Family Matters

The Mama Who Came to Dinner

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/22/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Mother Winslow moves in and immediately begins to usurp Carl's authority. Eddie wants to go out with his friends, but he has a strict curfew that complicates things with Carl.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Darius McCrary

    Eddie Winslow

  • Reginald VelJohnson

    Carl Winslow

  • Jo Marie Payton

    Harriette Winslow

  • Kellie Shanygne Williams

    Laura Winslow

  • Valerie Jones

    Judy Winslow

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Sparse pilot

    By oldcartoons, Mar 19, 2013

  • Not that impressive, but better than most.

    By sdiggs, Mar 15, 2007

  • Great start to the series!

    By mitmfan78650, Jun 30, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Estelle: What's for dinner?
      Harriet: We're having meatloaf.
      Estelle: Is there going to be meat in it?
      Harriet: Yeah? Otherwise we'd just call it "loaf"

    • Judy: (about Richie) Let me hold him! Laura: No, Aunt Rachel said I could take care of little Richie. Judy: I wanna hold him! Laura: You can hold him when you get older. Judy: When I get older he won't be a baby anymore. Laura: Hey, stuff happens.

    • Estelle: Why won't your parents let you go to the party? Eddie: I don't know! All we were gonna do is watch a Rambo marathon! The problem is my curfew is at 10:00 and the first movie doesn't start until 9:30. Estelle: Well, that stinks. Rambo won't even blow anything up until after 10:00. Eddie: That's what I told dad. Estelle: You know, he's forgotten what it's like to be 15. I'll handle your father at dinner. Your grandma is gonna fight for your right to party.

    • Eddie: Today I'm gonna do the laundry and after that wash the car and mow the lawn. Carl: Who are you, and what have you done with our son? Harriette: Who cares, let's keep this one!

    • Carl: Son, I hate to tell you, but you're not going to that party. Eddie: You mean I was nice for nothing? I tell you, that's the last time I do anything in this house! (he begins to walk out) Harriette: (handing Eddie a tray of glasses) Here, take this with you. Eddie: Yes, mom.

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    Notes (10)

    • The German episode title is "Hilfe, Mama kommt!", meaning "Help, Mom's Coming!".

    • The scenes in the opening credits for this season go as followed: Carl is walking down the stairs with a newspaper under his arm. Harriette is playing the piano. Mother Winslow is reading a magazine on the porch. Eddie is bagging groceries at the store he works at. Laura is listening to a walkman in her room. Judy is playing with her dollhouse in her room. Richie is sitting on Rachel's lap. Rachel is picking flowers in the back yard.

    • This marks the only time Laura and Judy's room can be seen is in the opening credits.

    • Eddie is 15.

    • This is the only episode where Laura and Judy share a room.

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    Trivia (1)

    • The set for the pilot is set similar but obviously different than the design of the following episodes; the front door exits out into a hall; that's clearly seen when Estelle makes her appearance. The makeup of the living room is a bit closer together than the set becomes and doesn't have as many doors off the main room like for the downstairs bathroom that Rachel uses in a later episode. The kitchen is the only set that remains fairly the same when the show moves into the series.

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