History Series / DesigningWomen

21st Jun '17 8:07:51 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* HeroicBSOD: In "There She Is," Suzanne's locked into this upon learning she must relinquish her 1975 Miss Georgia crown.
1st Jun '17 8:19:36 PM LadyNorbert
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* BabiesEverAfter: Charlene gave birth to baby Olivia less than a year after marrying Bill.



* 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).

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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).



* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Suzanne and Julia, respectively, fit the trope in assorted ways.



* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Surprisingly averted; Julia and Suzanne may snipe at each other occasionally, but they are absolutely devoted to one another. It probably helps that Julia was twelve years old when Suzanne was born, so they went through puberty at different times and Julia in many ways was as much of a parent as a sister.



* HappilyMarried: Charlene and Bill; Julia and her now-deceased husband were also this.



* MiddleChildSyndrome: An unusual example. The episode "Oh, Brother" introduces the audience to Clayton, the half-brother of the Sugarbaker sisters; the sisters are twelve years apart in age and Clayton falls almost exactly in between. He explains to the other characters that most people don't know he exists because when he was conceived, the girls' parents were legally separated and their father became involved with his mother for a time, but later reunited with his wife and had Suzanne. In addition to this trope, Clayton has a history of mental illness and being TheAlcoholic, but his sisters are clearly very fond of him and vice versa.



* TheMistress: Spoofed in an episode aptly titled, "The Mistress." Sugarbaker's is hired to decorate both the home of a wealthy married man, and the condo where he keeps his mistress. The women are eventually so disgusted by the mistress that they tell her off in an attempt to defend the wife, but [[TwistEnding it turns out they have the situation entirely wrong]], and so HilarityEnsues.
** The way the truth unfolds [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBlvRMx9tvM is pretty masterfully done.]]
* NoBisexuals: In one episode, Suzanne mentions that she told some guy's parents that he was bisexual because, "I always tell the parents. And I'm not sorry. I don't believe in bisexuals. I figure the rest of us have to choose, so why shouldn't they?"

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* TheMistress: Spoofed in an episode aptly titled, "The Mistress." Sugarbaker's is hired to decorate both the home of a wealthy married man, man and the condo where he keeps his mistress. The women are eventually so disgusted by the mistress that they tell her off in an attempt to defend the wife, but [[TwistEnding it turns out they have the situation entirely wrong]], and so HilarityEnsues.
** The * MoodKiller: When Bill returns from serving in the Gulf War, Charlene emerges from their bedroom wearing a silky negligee and a large yellow ribbon tied around her waist, which she teasingly invites him to remove. Then Mary Jo lets herself into the house, destroying the moment - and proceeds to do so several more times over the next few days, because Charlene can't seem to find a good way the truth unfolds [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBlvRMx9tvM to tell her that she and Bill want to be ''alone''. (Why Mary Jo herself couldn't figure out that Charlene would want to be alone with her freshly-returned husband is pretty masterfully done.]]
another matter entirely.)
* NoBisexuals: In one episode, Suzanne mentions that she told some guy's parents that he was bisexual because, bisexual, adding, "I always tell the parents. And I'm not sorry. I don't believe in bisexuals. I figure the rest of us have to choose, so why shouldn't they?"



* OddCouple: For a time, Allison and Anthony reluctantly shared Suzanne's home after [[PutOnABus her departure]] and attempted to force each other out. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued.]]
* OddFriendship: Despite their many differences and occasional unpleasant encounters (including [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace an accidental shooting]]), Suzanne and Anthony became very close friends during the series. So close in fact that Anthony once referred to himself, somewhat confusedly, as Suzanne's "best girl friend." They even had a reunion on the {{spinoff}}.

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* OddCouple: For a time, Allison and Anthony reluctantly shared share Suzanne's home after [[PutOnABus her departure]] and attempted attempt to force each other out. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued.]]
HilarityEnsues.
* OddFriendship: Despite their many differences and occasional unpleasant encounters (including [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace an accidental shooting]]), Suzanne and Anthony became become very close friends during the series. So close series - so close, in fact fact, that Anthony once referred refers to himself, somewhat confusedly, as Suzanne's "best girl friend." They even had a reunion on the {{spinoff}}.



* RulesLawyer: One of the reasons Allison alienated both other characters and many viewers; she was extremely uptight and rigid about procedures.



* SmurfettePrinciple: Inverted, with Anthony as the only male character in the main cast.



** 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.

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** The show puts a button on this in an episode spoofing "Gone ''Gone With the Wind," Wind,'' when each lady imagines what she'd be like as Scarlett O'Hara.


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* YoureDrinkingBreastMilk: Suzanne did this in one episode, unwittingly helping herself to some of Charlene's breast milk in Julia's refrigerator.
1st Jun '17 7:42:50 PM LadyNorbert
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The cast was rounded out by [[MiscarriageOfJustice ex-con Anthony Bouvier]] (Meshach Taylor) and [[CloudCuckoolander Bernice Clifton]] (Alice Ghostley) and a steady parade of children, boyfriends, ex-husbands and assorted oddballs. After half the cast left in 1991, some [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute new characters appeared]] to replace them, but they were not as well-received. The series ran on CBS from September 29 ,1986 until May 24, 1993 and spawned an unsuccessful spin-off (''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_of_the_House Women Of The House]]'').

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The cast was rounded out by [[MiscarriageOfJustice ex-con Anthony Bouvier]] (Meshach Taylor) and , [[CloudCuckoolander Bernice Clifton]] (Alice Ghostley) Ghostley), and a steady parade of children, boyfriends, ex-husbands and assorted oddballs. After half the cast left in 1991, some [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute new characters appeared]] to replace them, but they were not as well-received. The series ran on CBS from September 29 ,1986 until May 24, 1993 and spawned an unsuccessful spin-off (''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_of_the_House Women Of The House]]'').



* ACupAngst: Mary Jo gets an episode about whether or not to get breast implants.



* ACupAngst: Mary Jo gets an episode about whether or not to get breast implants.



* AnAesop: 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.

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* AnAesop: Frequently, and many delivered by 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.



* BadSanta: In one episode, Suzanne hires a mall Santa to slip into Mary Jo's house and make her son believe that Santa is real. Santa proceeds to rob Mary Jo blind.

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* BadSanta: In one episode, Suzanne hires a mall Santa {{mall Santa}} to slip into Mary Jo's house and make her son believe that Santa is real. Santa proceeds to rob Mary Jo blind.



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Charlene, Allison, and BJ were blondes, Suzanne, Julia, and Carlene were brunettes, and Mary Jo was the redhead, all though every few episodes or so her hair would look almost dark enough to be brown and later on every once in a while would almost look blonde!

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Charlene, Allison, and BJ were blondes, blondes; Suzanne, Julia, and Carlene were brunettes, and brunettes. Mary Jo was the lone redhead, all though although every few episodes or so her hair would look almost dark enough to be brown brown, and later on later, every once in a while it would almost look blonde!



* TheCameo: The show had a smattering of celebrity appearances over the years, although possibly the most memorable is DollyParton as Charlene's "guardian movie star" when she's in the hospital to give birth.

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* TheCameo: The show had a smattering of celebrity appearances over the years, although possibly the most memorable is DollyParton Music/DollyParton as Charlene's "guardian movie star" when she's in the hospital to give birth.



* CoolPet: Noel, the Pig.

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* CoolPet: Noel, the Pig.pig.



** Lampshaded, in that Perky, Julia and Suzanne's mother, asks them to keep an eye on Bernice, since Perky herself is [[WalkingTheEarth always out of the country]].

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** Lampshaded, Lampshaded in that Perky, Julia and Suzanne's mother, asks them to keep an eye on her friend Bernice, since Perky herself is [[WalkingTheEarth always out of the country]].



* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: The episode in which Julia's son gets married, she's feeling her age. In response, she gets drunk and sings a very sexy "Sweet Georgia Brown" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crv1pgHF2Ns as seen here.]] Then she wakes up with his college roommate.

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* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: The episode in which Julia's son gets married, and she's feeling her age. In response, she gets drunk and sings a very sexy "Sweet Georgia Brown" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crv1pgHF2Ns as seen here.]] Then she wakes up with his college roommate.



* OddFriendship: Despite their many differences and occasional unpleasant encounters (including [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace an accidental shooting]]), Suzanne and Anthony became very close friends during the 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}}.

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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. So close in fact that Anthony once referred to himself, bewilderedly, somewhat confusedly, as Suzanne's "best girl friend." They even had a reunion on the {{spinoff}}.



** 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?'"

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** 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 says, 'We're from a place where they don't end a sentence with a preposition.' The Southern says Southerner says, 'Where y'all from, bitch?'"
3rd Mar '17 9:59:45 PM karstovich2
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A {{Work Com}} by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason about four Southern women who operate an interior design company in [[UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} Atlanta, Georgia]]. The cast included:

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A 1986-93 {{Work Com}} by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason about four Southern women who operate an interior design company in [[UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} Atlanta, Georgia]]. The cast included:
26th Sep '16 4:16:25 PM SolipSchism
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A {{Work Com}} by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason about four Southern women who operate an interior design company in [[{{Atlanta}} Atlanta, Georgia]]. The cast included:

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A {{Work Com}} by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason about four Southern women who operate an interior design company in [[{{Atlanta}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} Atlanta, Georgia]]. The cast included:
9th Jul '16 7:50:22 PM Zoot
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* ACupAngst: Mary Jo gets an episode about whether or not to get breast implants.
9th Jul '16 7:41:05 PM Zoot
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Jean Smart discovered she was pregnant the day that Charlene and Bill's wedding episode was filmed. [[HideYourPregnancy Rather than stick her in a bunch of baggy clothes]], Charlene was written to have gotten pregnant on the honeymoon, and baby Olivia was born the following New Year's.
9th Jul '16 7:40:37 PM Zoot
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* HideYourPregnancy: Averted with Jean Smart (see RealLifeWritesThePlot below) but played straight with Annie Potts later on.
10th Apr '16 9:36:47 PM Zoot
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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Anthony often walks into the Sugarbaker's at inopportune moments.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Anthony often walks has walked into the Sugarbaker's at inopportune moments.moments quite a few times.
10th Apr '16 9:33:56 PM Zoot
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* WholesomeCrossdresser: One of Carlene's boyfriends is this.
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