Designing Women - Season 4

CBS (ended 1993)




Episode Guide

  • Their Finest Hour
    Their Finest Hour
    Episode 26
    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
    Episode 27
    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.
  • They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?
    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
    Episode 6
    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.
  • Bernice's Sanity Hearing
    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.
  • Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence
    While posing for a gag photo at the governor's mansion, Julia gets her head stuck in the banister just before the annual ball.
  • Tornado Watch
    Tornado Watch
    Episode 19
    A bizarre collection of characters is trapped inside Sugarbaker's by a tornado warning, including hillbilly Daddy Jones who takes a liking to Bernice.
  • Nightmare From Hee Haw
    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
    Episode 27
    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.
  • Suzanne Goes Looking For a Friend
    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.
  • Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure
    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
  • There She Is
    There She Is
    Episode 3
    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
    Episode 22
    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.
  • Payne Grows Up
    Payne Grows Up
    Episode 18
    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).
  • 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.
  • Their Finest Hour
    Their Finest Hour
    Episode 25
    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 Fur Flies
    The Fur Flies
    Episode 15
    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.
  • You Got to Have Friends
    Mary Jo takes a second job at a fast food place when Ted's child support payment is late.
  • The Mistress
    The Mistress
    Episode 14
    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.
  • Tough Enough
    Tough Enough
    Episode 20
    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
  • Manhunt
    Episode 10
    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
    Episode 24
    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.
  • One Night With You
    One Night With You
    Episode 2
    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.
  • Oh, What a Feeling
    Oh, What a Feeling
    Episode 16
    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
  • Anthony's Graduation
    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
    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 Girlfriend
    The Girlfriend
    Episode 5
    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
    Charlene becomes convinced Bill is having an affair with his new cockpit partner.
  • Anthony and Vanessa
    Anthony and Vanessa
    Episode 17
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.