Designing Women

Designing Women

1986 - 1993, Comedy
Four women run an interior decorating business in Atlanta.

Episode Guide

  • Designing Women - Gone With the Whim (Season 7 Episode 22)
    Season 7 Episode 22:

    Gone With the Whim

    In a parody of "Gone With the Wind," Sugarbakers redecorate a mansion, according to a woman's bad taste.

  • Designing Women - Gone With the Whim (Season 7 Episode 21)
    Season 7 Episode 21:

    Gone With the Whim

    In a parody of "Gone With the Wind," Sugarbakers redecorate a mansion, according to a woman's bad taste.

  • Designing Women - The Lying Game (Season 7 Episode 20)
    Season 7 Episode 20:

    The Lying Game

    Carlene decides to dress like a man when she discovers her new boyfriend (Greg Kean) is a cross-dresser.

  • Designing Women - A Difficult Cross to Bear (Season 7 Episode 20)
    Season 7 Episode 20:

    A Difficult Cross to Bear

    Carlene decides to dress like a man when she discovers her new boyfriend (Greg Kean) is a cross-dresser.

  • Designing Women - The Woman Who Came to Sugarbaker's (Season 7 Episode 19)
    Season 7 Episode 19:

    The Woman Who Came to Sugarbaker's

    Julia's overbearing former schoolmistress moves in with her after receiving instructions at a seance.

  • Designing Women - It's Not So Easy Being Green (Season 7 Episode 18)
    Season 7 Episode 18:

    It's Not So Easy Being Green

    Anthony tries to rise above his jealousy when Etienne's (Sheryl Lee Ralph) successful male college friend (Ron Glass) visits.

  • Designing Women - Shovel Off to Buffalo (Season 7 Episode 17)
    Season 7 Episode 17:

    Shovel Off to Buffalo

    Mary Jo believes that she has acquired the power to heal when Elvis' face mysteriously appears on her snow shovel.

  • Designing Women - Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days (Season 7 Episode 16)
    Season 7 Episode 16:

    Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days

    As a birthday gift, Julia tries to find B.J. a date with the perfect man.

  • Designing Women - Nude Julia, New York Morning (Season 7 Episode 15)
    Season 7 Episode 15:

    Nude Julia, New York Morning

    A shocked Julia discovers a nude portrait of herself when she attends her old art teacher's exhibition.

  • Designing Women - Wedding Redux (Season 7 Episode 14)
    Season 7 Episode 14:

    Wedding Redux

    When Anthony and Etienne's families finally meet, Julia persuades them to repeat their marriage vows.

  • Designing Women - Oh Dog, Poor Dog (Season 7 Episode 13)
    Season 7 Episode 13:

    Oh Dog, Poor Dog

    When Mary Jo and Julia discuss putting a dog to sleep, Bernice (Alice Ghostley) assumes they're referring to her.

  • Designing Women - The Odyssey (Season 7 Episode 12)
    Season 7 Episode 12:

    The Odyssey

    The weather wreaks havoc on B.J.'s plan to fly everyone to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration.

  • Designing Women - Too Dumb to Date (Season 7 Episode 11)
    Season 7 Episode 11:

    Too Dumb to Date

    Mary Jo's colleagues cannot understand why she's interested in her dumb boyfriend (Patrick Warburton), a top male model.

  • Designing Women - Trial and Error (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    Trial and Error

    When Anthony agrees to testify in court for Mary Jo, he reluctantly becomes her legal adviser.

  • Designing Women - The Vision Thing (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    The Vision Thing

    While Anthony wonders whether he made a mistake by marrying Etienne, the ladies throw them a wedding shower.

  • Designing Women - Love Letters (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    Love Letters

    B.J. finds love letters from another woman in her late husband's safe-deposit box.

  • Designing Women - Fools Rush In (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Fools Rush In

    A desperate Anthony invents various schemes to extricate himself from his hasty marriage.

  • Designing Women - Viva Las Vegas (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Viva Las Vegas

    Anthony goes to Las Vegas to forget Vanessa and marries a showgirl (Sheryl Lee Ralph) he has only known for 24 hours.

  • Designing Women - Screaming Passage (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Screaming Passage

    Julia is worried about the reaction of her new beau (James Naughton) when he learns she is going through menopause.

  • Designing Women - On the Road Again (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    On the Road Again

    Bernice (Alice Ghostley) drives Julia and Mary Jo crazy when she accompanies them on a road trip to Nashville, Tenn.

  • Designing Women - Mary Jo vs. the Terminator (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Mary Jo vs. the Terminator

    Mary Jo explodes at Julia hours before they are to appear together in a fashion show.

  • Designing Women - Sex and the Single Women (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Sex and the Single Women

    Anthony is shocked when he finds Carlene in his bed with her ex-husband (Ray McKinnon).

  • Designing Women - Of Human Bondage (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Of Human Bondage

    A wealthy widow (Judith Ivey) makes Julia an offer that saves Sugarbakers from going out of business.

  • Designing Women - Shades of Vanessa (Season 6 Episode 23)
    Season 6 Episode 23:

    Shades of Vanessa

    Anthony (Meshach Taylor) falls for the daughter (Jackée) of a potential client after Sugarbakers asks him to woo her.

  • Designing Women - A Little Night Music (Season 6 Episode 22)
    Season 6 Episode 22:

    A Little Night Music

    Julia is depressed after learning she may need a hysterectomy, until she meets a special doctor (Gary Morris).

  • Designing Women - L.A. Story (Season 6 Episode 21)
    Season 6 Episode 21:

    L.A. Story

    After investing ni a film, Allison thinks she's invited to stay at Charles Nelson Reilly's home during a trip to Hollywood.

  • Designing Women - I Enjoy Being a Girl (Season 6 Episode 20)
    Season 6 Episode 20:

    I Enjoy Being a Girl

    Carlene involves her colleagues when she takes over leadership of an unruly Girl Scout troop.

  • Designing Women - All About Odes to Atlanta (Season 6 Episode 19)
    Season 6 Episode 19:

    All About Odes to Atlanta

    Carlene acquires a groupie (Lisa Jane Persky) when she is selected for the semifinals of an Atlanta theme-song contest.

  • Designing Women - A Scene From a Mall (Season 6 Episode 18)
    Season 6 Episode 18:

    A Scene From a Mall

    Julia organizes a protest after learning Anthony was suspected of being a criminal because of his race.

  • Designing Women - Mamed (Season 6 Episode 17)
    Season 6 Episode 17:


    Julia takes over for a tough old Broadway actress to produce and star in the local theater's production of "Mame.".

  • Designing Women - Carlene's Apartment (Season 6 Episode 16)
    Season 6 Episode 16:

    Carlene's Apartment

    Carlene is oblivious to the problems when she invites her colleagues to see her first apartment.

  • Designing Women - Payne Comes Home (Season 6 Episode 15)
    Season 6 Episode 15:

    Payne Comes Home

    Julia's son Payne leaves his wife and plans to return home permanently.

  • Designing Women - Driving My Mama Back Home (Season 6 Episode 14)
    Season 6 Episode 14:

    Driving My Mama Back Home

    Julia accompanies Mary Jo when she takes her mother (Jackie Joseph) on an overnight bus trip.

  • Designing Women - Tales Out of School (Season 6 Episode 13)
    Season 6 Episode 13:

    Tales Out of School

    Anthony's colleagues feel that he is using Carlene to curry favor with his law professor (W. Morgan Sheppard).

  • Designing Women - Real Scary Men (Season 6 Episode 12)
    Season 6 Episode 12:

    Real Scary Men

    The women become unwelcome guests at a men's club retreat when their van breaks down.

  • Designing Women - Julia and Mary Jo Get Stuck Under a Bed (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    Julia and Mary Jo Get Stuck Under a Bed

    Julia and Mary Jo suspect someone has stolen their decorating ideas for the annual Yuletide Home Tour.

  • Designing Women - Julia and Rusty Sittin' in a Tree (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    Julia and Rusty Sittin' in a Tree

    After an evening together, Julia develops a new respect for Rusty (Michael Goldfinger) the electrician.

  • Designing Women - Just Say Doe (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    Just Say Doe

    Allison invites herself along when Mary Jo's brother decides to take Quint on a hunting trip.

  • Designing Women - The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita

    A discussion of the Clarence Thomas hearings prompts Bernice to realize she was once sexually harassed.

  • Designing Women - Last Tango in Atlanta (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    Last Tango in Atlanta

    Anthony convinces his reluctant colleagues to participate in a program at his former prison.

  • Designing Women - Picking a Winner (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Picking a Winner

    Mary Jo decides to go to a sperm bank to become pregnant again.

  • Designing Women - Marriage Most Foul (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Marriage Most Foul

    Allison's former flame, who is an ex-convict, proposes marriage.

  • Designing Women - Dwayne's World (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Dwayne's World

    Anthony poses as Carlene's doctor boyfriend when her ex-husband (Ray McKinnon) comes to town.

  • Designing Women - A Toe in the Water (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    A Toe in the Water

    When Julia tentatively begins dating again, Allison questions the sexual preferences of her new beau.

  • Designing Women - The Big Desk (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    The Big Desk

    A cousin buys out Suzanne, then tries to take over the business.

  • Designing Women - The Big Desk (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    The Big Desk

    Allison Sugarbaker (Julia Duffy) buys out Suzanne's share of the business and attempts to take it over.

  • Designing Women - The Pride of Sugarbaker's (Season 5 Episode 24)
    Season 5 Episode 24:

    The Pride of Sugarbaker's

    Mary Jo and Julia share coaching duties for a Little League team.

  • Designing Women - Fore! (Season 5 Episode 23)
    Season 5 Episode 23:


    Anthony is invited to be the first black member of an exclusive country club.

  • Designing Women - Friends and Husbands (Season 5 Episode 22)
    Season 5 Episode 22:

    Friends and Husbands

    Charlene must readjust to married life when Bill returns from the Persian Gulf.

  • Designing Women - The Big Circle (Season 5 Episode 21)
    Season 5 Episode 21:

    The Big Circle

    Julia copes with Reese's unexpected death by caring for a lonely child.

  • Designing Women - I'll See You in Court (Season 5 Episode 20)
    Season 5 Episode 20:

    I'll See You in Court

    Mary Jo spots the man who once mugged her and has him arrested.

  • Designing Women - Blame It on New Orleans (Season 5 Episode 19)
    Season 5 Episode 19:

    Blame It on New Orleans

    At a designer's convention, Mary Jo's new attitude leads her to an all-night rendezvous.

  • Designing Women - This Is Art? (Season 5 Episode 18)
    Season 5 Episode 18:

    This Is Art?

    Julia becomes Atlanta's hottest new artist; Suzanne accidently glues her lips together.

  • Designing Women - Maybe Baby (Season 5 Episode 17)
    Season 5 Episode 17:

    Maybe Baby

    Suzanne takes up smoking; Mary Jo decides to have another baby.

  • Designing Women - The Emperor's New Nose (Season 5 Episode 16)
    Season 5 Episode 16:

    The Emperor's New Nose

    The ladies are shocked when they see the results of Bernice's nose job.

  • Designing Women - How Long Has This Been Going On? (Season 5 Episode 15)
    Season 5 Episode 15:

    How Long Has This Been Going On?

    Anthony and the ladies spy on Julia when she begins acting mysteriously.

  • Designing Women - High Noon in a Laundry Room (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    High Noon in a Laundry Room

    Anthony tests his manhood by confronting a neighborhood bully.

  • Designing Women - Pearls of Wisdom (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Pearls of Wisdom

    Mary Jo switches her fake pearls for Suzanne's real ones as a joke, but then loses them.

  • Designing Women - And Now, Here's Bernice (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    And Now, Here's Bernice

    A handsome client (Collin Bernsen) breaks Mary Jo's heart; Bernice gets her own late night television show.

  • Designing Women - My Daughter, My Self (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    My Daughter, My Self

    Mary Jo forbids Claudia (Priscilla Weems) to date an older man (Tom Isbell), then decides to date him herself.

  • Designing Women - Keep the Home Fires Burning (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Keep the Home Fires Burning

    While Bill (Douglas Barr) is on a classified mission, Charlene befriends a man (Peter Crook) she meets at a support group.

  • Designing Women - A Class Act (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    A Class Act

    While Anthony becomes a Sugarbakers partner, Charlene enrolls in a local university where she fends off an amorous professor.

  • Designing Women - Nowhere to Run To (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Nowhere to Run To

    Julia becomes obsessed with fitness when Mary Jo gets her to start jogging.

  • Designing Women - Old Rebels & Young Models (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    Old Rebels & Young Models

    Mary Jo harbors a favorite teacher (Meg Wyllie) who has escaped from a nursing home.

  • Designing Women - Charlene Buys a House (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Charlene Buys a House

    Charlene hires Sugarbakers to decorate her new house, which appears to be haunted.

  • Designing Women - The Bachelor Auction (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    The Bachelor Auction

    An embarrassed Suzanne wins a date with Anthony at a bachelor charity auction.

  • Designing Women - Miss Trial (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Miss Trial

    Julia misses dinner with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter when she is placed on a sequestered jury.

  • Designing Women - Working Mother (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Working Mother

    Charlene takes a year off from Sugarbakers to devote more time to her baby.

  • Designing Women - Papa Was a Rolling Stone (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Papa Was a Rolling Stone

    To surprise Anthony on his birthday, the Sugarbaker women look for his long-lost father.

  • Designing Women - A Blast From the Past (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    A Blast From the Past

    Julia refurbishes Sugarbakers when the Historical League places it on the tour of historical homes.

  • Designing Women - La Place Sans Souci (Season 4 Episode 29)
    Season 4 Episode 29:

    La Place Sans Souci

    The ladies are at odds when they are put on different diets at a health spa.

  • Designing Women - Anthony's Graduation (Season 4 Episode 28)
    Season 4 Episode 28:

    Anthony's Graduation

    An extremely nervous Anthony makes it to his college graduation despite a series of mishaps.

  • Designing Women - Their Finest Hour (Season 4 Episode 26)
    Season 4 Episode 26:

    Their Finest Hour

    Highlights of past episodes include bras, killer bees and wacky dresses.

  • Designing Women - Have Faith (Season 4 Episode 25)
    Season 4 Episode 25:

    Have Faith

    When Mary Jo attends church with Julia and Suzanne, she ends up dating the minister (Bruce Davison).

  • Designing Women - Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend (Season 4 Episode 24)
    Season 4 Episode 24:

    Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend

    Suzanne is thrilled to rekindle an old friendship until she learns the woman (Karen Kopins) is a lesbian.

  • Designing Women - Foreign Affairs (Season 4 Episode 23)
    Season 4 Episode 23:

    Foreign Affairs

    Anthony is persuaded to impersonate Suzanne's maid to keep her from being deported.

  • Designing Women - It's a Wonderful Life (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    It's a Wonderful Life

    Charlene, suffering from postpartum depression, is convinced that Bill (Douglas Barr) is having an affair.

  • Designing Women - Tough Enough (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    Tough Enough

    The ladies vie with an all-male firm for a sports club's account.

  • Designing Women - Tornado Watch (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Tornado Watch

    An odd group of people is trapped inside Sugarbakers during a severe tornado watch.

  • Designing Women - Payne Grows Up (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Payne Grows Up

    Julia realizes she is getting older when her son (George Newbern) announces that he is going to be a father.

  • Designing Women - Anthony and Vanessa (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Anthony and Vanessa

    In an effort to win Anthony, Vanessa (Olivia Brown) asks Suzanne for a total make-over.

  • Designing Women - Oh, What a Feeling (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Oh, What a Feeling

    The ladies are forced to negotiate with a crafty car dealer for a new delivery van when their old one breaks down in a driving rainstorm.

  • Designing Women - The Fur Flies (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    The Fur Flies

    While modeling a fur coat at a fashion show, Suzanne is injured by animal-rights protesters; Olivia searches for a nanny.

  • Designing Women - The Mistress (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    The Mistress

    The ladies decorate a house for a client's wife and a condo for his mistress.

  • Designing Women - First Day of the Last Decade of the 20th Century (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    First Day of the Last Decade of the 20th Century

    While waiting for Charlene's baby to arrive, Julia meets a fascinating patient.

  • Designing Women - First Day of the Last Decade of the 20th Century (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    First Day of the Last Decade of the 20th Century

    Suzanne and Mary Jo rush Charlene to the hospital when she goes into labor on New Year's Eve.

  • Designing Women - You Got to Have Friends (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    You Got to Have Friends

    Mary Jo is forced to take a second job when her ex-husband falls behind on child-support payments.

  • Designing Women - They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They? (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?

    Suzanne endures cruel jokes about her weight when she attends her high-school reunion.

  • Designing Women - Manhunt (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:


    Mary Jo consults a dating manual and solicits Suzanne's help to find the right man.

  • Designing Women - Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure

    Julia and Suzanne's plans go awry when they travel to Japan to visit their mother.

  • Designing Women - Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence

    Julia gets her head stuck in the banister at the governor's mansion just before the annual ball.

  • Designing Women - Bernice's Sanity Hearing (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Bernice's Sanity Hearing

    The Sugarbaker women testify for Bernice when her niece (Leslie Ackerman) attempts to have her declared incompetent.

  • Designing Women - The Rowdy Girls (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    The Rowdy Girls

    Charlene discovers her cousin (Kim Zimmer) is a victim of domestic violence.

  • Designing Women - The Girlfriend (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    The Girlfriend

    Anthony attempts to prove himself when Mary Jo hires him for a contracting job.

  • Designing Women - Nightmare From Hee Haw (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Nightmare From Hee Haw

    The Sugarbaker women and their mates (Hal Holbrook, Douglas Barr, Richard Gilliland) take a canoe trip in the Georgia backwoods.

  • Designing Women - There She Is (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    There She Is

    On the eve of Charlene's baby shower, Suzanne learns that she must relinquish the Miss Georgia crown she won 15 years earlier.

  • Designing Women - One Night With You (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    One Night With You

    A former classmate's (Ray Buktenica) dying wish is to spend an evening with Julia.

  • Designing Women - Proxy Pig (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Proxy Pig

    After Anthony sprains his entire body, Suzanne becomes his nurse; Mary Jo tries to impress an old friend.

  • Designing Women - Julia Drives Over the First Amendment (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Julia Drives Over the First Amendment

    Julia becomes incensed by a nearby newspaper stand selling pornography.

  • Designing Women - The Last Humorously Dressed Bellboy in America (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    The Last Humorously Dressed Bellboy in America

    Reggie (Danny Thomason), the thieving accountant, cons Suzanne into investing in a circus.

  • Designing Women - Stand and Fight (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Stand and Fight

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

  • Designing Women - The Women of Atlanta (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    The Women of Atlanta

    The women are asked to appear in a photo story on Atlanta's working women.

  • Designing Women - Come On and Marry Me, Bill (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Come On and Marry Me, Bill

    Charlene's wedding is in jeopardy when she finds Bill (Douglas Barr) handcuffed to a scantily clad dancer (Fabiana Udenio).

  • Designing Women - Young Love (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Young Love

    Charlene announces her engagement; Mary Jo and J.D. go their separate ways.

  • Designing Women - Ms. Meal Ticket (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Ms. Meal Ticket

    J.D.'s temporary live-in arrangement with Mary Jo threatens to become permanent.

  • Designing Women - Full Moon (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Full Moon

    A full moon over Atlanta has the ladies worried about sex, violence and crime.

  • Designing Women - Odell (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:


    Sugarbakers becomes the site of a Southern family feud after Charlene's brother (Gregory Wurster) arrives.

  • Designing Women - One Sees, the Other Doesn't (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    One Sees, the Other Doesn't

    Suzanne can't believe a blind suitor likes her for her personality.

  • Designing Women - The Junies (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    The Junies

    Charlene dislikes the techniques she must use as a "Lady June" salesperson.

  • Designing Women - The Naked Truth (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    The Naked Truth

    Charlene and Mary Jo work on an assignment at a nudist colony.

  • Designing Women - Mr. Bailey (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Mr. Bailey

    A decorating project is put on hold when the client passes away.

  • Designing Women - Tyrone (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:


    Anthony becomes a surrogate brother to a teenage con artist (Shavar Ross), causing Anthony to reflect on his own childhood.

  • Designing Women - The Wilderness Experience (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    The Wilderness Experience

    The Sugarbaker women experience a three-day survival course, compliments of Bernice.

  • Designing Women - But They're Really Great Curtains (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    But They're Really Great Curtains

    When their supplier is hit by a strike, the ladies sew their own drapes.

  • Designing Women - Hardhats and Lovers (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Hardhats and Lovers

    Suzanne convinces Charlene that her boyfriend (Douglas Barr) should date others before making a commitment.

  • Designing Women - Big Haas and Little Falsie (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Big Haas and Little Falsie

    Mary Jo inherits $3,000 that must be spent on something frivolous, so she considers getting breast implants.

  • Designing Women - Getting Married and Eating Dirt (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Getting Married and Eating Dirt

    Julia is outraged over a New York Times article; Bernice receives a marriage proposal.

  • Designing Women - E.P. Phone Home (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    E.P. Phone Home

    Charlene wins tickets to a VIP tour of Graceland, so the ladies and Anthony head to Memphis, Tenn.

  • Designing Women - The Candidate (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Candidate

    Julia's on-camera lashing of a local leader (Jason Bernard) launches her political career.

  • Designing Women - Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula

    The women feel insecure when a Scandinavian beauty queen (Rika Hofmann) is hired to watch Mary Jo's kids.

  • Designing Women - Reservations for Eight (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Reservations for Eight

    An avalanche strands the ladies and their male companions (Doug Barr, Gerald McRaney, Hal Holbrook, Richard Gilliland) at a ski resort.

  • Designing Women - Ted Bare (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Ted Bare

    Mary Jo faces a personal crisis when her ex-husband, Ted (Scott Bakula), re-enters her life.

  • Designing Women - How Great Thou Art (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    How Great Thou Art

    Julia's solo with the Atlanta Symphony gives Charlene courage to oppose her minister.

  • Designing Women - Incredibly Elite Bona Fide Blue-Blood Beaumont Driving Club (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Incredibly Elite Bona Fide Blue-Blood Beaumont Driving Club

    Prejudice rears its ugly head when Julia and Suzanne are accepted into a very exclusive club.

  • Designing Women - High Rollers (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    High Rollers

    Suzanne visits Atlantic City, N.J., hoping to win enough to pay her back taxes.

  • Designing Women - The Return of Ray Don (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    The Return of Ray Don

    Suzanne runs into trouble with the IRS, and resorts to desperate measures.

  • Designing Women - There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner

    The father of a black student refuses to let him date Claudia.

  • Designing Women - Oh, Brother (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Oh, Brother

    Suzanne and Julia learn that their half-brother wants to be a stand-up comic.

  • Designing Women - Second Time Around (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Second Time Around

    Charlene withdraws after being dumped by her boyfriend (Doug Barr).

  • Designing Women - Great Expectations (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Great Expectations

    A convicted murderer (M.C. Gainey) from Anthony's prison past offers him a business partnership.

  • Designing Women - I'll Be Home for Christmas (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    I'll Be Home for Christmas

    A hired Santa steals all the gifts under the tree at Sugarbakers.

  • Designing Women - Howard the Date (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Howard the Date

    The ladies accompany a socially inept friend (Marc Silver) to his high-school reunion.

  • Designing Women - Stranded (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:


    A freak snowstorm forces Suzanne and Anthony to share a cheap motel room.

  • Designing Women - I'll Be Seeing You (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    I'll Be Seeing You

    Charlene dreams that she and her Sugarbakers colleagues are World War II USO performers.

  • Designing Women - Cruising (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:


    Suzanne and Mary Jo become romantic rivals while doing a job aboard a cruise ship.

  • Designing Women - Heart Attacks (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Heart Attacks

    Reese (Hal Holbrook) suffers a heart attack after an arm-wrestling match with an old buddy (Jack Bannon).

  • Designing Women - Dash Goff, the Writer (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Dash Goff, the Writer

    Suzanne's ex-husband (Gerald McRaney) is depressed because his latest book won't be released as a paperback.

  • Designing Women - Half an Air Bubble Off (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Half an Air Bubble Off

    An eccentric client (Elliott Reid) with bizarre requests -- and a feisty Bernice Clifton -- complicate the women's lives.

  • Designing Women - Killing All the Right People (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Killing All the Right People

    A decorator (Tony Goldwyn) who has AIDS asks the ladies to plan his funeral.

  • Designing Women - Anthony Jr. (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Anthony Jr.

    Anthony is desperate to impress the wealthy parents of his latest girlfriend (Dayna Winston).

  • Designing Women - Ted & Tammy (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Ted & Tammy

    Mary Jo can't face her children being with her ex-husband's new wife.

  • Designing Women - 101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station

    A scruffy gas station owner (Jonathan Banks) wins free interior decoration from Sugarbakers.

  • Designing Women - Bachelor Suite (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Bachelor Suite

    Mary Jo is sexually harassed by a handsome and wealthy client.

  • Designing Women - Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am

    An ex-husband's (Gregg Henry) sizzling autobiography reveals some personal moments in his marriage to Suzanne.

  • Designing Women - Seams From a Marriage (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Seams From a Marriage

    The women of Sugarbakers begin receiving lavish gifts from a wealthy couple (Guy Boyd, Janet Carroll).

  • Designing Women - Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene

    Mary Jo's divorced father takes a romantic interest in Charlene.

  • Designing Women - O Susannah (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    O Susannah

    Suzanne volunteers her services as a temporary foster mother to a Vietnamese girl (Connie Lew).

  • Designing Women - Nashville Bound (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Nashville Bound

    Charlene is convinced that she will become the next country music star.

  • Designing Women - Reese's Friend (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Reese's Friend

    Julia jumps to the conclusion that Reese is seeing another woman.

  • Designing Women - And Justice for Paul (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    And Justice for Paul

    The ladies face jail when Charlene's friend offers them authentic antiques at bargain prices.

  • Designing Women - Monette (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:


    The women are forced to consider the ethics involved in a most lucrative assignment.

  • Designing Women - Old Spouses Never Die (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Old Spouses Never Die

    Mary Jo and J.D.'s (Richard Gilliland) romance heats up despite interference; Charlene receives disturbing medical news.

  • Designing Women - Old Spouses Never Die (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Old Spouses Never Die

    Mary Jo and J.D.'s romance heats up despite interference from their respective ex-spouses; Charlene receives disturbing medical news.

  • Designing Women - New Year's Daze (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    New Year's Daze

    Charlene's (Jean Smart) New Year's Eve date (Thomas Callaway) appears to be a dangerous prison escapee.

  • Designing Women - The Slumber Party (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    The Slumber Party

    A maid puts a voodoo curse on Suzanne and she persuades Julia, Charlene and Mary Jo to spend the night.

  • Designing Women - The IT Men (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    The IT Men

    Charlene gets involved with a married man (Madison Mason) who is also a Sugarbakers' client.

  • Designing Women - I Do, I Don't (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    I Do, I Don't

    After a wild night on the town, Julia's attorney, Reese Watson (Hal Holbrook), proposes marriage.

  • Designing Women - Perky's Visit (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Perky's Visit

    Julia and Suzanne's mother (Louise Lathem) and her friend (Alice Ghostley) visit Sugarbakers for Thanksgiving.

  • Designing Women - Design House (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Design House

    Suzanne's first redecorating assignment ends when the house she is working on burns to the ground.

  • Designing Women - Mary Jo's First Date (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Mary Jo's First Date

    Mary Jo goes on a date; Julia learns that her tax auditor is a man she verbally abused in a restaurant.

  • Designing Women - Julia's Son (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Julia's Son

    Julia is shocked to learn her son (George Newbern) is dating a college professor who is twice his age.

  • Designing Women - A Big Affair (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    A Big Affair

    Suzanne arranges a date for Charlene with a very portly gentleman (Walter Olkewicz).

  • Designing Women - The Beauty Contest (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Beauty Contest

    Charlene agrees to sponsor Mary Jo's daughter (Priscilla Weems) in the Miss Pre-Teen Atlanta Contest.

  • Designing Women - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Julia and Charlene are horrified to learn Suzanne has fallen for Mary Jo's ex-husband (Scott Bakula).