Designing Women

The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 1/1/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Suzanne and Mary Jo rush Charlene to the hospital when she goes into labor on New Year's Eve and with a desire to deliver the first New Year's baby. Dolly Parton plays Charlene's "guardian movie star," who comes to her in a dream with news of her baby's birth and Bernice goes for an unexpected ambulance ride.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

  • Harry Thomason

  • Dolly Parton

    Herself, Charlene's Guardian Movie Star

  • James Higdon


  • Diane Dosey

    Nurse #1

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Ugh...

    By williekrischke, Apr 28, 2014

  • A touching ending

    By Karlam20001, Apr 06, 2013

  • This is my favorite episode of “Designing Women.” It makes me cry every time I see it. My daughter knows this and she always makes a point to tell me when it’s on.

    By debiswing, Oct 14, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • (Suzanne is dreaming that she, Charlene, Julia, Mary Jo and Anthony are all infants in the hospital nursery in a giant playpen) Baby Mary Jo: Whaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh Baby Charlene: Don't cry, Mary Jo. What's wrong? Baby Suzanne: Nothing's wrong. She's just jealous because I was the first baby born after midnight January One, 1990. Baby Mary Jo: I'm not jealous, I'm hungry!! I only weighed in at five pounds. (sucks her thumb) Baby Suzanne: Yeah, likes that's a problem. You know you're little and tiny and cute. Of course you're not as cute as some people. Hey where's that mirror-mobile? I like that thing. Baby Julia: Suzanne, suck your pacifier. Baby Suzanne: Ohh! A little fussy today aren't we? Well, you're all just jealous because I won the new car. I was the first baby. I won, I won, I won! Baby Julia: Suzanne, I am not fussy today. I just don't particularly care for the head nurse. She is so superior! I'm especially tired of her coming in here every five minutes with that thermometer. I'd like to tell her where to stick it (pause) but apparently she already knows. Baby Charlene: Well I think this whole place is great. It's twenty-four hour room service and look(holding up her hospital ID bracelet) free jewelry! Baby Suzanne: Are you serious? Baby Charlene: Yeah, I think it's pretty. Baby Suzanne: Well, I'm glad you're developing a taste for cheap bracelets. You're gonna need that later on in life. And by the way, would someone kindly tell me what is he doing here? Baby Anthony: Excuse me, but to whom are you referring? Baby Suzanne: Oh, well like I'm the only one here who noticed! Hasn't anyone else asked themselves what is wrong with this picture? Baby Mary Jo: He's different! Baby Charlene: Oh, I know. I especially noticed during the diaper change. He's definitely different. Baby Anthony: That's right, very very different. And I'll tell you something else. For some reason, I do not particularly appreciate being put behind these bars. Whaaaaahhhh!! I don't want to be incarcerated anymore! Let me out! I'm busting out of here now!! Baby Suzanne: Oh keep your diapers on! You wouldn't even make it to the hallway. Baby Anthony: Well maybe not on my own, but I'm gonna be driving that little car right there. Baby Suzanne: Whaaaaaahhhhhhhh!! Baby Anthony: I was just gonna borrow it. I'll bring it back. Baby Suzanne: You can't take that!! It's my car, I won it. I'm the New Years baby! (Baby Bernice enters and runs off with the pint size car) Baby Bernice: Not anymore!! Not anymore!! Baby Suzanne: That's my car! That's my car!!!

    • Ambulance Driver: Did you know that it's a criminal offense to solicit an emergency vehicle under false pretenses? Bernice: Do you know that if the Avon lady falls down on your property you have to pay for it?

    • Mary Jo: Bernice, why are you wearing your Christmas tree skirt? Bernice: Well, this is the skirt you gave me for Christmas. Mary Jo: Yes, I know. It's not to wear. It's a Christmas tree skirt. You're supposed to put it around the base of your Christmas tree. Bernice: Oh! Well, no wonder. I like to never got this thing on. I finally just let the waist out and tied it with a belt.

    • Bernice: Happy New Year! Julia: Well, Happy New Year, Bernice. Bernice: (blowing horn at Suzanne) Happy New Year, Suzanne. Suzanne: Happy New Year to you too, Bernice, you little fruitcake. Julia: Suzanne! Suzanne: Oh, she knows I'm just kidding. She loves for me to call her that, don't you, Bernice? Bernice: It's okay. I would mind though, for example, if we were at the White House. Suzanne: Okay, I'll remember that.

    Notes (5)

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Multi-Camera Editing in a Series. The Emmy went to "The Tracey Ullman Show" for the episode, "…..And God Created Tillman".

    • Although Vanessa makes only three more appearances in the series she is well remembered by the fans as Anthony's girlfriend.

    • Minnie Bell Ward was inspired by the real life grandmother of Meshach Taylor. He had brought her to the set for her 106th birthday and she shared her stories about growing up.

    • The original title for this episode was "Auld Lang Syne".

    • This was originally broadcast as part of a special one hour episode. The syndicated rerun is shown in two parts.

    Trivia (1)

    • Goof: Julia states Reese is visiting his daughter in Seattle. This is inconsistent with two seasons ago when Margaret lived in Phoenix.

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