The Golden Girls: Season 1, Episode 7

The Competition (2 Nov. 1985)

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The girls' friendship is tested by a bowling tournament.



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Episode cast overview:
Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
Ralph Manza ...
Augustine Bagatelli


Rose wants to join a bowling tournament and she needs a partner. And Dorothy is the best bowler she knows. Blanche also wants to join and wants Dorothy to be her partner. Dorothy chooses not to play with either of them. But Rose signs up and puts Dorothy as her partner. She reluctantly agrees. A guy Sophia knows comes and wants Sophia to go with him to Sicily. She wants to go but she doesn't have the money so she hopes Dorothy will give it to her. But she doesn't want her to go alone. She then teams up with Blanche for the bowling tournament and bets that if she wins Dorothy should give her the money. But somehow Blanche ends up with Dorothy as a partner so Rose teams up with Sophia and they resort to all sorts of things to win. Written by

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2 November 1985 (USA)  »

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In the beginning of the episode, Sophia is making her famous "14 hour" sauce. When Dorothy dips the spoon in to sample it, twice she sticks it in and both times it's revealed to have no sauce on it. See more »


Rose Nylund: [walks into the kitchen while Sophia is cooking] Oh, Sophia, it smells heavenly. Is it Chef Boyardee?
Sophia Petrillo: [holds a knife in her hand] Stick it in my heart, Rose! It'll hurt less!
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Rose's addiction to winning!
11 May 2015 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Everyone but Sophia is entering the bowling tournament. Rose is tired of being Blanche's partner and dumps her. After Sophia turns down Dorothy's offer to join her, Rose opportunistically asks Dorothy to be her partner. Rose's competitive spirit gets out of control and she dumps Dorothy as well. Sophia wants to borrow money from Dorothy to go on a trip with a former love interest, Augustine Bagatelli. After Dorothy says no, Sophia decides to be Rose's partner and they make a bet. If Sophia's team wins, Sophia gets to go on the trip. If Dorothy wins, Dorothy gets something very precious of Sophia's. I've never been a big fan of bowling, so this was completely silly to me. That being said, this is a really fun episode. It was really unusual, but interesting to see Rose play somebody that is nefarious and shady. Her obsession with winning added a very good dynamic to this episode. She was incorrigible at times! Credit to Betty White for pulling it off. There are genuine laughs with heartwarming moments. Seeing Sophia in love was cute and I enjoyed her romantic storyline. Estelle Getty steals many scenes she's in with some of her stuff. Blanche's sassy attitude was great as well. Dorothy pulls a stunt at the end that will make you smile. She really has a hidden heart of gold. If you like Golden Girls, you'll enjoy this episode.

By the way....Sophia's spaghetti sauce looked delicious! It made me crave spaghetti


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