Episode Cast:

Suzanne Sugarbaker
Delta Burke

Julia Sugarbaker
Dixie Carter

Mary Jo Shively
Annie Potts

Charlene Stillfield
Jean Smart

Anthony Bouvier
Meshach Taylor

Gaby Langford
Leann Hunley

Louise Pollard
Constance Towers

Ansel Pollard
Lloyd Bochner

Robin Bach

Robina Suwol

Mrs. Philpott
Patricia Wilson

The Mistress

Directed by: David Trainer
Written by: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Taped: November 29, 1989
Airdate: January 8, 1990

Ancel Pollard, a wealthy Atlanta stockbroker, hires Sugarbaker's to decorate his house and condominium. Learning the house is for his wife while the condo is for his mistress, Suzanne insists that none of the other women, particularly Julia, will be able to go through with the deal. Julia insists she would never pass judgement on a client's personal life, claiming she could complete the job without any problems.

The women visit the home of Louise Pollard, not letting on about her husband's mistress. Although trying to remain impartial, Julia, Charlene and Mary Jo feel sorry for Louise and let their feelings interfere with their recommendations. The women then go see Gaby, Ancel's mistress. After she keeps them waiting while finishing her reading, Gaby arrives and proceeds to insult everyone. When she tries to seduce Anthony, Julia tells Gaby they are quiting. Charlene says she should be ashamed for breaking up the Pollard's home, but Gaby insists she never knew Ancel was married.

Although hoping to clear everything up with the Pollards, Julia learns Louise had known all along about her husband's mistress. When she discovers Gaby was told about Ancel being married, Louise is shocked, realizing she will now have to give up the man with whom she is having an affair. Confused and depressed by their moral priorities, Julia calls Reese for comfort, telling him she's glad they have each other.

-- Columbia Tri-Star Marketing

Additional Comments:

Gaby doesn't intentionally insult any of the ladies, she is just not interested in treating them as anything more than help. Anthony, however, does get her attention, and she makes it clear she wants to sculpt him. She is offended by the ladies' assumption that she is trying to seduce him.

Although his voice is heard over the telephone, Hal Holbrook is not credited for playing Reese in the episode.

Classic Scenes:

MARY JO: What the heck is that stuff?
SUZANNE: It's rice cakes. I started my diet last night.
MARY JO: You put jelly on them?
SUZANNE: Yes. Do you have a problem with that?
MARY JO: You've been on a diet for 12 hours and already you're this cranky?
SUZANNE: Yes. As a matter of fact, after work I'll probably be crashing my car into a Taco Bell. What's it to you?
MARY JO: Nothing. I just hate it when you're on a diet.
SUZANNE: Yeah, that's because you're little and tiny and cute. You never have to eat stuff like rice cakes. I oughta just cram this down your throat.

SUZANNE: I know the name of every man in this city who has money. I know the names of the men who are thinking about having money. As a matter of fact, I even know the names of little boys who are good at playing Monopoly. So don't be telling me about the men who have money in Atlanta, okay?

SUZANNE: Oh, Charlene, that reminds me. I saw two things on TV I gotta tell you about. Now first one is, there was a segment on the news about that league of breast feeding people you like so much, you know, La Leaky.
CHARLENE: Suzanne, it's La Leche.
SUZANNE: Oh, well. Whatever.

The ladies debate whether or not to take a job decorating for their client's mistress.
SUZANNE: I just hate men who think they can have their cake and eat it too. As a matter of fact, I just hate anyone who eats cake.

SUZANNE: . . . Julia are you kiddin'? If Reese Watson even thought of having a mistress, the very least you would do is blow up his car and burn his apartment to the ground.

SUZANNE: Well I just can't believe she's keepin us waiting so long. I mean, I have better things to do with my time than sitting around waiting for some concubine to fall outta bed. I mean, I could be home watching Green Acres.
MARY JO: Suzanne --
MARY JO: I think it's time for you to suck on some more sugarless candy.

The mistress asks "big, black, beautiful buck" Anthony if she can sculpt him.
JULIA: All right, that's it. Look, Ms. Langford.
GABY: Please, call me Gaby.
JULIA: No, I won't call you Gaby. You haven't taken the time to learn any of our names.
GABY: Well, that's not so. I know Anthony.
JULIA: That's right, you do. First you kept us waiting for 35 minutes. And then when you decided you were bored enough to come downstairs, the only thing you've acted the least bit interested in is seducing our delivery man.
GABY: Seducing? If that's what you think I was doing, then obviously you don't have the artistic sensibility required to work with me.
JULIA: No, Ms. Langford. What I don't have that's required to work with you is patience.
JULIA: Because quite frankly, I find you rude, horny, lazy and dumb.

SUZANNE: Big, black beautiful buck. Hmph. I'm just gonna call the NAACP and turn her name in. I mean, that's a racial slur if I ever heard one.
MARY JO: And you oughta know.


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