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wrigley
06-29-2006, 02:14 PM
*cue the theme song*

I saw one of my favorite episodes this morning. It's titled,"How Great Thou Art". The one where Charlene questions leaving her church and Julia deals with getting over her stage fright for her solo performance at the Interfaith Conference. The best part was that Bernice didn't have her "little arterial flow problem above the neck";). She gave Reverend Nunn a run for his bible by meeting him verse for verse. He was against women being ministers in the church.

"Yo Miss Betts, we got our head stuck in the fence!"-Mary Jo from "The Abbott Bannister".

MysticCat
06-29-2006, 02:32 PM
I'll bite. My two favorites:

I'm saying this is the South. And we're proud of our crazy people. We don't hide them up in the attic. We bring 'em right down to the living room and show 'em off. See, Phyllis, no one in the South ever asks if you have crazy people in your family. They just ask what side they're on.

and

Suzanne, if sex were fast food there'd be an arch over your bed. (This one was originally used in Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Dixie Carter and Delta Burke's earlier show, Filthy Rich (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083415/).

carnation
06-29-2006, 02:37 PM
My family's favorite parts of Designing Women--the one where Anthony yells at the women for discussing female anatomy like he's not even there and the last episode where the little old lady keeps singing her original song, "Black Man! Black Man!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrYCrdJyaDg

honeychile
06-29-2006, 11:27 PM
http://www.designingwomenonline.com/Nav/women.jpg

This is from Dash Goff, Suzanne Sugarbaker's exhusband and ends with the above picture: "Yesterday, in my mind's eye, I saw four women standing on a verandah in white gauzy dresses and straw colored hats. They were having a conversation, and it was hot - their hankies tucked in cleavages where eternal trickles of perspiration run from the female breast bone to exotic vacation spots that Southern men often dream about. They were sweet smelling, coy, cunning, voluptuous, voracious, delicious, pernicious, vexing and sexing - these earth sister rebel mothers, these arousers and carousers. And I was filled with a longing to join them. But like a whim of Scarlett's, they turned suddenly and went inside, shutting me out with the bolt of a latch. And I was left only to pick up an abandoned handkerchief and savor the perfumed shadows of these women. These Southern women. This Suzanne, this Julia, this Mary-Jo and Charlene. Thanks for the comfort." -Dash Goff, the Writer

I also love the one when Bernice gives the Designing Women a "wildness experience weekend" and Anthony shows up:
Anthony gets caught helping the ladies and pretends to be a woman camper.
CONNIE: What's this camper's name?
ANTHONY: (in a high-pitched voice) Cindy.
CONNIE: Cindy what?
ANTHONY: Cindy Birdsong.
CONNIE: Birdsong - I don't remember that name. (to other leader) Check your list.
ANTHONY: I was late. I got on the bus at the last minute.
CONNIE: Who let you on?
ANTHONY: I don't know. Some white girl.
CONNIE: Where's your application?
ANTHONY: I turned it in.
CONNIE: To who?
ANTHONY: Some white girl.
http://www.designingwomenonline.com/Photos/051_04.jpg

Unfortunately, the show put new meaning into "jumped the shark" when they got rid of Suzanne and Charlene, and brought in Alison and Carlene - although I did like BJ Poteet.

Oh, Mystic Cat - I like when the snob asks Julia on which side the crazy people are in her family, and she responds, "Both sides!" I love the Terminator!!

33girl
06-30-2006, 12:12 AM
My favorite (one of my favorite episodes of TV ever period) is "The Rowdy Girls." Charlene's cousin Mavis (played by Kim Zimmer who plays Reva on Guiding Light, which is another reason I like it so much) has an abusive husband, the fact of which she's covered up for years, and Charlene helps her to leave him. Every time I see it, I absolutely end up bawling.

Tippiechick
06-30-2006, 01:22 AM
1) JULIA: ...In general it has been the men who have done the raping and the robbing and the killing and the war-mongering for the last two thousand years.... and it's been the men who have done the pillaging and the beheading and the subjecating of whole races into slavery. It has been the men who have done the law making and the money making and the most of the mischief making! So if the world isn't quite what you had in mind you have only yourselves to thank!!


and of course:

2) JULIA: Excuse me, aren't you Marjorie Leigh Winnick, the current Miss Georgia World?
MARJORIE: Why, yes I am.
JULIA: I'm Julia Sugarbaker, Suzanne Sugarbaker's sister. I couldn't help over hearing part of your conversation.
MARJORIE: Well, I'm sorry. I didn't know anyone was here.
JULIA: Yes, and I gather from your comments there are a couple of other things you don't know, Marjorie. For example, you probably didn't know that Suzanne was the only contestant in Georgia pageant history to sweep every category except congeniality, and that is not something the women in my family aspire to anyway. Or that when she walked down the runway in her swimsuit, five contestants quit on the spot. Or that when she emerged from the isolation booth to answer the question, "What would you do to prevent war?" she spoke so eloquently of patriotism, battlefields and diamond tiaras, grown men wept. And 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!

Senusret I
06-30-2006, 05:52 AM
My family's favorite parts of Designing Women--the one where Anthony yells at the women for discussing female anatomy like he's not even there and the last episode where the little old lady keeps singing her original song, "Black Man! Black Man!"

YES! I sing that to this day.

BERNICE: (singing) Black man!! Black Man, where have you gone to? Black Man!! Black Man . . . where did you go? . . .
ANTHONY: Bernice, what the hell are you singing about?
BERNICE: Oh, Anthony I don't know. It just comes to me, I can't explain it. It's a gift.

whiteandblack
06-30-2006, 07:21 AM
my two absolute favorite episodes are where charlene is having her baby and the group happens into this elderly black woman's hospital room where she gives a commentary on her life, and when she passes on she's holding onto dolly parton's hand as they walk down the aisle...
also, where anthony is in the big brother's program and he takes under his wing this juvenile. when the juvenile steals and gets the group in trouble, anthony wants to give up on him, but julia talks him into still staying in the young boys life, and anthony has his talk with him in the end...

angelove
06-30-2006, 11:05 AM
When Julia calls a New York Times Reporter who has written an article saying that Southerners eat dirt ...


JULIA on the phone: Yes, you can give him a message. You do take shorthand, don't you? Good, we take it in the South too. Anyway, just tell him that I have been a Southerner all my life, and I can vouch for the fact the we do eat a lot of things down here........ and we've certainly all had our share of grits and biscuits and gravy, and I myself have probably eaten enough fried chicken to feed a third world country ---- not to mention barbecue, cornbread, watermelon, fried pies, okra, and ...........yes.........if I were being perfectly candid, I would have to admit we have also eaten our share of crow, and for all I know --- during the darkest, leanest years of the Civil War, some of us may have had a Yankee or two for breakfast. But........... speaking for myself and hundreds of thousands of my Southern ancestors who have evolved through many decades of poverty, strife, and turmoil, I would like for Mr. Weaks to know that we have surely eaten many things in the past, and we will surely eat many things in the future, but --- God as my witness - -- we have never, I repeat, NEVER EATEN DIRT!!!

honeychile
06-30-2006, 01:05 PM
1) JULIA: ...In general it has been the men who have done the raping and the robbing and the killing and the war-mongering for the last two thousand years.... and it's been the men who have done the pillaging and the beheading and the subjecating of whole races into slavery. It has been the men who have done the law making and the money making and the most of the mischief making! So if the world isn't quite what you had in mind you have only yourselves to thank!!


and of course:

2) JULIA: Excuse me, aren't you Marjorie Leigh Winnick, the current Miss Georgia World?
MARJORIE: Why, yes I am.
JULIA: I'm Julia Sugarbaker, Suzanne Sugarbaker's sister. I couldn't help over hearing part of your conversation.
MARJORIE: Well, I'm sorry. I didn't know anyone was here.
JULIA: Yes, and I gather from your comments there are a couple of other things you don't know, Marjorie. For example, you probably didn't know that Suzanne was the only contestant in Georgia pageant history to sweep every category except congeniality, and that is not something the women in my family aspire to anyway. Or that when she walked down the runway in her swimsuit, five contestants quit on the spot. Or that when she emerged from the isolation booth to answer the question, "What would you do to prevent war?" she spoke so eloquently of patriotism, battlefields and diamond tiaras, grown men wept. And 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!
Excellent! Julia's tirades made the show complete!

Emory Kappa
06-30-2006, 01:28 PM
Where are y'all finding all this dialogue? I am loving reading it.

The one that comes to mind is an episode that starts with Mary Jo on the phone with a design client who ordereded a white piano with the faces of George, Paul, John and Ringo on it, and wants to return it. Mary Jo patiently tells the client that it's a custom item, so it can't be returned. Then ends the conversation by saying "We won't place you for collections. We don't have a collections agency. We have Julia."

tinydancer
06-30-2006, 02:24 PM
My favorite is when Julia had the lead in "Mame" and Anthony had to go on at the last minute in drag as Vera Charles.

hmd1014
06-30-2006, 02:55 PM
Some of my favorites: :)

Suzanne (from the episode where she finds out that one of her old pals on the pageant circuit is a lesbian and "coming out" didn't mean she was a debutante): Well, EXCUSE ME for not bein' up on homaseckshul history and the latest lesbian lingo! I thought Sappho was a detergent!

Charlene (during the Miss Georgia U.S. pageant mess): Yesterday, when you said that stuff about your cold, dead scalp, y'know, and then you ran out to the parking lot and threw yourself on the ground kicking and screaming, and then you crawled to your car with dirt and saliva all over your face, and then you drove away peelin' rubber ... well, we thought you were upset.

Bernice (from the same episode, having just discovered the now morbidly obese Donna Jo Karns): Look what I found in the ladies' room!
Charlene: Bernice, put her back!

Bernice (in the judge's chambers at her competency hearing): Well, I just can't believe it. That's twice he's been in here, and she's raving about some girl's breasts, and you're on the table juggling imaginary underwear. Now, I'm telling you people for the last time—you have GOT to get it together!

Bernice (who has tricked the gang into appearing on Senior Roundup, her public-access cable show): Charlene, now let's just cut through the decorating scam—how many treats do you turn a week?

Julia (offering Bernice a cookie while trying not to seem aghast at her Miss Piggy nose job): How about another nose?

Senusret I
06-30-2006, 09:04 PM
Where are y'all finding all this dialogue? I am loving reading it.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090418/quotes

Emory Kappa
07-01-2006, 12:36 PM
Thanks, Senusret I!

hmd1014
07-01-2006, 02:04 PM
The best of Suzanne ...

EXCUSE ME! EXCUSE ME! Would the parents of the juvenile delinquent who broke my windshield please come to the announcer's booth immediately? And bring your checkbook! THANK YOU!

Mr. Fladbeau! This is Suzanne Sugarbaker! Reggie Mac is takin' his break now! THANK YOU!

Mary Jo, I had my period 5 years straight in high school to avoid PE, OK? What do you think I have a Mercedes for?

Suzanne, scoping out men at the supermarket: Hey, those two are cute—wait, never mind.
Mary Jo: What's wrong with them?
Suzanne: Two guys, one cart, fresh pasta, figure it out.

Bernice, at her sanity hearing ...

Now, Your Honor, if you don't mind, I'd like to tell you a few things about my cousin Phyllis. First of all, when you go to the bathroom at her house, you can't use the soap or the towels—there's just a big old bar of Ivory under the sink, and you have to wipe your hands on your pants. And whenever we go to McDonald's, she always wants to know what the fish is like. And I always have to say, "It's SQUARE FISH, Phyllis, OK?"

ms_gwyn
07-02-2006, 12:58 AM
But my fav all time quote is from Julia, of course and its the night the lights went out in Georgia speech....

but here are some more memoriables

From: The Last Humorously Dressed Bellboy in America

SUZANNE: Don't worry about Mr. Fladbeau, I'll take care of that. You're not leaving this room. (Suzanne grags the microphone on the piano) Mr. Fladbeau! This is Suzanne Sugarbaker! Reggie Mac is taking his break now, thank you!!

SUZANNE; Reggie Mac, I want my money and I want it now!

La Place Sans Souci
I loved the fight in the mudbath, but I couldn't find it :( but this last one made up for it:

JULIA: But then again, I suppose in my heart I always knew that someday we would end up like this. I mean, well, it's kind of fitting isn't it? Here we are going down the highway into the dark Georgia night. Four aging Southern belles --- war-torn hair, dirty faces --- a nanny, a baby, and a crippled black man.

Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure
SAM: Ma’am I know I’m on her purse strap. And I’m gonna get off of it as soon as I get re-situated here. And just for the record, if there’s anything else you all want to do to me, besides moving me, insulting me or waking me up, just do it all in English, cause I’m from Conyers Georgia. I might look Japanese, but I’m really a Bubba. Ok?

From Oh, What A feeling --
I loved when Anothony after coming back from being stranded in the Car with a client walks back to the store and then goes on his rant about how this came about. I couldn't find the quote, but what stands out in my mind: The coffee is tepid, I couldn't stay in that van one moment longer her and her humongous ass

cutiepatootie
07-03-2006, 10:22 PM
Any episode that included a Julia tirade though the Miss georgia quote was hands down awesome

and

When Julia Sings in the closing church scene at the inner city baptist conference....wow what a beutiful voice!

whiteandblack
07-03-2006, 10:29 PM
whatever happened to mesach taylor?

ksig600
07-06-2006, 10:56 AM
Growing up in Atlanta, I always liked Designing Women (and not afraid to admit it).
I like the episodes when:

1) Suzanne makes Anthony take Consuela's citizenship test

2) Any episode with crazy Vanessa, Anthony's girlfriend. Especially when she works at Sugarbakers and Anthony has the yuppie girlfriend.

Lita: "How do you do?"
Vanessa: "I do fine, how do you do?"

Suzanne: "Can you believe that? She's touching the back of his neck and smiling"
Vanessa: "That's okay, if she wanna start trouble with me I got a switchblade"

honeychile
07-07-2006, 03:26 PM
whatever happened to mesach taylor?
He was on a show a few years back, as the next door neighbor, and really was the best part of the show - but it got cancelled.

*checked www.imdb.com*

It was Dave's World, a takeoff on Dave Barry's life. You can read the rest athttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0852886/.

I really enjoy his acting!

cutiepatootie
07-08-2006, 01:15 AM
He is on one of those nickelodeon teen shows as a high school teacher.

whiteandblack
07-08-2006, 06:22 AM
which one? I would like to see him again.

cutiepatootie
07-08-2006, 06:49 PM
I think it is Ned's Declassified or Zoey 101 but pretty sure it is Ned's on Nickalodeon

honeychile
07-08-2006, 10:30 PM
I still want to hear what Wrigley's favorites are!! :D

AOIIalum
07-09-2006, 08:56 PM
The dressing rooms behind the pageant.......
JULIA: Hurry up, Suzanne. We're gonna miss Claudia.
SUZANNE: I'm just touching up. She's right, y'know -- nobody does twirl a baton anymore. You know what I am, Julia? I'm an aging professional beauty queen. And turning......29 tomorrow has made me admit for the first time -- I have no other talent.
JULIA: Oh, come on. That's not true.
SUZANNE: Yes it is. This is what I spent my whole life doing. I know in my heart it's been a frivilous thing, but I'm not like you. You can do anything. This is all I was born for. When I was a little girl, whenever I'd see a tiara I'd just start to breathe hard. And all I could think was, "I want that crown to be on my head." I'll never forget walking down those runways --- the way the roses felt in myarms and the roar of the crowd. (sobbing lightly) They loved me. Now it's all over, and I just don't know if life can ever be that good again.
(Suzanne rushes out as Marjorie and another woman enter. They don't see Julia.......)
WOMAN: Who was that?
MARJORIE: Suzanne Sugarbaker. Don't you remember her? (motioning to swooping hair)......Miss Georgia World 1976.
WOMAN: Oh yeah!! The one with the big hair!
MARJORIE: Right! And the joke was they found Jimmy Hoffa in it. (laughing) Do you know she showed up to this year's pageant and gave a two hour lecture on manners, cuss words, and how not to cross your legs.
WOMAN: No!
MARJORIE: Yes. It was so embarassing. Maybe we should go back out. They're on the last interview.
(the second woman leaves the room, and Julia stand up and closes the door slightly.....)
JULIA: Excuse me, aren't you Marjorie Leigh Winick, the current Miss Georgia World?
MARJORIE: Why, yes I am.
JULIA: I'm Julia Sugarbaker, Suzanne Sugarbaker's sister. I couldn't help over hearing part of your conversation.
MARJORIE: Well, I'm sorry. I didn't know anyone was here.
JULIA: Yes, and I gather from your comments there are a couple of other things you don't know, Marjorie. For example, you probably didn't know that Suzanne was the only contestant in Georgia pageant history to sweep every category except congeniality, and that is not something the women in my family aspire to anyway.
MARJORIE: That's really not.....
JULIA: Or that when she walked down the runway in her swimsuit, five contestants quit on the spot.
MARJORIE: That's really......
JULIA: Or that when she emerged from the isolation booth to answer the question, "What would you do to prevent war?" she spoke so eloquently of patriotism, battlefields and diamond tiaras, grown men wept.
(Suzanne starts to enter, but hearing the conversation, steps back and listens from outside, meanwhile Julia starts to get louder --- walking toward Marjorie and backing her in. )
MARJORIE: That's really something that.........
JULIA: And 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!
(Suzanne smiles --- touched--- and leaves quietly with no one having seen her)
MARJORIE: (quietly) I'm sorry. I didn't know.
JULIA:: (standing tall and smuggly with a satisfied smile) Well............now you do.
"The Beauty Pageant" is also my favorite episode of Designing Women. The entire scene ranks as one of my all time TV favorites.

wrigley
07-11-2006, 12:57 AM
I still want to hear what Wrigley's favorites are!! :D

I'll add more soon. Everyone's responses have been great. I didn't know about the imdb quote section.

hmd1014
07-11-2006, 01:17 PM
An exchange on Charlene's brother Odell ...

Suzanne: Let me get this straight. He's never had a girlfriend, he knits sweaters, and he works at the beauty shop?

Charlene: Well, he goes to Three Rivers Junior College, too. What are you gettin' at?

Suzanne: Well, I don't mean to get personal Charlene, but has it ever occurred to you that maybe Odell is involved in some homaseckshul activity?

Charlene: Suzanne! I mean, just because a person is sensitive and artistic doesn't mean he's gay. Not that that would matter to me anyway.

Julia: Well, I think he sounds like an interesting and talented young man.

Suzanne: I think he sounds like a woman.

Mary Jo: Bear in mind that this comes from the lips of a woman who thought there was a patron saint for homosexuals named "Saint Francis of a Sissy."

MysticCat
07-13-2006, 11:13 AM
I think it is Ned's Declassified or Zoey 101 but pretty sure it is Ned's on NickalodeonIt is Ned's Declassified on Nick (6:00 pm EDT). My kids love that show.

CrimsonTide4
09-16-2006, 06:31 PM
http://www.sitcomsonline.com/blog/2006/09/i-network-adds-kotter-amen-in-october.html

from: http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/showthread.php?t=182756

- Designing Women Launch Marathon / Roseanne Marathon
Monday, October 2 through Thursday, October 5, 2006
Designing Women launch airs 10:00 p.m. to approx. 2:00 a.m. each night, followed by Roseanne from approx. 2:00 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Join Nick@Nite to launch Designing Women! Starring Delta Burke, this show was one of the most well written comedies of the late 80s and early 90s. After the launch, catch the show Mon-Sat at midnight ET/PT and on Thursday in the late night marathons.

Designing Women is coming to Nick@Nite with a week-long launch marathon featuring the best episode of the series. Head down to Atlanta this October for a crash course in interior design! Julia Sugarbaker and her staff will teach you the do’s and don’ts so you too can be a successful designer…while keeping you in stitches.

LaneSig
09-19-2006, 04:50 PM
SUZANNE: I think these pantyhose are too dark for this dress.
JULIA: Oh, my goodness. Suzanne, do something. That could be embarrassing. I mean, in 45 minutes when the finest people in Georgia are gathered here before me, I wouldn't want anyone to say, "Did you see that woman with her head stuck in the staircase? Yes. That woman the Governor just stepped over? Don't you think her pantyhose are a little dark for her dress?"
SUZANNE: Now, listen, I have a lighter pair right here.
JULIA: Suzanne, of all the experiences I would like to avoid, I believe having my pantyhose changed in the front hallway of the Governor's Mansion would rank right up there.
SUZANNE: Well, just excuse me for livin'. It wasn't something I was going to particularly enjoy myself, anyway.

I used to watch when I was in grad school. They showed it at 9 am on CBS stations. This was one of their funniest episodes.

honeychile
09-19-2006, 10:21 PM
http://www.sitcomsonline.com/blog/2006/09/i-network-adds-kotter-amen-in-october.html

from: http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/showthread.php?t=182756

- Designing Women Launch Marathon / Roseanne Marathon
Monday, October 2 through Thursday, October 5, 2006
Designing Women launch airs 10:00 p.m. to approx. 2:00 a.m. each night, followed by Roseanne from approx. 2:00 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Join Nick@Nite to launch Designing Women! Starring Delta Burke, this show was one of the most well written comedies of the late 80s and early 90s. After the launch, catch the show Mon-Sat at midnight ET/PT and on Thursday in the late night marathons.

Designing Women is coming to Nick@Nite with a week-long launch marathon featuring the best episode of the series. Head down to Atlanta this October for a crash course in interior design! Julia Sugarbaker and her staff will teach you the do’s and don’ts so you too can be a successful designer…while keeping you in stitches.

Have I told you lately that I love you? :D

NutBrnHair
09-19-2006, 10:33 PM
One episode Mary Jo gave Bernice a Christmas Tree skirt to put around the bottom of the tree, and silly Bernice thought it was for her, so she had this skirt around her waist. When Mary Jo told her what it was really for, Bernice said she thought it fit awfully tight.

angelove
09-20-2006, 10:40 AM
Every time I decorate the Christmas tree I think of that episode. I look at the Christmas tree skirt and think "hmm ... wonder if it would fit?"

I'm so excited for the Nickelodeon reruns!

thesweetestone
09-23-2006, 02:26 AM
My favorite Julia moment was when she was in the bathroom with Resse's new assistant and Julia compares the woman to compost.

That speech Julia gives to Ray Don is so :eek: . That woman has got a mouth on her!

honeychile
10-04-2006, 11:17 PM
my two absolute favorite episodes are where charlene is having her baby and the group happens into this elderly black woman's hospital room where she gives a commentary on her life, and when she passes on she's holding onto dolly parton's hand as they walk down the aisle...

It's on Nick at Night RIGHT NOW!!!

LXA SE285
10-13-2006, 11:34 AM
Bumping this thread 'cause I love this show ... :)

Charlene and Mary Jo are frantically tearing a salad bar apart to find Suzanne's pearls, which Suzanne had lent to Mary Jo and which she lost at the restaurant, when a busboy catches Charlene with her arm in a vat of dressing ...

Charlene: Can you tell me, is this French or Thousand Island?

Busboy (stunned): Thousand Island.

Charlene (drops the container and wipes off her hand): I don't care for Thousand Island.

AGDLynn
10-13-2006, 05:36 PM
Yea, I love the Miss Georgia episode.

Also, any of them with Lewis Grizzard...GOOO DAWGS!! :)

honeychile
10-15-2007, 09:48 PM
Bumping because it's on TV Land's Block Party tonight. Showing at this moment: Dash Goff, the Writer!

abaici
10-16-2007, 12:17 AM
What about the Lee Sing episode? I loved that one.

ms_gwyn
05-30-2009, 12:26 PM
I just wanted to bump to celebrate the fact that the 1st season is out on DVD!

wrigley
05-30-2009, 01:35 PM
I just wanted to bump to celebrate the fact that the 1st season is out on DVD!

:does happy dance:

:D

carnation
02-20-2010, 04:11 PM
bump!

honeychile
02-23-2010, 02:14 PM
Since this has been bumped...

I loved when Anthony would make mention of his "unfortunate incarceration", and when Mary Jo was so fascinated with the size of other women's breasts, she said that Suzanne's bra fit over her head!

CougarGrad
02-23-2010, 02:32 PM
There are waaaaay too many quotes I loved from this series, but almost all of 'em were said by Julia. I always did love it when she would be flabbergasted and say, "Have you all just COMPLETELY lost your minds?"

Sigh. When I was 16, if you'd asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would've answered, "JU-lia Sugarbaker."

ree-Xi
02-23-2010, 02:46 PM
My favorite episode is "The Candidate", when Julia runs for office. She has an amazing monologue that I actually performed at a local film industry event.

I do not think everyone in America is ignorant! Far from it! But we are today, probably, the most uneducated, under read, and illiterate nation in the western hemisphere. Which makes it all the more puzzling to me why the biggest question on your small mind is whether or not little Johnny is gonna recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning!

I'll tell you something else, Mr. Brickett. I have had it up to here with you and your phony issues and your Yankee Doodle yakking! If you like reciting the Pledge of Allegiance everyday then I think you should do it! In the car! In the shower! Wherever the mood strikes you! But don't try to tell me when or where I have to say or do or salute anything, because I am an American too, and that is what being an American is all about!

And another thing, I am sick and tired of being made to feel that if I am not a member of a little family with 2.4 children who goes just to Jerry Falwell's church and puts their hands over their hearts every morning that I am unreligious, unpatriotic, and un-American! Because I've got news for you, Mr. Brickett. All liberals are not kooks, anymore than all conservatives are fascists! And the last time I checked, God was neither a Democratic nor a Republican!

And just for your information, yes I am a liberal, but I am also a Christian. And I get down on my knees and pray everyday - on my own turf - on my own time. One of the things that I pray for, Mr. Brickett is that people with power will get good sense, and that people with good sense will get power... and that the rest of us will be blessed with the patience and the strength to survive the people like you in the meantime!

NinjaPoodle
02-23-2010, 03:35 PM
"The Beauty Pageant" is also my favorite episode of Designing Women. The entire scene ranks as one of my all time TV favorites.

Mine too. I also off the top of my head love the ep. where Julia is invited to the country club Suzanne want to be a part of but the club doesnt allow Jews or "others". The other one I love is Suzanne's high school reunion & how she deals with her weight gain issue.

NinjaPoodle
03-02-2010, 04:49 AM
I had to find this.
The first part (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi58Znvd3ec&feature=related)
The night the lights went out in Georgia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV86kehwkc0&feature=related)

NinjaPoodle
03-10-2010, 12:53 AM
This was also one of my favorites:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTITaR0ftU4&feature=related

LXA SE285
03-10-2010, 10:58 AM
"HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, LOIS AND SHIMMY!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtjdjixQnI8

carnation
04-11-2010, 08:31 AM
bump. RIP, Dixie.

wrigley
04-11-2010, 01:37 PM
RIP Dixie :(

NinjaPoodle
06-29-2014, 03:09 PM
RIP Meshach. :(

MaryPoppins
06-29-2014, 03:11 PM
RIP Meshach. :(

May the light eternal shine upon him.

honeychile
06-29-2014, 04:23 PM
Missing Meshach Taylor, and hoping that his "unfortunate incarceration" in this world has been exchanged for one of peace.

MysticCat
06-29-2014, 09:12 PM
Missing Meshach Taylor, and hoping that his "unfortunate incarceration" in this world has been exchanged for one of peace.That's exactly what I thought.

honeychile
06-29-2014, 11:07 PM
That's exactly what I thought.
Must be the Jamestown Cousin thing at work!

GammaGirl1908
06-30-2014, 03:26 AM
One of my favorite shows, by a country mile. RIP Meshach. Le sigh.

I have too many favorite lines to count. I often try to channel Julia (although I achieve Suzanne).

But one of my all-times -- I guffaw every time -- is from the episode where Julia and Suzanne's nieces come to visit, and they are uncomfortably similar to Julia and Suzanne.

The line (paraphrasing a bit, since I'm not looking up the exact verbiage):

"I want to get some blush-on with some little sparklies in it."

"We are not stopping. If you want red cheeks, why don't I just slap them for you?"

NinjaPoodle
06-30-2014, 04:10 AM
Roots and Wings
The quote from the pillow given to Suzanne by her grandmother:
Dear Little One,
I wish two things;
To give you roots.
To give you wings.

Julia confronts, and then comforts, a very tearful Suzanne who doesn't want to give up Li Sing.
SUZANNE: Well I sure made a mess of things this time, didn't I?
JULIA: Not yet. In a few more hours they'll be talking kidnapping.
SUZANNE: I wish I'd never met her. She thinks I'm wonderful. She even loves my cooking.
JULIA: You don't cook.
SUZANNE: Well, I know that, but she doesn't! Li Sing's the first person who's ever loved me just for me.
JULIA: She's not the first. She's the third.
SUZANNE: What? you mean my ex-husbands?
JULIA: No, silly. Mother and me. We love you just for you.
SUZANNE: Yeah, but you don't think I can do anything.
JULIA: That's not true. I just said I didn't think you were cut out to be a mother.
SUZANNE: You mean unlike the four billion other women on Earth? Thanks a lot.
JULIA: But you do something nobody else can do.
SUZANNE: What?
JULIA: I don't know what it is.....exactly.....that you do. I just know nobody else is doing it, or can do it, like you do. You giving away your pillow?
SUZANNE: Yeah. I wanted Li Sing to have it.
JULIA: I think Grandma would like that. I remember when she made these for us. Roots and Wings. We sure got our share didn't we? Suzanne, I'm going to say something pretty harsh, but I'm saying it because I love you. Just once in your life, don't put yourself first.
SUZANNE: I'm not, Julia. I'm thinking of Li Sing.
JULIA: No, you're not. You're not thinking at all. You know, in your heart, that she's better off with this couple. If you love her, like you say you do, give her wings.
SUZANNE: I just didn't expect to fall in love with her. I know, you're right. I know. Ok, I'll do it.
Julia takes Suzanne's hand and starts to cry herself.
JULIA: I'm so happy for you.
SUZANNE: Why?
JULIA: Because, now. . . you know what it feels like to be a mother.

Oh Suzannah pt 1
http://youtu.be/MYTijugWWGg

Part 2
http://youtu.be/cSC2q4lneAA
I cry every time I watch this episode.

honeychile
10-02-2014, 03:05 PM
The Rowdy Girl episode is on LOGO, right now, 2pm central.

MaryPoppins
10-02-2014, 03:22 PM
http://33.media.tumblr.com/66dca8ca78016d794dfe242433b41a01/tumblr_mjuawofxnC1r5vajmo1_500.jpg

http://33.media.tumblr.com/794b687683587a0547f0e34a07c9c5c9/tumblr_mouvmxyyNm1qgwu5ho1_500.jpg

http://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_loladz3wBr1qg3ut7o1_500.gif

RUASTgrrl
10-02-2014, 03:35 PM
A favorite relaxing weekend activity for my roommates and I in college was as much Designing Women and Golden Girls as the Lifetime channel would give us. Those were the days.

I know this one was mentioned several years ago, but here it is agiain anyway in all its glory:

Julia: Excuse me, aren't you Marjorie Leigh Winnick, the current Miss Georgia World?
Marjorie: Why, yes I am.
Julia: I'm Julia Sugarbaker, Suzanne Sugarbaker's sister. I couldn't help over hearing part of your conversation.
Marjorie: Well, I'm sorry. I didn't know anyone was here.
Julia: Yes, and I gather from your comments there are a couple of other things you don't know, Marjorie. For example, you probably didn't know that Suzanne was the only contestant in Georgia pageant history to sweep every category except congeniality, and that is not something the women in my family aspire to anyway. Or that when she walked down the runway in her swimsuit, five contestants quit on the spot. Or that when she emerged from the isolation booth to answer the question, "What would you do to prevent war?" she spoke so eloquently of patriotism, battlefields and diamond tiaras, grown men wept. And 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!

MaryPoppins
10-02-2014, 05:13 PM
And that, Marjorie — just so you will know — and your children will someday know ---is the night the lights went out in Georgia!

^^^^Bravissima!

thetalady
10-02-2014, 06:39 PM
Thank you, RUASTgrrl!! I read that whole thing with Julia's voice in my head. My very favorite scene from DW!

sassafrass11
10-03-2014, 08:38 AM
RUASTgrrl - my sisters and I quote that to each other!!! It's the finest scene, we've made all our daughters watch it on youtube!!! Thank you.

sassafrass11
10-03-2014, 08:41 AM
And this as well:
"For example, you probably didn't know that Suzanne was the only contestant in Georgia pageant history to sweep every category except congeniality, and that is not something the women in my family aspire to anyway. "

NinjaPoodle
06-19-2017, 07:04 PM
Dear Little One,
I wish two things;
To give you roots.
To give you wings.

NinjaPoodle
06-19-2017, 07:21 PM
The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century

The ladies and Anthony have been mesmerized by the tales at Miss Minnie's bedside as she starts to speak passionately and emotionally.
MISS MINNIE BELL WARD: ....I thought as I got older, the bold outline of truth would be revealed to me, but it hasn't happened. When I was young, I was in such a hurry. And now, I've been here a hundred years. It seems like only yesterday I held my babies in my arms. I'm glad to be going home. It's been a long time since I've seen my family. And I wish for all of you, all the love and happiness I had in my life -- and I hope the world keeps going toward freedom. And I hope that people everywhere can learn to live together in peace. As my pappa used to say......we ain't what we should be, we ain't what we're gonna be, but at least we ain't what we were..... (and Miss Minnie slowly lays back as she gasps her final breath and passes on.)

ARKTTKA
06-19-2017, 07:36 PM
Not a quote, but....

The exteriors for Julia's and Suzanne's homes were shot in Little Rock, AR.

Julia's home (Sugarbaker's) is Villa Marre
http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2108

while Suzanne's home is the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.
http://www.arkansasgovernorsmansion.com

JayhawkAOII
06-20-2017, 12:41 PM
No one has mentioned the episode "Miss Trial"?

Julia: "I'd like to thank you again, Charlene, for turning me in to the judge. Now the entire jury is sequestered and I am stuck sharing a room with a woman with no lips."

Later...

Suzanne to Charlene: "I think you and your baby oughta get a couple of black wigs and get the hell out of town."

LXA SE285
09-15-2017, 06:05 PM
Customer at Burger Guy: Is it fresh?

Julia, working the counter: Let me put it this way—it's compressed fish, breaded and deep-fried, it costs 89 cents. What do you think?

Customer: I dunno.

Julia: Yes, it's fresh.

NWguy
09-15-2017, 11:26 PM
My mom watched DW religiously and sometimes I'd watch it with her.

Two episodes come to mind:

1) The episode where they all go to New Orleans and get hammered, then the next day while trying to fix the microphone Annie Potts' character announces that she's having an affair with a married man and the microphone turns back on when she says it.

2) The episode where Bernice has her own TV show and interviews Julia and someone else (Charlene??), and she starts asking Julia questions with sexual inuendos.

BraveMaroon
10-01-2017, 10:46 PM
I don't remember much about the episode except that Mary Jo's daughter Claudia had a serious boyfriend, and she was still in High School. And Mary Jo was talking to Claudia about how if she had *questions*, she would be happy to answer them. And she slipped in very quickly at the end of her conversation, "Don't have sex." Like a subliminal message. That one got plenty of use with my mother, sister and me.

LXA SE285
10-02-2017, 11:53 AM
"Tonight we're talking about a problem that preys on the mind of every senior citizen: sex for sale."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6ouhdxwK6Q