Designing Women

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Quotes (240)

  • Suzanne: All I'm saying is, anyone can make sex new and exciting if you're creative about it. Mary Jo: I guess I'm just not the exotic type. I see one of those electric personal massage deals and all I can think of is ...horrendous home safety accident!

  • Ray Don: Allow me to introduce myself - Ray Don Simpson. Julia: There's no need for introductions, Ray Don, we know who you are. Ray Don: You do? Julia: Of course. You're the guy who is always wherever women gather or try to be alone. You want to eat with us when we're dining in hotels. You want to know if the book we're reading is any good or if you can keep us company on the plane. And I want to thank you, Ray Don, on behalf of all the women in the world, for your unfailing attention and concern. But read my lips and remember, as hard as it is to believe, sometimes we like talking just to each other, and sometimes we like just being alone.

  • Julia: Personally, I can't stand a man who talks in bed, and the last thing I want is to lie around discussing the why's and wherefore's of who is going to be doing what to whom and for how long. I say just get the show on the road.

  • Julia: Suzanne, if sex were fast food, there would be an arch over your bed.

  • 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!

  • Julia: Hello, Mr. Newkirk? Julia Sugarbaker here. Basically we're upset because you boys returned these sofas to us which, if I may speak candidly, are not fit to grow penicillin on. And while it is not my business to speculate on what heinous acts they've been subjected to, I'm sure it was far worse than anything Samsonite ever had to endure. That, however, shall remain between you and your chaplain. The bottom line is I expect payment in full within ten days.

  • Mason: I can tell by the look on your face Suzanne forgot to mention my height. Charlene: What's wrong with your height? Mason: It's too low for my width.

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Notes (131)

  • Doc Severinson played the theme song music, "Georgia on my Mind".

  • In the first few episodes, Charlene referred to Mary Jo as "Jo".

  • This episode is also known as The Pilot.

  • Delta Burke nearly wasn't a part of this series. Previously, she had played a similar character in Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's 1982-83 CBS comedy Filthy Rich alongside Dixie Carter. Although Bloodworth-Thomason wrote the part of Suzanne with Burke in mind, CBS executives didn't want two of the leads to be the same leads from an earlier failed comedy. Another actress was cast as Suzanne, but had to back out shortly before this episode was taped, leaving Burke to win the role that was written for her.

  • 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.

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Trivia (30)

  • The set in the pilot is different from the set used in the rest of the series. For example, the foyer is deeper and has an entry closet. Also, the inside steps continue around the door rather than ending at the bottom of the staircase. Outside the front door, brick from the side of the house and part of the Sugarbaker's sign is visible. In the seating area, Julia's desk, instead of being in the back next to the staircase, is in the foreground.

  • Raydon mentions having a sister named Carlene. Charlene then says she has sisters named Darlene, Marlene and Harlene, but does not mention her sister Carlene who takes over her job in the last few seasons.

  • 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!

  • In this episode, Charlene notes that she collects thimbles.

  • The Thanksgiving dinner represents the first time Suzanne has ever attempted to cook.

  • In this episode, we are introduced to Charlene's high school girlfriend, Monette Marlin, who is now a madam. She will be a recurring character in two more episodes.

  • Charlene's high school team was the Poplar Bluff Mules and their school mascot was a jackass.

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Allusions (43)

  • 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.

  • The end of the episode is an allusion to the Pilot episode and the very first of Julia's now famous diatribes. Ray Don spends the entire episode trying to figure out where he has seen Julia. When he leaves and she closes the door she says "And I want to thank YOU Ray Don." This is a direct allusion to the first episode when she told him off in a restaurant and said "And I want to thank you, Ray Don, on behalf of all the women in the world..."

  • The title for this episode is a reference to the commonly used phrase "New Year's Day".

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the end of the Pledge of Allegiance - "With liberty and justice for all".

  • The title of this episode comes from the song of the same name.

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the rather lewd expression "Wham, bam, thank you ma'am."

  • The title of this episode comes from the old jazz standard of the same name.

  • The title of this episode comes from the classic Christmas song of the same name.

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