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Awesome: The Golden Girls
  • Blanche's troubled grandson comes to visit. He misbehaves and treats everyone horribly. This all culminates with him blowing up and Sophia slapping him.
    • And then later, when Blanche realizes part of his problem is that his parents (her daughter and her "Yankee" husband) are always arguing, she calls them and tells them in a half-bluff/half-truth that she's keeping him. When her daughter argues this, Blanche says "All right, but if you don't start giving that boy the love and attention he deserves I will kick your uppity butt 'til Hell won't have it again!"
  • Dorothy has many, but one of the best is her standing up to Blanche's abusive boyfriend, who is irritated that she isn't ready for a party:
    Rex: You wanna go light a fire under her?
    Dorothy: No, I don't think so.
    Rex: Why not?
    Dorothy: Because she's already getting burned enough as it is.
    Rex: Look, would you just go tell Blanche to hurry up? I've gotta teach this woman what being on time means!
    Dorothy: Wait a minute, I don't want you teaching her anything!
    Rex: You know, you're starting to get on my nerves-
    Dorothy: Good, because you're already on mine! I don't like the way you're treating Blanche. Under all that make-up and sexy talk, there's a little girl there, and for some reason or another she's letting you take advantage of her. I can't stop her from seeing you, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna hurry her up!
    Rex: Who do you think you are?!
    Dorothy: A friend!
    • Blanche gets one, too, a moment later when she comes in to find Rex has roughly grabbed Dorothy by the arm and is trying to jerk her around. For the first time all episode, Blanche stands up to Rex and tells him in no uncertain terms to get out of her house. When he threatens never to return if she throws him out, she declares that that's a promise she intends to see he keeps.
  • Another of Dorothy's is in the second half of the two part episode Sick and Tired where she is diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In the first episode, she goes all the way to New York to see a specialist, who merely tells her she 'is just getting old'. In the 2nd whilst out with the girls on a dinner celebrating the discovery of her illness, she discovers the doctor is dining with his wife in the restaurant as well. Instead of causing a ruckus, she calmly walks over and delivers to him one of the most AWESOME speeches in television history, letting him have it for giving her a poor diagnosis of just "getting old" and recommend that she see a psychiatrist before gently reminding her that one day, he'll be on the other side of the table like she was.
    Dorothy: Because as angry as I am, and as angry as I always will be...I wish you a better doctor than you were to me.
    • A minor one goes to the doctor's wife, who immediately tells him to shut up when he tries to interrupt Dorothy.
  • Another awesome Dorothy moment: in one episode, she befriends a local author named Barbara Thorndyke. Throughout the episode, Barbara is condescending and rude towards Blanche and Rose, seeing them as intellectually inferior; and Dorothy doesn't listen when they try to tell her what a snot she is. At the end of the episode, Barbara is about to take them all to an exclusive Miami club, but before they leave, she takes Dorothy into the kitchen to tell her that Sophia's date cannot come with them; the restrictive club they're going to will not allow him in because he's Jewish. After Barbara clearly shows that she has no problem with such a horrible policy and insults Blance and Rose, Dorothy tells the intellectual, cultured author to "go to hell": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5kr7-YfT20
  • Rose spent a whole episode fearing for her safety after a robbery, believing she can't defend herself. Once her nightmare is realized and she is chased down by a man, she knees him in the "safe deposit box". She proceeds to wail on him until he's left on the floor, writhing in plain. Needless to say, Rose learned she can defend herself.
    • Then, this becomes a Funny Moment immediately afterward because the guy she defended herself from was the parking attendant, who was trying to give back her keys.
  • The penultimate scene of the episode "Adult Education". Blanche, in order to earn a degree and get a promotion at the museum, goes back to school. She's failing one of her course, and asks her teacher for help. Instead, he offers her a passing grade in exchange for sex. After the dean fails to help her, Blanche buckles down, studying harder than she ever has. After she finishes her final exam, she finally tells her lecherous professor off.
    Blanche: You know Prof. Cooper, I've thought a lot about what you said, and I have no intention of repeating this course.
    Prof. Cooper: Good! I'm glad you decided to take me up on my offer.
    Blanche: {scoffs} I'm declining your offer, Prof. Cooper, but I do want to thank you.
    Prof. Cooper: For what?
  • Rose getting her beloved teddy bear back from a bratty girl scout who was holding it for ransom.
  • Another case of vengeance against bratty girls. Rose and Blanche volunteer for a "Be A Pal" program and spend time with troubled girls. Unfortunately the two girls they sent were juvenile delinquents who stole merchandise and left Blanche and Rose as the fall guys. They refuse to confess since all the judges in juvenile court know them, so Blanche finally resorts to bribing them with $50. The girls agree after raising the ante to $300, and Blanche relents. After they girls leave and Dorothy tells her she can't believe Blanche did that, Blanche mentions how that was on a vacation account they closed weeks ago and was completely worthless.
  • In one flashback episode as the girls are reflecting on previous birthdays, Dorothy recalls a more recent birthday where Rose took her to a Chuck E. Cheese-esque restaurant, and had her entertained by an obnoxious clown called Mr. Ha Ha along with all the other kids celebrating birthdays. Dorothy was about to shove her cake in his face, when Mr. Ha Ha pointed out that's not very adult-like, and Mr. Ha Ha could sue. Then, one of the kids shoves his cake into the clown's face, and wishes Dorothy a happy birthday.
    • Mr. Ha Ha had been making point of taunting Dorothy over the embarrassing situation she was stuck in so he really had it coming.
  • Barbara Weston faking out The Cheeseman when he kidnaps the girls and Miles by acting like she's unarmed, only to surprise him with a gun to his back when he's not looking. Followed immediately by a Crowning Moment of Funny too.
    Rose: You said you didn't have a gun. You lied!
    Barbara: ...to a bad guy. It's okay to lie to a bad guy.
    Rose: Geez, there's so much that we as the public don't know!
  • After Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy spend a whole episode as hostages in an armed robbery, an annoyed Sophia walks in, wondering what's taking them so long. When the gunman threatens her, she takes one look at him, takes his gun away, and chides Dorothy for not being able to tell the gun was fake.
  • From the series finale. Blanche's uncle Lucas and Dorothy have decided to play a joke on Blanche by pretending that they're getting married after only one date. Then they spend the next several days having fun together. But when the time comes to fess up to Blanche about what they've done, Lucas shocks everyone, including himself, by asking Dorothy to marry him "for real."
  • In 72 Hours, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia all get one in some way.
    • Dorothy: For calling out Sophia's unjustified paranoia concerning the possibility that Rose might have AIDS, to the point that she's been using a gas station bathroom and has marked coffee mugs with an "R."
    • Blanche: Confiding in Rose that she also went through an AIDS scare and has since made the effort to take all necessary precautions when having sex and knowing her partners' complete sexual history, and later calling Rose out on her belief that AIDS is something that should only affect "bad" people.
    • Sophia: Proudly drinking from one of the mugs she marked with "R" when she agrees with Blanche and Dorothy that they will always be there for Rose no matter what her test may say.
  • Stan, of all people, verbally tears apart a doctor who is brusque with he and Dorothy when they want information about a very sick Sophia. The doctor immediately backs down and promises that they'll be informed.
    Dorothy: You were magnificent!
    Stan: I have my moments.
    • Stan also reams Dorothy out in a later episode for not being able to see him as anything more than a Failure Hero, when one of his products, the "Zbornie," clearly has proven to be a huge success:
    Stan: I thought I could make up for some of the mistakes, but I was wrong. You won't let me. You have an image of what a "Stan Zbornak" is, and no matter how he's changed, you'll never see a new man. Don't worry. I won't bother you with any gifts anymore. In fact, from now on, I won't bother you at all.
  • Every time Rose proved she was more than just The Ditz:
    • Helping Sophia deal with the death of her Crossdresser son Phil in "Ebbtide's Revenge" by telling her that it was all right that Sophia had loved her son, thus enabling Sophia to reconcile with Phil's wife and finally begin the grieving process.
    • Telling Blanche in "Mrs. George Devereaux" to give her Back from the Dead husband a second chance:
    Rose: Blanche, this isn't about getting even. For nine years, you've been missing George. Now he's here, and I'm jealous of you. Tell him you love him. Tell him you hate him. I don't care, but just see him before he leaves. Do it for yourself. Do it for all of us who wish we had the chance.
    • Rose guilted Dorothy into admitting she has a gambling problem.
      Dorothy: Rose, I am stealing your money!
      Rose: I know, Dorothy.
    • In The Case of the Libertine Belle, Rose was the only one of the four who knew that The Game Never Stopped, and even performed a necessary step in keeping everyone else fooled at the request of the hotel. She had her roommates and the audience completely fooled. And the reason she went along with it? To get back at Blance for stealing her earrings.
    • Rose manipulated Dorothy's cheating boyfriend into admitting that he made a pass at Blanche, while Dorothy was in earshot.
    • When Sophia was facing trial for burning down Shady Pines, Rose was the only one who thought to check out the original fire inspector, finding out that he had mysteriously come into some money at the same time and retired soon after. She couldn't put it all together, but the rest of them could, and it was exactly what they needed to get the charges dropped.
    • When the girls end up stranded on an island alongside three guys during their crappy vacation, amid all the arguing Rose finally has it by going "Alright everybody NOW SHUT THE HELL UP!" and barks them into submission so they can plan for survival.
      Rose: Alright now move. I SAID MOVE!
      Blanche: Dorothy we're not really going to let Ro-
      Dorothy (scared): Quiet I don't think we're allowed to talk!
    • After spending most of an episode as Blanche's personal servant to make up for accidentally losing some jewelry, Rose discovers that Blanche herself lost the jewelry in question alongside Rose's watch which she had taken without permission. When Blanche tries to get out of the situation by stating she was "doing it for Rose's sake" Rose lets her have it for taking advantage of her. However, when Dorothy comes in after a pretty exhausting day (one of her students had just been deported) Rose steps in and offers to do anything she can to make Dorothy comfortable, including making her some snacks and bringing the TV into her bedroom. When Dorothy heads to bed, Rose says "You heard her Blanche, get cracking."
    • From Sick and Tired, Blanche is bemoaning the fact that her romance novel was rejected by a publishing company, Rose tries to convince her it's not the end of the world. As Blanche is whining about how she'll never be famous and chides Rose for her simple farm life view on the situation and that being famous isn't everything, Rose has enough and tells Blanche off for constantly mocking her belief that friends and family are more important than fame and fortune, and for constantly knocking down small town beliefs.
  • Sophia's beautiful use of Ironic Echo against Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy. Blanche wins 3 (and only 3) tickets to a Burt Reynolds movie and passes to an afterparty with Burt afterwards. Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy act rather selfish and uncharacteristically point-blank tell Sophia they're not going to draw straws and she simply can't go. Anytime she starts to complain about it, the others would simply say, "She'll get over it, and if not, who cares we're going to meet Burt Reynolds!" Later on, the girls end up going to a No-Tell hotel while their house is fumigated (Blanche picked the hotel based on how many men were in the lobby) and get caught up in a prostitution sting in the bar downstairs. When Sophia comes to bail them out, she asks them which one isn't going. The girls still refuse to let her go, so when the guard comes to let them out, she swipes the ticket from Blanche and says she's never seen them before. When Dorothy asks if she'd do this to her own flesh and blood, Sophia says, "You'll get over it Dorothy, and if you don't... WHO CARES? I'M ON MY WAY TO SEE BURT REYNOLDS!!!"
  • After criticizing a plumber for trying to take advantage of them financially, Rose and Dorothy decide to fix the plumbing and install the toilet themselves because Rose actually knew what she was doing. After running into a few problems (and being teased by the plumber for doing a man's job) they are successful.
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