Designing Women: Season 1

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 29
1986

Designing Women

Suzanne visits a new gynecologist, Mary Jo’s ex-husband Ted, and a maelstrom of emotions is unleashed when she announces she is dating him.

2 Oct 06
1986

The Beauty Contest

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…

3 Oct 20
1986

A Big Affair

Suzanne’s intimate dinner party, planned to impress an important client, goes awry before it begins when she arranges a date between a more-than-hefty man and a reluctant…

4 Oct 27
1986

Julia's Son

Julia’s nineteen-year-old son, Payne, is bringing his girlfriend home from college for a visit, and Julia wants everything to be perfect for her ““baby.”…

5 Nov 03
1986

Mary Jo's First Date

Concerned that Mary Jo hasn’t dated since she and Ted broke up, Suzanne arranges a bind date for her with an old acquaintance, J.D. Shackelford, head scout for the Atlant…

6 Nov 17
1986

Design House

Since Suzanne has money invested in Sugarbaker’s and is tired of her image as a front bimbo for the firm, Julia assigns her to do the decorating of their next project. Un…

7 Nov 24
1986

Perky's Visit

Perky Sugarbaker, Julia and Suzanne’s mother, and her friend Bernice hope to escape the dull routine of their lives in the retirement home by joining the girls and their…

8 Dec 04
1986

I Do, I Don't

The dinner is perfect, the champagne flows, Julia is presented with a single rose, and on a lark she and her current beau Reese get married. The next morning both parties regre…

9 Dec 04
1986

The IT Men

When her boyfriend Mason takes a job in Japan, Charlene finds she has chemistry with another man, a man who happens to be married to one of the Sugarbaker clients.

10 Dec 18
1986

The Slumber Party

Arriving at work one morning, Suzanne tells Julia, Mary Jo, and Charlene that when she tried to fire her maid, she put a voodoo death curse on her and proclaimed that Suzanne w…

11 Jan 01
1987

New Year's Daze

It is New Year’s Eve, and everyone is dressed in their finery, anticipating a fun-filled night on the town. The identity of Charlene’s date is kept secret until a n…

12 Feb 01
1987

Old Spouses Never Die

Mary Jo is brooding about her ex-husband’s interference in her life, while Charlene distrusts her doctor’s cavalier attitude toward the lump he found in her breast.…

13 Feb 08
1987

Monette

When an old school chum of Charlene’s, Monette, buys the old Chadwick mansion and asks Sugarbaker’s to redecorate, the women are excited at the prospect of a most l…

14 Feb 15
1987

And Justice For Paul

Suzanne picks up a client who wants period furniture on a shoestring budget, and the Sugarbaker women find that antique furniture at bargain prices is no bargain.

15 Feb 22
1987

Reese's Friend

A disagreement over the theme for the annual country club fund-raiser has Julia and Suzanne at odds, but the quibbling is forgotten when Reese appears with a gorgeous young wom…

16 Mar 16
1987

Nashville Bound

The news that Charlene’s family—all ten brothers and sisters—will be in town at the same time is overshadowed by the news that she is going to become a record…

17 Mar 23
1987

Oh, Suzannah

While in Reese’s office to sign legal papers, Suzanne off-handedly volunteers to keep a Vietnamese boat child, Li Sing, who is being adopted but needs an interim home for…

18 Apr 06
1987

Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene

When Mary Jo’s divorced father arrives in Atlanta for a four-day visit and dances cheek to cheek with Charlene, Mary Jo becomes very protective.

19 Apr 13
1987

Seams From a Marriage

When Anthony saunters into the shop wearing an enormous cowboy hat, followed by a breathless Mary Jo who has obviously been out all night as she is wearing the same clothes ahe…

20 May 04
1987

Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am

Suzanne’s baseball player ex-husband, Jack Dent, writes in his autobiography that he had more groupie action than all the rock ““n”“ roll bands in…

21 May 11
1987

Bachelor Suite

When Mary Jo undertakes the decoration of Hence Winchester’s new home, she finds herself the object of sexual harassment by her wealthy client.

99 Feb 01
1987

Old Spouses Never Die (2) (Wrong...single episode not 2 parter. Only one prod code)

Mary Jo is brooding about her ex-husband’s interference in her life, while Charlene distrusts her doctor’s cavalier attitude toward the lump he found in her breast.…

About Designing Women

Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter), Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts), Charlene Frazier-Stillfield (Jean Smart) and Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) are associates at their design firm, Sugarbaker and Associates. Julia Sugarbaker is the owner of Sugarbaker and Associates and is very outspoken and strong-willed. Mary Jo Shively is a divorced single-parent whom is just as strong-willed as Julia, but isn’t as self-confident. Charlene is the naive and trusting farm girl from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Suzanne Sugarbaker is the self-centered ex-beauty queen whom has a number of wealthy ex-husbands. At the end of Season 5 Delta Burke was fired from the series and Jean Smart left to pursue other goals, which brought us two new characters: Allison Sugarbaker (Julia Duffy) and Carlene Frazier Dobber (Jan Hooks). Soon Julia Duffy was taken out of the series and we were left with our last cast change: Bonnie Jean “B.J.” Poteet (Judith Ivey). The series was very successful for CBS lasting 7

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