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Transplant was the fourth episode of Season 1 of The Golden Girls, also the 4th overall episode of the series. Directed by Paul Bogart and written by Susan Harris, it premiered on NBC-TV, airing on October 5, 1985.


Blanche's sister Virginia, whom she has had a tense relationship with for years, comes to visit. She reveals she needs a kidney transplant to save her life, confirming Blanche's suspicion that Virginia had a motive for the visit. This puts Blanche in a hard decision when her sister reveals she will die of renal failure if Blanche does not provide her a kidney.

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  • Production Code - 005
  • This is the first time we see a relative of Blanche's.
  • This is the first of Virginia's two appearances in the series.


Blanche Devereaux: Oh, well the most wonderful thing happened, they found a donor; an excellent match! She was a retired Mormon school teacher.
Rose: Virginia is so lucky!
Blanche Devereaux: Oh, I'll say! That kidney was showroom new! Why, the wildest thing that ever passed through there was Ovaltine!

Rose: Wherever she (Blanche) goes, she always finds a man!
Sophia: So do hookers.