Designing Women

Season 1 Episode 12

Old Spouses Never Die

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 01, 1987 on CBS
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Old Spouses Never Die
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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.

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    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)

    Julie Cobb

    Julie Cobb

    Janet Shackelford

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    Michael Jeter

    Michael Jeter

    Calvin Klein

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    Dennis Howard

    Dennis Howard

    Dr. Knight

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    Scott Bakula

    Scott Bakula

    Ted Shively

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    Richard Gilliland

    Richard Gilliland

    James Dean "J.D." Shackelford

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    Priscilla Weems

    Priscilla Weems

    Claudia Marie Shively

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      • (Mary Jo takes some pills
        Charlene: What are you taking?
        Mary Jo: Ted's old vitamins.
        Charlene: Don't they lose their potency after a while?
        Mary Jo: Yeah. So did he.

      • (Julia goes to see Charlene's doctor.)
        Julia: What I'd like to know is, how many more women do you plan to kill before you retire?
        Dr. Mitchell: I beg your pardon?
        Julia: You see, I've done a little checking on you, Dr. Mitchell, and I've discovered that Charlene is not the first woman you've told to wait. You said the same thing to another close friend of mine, only at that time I didn't know that you were her physician. Well, she trusted you. She waited four months before her breasts had become so misshapen she had to come back, but by then it was too late.
        Dr. Mitchell: Ms. Sugarbaker, I don't think I'd like to discuss with you medical judgments which you know nothing about.
        Julia: Medical jargon doesn't impress me. I was brought up in a medical family, and my grandfather always said 80% was common sense. There's nothing mysterious about having a lump in your breast. It's simple, when you find one you have it x-rayed or biopsied. I know that. Most physicians know that. What I don't understand is, why don't you know that?
        Dr. Mitchell: Well, it's obvious to me that you are an emotional and overwrought woman.
        Julia: Not emotional, Doctor, I'm just plain mad. Which is why I'm filing charges against you with the state medical board and the AMA.
        Dr. Mitchell: Well, if you'd like to make a fool of yourself, be my guest, but I can assure you you're in no way qualified to make these judgments. I think this meeting is over.
        Julia: I think so too, but as for qualified, neither are you. You don't depend on medicine. Your weapon is intimidation. You're a seemingly kind, benevolent authority figure who tells women to let you do their worrying for them. Well there's just one thing wrong with that, Dr. Mitchell; you don't have to do that dying.

      • Charlene: (Upon finding out she has a cancerous lump in her breast) I'm afraid of losing my life! I mean, I wouldn't be happy about having a mastectomy, but I could live with that. After all, I had a fake chest all through junior high school. It's just that, ...I've never had children. I've never been to Europe. I've never even seen Jerry Lee Lewis in concert.

      • Suzanne: Charlene! I should think it would be enough that I bring in most of Sugarbakers' clients, I mean, it's not easy wining and dining a different person every day and trying to think of something interesting to say about interior decorating. But if I can get myself out of bed every morning, put on a face like this, and get myself dressed to the nines, the minimum you can do as the office manager is to tell me whether or not the people I'm gonna be having lunch with are homosexuals.
        Charlene: Suzanne, this may come as a surprise to you, but I do not consider a person's sexual persuasion any of my business. That is personal, y'know, like if you've ever been arrested or voted for Richard Nixon.

      • Mary Jo: Ted's idea of foreplay was to grab me by the ankles and yell, "Make a wish!"

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