Designing Women

Season 4 Episode 11

They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 11, 1989 on CBS
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  • Delta faces her critics.

    9.5
    For some time before this episode aired, Delta Burke had been publicly ridiculed about her weight gain. The barbs were also directed toward her ability to continue to play Suzanne Sugarbaker, the beauty queen on the hit series. As the story opens, Anthony is telling Julia about his Hunger Awareness pin. He soon recruits both Julia and Mary Beth to join the fight and go on a 48 hour food fast after which they would donate the money they would have spent on food to Operation World Hunger. Meanwhile, Suzanne goes to the first night of her high school reunion and is stunned to find out that all anyone can talk about is her weight gain. She debates about going the second night, and finally does so. Before she leaves, though, Anthony drops by with the Atlanta Director for Operation World Hunger and a young boy from Ethiopia who lost his entire family to starvation. This makes a lasting impression on Suzanne who realizes she had spent the entire day worrying about the fact that she has too much to eat. That night at the reunion, Suzanne is given an award for the "Person Most Changed". Suzanne accepts the award with full acknowledgement that it was given because of her drastic change in appearance. However, she tells the crowd that she'd rather talk about the size of her heart, because it was a little bigger than it used to be. In a loving speech, she tells her classmates that when she sees them, she doesn't see receding hairlines and the beginnings of pot bellies and crows feet, but the beautiful faces of old friends and sweet young boys who used to try to kiss her goodnight. This was an excellent episode that not only allowed Suzanne (and Delta) to acknowledge her weight gain, but to speak out on more important matters like prejudice against overweight women. It also highlighted the important cause of World Hunger, even offering up some incredible facts such as more people die each day from starvation as were killed by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Artfully written, well-acted, and tastefully done, this is an episode not to be missed.
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