Designing Women: Season 3


# Air Date Title
1 Nov 14

Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula

A voluptuous maid disrupts a romantic Thanksgiving at the beach.

2 Nov 21

The Candidate

Julia runs for a seat on the local board of commissioners, but her outspokenness may cost her the election.

3 Nov 28

E.P. Phone Home

While touring Graceland on VIP tickets, Julia is touched when a truck driver tells how the King influenced his life.

4 Dec 05

Getting Married and Eating Dirt

Bernice asks the ladies to be her wedding attendants when she receives a marriage proposal from a TV pitchman — who habitually proposes to every woman he meets.

5 Dec 12

Big Haas and Little Falsie

Mary-Jo contemplates breast enlargement after receiving an inheritance from her uncle Dude stipulating that she must spend it on something frivolous.

6 Dec 19

Hard Hats and Lovers

Suzanne convinces Charlene that Bill should date more before they get serious, and the ladies plan revenge on a bunch of sexist hardhats working across the street.

7 Jan 02

But They're Really Great Curtains

Striking laborers from a textile factory besiege the company, and the Sugarbakers women come to respect them for surviving their terrible working conditions.

8 Jan 09

The Wilderness Experience

The women embark on a wilderness survival course designed to build leadership — but it’s first-time camper Bernice who ultimately takes command.

9 Jan 16


Acting as surrogate brother a troubled youth, Anthony remembers his own painful childhood, and when Julia puts her trust in Anthony’s juvenile charge, it only gets her ph…

10 Jan 23

Mr. Bailey

The designers are determined that a recently deceased client’s last wish be honored — to leave her millions (and the ladies’ prepaid services) to her cat.

11 Feb 13

The Naked Truth

Mary Jo, Charlene and Anthony feign nonchalance at a nudist colony, the Sugarbakers’ nieces visit.

12 Feb 20

The Junies

Charlene becomes a part-time saleswoman for ““Lady Jun”“ cleaning products, and when she repeatedly succumbs to psychological pressure from her friend L…

13 Feb 27

One Sees, the Other Doesn't

Suzanne didn’t spend one week and $2,000 at a spa to be asked out by a blind client who can’t appreciate her radiance — especially since she finds it difficul…

14 Mar 06


Sugarbakers becomes the site of a Southern family feud after Charlene’s brother arrives and announces he is marrying the daughter of a longtime family rival, Anthony part…

15 Mar 13

Full Moon

A full moon coincides with strange occurrences, including Mary Jo’s sudden conviction that Claudia and her boyfriend are up to no good.

16 Mar 20

Ms. Meal Ticket

Mary-Jo overreacts to J.D.‘s losing his job and moving in with her, but a psychic helps her sort out her feelings.

17 Mar 27

The Engagement

Charlene, now happily engaged, dreads meeting Bill’s intimidating mother and aunt, Mary Jo gives the dating game another try, with a much younger man.

18 Apr 10

Come On and Marry Me, Bill

Charlene’s wedding is in jeopardy when she finds Bill handcuffed to a scantily clad dancer after his stag party.

19 May 01

The Women of Atlanta

A photographer shooting a magazine spread on the women of Atlanta asks the decorators to participate, but they become suspicious when he keeps encouraging sexier poses.

20 May 08

Stand and Fight

When Mary Jo is mugged, the Sugarbaker women take a self-defense course.

21 May 15

The Last Humorously-Dressed Bellboy in America

When she discovers him working as a bellboy/pianist, the accountant who absconded with her life savings offers Suzanne a deal.

22 May 22

Julia Drives Over the First Amendment

A nearby newsstand selling pornography offends Julia, to the point where she drives her car straight through it, and pits her against an equally determined publisher in the ens…

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