The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita
Perhaps the most famous episode, and a rare instance of a situation comedy making direct political comment on a current issue. The Sugarbakers women take sides on the controversial confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill’s accusation of sexual harassment: Mary Jo and Julia side with Hill and Allison with Thomas. Conflict spills over into Allison’s birthday party, where Mary Jo and Julia turn up in costume just in time to hear a television interview about the hearings with Allison.
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