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Sisters and Other Strangers 

Blanche thinks the risqué novel her sister Charmaigne has written is about her. Meanwhile, Dorothy argues with Stan's Czechoslovakian cousin Magda over Communism.



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Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
Charmaine Hollingsworth


Blanche thinks the risqué novel her sister Charmaigne has written is about her. Meanwhile, Dorothy argues with Stan's Czechoslovakian cousin Magda over Communism.

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Comedy | Drama




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3 March 1990 (USA)  »

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As a child, Dorothy was a biter, resulting in her sister, Gloria, needing rabies shots. See more »


After Blanche storms into the bookstore and declares the book is filled with trash and filth, the crowd goes insane fighting over copies. It shows Sophia and Magda pulling a tug of war on a copy each trying to get it as if it were the last one, but they are doing it over a stack of more copies of the book. See more »


Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak: [talking about sisters] When I was a little girl I had this doll, Mrs. Dolittle, and Gloria was not supposed to touch...
Sophia Petrillo: Do we have to hear that damn Mrs. Dolittle story again? So your sister broke your doll, it was over 50 years ago.
Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak: It was very traumatic. It was my favorite doll.
Rose Nylund: I have a sister story...
Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak: And she didn't just break it, she fixed it so the eyes would never close again. She made Mrs. Doolittle look like a morphine addict!
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References Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) See more »


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Written by Andrew Gold
Sung by Cynthia Fee
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Sisters and Other Strangers (#5.21)
15 February 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Blanche's sister Charmaigne who she had bad relationship with comes to town and brings the book she wrote. Blanche reads it and is mad because it seems to be based on her sexual life. Although it turns out it was based on her sister's as they are very alike. And Stan's cousin Magda from Czechoslovakia comes over and fights with Dorothy about Communism and Western world.

I am not always into communism related movies and shows that were made during cold war. Even though I am not into communism both sides were full of propaganda against each other at that time. But nonetheless this episode is pretty funny. It doesn't show a communist to be an idiot unable to think differently. As a person whose parents are from USSR I must say they were not for it around that time either. The population of the 80's is not the same as of the 40's who still were having a hopeful ideology. But in this case Magda becomes open to change at the end. And they also bring up that it is not just communists who were brainwashed by ideology when Sophia says she hates communism and Dorothy mentions that she was raised by fascism. The most thoughtful view on the issue that one could expect back in those days.

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