Episode Cast:

Suzanne Sugarbaker
Delta Burke

Julia Sugarbaker
Dixie Carter

Mary Jo Shively
Annie Potts

Charlene Stillfield
Jean Smart

Anthony Bouvier
Meshach Taylor

Payne McIlroy
George Newburn

Scott
Rex Young

Brian
Larry Cox

Mrs. Turkle
Sally Champlin


Payne Grows Up

Directed by: David Trainer
Written by: Pamela Norris
Taped: January 23, 1990
Airdate: February 19, 1990

During a phone call from her son, Julia learns Payne will be graduating early in order to get married because his girlfriend is pregnant. Although willing to be a good mother and accept Payne's changing lifestyle, Julia is not at all happy over the prospect of being a grandmother.

At the reception following her son's wedding, Julia drinks too much champagne and finds herself flirting with Scott, Payne's fraternity brother and roommate. After she sings a rousing rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown, Suzanne, Charlene and Mary Jo leave Julia at the reception and return to their hotel. When they awake to leave the next morning, the women are surprised to discover Julia never returned to her room after the party.

Meanwhile, Julia awakens to find herself in bed at Payne's fraternity house, with her clothes nowhere to be found. When she sees Scott coming out of the shower, Julia assumes she must have spent the night with him. Finding a phone, she calls Suzanne at the hotel, demanding her sister come and rescue her from the fraternity house. When she is discovered by Payne, Julia is forced to admit she probably spent the night with his roommate. However, she learns that Scott slept in an adjoining room, after she turned him down. A relieved Julia is further embarrassed when Suzanne and her friends raid the fraternity house trying to rescue her.

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Additional Comments:

This episode marks Payne first appearance since the Season Two episode I'll Be Home for Christmas and the third of his four series appearances.

We find out in this episode that Julia is going to be a grandmother, but there is no further mention of Payne's wife having a baby until the Season Six episode Payne Comes Home, when we finally find out that the pregnancy was a false alarm.

Although Jocelyn Seagrave is credited for her role as Payne's wife, Sylvie, she has no actual lines in the final cut of the episode. A year after this appearance, she began a 3-year stint on the daytime serial Guiding Light.



Classic Scenes:

JULIA: Good morning, Suzanne. Did you speak to Tika Ford?
SUZANNE: Yes I did -- had breakfast with her at the club, and she marked the tear sheet she wanted. Oh, and Julia, she wants to know how you liked the birthday present she sent you.
JULIA: Oh, please. Nancy Reagan's book.
SUZANNE: Well she said it was a gag gift.
JULIA: Well it certainly made me gag.


The ladies are discussing motherhood while Suzanne is busy writing a letter.
CHARLENE: You know, it's interesting. I always thought of the four of us as being pretty much the same, but in terms of kids we couldn't be more different. I mean, I've got a brand new baby, and Mary Jo's daughter is about to finish high school, and (gesturing to Suzanne) you haven't even started yet.
SUZANNE: I beg your pardon. What exactly is it that I haven't "started"?
CHARLENE: You want to have kids someday, don't ya?
SUZANNE: Charlene, I don't know! It's not the kind of question I ask myself -- not like those women who hang around expensive restaurants whining about my "biological clock". I assure you if I ever decide I did want a baby, I would do it instantly with a minimum of fuss and muss.


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