List of Designing Women episodes

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The following is an episode list for the CBS sitcom Designing Women. The series began airing on September 29, 1986 and the final episode aired on May 24, 1993. During its seven-year run, 163 Designing Women episodes were produced. In addition, a Designing Women reunion show featuring the cast members aired in 2003.

Full episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1986–87)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date PC
1 1 "Designing Women" Ellen Falcon Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 29, 1986 (1986-09-29) 164230
2 2 "The Beauty Contest" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 6, 1986 (1986-10-06) 164231
3 3 "A Big Affair" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 20, 1986 (1986-10-20) 164225
4 4 "Julia's Son" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 27, 1986 (1986-10-27) 164234
5 5 "Mary Jo's First Date" Jack Shea Cheryl Gard November 3, 1986 (1986-11-03) 164222
6 6 "Design House" Jack Shea Joan Brooker,
Nancy Eddo
November 17, 1986 (1986-11-17) 164228
7 7 "Perky's Visit" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 24, 1986 (1986-11-24) 164235
8 8 "I Do, I Don't" Jack Shea Emily Marshall December 4, 1986 (1986-12-04) 164224
9 9 "The IT Men" Jack Shea Emily Marshall December 4, 1986 (1986-12-04) 164232
10 10 "The Slumber Party" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 18, 1986 (1986-12-18) 164233
11 11 "New Year's Daze" David Steinberg Trish Vrandenburg January 1, 1987 (1987-01-01) 164240
12 12 "Old Spouses Never Die: Part 1" Barnet Kellman Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 1, 1987 (1987-02-01) 164243
13 13 "Old Spouses Never Die: Part 2" Barnet Kellman Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 1, 1987 (1987-02-01) 164243
14 14 "Monette" Barnet Kellman Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 8, 1987 (1987-02-08) 164242
15 15 "And Justice for Paul" Jack Shea Trish Vrandenburg February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15) 164221
16 16 "Reese's Friend" Arlene Sanford Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 22, 1987 (1987-02-22) 164244
17 17 "Nashville Bound" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 16, 1987 (1987-03-16) 164245
18 18 "Oh, Suzannah" Matthew Diamond Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 23, 1987 (1987-03-23) 164246
19 19 "Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason April 6, 1987 (1987-04-06) 164237
20 20 "Seams from a Marriage" Jack Shea E. Jack Kaplan April 13, 1987 (1987-04-13) 164226
21 21 "Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am" Barnet Kellman Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 4, 1987 (1987-05-04) 164239
22 22 "Bachelor Suite" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 11, 1987 (1987-05-11) 164236

Season 2 (1987–88)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date PC
23 1 "101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 14, 1987 (1987-09-14) 022
24 2 "Ted Remarries" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 21, 1987 (1987-09-21) 023
25 3 "Anthony Jr." David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 28, 1987 (1987-09-28) 164256
26 4 "Killing All the Right People" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 5, 1987 (1987-10-05) 164252
27 5 "Half an Air Bubble Off" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 19, 1987 (1987-10-19) 026
28 6 "Dash Goff, the Writer" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 26, 1987 (1987-10-26) 164250
29 7 "Heart Attacks" Matthew Diamond Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 9, 1987 (1987-11-09) 152260
30 8 "Cruising" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 16, 1987 (1987-11-16) 164258
31 9 "I'll Be Seeing You" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 23, 1987 (1987-11-23) 164257
32 10 "Stranded" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 7, 1987 (1987-12-07) 164263
33 11 "Howard the Date" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 14, 1987 (1987-12-14) 164264
34 12 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 21, 1987 (1987-12-21) 164265
35 13 "Great Expectations" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 4, 1988 (1988-01-04) 164261
36 14 "Second Time Around" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 11, 1988 (1988-01-11) 164266
37 15 "Oh, Brother" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 18, 1988 (1988-01-18) 164271
38 16 "There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 25, 1988 (1988-01-25) 164270
39 17 "The Return of Ray Don" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 1, 1988 (1988-02-01) 164267
40 18 "High Rollers" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 8, 1988 (1988-02-08) 164269
41 19 "The Incredibly Elite Bona Fide Blue-Blood Beaumont Driving Club" Matthew Diamond Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 15, 1988 (1988-02-15) 164272
42 20 "How Great Thou Art" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 22, 1988 (1988-02-22) 164273
43 21 "Ted-Bare" Hal Holbrook Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 21, 1988 (1988-03-21) 164274
44 22 "Reservations for Eight" Hal Holbrook Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 28, 1988 (1988-03-28) 164275

Season 3 (1988–89)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date PC
45 1 "Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 14, 1988 (1988-11-14) 045
46 2 "The Candidate" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 21, 1988 (1988-11-21) 164317
47 3 "E.P., Phone Home" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 28, 1988 (1988-11-28) 046
48 4 "Getting Married and Eating Dirt" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 5, 1988 (1988-12-05) 047
49 5 "Big Haas and Little Falsie" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 12, 1988 (1988-12-12) 048
50 6 "Hard Hats and Lovers" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19) 049
51 7 "Curtains" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 2, 1989 (1989-01-02) 050
52 8 "The Wilderness Experience" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 9, 1989 (1989-01-09) 051
53 9 "Tyrone" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 16, 1989 (1989-01-16) 052
54 10 "Mr. Bailey" David Trainer Pamela Norris January 23, 1989 (1989-01-23) 053
55 11 "The Naked Truth" Iris Dugow Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 13, 1989 (1989-02-13) 054
56 12 "The Junies" David Trainer Pamela Norris February 20, 1989 (1989-02-20) 055
57 13 "One Sees, the Other Doesn't" Ron Troutman Pamela Norris February 27, 1989 (1989-02-27) 056
58 14 "Odell" Dwayne Hickman Cassandra Clark,
Debbie Pearl
March 6, 1989 (1989-03-06) 057
59 15 "Full Moon" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 13, 1989 (1989-03-13) 058
60 16 "Ms. Meal Ticket" Hal Holbrook Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 20, 1989 (1989-03-20) 059
61 17 "The Engagement" David Trainer Pamela Norris March 27, 1989 (1989-03-27) 060
62 18 "Come on and Marry Me, Bill" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason April 10, 1989 (1989-04-10) 061
63 19 "The Women of Atlanta" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01) 062
64 20 "Stand and Fight" David Trainer Pamela Norris May 8, 1989 (1989-05-08) 063
65 21 "The Last Humorously-Dressed Bellboy in America" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 15, 1989 (1989-05-15) 064
66 22 "Julia Drives Over the First Amendment" David Trainer Pamela Norris May 22, 1989 (1989-05-22) 164336

Season 4 (1989–90)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date PC
67 1 "The Proxy Pig and Great Pretenders" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 18, 1989 (1989-09-18) 066
68 2 "One Night with You" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 25, 1989 (1989-09-25) 067
69 3 "There She Is" David Trainer Pamela Norris October 2, 1989 (1989-10-02) 068
70 4 "Nightmare from Hee Haw" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 16, 1989 (1989-10-16) 069
71 5 "The Girlfriend" David Trainer Pamela Norris October 23, 1989 (1989-10-23) 070
72 6 "The Rowdy Girls" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 30, 1989 (1989-10-30) 071
73 7 "Bernice's Sanity Hearing" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 13, 1989 (1989-11-13) 072
74 8 "Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence" David Trainer Pamela Norris November 20, 1989 (1989-11-20) 073
75 9 "Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure" Dwayne Hickman Pamela Norris November 27, 1989 (1989-11-27) 074
76 10 "Manhunt" David Trainer Pamela Norris December 4, 1989 (1989-12-04) 075
77 11 "They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 11, 1989 (1989-12-11) 076
78 12 "You Got to Have Friends" David Trainer Pamela Norris December 18, 1989 (1989-12-18) 077
79 13 "The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century: Part 1" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 1, 1990 (1990-01-01) 078
80 14 "The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century: Part 2" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 1, 1990 (1990-01-01) 078
81 15 "The Mistress" Iris Dugow Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 8, 1990 (1990-01-08) 079
82 16 "The Fur Flies" Hal Holbrook Pamela Norris January 15, 1990 (1990-01-15) 080
83 17 "Oh, What a Feeling" David Trainer Paul Clay January 29, 1990 (1990-01-29) 081
84 18 "Anthony and Vanessa" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 5, 1990 (1990-02-05) 082
85 19 "Payne Grows Up" David Trainer Pamela Norris February 19, 1990 (1990-02-19) 083
86 20 "Tornado Watch" William Crain Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 26, 1990 (1990-02-26) 084
87 21 "Tough Enough" David Trainer Pamela Norris March 20, 1990 (1990-03-20) 085
88 22 "It's a Wonderful Life" David Trainer Thom Bray,
Michael A. Ross
March 19, 1990 (1990-03-19) 086
89 23 "Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend" David Trainer Mark Alton Brown,
Dee LaDuke
April 9, 1990 (1990-04-09) 087
90 24 "Foreign Affairs" David Trainer Cheryl Bascom April 30, 1990 (1990-04-30) 164381
91 25 "Have Faith" David Trainer Paul Clay,
Pamela Norris
May 7, 1990 (1990-05-07) 089
92 26 "Their Finest Hour" Ellen Falcon,
Harry Thomason
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 9, 1990 (1990-05-09) 092
93 27 "Anthony's Graduation" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 14, 1990 (1990-05-14) 090
94 28 "La Place sans Souci" Iris Dugow Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 21, 1990 (1990-05-21) 091

Season 5 (1990–91)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date PC
95 1 "A Blast from the Past" David Trainer Pamela Norris September 17, 1990 (1990-09-17) 093
96 2 "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" David Trainer Cassandra Clark,
Deborah Pearl
September 24, 1990 (1990-09-24) 094
97 3 "Working Mother" David Trainer Pamela Norris October 1, 1990 (1990-10-01) 095
98 4 "Miss Trial" David Trainer Mark Alton Brown,
Dee LaDuke
October 15, 1990 (1990-10-15) 096
99 5 "The Bachelor Auction" David Trainer Pamela Norris October 22, 1990 (1990-10-22) 097
100 6 "Charlene Buys a House" David Trainer Pamela Norris October 29, 1990 (1990-10-29) 098
101 7 "Old Rebels and Young Models" Iris Dugow Mark Alton Brown,
Dee LaDuke
November 5, 1990 (1990-11-05) 099
102 8 "Nowhere to Run To" David Trainer Cassandra Clark,
Deborah Pearl
November 12, 1990 (1990-11-12) 100
103 9 "A Class Act" Dwayne Hickman Cassandra Clark,
Deborah Pearl
November 19, 1990 (1990-11-19) 101
104 10 "Keep the Homes Fires Burning" David Trainer Mark Alton Brown,
Dee LaDuke
November 26, 1990 (1990-11-26) 102
105 11 "My Daughter, Myself" David Trainer Pamela Norris December 10, 1990 (1990-12-10) 103
106 12 "And Now, Here's Bernice" David Trainer Mark Alton Brown,
Dee LaDuke
December 17, 1990 (1990-12-17) 104
107 13 "Pearls of Wisdom" David Trainer Pamela Norris January 7, 1991 (1991-01-07) 105
108 14 "High Noon in a Laundry Room" David Trainer Mark Alton Brown,
Dee LaDuke
January 14, 1991 (1991-01-14) 106
109 15 "How Long Has This Been Going On?" David Trainer Cassandra Clark,
Deborah Pearl
January 28, 1991 (1991-01-28) 107
110 16 "The Emperor's New Nose" David Trainer Thom Bray,
Michael A. Ross
February 4, 1991 (1991-02-04) 108
111 17 "Maybe Baby" David Trainer Pamela Norris February 11, 1991 (1991-02-11) 109
112 18 "This Is Art?" Roberta Sherry Scelza Deane Roth,
Steven Roth
February 25, 1991 (1991-02-25) 110
113 19 "Blame It on New Orleans" David Trainer Mark Alton Brown,
Dee LaDuke
March 4, 1991 (1991-03-04) 111
114 20 "I'll See You in Court" David Trainer Cassandra Clark,
Deborah Pearl
March 18, 1991 (1991-03-18) 112
115 21 "The Big Circle" David Trainer Pamela Norris April 8, 1991 (1991-04-08) 113
116 22 "Friends and Husbands" David Trainer Cassandra Clark,
Deborah Pearl
April 29, 1991 (1991-04-29) 114
117 23 "Fore!" David Trainer Pamela Norris May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06) 115
118 24 "The Pride of Sugarbakers" Iris Dugow Thom Bray,
Michael A. Ross
May 13, 1991 (1991-05-13) 116

Season 6 (1991–1992)[edit]

23 episodes

Episode # Airdate Title Overview Production Number
01 September 16, 1991 "The Big Desk: Part 1" It is revealed that Suzanne has moved to Japan as Delta Burke has left the series. Carlene, Charlene's sister, is introduced as well as Julia's cousin Allison who bought out Suzanne's share of Sugarbaker's. Much to everyone's dismay, Allison has an enormous desk delivered to Sugarbaker's before she arrives on scene where she quickly annoys everyone at Sugarbaker's. Hilarity ensues when a male stripper arrives at the office for Julia's birthday only to accidentally strip for Allison. [Note: Julia Duffy and Jan Hooks join the cast]
  • Director: Harry Thomason
  • Writer(s): Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
No. 120
02 September 16, 1991 "The Big Desk: Part 2" Sugarbaker cousin and the new not-so-silent partner Allison tries to take charge of Sugarbaker's and Julia is not too thrilled. Also, Charlene's younger sister Carlene arrives and reveals she's divorcing her husband. Anthony and Allison fight over ownership of Suzanne's house. [Note: Jean Smart's final appearance on the series; she is credited as a "special guest star."]
  • Director: Harry Thomason
  • Writer(s): Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
No. 121
03 September 23, 1991 "A Toe in the Water" Julia thinks she's ready to resume dating, but Alison disagrees, questioning the manliness of Julia's new beau. Meanwhile, Allison and Anthony continue to bicker about who owns Suzanne's house, until Anthony obtains an affidavit asserting his right to occupy the house—and allows Allison to stay on only as his personal servant.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Panela Norris
No. 122
04 September 30, 1991 "Dwayne's World" Mary Jo protectively takes divorcee Carlene under her wing—going overboard with a lie about Carlene's latest flame—when ex-hubby Dwayne shows up to sweep Carlene off her feet again.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Pamela Norris, Paul Clay
No. 123
05 October 7, 1991 "Marriage Most Foul" When Allison's ex-convict former flame (whom she turned in for insider trading) is released, she fears he is plotting revenge, instead, he proposes to her.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 124
06 October 14, 1991 "Picking A Winner" Mary Jo turns to a sperm bank to get pregnant, prompting mixed reactions at work. Meanwhile, Julia threatens to rip the draperies from the windows of the home of a wealthy client whose payment is overdue.
  • Director: Asaad Kelada
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 125
07 October 21, 1991 "Last Tango in Atlanta" Allison gets a bad hairdo from a ponytailed stylist. The women help out at an outreach program at Anthony's old prison and are stuck in a room with T-Tommy Reed during a prison riot. He takes a liking to Allison and makes her feel better about her hairdo. After the women leave the jail Allison receives a package from T-Tommy with the stylist's ponytail in it.
  • Director: Thom Bray, Michael Ross
  • Writer(s): Charles Frank
No. 126
08 November 4, 1991 "The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita" The Sugarbaker 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 (they'd appeared in a stage production of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) just in time to hear a television interview about the hearings with Allison.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
No. 127
09 November 11, 1991 "Just Say Doe" When Mary Jo's womanizing brother visits, falls for Allison, and takes her and Quinton on a deer-hunting trip, the women secretly tag along.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Andrea Carla Michaels
No. 128
10 November 18, 1991 "Julia And Rusty, Sittin In A Tree" Julia is pressured into a second date with Rusty and ends up setting up Mary Jo with one of Rusty's friends. Carlene and Allison go out with some junior-college guys. Anthony tags along to the drive-in with Bernice to keep an eye on things.
  • Director:
  • Writer(s):
No. 129
11 December 1, 1991 "Julia And Mary Jo Get Stuck Under A Bed" Sugarbaker's enters a Christmas design contest, but are worried about their ideas being copied. While checking one of the competitor's designs out, Julia and Mary Jo have to hide under a promiscuous anchorman's bed to avoid being caught in his house.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Thom Bray, Michael A. Ross
No. 130
12 December 9, 1991 "Real, Scary Men" When their van breaks down the women become unwelcome guests at a men's club retreat Wildman Sanctuary, where Anthony is trying to land a new account.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
No. 131
13 December 16, 1991 "Tales Out Of School" Anthony sees opportunity when his normally unfriendly law professor is attracted to Carlene and invites the two of them to his annual Christmas party.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Pamela Norris, Paul Clay
No. 132
14 January 6, 1992 "Driving My Mama Back Home" Julia and Mary Jo take Mary Jo's mother home on an overnight bus trip. Allison, Carlene and Anthony get locked in the storeroom while taking inventory.
  • Director: William Cosentino
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 133
15 January 13, 1992 "Payne Comes Home" Julia's son Payne returns home with news that his marriage is ending.
  • Director: Eleanor S. Hyde-White
  • Writer(s): Paul Clay
No. 134
16 January 20, 1992 "Carlene's New Apartment" Carlene invites Julia, Mary Jo, Allison, Anthony and Bernice to a sleepover to celebrate her finding her own apartment, which turns out to be not in the best part of town. They end up fleeing in the middle of the night.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Paul Clay
No. 135
17 February 3, 1992 "Mamed" A tough-talking, hard-drinking, temperamental Broadway has-been promises to make Julia rue the day that she stole the role of Mame from her in Anthony's community-theater production. But on opening night she is too drunk to perform and Anthony is pressed into taking on the role.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 136
18 February 10, 1992 "A Scene From a Mall" Mall security guards accuse Anthony of criminal activities when he is standing outside a jewelry store. Julia stages a sit-in at the mall to protest his unfair treatment.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 137
19 March 2, 1992 "All About Odes to Atlanta" Carlene enters an Atlanta theme-song contest and convinces Mary Jo and Julia to perform her jingle with her at the contest finals. Shortly after entering Carlene gets a groupie who wants to be as helpful as she can with the contest. She turns out to be a competitor in the jingle contest who is trying to sabotage Carlene's chance at winning.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 138
20 March 9, 1992 "I Enjoy Being a Girl" On an overnight Girl Scout outing, Carlene's leadership abilities take a beating, while Allison's methods seem to charm the spoiled troopers, and Mary Jo and Julia advocate roughing it.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Norma Safford Vela
No. 139
21 March 23, 1992 "L.A. Story" Allison invests in a Hollywood film, then brings everyone to director Charles Nelson Reilly's home. He has no idea who they are and Allison learns she has basically been conned out of her $25,000 investment.
  • Director: Roberta Sherry Scelza
  • Writer(s): Paul Clay
No. 140
22 April 27, 1992 "A Little Night Music" Julia strolls down memory lane while awaiting the results of hysterectomy tests at a hospital whose workers are on strike, and a surgeon turns out to be her prescription for romance.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
No. 141
23 May 4, 1992 "Shades of Vanessa" The Sugarbaker women use Anthony as "date bait" to reel in a big account involving a hotelier's flamboyant debutante daughter who's angling for a whopper of a deal, then Anthony announces he is marrying Vanessa who intends to become a partner in Sugarbaker's.
  • Guest star(s): Jackée as Vanessa
  • Director: Art Dielhenn
  • Writer(s): Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
No. 142

Season 7 (1992–1993)[edit]

22 episodes

Episode # Airdate Title Overview Production Number
01 September 25, 1992 "Of Human Bondage" After cousin Allison leaves Sugarbaker's, Julia needs cash but is refused a bank loan. To cheer themselves up, the women play poker with a wealthy client who wins the business from them. Sugarbaker's could use an infusion of cash, and at a rowdy party given by potential new client B.J., the gals kick up their heels in wild abandon. [Note: Judith Ivey joins the cast as B.J.; for the final season the show no longer has an opening theme song, instead displaying the actors' names over the beginning of the actual episode.]
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
No. 143
02 October 2, 1992 "Sex and the Single Woman" Carlene spends the night with her visiting ex-husband, then admits she was just using him for sex.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 144
03 October 16, 1992 "Mary Jo vs. the Terminator" After Mary Jo asks Julia to proofread a letter for her, Julia completely rewrites it, annoying Mary Jo. Mary Jo ends up telling off know-it-all Julia just before the two are about to appear in at a fashion show, leading to disastrous results. B.J. expresses her thoughts on a series of billboards, one of which angers vegetarians.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 145
04 October 23, 1992 "On the Road Again" In an attempt at spontaneity, a carefree Mary Jo takes off for Nashville for "a hen party on wheels" with Julia and Bernice, but they become terrified when a trucker that Bernice flirted with at a diner pursues them. Meanwhile, back at the office, Carlene and Anthony put their noses to the grindstone studying for midterms.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 146
05 October 30, 1992 "Screaming Passages" Julia finds herself in the "biological twilight zone" of menopause just as she is about to embark on a new relationship with a handsome symphony conductor.
  • Guest Star(s): James Naughton as Phillip
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Norma Safford Vela
No. 147
06 November 6, 1992 "Viva Las Vegas" (1) After Vanessa calls off their wedding, Anthony joins the gang on a getaway to Las Vegas, where he nurses his broken heart in the company of a show stopping showgirl whom he impulsively weds.
  • Guest Star(s): Sheryl Lee Ralph as Etienne
  • Director: Charles Frank
  • Writer(s): Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
No. 148
07 November 13, 1992 "Fools Rush In" (2) BJ offers to help Anthony out of his perdicament after he awakens to discover he's married to Las Vegas showgirl Etienne.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Linda Jean LaBrown
No. 149
08 November 20, 1992 "Love Letters" A steamy love letter from another woman is found in James' safe-deposit box and shatters B.J.'s image of her late husband as a faithful companion worthy of her trust, but the letter that her late husband's faithful companion was 36 years old. Meanwhile, reveling in the destruction of her old car, a symbol of her days as a suburban housewife, Mary Jo goes wild in a new red convertible.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Norma Safford Vela
No. 150
09 December 4, 1992 "The Vision Thing" Etienne drives Anthony crazy trying to be the perfect wife.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Norma Safford Vela
No. 151
10 December 11, 1992 "Trial and Error" Law student Anthony helps Mary Jo in court in a case involving her defective freezer.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Robert Horn, Daniel Margosis
No. 152
11 January 8, 1993 "Too Dumb to Date" Mary Jo dates a handsome idiot, a to-die-for toyboy male model who seems to have few toys in the attic and little in common with her.
  • Guest Star(s): Patrick Warburton
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Jeannie Elias
No. 153
12 January 15, 1993 "The Odyssey" B.J.'s contribution to the Democratic Party gets the Sugarbaker crew invited to the Inaugural Ball, but the trip proves to be a party for no one, even Julia, who struggles to maintain a cheery disposition in the face of disaster as bad weather forces a change in plans.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
No. 154
13 January 22, 1993 "Oh Dog, Poor Dog" After eye surgery, Bernice overhears the gals talk of putting Mary Jo's dog out of its misery and figures they're planning her own mercy killing, so she barricades herself inside the storeroom. Meanwhile, Julia gets caught listening to a London phone line which plays tapes of Princess Diana's private conversations with her boyfriend.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Cathryn Michon
No. 155
14 February 5, 1993 "Wedding Redux" Anthony and Etienne renew their vows for Etienne's visiting parents and Anthony's grandmother at a ceremony at B.J.'s, where anything that could go wrong does.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Mimi Pond
No. 156
15 February 12, 1993 "Nude Julia, New York Morning" While attending a gallery art show of a former teacher of Julia's, Mary Jo, Anthony, Carlene, B.J. and Julia discover a nude painting on display that he painted of Julia.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Emily Levine
No. 157
16 March 5, 1993 "Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days" B.J.'s dating adventures take a turn for the worse on her birthday, when a bad-hair day and two miserable blind dates have her vowing to give up men, so Julia tries to cheer her up by getting her a date with a really nice fellow.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Robert Horn, Daniel Margosis
No. 158
17 March 12, 1993 "Shovel Off to Buffalo" When the face of Elvis appears on her snow shovel, Mary Jo wants to get rid of it. Her neighbor sees it and when she tries to convince him its just a coincidence, he regains his hearing and believes she is a miracle worker. At the end of the episode the face on the shovel mysteriously disappears.
  • Guest Star(s): Peri Gilpin as Jade Henson
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Emily Levine
No. 159
18 April 2, 1993 "It's Not So Easy Being Green" When Etienne's successful writer friend visits Anthony is jealous of the vivid past he shares with her. He tries to be gracious by throwing a signing party for him.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Emily Levine
No. 160
19 April 30, 1993 "The Woman Who Came to Sugarbakers" Julia's overbearing former school mistress visits and annoys everyone at Sugarbaker's. After Julia tells them she is only there because of ghostly instructions from her dead husband telling her to "Go to Julia", they decide to have a seance to try to force her to leave.
  • Guest Star(s): Pat Carroll
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Emily Levine
No. 161
20 May 7, 1993 "The Lying Game" Carlene is confused by her new beau Eric's unusual habit of cross-dressing. To try to understand him, she begins cross-dressing.
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Robert Horn, Daniel Margosis
No. 162
21 May 24, 1993 "Gone With a Whim" (1) With Sugarbaker's in such bad financial shape, the ladies are grateful when B.J. gets them a job redecorating a house that resembles the great home from Gone with the Wind - until they find out that the new lady of the house plans to rip out the grand staircase and replace it with an elevator. To make matters worse, B.J. finds out that their client is trying to take over Poteet Industries and plans to give Sugarbaker's to his young bride Kiki - renaming it "Kikibaker's".
  • Guest Star(s): Patrick Warburton as Craig
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Robert Horn, Daniel Margosis, and David Steinberg
No. 163
22 May 24, 1993 "Gone With a Whim" (2) With Julia continuing to fight to save the antebellum Kearney mansion, B.J. struggles to save Sugarbaker's and Poteet Industries from a takeover from the Kearneys. However, despite their efforts, Kiki Kearney announces her new plans for "Kikibaker's", Lester Kearney announces that the purchase of Poteet Industries is complete, and the modernizing of the mansion gets underway. Anthony and the women are fired for insubordination. Craig, a friend of Mary Jo's, stumbles on some embarrassing news about the Kearneys' illegal financial activities. Poteet Industries and Sugarbaker's are saved from the takeover. [Note: the series was canceled after this episode was filmed, making it the de facto series finale.]
  • Director: David Steinberg
  • Writer(s): Robert Horn, Daniel Margosis, and David Steinberg
No. 164

Reunion shows[edit]

Episode # Airdate Title Overview
N/A July 28, 2003 "The Designing Women Reunion" Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor reunited to share behind-the-scenes memories from their time on the series. Topics included initial casting and favorite episodes. Clips from many episodes are played, as well as new interviews with additional cast members, crew members and others associated with the world of television.

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