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The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century: Part 2 

Charlene goes into labor, while the other ladies meet a dying 102-year-old black woman who tells them of her life experience as a woman of color in the South.


Harry Thomason


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Episode credited cast:
Delta Burke ... Suzanne Sugarbaker
Dixie Carter ... Julia Sugarbaker
Annie Potts ... Mary Jo Shively
Jean Smart ... Charlene Frazier Stillfield
Meshach Taylor ... Anthony Bouvier
Alice Ghostley ... Bernice Clifton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Bingham Virginia Bingham ... Debbie Hammonds
Olivia Brown ... Vanessa Hargraves
Diane Dorsey Diane Dorsey ... Nurse
James Higdon James Higdon ... Attendant
Daryle Ann Lindley Daryle Ann Lindley ... Nurse
Lynne Marta ... OB Nurse
George Nejame George Nejame ... Attendant #1 (as George NeJame)
Conor O'Farrell ... Attendant #2
Dolly Parton ... Dolly Parton, Guardian Movie Star


Charlene goes into labor, while the other ladies meet a dying 102-year-old black woman who tells them of her life experience as a woman of color in the South.

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1 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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The character of Effie (played by Beah Richards) was renamed Miss Minnie Bell Ward and was inspired by conversations with Meshach Taylor's grandmother. Meshach had brought his Nanna to the set for her 106th birthday, at which time she shared tales of her father and growing up in the South. See more »


Minnie: Oh, I'm just a tread, a little thread in the tapestry, but I had a good time. Everybody has troubles, and as the saying goes: ain't nobody nowhere living no dream life. I thought as I got older, the bold outlines of truth would be revealed to me, but it hasn't happened. When I was young, I was in such a hurry, and now I've been here a hundred years. And, it seems like only yesterday I held my babies in my arms. I'm glad to be going home, its been a long time since I've seen my family. And I ...
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References An American Tail (1986) See more »


Somewhere Out There
Written by James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by Linda Ronstadt and 'James Ingram (I)'
Additional Verse Performed by Dolly Parton
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Beah should have been nominated for another Emmy!
3 September 2007 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Beah Richards was an extraordinary actress of high caliber performances. This episode is no exception because she plays a dying centenarian who recalls her life and history. She really becomes the role so quickly and easily. She plays Minnie, a 103 year old woman, who outlived all of her five children. She prefers to remain in the maternity ward. You can't forget that Charlene giving birth is the reason for this moment. Charlene meets God played by Dolly Parton, an American treasure and living legend. Minnie speaks about going home to God and seeing her relatives. That scene moved me to tears. I'm not one for tear-jerker but it did move and send chills down my spine. I guess I do remember watching this episode when it first aired on network television.

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