Mama's Family

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Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 10/11/86
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  • Episode Description
  • The family is in the middle of a game of scrabble when Ellen stops by with a gift for Mama and to attempt to once again apologize for missing her Aunt Fran's funeral. Mama refuses to forgive her and throws her out. Later, Naomi comes in and says she heard that Ellen was in the hospital about to under go surgery. With that, Mama drags the rest of the family to the hospital to visit her. The visit soon turns very uncomfortable for Ellen as Mama begins yelling at the family for one and then another. Not able to stand it any longer, Ellen calls for the nurse and orders her to throw the family out and post an armed guard at the door. Mama finally sends everyone home, but sneaks back in herself and stays with Ellen through the night. Mama and Ellen soon forgive one another for all the years of fighting and Ellen finally reveals to Mama why she is the hospital in the first place, she's having a fanny tuck. Mama then makes some revelations of her own, when she says out of all her kids, she always loved Ellen best.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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  • Notes (2)

    • This also marks the last time, that anyone besides, Thelma, Vint, Bubba, Naomi, and Iola, is credited in the beginning.

    • This episode marks Betty White's last appearence as Ellen.

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