Designing Women

Season 2 Episode 4

Killing All the Right People

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 05, 1987 on CBS
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Killing All the Right People
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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.

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  • Kendall Dobbs, a gay man with AIDS, asks the Sugarbaker firm to design his funeral. Meanwhile the local schoolboard is debating whether or not to teach comprehensive sex education.

    9.5
    The AIDS-HIV pandemic began to get reported on in the early 1980s, with most of the initial victims being unpopular segments of society; i.e. gay and bisexual men, drug addicts and Haitian immigrants.



    As a result, people with AIDS-HIV did not always receive the care and compassion they deserved as human beings and many socially conservative people strongly opposed effective methods to stop the spread of the disease; i.e. teaching comprehensive sex education. Sadly, 'liberal Hollywood' was not immune to the tenor of the times. Few network television shows or films during the 1980s dealt with the pandemic at all, let alone as a major storyline. Hence, the fact that this great episode was aired is amazing. Around the same time, efforts to address the issue on Star Trek: The Next Generation failed because people were worried about facing the hatred, hysteria and prejudice.



    "Killing All The Right People" is a wonderful episode. It strongly confronts the ignorance about the AIDS/HIV pandemic and makes a noble plea for greater compassion as well as comprehensive sex education.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)

Peggy Walton-Walker

Peggy Walton-Walker

Mrs. Jarvis

Guest Star

Joan Roberts

Joan Roberts

Carolyn

Guest Star

Hugh Karraker

Hugh Karraker

Man

Guest Star

Alice Ghostley

Alice Ghostley

Bernice Clifton

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mary Jo: (At the PTA meeting, arguing for the availability of contraception for teenagers) I think it really shouldn't matter what your personal views are on birth control, because we're not just talking about preventing births anymore. We're talking about preventing deaths. Twenty-five thousand Americans have died, and we're still debating. Well, for me, the debate is over. More important than what any civic leaders, PTA, or Board of Education thinks about teenagers having sex, or any immoral act that my daughter or your son might engage in, the bottom line is I don't think they should have to die for it.

    • Julia: (to Imogene) If God was giving out sexually transmitted diseases to people as a punishment for sinning, then you would be at the free clinic all the time!

    • Suzanne: This just makes me furious! Ya know, ...when men use Women's Liberation as an excuse not to kill bugs for you. Oh, I just hate that! I don't care what anybody says, I think the man should have to kill the bug!

    • Bernice: I don't think this safe sex is what it's cracked up to be. My husband and I weren't that happy and we always had safe sex. I mean we had it in bed, and I was usually asleep. I don't think you can get any safer than that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for this episode. The Emmy went to Hugh Wilson for his work on Frank's Place for the episode "The Bridge".

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Multi-Camera Editing in a Series. The Emmy went to Cheers for the episode "The Big Kiss-Off".

    • This episode was inspired by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's personal loss. Her mother had died from AIDS after being infected through a blood transfusion. The hope was that people would learn to truth about how this disease is spread and put to rest some of the biases and rumors.

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