Designing Women- Annie Potts? Yes, please lots.


Ran into Annie Potts on our flight back from Virginia. I was staring at her, wondering if it was her...indeed it was. I can spot 'em I tell ya. I'm like a Hollywood Safari guide. I digress...

Annie struck up a conversation with me as I was cooing at baby Coco. Coco was wearing these socks from Mud pies.



I know the cardinal rule of flying is "Dress 'em cute to distract from possible ruination of everyone's flight!". Annie loved the socks because she had three boys and wished for socks like these!!

She was adorable, cute jeans, little orange bag and shoes, not preppy but a little hip. She was wonderful. Now I love her more than I did before.

Did you love Designing Women?
I did.
It made me miss the south, want a workplace with best friends, and need a little innocent humor once in a while.


My two favorite episodes are:

Ray Don: When Julia lectures a man named Ray Don, thanking him for women everywhere that surely don't want to eat dinner by themselves.


Here's the exchange:


A middle-aged swinger approaches the ladies in a sushi bar:
MAN: Allow me to introduce myself -- Ray Don Simpson.
JULIA: There's no need for introductions, Ray Don, we know who you are.
RAY DON: (smiling) You do?
JULIA: Of course. You're the guy who is always wherever women gather or try to be alone. You want to eat with us when we're dining in hotels, you want to know if the book we're reading is any good, or if you can keep up company on the plane. And I want to thank you, Ray Don, on behalf of all the women in the world, for your unfailing attention and concern. But read my lips and remember, as hard as it is to believe, sometimes we like talking just to each other, and sometimes we like just being alone.

But this is nothing compared to my ALL TIME FAVORITE Designing Women Moment, another Julia Sugarbaker tirade. This is from the "Beauty Contest" episode.

JULIA: Excuse me, aren't you Marjorie Leigh Winnick, the current Miss Georgia World?
MARJORIE: Why, yes I am.
JULIA: I'm Julia Sugarbaker, Suzanne Sugarbaker's sister. I couldn't help over hearing part of your conversation.
MARJORIE: Well, I'm sorry. I didn't know anyone was here.
JULIA: Yes, and I gather from your comments there are a couple of other things you don't know, Marjorie. For example, you probably didn't know that Suzanne was the only contestant in Georgia pageant history to sweep every category except congeniality, and that is not something the women in my family aspire to anyway. Or that when she walked down the runway in her swimsuit, five contestants quit on the spot. Or that when she emerged from the isolation booth to answer the question, "What would you do to prevent war?" she spoke so eloquently of patriotism, battlefields and diamond tiaras, grown men wept. And you probably didn't know, Marjorie, that Suzanne was not just any Miss Georgia, she was the Miss Georgia. She didn't twirl just a baton, that baton was on fire. And when she threw that baton into the air, it flew higher, further, faster than any baton has ever flown before, hitting a transformer and showering the darkened arena with sparks! And when it finally did come down, Marjorie, my sister caught that baton, and 12,000 people jumped to their feet for sixteen and one-half minutes of uninterrupted thunderous ovation, as flames illuminated her tear-stained face! And that, Marjorie --- just so you will know --- and your children will someday know --- is the night the lights went out in Georgia!


You can go to designingwomenoneline.com and see even more tidbits!!! Which episode did you love?
xo
The Mrs.
Don't forget my giveaway for the Mommy hook!

22 comments:

Angie said...

How funny!! I LOVED Designing Women!! Those quotes are the best!!
Have a good weekend!

Poolside with the Girls said...

I LOVE that show and I remember both of those episodes..

what about this one men vs women...

JULIA: ...........in general it has been the men who have done the raping and the robbing and the killing and the war-mongering for the last two thousand years.... and it's been the men who have done the pillaging and the beheading and the subjecating of whole races into slavery. It has been the men who have done the law making and the money making and the most of the mischief making! So if the world isn't quite what you had in mind you have only yourselves to thank!!
REESE: Oh yeah? That's what you think about men? Well let me tell you something about women............... They're always late.

Miss B said...

OMG!! I loved that show, how lucky are you?!LOL!!

pink green & southern said...

Oh I love me some DW. Those quotes are also some of my faves. Did you know that the first season is out on DVD now?! (The episodes you mentioned are from the first season!)

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

I used to watch Designing Women all the time. I just love Julia's little rants about stuff...so funny!

Belle said...

Oh, I love Annie Potts. Such an actress! Designing Women is one of my all time favorite shows. In high school my best(gay guy) friend and I would rush home from show choir practice (ha) to watch it every week! I loved Suzanne! The "Night the Lights Went Out in GA" episode was the best! and how about when Annie Potts'character told the story of how she put her fake breasts onto the counter at the bank teller! ha. priceless. Love that show!

Have a great weekend!
Belle

icing on the cake said...

Awww, what a neat lady. BTW, I LOVE those socks!

pinkpolkadotaa said...

Love Mud Pie Socks!!!

Pinot after Playdates said...

loved this show...loved when suzanne shot anthony, and when julia dressed up like a southern belle and the first floor was a museum...and the one where they spent the night in the haunted house they were redecorating.....so many good ones!

Tippy said...

Oh, I LOVED Designing Women!! My favorite episode was the tour of homes one. I am copying Julia's tirade below because it was SO good... I also loved Annie Potts in Pretty in Pink!

"Alright!! That's it. This is not a whore house, this is my house. And I've had all I'm gonna take of you. You don't care about history, you just want to sell it. You don't even sell it honestly. You just want to sell the myth.........the myth of the Old South. You all know that myth, don't ya? Happy darkies singing in the field while Miss Scarlet primps around throwing hissy fits. Well that's an insult. It isn't the South. It's an insult to all the people who lived and died here not so very long ago. We Southerners have had to endure many things. But one thing we Southerners don't have to endure is a bunch of bored housewives turning historical homes into theme parks, not to mention ill-mannered tourists with their Big Gulps, Mysties, Slurpees, and Frosties, their dirty feet overflowing rubber thongs, and babies who sneeze fudgecicle juice! Out!! Out of my house!! As God is my witness..........I will burn it down myself before I let you in again!"

Kristin said...

Love love love Designing Women!! I'm a big fan of the episode where Charlene has her baby and Dolly guest stars.

nanny said...

Oh I love Designing Women. Will have to think about which one is my favorite.

Marla said...

I loved Designing women...I bet Annie Potts was so cute IRL!

This is an all time favorite...it has stayed with me for years!

Charlene: I asked this Northern woman, "Where are ya'll from?" And she said, "I'm from a place where we don't end our sentences with prepositions." So I said, "Okay, where are ya'll from, bitch?"

debra said...

One of my all time favorite shows. I loved the one where Suzanne's maid put the curse on her - it was early on - maybe the first season. I loved Anthony and Allison (Julia Duffy's character). I can't believe it's been so long since the show was on - or that I remember the shows and characters!

OFM's Mom said...

My fav episode was the one with Annie where she is trying to decide if she wants a 'boob' job or not.She stuffs her bra, goes to a bar & waits to see the men's reaction...
"You're looking at my breasts, aren't you?" she says to one guy.
"Well, uh, yes." he says.
"These things are POWER!" she whispers to Suzanne, pointing to her breasts...

Sherrie said...

OMG I loved that show. My favorite character was Anthony (was that his name). Hysterical!

Preppy Mama said...

Loved this show so much. Miss it!! Too many favorites to mention, but the one when Suzanne shot Anthony was one of the best!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

My favorite episode ever was "Dash Goff, the Writer." I could watch it 1000 times and never get tired of it.

Surf Girl said...

Julia Sugarbaker was my hero. I only wished I could have comebacks as good as hers. She was a true Steel Magnolia!

Bee and Rose said...

The "Beauty Contest" episode was hands down my favorite! It always stuck with me long after I watched it!

Thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane!

Domestic Diva said...

Love her and the show. I wanted to move to Atlanta because of the show!! xxxx me

Happy Homemaker said...

LOVED Designing Women!! I think my favorite episode was when the girls and their guys went on a skiing trip... but I can't remember why exactly I liked that one so much!