History Series / DesigningWomen

4th Feb '16 8:04:01 PM Zoot
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-->"And I was left only to pick up an abandoned handkerchief and savor the perfumed shadows of these women... these southern women. This Suzanne. This Julia. This Mary Jo and Charlene." -->-- "Dash Groff, the Writer", season 2, episode 6
2nd Feb '16 8:25:44 PM Zoot
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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Anthony often walks into the Sugarbaker's at inopportune moments.
16th Dec '15 8:58:51 PM Anicomicgeek
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* TheCastShowoff: In exchange for performing Julia's decidedly left-wing rants, Dixie Carter (a Republican) requested that the character be allowed to sing in a number of episodes. ** Jean Smart also sang on the show. Pretty much everybody performed at one point or other, [[CrossingTheLineTwice once even in blackface (Suzanne)]].
14th Aug '15 1:25:44 AM shamblingdead2
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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch : Mary Jo gets one in the pilot. Suzanne starts dating Mary Jo's ex. Mary Jo says "Have a wonderful time," as Suzanne is running out the door. She adds "Bitch," after the door closes. ** During another episode, Charlene tells an old Southerner joke. It goes like this: "A woman says to a Northerner, 'Where y'all from'? The Northerner says 'We're from a place where they don't end a sentence with a preposition.' The Southern says 'Where y'all from, bitch?'"
5th Jul '15 9:28:12 AM XFllo
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Christmas Cake is a Japanese-specific trope. Zero Context Example — please use Old Maid or Maiden Aunt for Western examples.
* ChristmasCake: This was a rare show showcasing single women over 30 [[TheGoldenGirls but below 65]].
7th Apr '15 6:50:41 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* GeniusDitz: Every once in a while, when Julia, Charlene and Mary Jo were confused by something, Suzanne would be the one who figured it out, leaving the other three to wonder how they'd missed such an obvious fact.
28th Feb '15 9:09:56 PM tenryufan
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* IronyAsSheIsCast: As mentioned above, the very conservative Dixie Carter played the very Liberal Julia Sugarbaker.

* RealLifeRelative: Delta Burke's RealLife husband Gerald [=McRaney=] played one of Suzanne's ex-husbands; Dixie Carter's RealLife husband Hal Holbrook played Julia's longtime sweetheart, Reese Watson, until the character's death.
4th Oct '14 6:13:07 PM CaptainYesterday
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* AccidentalMarriage: Julia and Reese go through a whopper of one in "I Do, I Don't." When she embarrassingly mistakes his anniversary gift for an engagement ring, they decide on the (... drunken) spur of the moment to get married anyway. It lasts about 24 hours.

* AnAesop: Frequently.
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* AnAesop: Frequently.Frequently, and many delivered Julia, who often [[AuthorFilibuster served as something of a mouthpiece]] for show creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Her fiery rants touched on all kinds of issues, from sex education and sweatshop exploitation to inane magazine editorials. ** Mary Jo and Charlene got to handle a few of their own as well. An [[VerySpecialEpisode especially poignant plot]] involves Charlene deciding to leave her church, all while teaching the audience about gender equality in the clergy.

* BattleOfTheSexes: Another of Julia's memorable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHW1GS8ZxS8&feature=related rants]] is on this very subject.
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* BattleOfTheSexes: Another One of Julia's most memorable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHW1GS8ZxS8&feature=related rants]] is on this very subject.

* BigFancyHouse: Julia's stately home, which doubled as the company's office.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Heather [=McFall=], a one-off character who appears in [[ShoutOut "All About Odes to Atlanta."]] When she shows up at Sugarbaker's to help the ladies win a singing contest, she is as sweet and shy and helpful as can be. It doesn't last. * BigFancyHouse: Julia's stately home, which doubled as the company's office.office, and was once even listed on the Atlanta Register of Historic Homes, right up until the tourists snapped the last of Julia's straws. ** Suzanne's home was pretty big and fancy itself.

* BigFancyHouse: Julia's stately home, which doubled as CantHoldHisLiquor: Mary Jo, in spades. One beer and she gets extremely loud, aggressive, and obnoxious. ** This characteristic yields particularly disastrous consequences in "Nightmare from Hee Haw," when her yelling attracts the company's office.attention of four hillbillies spoiling for a fight ...

* BigFancyHouse: Julia's stately home, which doubled as CoolPet: Noel, the company's office.Pig.

* DropInCharacter: Bernice did not work at ''Sugarbaker's'' nor did she have a financial stake in the company, yet she spent much of her time there (much to the annoyance of the others, particularly Anthony). ** She was Julia and Suzanne's deceased mother's friend. Keeping her around reminded them of their mother.
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* DropInCharacter: Bernice did not work at ''Sugarbaker's'' Sugarbaker's nor did she have a financial stake in the company, yet she spent much of her time there (much to the annoyance of the others, particularly Anthony). ** She was Lampshaded, in that Perky, Julia and Suzanne's deceased mother's friend. Keeping her around reminded mother, asks them to keep an eye on Bernice, since Perky herself is [[WalkingTheEarth always out of their mother.the country]].

* FurAndLoathing: Spoofed in an episode.
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* FurAndLoathing: Spoofed in an episode.episode when unapologetic fur-wearer Suzanne sports a mink coat in a fashion show, runs afoul of protesters, and gets her arm broken. She has to spend a week in the coat and never wants to see a mink again.

* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Charlene's taste in men to date, until she met her husband. * IronyAsSheIsCast: As mentioned above, the very Conservative Dixie Carter played the very Liberal Julia Sugarbaker. * MiscarriageOfJustice: Naturally, Anthony was completely innocent of the crime that caused his [[CatchPhrase "unfortunate incarceration"]] and spent the entire run of the series getting his life back in order (earning his GED, going to college, becoming a partner in ''Sugarbaker's'', etc.) and trying to put his past behind him. This fact did not stop Suzanne from constantly [[CrossingTheLineTwice expressing her displeasure with having a black ex-con around the office.]] She did get better about it as the series progressed.
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Charlene's Charlene was naive to a fault, and so was the target of quite a few sleazes, including the con man who tried to sell the firm stolen furniture, and the "promoter" who was going to make her a country star. She had terrible taste in men to date, too, until she met her husband. * HumblePie: Julia occasionally had to eat a slice or two. For instance, the time she [[WardrobeMalfunction strutted down a fashion show runway with the back of her dress tucked into her pantyhose.]] ** And then there was the time she got her head stuck in a banister at the governor's mansion. * IronyAsSheIsCast: As mentioned above, the very Conservative conservative Dixie Carter played the very Liberal Julia Sugarbaker. * JerkassHasAPoint: Allison was so obnoxious that everyone hated to give her the satisfaction of agreeing with her, but her no-nonsense New York cynicism was occasionally right. * MiscarriageOfJustice: Naturally, Anthony was completely innocent of the crime that caused his [[CatchPhrase "unfortunate incarceration"]] and incarceration"]]. He spent the entire run of the series getting his life back in order (earning his GED, going to college, becoming a partner in ''Sugarbaker's'', etc.) and trying to put his past behind him. This fact did not stop Suzanne from constantly [[CrossingTheLineTwice expressing her displeasure with having a black ex-con around the office.]] office]], and generally using any excuse to bring up the fact that Anthony served time in prison. She did get better about it as the series progressed.progressed and [[PlatonicLifePartners and she and Anthony developed a more meaningful relationship]].

* NoodleIncident: The reason for Anthony's prison term is never clarified.

* OddFriendship: Despite their many differences and occasional unpleasant encounters (including [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace an accidental shooting]]), Suzanne and Anthony became close friends during the series and reunited on the {{spinoff}}. * PimpedOutDress
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* OddFriendship: Despite their many differences and occasional unpleasant encounters (including [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace an accidental shooting]]), Suzanne and Anthony became very close friends during the series and reunited series. So close in fact that Anthony once referred to himself, bewilderedly, as Suzanne's "best girl friend." They even had a reunion on the {{spinoff}}. * PimpedOutDressTheOldConvict: T. Tommy Reed, legendary former cellmate of Anthony's during his "unfortunate incarceration." He was so menacing and had been around so long he exerted a weird kind of authority over the cell block, which he used to enforce strict etiquette rules and occasionally force the other inmates to partner him in ballroom dancing.

* SouthernBelle: Suzanne and Allison Sugarbaker in particular, but really, the main characters all fit the bill one way or another.
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* SouthernBelle: Suzanne and Allison Sugarbaker especially and in particular, but really, all of the female main characters all fit the bill one way or another.another. ** The show puts a button on this in an episode spoofing "Gone With the Wind," when each lady imagines what she'd be like as Scarlett O'Hara.

* StoodUp: Happened often during the ladies' dates.

* SweaterGirl

* WidowWoman: Julia Sugarbaker
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* UpperClassTwit: Tony and Cassandra Hall, or a Mary Jo likes to call them, "''The'' Most Repulsive Couple in Atlanta." They are nouveau-riche white trash imports from Beverly Hills, who frequently employ Sugarbaker's. If there's an especially tacky piece of decoration hanging around the office (say, a piano with the faces of the Beatles painted on it), you can bet it was ordered by Tony and Cassandra Hall. * VacationEpisode: Quite a few, sometimes together with all the love interests to boot. * WidowWoman: Julia SugarbakerSugarbaker.
7th Aug '14 6:11:41 PM Mdumas43073
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* PrepositionsAreNotToEndSentencesWith: If someone calls on you for this, correct the sentence with calling the GrammarNazi a fitting name. * PrettyInMink: Except for the instance of the other trope, Suzanne wore furs with no comment. And, on rare occasions, so did the others.

* PrepositionsAreNotToEndSentencesWith: If someone calls on you for this, correct the sentence with calling the GrammarNazi a fitting name. * PrettyInMink: Except for the instance of the other trope, Suzanne wore furs with no comment. And, on rare occasions, so did the others.
7th Aug '14 6:11:04 PM Mdumas43073
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* SpinOff: ''Women of the House'', in which Suzanne's latest husband -- a Congressman -- has died, and she moves to Washington to serve out the remainder of his term.
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* SpinOff: ''Women of the House'', in which Suzanne's latest husband -- a Congressman -- has died, and she moves to Washington to serve out the remainder of his term. It ran for one season in 1995.
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