22 Times Dorothy Shut Down Rose and Blanche on The Golden Girls

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Dorothy Zbornak didn't need words to silence her roommates on The Golden Girls. She would simply raise one eyebrow and look hard at Rose and Blanche until they quieted down. If that didn't work, though, Dorothy had an arsenal of acid-dipped one-liners at her disposal that she would whip out whenever necessary to shut down Rose or Blanche when they grated on her last nerve—which was often, over the course of the show's seven seasons on the air.Played to perfection by Bea Arthur (rumor has it the casting director always envisioned a "Bea Arthur-type" actress for the part), Dorothy got some of the best lines on the whip-smart show. Arthur's brilliantly dead-pan delivery heightened the laughs, while her brilliant facial expressions served up the knock-out punch. Rose and Blanche certainly got in a few digs of their own, but the only person who could match Dorothy in the one-liner department was her own mother. Who knew a knack for zingers could be a family trait?Dorothy's biting way with words may have been genetic, but we can all try to emulate it in real life, if we dare—or we can simply practice raising an eyebrow.

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When she "gently" tells Rose what's best for her

Dorothy Golden Girls pray for brains

Dorothy to Rose: "Go to sleep sweetheart, pray for brains."

02 of 22

When she knows Blanche too well

Dorothy Golden Girls blanche dress

Blanche: "What do you think of my new dress? Is it me?"
Sophia: "It's too tight, it's too short, and it shows too much cleavage for a woman your age."
Dorothy: "Yes, Blanche. It's you."

03 of 22

This accurate advice

Dorothy Golden Girls bed museum

Blanche: "Dorothy, what do you think I oughta do with my bed?"
Dorothy: "Put it in the Smithsonian, Blanche. Its got more miles on it than the Spirit of St. Louis!"

04 of 22

When she reminds Blanche about that time…

Dorothy Golden Girls blanche humiliation

Blanche: "

I've never been so humiliated in my life." Dorothy: "What about the time you lost the key to your handcuffs and had to go with that guy on his mail route?"

05 of 22

When she makes us think "bless your heart, Rose"

Dorothy Golden Girls blanche’s sister

Blanche: "

You are not gonna believe this. My sister, Charmaine, just called me." Dorothy: "I didn't think the two of you were speaking."Blanche: "Well, we're not."Rose: "Then how'd you know it was her on the other end of the line?"Dorothy: "Rose, you're bringing down the curve for the whole country."

06 of 22

When she understands the irresistible power of dessert

Dorothy Golden Girls cookies

Rose: "

Oh, my goodness. Look what I found. Double-fudge cookies. I thought we agreed not to keep cookies in the house." Blanche: "Right, after this last box."Rose: "You're not going to eat them, are you?"Dorothy: "No, Rose. We're going to go to some dumb country and try to use them as money."

07 of 22

This interesting idea

Dorothy Golden Girls dog track

Sophia: "

The fancy man and I are going to the dog track." Blanche to Dorothy: "Your mother bets?"Dorothy: "No, she rides. She's a dog jockey."

08 of 22

When she really makes you think

Dorothy Golden Girls ice cream


"Where are you going?" Dorothy: "To get ice cream. Or commit a felony. I'll decide in the car."

09 of 22

When she confronts a paradox

Dorothy Golden Girls clayton

Blanche: "I don't really mind Clayton being homosexual, I just don't like him dating men."
Dorothy: "You really haven't grasped the concept of this "gay thing" yet, have you, Blanche?"

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When she puts coffee first

Dorothy Golden Girls coffee first

Dorothy to Blanche and Rose: "If I had that money I could have moved into a swinging condo instead of living with—I better not say anything until I've had my coffee [sips coffee]—a slut and a moron!"

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This incredibly comforting response

Dorothy Golden Girls severe weather alert

Rose: "

You won't believe the horrible thing I just heard on the radio!" Dorothy: "Oh, Rose, we go through this every time. This is merely a test. In the event of an actual emergency-"

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When she calls Blanche out

Dorothy Golden Girls back date

Blanche: "I can't believe you said that! Oh, if I weren't a lady I'd deck you."
Dorothy: "You try and I'll have you on your back so fast you'll think you're out on a date."

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And when she calls Blanche out, again

Dorothy Golden Girls man’s best friend

[Blanche running after a dog]
Dorothy: "Ha! Would you look at that: man's best friend, chasing man's best friend!"

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When she lands a man

Dorothy Golden Girls venus fly trap


"I have a date" Blanche: "With a man?"Dorothy: "No, Blanche. With a Venus Fly Trap."

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When she sticks with the truth

Dorothy Golden Girls on age

Blanche: "Now, only women in there twenties and thirties have babies, whatever is a woman in her forties to do?"
Dorothy: "I don't know, why don't we find one and ask?"

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When she refuses to use a euphemism

Dorothy Golden Girls blanche flirting

Blanche: "I'm from the South. Flirting is part of my heritage."
Rose: "What does that mean?"
Dorothy: "Her mother was a slut, too."

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When she calls out Blanche, again (we're sensing a pattern)

Dorothy Golden Girls blanche gets angry

Blanche: "I won't stand for this!"[she gets up and starts to walk out]
Sophia: "Take it, Dorothy!"
Dorothy: "But I bet you'll lie down for it."

18 of 22

This accurate clarification

Dorothy Golden Girls rose smart


"I am the smartest woman in the whole world!" Dorothy: "You're right, Rose, you are the smartest woman in the world: Burger World."

19 of 22

This perfect example of sarcasm

Dorothy Golden Girls mink stole

Blanche: "Dorothy, can I borrow your mink stole?"
Dorothy: "It's Miami in June —only cats are wearing fur!"
Rose: "Are you going out?"
Dorothy: "No, she's going to sit here where its 112 degrees and eat enchiladas."

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This interesting promise

Dorothy Golden Girls silent treatment

Rose: "Blanche, you should make us eat dirt, make us grovel, give us the silent treatment..."
Dorothy: "Rose, if you give us the silent treatment, I will eat dirt."

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When she refuses to answer obvious questions

Dorothy Golden Girls obvious questions

Rose: "Cooking, Dorothy?"
Dorothy: "No, Rose, I'm developing pictures for the Magellan Space Program."

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When she keeps Blanche grounded

Dorothy Golden Girls keeps blanche grounded

Blanche: "This is strictly off the record, but Dirk is nearly five years younger than I am."
Dorothy: "In what, Blanche, dog years?"

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