Designing Women: Season 4, Episode 6

The Rowdy Girls (30 Oct. 1989)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Mavis Madling
Dan Madling
Jamie Lynn Grenham ...
Julie Madling (as Jami Lynne Grenham)
David Silverman ...
Man (voice)


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. Written by Attmay

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30 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The white-striped blue chairs in Mavis' (Charlene's high school friend teaching them dance steps for the variety show) house are the same ones used on the set in Sugarbaker's during the firs few episodes, pilot included. See more »


The song used in the act in this show ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough") wasn't by The Supremes; it was a solo record done by Diana Ross shortly after she left the group. See more »


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Now Remember, When You Witness Spousal Abuse, . . . WALK AWAY!
4 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This episode by and large sums up what was so wrong with this show.

They discussed topics like a disease of the week, spouting off figures and quotations (four women are beaten every minute, four out of five dentists recommend . . .), then they move on to their next endorsement or condemnation, depending on what the moral might be.

I recorded this episode simply to see Kim Zimmer, best known for Guiding Light, and to see how spousal abuse was dealt with on this show.

The quartet were at Zimmer's home and they departed, then Charlene goes back to get her handbag or something, and overhears Zimmer being beaten in the kitchen by her husband.

What does Charlene do? She leaves! She can slam the door all she wants, but fact of the matter is, she left a woman to be beaten by her husband! Fade to a commercial, then comes back and what do we see? What we always see; the four women of the supreme court, casting down their judgement from their soap box, in their little furniture establishment.

they can say what people need to do who are in abusive relationships all they want, but look at this message these ladies are sending out about not getting involved! A veritable talk show, masquerading as entertainment and offering moderate information.

From there, the show goes into a really strange lip-synch performance (for charity, no doubt) that the cast are doing for . . . . something.

Lip-synching to Supremes songs, and Suzanne shows up painted African American, while the other three have big hair and are still pale.

Something here was seen as funny by someone.

Strangest bit was definitely the lip-synching of the 'ahs' in the Supremes 'Aint No Mountain High Enough' Yea,it was real convincing.

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