Season 7 Cast

Season Seven

Executive Producers: Harry Thomason
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Norma Safford Vela

Co-Executive Producers: Tommy Thompson
Douglas Jackson

Producers: Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke
Co-Producers: Judith A. Burke, William Cosentino




OF HUMAN BONDAGE -September 25, 1992
Written by: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Directed by: David Steinberg
(Episode Feature available)

Allison pulls her money out of Sugarbaker's, leaving the firm on the brink of bankruptcy. Depressed, the ladies get intoxicated and lose their inhibitions celebrating Julia's birthday at new client Bonnie Jean Poteet's home --- strapping Anthony to a bondage wheel, while a drunken Julia loses her shares of the company to B.J. in a card game.

Guest cast: Arsenio Trinidad (Stedman)



SEX AND THE SINGLE WOMAN -October 2, 1992
Written by: Dee LaDuke and Mark Alton Brown
Directed by: David Steinberg

Anthony generously offers to put up Carlene's ex-husband while he is in town. While Carlene tries to shrug off the guilt of using Dwayne just for sex, Anthony deals with the trauma of finding the couple doing the deed on his new designer sheets.

Guest cast: Ray McKinnon (Dwayne Dobber)



MARY JO vs. THE TERMINATOR -October 16, 1992
Written by: Mark Alton Brown and Dee LaDuke
Directed by: David Steinberg

Tired of Julia's superior attitude and "school marm" routine, Mary Jo lets her have it full force -- starting a feud between them just as they prepare to represent Sugarbaker's in this year's fashion event. Meanwhile, B. J. buys some billboards and begins a "B. J. Says" campaign which incites the anger of local vegetarians.

Guest cast: Kathy Connell (manager), Lisa Long (woman)



ON THE ROAD AGAIN -October 23, 1992
Written by: Mark Alton Brown and Dee LaDuke
Directed by: David Steinberg

Mary Jo is afraid her son is going to go live with his father after he tells her she lacks verve and spontaneity. Hoping to be more exciting, Mary Jo takes off on a "Thelma and Louise" style road trip, dragging along Bernice and Julia --- who hopes to meet up with her conductor boyfriend on the road. Anthony and Carlene are left to study for their exams, but the stress convinces them to let B. J. hang them upside-down in some relaxation equipment.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Clarence Felder (Otwell), Anne Carney (waitress)



SCREAMING PASSAGE -October 30, 1992
Written by: Norma Safford Vela
Directed by: David Steinberg

Julia lets everyone know that she is going through menopause, explaining much of her behavior of late, and putting a crimp in her new romance with conductor Phillip.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: James Naughton (Phillip Russell Stuart)



VIVA LAS VEGAS -November 6, 1992
Written by: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Directed by: Charles Frank
(Episode Feature available)

After Anthony is dumped by his fiancee, B. J. tries to cheer him up by taking the whole group to Las Vegas. As Mary Jo and Julia get caught up in the fever of winning, Anthony gets himself inebriated and wakes up to find himself in bed with a voluptuous showgirl --- whom he discovers he just married!! Part 1 of 2.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Etienne Toussant Bouvier), Jack Stauffer (croupier), Richard Ryder (customer)



FOOLS RUSH IN -November 13, 1992
Written by: Linda Jean LaBrown
Directed by: David Steinberg

As Julia tries to find a way to annul Anthony's marriage to showgirl Etienne, Anthony makes plans to buy her off using money from B. J. --- which he earns by going down to the hotel lobby in his underwear to buy her a magazine. Meanwhile, Mary Jo discovers that gambling is another thing that makes her lose all control. Part 2 of 2.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Etienne Toussant Bouvier)



LOVE LETTERS -November 21, 1992
Written by: Bill Kenny
Directed by: David Steinberg

B. J. finds a love letter in her late husband's safety deposit box that makes her suspect he was being unfaithful to her. Meanwhile, when Mary Jo's stationwagon gets totaled by a beer truck, she thinks its a sign that she needs to live wilder and rents a red convertible sportscar.

Guest cast: Jeanette Miller (elderly woman)



THE VISION THING -December 4, 1992
Written by: Norma Safford Vela
Directed by: David Steinberg
(Episode Feature available)

Anthony returns to Atlanta with his new bride --- who plans to be Mrs. Anthony Bouvier with a vengeance by making a baby for him. Anthony, meanwhile, is not even sure he wants to be married.

Guest cast: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Etienne Toussant Bouvier)



TRIAL AND ERROR -December 11, 1992
Written by: Danny Margosis and Robert Horn
Directed by: David Steinberg

Mary Jo asks law student Anthony to represent her in a lawsuit filed against her in small claims court. Unfortunately, he overdoes it in front of the judge --- putting a strain on their friendship and making him question his future as an attorney. Julia worries that B. J. is trying to buy their friendship when she starts showering everyone with gifts.

Guest cast: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Etienne Toussant Bouvier), Jodi Long (Eileen Arata), Jon Huffman (delivery man)



TOO DUMB TO DATE -January 8, 1993
Written by: Jeannie Elias
Directed by: David Steinberg

When Mary Jo finally introduces her new boyfriend, a catalog underwear model, to her co-workers, they can't help but notice that he is lacking any intelligence or personality -- making them question her reasons for dating him. Julia becomes cursed with bad luck after throwing away a chain letter from Carlene.

Guest cast: Patrick Warburton (Craig Coleman)



THE ODYSSEY -January 15, 1993
Written by: Dee LaDuke and Mark Alton Brown
Directed by: David Steinberg

Due to B. J.'s large contributions to the Democratic campaign, a lobbyist for Poteet Industries is able to get the Sugarbaker's crew invited to President Clinton's inaugural ball. Unfortunately, this trip continues in the tradition of bad vacations, with B. J.'s company jet getting grounded and the group getting rerouted to St. Louis.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Robert Cesario (ticket agent), Tiffany Terry (ticket agent), Kelle Korbel (flight attendant), Terry Fitzgerald (passenger), Faye DeWitt (woman)



OH DOG, POOR DOG -January 22, 1993
Written by: Cathryn Michon
Directed by: David Steinberg
(Episode Feature available)

As Bernice recovers from out-patient cataract surgery, she overhears Mary Jo talking about having to put her dog to sleep and thinks the ladies are planning to "flick her switch." Meanwhile -- despite Julia's warnings -- Carlene, B. J. and Anthony listen to the Princess Di Sex Tapes on Sugarbaker's long distance bill.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Beans Morocco (Jim Rockford)



WEDDING REDUX -February 5, 1993
Written by: Mimi Pond
Directed by: David Steinberg

Anthony's grandmother and Etienne's parents visit, inspiring the couple to renew their wedding vows in a formal ceremony. Typically, everything goes wrong --- culminating in Anthony dropping from what appears to be a heart attack. Mary Jo worries about Quint going on a ski weekend with his girlfriend and her mother, fearing that the mother may be irresponsible and a bad influence.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Etienne Toussant Bouvier), Della Reese (Mrs. Victoria Toussant), Sherman Hemsley (Mr. Toussant), Beah Richards (Mrs. Bouvier), Susan Norfleet (Robin)



NUDE JULIA, NEW YORK MORNING -February 12, 1993
Written by: Emily Levine
Directed by: David Steinberg

The Sugarbaker's team attends a gallery opening for an artist who used to be Julia's art professor back in college, and the object of her major crush. She is devastated, however, to discover that one of the gallery paintings is a huge portrait of her --- in the nude.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Marius Weyers (Nigel), John Petlock (Jansen)



SEX, LIES AND BAD HAIR DAYS -March 5, 1993
Written by: Robert Horn and Daniel Margosis
Directed by: David Steinberg

Depressed over her birthday and a bad new hair-do, B. J. allows Julia to try fixing her up on a blind date. Unfortunately, each attempt leaves B. J. with the date from hell --- one man asking her to choose condom styles and the other practically proposing marriage.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Terry Burns (Wayne), Jeff McCarthy (Justin), Fred Sanders (Louis), Lee Magnuson (waiter)



SHOVEL OFF TO BUFFALO -March 12, 1993
Written by: Emily Levine
Directed by: David Steinberg

Mary Jo is not quite sure how to handle the face of Elvis appearing on her shovel --- or being labeled a chosen saint after a neighbor says her touch cured him of a long-term hearing problem.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Peri Gilpin (Jade), Mark L. Taylor (Rob), Richard Marion (Phil)



IT'S NOT SO EASY BEING GREEN -April 2, 1993
Written by: David Steinberg
Directed by: David Steinberg

When Etienne's old friend Punch comes through Atlanta on a book tour, the horns of jealousy rear up --- causing Anthony to make a fool of himself and alienate Etienne.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Etienne Toussant Bouvier), Ron Glass (Michael "Punch" Alexander), Daryle Ann Lindley (guest #1), Windland Smith (guest #2), Ann Oliver Block (guest #3), Bill Saluga (guest #4)



THE WOMAN WHO CAME TO SUGARBAKER'S -April 30, 1993
Written by: Emily Levine
Directed by: David Steinberg

At the instruction of her late husband during a seance, Julia's obnoxious and overbearing former headmistress moves in with her. The Sugarbaker's team tries desperately to convince her to leave --- even going as far as raiding the office of her late husband's psychiatrist and conducting a phony seance of their own.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Pat Carroll (Mrs. Beecham), Robin Menken (Carol)



THE LYING GAME (A.K.A. A DIFFICULT CROSS TO BEAR) -May 7, 1993
Written by: Daniel Margosis and Robert Horn
Directed by: David Steinberg

Carlene's new boyfriend seems too good to be true, and the fact that he is unavailable three nights a week makes the crew think he may be married. But their suspicions are waylaid when they go to confront him and he shows up dressed in women's clothes.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Greg Kean (Eric Hobart), Warren Burton (Mr. Reynolds)



GONE WITH THE WHIM -(60 minute episode) May 24, 1993
Part 1 written by: David Steinberg, Robert Horn, and Daniel Margosis
Part 2 written by: Emily Levine, Daniel Margosis, and Robert Horn
Directed by: David Steinberg

With Sugarbaker's in such bad financial shape, the ladies are grateful when B. J. gets them a job redecorating a house that resembles the great home from Gone With The Wind -- until they find out that the new lady of the house plans to rip out the grand staircase and replace it with an elevator. To make matters worse, B. J. finds out that their client is trying to take over Poteet Industries and plans to give Sugarbaker's to his young bride Kiki -- renaming it "Kikibaker's." This final episode features each of the ladies dreaming that she is Scarlett O'Hara --- including Bernice, who imagines Anthony carrying her up the grand staircase.

Special Guest Star: Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton
Guest cast: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Etienne Toussant Bouvier), Patrick Warburton (Craig), James Karen (Mr. Kearney), Gail O'Grady (Kiki Kearney), Armand Asselin (workman), Douglas May (man #1), Jim Petersmith (man #2)


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