29 September 1986
At the interior design firm of Sugarbaker & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, thrice-divorced ex-beauty queen Suzanne Sugarbaker, younger sister of founder Julia, goes out with the ex-husband of her co-worker Mary Jo Shivley.
6 October 1986
Mary Jo objects to her 12-year-old daughter Claudia entering in a beauty pageant.
20 October 1986
Suzanne sets up Charlene on a blind date with a wholesaler of imported goods without telling her that he's significantly overweight.
27 October 1986
Julia's son Payne comes home from college with his girlfriend: a professor named Primrose Horton who is at least twice his age.
3 November 1986
Suzanne persuades Mary Jo to allow her to set her up with a date.
17 November 1986
Suzanne is bored with not being more involved in the actual work at Sugarbaker's, so Julia allows her to work on the very next assignment: Design House '86. As part of the requirement for the job, she spends the night there. The next morning it burns to the ground. Suzanne survives, but her future - and Sugarbaker's reputation - are in jeopardy.
24 November 1986
On Thanksgiving Day, Julia and Suzanne's mother Perky visits, along with her friend Bernice Clifton. However, a shadow is cast over the celebration when the women learn that a client was murdered after their delivery man, Anthony, argued with him.
4 December 1986
Julia expects an engagement ring from her boyfriend, Reese Watson, but gets a canary instead. Nonetheless, they get married while drunk and annul the marriage the next morning, leaving Julia in a depressed state.
Season 1, Episode 9: The IT Men11 December 1986
While Charlene's boyfriend Mason is living in Tokyo, they have agreed to date other people. She goes with a man named Ed who is married to another woman, a fact she learns when Julia and Mary Jo meet with their latest client: his wife.
18 December 1986
Suzanne believes her maid, Consuela, has put a fatal voodoo curse on her to take effect at midnight. Just in case it comes true, the other ladies have a slumber party at Mary Jo's house.
1 January 1987
The ladies' New Year's Eve Party has a shadow cast over it-literally-when Charlene's boyfriend, Shadow, breaks out of prison to be with her.
1 February 1987
Mary Jo and J.D.'s romantic evening is interrupted when her ex-husband Ted brings home the children on a flimsy excuse. Meanwhile, Anthony is required to attend a $5,000 poker game after a run-in with a corrupt businessman, and Charlene looks for a new doctor when her old one says to "wait and see" after finding a lump in her breast.
1 February 1987
J.D. brings his ex-wife and Mary Jo's ex-husband Ted together to lay down some ground rules; Charlene goes in for a biopsy while Julia confronts her old doctor; Anthony tries to hide from two of Mr. BB's bodyguards.
Season 1, Episode 14: Monette8 February 1987
Charlene's old friend Monette, now calling herself "Monica," asks Sugarbaker & Associates to re-design her house. She can afford a budget of $100,000 to $150,000 because of her profession: the oldest profession; she is the owner of a brothel.
15 February 1987
Charlene's boyfriend's offer of a discount on antique furniture turns out to be of stolen goods, landing the women in prison.
22 February 1987
Julia is jealous when Reese cancels six consecutive dates due to work involving a new lawyer at his firm; a young, attractive female one.
16 March 1987
Just as her entire family is coming to visit her in Atlanta, Charlene meets Gaylon King, a man who claims to be a record producer with the intent of launching her singing career.
23 March 1987
Suzanne becomes the foster mother to a Vietnamese boat girl for a month while the papers for her adoption by a Birmingham couple are being cleared. However, they become so attached that they don't want to split up.
6 April 1987
When Mary Jo's recently divorced father, Davis Jackson, comes to town, he is instantly smitten with Charlene.
13 April 1987
The ladies are overwhelmed by their latest clients: an ultra-rich couple that lavishes them with gifts and trips.
4 May 1987
Suzanne's ex-husband, an Atlanta Braves pitcher named Jack Dent, writes a scandalous autobiography in which he admits to an unprecedented amount of infidelity during their three-year marriage.
11 May 1987
A wealthy client makes a pass at Mary Jo.
14 September 1987
To promote their business, the ladies raffle off a free room re-design. The winner of the drawing is a shiftless bum named Eldon Ashcroft IV who keeps changing his mind constantly.
21 September 1987
Mary Jo is worried about losing control over Claudia and Quinton when Ted and his girlfriend Tammy start spoiling them.
28 September 1987
After Suzanne is in a car accident, she decides to become more charitable. However, her idea of charity is helping Anthony make himself look more well-off than he is to impress his girlfriend's wealthy parents. She lets him use her house. But no one is prepared for the shock when a woman comes to the house claiming that he's the father of her baby.
5 October 1987
The ladies plan a funeral for a fellow designer who is dying of AIDS.
19 October 1987
An eccentric client falls in love with Julia, while Bernice enters a beauty pageant for senior citizens.
26 October 1987
Suzanne's ex-husband, novelist Dash Goff, is depressed because his latest book, "Being Belled" has failed to sell to either the movies or TV or to go into paperback.
9 November 1987
When Reese suffers a heart attack, Julia is reminded of how her husband died.
Season 2, Episode 8: Cruising16 November 1987
When the ladies are on a singles cruise ship, Suzanne and Mary Jo make a bet on who can catch the most attractive man.
23 November 1987
Charlene meets and falls in love with Bill Stillfield, a recently widowed Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. That night, she dreams of herself in a World War II era bar. There she meets him, accepts his proposal of marriage, and believes he'll be back even though his plane is shot down in Europe.
Season 2, Episode 10: Stranded7 December 1987
The ladies are off to St. Louis for Design Expo, where Julia, Mary Jo and Charlene come down with the flu. Back in Atlanta, the airport closes due to snow before Suzanne, who is judging a beauty pageant, can leave, so she must ride in the van with Anthony. They stay in a small motel in Tennessee and end up in the same bed.
14 December 1987
Howard Earp Head, a socially inept, nosebleed-prone man the ladies met on the singles cruise, returns to beg Mary Jo to be his date for his 15th High School reunion.
21 December 1987
It's Christmas, and Mary Jo is upset because her son Quinton doesn't believe in Santa Claus and sets up a trap to prove it. Charlene, who plays Santa at her church, stops by to give him a surprise (with Anthony as an elf). Suzanne decides to surprise them and send a department store Santa over there. Anthony gets caught and breaks his ankle, while the department store Santa steals the tree and all of the presents.
4 January 1988
While Anthony's former inmate, T. Tommy Reed, offers him a job running his gift boutique, Mary Jo and J.D.'s respective children don't get along on their weekend together.
11 January 1988
Bill tells Charlene he's not ready to go deeper into their relationship. Charlene becomes withdrawn, and Julia talks to Bill about how she felt when her husband Hayden died.
18 January 1988
Julia and Suzanne's half-brother Clayton, who has suffered from alcoholism and mental illness in the past, comes to town.
25 January 1988
Mary Jo's daughter Claudia is going to the school dance with Kyle, a star football player who happens to be black. Mary Jo has no problem with this, but Kyle's father does.
1 February 1988
Suzzane learns she has amassed a large amount of back taxes and she has to pay it or....so she decides to marry a wealthy older man. When Julia learns of this, she decides to talk to IRS man Ray Don Simpson whom she had dealings with, to try and help her sister.
8 February 1988
Suzanne is now living with Charlene and selling lingerie to pay off the IRS. Charlene tells her a story about how the founder of Federal Express kept his company afloat. He went to Las Vegas and won enough money by gambling to make the payroll, Suzanne gets the same idea. She drags her and Anthony to Atlantic City with her last $4500.
15 February 1988
Suzanne applies for membership at the Beaumont Driving Club, the most exclusive country club in Atlanta, and files an application for Julia on her behalf. However, Julia doesn't want to belong to the club because of the type of exclusivity she believes they represent. When they accept her but not Suzanne, she lets them know what to do with the application.
22 February 1988
Julia is chosen to sing a solo at the closing ceremony of the Baptist convention, but she worries about a high note in the arrangement of "How Great Thou Art". Charlene is upset when she discovers her minister is against allowing women to preach. She tries to persuade her minister to reconsider his position, but when he remains firm, she faces a painful decision.
Season 2, Episode 21: Ted-Bare21 March 1988
Mary Jo believes that Ted has changed and that he wants a reconciliation, in spite of his approaching wedding to Tammy.
28 March 1988
The ladies take their boyfriends (and in Suzanne's case, ex-husband) on a skiing trip in the mountains of North Carolina, where an avalanche snows them in. Tensions flare up enough to turn into a major battle in the War Between Men and Women.
14 November 1988
On a trip to the beach, the women feel threatened by their respective boyfriends' attraction to a beautiful and highly educated Danish au pair hired to take care of Mary Jo and J.D.'s kids.
21 November 1988
Anthony's political activist group recruits Julia to run in a recall election against a reactionary city councilman.
28 November 1988
Charlene wins tickets to a VIP tour of Graceland. In Memphis, the women encounter an assortment of Elvis Presley fans, a newspaper reporter working on an article designed to make them look foolish, and a truck driver who shares his emotional story about Elvis and his dying son privately with Julia.
5 December 1988
While Julia's latest outrage involves a New York Times article about dirt-eaters in the South, Bernice receives a marriage proposal from a TV commercial second banana.
12 December 1988
Mary Jo inherits $3,000 from an eccentric uncle who stipulates that she must spend it on something frivolous, so she considers getting breast implants.
19 December 1988
The women plan an inventive way to counter the sexual harassment they face from construction workers outside their office.
Season 3, Episode 7: Curtains2 January 1989
Sugarbaker's is short on money, but they are able to find a great deal on curtains to decorate a motel-until the shop that makes them goes on strike. The women decide to go there sew them themselves, where they see the conditions which prompted the strike in the first place.
9 January 1989
Bernice signs up the women on an all-female wilderness retreat that some of Lee Iacocca's top executives had attended in the past; she thought the then-CEO of Chrysler would be there. Mary Jo and Julia are stuck under the leadership of a pushy New Yorker named Big Edie, while Suzanne and Charlene's group is led by Bernice.
Season 3, Episode 9: Tyrone16 January 1989
Anthony becomes a Big Brother to Tyrone, a smooth talking 14-year-old boy from a bad neighborhood. While Julia is determined to give him the benefit of the doubt and allows Anthony to hire him as his part-time assistant, the young man soon betrays their trust when he steals some gifts for Anthony's birthday.
Season 3, Episode 10: Mr. Bailey23 January 1989
The ladies' wealthy client dies before their work begins, so her heir-a cat named Mr. Bailey-takes over. The cat is set to inherit the woman's considerable fortune, but the state of Georgia plans to contest the will. The women must prove that she was in her right mind when she made Mr. Bailey heir to her estate.
13 February 1989
Julia's old college schoolmate whom she once dated calls to request her services. Charlene and Mary Jo unexpectedly discover that the home is part of a nudist colony. Suzanne and Julia's nieces, Camilla and Jennifer visit while on semester break and show a striking personal resemblance to their aunts.
Season 3, Episode 12: The Junies20 February 1989
In order to pay off her Christmas bills, Charlene becomes a seller of Lady June cleaning products. However, the other women become concerned about the influence they develop over her, likening it to a cult.
27 February 1989
The other women are shocked when a wealthy, blind client falls for Suzanne.
Season 3, Episode 14: Odell6 March 1989
Charlene's 19-year-old brother Odell comes to town with his fiancée, Sissy Sloan. They have to come to Atlanta because no Justice of the Peace or minister in Poplar Bluff will marry them due to a long-standing feud between the Fraziers and the Sloans.
Season 3, Episode 15: Full Moon13 March 1989
Julia is humiliated at a charity fashion show when the dress she is modeling gets stuck in her pantyhose, revealing her backside to 1200 spectators and the Mayor of Atlanta. Suzanne buys an automatic rifle to protect her pig Noelle from a neighbor's threats. Mary Jo is worried that her daughter Claudia is going to have sex with her boyfriend Ben.
20 March 1989
J.D.'s temporary stay at Mary Jo's house lasts longer than expected when he loses his job. When he starts to take advantage of staying at home, she feels uncomfortable about it. Meanwhile, Julia tries to shake Charlene's belief in psychics, even after a coincidental accident that almost matches something Charlene's psychic said to her.
27 March 1989
When Charlene accepts Bill's proposal of marriage, he invites her to Virginia to meet his wealthy mother and Aunt Phoebe, but she is nervous about how they will perceive her. Meanwhile, when J.D. gets a job in Cincinnati, he and Mary Jo agree to see other people, so she dates a college student.
10 April 1989
The women celebrate Charlene's wedding with an all-female "This Is Your Life" party with friends and family. The night before the wedding, Bill's Air Force buddies throw him a bachelor party with a Spanish-speaking stripper who locks the two of them into a pair of "Ménage-à-trois" handcuffs. When Charlene finds them still chained together in his apartment hours before the wedding she gets caught in the third cuff. The stripper's boyfriend - who is in Shreveport - has the keys, and he is stopped by police on the way to Atlanta. It's up to Monette, Charlene's old friend who became a hooker, to save the day.
1 May 1989
The women agree to pose for a famous photographer's upcoming magazine spread called "The Women of Atlanta," not knowing about the photographer's real intentions.
8 May 1989
When Mary Jo is mugged on the way to pick up some concert tickets, the women join a self-defense class.
15 May 1989
Mary Jo and Charlene discover Reggie MacDawson, the accountant who absconded with Suzanne's life savings, working as a bellhop and lounge singer at a dilapidated hotel. He explains the convoluted story of how and why he left the country, and what happened to Suzanne's money: he used it to buy a circus.
22 May 1989
When a newsstand opens near the office featuring a large display advertising a pornographic magazine, Julia runs through it with her car. Insisting that pornography is not free speech, she continues to do it until the publisher of the magazine - a woman who considers herself a feminist - sues her for violating her First Amendment rights.
18 September 1989
Suzanne's pig Noelle has run away, so to console herself, she buys maternity gifts for an expectant Charlene. When Anthony injures his back carrying a 200 pound antique table down the stairs, and he learns his insurance has been canceled, Suzanne lets him stay at her house to recuperate. However, her idea of generosity proves to be more than Anthony can bear. Meanwhile, Mary Jo tries to impress a snobby rich acquaintance from high school by saying she lives in one of her wealthy client's houses.
25 September 1989
Julia receives a request to spend the night with Donald Stillman, a former classmate dying of a rare form of lymphoma. She barely remembers him, and there are no photos of him in the school yearbooks, so when she and Donald go out to dinner, the other ladies and Anthony go to the same restaurant in case he turns out to be a maniac.
2 October 1989
On the eve of Charlene's baby shower, an official from the Miss Georgia pageant bears the bad news that Suzanne will have to relinquish her crown due to a clerical error.
16 October 1989
While camping in a rural area, a family of hillbillies in a nearby bar asks the ladies to dance. J.D., Bill, and Reese's jealousy leads to a fight.
23 October 1989
Anthony becomes a contractor, and to impress his yuppie girlfriend he is eager to finish a job on which the ladies have had to deal with unscrupulous contractors who cut corners.
30 October 1989
Charlene's cousin Mavis coaches the ladies for an upcoming talent show, where they will be playing the Supremes. When Charlene goes back to pick up something she lost, she notices Mavis's husband brutally abusing her. Meanwhile, Julia is appalled by Suzanne's suggestion on how to make them look more like the Supremes.
13 November 1989
Bernice's niece, Phyllis McGuire, tries to have her aunt declared incompetent in order to get her possessions.
20 November 1989
Sugarbaker's is hired to decorate the Governor's mansion for its annual ball. Anthony receives an invitation to the ball, but Suzanne is dismayed when she doesn't. After decorating the "Abbott banister" at the mansion, Julia is persuaded by the others to do something silly and winds up with her head stuck in the banister, which cannot be cut due to its historical significance.
27 November 1989
Julia and Suzanne experience a series of mishaps on a trip to Japan to visit their mother and to pick up Suzanne's new car. Meanwhile, Anthony and Mary Jo cast votes in a call-in poll unaware that each call costs money.
Season 4, Episode 10: Manhunt4 December 1989
To make up for the "ding" she left on Mary Jo's car, Suzanne tries to help her meet men with advice from a self-help book.
11 December 1989
Suzanne attends her high school reunion, where people shun her because she weighs more than she did in high school.
18 December 1989
Mary Jo is forced to clip coupons and work at Burger Guy because her ex-husband Ted is late on his child support payments. After Julia persuades her to accept a personal loan, Mary Jo asks an emergency favor from her, Anthony, and Bernice when Burger Guy is short of help.
1 January 1990
Charlene is due on the first of January; if hers is the first baby born in the decade she wins a new car.
1 January 1990
Charlene goes into labor, while the other ladies meet a dying 102-year-old black woman who tells them of her life experience as a woman of color in the South.
8 January 1990
The ladies are hired to redesign a house for a man as well as his condo - where he keeps his mistress.
15 January 1990
While Olivia is looking for a nanny, Suzanne is physically harassed by anti-fur protesters while modeling one.
29 January 1990
Because Suzanne promised a nasty woman named Mrs. Fricke that their job would be done by a certain date or it's free, the women need a new van to deliver it by midnight. Despite Julia's misgivings, they go to a car dealer with the intention of trying to manipulate them into a bargain, but the dealer beats them at their own game.
5 February 1990
When Anthony's girlfriend Vanessa gets a temp job at Sugarbaker's, she sees him going out with his yuppie girlfriend Lita and feels jealous.
19 February 1990
Julia learns that her son Payne is graduating early from college and getting married to his pregnant girlfriend the next day. At the wedding, Julia gets drunk, performs an outrageous rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown," and wakes up the next morning in the same room as Payne's 22-year-old roommate Scott.
26 February 1990
A tornado traps the ladies in the house with Daddy Jones, who takes a liking to Bernice, and the milquetoast husband of a customer, who decides to let loose in an increasingly bizarre evening.
12 March 1990
The ladies vie for a bowling alley contract in order to undercut a group of obnoxious male designers who try to act macho in order to dispel the stereotypes of male designers.
19 March 1990
An exhausted and overworked Charlene believes Bill is having an affair. When he tells her he's being sent on a classified mission, she doesn't believe him. The other ladies hear their fight over a baby monitor. Concerned, they set up a surprise rooftop dinner for two at the soon-to-be-demolished hotel where they had their first date.
9 April 1990
Suzanne wants a female friend to accompany her to a charity ball for which she was given tickets. So she calls up Eugenia Weeks, her former competitor in the Miss Georgia pageant who gave Suzanne her batons, who is now a TV weather forecaster. When the ladies meet her, Suzanne is the last one to figure out that Eugenia is a lesbian.
30 April 1990
Suzanne receives a letter from the INS saying that her maid Consuela's work permit has expired, and unless she can qualify for a green card or US citizenship, she will be deported. Suzanne doesn't think Consuela can pass the test, so she pays Anthony to impersonate her.
Season 4, Episode 25: Have Faith7 May 1990
After Julia and Charlene take Mary Jo to their church, she and the minister meet and start dating. She feels nervous because she doesn't feel she can be herself while dating a clergyman.
9 May 1990
Various scenes are shown in flashback which features each of the women in some of their strongest performances. Some of the song routines are also shown.
14 May 1990
Anthony is about to graduate from college, and he is nervous about his commencement speech. Bernice buys him a Jeopardy home game to study with, but the ladies become so engaged in it that Suzanne plans to take the book of clues in the night when Julia's not around. She does that, but when Anthony comes in just afterwords, she thinks it's a burglar and shoots him in the leg.
21 May 1990
Suzanne invites everyone, including Anthony, for a weekend at a fancy health spa at her expense. While Julia and Mary Jo try to gain weight, Suzanne and Charlene suffer on the stringent plan to lose weight. Suzanne also plots to get even with Mary Jo and Julia for making her and Charlene feel dumb by challenging them to a game of Trivial Pursuit to which she has memorized all the answers.
17 September 1990
Sugarbakers is put on a historical tour of homes, and Julia gets irate at the selling of the myth of the old south.
24 September 1990
Anthony's 30th birthday is approaching, so the women decide to hire a private detective to find his long-lost father. An old man shows up at the office claiming to be his father's best friend with the bad news that he has passed away, along with other information about the man. When he meets Anthony, he shares this information with him along with a major surprise.
1 October 1990
When Charlene gets upset about missing Olivia's first steps because she was at work, she decides to quit her job to spend more time with her daughter and watch her grow up. However, when Mary Jo comes to see her she finds that the working mothers in the neighborhood are taking advantage of her to run errands for them. A remark about Quint's latest troubles leads to a debate between the two of them about whether mothers should have jobs.
Season 5, Episode 4: Miss Trial15 October 1990
Julia plans to have dinner with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, she is called to jury duty. When Mary Jo mentions a case about a man who blamed a sperm bank for his impotence, Julia reveals that is the case on which she is serving. When Charlene does her civic duty and informs the court that she talked about the case outside, the jury is sequestered in a motel. Meanwhile, Charlene has won a radio station contest that gives her the chance to take home all the music and movies she can get in a record store in 92 seconds for free.
22 October 1990
Thinking that it will get her the membership she has always wanted, Suzanne holds a bachelor auction at the Beaumont Driving Club. One of the bachelors is Anthony, who feels uncomfortable about the idea of being auctioned off; he is surprised when he finds out who wins a date with him accidentally.
29 October 1990
When Charlene buys a haunted house, she hires Sugarbaker & Associates to decorate it and insists that they treat her as just another customer.
5 November 1990
Mary Jo learns from her mother that her former mentor, Miss Eulalie Crown, is now living at a nursing home in Atlanta, so she goes to visit her there. Frustrated with the lack of respect she perceives, she and a friend run away and stay at the women's office. Meanwhile, Charlene becomes starstruck when a photographer sends Olivia's picture to a talent agency.
12 November 1990
When Julia and Mary Jo take up running, Julia becomes obsessed with the sport to the detriment of her business.
19 November 1990
When Charlene goes back to college, she takes a psychology class with a socially awkward professor who falls for her but cannot express it appropriately.
26 November 1990
When Charlene is distressed about Bill being on a classified mission, she goes to a support group for military spouses where she meets a military husband, also named Bill. While they start to grow closer, she imagines what life was like for wives on the home front in WWII.
10 December 1990
Claudia brings home Mark, a 34-year-old man she met in a bar, who soon takes an interest in Mary Jo.
17 December 1990
While Mary Jo deals with getting dumped by a rich, handsome client, Bernice has trouble getting her guests to show up on her new public access TV show.
7 January 1991
While Suzanne tries out for the evening news, she shows the other ladies her $4,500 pearl necklace and mocks Mary Jo's costume necklace. To get even, Mary Jo switches the two. This backfires when she and Charlene are at a salad bar and she loses the necklace. Meanwhile, Anthony has weird dreams about him and Julia.
14 January 1991
Anthony is forced to confront Billy Boy Swine, a bully who has taken over the laundry room in his apartment and disturbed all the other tenants.
28 January 1991
Julia secretly sings in a nightclub; Anthony is attracted to an Asian woman.
4 February 1991
Bernice decides to have plastic surgery. When the surgeon botches the job, the women have trouble telling her to her face because they are afraid to hurt her feelings.
Season 5, Episode 17: Maybe Baby11 February 1991
While Suzanne starts smoking to lose weight, Mary Jo wants to have another baby while she still can. When J.D. returns to town on business, she wants him to father the baby instead of going to a sperm bank.
25 February 1991
When Julia goes to an art show held by a curator friend of hers, she places her purse on an empty stand where two art connoisseurs mistake it for a work of art. Meanwhile, Mary Jo tries to make it up to Charlene after denting her car while Suzanne accidentally glues her mouth shut.
4 March 1991
When the women go to New Orleans, they are unable to get another room for Anthony and must share a room so that he can have one of the two rooms they had already booked. Meanwhile, Mary Jo goes to bed with a man she has been dating before she finds out that he is already married.
18 March 1991
While Suzanne gets in trouble for putting on her mascara while driving, Mary Jo finds that the man who robbed her is now working at a pizzeria.
8 April 1991
While coping with the sudden death of her boyfriend Reese, Julia takes care of the nasty Randa Oliver while her parents have gone on vacation without her.
29 April 1991
Bill gets a week's leave while Charlene and Mary Jo are writing a children's book that has a deadline.
Season 5, Episode 23: Fore!6 May 1991
The Beaumont Driving Club has changed their admission policies after being disqualified from the PGA Tour for racial discrimination. Suzanne tries to learn golf to get accepted into Beaumont, but the membership committee chooses Anthony instead. Julia suspects they only want him in as a token and urges him not to go, but Anthony decides to take advantage of the opportunity and become an active member of the club.
13 May 1991
Mary Jo coaches her son's little league baseball team; they have lost six games in a row. When Julia becomes the co-coach, the team's performance starts to turn around, but Mary Jo feels that they have gotten too competitive.
16 September 1991
After Suzanne moves to Japan to live with her mother and take advantage of their economic boom, her and Julia's cousin Allison, who tried to make it in New York but failed, purchases her share of Sugarbaker & Associates. As Charlene goes to England to be with Bill, her recently divorced younger sister, Carlene Dobber, who had come to take care of Olivia, takes her place. Meanwhile, Mary Jo hires a male stripper for Julia's birthday.
16 September 1991
As the others get sick of Allison's constant criticism and demands, including an oversized antique desk, Julia tries to buy her out, while the other women propose voting on whether she can stay. Meanwhile, Allison reveals what she was really doing in New York.
23 September 1991
Julia has not felt comfortable dating since Reese's death, but she has gotten close to a man named Mark. While Allison assumes he is gay based on his personality and tastes, she proves to be way off when he makes a move on Julia. Meanwhile, Allison's therapist has diagnosed her with Obnoxious Personality Disorder, while Anthony is fed up with sharing Suzanne's house with her.
30 September 1991
Carlene's ex-husband, Dwayne Dobber, comes to Atlanta to give her permission to see other men. Mary Jo says Carlene already has a boyfriend, named Dr. Sanders. When Dwayne comes back and asks to meet him, Anthony is forced to impersonate the man.
7 October 1991
Barry Binsford, Allison's ex-employer and lover, is released from jail after doing time for insider trading; it was her testimony that helped convict him. Though Anthony convinces her the man may seek retribution, he actually wants to marry her.
14 October 1991
Mary Jo wants to have another baby, so she goes to the sperm bank to conceive via in-vitro fertilization. Meanwhile, after Julia confronts a deadbeat client, Allison tries another method to get him to pay the money he owes.
21 October 1991
Anthony gives a speech to a prison outreach program and brings the women with him. During his speech, his former cell mate T. Tommy Reed interrupts and demands a song. While Julia sings, a riot breaks out, trapping everyone inside.
4 November 1991
Mary Jo and Julia are starring in a stage production of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane," but the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings distract them as everyone takes sides regarding Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against him.
11 November 1991
Mary Jo's brother Skip, who is taking Quinton hunting against her will, falls for Allison and invites her to join the hunting party, while the other ladies get caught up in it as well.
18 November 1991
Allison advocates for Carlene at college. Rusty is turning 40 and asks Julia for a date. Julia accepts and finds him to be erudite in his knowledge is about opera when they see La Boheme. The others tease her about the date.
2 December 1991
Allison and Julia argue about what to do for The Yuletide Homes tour. Believing they are being ripped off, Rusty lets them in to check. Mary Jo and Julia look under the bed to check Chuck Tremaine's reputation as a ladies man. When they hear him with the weather girl, they are stuck under the bed. The other ladies go home without them, leaving them worried.
9 December 1991
The women go antiquing in the Georgia mountains. Due to the torrential rain, their car breaks down at a cabin where they find a men's primitive movement. Anthony gets blamed for ruining its men-only sanctity by bringing the women, for which the men intend to punish him.
16 December 1991
Carlene and Anthony feel inferior to classmates, so they decide to become study mates. Anthony finds himself intimidated by a professor who becomes interested in Carlene and invites her to class.
6 January 1992
Mary Jo has to take her mother, who drives her crazy, back to South Carolina, so Julia goes with her. While they are gone, Anthony and Allison argue over who will be in charge; they and Carlene end up trapped in the store room with an improperly installed doorknob that is only accessible from the outside.
13 January 1992
Julia and Carlene recall when Payne came to visit from NYC, while Bernice met Carlene and Allison for the first time. Payne had separated from his wife Sylvia and decided to move back home.
20 January 1992
Carlene moves into a new apartment and invites everyone to a housewarming party to which no one is looking forward, as it is located in a one-room apartment in a bad neighborhood. Things go from bad to worse when Bernice joins the party acting uncharacteristically abrasive.
Season 6, Episode 17: Mamed3 February 1992
Anthony directs a Little Theater production of "Mame" and is forced to deal with a temperamental ex-Broadway star, Ivy McBride, who is producing. Mary Jo plays Gooch, Carlene is in the chorus, and Julia is Mame, while Ivy is Vera. They hate each other; Ivy walks out, leaving Julia as the producer. As the strain causes her mood to degenerate, she loses it before opening night. When Ivy shows up drunk during a performance, Anthony must take desperate measures to ensure the show goes on.
24 February 1992
Anthony gets accused of being a robber. He believes it is a racial issue, prompting Julia to confront the security, whose symbolic language drives her to stage a sit-in. Anthony, who wished to handle the matter himself, thought she went too far, especially after the TV news refers to him as an "ex-con."
2 March 1992
Carlene writes a theme song to be played at the Olympics in 1996 and Mary Jo tries to get Julia to sing it with them. Their first groupie, Heather McPhaul, designs their costumes. Allison is suspicious of her motives and spies on her, but Carlene refuses to believe anything bad about her.
9 March 1992
Carlene becomes the leader of a girl scout troop full of spoiled rich 9-year-olds. When she feels so overwhelmed she wants to quit, Mary Jo and Julia come with her.
Season 6, Episode 21: L.A. Story23 March 1992
Allison invests on a film and gets the women to come with her on the set in LA. The film stars soap star Brad Connor of "The Young and the Beautiful" and is being directed by Charles Nelson Reilly. They'll be staying in Charles' house, but when he gets there he threatens to call the cops. He later explains why he's directing the film: the producers are swindlers. He relents and lets them stay. When Allison confronts the producers, he makes them actors in the film.
27 April 1992
Julia is in the hospital, waiting the results of hysterectomy tests. She has doubts of her femininity, her belief in love, and faith in herself. A doctor helps her put things in perspective.
4 May 1992
A woman runs into Anthony's vehicle and they start dating. She is the rich daughter of man who owns a hotel chain. Julia and the others hope they will be hired to be the hotel decorators. Anthony announces he has asked Vanessa to marry him.
25 September 1992
Allison has pulled out of Sugarbaker & Associates to invest in a Victoria's Secret franchise, leaving the firm's future in doubt. Their newest client, Bonnie Jean "B.J." Poteet, a multimillionaire widow from Houston, Texas, forms a friendship with them as she promises an unlimited budget. During a party in the bondage room, which the house's former owners set up, Julia loses her share in a game of Five Card Stud, but B.J. offers her a chance to win it back.
2 October 1992
Dwayne Dobber returns and asks to stay in Carlene's apartment. Carlene rebuffs his advances, so he stays in Anthony's bedroom. He and Carlene end up in bed together.
16 October 1992
Julia plans to participate in another fashion show, despite the enduring legacy of "Full Moon Friday." Mary Jo writes a letter to protest the school board's cuts to AIDS education program under pressure, then gets angry when Julia rewrites it. The tension explodes behind the scenes at the fashion show.
23 October 1992
Quinton wants to live with his father, which breaks Mary Jo's heart. Tired of being the "bad guy," she asks B.J. to show her how to be more spontaneous. She suggests going on a road trip, which leads Mary Jo, Julia and Bernice to a truck stop in Tennessee where Bernice makes eyes at a trucker.
30 October 1992
Julia has started menopause, so she warns her co-workers and her boyfriend Philip, a symphony conductor, to be aware of changes in her behavior.
6 November 1992
Anthony is frustrated with his fiancée Vanessa. After she calls off the engagement, B.J. takes everyone to Las Vegas in her jet. While Julia and Mary Jo hit a hot streak at the craps table, Anthony watches the showgirls at the Folies Bergere and falls for the lead singer, Etienne Toussaint. After the women hit it big, they find Anthony and Etienne in bed. When Anthony wakes up, he learns they got married while drunk on champagne.
13 November 1992
While Mary Jo becomes addicted to the thrill of victory after winning $20,000 at the craps table, Bernice suspects Etienne's motives. Anthony tries to get out of the marriage, but Etienne insists on staying together, while promising to be a good wife. B.J. suggests a monetary incentive to buy her off.
20 November 1992
B.J. opens her late husband's safety deposit box and finds a love letter from a woman named Carolyn, written when he and B.J. got engaged.
4 December 1992
As Anthony feels overwhelmed by the need to balance Etienne's flirtatious nature with work and school, she tells him she wants to have a baby. He asks the women for advice on how to deal with her.
11 December 1992
Mary Jo's next door neighbor, Anita Foley, sues her over a freezer. Carlene suggests that Anthony help Mary Jo in court. After his extensive research costs her the case and causes him to break down, Anthony doubts he is fit to become a lawyer.
8 January 1993
While Carlene gets a chain letter, Mary Jo dates a commercial model named Craig. He's not very bright, leading the others to make fun of him behind their backs.
15 January 1993
Everyone is planning to fly to Washington in one of B.J.'s jets to see Bill Clinton's inauguration-even though Carlene voted for Ross Perot-but after the jet is grounded, they must fly commercial. Their flight is re-routed from Cincinnati to St. Louis because of weather, and everything goes downhill from there. Meanwhile, Carlene leaves the airport to visit her family in Poplar Bluff.
22 January 1993
Mary Jo's dog Brownie may have to be put to sleep. When Bernice is recovering from cataract surgery, Mary Jo calls the vet to hear a grim prognosis for the dog, but Bernice overhears it and believes it is who her is going to be put to sleep.
5 February 1993
Anthony's grandma Dondi and Etienne's bickering parents come to visit. Julia suggests the two of them renew their wedding vows while they are visiting.
12 February 1993
Julia insists they go to an exhibition of the works of Nigel McFeeney, an artist she knew from the Art Institute in New York, without her. She goes anyway only to end up embarrassed when Carlene discovers the reason for her initial apprehension: his nude painting of her. Julia denies posing for him and is horrified by it, so B.J. tries to buy it.
5 March 1993
BJ was feeling bad about another birthday and changes her hair, but the hair style just adds to her depression. Julia decides to set her up on a blind date with a really nice guy.
12 March 1993
Mary Jo's snow shovel has the face of Elvis Presley on it, which leads fans to the office to see it. A promoter contacts her in order to exploit the shovel, offering her a 50/50 profit split. Julia convinces her not to do it, but when Mary Jo grabs Weird Phil, who found it, and tells him to go away, Phil's ear ringing goes away, which leads him to believe she is a miracle worker.
2 April 1993
Etienne's friend visits and it seems that Etienne and "Punch" have so much in common and share many memories. Anthony gets jealous and tries to be gracious about their friendship.
30 April 1993
The Sugarbakers get a surprise visit from Julia's former school mistress, whom Julia cannot stand. The woman says that her deceased husband told her to visit Julia. Julia decides to hold a séance which might get the woman to leave.
7 May 1993
Carlene has a new boyfriend who seems to good to be true. However, everyone notices that he seems to be unavailable three nights a week and wonder why. A little snooping, and they find out something unusual.
24 May 1993
The ladies try to stop a client from remodeling an antebellum mansion to suit her own bad tastes; it reminds them of their favorite movie "Gone With the Wind."
24 May 1993
The show's seven-year run comes to a close as the ladies continue to imagine themselves in "Gone with the Wind."
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