Designing Women

Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence

Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 11/20/89
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  • Episode Description
  • While posing for a gag photo at the governor's mansion, Julia gets her head stuck in the banister just before the annual ball.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meshach Taylor

    Anthony Bouvier

  • David Trainer

  • Amy Hearn

    Amy Betz

  • J. Michael Flynn


  • Loren Janes


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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Mary Jo: Suzanne, you are going to come over with us this afternoon. I mean, we need your help hanging that swag. Suzanne: If you think I'm going to go over there and hang swags, and arrange flowers, and polish floors like some big ole, good-hearted char-woman, then you are just out of your mind. Who do you think you're talking to here? Ma Kettle?

    • (Speaking to Miss Betts after the woman has berated Julia) Suzanne: You know, I'm sorry, but I don't think we like your tone of voice. Who do you think you're talkin' to? For your information, we are the Sugarbaker sisters of Atlanta. We had people living here long before it burned. Our great-great grandfather was Robert E. Lee's roommate in college. Our other grandfather helped write the Georgia Constitution. I, myself, have stood in the rose garden with Jimmy Carter. So even if we do, on this particular day, happen to have our head temporarily stuck in a fence, we are not going to take any crap off some two-bit, low-level bureaucratic usherette.

    • Julia: I don't know any way to tell you this, so I'll just say it straight out. I seem to have stuck my head in your Abott Banister, and it doesn't look like it's gonna be coming out anytime soon, so I would suggest that you either cover me with a big paint tarp or re-route your party. Miss Betz: Are you serious? Your head is stuck in there? Julia: That is correct. Miss Betz: How old are you? Mary Jo: It would be too hard to explain. The thing is that it has happened, and we just need to do something about it. Miss Betz: You have to get her out of there! In one hour and forty-five minutes we are having the social event of the year, and I am responsible for the success of that event. And if you think I'm going to have my name on a party where there is a woman with her head stuck in a fence, you're out of your mind! What are you people trying to do to me? Annihilate me? Do you think I came this far this fast to be run out of town on a rail? Well, now let me tell you, you have ten minutes to get her the hell out of that banister or I'm calling in the National Guard!

    • (Suzanne is helping Julia change into a formal gown since her head is still stuck in the banister) Suzanne: I think these pantyhose are too dark for this dress. Julia: Oh, my goodness. Suzanne, do something. That could be embarrassing. I mean, in 45 minutes when the finest people in Georgia are gathered here before me, I wouldn't want anyone to say, "Did you see that woman with her head stuck in the staircase? Yes. That woman the Governor just stepped over? Don't you think her pantyhose are a little dark for her dress?" Suzanne: Now, listen, I have a lighter pair right here. Julia: Suzanne, of all the experiences I would like to avoid, I believe having my pantyhose changed in the front hallway of the Governor's Mansion would rank right up there. Suzanne: Well, just excuse me for living. It wasn't something I was going to particularly enjoy myself.

    Notes (1)

    • Some sources credit Linda Bloodworth-Thomason as the writer.

    Allusions (2)

    • Charlene: I could understand if this was the staircase from Gone With the Wind, y'know, or even Psycho, but y'know personally, I've never even heard of the Abott Banister. This is a reference to two tremendously popular movie classics. Gone With the Wind was a hugely successful movie set in Georgia in the Civil War era and based upon Margaret Mitchell's best-selling book. Likewise, Psycho, one of Alfred Hitchcock's productions, is considered one of the greatest suspense thrillers of all time.

    • Suzanne: Our great-great grandfather was Robert E. Lee's roommate in college. This is a reference to General Robert E. Lee who led the Confederate States during the Civil War.

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