Designing Women

Killing All the Right People

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 10/5/87
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  • Episode Description
  • News that a friend and fellow decorator is dying of AIDS (and wants Sugarbakers to design his funeral) gets Mary Jo fired up at a PTA debate on sex education and contraception.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meshach Taylor

    Anthony Bouvier

  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

  • Harry Thomason

  • Peggy Walton-Walker

    Mrs. Jarvis

  • Alice Ghostley

    Bernice Clifton

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Kendall Dobbs, a gay man with AIDS, asks the Sugarbaker firm to design his funeral. Meanwhile the local schoolboard is debating whether or not to teach comprehensive sex education.

    By johndoe70, Feb 09, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Mary Jo: (At the PTA meeting, arguing for the availability of contraception for teenagers) I think it really shouldn't matter what your personal views are on birth control, because we're not just talking about preventing births anymore. We're talking about preventing deaths. Twenty-five thousand Americans have died, and we're still debating. Well, for me, the debate is over. More important than what any civic leaders, PTA, or Board of Education thinks about teenagers having sex, or any immoral act that my daughter or your son might engage in, the bottom line is I don't think they should have to die for it.

    • Julia: (to Imogene) If God was giving out sexually transmitted diseases to people as a punishment for sinning, then you would be at the free clinic all the time!

    • Suzanne: This just makes me furious! Ya know, ...when men use Women's Liberation as an excuse not to kill bugs for you. Oh, I just hate that! I don't care what anybody says, I think the man should have to kill the bug!

    • Bernice: I don't think this safe sex is what it's cracked up to be. My husband and I weren't that happy and we always had safe sex. I mean we had it in bed, and I was usually asleep. I don't think you can get any safer than that.

    Notes (3)

    • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for this episode. The Emmy went to Hugh Wilson for his work on Frank's Place for the episode "The Bridge".

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Multi-Camera Editing in a Series. The Emmy went to Cheers for the episode "The Big Kiss-Off".

    • This episode was inspired by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's personal loss. Her mother had died from AIDS after being infected through a blood transfusion. The hope was that people would learn to truth about how this disease is spread and put to rest some of the biases and rumors.

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