Okay, this thread is coming 23 years late BUT I wanted to discuss. The last episode, season 7 episode 26 was a total downer. Dorothy marries Blanch's uncle, says goodbye, leaves to live in Atlanta and Blanch, Sophia and Rose are left hugging each other in tears. Really? What happened to the happy montage of years gone by??
And then to add insult to injury they change networks and "Golden Palace" begins. Sophia, Rose and Blanch buy an old hotel and try to run it. It "ran" all of one season.
Of course the season 7 finale should have ended with a happy montage and season 8 should have begun with a new star like Shirley MacLaine for example. The ratings had been going down for the show but all the show needed was the right cast member and I think it could have gone on for at least a few more good seasons! Rue, Estelle and Betty DID want to continue but erroneously believed without Bea, it could not continue in the same house. Ugh, ladies!!