The Golden Girls: Season 1, Episode 4

Transplant (5 Oct. 1985)

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Blanche's sister, Virginia, with whom she has had a tense relationship for years, comes to visit. She reveals that she needs a kidney transplant to save her life.



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Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)


Blanche's sister, Virginia, with whom she has had a tense relationship for years, comes to visit. She reveals that she needs a kidney transplant to save her life.

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Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak: Ma, can you eat quietly?
Sophia: These are Fritos, what do you want me to do, swallow them whole?
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If you can't count on family, who can you count on?
6 March 2014 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Blanche has made the house spotless, in preparation for her sister's visit. Blanche and her sister Virginia have never seen eye to eye, with Blanche claiming her sister got everything handed to her. During dinner, Virginia reveals she needs a kidney transplant, or she will die.Virginia asks Blanche for a kidney, which puts Blanche in a no-win situation. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose are stuck babysitting a newborn. It's not easy to turn a life threatening situation into humor, but this show managed to do it very effectively, while abstaining from being crass about it. It was a hard feat to pull off, but they managed to do it. I've had a rocky relationship with my sister as well, and I know how it feels for somebody else to get catered to. When it all boils down, you're still family. That's what this episode's message is all about. When push comes to shove, you throw your grudges aside to do what's right. Blanche being hesitant was realistic as well. The only thing I'm not sure about was the ending. I had mixed feelings about it. Dorothy and Rose's subplot wasn't all that interesting, but the scene where Sophia's loud eating habits annoy Dorothy was hilarious. Kudos to Sheree North for giving a solid performance as Blanche's sister


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