Designing Women

Season 3 Episode 22

Julia Drives Over the First Amendment

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 22, 1989 on CBS
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Julia Drives Over the First Amendment
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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.

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  • One of the best episodes ever!!

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    I love this episode - people of today need to learn from this and The Sugarbakers' words from the quotes below (and other such episodes) should never be lost! It made me laugh and it made me hopeful. My favourite moments were the 2 described in the quotes under this episode. This is a great show - with great values, morals and dignity - it speaks volumes that this generation finds shows like this boring and not worthwhile. The cast fits the characters perfectly - they're hilarious! RIP Dixie Carter - you were awesome!

    I can't wait to own these episodes on dvd!moreless
  • This is one of Designing Women\'s most impressive episodes. While some episodes are just sitcom fluff, this is truly an episode with a purpose. Presenting both sides of the story is something Designing Women does very well.moreless

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    This is one of Designing Women\'s most impressive episodes. While some episodes are just sitcom fluff, this is truly an episode with a purpose. Presenting both sides of the story is something Designing Women does very well. In this episode, the battle between free speech and protesting pornography. One of the most interesting twists to this episode was to have the editor of the magazine be a woman. Suzanne made a great point when she asked Terry why, if she supported both her magazine and feminism, she wasn\'t herself posing for the centerfold. I love how this episode was able to end without a real conclusion. Both sides stood their ground and live to fight another day, no matter how much damage Julia does to her car.moreless
Meshach Taylor

Meshach Taylor

Anthony Bouvier

Annie Potts

Annie Potts

Mary Jo Shively

Delta Burke

Delta Burke

Suzanne Sugarbaker (Seasons 1-5)

Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter

Julia Sugarbaker

Jean Smart

Jean Smart

Charlene Frazier (Seasons 1-3)

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    • (Suzanne and Charlene meet with the female editor of a men's magazine)
      Terry: Actually, I'm a feminist and I and my magazine make large contributions to feminist charities.
      Suzanne: Yeah, well I donate to the ASPCA, but that doesn't make me a cat!
      Charlene: Good one!

    • Terry: Just so you know Mrs. Sugarbaker, this is still America, and free speech will always be protected.
      Julia: I know it will. But pornography won't always be, Miss Wilder. This country will let the Nazis speak, and the Ku Klux Klansmen speak because as despicable as their statements are, they are speaking their mind. But when you publish your magazine, you're not speaking your mind. You'd shut that magazine down tomorrow if it weren't turning a profit. You know it and I know it. Pornography is not free speech, it's commerce. Otherwise you couldn't zone it out of certain nice areas of the city.
      Terry: Well, I see I am getting nowhere. We're both business women. Let's just leave it at that. I won't bother you, and you won't bother me.
      Julia: No, that's not quite right, Miss Wilder. You bother me very much. I know I can be sanctimonious and self-righteous, but nevertheless I've just gotta say it. Shame on you for calling yourself a feminist. And shame on you for hurting and demeaning women everywhere -- all for a lousy nickel. I may not be able to stop you today, but someday...we're going zone you right out of the city. And then we're gonna zone you right out of the county and then we're going to zone you right out of the country. And in fact, Miss Wilder, if I had my way, we might just zone you right off the globe.

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