Designing Women

Bernice's Sanity Hearing

Season 4, Ep 7, Aired 11/13/89
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  • Episode Description
  • The Sugarbaker women testify for Bernice when her niece Phyllis attempts to have her declared legally incompetent because she sings Bobbie Gentry songs to strangers on the street and introduces Anthony as her illegitimate son.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meshach Taylor

    Anthony Bouvier

  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

  • David Trainer

  • Alice Ghostley

    Bernice Clifton

  • Leslie Ackerman

    Phyllis McGuire

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Bernice's sanity is put to the test by her ungrateful niece. Will the ladies come to her rescue or will Sugarbakers be joining her in a padded room?

    By Signals7777, Apr 09, 2009

  • You say Baker Act, I say tomato, let's call the whole thing off...

    By Lokar, Jul 02, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • (In front of the Judge) Phyllis: Basically it is just one thing; it is a bunch of odd things that Aunt Bernice does. She puts sheep placenta on her face before going to bed. And she keeps these small dolls in her closet with pins stuck through the necks. And the only picture in her bedroom is not of my sons, instead it's of some dumb pig and says "May all your dreams come true, Love, Neal". Suzanne: Excuse me, that is Noel, not Neal. I know that Pig. I gave her the sheep placenta. My housekeeper gave her the voodoo dolls. I don't known what's so weird about all that. I have some myself……It's a little hobby, y'know. Some people like golf, some people like revenge.

    • Julia: And just for the record, I think you should know, even if Bernice were crazy, that doesn't necessarily mean she should be put away. Phyllis: What are you saying? Julia: I'm saying this is the South. And we're proud of our crazy people. We don't hide them up in the attic. We bring 'em right down to the living room and show 'em off. See, Phyllis, no one in the South ever asks if you have crazy people in your family. They just ask what side they're on. Phyllis: Oh? And which side are yours on Mrs. Sugarbaker? Julia: Both.

    • Charlene : (As she reads an article) I can't believe this. Did you see this? Droves of vicious killer bees are headed toward the United States. They're from South America and are expected to arrive in three to four years. That is terrible. Can you imagine? I'll bet our bees are scared to death.

    • Charlene: Phyllis McGuire...boy, I bet you get kidded all the time about being one of the McGuire Sisters. Phyllis: No, actually, that's just so trite it never comes up. But thank you for asking. When is your baby due? Charlene: Well, actually it's not, I'm just overweight, but thank you for asking.

    • Mary Jo: You look awfully pretty. Bernice: Thank you, Mary Jo. I got to pick out my own clothes since Phyllis moved herself and the two Dicks over to the Ramada Inn. She said my Zamfir pan flute album kept her awake all night. Well of course I kept her awake all night. Does she think I want her fresh for my sanity hearing?

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