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Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself 

Rose's aunt's funeral provides an opportunity for her, Dorothy, and Blanche to cope with some of their phobias.



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Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)


Rose's aunt's funeral provides an opportunity for her, Dorothy, and Blanche to cope with some of their phobias.

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Comedy | Drama




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24 October 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title reference comes from the First Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear... is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror..." See more »


When Sofia tells the story about her Veal Parmesan and talks about the mozzarella, she points with her right index finger. In the next shot, all the fingers on her right hand are spread out. See more »


Rose: [Rose comes in sobbing] The mail's here.
Blanche: Honey, what's wrong?
Rose: I just got a letter.
Blanche: It's bad news!
Dorothy: Oh, that's eerie - I had the same feeling.
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References My Sister Sam (1986) See more »

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Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself (#3.5)
18 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Rose's aunt dies and she has to give an eulogy. She is afraid to do it as she is scared of public speaking. By going with her Dorothy and Blanche have to face their own fears. Dorothy that of flying and Blanche the scary dream she always had when she was stuck with bald men in a small place since all men on the plane were bald!.

Another episode with lots of funny moments. I just couldn't help but laugh with Blanche and Rose when they imagine Dorothy to be naked and burst with laughter.

And the scene on the plane is pretty awesome as well. Great acting and great lines.

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