Designing Women

The Candidate

Season 3, Ep 2, Aired 11/21/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Julia runs for a seat on the local board of commissioners, but her outspokenness may cost her the election.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meshach Taylor

    Anthony Bouvier

  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

  • David Trainer

  • Jason Bernard

    Wilson Brickette

  • Peter White


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  • Quotes (3)

    • Julia: I do not think everyone in America is ignorant! Far from it!! But we are today, probably, the most uneducated, under read, and illiterate nation in the western hemisphere. Which makes it all the more puzzling to me why the biggest question on your small mind is whether or not little Johnny is gonna recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning! I'll tell you something else, Mr. Brickett. I have had it up to here with you and your phony issues and your Yankee Doodle yakking! If you like reciting the Pledge of Allegiance everyday then I think you should do it! In the car! In the shower! Wherever the mood strikes you! But don't try to tell me when or where I have to say or do or salute anything, because I am an American too, and that is what being an American is all about! And another thing, I am sick and tired of being made to feel that if I am not a member of a little family with 2.4 children who goes just to Jerry Fallwell's church and puts their hands over their hearts every morning that I am unreligious, unpatriotic, and un-American!! Because I've got news for you, Mr. Brickett. All liberals are not kooks, anymore than all conservatives are fascists!! And the last time I checked, God was neither a Democratic nor a Republican! And just for your information, yes I am a liberal, but I am also a Christian. And I get down on my knees and pray everyday -- on my own turf -- on my own time. One of the things that I pray for, Mr. Brickett is that people with power will get good sense, and that people with good sense will get power.....and that the rest of us will be blessed with the patience and the strength to survive the people like you in the meantime!!

    • Julia and Commissioner Brickett square off on television, while Anthony and the ladies sit on the sidelines. Caller: My children attend school here in Atlanta and I do not appreciate Commissioner Brickett's lack of support for our extra curricular fine arts programs like dance and ballet. Brickett: Listen; When the petticoat sports can attract a gate that pays for itself like basketball and football, then I'll get excited. Anyway, I think we should spend less time worrying about the screwball curriculums and get back to the basic three R's. Julia: Screwball curriculums?! Petticoat sports?! I bet you think Refrigerator Perry is a better athlete than Mikhail Baryshnikov! I mean, I don't know what kind of an ignoramus....... Anthony (clears his throat): Ahem!! Julia (immediately turning to the camera and smiling): I strongly support a more expanded program of liberal arts in the public schools and would do my best to encourage funding.

    • Mary Jo: (to Julia) When you kick somebody's teeth in, we like to feel like we're a part of it.

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