Reservations for Eight
Directed by: Harry Thomason
Written by: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Taped: February 3, 1988
Airdate: March 28, 1988
Loading up for a ski trip tries Anthony's patience when he has to make room for Suzanne's copious baggage. Her rationale is that she should be allowed extra since she isn't taking a man along isn't well received by the others, especially when Bill arrives just after the loading is finished, carrying only a tote bag. Anthony has a pen-pal for the duration of his employers' vacation -- he receives last-minute instructions from Suzanne on the care of her pig. Arriving at the ski resort, the snow bunnies are dismayed to learn that the lift will be out of operation for at least twenty-four hours while damage from an avalanche that morning is assessed. Trying to make the best of the situation, the group begins to settle in, trying to decide on the division of the sleeping arrangements between the four available bedrooms.
The men all have suggestions of their own. Suzanne prettily pouts that since she has brought the most stuff, one of the rooms should be for her exclusive use. The conversation is a little strained when the guys interpret their female companions' arguments as being somewhat priggish. Calling a truce, Charlene suggests they they break out some cards and be civil -- after all, it will only be twenty-four hours. As the repair time stretches to thirty-six hours, cabin fever starts to set in. The girls are tuned in to a talk show where the subject seems to be man-bashing, and as they agree vocally with the opinions being expressed, Reese leads in a mini-revolt. Dash Goff commits a tremendous gaffe when he tosses out a disparaging Samuel Johnson quote about women in general.
Battle lines drawn, it becomes a free-for-all battle of the sexes with J.D. asserting that women learn manipulative power early on, then mouth platitudes about honesty and real feelings. Retaliating, Julia unleashes a tirade listing the mess men have made of the world in general, adding that if they're not satisfied with anything, they have only themselves to blame. Calling for an end to the argument, Charlene, who along with Bill, has remained aloof from the sexist bickering, reminds them that if they don't hurry, they will lose their dinner reservations. An icy chill surrounds the six occupants of the round table in the restaurant while Charlene and Bill obviously enjoy each others' company. Finally, yielding to the music and the moment, the other couples, one by one, silently get up to dance.
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This episode is the second of only two appearances by Dash Goff on the series. Dash doesn't return until the Women of the House episode The Afternoon Wife.
The talk show segment the ladies watch is from The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Reese sees the excessive amount of bags going into the car.
REESE: What are all these little bags for?
SUZANNE: Oh, those are my cosmetics.
REESE: My word.... nobody's that ugly.
During the great debate between men and 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.
JULIA: Reese Watson, you gotten so full of yourself up here, we're gonna have to rent a flat-bed truck to get you home!
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