Designing Women

Season 1 Episode 12

Old Spouses Never Die

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 01, 1987 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (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!"

  • Notes

    • The events in the episode 'Bachelor Suite', the last episode of Season 1, happen prior the events in this episode.

    • This episode was dedicated to Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's mother-in-law, Pauline Thomason, who passed away from breast cancer, and also to her late mother, Claudia Bloodworth.

    • This episode was the first of five hour-long episodes to air in the show's seven season history.

    • A letter-writing campaign by determined fans brought the series back, now on Sunday evenings.

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