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Designing Women: Season 4
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Seasons Four is perhaps one of the most pivotal in the series. Charlene (Jean Smart) gives birth to her new baby girl; Suzannes (Delta Burke) high school reunion provokes realizations about body image; Mary Jo (Annie Potts) gets a part-time job flipping burgers and begins dating a minister; Julia (Dixie Carter) attends her sons wedding; and Anthony graduates and gets shot by Suzanne! Alice Ghostley continues her recurring role as the befuddled and lovable Bernice Clifton, who in Season Four must go to court to prove her competence with the help of the Sugarbaker women.
Created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Designing Women aired on CBS from 1986 1993, running for seven seasons and becoming a premier landmark sitcom in television history.
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ONE NIGHT WITH YOU (September 25, 1989) A dying man wants to spend a night with Julia, his high school crush.
THERE SHE IS (October 9, 1989) Suzanne's Miss Georgia crown is in jeopardy when a voting error is discovered fifteen years later.
NIGHTMARE FROM HEE HAW (October 16, 1989) The ladies vacation to the mountains is ruined by a family of hillbillies.
THE GIRLFRIEND (October 23, 1989) The ladies aren't impressed with Anthony's new girlfriend.
THE ROWDY GIRLS (October 30, 1989) Charlene's cousin Mavis helps the ladies prepare to play the Supremes in the Decorative Arts Center Talent Show, but Charlene is devastated to accidentally discover that her beloved childhood companion is the victim of spousal abuse.
BERNICE'S SANITY HEARING (November 13, 1989) When Bernice's niece Phyllis announces that she plans to have her declared incompetent and put in a nursing home, the ladies jump to her defense -- not realizing that they appear to the judge to be the root of Bernice's problems.
JULIA GETS HER HEAD STUCK IN A FENCE (November 20, 1989) Julia gets her head stuck in the staircase of the Governor's mansion just hours before the Governor's Ball.
JULIA AND SUZANNE'S BIG ADVENTURE (November 27, 1989) Juia and Suzanne's trip to Japan is interrupted when they are robbed.
MANHUNT (December 4, 1989) Mary Jo buys a book on trapping a man and enlists Suzanne's expert advice to help her end her dating dry-spell.
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Although I have a special fondness for Seasons 5, 6 and 7 of "Designing Women" since those are the years I discovered the series in prime time, I have come to realize that Season 4 is the pinnacle of the series in terms of writing and acting.
Special mention goes to "The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century", in which Charlene gives birth to baby Olivia on the first day of the new decade.
The writing in this episode is exquisite, and one memorable scene shows that even death can be beautiful as the Sugarbaker ladies watch a 102-year-old lady pass on right after sharing her wisdom with them. Julia and Mary Jo's reactions in the scene are stunning. Completing the circle of life, Charlene brings a new life into the world at the same time as the woman dies.
As if this outstanding episode needed a gimmick, Dolly Parton, then red-hot off her success in "Steel Magnolias" makes a delightful cameo appearance. Always a class act, Dolly seems right at home on this show and it's wonderful to have her in this beautiful, poignant installment.
Conversely, "Foreign Affairs" is one the series' funniest episodes a little later in the season. Suzanne uses cash to convince Anthony to impersonate her maid Consuela in taking a citizenship test to prevent her from being deported. This entry features some of the snappiest dialogue ever; Charlene is especially sassy in this; Mary Jo makes her usual dry comments while frolicking on a giant waterbed (don't ask); Julia shakes her head, powerless to stop the insanity that surrounds her.Read more ›
A wonderful t.v. show too bad that there are no shows like this anymore.
I won't go into a list of episodes as others have done that. I just wanted to say that Designing Women will be viewed by different generations for decades to come, just as the old I LOVE LUCY show, and some of the other classics. The Golden Girls will also join this group.
Dixie Carter was a classy lady, as were the other ladies on this show. TV shows today just don't cut it, as far as I'm concerned. They just don't measure up to the calibre and humor of Designing Women.
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Designing Women has been called "the poor man's Golden Girls", and while there is some truth to that nickname, Designing Women was a great quality show that deserves to be... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gene Belflower
I bought every season of this show and I am so grateful it was available! I wish they would have made a box set though. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lucky7
We really miss great TV shows, especially sitcoms. If it weren't for DVD's we wouldn't have anything to watch. The TV shows of today are pure trash.Published 10 months ago by Texas Longhorns 1950
It was during the 4th (and 3rd, too) season that this series was really hitting its stride, with the continuing adventures and misadventures of the classy and opinionated Julia,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gamin Davis