Mama's Family

April Fools

Season 5, Ep 19, Aired 4/1/89
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  • Episode Description
  • April fools day has Mama in a particularly foul mood, as always. First Bubba gets her with a hand buzzer and Vint scares her with a plastic snake. Before leaving Naomi gets her too with a sign on her back that Iola finds. The fun though isn't contained to the family as Iola gets her too with a special 'lemon sponge cake', that turns out to really be a lemon and sponges. All this time, Mama is hoping to win the golden troll award. The last draw is when Naomi, Vint and Bubba blow off yard work for a day on the lake watching the ski show. While Mama's next door, the family gets a call telling them they've won the award and should expect the media around 4 0'clock. Only problem is Mama doesn't believe them when she's informed of the wonderful news. Thinking the family's pulling another big joke on her. Mama and Iola plan their own April Fools day joke, by covering the front yard with all the junk from the garage. Only to find out it wasn't a joke by the family, so then Naomi, Vint, Bubba and Iola go about doing the work they had promised to do earlier. In the end, Mama announces that the whole thing was a joke of hers, she had called from next door and set it all up.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)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • When mama tries to get her family to work in the yard they keep pulling prnks on her even Iola.Eventually mama has had enough a plays a practical joke on them and makes it look like something is really happening but in the end she suprises them with April

    By jshyarbro, May 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • *Vint is having a cup of coffee, pouring what’s in the salt shaker in it, unaware Mama switched it back* Naomi: Honey, you’re putting the salt in your coffee! Bubba: Ha, no he’s not. We switched the salt and sugar this morning. *Vint drinks the coffee and has a strange look* Vint: Now that’s coffee!

    • Naomi: Because of you, I now have grass stains all over my dress! Mama: Well, I’m sure it’s not the first time.

    • Naomi: Eda Mearl Pfefferman called here herself. Vinton spoke to her! Vint: That’s right Mama. She spelled her name and everything. Cross my heart and hope to die. Mama: Spell it! Vinton: P-F-E-F-F-E-R-M-A-N. Mama: Uh-oh.

    • *The family finished working in the yard* Naomi: Hold it! Don’t anybody move! It’s gone! Vint: Oh, what is it Skeeter? You’re wedding ring? Naomi: No, one of my Lee press-on nails!

    • *Mama is describing past April Fool's pranks the family pulled* Mama: Last year they wrote “For a good time, call Thelma” on the men’s room at the Bigger Jigger. Iola: They didn’t? Mama: I got sixteen heavy breathers, half of em collect.

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    Notes (1)

    • The Married With Children episode, The D'Arcy Files, bears a similarity to this episode.

    Trivia (2)

    • Notice when Vint answers the phone to Eda Mearl Pfefferman and covers his mouth in the shaving cream, you can see Ken Berry mutter the words "Ah sh--!", though drowned out by the audience's laughter.

    • In this episode, Bubba, Vint, and Naomi fight over the shower upstairs. But in More Power To You, Naomi and Vint say they are using the shower in the basement. Was this shower forgotten in all the excitement?

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