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Golden Girls Fans Think This Is One Of The Best Moments In The Final Season

The final season of "The Golden Girls" exemplifies the show's best qualities: It's a hilarious, heartwarming, and surprisingly emotional sitcom. It's time to bid farewell to Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Rose (Betty White), Blanche (Rue McClanahan), and Sophia (Estelle Getty), but the journey to the end is packed with laughter, tears, and everything in between. Although there are a few scenes that have aged poorly, the show's popularity has persisted in the years since its conclusion, due in part to the timeless nature of the women's friendship. The final season showcases the incomparable chemistry between the main cast members, and the writing is as sharp as ever. 

Each season of the show is unique in its own way, but the 7th and final season is a testament to the talent of the cast and crew. The lead-up to the series finale is bittersweet, and the conclusion is more than worth it. Ranking the show's best episodes is nearly impossible, but viewers have voiced their opinions when it comes to rating the top scenes in Season 7. Let's take a look at what fans consider one of the final season's best moments.

To grandmother's house we go

The final season of "The Golden Girls" is full of goodbyes and one episode, titled "Room 7," focuses on a particularly painful farewell for Blanche. She's beside herself when she finds out that her grandmother's home will be demolished to make way for a motel. In an effort to give their friend some closure, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia hit the road with her. Blanche and her grandmother were extremely close, so she's understandably emotional when she steps into her childhood bedroom. She's so upset, in fact, that she decides to handcuff herself to a bedpost.

As Dorothy tries to convince Blanche to come to her senses, she can't help but be distracted when she sees Sophia on the roof. For some fans, the scene is so memorable because of Bea Arthur's perfect line delivery. "'Ma Ma what the hell are you doing on the roof' is one of my all time favorite lines from the show. This moment always makes me die of laughter," wrote Reddit u/ToonSciron.

Sophia has embraced a fearless attitude following a near-death experience. Off-screen, Sophia jumps and viewers see a comically fake dummy flying through the air. For fans, the fact that it's so obviously not Estelle Getty taking the fall makes the moment even funnier. "The Sophia jump always makes me laugh out loud. I love TV bits like that, when it's clearly a dummy," said u/GoldenGrlz. It's scenes like this that make the final season so special. 

The last goodbye made for another satisfying Season 7 moment

"The Golden Girls" featured plenty of fun and interesting storylines, but the very last episode has one final surprise in store. Titled "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest," the two-part finale follows Dorothy as she falls in love with Blanche's Uncle Lucas (Leslie Nielsen) and decides to leave Miami once and for all. It's an absolutely gut-wrenching turn of events, but it also reiterates the hopeful message at the heart of the show: Life can be truly wonderful in your golden years. Getting older might be daunting, but there's still plenty of love and laughter waiting to happen. The episode serves as the perfect send-off for all the characters, but especially for Dorothy, whose love life was frequently the subject of ridicule.

"We knew we wanted to kind of give [Bea Arthur] a fitting tribute and a fitting departure from the show," series writer and producer Mitchell Hurwitz told Today about the episode on the 30th anniversary of the finale. "It really kind of mirrored reality. I remember there were a lot of goodbyes said that week."

In their final moments on screen together, the four women share an emotional embrace before the credits start to roll, tying the story in a neat bow that provides a satisfying ending for all. However, fans didn't have to say farewell to Rose, Blanche, and Sophia for long. They were the focus of a short-lived sequel series, titled "The Golden Palace," which was canceled after one season.