Designing Women

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 12/21/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Charlene and Anthony scheme to outsmart Mary Jo's disbelieving son on Christmas Eve until their hired Santa beats them to it by swiping the Sugarbakers' Christmas gifts.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meshach Taylor

    Anthony Bouvier

  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

  • Harry Thomason

  • George Newbern

    Payne McIlroy

  • John Apicella

    Santa Claus

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Suzanne: Now, play The First Noel for my pig (named Noel).

    • Anthony: I was only three when I quit believing (in Santa). Charlene: Oh, somebody told you? Anthony: Yeah. My Uncle Willie. There wasn't enough money for presents, so he just came to me and told me that Santa Claus had been stabbed. Charlene: Oh my gosh! Anthony: Yeah, Uncle Willie didn't have a lot of couth. Anyway, I was pretty upset. The next year I wrote a letter to the elves. All I asked for was a baseball glove because, ya know, I figured they had their hands full with Santa gone and everything. But I guess Uncle Willie couldn't get it together that year either, because Christmas Eve he came into my room and told me that the elves had been killed in a sledding accident.

    • Julia: Suzanne, where did you get that pig? Suzanne: What pig? Oh, you mean this pig. Well, you see, Consuela's entire family has just arrived from San Salvador for the holidays, and this is their gift to me. Ya know, they're very big in meat packing. Well, anyway, I tried to board her with a private kennel - they won't take her, and I'm sure not about to have her slaughtered. By the way, do you all have any idea how difficult it is to find a 26-inch rhinestone collar?

    • Mary Jo: Charlene? You're awful quiet. What're you thinking about? Charlene: Oh, I was thinking this is the first Christmas ever I haven't gone home. Then I was thinking how many men there are in my family named Virgil. I mean, I don't think we've ever gotten together on a holiday where there weren't at least two or three Virgils - sometimes even a baby named Virgil. What were you thinking? Mary Jo: Same thing.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode comes from the classic Christmas song of the same name.

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