrings. Near the end of the competition, Dorothy sees how happy Sophia is reminiscing with Augustine and purposely takes a dive so Sophia wins the bet. Sophia in turn gives Dorothy the earrings anyway, knowing her daughter well enough that she could have easily made that winning shot.

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* Dorothy and Sophia make a bet over a bowling competition. If Sophia wins, Dorothy will pay for a trip to Italy with an old boyfriend that she disapproved of. If Dorothy wins, Sophia will give her a pair of treasured antique earrings. Near the end of the competition, Dorothy sees how happy Sophia is reminiscing with Augustine and purposely takes a dive so Sophia wins the bet. Sophia in turn gives Dorothy the earrings anyway, knowing her daughter well enough that she could have easily made that winning shot.shot.
** In the episode "Foreign Exchange" the Bascos, friends of Sophia's from Sicily, come to visit with a shocking possibility - [[SwitchedAtBirth their daughter Gina and Dorothy were possibly mixed up at birth, meaning Sophia isn't really Dorothy's mother.]] Dorothy agonizes over this for the entirety of the episode, especially when she sees Sophia growing closer to Gina. Sophia goes to have a blood test to solve the whole issue once and for all, and while they're waiting for the results, Sophia tells Dorothy the story of her first day of school - Dorothy began crying and calling out for Sophia, but the teacher told Sophia to leave so they could get Dorothy calmed down. Throughout the rest of the day, Dorothy was bullied by another girl every time the teacher had her back turned. Sophia was afraid the incident would put Dorothy off school forever, but when she picks Dorothy up, she learns Dorothy had a fantastic time and can't wait to go back. Dorothy realizes the only way Sophia could have known about all that is if she'd been watching, which Sophia confirms: "I stood at the window for four hours. In case you needed me."
** Followed immediately by the doctor bringing in the results of Sophia's blood test. She thanks him, promptly rips it up, tosses it aside, and turns to Dorothy, saying, "Let's roll." Sophia couldn't care at all what some blood test says. Dorothy is her daughter, and she loves her with all her heart.
** The Boscos come to the same realization, deciding to let the matter drop and go back to Sicily with Gina. Philomena apologizes to Dorothy for putting her through all this, and says, "You would have been a wonderful daughter. But then, you already are."
16th Feb '17 3:40:57 PM straydogsweets
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-->'''Sophia:''' Thanks. ''(takes the paper. Once the doctor leaves, she rips it into pieces and throws it into the garbage, and looks at Dorothy.)'' Let's roll.

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-->'''Sophia:''' Thanks. ''(takes the paper. Once the doctor leaves, she rips it into pieces and throws it into the garbage, and looks at Dorothy.)'' Let's roll.roll.
* Dorothy and Sophia make a bet over a bowling competition. If Sophia wins, Dorothy will pay for a trip to Italy with an old boyfriend that she disapproved of. If Dorothy wins, Sophia will give her a pair of treasured antique earrings. Near the end of the competition, Dorothy sees how happy Sophia is reminiscing with Augustine and purposely takes a dive so Sophia wins the bet. Sophia in turn gives Dorothy the earrings anyway, knowing her daughter well enough that she could have easily made that winning shot.
12th Feb '17 10:03:41 PM Windrays
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--> '''Sophia:''' *shrugs* I look at him, I see Erroll Flynn.

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--> '''Sophia:''' *shrugs* I look at him, I see Erroll Flynn.Flynn.
* Sophia and Dorothy have one of the biggest ones in the series: when a family of acquaintances from Brooklyn come to Miami and inform them that their daughter and Dorothy may have been switched at birth, Dorothy spends the entire episode fearing that Sophia may not be her mother. Finally, Sophia agrees to get a blood test to find out for certain, and tells Dorothy a story while waiting for the results: on Dorothy's first day of school, a girl picks on her the whole day. Sophia expects her daughter to say she hates school, but instead, Dorothy reveals that she made a new friend. Adult Dorothy wonders how Sophia knew about the whole day, and then it dawns on her:
-->'''Dorothy:''' How did you know what happened? If the teacher didn't see what Debbie was-
-->'''Sophia:''' I saw. I stood at the window and watched you for four hours, in case you needed me.
-->'''Dorothy:''' You didn't.
-->'''Sophia:''' No big deal. Any real mother would do that for her kid.
-->'''Doctor:''' Mrs. Petrillo? I have the results of your test.
-->'''Sophia:''' Thanks. ''(takes the paper. Once the doctor leaves, she rips it into pieces and throws it into the garbage, and looks at Dorothy.)'' Let's roll.
11th Feb '17 6:08:26 PM LavenderCat
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--> ''Sal:'' Will you wait up for me?
--> ''Sophia:'' Don't I always?
--> ''Sal:'' *affectionately* I love you.
--> ''Sophia:'' I love you too.
--> ''Dorothy:'' *looks at her mother with a knowing smirk*
--> ''Sophia:'' *shrugs* I look at him, I see Erroll Flynn.

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--> ''Sal:'' '''Sal:''' Will you wait up for me?
--> ''Sophia:'' '''Sophia:''' Don't I always?
--> ''Sal:'' '''Sal:''' *affectionately* I love you.
--> ''Sophia:'' '''Sophia:''' I love you too.
--> ''Dorothy:'' '''Dorothy:''' *looks at her mother with a knowing smirk*
--> ''Sophia:'' '''Sophia:''' *shrugs* I look at him, I see Erroll Flynn.
11th Feb '17 6:06:42 PM LavenderCat
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** The end of the episode has some behind-the-scenes heartwarming. Sophia is revealed to have a date with none other than Julio Iglesias, who actually appears in the episode. Initially, the producers wanted Iglesias to sing his famous rendition of "Begin the Beguine" to close out the show, but when the time came to film, he was reluctant about his voice not being up to par that evening and said he wouldn't do it. As the showrunners fretted, Estelle Getty herself came to the rescue--she too suffered from bad stage fright (even after the show had become popular) and knew what it felt like. In rehearsal, Getty took Iglesias's arm and started singing the song to him herself; this relaxed him enough to turn the number into a duet, which they perform as they walk out the door for a night on the town.

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** The end of the episode has some behind-the-scenes heartwarming. Sophia is revealed to have a date with none other than Julio Iglesias, who actually appears in the episode. Initially, the producers wanted Iglesias to sing his famous rendition of "Begin the Beguine" to close out the show, but when the time came to film, he was reluctant about his voice not being up to par that evening and said he wouldn't do it. As the showrunners fretted, Estelle Getty herself came to the rescue--she too suffered from bad stage fright (even after the show had become popular) and knew what it felt like. In rehearsal, Getty took Iglesias's arm and started singing the song to him herself; this relaxed him enough to turn the number into a duet, which they perform as they walk out the door for a night on the town.town.
* This adorable exchange between Sal and Sophia, during a flashback to Brooklyn, 1957, in "One for the Money".
--> ''Sal:'' Will you wait up for me?
--> ''Sophia:'' Don't I always?
--> ''Sal:'' *affectionately* I love you.
--> ''Sophia:'' I love you too.
--> ''Dorothy:'' *looks at her mother with a knowing smirk*
--> ''Sophia:'' *shrugs* I look at him, I see Erroll Flynn.
23rd Aug '16 10:29:13 PM Gravidef
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** In Blanche's flashback, she reveals that George (her late husband) proposed to her in a particular bar on Valentine's Day; the two made it a tradition to go back every year, and she's kept it up even after his death. As Blanche tells the bartender about why she's ordering two glasses of champagne, a young man overhears and reveals that he too is planning to propose, but can't work up the courage to actually pop the question. Blanche then sits with the young man and goes over every detail of that night; the simple beauty of the story is a nice contrast to the wild tales about her sex life, and proves that she and George really did love each other. What makes it even better is that at the end of the story, the young man decides that he's ready to propose, too--at which point he calls out to his ''boyfriend'' as he walks into the bar. It's a funny moment, but also showcases the LGBT-positive nature of the program.

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** In Blanche's flashback, she reveals that George (her late husband) proposed to her in a particular bar on Valentine's Day; the two made it a tradition to go back every year, and she's kept it up even after his death. As Blanche tells the bartender about why she's ordering two glasses of champagne, a young man overhears and reveals that he too is planning to propose, but can't work up the courage to actually pop the question. Blanche then sits with the young man and goes over every detail of that night; the simple beauty of the story is a nice contrast to the wild tales about her sex life, and proves that she and George really did love each other. What makes it even better is that at the end of the story, the young man decides that he's ready to propose, too--at which point he calls out to his ''boyfriend'' as he walks into the bar. It's a funny moment, but also showcases the LGBT-positive nature of the program.program.
** The end of the episode has some behind-the-scenes heartwarming. Sophia is revealed to have a date with none other than Julio Iglesias, who actually appears in the episode. Initially, the producers wanted Iglesias to sing his famous rendition of "Begin the Beguine" to close out the show, but when the time came to film, he was reluctant about his voice not being up to par that evening and said he wouldn't do it. As the showrunners fretted, Estelle Getty herself came to the rescue--she too suffered from bad stage fright (even after the show had become popular) and knew what it felt like. In rehearsal, Getty took Iglesias's arm and started singing the song to him herself; this relaxed him enough to turn the number into a duet, which they perform as they walk out the door for a night on the town.
23rd Aug '16 10:21:01 PM Gravidef
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** An ever sweeter moment comes later, when Blanche enters Clayton and Doug's room. She says she has an important question, and Clayton remarks that he doesn't want to talk to her--only for Blanche to say that the question is for Doug: "Do you love him?" She explains the Clayton is her baby brother, and she has to take care of him. The three finally come to an understanding and hug.

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** An ever sweeter moment comes later, when Blanche enters Clayton and Doug's room. She says she has an important question, and Clayton remarks that he doesn't want to talk to her--only for Blanche to say that the question is for Doug: "Do you love him?" She explains the Clayton is her baby brother, and she has to take care of him. The three finally come to an understanding and hug.hug.
* In one episode, Sophia's friend Lillian is transferred from Shady Pines to Sunny Pastures, the worst nursing home in all of Miami. Sophia breaks Lillian out and brings her to stay with the girls; unfortunately, Lillian is genuinely senile (and possibly suffering from a disease like dementia or Alzheimer's), and they're not able to give her the care she needs. The episode's subplot appears as simple comic relief: Blanche gets a big bonus at work and decides to use it to have her breasts enlarged, which leads to plenty of jokes. But the plotlines cross when, at the end of the episode, Rose reveals that she found another, better nursing home for Lillian. It seems as though the girls can't afford it...until Blanche selflessly gives up her bonus to cover for Lillian's initial treatment. At this point in the series, Blanche's {{Flanderization}} into a totally selfish individual was just beginning, so it's nice to see her willingly give up something she truly wants to help a woman she barely knows.
* Like the Mother's Day episode above, the Valentine's Day episode that appeared later in the series offers a few sweet moments.
** Sophia has a flashback to when she, Sal, and her father were on a cross-country road trip and ended up stranded in Chicago. Sophia's father takes her to task for marrying someone like Sal, and she admits that there's plenty wrong with him--but he still has a special quality that she can't explain. Sal proves that true when he reveals that he bought his wife a big box of Valentine's Day chocolates early in the trip and kept it hidden, quietly keeping track of the days so he could give it to her on the holiday itself. D'awww.
** In Blanche's flashback, she reveals that George (her late husband) proposed to her in a particular bar on Valentine's Day; the two made it a tradition to go back every year, and she's kept it up even after his death. As Blanche tells the bartender about why she's ordering two glasses of champagne, a young man overhears and reveals that he too is planning to propose, but can't work up the courage to actually pop the question. Blanche then sits with the young man and goes over every detail of that night; the simple beauty of the story is a nice contrast to the wild tales about her sex life, and proves that she and George really did love each other. What makes it even better is that at the end of the story, the young man decides that he's ready to propose, too--at which point he calls out to his ''boyfriend'' as he walks into the bar. It's a funny moment, but also showcases the LGBT-positive nature of the program.
15th Apr '16 7:48:25 PM LavenderCat
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* In "Heart Attack," Sophia, fearing that she's going to die, tells Dorothy that she truly loves her "very, very much." Later, as Dorothy breaks down in Sophia's room over her fears of losing her mother, Blanche stands at her side and assures her: "We're here, Dorothy. We may not be blood, but we're family."

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* In "Heart Attack," Sophia, fearing that she's going to die, tells Dorothy that she truly loves her "very, very much." Later, as Dorothy breaks down in Sophia's room over her fears of losing her mother, Blanche stands at her side and assures her: "We're here, your family, Dorothy. We may not be blood, but we're family.here."
24th Jan '16 7:04:01 PM Gravidef
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* In one episode, Dorothy is trying to tell Sophia that a childhood friend of hers is a lesbian and has a crush on Rose; Sophia misunderstands (while asleep) and thinks Dorothy is trying to come out of the closet, she tells her that she has nothing against homosexuality but Dorothy is "too old" to start over. In a world where most family members reject their loved ones for their sexuality, it's nice to hear that Sophia is so accepting.

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* In "Isn't It Romantic," Dorothy's friend Jean, a lesbian, comes to visit, and begins to fall in love with Rose. This prompts a few heartwarming moments:
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one episode, point, Dorothy is trying to tell asks Sophia what she would do if one of her children was gay. After some initial confusion--Sophia insists that a childhood friend of hers is a lesbian and has a crush on Rose; Sophia misunderstands (while asleep) and thinks Dorothy is trying to come out should "stick with what she knows" at this point--she assures her: "If one of my kids was gay, I wouldn't love him one bit less. I would wish him all of the closet, she tells her that she has nothing against homosexuality but Dorothy is "too old" to start over. happiness in the world." In a world where most family members reject their loved ones for their sexuality, it's nice to hear that Sophia is so accepting.accepting. It's also worth noting that this episode aired in 1986, when the AIDS crisis was at its peak and misinformation about homosexuality was rampant.
** When Jean eventually confesses her feelings, she and Rose have a talk the next day. Rose admits that she doesn't fully understand homosexuality, but admits that if she was gay, she'd she'd be flattered that Jean thought so highly of her. She then offers Jean her friendship, and the two embrace.
* In "Sister of the Bride," Blanche's gay brother Clayton announces his plans to marry Doug, his boyfriend. At first, Blanche is extremely reluctant to accept this. This leads to the episode's first heartwarmer: Sophia pointing out that Clayton's love for Doug is no different than Blanche's love for George, her late husband, and making a simple yet profound argument: "Everyone wants someone to grow old with, and doesn't Clayton deserve that, too?"
** An ever sweeter moment comes later, when Blanche enters Clayton and Doug's room. She says she has an important question, and Clayton remarks that he doesn't want to talk to her--only for Blanche to say that the question is for Doug: "Do you love him?" She explains the Clayton is her baby brother, and she has to take care of him. The three finally come to an understanding and hug.
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