Hours” (February 17, 1990)
figured the only proper way to start this season would be to say
goodbye to Betty White — and a great way to do that would be to
discuss a Golden Girls episode where Rose takes an HIV test. Not
only does it showcase a wider range of Betty’s acting chops, but
it’s also a great kickoff to a new sort of episode we’ll be
covering on GEE in the future: very special episodes about HIV and
AIDS. Even if there are no LGBT characters in this episode, the
subject matter hit home for the community — and the fact that so
many AIDS/HIV episodes revolved around the heterosexual experience
of the disease is itself very telling.
Goodbye, Betty. You will be missed.