Women of the House

Women in Film

Season 1, Ep 13, Aired 9/8/95
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  • Episode Description
  • When Congress does a hearing on the dangers of violence towards women in television and film, the women find themselves watching hour after hour of movies like "Boxing Helena", "Nine 1/2 Weeks", etc. Natty tries a new haircut--which when it ends up looking more inflated than Suzanne's, makes her weep hysterically since she has an upcoming conjugal visit with her imprisoned lover. Then the four women are accused of sexually harassing the men that they are reviewing the films with. During the congressional hearing, Suzanne encourages the moviemakers to get together and make a final blowout movie that she called "Stab Me, Rape Me, Kill Me, Eat Me." With the help of a bevy of female celebrities, they try to make the movie-makers see that films can be made without depicting violent situations toward women.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Delta Burke

    Suzanne Sugarbaker

  • Patricia Heaton

    Natalie Hollingsworth (Administrative Assistant)

  • Lisa Rieffel

    Veda Walkman (episodes 9-13)

  • Teri Garr

    Sissy Emerson (Press Secretary)

  • Valerie Mahaffey

    Jennifer Malone #1

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • CBS was scheduled to run this episode the week after "Veda" was aired, but they declined and it finally ran on the Lifetime cable network on September 8, 1995. The reason for this: At the end of the episode, there is a one minute montage of women being beaten, burned, slashed, strangled, etc., underscored by Willie Nelson singing "You Always Hurt the One You Love." CBS was going to run the episode minus the final scene, but Linda Bloodworth-Thomason thought that the climactic scene was crucial to the storyline, so she went to the Lifetime Cable Network (who has the syndication rights to its' sister series Designing Women) to get this episode aired. This episode, "Conjugal Cottage," "North to Alaska," and "Dear Diary" plus a rerun of "Men Are Good," ran on a Friday night that they dubbed "An Evening of Women of the House." Delta Burke, who was on location filming the USA Movie "Maternal Instincts," popped in between episodes as the hostess. Only two episodes ("Men Are Good" and "Women in Film") were aired with the closing credits. Lifetime has rerun these five episodes once to date, but none of the other episodes have been rerun in the USA.

    Trivia (1)

    • CBS was scheduled to run this episode the week after "Veda" was aired, but they declined and it finally ran on the Lifetime cable network on September 8, 1995. The reason for this:

      At the end of the episode, there is a one minute montage of women being beaten, burned, slashed, strangled, etc., underscored by Willie Nelson singing "You Always Hurt the One You Love." CBS was going to run the episode minus the final scene, but Linda Bloodworth-Thomason thought that the climactic scene was crucial to the storyline, so she went to the Lifetime Cable Network (who has the syndication rights to its' sister series Designing Women) to get this episode aired.

      This episode, "The Conjugal Cottage," "North to Alaska," and "Dear Diary" plus a rerun of "Men Are Good," ran on a Friday night that they dubbed "An Evening of Women of the House." Delta Burke, who was on location filming the USA Movie "Maternal Instincts," popped in between episodes as the hostess. Only two episodes ("Men Are Good" and "Women in Film") were aired with the closing credits. Lifetime has rerun these five episodes once to date, but none of the other episodes have been rerun in the USA.

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