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Four women live together while overcoming challenges of everyday life. Each character has their own personality and backgrounds which attributes to their friendship. Dorothy Zbornak, played by Bea Arthur exudes bitterness at times, but she can still be loving, even if she is over fifty and living with her mother. Dorothy's mother, Sophia, played by Estelle Getty, tells stories of her past. These stories have some truth, the rest is made up with inappropriate jokes that will have tears in your eyes.

Blanch Devereaux, played by Rue McClanahan, has the attitude of a southern belle, is narcissistic, and loves to talk about herself to anyone who will listen.

Last but not least, Rose Nyland, played by Betty White, loves to tell stories about her hometown, St. Olaf, which often leads to hilarious criticism by the rest of the women.

Saturdays on NBC
7 Seasons, 180 Episodes
September 14, 1985
Comedy
7.8/10
Cast: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty
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  • Six months later, Dorothy and Lucas go ahead with their nuptials. Rose plans to move in with her daughter after Dorothy and Lucas leave for Atlanta, while Sophia plans to go with them, leaving Blanche alone. But can they really plan to stay apart for very long?

  • Feeling down about having missed her high school reunion, Rose is soon recruited by Blanche, along with Dorothy and Sophia, to crash a reunion being held at a local high school. There, Blanche keeps getting rejected by the local graduates and Dorothy is mistakenly elected Queen of the reunion, but Rose soon suffers a heart attack.

  • Rose plans to get Miles a golf club for his birthday, but Blanche, being Blanche, suggests she give him naughty pictures instead. When she gives the gift to Miles, he inadvertently opens it in front of attendees at his party, and an embarrassed Rose storms out.Meanwhile, Dorothy speaks at the school's Career Day event, leading her to land a new job.

  • Things keep getting stranger and stranger: Blanche falls in love with a former thief who she later suspects of stealing her jewelry, Dorothy tries to break the news of her and Miles' accidental kiss to Rose, and Sophia continues to try to break the "curse" over Dorothy, possibly getting herself into trouble while doing so.

  • A full moon falls upon the household, and a leap year's full moon at that, leading Blanche to host a Moonlight Madness party at the house. True to its name, strange happenings abound: all the men are attracted to Dorothy while none are attracted to Blanche, Sophia believes a curse has been placed on Dorothy and goes through all the necessary steps to try and release her from it, and Rose wins a honeymoon vacation to Paris, France, leading Miles to propose.

  • Blanche drags a lonely Dorothy down to her usual hangout spot, the Rusty Anchor, for a night of excitement. This ends up having some unforeseen consequences, however: namely, the fact that Dorothy and her singing soon become a bigger hit with the boys than Blanche.

  • Rose does a television news report on the horrible, bug-infested living conditions of Dorothy's Uncle Angelo's apartment, which spells bad news for Dorothy and Stan, who serve as Angelo's landlady and lord, and are ordered to spend one night in the building.Meanwhile, Sophia makes her annual trip to buy shoes.

  • Dorothy learns that auditions for the TV game show "Jeopardy!" are coming to Miami, and she plans to try out for it. Later, she dreams of a bizarre game of Jeopardy! which pits her against Rose and her neighbor Charlie Dietz.

  • Dorothy gets wrapped up in "Beatlemania" and begins dating a Beatles impersonator.

  • Dorothy's old high school teacher, Mr. Gordon, plagiarizes something she wrote.

  • The pope is in town, and Sophia intends to get him to bless her dear friend Agnes in the hospital. When she bends down to kiss his ring, however, it slips off, and he accidentally leaves it with her. Meanwhile, Blanche tries to one-up Dorothy's birthday gift to Rose by giving her a detective to spy on Miles.

  • A solder returning from the Persian Gulf finds Blanche and tries to reconnect with her, hoping that she will be his and only his, which she apparently promised him she would before she left. One problem: Blanche has no recollection whatsoever of this man or his promise. Meanwhile, Sophia decides to write her will, and enlists Rose as her lawyer.

  • Blanche is in shock after learning her grammy's plantation is scheduled for demolition, leading to her and the others making a trip to Georgia to pay the building one last visit -- during which, Blanche handcuffs herself to the building's radiator, claiming they'll have to blow the house up with her in it.Meanwhile, an afterlife experience has Sophia "living for the moment," doing some truly outlandish things.

  • Fed up with Miles and his frugality, Rose decides to act on the advice of Blanche and cheats on him, going out on a double date with her and some big spenders. Trouble soon arises, however, when Miles spots her on their date.Meanwhile, Dorothy goes on a cruise, leaving Blanche in charge of Sophia, who sneaks out behind Blanche's back and travels to Sicily to make amends with Guido Spirelli, the man whom she stood up at the alter several years prior.

  • Dorothy is outraged when she finds Stan in bed with her sister Gloria, but is even more steamed when she finds out that Sophia is the one who pushed the two together. She gets into a heated argument with Sophia, who storms off into the storm as a result.Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose's telethon to save the McKinley Lighthouse proves to be a failure.

  • On the eve of a hurricane, Dorothy's sister Gloria drops by for a visit, newly-flat broke. At the same time, Stan reappears to announce to Dorothy that thanks to his therapy sessions, he's moved on from her with a makeshift monkey (read: a traffic cone covered with a sock puppet), but Dorothy soon discovers that Stan's even moved on from the monkey...Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose hold a telethon to save an old lighthouse.

  • It's Saturday night and the normally-dateless Dorothy appears to be the only one with a date. While she gloats and goes off and has a wonderful time, the other three recount the worst romantic experiences they've ever had.

  • Blanche begins dating Jerry Kennedy, a local newscaster, but soon finds herself having to deal with his overprotective mother. Meanwhile, Stan comes by and announces he's seeing a psychiatrist, and invites Dorothy to one of his sessions, where she learns that Stan may actually want her back -- but there may be something else he wants.

  • Miles gives Rose a "friendship ring" as a symbol of their relationship. Soon after, however, something happens that makes Rose think her late husband Charlie is trying to contact her from beyond the grave about the ring, a situation that Sophia soon takes advantage of.Meanwhile, Blanche dates a baseball player, whom she "coaches" by having him wear her underwear while playing.

  • Looking through a box of Sophia's old belongings, Dorothy finds an old picture of her mother as a young bride... with someone different than her father as the groom. Meanwhile, Blanche has to bend over backwards to get a hot tub installed, which could mean losing one of the others as a renter.

  • Blanche's granddaughter Melissa comes to town for a visit, and Blanche soon gets ideas of entering her into the Little Miss Beauty Pageant, which Melissa secretly doesn't take to very well. Meanwhile, Dorothy hires a nurse to take care of Sophia, one who soon makes the other girls' lives a living hell.

  • Blanche invites the other three to attend a "Murder Mystery Weekend" up at a hotel, where Dorothy, a self-admitted mystery novel fanatic, soon proves herself to be quite a keen detective when she solves the supposed murder mystery. However, a man appears to have been actually murdered soon after, and Blanche is the prime suspect.

  • While going through some of her old belongings, Rose discovers a camera that once belonged to her late husband Charlie. The camera contains undeveloped film, which she soon has developed, and while looking through the pictures makes a shocking discovery: Charlie, it seems, slept with Blanche.Meanwhile, Dorothy becomes concerned about Sophia's hearing.

  • Sophia gets in trouble with the law when a recent one who died at Shady Pines reveals to the ones there that Sophia was personally responsible for the Shady Pines fire that took place in 1985.

  • Children's Hospital Baccalaureate Auction is occurring and the girls get Dorothy to be one of the ones being auctioned off. Stan arrives fast and buys Dorothy off the auction for a large sum of money. Meanwhile, Sophia's brother, Angelo, is given a room in Dorothy and Stan's apartment housing.

  • Dorothy gets a visit from the one who stood her up at her senior prom. Dorothy is thrilled to meet him again and get a chance to go out with him after so many years. He soon reveals the reason he stood her up is because Sophia ordered him to leave on that night. This angers Dorothy severely on how Sophia did her.

  • Rose gets a new boyfriend named Carl and she likes him quite a bit. The situation gets confusing when Miles suddenly shows up to reveal she misses Rose even though he is still in the Witness Protection Program. We soon find out that Carl is the man that is after Miles.

  • Rose become a television reporter for a news program and has been assigned reporting duties. Meanwhile, Blanche starts to want something more from Mel Bushman, who she calls her one night stand person.

  • Sophia's son, Phil, dies and the family prepares for the funeral. Sophia encounters his wife and their bad blood ensues once more especially over her supporting his lifestyle of wearing female clothing.

  • Blanche encounters a new date that she meets from the library. Things become tense when she finally realizes that he is disabled and is bound to a wheelchair.

  • Dorothy has double trouble with two men who are fighting for the rights to date her. Meanwhile, Blanche gets a big shocker when she finds out the one who has been sending her flowers is her dead husband George.

  • The impossible occurs when Dorothy's old feelings for Stan are being felt again. She is now left with the decision to face how she really feels for her ex husband.

  • Rose is left with mixed emotions after she feels she was fondled by her own dentist during a regular checkup. Meanwhile, Dorothy gets various threats from high school students and various others because a student, who is the quarterback, is failing her class and she refuses to pass him.

  • Sophia is doing her "Meals On Wheels" program and Dorothy decides to come along. On their route they come across a man who is living like the 1960's. Dorothy then becomes determined to find a way to help this man come out of his shell and interact with others.

  • Stan comes to tell Dorothy that his latest invention has gotten him some success but Dorothy is less than thrilled by her ex-husband's news. While this occurs, Rose and Blanche have words over Rose's war bonds that could devastate St. Olaf's economy if they are cashed.

  • Sophia is being put in the hospital for some standard surgery but Dorothy becomes frantic when she gets a call that the hospital has lost her mother from the hospital after the completion of the surgery. Meanwhile, Rose gets news of her own when she gets a shocker from one of her recent hospital patients.

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