The Golden Girls: The Complete Fourth Season
DVD Reviews | Feb 13th, 2006
Starring Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Betty White and Rue McClanahan
Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
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The Golden Girls: The complete Fourth Season is another dose of the crazy adventures of Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche. These four friends from Miami prove that age is truly just a number. These ladies have had many fun times in the past and in Season Four it only gets better.
The ring leader of the group is Dorothy, played by Bea Arthur, who is tough and doesn’t easily let her guard down. In the Fourth Season, she deals with her mother’s crazy antics–including remarrying at the age of eighty two. Between dealing with that, Rose’s stupidity and Blanche’s excessive sex drive, Dorothy exhausts herself worrying about everyone else’s lives. She’s the text book example of a cranky old bag, but we still can’t help but love her for being that way. The softer side of Dorothy does come out from time to time. We see this in the episode when her mother, Sofia, gets ill and ends up in the hospital. Dorothy is sitting in the hospital waiting room, when her ex-husband Stan comes to console her. After arguing with him, she lets her guard down and lets him stay by her side all night, awaiting news on her mothers condition. Of course, the next morning we see Dorothy go back to her cranky old untrusting self. Which comes as a relief, considering that’s what makes her amusing to the audience.
In every group of friends, there’s always the one that we love no matter how dim-witted they may be and in the Golden Girls it’s Rose, played by Betty White. One of the most hilarious moments in Season Four is when Rose believes that her real father is Mr. Bob Hope. The look on the rest of the ladies faces when Rose tells them this is great! It almost seems mean the way the girls take enjoyment out of toying with poor old Rose’s emotions. She is so naive that you have to wonder if someone could be as stupid as Rose. The stories that she tells in Season Four about good ole Saint Olif gets better and better every time. One of the most memorable Saint Olif stories from this season, is the one when she was voted President of her high school’s Bull Castration Club.
The sex filled lifestyle of Blanche, played by Rue McClanahan, is truly difficult to keep up with in this season. It’s funny to watch how uncomfortable the other girls get when Blanche talks about how much sex she is having. The best is the episode when Sophia, who always says exactly how she feels, calls Blanche a slut. It turns out that Sophia steals Blanche’s Cuban boyfriend from her and tells her that he is better of with her than a slut like Blanche. Of course Blanche takes it as compliment, which is why we love her so much. Sex is so much a part of Blanche’s life that she can’t understand how someone, Dorothy in particular, could live without it.
Sofia, played by Estelle Getty, really makes the show. This old lady is so feisty that you can’t believe the words that come out of her mouth. In this season, Sophia surprises the girls when they catch her in bed with her late husband’s old business partner, Max. The best line is when Dorothy asks her what she’s doing and she replies “it’s called afterglow.” Sophia continues to shock the girls when she announces, that at the age of eighty two, she and Max are going to get married. After much protest from Dorothy, Sophia, being her typical stubborn self, sticks to her guns and does what she wants to do. You’ve got to love feisty old ladies! Not only does Sophia keep these ladies on their toes, but she keeps them grounded and cares for Rose and Blanche as if they were her own.
I must admit, when asked to do this review, I wasn’t very excited about sitting down and watching the Golden Girls. I’m glad I did though because it took me back to my childhood, when I would watch it with my mother and grandmother. I actually enjoyed it and the Fourth Season was pretty amusing.
Full Screen 1.33:1 Color
Top Ten Guest Stars Of Season 4
English: Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Favorite Scenes: Sophia’s Wedding Part 1 &2, Valentine’s Day, You Gotta Have Hope
Running Time: 624 minutes