Mama's Family

A Grave Mistake

Season 2, Ep 22, Aired 4/7/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama can't get anyone to go to the cemetery with her, so she just goes by herself. After arriving and having a long talk with Carl, she notices that the grave that is reserved for her actually has another woman there. Mama is distressed by this and rushes home. When she gets home, she cries to the family and complains. Ellen, who purposely arrived late so she wouldn't have to take Mama to the cemetery, offers to go visit the cemetery to clear things up. But when they meet with an employee, he discovers that Carl's headstone was put on the wrong grave, and Carl is actually buried two plots down. Mama now feels ashamed that she has been pouring details of her life to a complete stranger. Mama has been cheating on her husband, in her opinion, and says Carl has to send her a gift that shows he forgives her. Soon after, Sonja returns from her date, upset that he was talking to a cheerleader. Her date, Michael, comes in, and after Sonja doesn't forgive him, he gives the flowers he brought to Mama. Mama believes this is the sign because she is allergic to the flowers, and only Carl would give her flowers she's allergic to.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harvey Korman

    Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

  • Rue McClanahan

    Francis "Fran" Crawley (episodes 1-35)

  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • (Michael is begging Sonja's forgiveness) Michael: (whining) Come on, Sonja! Please! Mama: Sonja! Either forgive this creep or get down here and put him out of his misery!

    • (Mama tells Naomi that Carl and her have a spiritual relationship) Naomi: Well, Vint and me have a spiritual thing too. Don't we, baby? Vint: I'll say. Sometimes we even light candles. Naomi: And sometimes . . . Fran: PLEASE!

    • Mama: What hurts me the most, is that every single night, I would say a little prayer for Carl to be happy, and now he's got a woman lying next to him. What a hell of a way for my prayers to be answered. If he wasn't dead, I'd kill him!

    • Graveyard employee: Is that Harper with an H? Mama: Of course with a H; otherwise it would be Arper.

    • (Mama tells the family how Carl is having an affair at the cemetery) Naomi: Oh, there is life after death!

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    Notes (3)

    • Strangely enough, this was the first episode produced for the second NBC season and ended up being the last network episode to air.

    • Shown as the 1st episode (14th overall) of the Second NBC season in syndication.

    • This episode marks Rue McClanahan's last appearance as "Fran Crowley," Eric Brown's last appearance as "Buzz Harper," and Karin Argoud's last appearance as "Sonja Harper."

    Trivia (2)

    • Mama is distressed by the thought of Carl cheating on her, but in the episode "The Wedding: Part 1," when Ellen asks Mama what she would have done if Carl was unfaithful to her, Mama tells her that she would have given him bus fare.

    • Mama sits beside Carl's grave and remembers when he used to bring her to the cemetery to visit her departed mother. Mama makes reference that this is around the time she got pregnant with Vint. Later on, in episode #92, "My Mama Myself," Vint reminisces about how Grandma Crowley was mean to him and his sisters. If Vint was conceived during the time Grandma Crowley was dead, how was she able to scold him?

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