Mama's Family

After the Fall

Season 3, Ep 25, Aired 3/28/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Aunt Effie is in the hospital, after she falls re-shingling the roof of her house. Mama thinks she's is just in shock, and needs to be around the family. Meanwhile, Vint finds the puzzle of the Monitar and the Merimac at Kippur's Drug, the one he's been looking for. So no one's in the mood to go to the hospital. Mama finds Effie in the gift shop with her gown wide open, standing in a daze. So, she decides to take her home and take care of her herself. When the family finds out that Mama brought Effie home to stay, they're shocked, but Thelma believes in Effie. She has 2 weeks to get her better, or she'll have to go back to the hospital. The next 2 weeks are not easy, and Thelma is more patient with her than anyone ever thought she could be. While the family continues to work on the puzzle. But, the weeks do come to a close, and it appears Mama's planned failed. But on the last day, just before she is ready to leave, something happens. The family is busy yelling at Thelma about wanting to keep Effie home, when Effie finds the last piece to Vint's puzzle and fits it in. After that, she finally talks, and the whole family is happy to have her back to normal again.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 (16)

    • Thelma: I was on my way up to Effie's room and I decided to stop by the gift shop when lo and behold, there Effie was, standing in a daze with the back of her gown wide open. Naomi: You're kidding! Thelma: Swear to God, it's a good thing I was there otherwise she'd probably still be mooning those M&Ms.

    • Naomi: Since Aunt Effie came here, I've lost time at work. Bubba: I've had to wear wrinkled clothes. Iola: I had to get a tetanus shot!

    • Bubba: Grandma! You forgot to iron my green shirt. Thelma: Well it's not St. Patrick's Day, go put on your blue shirt. Bubba: It's wrinkled too! Thelma: Well blue looks better wrinkled.

    • Mama: Effie, do you remember when my mama was so sick she was in the hospital? You pulled me aside and you said "Thelma, take her home, she's never going to get better in this place". The doctor insisted she stay and Carl and the kids didn't want the inconvenience, so I left her there and she never come out. (Effie looks towards Thelma) I'm not going to let that happen to you Aunt Effie. So just open up and eat. (Effie refuses) Effie, why won't you meet me halfway? (tries the oatmeal) Well no wonder, this stuff is God-awful.

    • Mama: What would you like for dinner kiddo? Effie: Oatmeal. Mama: I think she’s still just a little confused. I’m sure she means meatloaf.

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    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the play titled, "After the Fall." It was published in 1964 and written by famous playwright, Arthur Miller, who was one of the men married to Marilyn Monroe.

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