Estelle Getty was a hysterical character on ‘The Golden Girls’ playing the role of Sophia. She loved telling stories that started with the phrase, “Picture it.” Sophia says, “Alright, alright, I can pick up a cue.” She tells the girls of a peasant girl who meets an Italian artist. She leads in with her classic line, “Picture it.” Sophia tells the story of a love gone wrong, saying, “That peasant girl was me, and that painter was Pablo Picasso.” The girls are positive she’s lying, as usual.
The following story leads with Sophia saying, “Picture it Sicily, 1852.” Dorothy is not interested in Sophia’s story because she’s hosting a party. Sophia tells the story of a lousy hostess who lived in the old days. Eventually, Dorothy sees the value in another Sophia ‘Picture it’ story.
In the next scene, Sophia is playing a chess game by mail. She is determined to beat Serafina at something because they both loved Marco the Goat boy in ‘Picture it Sicily, 1820.’ Sophia reveals she lost out to Serafina by saying to Dorothy, “If I were fatter and hairier, Marco would’ve been your father.”
In her next story, Sophia tells about the game show she was on back in Sicily. She says, “Mussolini was the host, and you better have the right answers!” She says, “You always had to answer Mussolini, or they forced you to play the lightning round, and they used real lightning!”
Sophia starts another story by saying, “In Sicily, we never went to the doctor.” One of the women in town was best known for a green salve she made for ear infections. She gave it to ‘Salvador, the village idiot,’ and he put it on his linguini by accident. Sophia says it wasn’t a hit until he changed the name to pesto sauce. Dorothy yells, “Ma, you’re making this up!” Sophia says, “So what. I’m old. I’m supposed to be colorful.”
When Sophia tells the following tale, she says, “Picture it, Sicily 1922. It was the worst of times. It was the worst of times.” A young girl loses her family’s pepperoni. She comes to a raging river and finds pepperoni swimming upstream, so she grabs enough for her family. Sophia says, “Is this helping anyone yet because it sure feels like an ending to me.”
Sophia starts another story with Rose, saying, “Let me tell you a story, Sicily 1912.” A pepperoni salesman gallops into town. He dates two girls and breaks up their friendship. Sophia says, “One of those girls was me. The other one, you probably know as Mama Celeste.” All of these scenes are classic Sophia moments on ‘The Golden Girls.’