Mama's Family

Baby Talk

Season 5, Ep 2, Aired 11/12/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama and Iola are working hard on a homemade quilt to enter an upcoming contest when Iola comments about the house being so quiet lately. Vint and Naomi arrive home from visiting a friend of their's who just had a baby girl. Which gives Naomi the idea that she wants one too. Mama's dead set against the idea and makes it clear to Vint about her feelings. When that bit of pushing fells to get through. Mama decides to give them a taste of what having a baby is like. So, thinking they have a day off, she sets a little plan into motion to discourage them. Namely asking to babysit for one of her neighbors, who has a baby with a real penchant for high pitched crying. Problem is Naomi and Vint have decided to go into work late, leaving Mama to baby sit little Garth. It's a chore to finally get him to stop crying, but every time Mama gets him to be quiet someone slams a door and he starts again. In the end, Mama is wore out and falls asleep right as Naomi and Vint come in. Never having seen Mama so relaxed, they decide a baby is just what the family needs.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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  • Quotes (21)

    • Mama: You two can’t have a baby! There is no room in this house! Naomi: There’s always room for a baby in a house full of love. Mama: What the hell’s that got to do with us?!

    • *Iola is mad about the quilt that has shrunk* Mama: We’ll call it “A Country Quilt For Barbie.” Iola: Are you crazy? Barbie wouldn’t be caught dead with a quilt. That pumped out tramp sleeps on satin sheets with a different doll every night of the week!

    • Naomi: I don’t have a home of my own. I have no room of my own. Well, I got nothing in this life that’s mine and mine alone. Mama: Have you tried thinking of your side of the bed as yours alone?

    • *Naomi says her and Vint have work to do – making a baby* Mama: Don’t you even think about working with her. You gotta talk some sense into that woman. Vint: Oh, Mama, what do I say? Mama: Well, you’re the man of the family. Lay the law down! Tell her I won’t allow it!

    • *Mama is holding baby Garth in her arms* Bubba: Hey, what are you doing? Babysitting? Mama: No, I’m having an affair with a midget.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode contains what is most likely the longest single laugh in the show's history. At one point, Vint returns from the basement, wearing a shower cap. This is, of course, Vint misinterpreting Mama's previous advice that he'd better be wearing a "shower cap." This is after Naomi calls for him to join her in the shower after expressing her desire to have a baby. Fill in the blanks.

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