Designing Women

The Beauty Contest

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 10/6/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Charlene sponsors Mary Jo's daughter in the Miss Pre-Teen Atlanta contest, and despite her depression over her own upcoming 30th birthday, Suzanne coaches Claudia on how to walk and smile.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

  • Jack Shea

  • Pamela Bowen

    Marjorie Lee Winnick

  • Virginia Bingham


  • Stacy Bloodworth


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A Very, Very Good One--with a Peak Series Moment

    By schnurke, Mar 05, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Julia: Ta da! Suzanne: What's this? Julia: It's your birth certificate. I found it in an old cedar chest at home. Suzanne: Well there's no date on it. Julia: I know. Mine's the same way. That was Mother's gift to us. Look at how old she was when you were born. Suzanne: Thirteen? Julia: According to this, Mother is now a year younger than me.

    • Julia: (defending Suzanne) You probably didn't know, Marjorie, that Suzanne was not just any Miss Georgia, she was the Miss Georgia. She didn't twirl just a baton; that baton was on fire. And when she threw that baton into the air, it flew higher, further, faster than any baton has ever flown before, hitting a transformer and showering the darkened arena with sparks! And when it finally did come down, Marjorie, my sister caught that baton, and 12,000 people jumped to their feet for sixteen and one-half minutes of uninterrupted thunderous ovation, as flames illuminated her tear-stained face! And that, Marjorie, just so you will know, and your children will someday know, is the night the lights went out in Georgia!

    Notes (5)

    • Jack Shea was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for this episode. The Emmy went to Terry Hughes for his work on The Golden Girls for the episode "Isn't it Romantic".

    • This episode is also known by the title "The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia".

    • The music performed during the closing credits of this episode is Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder.

    • The black and white photos that air over the closing credits are photos from Delta Burke's own pageant days including pictures of her as Miss Florida.

    • This episode marks the initial introduction of Mary Jo's children, Claudia and Quinton (played by Priscilla Weems and Brian Lando).

    Trivia (2)

    • In this episode, Suzanne says she was Miss Georgia-World 1976, but in later episodes, she says she was Miss Georgia 1975. Also, in this episode Julia says Suzanne gave an eloquent answer to the question "How would you prevent war?" with an answer involving patriotism and diamond tiaras, but in a later episode, Suzanne says she blew the question with an answer involving wanting her own TV show.

    • In this episode it is mentioned that Julia is 14 years older than Suzanne. However, by the season four episode, "Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence", that age difference drops to 12 years!

    Allusions (1)

    • Julia: (At the end of her speech defending Suzanne)...And that, Marjorie, just so you will know, and your children will someday know, is the night the lights went out in Georgia! The song, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, was a number one hit recorded by actress/comedienne Vikki Lawrence in 1973.

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