Designing Women

The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita

Season 6, Ep 7, Aired 11/4/91
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  • Episode Description
  • The Sugarbaker women take sides on the controversial confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill's accusation of sexual harassment: Mary Jo and Julia side with Hill and Allison with Thomas. Conflict spills over into Allison's birthday party, where Mary Jo and Julia turn up in costume just in time to hear a television interview about the hearings with Allison.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meshach Taylor

    Anthony Bouvier

  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

  • David Steinberg

  • Edward T. O'Brien

    Toby

  • Beans Morocco

    Director

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Carlene: The polls are showing that the majority of American women believe Clarence Thomas. Mary Jo: Oh Carlene. The polls show that most women aren't feminists. But if you ask most women about individual feminist issues, the majority of them are for them, they just don't want to call themselves feminist. Because George Bush and Phyllis Shaffley want to make everyone believe that feminists are all these big mouth, bleeding heart, man hating women, who don't shave their legs.

    • (Mary Jo as Bette Davis about women's rights in front of the News cameras) Mary Jo: All we want is to be treated with equality and respect. Is that asking too much? I'm sorry, I don't mean to be strident and overbearing, but you know nice just doesn't cut it anymore. I'm mad because we're 51 percent of the population and only two percent of the United States Senate. I'm mad because 406 men in the House of Representatives have a pool, a sauna and a gym, and we have six hairdryers and a ping pong table. I'm mad because in a Seminole, Oklahoma police station; there's a poster of a naked woman that says 'Women make bad cops.' I'm mad because in spite of the fact that we scrub the nation's floors, wash the dishes, have all the babies and commit very little of the crime, we still only make 58 cents on the dollar. And I don't know about the rest of you women out there, but I don't give a damn if people think I'm a feminist or a fruitcake! What I'm going to do is get in my car and drive to the centermost part of the United States of America and climb the tallest tower and yell; Hey, don't get me wrong, we love ya, but who the hell do you men think you are?!!

    Notes (1)

    • This maybe be one of the most famous episodes and was a rare instance of a situation comedy making direct political comment on a current issue.

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