Designing Women

Season 1 Episode 2

The Beauty Contest

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 06, 1986 on CBS
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The Beauty Contest
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Charlene sponsors Mary Jo's daughter in the Miss Pre-Teen Atlanta contest, and despite her depression over her own upcoming 30th birthday, Suzanne coaches Claudia on how to walk and smile.

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  • A Very, Very Good One--with a Peak Series Moment

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    That monologue (quoted on this page) is my favorite one! --One of Julia's most important and greatest, overall. ...--It also marks the bigger climax of this episode.



    The relationship between Julia and Suzanne is probably the most important throughout the show! And that makes the act involved in this part of the episode even more important and special.











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)

Pamela Bowen

Pamela Bowen

Marjorie Lee Winnick

Guest Star

Stacy Bloodworth

Stacy Bloodworth

Stacy

Guest Star

Brian Moore

Brian Moore

Announcer

Guest Star

Virginia Bingham

Virginia Bingham

Debbie

Recurring Role

Brian Lando

Brian Lando

Quinton "Quint" Shively

Recurring Role

Priscilla Weems

Priscilla Weems

Claudia Marie Shively

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, Suzanne says she was Miss Georgia-World 1976, but in later episodes, she says she was Miss Georgia 1975. Also, in this episode Julia says Suzanne gave an eloquent answer to the question "How would you prevent war?" with an answer involving patriotism and diamond tiaras, but in a later episode, Suzanne says she blew the question with an answer involving wanting her own TV show.

    • In this episode it is mentioned that Julia is 14 years older than Suzanne. However, by the season four episode, "Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence", that age difference drops to 12 years!

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Julia: Ta da!
      Suzanne: What's this?
      Julia: It's your birth certificate. I found it in an old cedar chest at home.
      Suzanne: Well there's no date on it.
      Julia: I know. Mine's the same way. That was Mother's gift to us. Look at how old she was when you were born.
      Suzanne: Thirteen?
      Julia: According to this, Mother is now a year younger than me.

    • Julia: (defending Suzanne) You probably didn't know, Marjorie, that Suzanne was not just any Miss Georgia, she was the Miss Georgia. She didn't twirl just a baton; that baton was on fire. And when she threw that baton into the air, it flew higher, further, faster than any baton has ever flown before, hitting a transformer and showering the darkened arena with sparks! And when it finally did come down, Marjorie, my sister caught that baton, and 12,000 people jumped to their feet for sixteen and one-half minutes of uninterrupted thunderous ovation, as flames illuminated her tear-stained face! And that, Marjorie, just so you will know, and your children will someday know, is the night the lights went out in Georgia!

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Julia: (At the end of her speech defending Suzanne)...And that, Marjorie, just so you will know, and your children will someday know, is the night the lights went out in Georgia!

      The song, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, was a number one hit recorded by actress/comedienne Vikki Lawrence in 1973.

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