One of my favorite episodes personifies both Ms. Carter and Julia Sugarbaker, the powerhouse head of an Atlanta based, four-women design firm. Dash Goff, the Writer (portrayed brilliantly by Gerald McRaney) pays a visit to the ladies as they are discussing a writing assignment. His conversation with Julia includes his description of her and could easily be a description of Ms. Carter:
DASH: You have always belonged with another time.Another time - no question. Another level - absolutely. This for many will truly be the night the lights went out in Georgia. Ms. Carter - you will truly be missed.
JULIA: Oh, you think so? Where would you put me?
DASH: Oh, I don't know.........sometime before flirting became extinct, when letter writing was an art, stationary was engraved, and dinner was an event. (Referencing his book) Say, did you by any chance find yourself in here?
JULIA: (innocently) No! I didn't notice anything.............well, there was this one passage about a woman who ran a perpetual temperature from cool porcelain to hot steel and could fan a fire with a quick sashay of her walk.........(smiling coyly) ....but I didn't think that was me.
DASH: Well, it was.