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    • Their Finest Hour
      Their Finest Hour
      Season 4 - Episode 26
      5/9/90
      10
      A retrospective featuring the original cast. Part 1 of two. Suzanne: Delta Burke. Julia: Dixie Carter. Mary Jo: Annie Potts. Charlene: Jean Smart. Dash: Gerald McRaney. Bernice: Alice Ghostley. Reese: Hal Holbrook. Bill: Douglas Barr.
    • Their Finest Hour
      Their Finest Hour
      Season 4 - Episode 27
      5/9/90
      10
      A retrospective on past episodes continues. Suzanne: Delta Burke. Julia: Dixie Carter. Mary Jo: Annie Potts. Charlene: Jean Smart. Anthony: Meshach Taylor. Dash: Gerald McRaney. Bernice: Alice Ghostley. Reese: Hal Holbrook.
    • Stranded
      Stranded
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      12/7/87
      9.5
      While Charlene, Julia, and Mary Jo get the flu on a trip to St. Louis, a snowstorm forces Suzanne and Anthony to share a motel room in Tennessee.
    • They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?
      They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      12/11/89
      9.5
      Fat as a feminist issue surfaces when Suzanne endures cruel jokes about her weight at her high-school reunion; Anthony enlists Julia and Mary Jo to join him in a two-day fast to focus attention on world hunger.
    • The Rowdy Girls
      The Rowdy Girls
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      10/30/89
      9.5
      While she is helping the Sugarbaker women choreograph a Supremes lip-synch routine, Charlene's favorite cousin inadvertently reveals that she is a victim of domestic violence.
    • Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence
      11/20/89
      9.4
      While posing for a gag photo at the governor's mansion, Julia gets her head stuck in the banister just before the annual ball.
    • Bernice's Sanity Hearing
      Bernice's Sanity Hearing
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      11/13/89
      9.4
      The Sugarbaker women testify for Bernice when her niece Phyllis attempts to have her declared legally incompetent because she sings Bobbie Gentry songs to strangers on the street and introduces Anthony as her illegitimate son.
    • The Wilderness Experience
      The Wilderness Experience
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      1/9/89
      9.4
      The women embark on a wilderness survival course designed to build leadership, but it's first-time camper Bernice who ultimately takes command.
    • Reservations for Eight
      Reservations for Eight
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      3/28/88
      9.3
      A romantic ski weekend becomes a battle of the sexes when an avalanche sidelines the Sugarbaker ladies and their boyfriends.
    • Tornado Watch
      Tornado Watch
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      2/26/90
      9.3
      A bizarre collection of characters is trapped inside Sugarbaker's by a tornado warning, including hillbilly Daddy Jones who takes a liking to Bernice.
    • The Beauty Contest
      The Beauty Contest
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      10/6/86
      9.3
      Charlene sponsors Mary Jo's daughter in the Miss Pre-Teen Atlanta contest, and despite her depression over her own upcoming 30th birthday, Suzanne coaches Claudia on how to walk and smile.
    • Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula
      Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      11/14/88
      9.3
      A voluptuous maid disrupts a romantic Thanksgiving at the beach.
    • Nightmare From Hee Haw
      Nightmare From Hee Haw
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/16/89
      9.3
      The Sugarbaker women and their mates take a canoe trip in the Georgia backwoods, which turns into a nightmare when they encounter some good ol' boys.
    • La Place Sans Souci
      La Place Sans Souci
      Season 4 - Episode 27
      5/21/90
      9.2
      At a plush spa, the sparse diet, vigorous exercise program and thermal mud baths bring out the worst in Suzanne -- especially when Julia and Mary Jo are encouraged to gain weight.
    • Big Haas and Little Falsie
      Big Haas and Little Falsie
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      12/12/88
      9.2
      Mary-Jo contemplates breast enlargement after receiving an inheritance from her uncle Dude stipulating that she must spend it on something frivolous.
    • The Engagement
      The Engagement
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      3/27/89
      9.2
      Charlene, now happily engaged, dreads meeting Bill's intimidating mother and aunt. Mary Jo gives the dating game another try with a much younger man.
    • Suzanne Goes Looking For a Friend
      Suzanne Goes Looking For a Friend
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      4/9/90
      9.1
      A former beauty queen and current television weather forecaster announces her "coming out", causing a confused Suzanne to think she means she's the world's oldest debutante and to accept Eugenia's invitation to join her at a television industry dinner.
    • The Women of Atlanta
      The Women of Atlanta
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      5/1/89
      9.1
      A photographer shooting a magazine spread on "The Women of Atlanta asks the decorators to participate, but they become suspicious when he keeps encouraging sexier poses.
    • High Rollers
      High Rollers
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      2/8/88
      9.1
      After Charlene unwittingly puts a bug in Suzanne's ear by relating the success story of Fred Smith, founder of Federal Express, Suzanne flits off to Atlantic City with Charlene and Anthony in hopes of winning a bundle to pay off debts by employing Anthony's gambling expertise.
    • Come On and Marry Me, Bill
      Come On and Marry Me, Bill
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      4/10/89
      9.1
      Charlene's wedding is in jeopardy when she finds Bill handcuffed to a scantily clad dancer after his stag party.
    • Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure
      Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      11/27/89
      9.1
      Julia and Suzanne's plans go awry when they travel to Japan to visit their mother. After discovering that she has gone to Paris to see a sick friend, they are robbed of their luggage and money. Meanwhile, Anthony and Mary Jo are stuck with an enormous telephone bill after calling in votes to a television poll.moreless
    • Hard Hats and Lovers
      Hard Hats and Lovers
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      12/19/88
      9.1
      Suzanne convinces Charlene that Bill should date more before they get serious, and the ladies plan revenge on a bunch of sexist hardhats working across the street.
    • Charlene Buys a House
      Charlene Buys a House
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      10/29/90
      9.1
      As the proud new owner of a grand but ghostly mansion, Charlene hires the decorators to give the place a facelift -- not mentioning that it's haunted.
    • There She Is
      There She Is
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      10/2/89
      9.1
      While preparing for Charlene's baby shower, the Sugarbaker women are surprised by a visit from the Director of Pageants for Miss Georgia. Due to a clerical error discovered in the 1975 balloting, Suzanne must relinquish the crown she won 15 years earlier.
    • Foreign Affairs
      Foreign Affairs
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      4/30/90
      9.1
      When her maid, Consuela, is threatened with deportation, Suzanne puts Anthony in a dress and pays him to impersonate the terrified woman. Sugarbakers get stuck with a custom ordered bed when the couple refuses delivery.
    • I'll Be Seeing You
      I'll Be Seeing You
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      11/23/87
      9.1
      Charlene dreams the ladies are back in WWII and the USO. Soon, a handsome Army colonel appears at the Sugarbaker's shop, and Charlene is sure her friends have arranged his appearance as a surprise answer to her birthday wish for a soldier.
    • Oh, Suzannah
      Oh, Suzannah
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      3/23/87
      9.1
      While in Reese's office to sign legal papers, Suzanne off-handedly volunteers to keep a Vietnamese boat child, Li Sing, who is being adopted but needs an interim home for the next four weeks while final papers are being completed. Suzanne becomes attached to Li Sing quickly and doesn't want to give her over to her new family.moreless
    • E.P. Phone Home
      E.P. Phone Home
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      11/28/88
      9.1
      While touring Graceland on VIP tickets, Julia is touched when a truck driver tells how the King influenced his life.
    • The Naked Truth
      The Naked Truth
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      2/13/89
      9.0
      Mary Jo, Charlene, and Anthony feign nonchalance at a nudist colony, and the Sugarbakers' nieces visit.
    • This is Art?
      This is Art?
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      2/25/91
      9.0
      Amateur painter Julia becomes the darling of Atlanta's art scene when someone tries to buy her handbag while she's attending a gallery opening. Suzanne glues her lips shut while trying to fix her fingernail and Mary Jo looks for a cheap way to fix Charlene's car after she dings it.
    • Getting Married and Eating Dirt
      Getting Married and Eating Dirt
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      12/5/88
      9.0
      Bernice asks the ladies to be her wedding attendants when she receives a marriage proposal from a TV pitchman who habitually proposes to every woman he meets.
    • There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner
      1/25/88
      9.0
      Mary Jo gives Claudia permission to go to a school dance with a black youth, contrary to his father's wishes.
    • Payne Grows Up
      Payne Grows Up
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      2/19/90
      9.0
      Julia is not pleased to learn that Payne is graduating early in order to marry his pregnant girlfriend. Upset at becoming a grandmother so soon, Julia gets tipsy at the wedding, then wakes up mortified -- and scantily clad -- the next day with Payne's frat house roommate (Young).
    • A Blast From the Past
      A Blast From the Past
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      9/17/90
      9.0
      Sugarbaker's is beset by tourists when the building's Civil War foundation puts it on the Tour of Historical Homes, Mary Jo opens her heart to an old friend eager to make good on a marriage pact they once entered into.
    • Julia Drives Over the First Amendment
      5/22/89
      9.0
      A nearby newsstand selling pornography offends Julia to the point where she drives her car straight through it. This pits her against an equally determined publisher in the ensuing court battle.
    • Bachelor Suite
      Bachelor Suite
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      5/11/87
      9.0
      When Mary Jo undertakes the decoration of Hence Winchester's new home, she finds herself the object of sexual harassment by her wealthy client.
    • Full Moon
      Full Moon
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      3/13/89
      9.0
      A full moon coincides with strange occurrences, including Mary Jo's sudden conviction that Claudia and her boyfriend are up to no good.
    • Designing Women
      Designing Women
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/29/86
      8.9
      Suzanne visits a new gynecologist, Mary Jo's ex-husband Ted, and a maelstrom of emotions is unleashed when she announces she is dating him.
    • The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century
      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.
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    • Killing All the Right People
      Killing All the Right People
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/5/87
      8.9
      News that a friend and fellow decorator is dying of AIDS (and wants Sugarbakers to design his funeral) gets Mary Jo fired up at a PTA debate on sex education and contraception.
    • Oh, Brother
      Oh, Brother
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      1/18/88
      8.9
      Julia and Suzanne disagree on how to handle the arrival of their half-brother, a recently discharged mental patient with aspirations to stand-up comedy.
    • Stand and Fight
      Stand and Fight
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      5/8/89
      8.9
      When Mary Jo is mugged, the Sugarbaker women take a self-defense course.
    • Julia's Son
      Julia's Son
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/27/86
      8.9
      Julia's nineteen-year-old son, Payne, is bringing his girlfriend home from college for a visit, and Julia wants everything to be perfect for her "baby". Payne then presents his girl, Primmie, who is tall, attractive, and forty years old!
    • The Pride of Sugarbakers
      The Pride of Sugarbakers
      Season 5 - Episode 24
      5/13/91
      8.9
      Mary Jo and Julia demonstrate different coaching styles when Sugarbaker's sponsors a Little League team on which Quint and Randa both play. Suzanne's new car seems to be a magnet for foul balls.
    • Ted Remarries
      Ted Remarries
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      9/21/87
      8.9
      Mary Jo can't face her children being with her ex-husband's new wife, who is spoiling them.
    • Their Finest Hour
      Their Finest Hour
      Season 4 - Episode 25
      5/9/90
      8.9
      An hour-long clip show of highlights from the previous seasons including a razor-tongued Julia standing up for Suzanne against an insolent beauty pageant contestant, Julia defending Bernice's eccentricities, Mary Jo commenting on men and bra sizes, Charlene wondering about everything from killer bees to the personal habits of other women, Suzanne displaying a series of wacky dresses, and Anthony being plagued by a variety of indignities.moreless
    • The Junies
      The Junies
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      2/20/89
      8.9
      Charlene becomes a part-time saleswoman for "Lady Jun" cleaning products, and when she repeatedly succumbs to psychological pressure from her friend Libby despite her stated intention to quit, Julia determines to rescue her from this "cult" -- and winds up taking on Lady Jun herself. Meanwhile, Anthony receives an unusual nomination from his junior college -- as homecoming queen -- and gets unexpected support from Suzanne.moreless
    • I'll Be Home For Christmas
      I'll Be Home For Christmas
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      12/21/87
      8.9
      Charlene and Anthony scheme to outsmart Mary Jo's disbelieving son on Christmas Eve until their hired Santa beats them to it by swiping the Sugarbakers' Christmas gifts.
    • The Fur Flies
      The Fur Flies
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      1/15/90
      8.9
      The fur flies at a fashion show where Suzanne's after-dinner mink causes a riot among animal-rights activists. Charlene brings Olivia to Sugarbaker's while she looks for a nanny.
    • Great Expectations
      Great Expectations
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      1/4/88
      8.9
      Anthony is dismayed when an old prison cellmate arrives at Sugarbaker's with a business proposition. He wants Anthony to become his partner.
    • Mr. Bailey
      Mr. Bailey
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      1/23/89
      8.8
      The designers are determined that a recently deceased client's last wish be honored -- to leave her millions (and the ladies' prepaid services) to her cat.
    • Ted-Bare
      Ted-Bare
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      3/21/88
      8.8
      On the brink of marrying a young woman, Ted begins to appreciate ex-wife Mary Jo's maturity, but his sudden attentiveness strikes everyone else as suspicious.
    • Heart Attacks
      Heart Attacks
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      11/9/87
      8.8
      Reese's fitness demonstration, arm wrestling an old buddy and sometimes rival, causes a heart attack, and subsequently a different treatment from Julia.
    • The Incredibly Elite Bona Fide Blue-Blood Beaumont Driving Club
      Suzanne and Julia clash over a posh club's offer of membership when Suzanne discovers discrimination in the club's bylaws.
    • The Big Circle
      The Big Circle
      Season 5 - Episode 21
      4/8/91
      8.8
      Julia tries coping with her boyfriend Reese's death by looking after Randa Oliver, the supremely spoiled child of a client couple on an extended vacation.
    • Howard the Date
      Howard the Date
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      12/14/87
      8.8
      Mary Jo, Julia, Charlene and Suzanne end up on a group date after they feel sorry for a nerdy former acquaintance of Mary Jo's, who shows up dateless for their high school reunion. As the reunion drags on, Howard, formerly the nerd, develops an obnoxious ego as he brags about how he handles his "four women".moreless
    • I Do, I Don't
      I Do, I Don't
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      12/4/86
      8.8
      When Julia's boyfriend, Reese, told her he would give her something "gold" that "fits on one finger," she certainly didn't expect a canary! When he realizes what she wanted, Reese has a new suggestion ...
    • Monette
      Monette
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      2/8/87
      8.8
      When an old school chum of Charlene's, Monette, buys the old Chadwick mansion and asks Sugarbaker's to redecorate, the women are excited at the prospect of a most lucrative assignment - until they find out what the assignment REALLY is.
    • Of Human Bondage
      Of Human Bondage
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      9/25/92
      8.8
      After cousin Allison leaves Sugarbaker's, Julia needs cash but is refused a bank loan. To cheer themselves up, the women play poker with a wealthy client who wins the business from them. Sugarbaker's could use an infusion of cash, and at a rowdy party given by potential new client B.J., the gals kick up their heels in wild abandon.moreless
    • I'll See You in Court
      I'll See You in Court
      Season 5 - Episode 20
      3/18/91
      8.8
      Mary Jo runs across the man who mugged her the year before, but faces horrendous judicial red tape to bring him to trial. Suzanne takes Bernice and her friends to the mall under threat of Julia's wrath and then begins doing it on a regular basis.
    • Miss Trial
      Miss Trial
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      10/15/90
      8.8
      Julia's dinner plans with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife are put on hold when her slow-moving jury gets sequestered.
    • Mary Jo's First Date
      Mary Jo's First Date
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      11/3/86
      8.8
      Concerned that Mary Jo hasn't dated since she and Ted broke up, Suzanne arranges a bind date for her with an old acquaintance, J.D. Shackelford, head scout for the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Meanwhile, Julia struggles through an I.R.S. audit conducted by the same Ray Don Simpson who tried to pick up the women at a restaurant and suffered a tonguelashing from Julia.moreless
    • Dash Goff, the Writer
      Dash Goff, the Writer
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      10/26/87
      8.7
      Suzanne's visiting ex-husband, a novelist who loves flowery Southern words and women, is in a writer's slump and contemplating suicide.
    • The Slumber Party
      The Slumber Party
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      12/18/86
      8.7
      Arriving at work one morning, Suzanne tells Julia, Mary Jo, and Charlene that when she tried to fire her maid, the maid put a voodoo death curse on her and proclaimed that Suzanne would be gone by midnight. Meanwhile, Mary Jo invites Charlene, Julia, and Suzanne to help her with Claudia's slumber party.moreless
    • You Got to Have Friends
      You Got to Have Friends
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      12/18/89
      8.7
      Mary Jo takes a second job at a fast food place when Ted's child support payment is late.
    • The Return of Ray Don
      The Return of Ray Don
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      2/1/88
      8.7
      A penniless Suzanne faces stiff fines for back taxes, so after trying to charm Ray Don at the IRS, she sells off her possessions and considers marriage to wealthy octogenarian, Wilmont Oliver.
    • Design House
      Design House
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      11/17/86
      8.7
      Since Suzanne has money invested in Sugarbaker's and is tired of her image as a front bimbo for the firm, Julia assigns her to do the decorating of their next project. Unfortunately, the house burns to the ground while Suzanne is working on it.
    • And Now, Here's Bernice
      And Now, Here's Bernice
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      12/17/90
      8.7
      Bernice gets a local public-access cable TV show and discusses Sugarbaker's on air. After Mary Jo has her heart broken she decides that she needs to warn women about men like this and uses Bernice's show to out them.
    • High Noon in a Laundry Room
      High Noon in a Laundry Room
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      1/14/91
      8.7
      Anthony, concerned with his masculinity after working with the women so long, tries standing up to his bullying neighbor, and is further humiliated when the women come to his rescue.
    • How Great Thou Art
      How Great Thou Art
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      2/22/88
      8.7
      Scruples cause Charlene to resign from her church after she loses faith in her minister when he votes against allowing women in the ministry.
    • Pearls of Wisdom
      Pearls of Wisdom
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      1/7/91
      8.7
      Mary Jo switches her knock off pearls for Suzanne's real ones and then loses them in an all you can eat salad bar. Suzanne subs on the local news as a lifestyle reporter. A recurring dream about Julia upsets Anthony.
    • Odell
      Odell
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      3/6/89
      8.7
      Sugarbaker's becomes the site of a Southern family feud after Charlene's brother arrives and announces he is marrying the daughter of a longtime family rival. Anthony partners Bernice in a dance contest.
    • The Mistress
      The Mistress
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      1/8/90
      8.7
      The ladies are hired by a wealthy stockbroker, Ancel Pollard, to decorate a house for a client's wife as well as a condo for his mistress. Suzanne is sure that straight-laced Julia and Mary Jo will never go through with the assignment.
    • My Daughter, Myself
      My Daughter, Myself
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      12/10/90
      8.6
      Mary Jo forbids her nearly 18-year-old daughter to date a 34-year-old man. She then decides to date him herself. Julia crashes the men's restroom at a football stadium after waiting in line forever for the women's restroom.
    • Tough Enough
      Tough Enough
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      3/12/90
      8.6
      A redecorating job for a sports account is right down Sugarbaker's alley especially when it pits the women against a macho, over-confident designer from an all-male firm. They are determined to steal one of their prized clients, Cherokee Lanes Bowling Alley, in retaliation for them stealing one of theirs. They discover they must pose as regular bowlers to get the account.moreless
    • Old Spouses Never Die
      Old Spouses Never Die
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      2/1/87
      8.6
      Charlene gets some very disturbing news and Julia distrusts Charlene's doctor's cavalier attitude over her medical issues. Mary Jo is brooding about her ex-husband's interference in her life. Anthony owes money to some very scary people.
    • Blame it on New Orleans
      Blame it on New Orleans
      Season 5 - Episode 19
      3/4/91
      8.6
      When the gang attends a convention in intoxicating New Orleans, Mary Jo unwittingly sleeps with a married man.
    • Manhunt
      Manhunt
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      12/4/89
      8.6
      Desperately single Mary Jo, worried that her busy schedule will condemn her to a life alone, accepts coaching from Suzanne as she plans a weekend manhunt.
    • Have Faith
      Have Faith
      Season 4 - Episode 24
      5/7/90
      8.5
      When Mary Jo attends church with Julia and Suzanne, she ends up dating Gene Chapman, the minister, but feels guilty about her sexual interest in him.
    • A Big Affair
      A Big Affair
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/20/86
      8.5
      Suzanne's intimate dinner party, planned to impress an important client, goes awry before it begins when she arranges a date between a more-than-hefty man and a reluctant Charlene.
    • One Night With You
      One Night With You
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      9/25/89
      8.5
      A terminally-ill high school classmate's last wish is to spend one night with the girl of his dreams -- Julia. The catch is, she doesn't remember him at all.
    • One Sees, the Other Doesn't
      One Sees, the Other Doesn't
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      2/27/89
      8.5
      Suzanne didn't spend one week and $2,000 at a spa to be asked out by a blind client who can't appreciate her radiance, especially since she finds it difficult to believe that he is attracted by her personality.
    • New Year's Daze
      New Year's Daze
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      1/1/87
      8.5
      It is New Year's Eve, and everyone is dressed in their finery, anticipating a fun-filled night on the town. The identity of Charlene's date is kept secret until a news flash reports that the infamous "Shadow" is the subject of a massive manhunt.
    • How Long Has This Been Going On?
      How Long Has This Been Going On?
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      1/28/91
      8.5
      Everyone at Sugarbakers is baffled to discover that sensible Julia has covertly been singing evenings at a nightclub, Anthony tries to muster the nerve to ask out a girl who works at the bookstore.
    • Reese's Friend
      Reese's Friend
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      2/22/87
      8.5
      A disagreement over the theme for the annual country club fund-raiser has Julia and Suzanne at odds, but the quibbling is forgotten when Reese appears with a gorgeous young woman on his arm, explaining that she is a new attorney in his law firm.
    • Designing Women Reunion
      Designing Women Reunion
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      7/28/03
      8.5
      Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor reunited to share behind-the-scenes memories from their time on the series. Included are topics such as initial casting, favorite episodes, how the women met their real-life husbands on the show, and of course, "when Delta was crazy." Clips from many episodes are showcased, as well as new interviews with additional cast members, crew members and others associated with the world of television.moreless
    • Oh, What a Feeling
      Oh, What a Feeling
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      1/29/90
      8.5
      Their delivery van breaks down stranding Anthony with a nasty client in the middle of the freeway and in a rain storm. The ladies need to get a van to finish the delivery, by midnight so they decide to buy a new one. They end up dealing with a sexist used car salesman.moreless
    • Seams From a Marriage
      Seams From a Marriage
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      4/13/87
      8.5
      When Anthony saunters into the shop wearing an enormous cowboy hat, he is followed by a breathless Mary Jo, who has obviously been out all night as she is wearing the same clothes she had on when she left the day before. This leaves everyone clamoring for an explanation. It seems their appointment with Sugarbaker's newest client turned into an all-night bash, complete with Cajun buffet and country-western band.moreless
    • Perky's Visit
      Perky's Visit
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      11/24/86
      8.4
      Perky Sugarbaker, Julia and Suzanne's mother, and her friend Bernice hope to escape the dull routine of their lives in the retirement home by joining the girls and their ex-con handyman Anthony for the holidays. However, when a would-be business competitor that Anthony had disliked turns up dead, the holiday becomes more lively than anyone had expected.moreless
    • Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am
      Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      5/4/87
      8.4
      Suzanne's baseball player ex-husband, Jack Dent, writes in his autobiography that he had more groupie action than all the rock-n-roll bands in North America, and Suzanne vows revenge.
    • And Justice For Paul
      And Justice For Paul
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      2/15/87
      8.4
      Suzanne picks up a client who wants period furniture on a shoestring budget, and the Sugarbaker women, with the help of Charlene's new beau, find that antique furniture at bargain prices is no bargain when the furniture is stolen.
    • Half an Air Bubble Off
      Half an Air Bubble Off
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/19/87
      8.4
      When an eccentric client harasses the women with bizarre decorating requests, they decide to matchmake him with Bernice.
    • The Emperor's New Nose
      The Emperor's New Nose
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      2/4/91
      8.4
      Bernice gets an extraordinarily bad eye tuck and rhinoplasty from a plastic surgeon whose work leaves something to be desired.
    • Tyrone
      Tyrone
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      1/16/89
      8.3
      Acting as a surrogate brother to a troubled youth, Anthony remembers his own painful childhood, and when Julia puts her trust in Anthony's juvenile charge, it only gets her photo on the evening news.
    • The Last Humorously-Dressed Bellboy in America
      5/15/89
      8.3
      When she discovers him working as a bellboy/pianist, the accountant who absconded with her life savings offers Suzanne a deal.
    • The Candidate
      The Candidate
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      11/21/88
      8.3
      Julia runs for a seat on the local board of commissioners, but her outspokenness may cost her the election.
    • Nashville Bound
      Nashville Bound
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      3/16/87
      8.3
      The news that Charlene's family, including all ten brothers and sisters, will be in town at the same time is overshadowed by the news that she is going to become a recording star after being discovered by a Nashville producer.
    • Anthony's Graduation
      Anthony's Graduation
      Season 4 - Episode 26
      5/14/90
      8.3
      An extremely anxious Anthony makes it to his college graduation despite a series of mishaps and his nervousness about his grandmother's visit and his performance as commencement speaker.
    • The Proxy Pig and Great Pretenders
      9/18/89
      8.3
      Mary Jo uses the mansion she's decorating to entertain, and Anthony suffers when his health insurance lapses and Suzanne must nurse his injured back.
    • The Bachelor Auction
      The Bachelor Auction
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      10/22/90
      8.3
      When organizational confusion leads to Suzanne winning a date with Anthony in a bachelor charity auction, the two reluctantly try to make the best of a very awkward situation.
    • Mary Jo vs. the Terminator
      Mary Jo vs. the Terminator
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      10/16/92
      8.2
      After Julia completely rewrites a letter Mary Jo asked her to proofread, Mary Jo comes unraveled on a fashion-show runway, where she just plain has her fill of know-it-all Julia. Meanwhile, back at the office, B.J. has her hands full with angry vegetarians.
    • The IT Men
      The IT Men
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      12/11/86
      8.2
      When her boyfriend Mason takes a job in Japan, Charlene finds she has chemistry with another man, a man who happens to be married to one of the Sugarbaker clients.
    • Second Time Around
      Second Time Around
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      1/11/88
      8.2
      Charlene withdraws after being dumped by her boyfriend, Bill, who is still grieving the loss of his first wife. Julia then shares with Bill her own personal experience about losing her husband and tries to convince him that being with Charlene is okay.
    • The Lying Game
      The Lying Game
      Season 7 - Episode 20
      5/7/93
      8.2
      There's no skirting the fact that Carlene is confused by her new beau Eric's unusual habit of cross-dressing. She begins to understand only by tapping into her own masculine side.
    • Julia and Mary Jo Get Stuck Under a Bed
      12/2/91
      8.2
      Mary Jo and Julia are trapped under anchorman Chuck Tremain's bed when a Christmas design contest inspires them to examine a competitor's handiwork for evidence of plagiarism.
    • The Girlfriend
      The Girlfriend
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      10/23/89
      8.2
      Attempting to prove himself when Mary Jo hires him and some of his ex-convict friends to finish an incomplete remodeling job, Anthony gets a new girlfriend, an ambitious young woman who sees him as an upwardly mobile vehicle.
    • It's A Wonderful Life
      It's A Wonderful Life
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      3/19/90
      8.2
      Charlene becomes convinced Bill is having an affair with his new cockpit partner.
    • A Class Act
      A Class Act
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      11/19/90
      8.1
      Anthony becomes a full partner in Sugarbaker's and this creates some adjustment issues for Suzanne. Charlene begins take classes part time and has to fend off an amorous psychology professor.
    • But They're Really Great Curtains
      But They're Really Great Curtains
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      1/2/89
      8.1
      Striking laborers from a textile factory besiege the company, and the Sugarbaker women come to respect them for surviving their terrible working conditions.
    • Anthony and Vanessa
      Anthony and Vanessa
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      2/5/90
      8.1
      Hired for a temporary job at Sugarbaker's, Anthony's friend Vanessa learns the tricks of the trade from Suzanne and then goes to work reeling in Anthony. Mary Jo and Charlene try to figure out why Rusty the electrician wears his pants so low. While Suzanne is watching Unsolved Mysteries, she discovers that the baby nurse is as a con-artist and counterfeiter.moreless
    • Nowhere To Run To
      Nowhere To Run To
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      11/12/90
      8.1
      Mary Jo takes up jogging and talks Julia into doing it with her. Soon, Julia begins neglecting the rest of her life to focus on fitness.
    • Cruising
      Cruising
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/16/87
      8.1
      When the Sugarbaker ladies combine business with pleasure on a cruise ship, Mary Jo and Suzanne renew their friendship when they discover they are both being pursued by the same man.
    • Julia and Rusty, Sittin' in a Tree
      11/18/91
      8.1
      Julia is pressured into a second date with Rusty and ends up setting up Mary Jo with one of Rusty's friends. Carlene and Allison go out with some junior-college guys. Anthony tags along to the drive-in with Bernice to keep an eye on things.
    • Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene
      Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      4/6/87
      8.0
      When Mary Jo's divorced father arrives in Atlanta for a four-day visit and dances cheek to cheek with Charlene, Mary Jo becomes very protective.
    • Oh Dog, Poor Dog
      Oh Dog, Poor Dog
      Season 7 - Episode 13
      1/22/93
      8.0
      After eye surgery, Bernice overhears the gals talk of putting Mary Jo's dog out of its misery and figures they're planning her own mercy killing, so she barricades herself inside the storeroom. Meanwhile, Julia gets caught listening to a London phone line which plays tapes of Princess Diana's private conversations with her boyfriend.moreless
    • Fore!
      Fore!
      Season 5 - Episode 23
      5/6/91
      8.0
      Anthony is invited to be the first black in the previously all-white Beaumont Country Club, which concerns Suzanne because she is worried that it is only because they want to get on the PGA tour.
    • Old Rebels and Young Models
      Old Rebels and Young Models
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      11/5/90
      7.9
      Charlene's baby, Olivia, auditions for a modeling job, Mary Jo finds one of her former teachers in a nursing home.
    • Anthony, Jr.
      Anthony, Jr.
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      9/28/87
      7.9
      Anthony goes to extremes to impress his girlfriend's wealthy parents, inventing a pedigree family until an uninvited dinner guest informs him he is the father of her child.
    • 101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station
      9/14/87
      7.9
      A scruffy gas-station owner wins free interior decoration from Sugarbaker's. Charlene consults a psychic about her future.
    • Ms. Meal Ticket
      Ms. Meal Ticket
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      3/20/89
      7.9
      Mary Jo overreacts to J.D.'s losing his job and moving in with her, but a psychic helps her sort out her feelings.
    • Maybe, Baby
      Maybe, Baby
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      2/11/91
      7.9
      Mary Jo, wanting a baby, turns to her friend and former beau; Suzanne takes up smoking as a way to diet.
    • Working Mother
      Working Mother
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      10/1/90
      7.9
      Resentment builds between Charlene and Mary Jo when Charlene wants to take a year off to look after her baby. The decorators cater to the whims of a rich, insufferable 10-year-old client as Mary Jo and Charlene ponder the joys and pitfalls of working mothers.
    • Carlene's Apartment
      Carlene's Apartment
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      1/20/92
      7.8
      Carlene moves into her own apartment on the wrong side of town, where space is at a minimum and burglars roam free, so the Sugarbakers staff visit to try to persuade her to find a better home.
    • Friends and Husbands
      Friends and Husbands
      Season 5 - Episode 22
      4/29/91
      7.8
      Charlene quits the children's-book project with Mary Jo's upon Bill's return from the Middle East. Bernice takes videos hoping to get them on television. Julia fails her driver's test.
    • The Big Desk
      The Big Desk
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      9/16/91
      7.8
      Sugarbaker cousin Allison buys out Suzanne's share of the business and then moves in, complete with an enormous desk and a take-charge attitude. Also, Charlene's younger sister Carlene arrives and reveals she's divorcing her husband.
    • Last Tango in Atlanta
      Last Tango in Atlanta
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      10/21/91
      7.8
      When the Sugarbaker women are persuaded by Anthony to help with an outreach program at his former prison, they find themselves in the middle of a prison break and are held hostage by Anthony's old cellmate T. Tommy Reed -- who takes a liking to Allison.
    • Papa Was a Rolling Stone
      Papa Was a Rolling Stone
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      9/24/90
      7.8
      Charlene aims to make Anthony's 30th birthday a memorable one -- by hiring a private detective to find his long-lost father.
    • Fools Rush In (2)
      Fools Rush In (2)
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      11/13/92
      7.6
      BJ offers to help a desperate Anthony, who invents various schemes to extricate himself from his hasty marriage to a Las Vegas showgirl.
    • A Little Night Music
      A Little Night Music
      Season 6 - Episode 21
      4/27/92
      7.6
      Julia strolls down memory lane while awaiting the results of hysterectomy tests at a hospital whose workers are on strike, and a surgeon turns out to be her prescription for romance.
    • Marriage Most Foul
      Marriage Most Foul
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      10/7/91
      7.6
      When Allison's ex-convict former flame (whom she turned in for insider trading) is released, she fears he is plotting revenge, instead, he proposes to her.
    • Real, Scary Men
      Real, Scary Men
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      12/9/91
      7.6
      When their van breaks down the women become unwelcome guests at a men's club retreat Wildman Sanctuary, where Anthony is trying to land a new account.
    • Picking a Winner
      Picking a Winner
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      10/14/91
      7.6
      Mary Jo turns to a sperm bank to get pregnant, prompting mixed reactions at work. Meanwhile, Julia threatens to rip the draperies from the windows of the home of a wealthy client whose payment is overdue.
    • Dwayne's World
      Dwayne's World
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      9/30/91
      7.5
      Mary Jo protectively takes divorcee Carlene under her wing -- going overboard with a lie about Carlene's latest flame -- when ex-hubby Dwayne shows up to sweep Carlene off her feet again.
    • The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita
      11/4/91
      7.5
      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.
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    • All About Odes to Atlanta
      All About Odes to Atlanta
      Season 6 - Episode 18
      3/2/92
      7.5
      Songwriter Carlene gains notoriety (and her first groupie) by entering her ditty in the semi-finals of Atlanta's theme-song contest where she performs with Mary Jo and Julia, all decked out in "big hair" and costumes.
    • Viva Las Vegas (1)
      Viva Las Vegas (1)
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      11/6/92
      7.5
      After Vanessa calls off their wedding, Anthony joins the gang on a getaway to Las Vegas, where he nurses his broken heart in the company of a show stopping showgirl he impulsively weds.
    • A Scene From a Mall
      A Scene From a Mall
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      2/24/92
      7.5
      Julia stages a sit-in at the mall to protest racial mistreatment of Anthony by brutish cops who accosted him for window shopping near a jewelry store, and television coverage links Anthony romantically with Allison.
    • Mamed
      Mamed
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      2/3/92
      7.4
      A tough-talking, hard-drinking, temperamental Broadway has-been promises to make Julia rue the day that she stole the role of Mame from her in Anthony's community-theater production. But on opening night she is too drunk to perform and Anthony is pressed into taking on the role.
    • Keep the Homes Fire Burning
      Keep the Homes Fire Burning
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      11/26/90
      7.4
      With her husband away on a mission, Charlene participates in support group for military spouses. She begins developing a relationship with a man from that group, whose wife is also away. Meanwhile, lottery fever sweeps through the firm.
    • Nude Julia, New York Morning
      Nude Julia, New York Morning
      Season 7 - Episode 15
      2/12/93
      7.4
      Julia's old mentor from her Bohemian art school days in New York unveils his nude portrait of Julia.
    • Driving My Mama Back Home
      Driving My Mama Back Home
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      1/6/92
      7.4
      Julia accompanies Mary Jo and her mother Darla on an overnight bus trip back to South Carolina; meanwhile, the other employees get locked into the storage room while doing inventory.
    • Tales Out of School
      Tales Out of School
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      12/16/91
      7.4
      Anthony sees opportunity when his normally unfriendly law professor is attracted to Carlene and invites the two of them to his annual Christmas party.
    • Wedding Redux
      Wedding Redux
      Season 7 - Episode 14
      2/5/93
      7.4
      Anthony and Etienne renew their vows for Etienne's visiting parents and Anthony's grandmother at a ceremony at B.J.'s, where anything that could go wrong does.
    • A Toe in the Water
      A Toe in the Water
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      9/23/91
      7.3
      Julia thinks she's ready to resume dating, but Alison disagrees, questioning the manliness of Julia's new beau. Meanwhile, Allison and Anthony continue to bicker about who owns Suzanne's house, until Anthony obtains an affidavit asserting his right to occupy the house -- and allows Allison to stay on only as her personal servant.moreless
    • On the Road Again
      On the Road Again
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      10/23/92
      7.3
      In an attempt at spontaneity, a carefree Mary Jo takes off for Nashville for "a hen party on wheels" with Julia and Bernice, but they become terrified when a trucker that Bernice flirted with at a diner pursues them. Meanwhile, back at the office, Carlene and Anthony put their noses to the grindstone studying for midterms.moreless
    • The Woman Who Came to Sugarbakers
      The Woman Who Came to Sugarbakers
      Season 7 - Episode 19
      4/30/93
      7.3
      A visit from Julia's meddlesome former school mistress is extended - on ghostly instructions from her deceased husband, it turns out - until the desperate Sugarbaker women hold a seance to try to force her to leave.
    • Screaming Passages
      Screaming Passages
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      10/30/92
      7.3
      Julia fears the emotional roller coaster of menopause just as her affair with Phillip heats up and is upset when she discovers a Sugerbaker's "Change of Life" surprise party.
    • Shovel Off to Buffalo
      Shovel Off to Buffalo
      Season 7 - Episode 17
      3/12/93
      7.2
      Worshipping hordes gather outside Sugarbaker's after the face of Elvis mysteriously appears on a snow shovel belonging to Mary Jo, who attracts the attention of a "paraspectacular" expert - especially when she apparently restores her neighbor's damaged hearing.
    • Too Dumb to Date
      Too Dumb to Date
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      1/8/93
      7.2
      Mary Jo dates a handsome idiot, a to-die-for toyboy male model who seems to have few toys in the attic and little in common with her.
    • I Enjoy Being a Girl
      I Enjoy Being a Girl
      Season 6 - Episode 19
      3/9/92
      7.2
      On an overnight Girl Scout outing, Carlene's leadership abilities take a beating, while Allison's methods seem to charm the spoiled troopers, and Mary Jo and Julia advocate roughing it.
    • Gone With a Whim (1)
      Gone With a Whim (1)
      Season 7 - Episode 21
      5/24/93
      7.2
      With Sugarbaker's in such bad financial shape, the ladies are grateful when B.J. gets them a job redecorating a house that resembles the great home from Gone With The Wind - until they find out that the new lady of the house plans to rip out the grand staircase and replace it with an elevator. To make matters worse, B.J. finds out that their client is trying to take over Poteet Industries and plans to give Sugarbaker's to his young bride Kiki - renaming it "Kikibaker's".moreless
    • Just Say Doe
      Just Say Doe
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      11/11/91
      7.2
      When Mary Jo's womanizing brother visits, falls for Allison, and takes her and Quinton on a deer-hunting trip, the women secretly tag along.
    • Sex and the Single Woman
      Sex and the Single Woman
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      10/2/92
      7.2
      Carlene allows herself to be seduced by her ex-husband, then admits she was just using him for sex.
    • L.A. Story
      L.A. Story
      Season 6 - Episode 20
      3/23/92
      7.2
      Allison thinks she's invited to stay at Charles Nelson Reilly's home, so the decorators do Hollywood and get flimflammed on an expenses-paid trip accompanying investor Allison to the set of her movie.
    • Gone With a Whim (2)
      Gone With a Whim (2)
      Season 7 - Episode 22
      5/24/93
      7.1
      With Julia continuing to fight to save the antebellum Kearney mansion, B.J. struggles to save Sugarbaker's and Poteet Industries from a takeover from the Kearneys. However, despite their efforts, Kiki Kearney announces her new plans for "Kikibaker's", Lester Kearney announces that the purchase of Poteet Industries is complete, and the modernizing of the mansion gets underway. Anthony and the women are fired for insubordination, but when Craig, a friend of Mary Jo's, stumbles on some embarrassing news about the Kearneys' illegal financial activities, Poteet Industries and Sugarbaker's are saved from the takeover.moreless
    • The Vision Thing
      The Vision Thing
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      12/4/92
      7.0
      Etienne drives Anthony crazy trying to be the perfect wife, and the Sugarbaker's crew throws a Las Vegas style wedding shower for them.
    • Payne Comes Home
      Payne Comes Home
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      1/13/92
      7.0
      Julia delights in the opportunity to dote on son Payne when he returns for a visit -- which Julia learns will be permanent.
    • It's Not So Easy Being Green
      It's Not So Easy Being Green
      Season 7 - Episode 18
      4/2/93
      6.9
      Anthony is jealous of Etienne's successful writer friend, who shares a vivid past with her, but tries to be gracious by throwing a signing party for him.
    • Love Letters
      Love Letters
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      11/20/92
      6.8
      A steamy love letter from another woman is found in James' safe-deposit box and shatters B.J.'s image of her late husband as a faithful companion worthy of her trust. Meanwhile, reveling in the destruction of her old car, a symbol of her days as a suburban housewife, Mary Jo goes wild in a new red convertible.moreless
    • Shades of Vanessa
      Shades of Vanessa
      Season 6 - Episode 22
      5/4/92
      6.8
      The Sugarbaker women use Anthony as "date bait" to reel in a big account involving a hotelier's flamboyant debutante daughter who's angling for a whopper of a deal, then Anthony announces he is marrying Vanessa who intends to become a partner in Sugarbaker's.
    • Trial and Error
      Trial and Error
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      12/11/92
      6.8
      B.J. goes overboard showering everyone with gifts, and law student Anthony gets carried away trying to help Mary Jo win a small-claims case involving her defective freezer.
    • Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days
      Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days
      Season 7 - Episode 16
      3/5/93
      6.6
      B.J.'s dating adventures take a turn for the worse on her birthday, when a bad-hair day and two miserable blind dates have her vowing to give up men, so Julia tries to cheer her up by getting her a date with a really nice fellow.
    • The Odyssey
      The Odyssey
      Season 7 - Episode 12
      1/15/93
      6.5
      B.J.'s contribution to the Democratic Party gets the Sugarbaker crew invited to the Inaugural Ball, but the trip proves to be a party for no one, even Julia, who struggles to maintain a cheery disposition in the face of disaster as bad weather forces a change in plans.
    • The First Day of the Last Decade of the 20th Century
      Dolly Parton plays Charlene's "guardian movie star," who comes to her in a dream with news of her baby's birth. Part 1 of two. Vanessa: Olivia Brown. Minnie: Beah Richards. Charlene: Jean Smart. Suzanne: Delta Burke.
    • The First Day of the Last Decade of the 20th Century
      Conclusion. Bernice goes for an unexpected ambulance ride as Charlene's baby is ready to be delivered. Vanessa: Olivia Brown. Minnie: Beah Richards. Charlene: Jean Smart. Suzanne: Delta Burke. Julia: Dixie Carter.
    • Old Spouses Never Die
      Old Spouses Never Die
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      2/1/87
      0.0
      Charlene discovers a lump in her breast; Mary Jo's ex interferes with her romantic life. Part 1 of two. Ted: Scott Bakula. J.D.: Richard Gilliland. Janet: Julie Cobb. Julia: Dixie Carter.
    • Old Spouses Never Die
      Old Spouses Never Die
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      2/1/87
      0.0
      Conclusion. Charlene undergoes surgery to have the lump removed from her breast. Ted: Scott Bakula. Janet: Julia Cobb. J.D. Richard Gilliland. Marie Jo: Annie Potts.
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