Mama's Family

Black Belt Mama

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 1/14/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Naomi returns from her self-defense class and shows the family what she learned. Fran and Sonja are impressed with what Naomi does and says and decide to join. Mama doesn't want to go though and decides to go to her Bingo game. But that night, Mama returns home to Vint and Buzz, holding only her purse strap. She is trembling and reveals she was mugged at the bus stop. After describing him and calling the police, Mama decides to join Naomi, Fran, and Sonja at the Karate class. Mama tells the class about what happened, but her family starts putting the blame on her. Mama also has trouble doing the stretching exercises before they learn any moves. After those, Chuck, the instructor, tells Mama she'll work with the star pupil of the class, who happens to be Naomi. Mama doesn't enjoy working with her, but does do well in the class. A few days later, Mama is waiting at the bus stop with an elderly lady and tells her things she learned at her self-defense class. Soon, the same mugger attacks Mama again, and after a challenge, she gives her purse away, and before he leaves, she tells the guy to take the other woman's purse. As his back is turned, she hits him with the iron she just bought. The family celebrates Mama's accomplishment when the story is printed in the paper.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harvey Korman

    Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

  • Rue McClanahan

    Francis "Fran" Crawley (episodes 1-35)

  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Chuck: Okay Fran, attack her.
      Fran
      : I really make a much better victim.

    • (Mama and Naomi are having a disagreement over what side Mama should attack Naomi, and Mama says she wants it to be a surprise)
      Naomi
      : Mrs. Harper, you hafta tell me what side. Otherwise I don't know how to prepare to defend myself.
      Mama
      : Well, that just makes me the most considerate attacker in the world!

    • (Naomi has been instructed to teach Mama self-defense)
      Mama
      : Alright, what do we do?
      Naomi
      : First thing is that you have to pretend we're mortal enemies.
      Mama
      : Uh-huh.
      Naomi
      : Okay, now let's say that you wanna attack me.
      Mama
      : This is getting better all the time!

    • (Mama tells Naomi she wants to try the move she just did, and Naomi tells her to come at her) Mama: Get outta my way rookie! I'm going for the A-Team!

    • Mama: All I care about is . . . I want that man to DIE! That purse belonged to me; not to him! That man's got no right to live! He ought to burn in hell and whither and suffer and FRY!

    Notes (1)

    • Shown as the 14th episode (27th overall) of the Second NBC season in syndication..

    Trivia (1)

    • In the bus stop scene, the pad under the mugger's jacket is clearly visible after Thelma knocks him out by hitting him with the iron.

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