Mama's Family

A Taxing Situation

Season 5, Ep 21, Aired 4/22/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Vint and Noami are doing their taxes while Bubba works on Mama's, but their using the long form and she's using the short. So they figure out they'll get a $300 refund, while Bubba tells Mama she'll owe $250.T hat is until she starts listing items she could deduct. Like pies she made for the bake sale and clothes she gave away for a rummage sale. Thinking she's now gonna get a refund, Mama and Iola go shopping. When they get home Bubba tells them an IRS agent was by and made an appointment for Monday morning to come back by. Thinking she's gonna get audited and hearing all the horror stories of what can happen, she makes the family help out in a scheme to try and get sympathy. The agent arrives and Mama offers him a piece of pie as Bubba comes to the door dressed as a boy scout, soon followed by Vint and Naomi taking up money for an overseas charity. The Agent then reveals he's there to give Mama a refund for $250. That is until she opened her big mouth and told him she hadn't declared all of her income. So now she'll have to re-file and pay extra interest and penalities for being late.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 (8)

    • Mama: I didn’t get a wink of sleep. I was up all night worrying. Bubba: About your tax audit? Mama: No Bubba, I was worried Rosanne Barr might sit on one of her kids.

    • Bubba: While you were gone, you got a call from the IRS. Mama: What? Vint: Oh boy. Maybe they’re gonna deliver a package. Mama: That’s UPS, ya dipstick!

    • Iola: Oh now Thelma, ya must admit it’s a thrill to get that big green check. When ours came, Mother got so excited she walked around the bedroom. Twice.

    • Vint: You were the only one in our pew who didn’t get up and do the wave.

    • Bubba: All you have to do is charm him. Just be the sweet kind little old lady. Vint: Yeah Mama – lie to him.

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    Notes (2)

    • Naomi mentions being assistant manager in this episode.

    • Lindsay Chag dropped as a Casting Associate.

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