Mama's Family

A Room With No View

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 12/19/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Vint has a cold, and Naomi swears it's because they have to sleep in the basement. Being it's damp and just a breeding ground for germs. Meanwhile, Bubba is also upset that Mama cleaned his room and mis-placed his drum sticks. She also refuses to let his 'loser' friends Dwayne and T-Boy, who he's wanting to form a band with, even in the house. Seeing that everyone's already unhappy, Iola suggests they air their grievances in front of the hole family. After hearing everyone's complaints, Iola proposes a plan that the family can vote on, Vint and Naomi will switch rooms with Bubba. That seemingly solves all the problems, being that Bubba can now have his band and Vint and Naomi finally get the bedroom they've always wanted. But Mama refuses until she's out voted and forced to go along. The switch doesn't work as well as planned though with Mama being kept up all night with Naomi's "heavy breathing" and Bubba refusing to stop playing his loud music. It all comes to a head when Mama returns from a delightful day out, to find the house in an uproar. Bubba is soon forced to stop playing his music and decides he no longer wants the basement if he can't have his band, and Vint and Naomi agree, so everyone goes back to status quo.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

  • Karin Argoud

    Sonja Harper (episodes 1-35)

  • Beverly Archer

    Iola Boylen (1986-1990)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Mama: Iola, you go on in the kitchen. Take the Beastie Boys with you. T-Boy: Great idea. C’mon Miss Bouland. Dwayne: Yeah. We can throw bologna on the ceiling and see if it sticks. Iola: The one time I left home without my can of mace.

    • Vint: Since Mama’s gone, I’ll hafta be the man of the house.

    • Vint: Stopping people from having fun is Mama’s job!

    • Mama: Knock it off you PENCIL NECK GEEKS!

    • Naomi: Good morning Mrs. Harper. Mama: Touch me and die!

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    Notes (1)

    • This is the only episode where we meet Bubba's friends T-Boy and Dwayne.

    Trivia (1)

    • This episode brings up a topic that's often discussed among Mama's Family fans. What happened to the third bedroom upstairs? In the original NBC series, Mama, Fran and Sonya all had rooms upstairs, while Buzz had the attic and Vint and Naomi took the basement. But suddenly in this episode there's only one other room upstairs. So somewhere along the line Mama's house got smaller by one room, I guess.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1985 movie titled, "A Room With A View." The movie won three Oscars and the cast included Daniel Day-Lewis and Dame Judi Dench.

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