This is how Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia met and became roommates on The Golden Girls.
At the beginning of season 1 of The Golden Girls, Dorothy Zbornak (Beatrice Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) lived at Blanche Devereaux’s (Rue McClanahan) home in Miami. And by that time, the women had already developed a deep friendship. However, it was not until golden girls In the season 1 finale, “The Way We Met,” the show revealed how women had come to live together.
“The Way We Met” begins after Rose, Dorothy, and Blanche find themselves having trouble sleeping after watching Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho. Soon, the conversation turns to how the girls originally met while eating cheesecake. Blanche reveals that before Dorothy and Rose moved in, she lived with two extremely Strange women from Minnesota who, among other things, “flossed their teeth.”
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Unable to bear his behavior, Blanche kicked out the two women and went down to the supermarket to announce her now available rooms. While at the supermarket, Blanche ran into Rose, who had just been kicked out of her living situation. Rose, meanwhile, was evicted from her home for rescuing a cat named Mr. Peepers. Their conversation ends up being quite awkward, as Blanche thinks Rose’s lack of intelligence is actually her making jokes. Soon, however, Blanche realizes the truth and has to be won over by Rose by giving Mr. Peepers to the young man who just lost his cast.
Dorothy, for her part, has a much simpler story. She responds to the ad after her husband, Stan, leaves her, bringing Sophia for moral support, as she still lives in the Shady Pines retirement home. Sophia, who is still recovering from her stroke, says a few simple things, which makes Dorothy think that Blanche will not accept her request. In the end, however, Blanche invites Dorothy to move in. Later, after a fire in Shady Pines, Sophia moves in with the trio.
However, things are initially difficult, with Dorothy and Rose vying for who has what space. Rose ends up winning a coin toss for the room, but the problems don’t end there. The girls soon discover that they can’t coordinate shopping trips as they all have different budgets and shopping habits. Things come to a head and it looks like the friendship is going to break down before it has even started.
Then, just when things seem the darkest, Rose gifts Blanche and Dorothy with their First History of Saint Olaf. In this particularly ridiculous story, Rose tells you about the Great Herring War, in which the Lindstrom and Johansson families fought over what to do with the titular fish.
As the story goes, things get even more ridiculous, and Rose eventually tells Dorothy and Blanche that “the Lindstroms wanted to train [the herring] for the circus. “She explains that a herring circus is something like Seaworld, which still leaves quite a bit to the imagination. There is even talk of a herring cannon, and Rose confirms that such a weapon was only used oncme. This makes all the women laugh, and they are soon joined by a cheesecake that Rose has brought with her. So when “The Way We Met” ends, one of Rose’s St. Olaf stories ends up being the most important opening event in a legendary sitcom friendship.
The Golden Girls stars Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. The series is now available on streaming and home media.
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