Designing Women

Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure

Season 4, Ep 9, Aired 11/27/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Julia and Suzanne's plans go awry when they travel to Japan to visit their mother. After discovering that she has gone to Paris to see a sick friend, they are robbed of their luggage and money. Meanwhile, Anthony and Mary Jo are stuck with an enormous telephone bill after calling in votes to a television poll.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meshach Taylor

    Anthony Bouvier

  • Dwayne Hickman

  • Henry Cho


  • Rodney Kageyama


  • Michae Orfanos


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This episode reminds me of the movie "The Out-of-Towners" w/Jack Lemmon. They encounter an Asian man from Texas, named Sam, and with one hilarious event after another it is, by far, Designing Women's best episode ever!

    By pscave123, Jan 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Akiyama: You ladies are from the American South aren’t you? I very much like the movie Gone With the Wind. It shows the American Southern woman to be demure, helpless and sweet. Most of all, forgiving. Very much like the Japanese woman. Julia: Yes, well there’s one little difference. When a Southern woman walks on a man’s back, she means it.

    • (Trying to go to sleep) Suzanne: Would you please take your hand off my breast? Sam: Hey, I’m sorry. Suzanne: Not you. Julia. Julia: Suzanne, I’m tired. I’ve had it. Now I need some place to rest my hand and if you’ve got something to rest it on, I’m gonna use it. Just be quiet and go to sleep.

    • Suzanne: Julia, I am just here to visit mother and pick up a car. I do not want to have any cultural experiences. As for seeing the “Real Japan”, I’ve noticed that whenever people start talking about seeing the “real” anything, what they’re talking about basically, is hanging around with poor people. Now I say, I don’t hang around with poor people at home, why should I do it on vacation?

    • (Julia is on the phone) Julia: I told you, we don’t have any money, and we don’t have any luggage because we were robbed right here in the Tokyo airport by some ugly American hippies. And on top of that, the heel on my shoe is broken and I can’t walk. We’re just waiting for somebody to catch ‘em. No, no, no you don’t understand. My mother had to go to Paris because of the death of a friend. We can’t get in her apartment because we don’t have any identification and the landlady won’t give us a key. Well you are the American consulate aren’t you? I mean, I thought you were supposed to give us shelter or something. No! I don’t want the number of the Holiday Inn. Okay. That’s it. I want your name right now. Carl Lonias. Okay, Carl, I just want you to know that when I get back to the United States, I’m gonna find you again and you are going to be punished. You can count on it. Suzanne: I knew something like this was gonna happen. I mean why do we even try? We never have good vacations. Let’s face it, it’s just not in the cards for us. I think the next time we get the urge to leave home, we should just get under our beds and stay there ‘til it passes.

    • Suzanne: Julia, what’s wrong? Julia: Oh…, I just keep thinking about that movie Airport. It was on cable the other night. I wish I’d never seen it. Suzanne: You worried about crashing? Julia: No, Suzanne. I’m worried there might be a nun on board with a guitar.

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    Trivia (1)

    • The phone number to Sugarbaker's is identified as 1-404-555-8600. There is a second phone number for the business, 1-404-555-6878.

    Allusions (2)

    • Mary Jo: Hello. Is this the number you call to vote on ‘Were they too hard on Jim Bakker?’ Yes, well I’d like to vote no. That’s my vote. This is Tammy Faye and I ought to know! This is a reference to the founders of the PTL ministries. After a payoff to a church secretary to cover up their affair, Jim was investigated and found to have embezzled millions of dollars from his trusted followers. Jim Bakker served time in prison for his actions, and he and Tammy Faye divorced after the ordeal was made public.

    • Julia: I’m worried there might be a nun on board with a guitar. This is reference to the 1975 movie Airport in which a small plane crashed into the cockpit of a 747, killing the crew. While a stewardess takes over the controls, a nun (played by Helen Reddy) calms the passengers with music from her guitar.

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