Mama's Family

Buck Private Bubba

Season 3, Ep 19, Aired 2/14/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Vint's former Army Sargent come to town on a recruiting trip and he and Vint go out for a night of beers. Meeting Bubba a little later, Sarge remarks what a fine soldier he'd make. Of course, has no real interest in joining up, until he gets dumped by his girlfriend. Taking some advice from the Sargent he enlists in the military. Problem is, the break up doesn't take. Bubba soon regrets his enlistment when his girlfriend comes back to apologize and they get back together. Already having signed the papers, he prepares to leave for basic training. That is until Mama discovers a loop hole in the Army handbook she looks through with Iola. Just as Bubba is about to take the oath of allegiance, Mama rushes in and breaks the news that Bubba can't join the army because he's a convicted felon.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 (14)

    • Thelma: (leaving the army recruiter's office) Grab your clothes and follow me. Bubba: Grab your clothes and follow me. Thelma: We'll have pie and watch TV. Bubba: We'll have pie and watch TV. Thelma: Sound off. Bubba: One two. Thelma: Sound off. Bubba: Three four!

    • Thelma: According to your regulations, it's illegal to take recruits with criminal records. Gibbs: Private Higgins has a record? Thelma: Long as my arm, he served time in juvy for stealing a car and is still on probation.

    • Mama: "OKAY GIBBS, THE PARTY'S OVER!" Recruit: "Look out, it's an old lady!!!" Mama: "Relax boys. You ain't got nothin' I haven't seen before."

    • Gibbs: "Higgins, are you as dumb as you look?" Bubba "YES SIR! Well, I mean no sir."

    • Mama: "The Army is no place for an innocent kid." Iola: "Oh I don't know. Mother was in the Army; she rather enjoyed it."

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    Notes (1)

    • Tim Conway, Jr. appeared on the show not only as a favor to his father but also to Vicki Lawrence, a family friend.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1947 movie, "Buck Privates Come Home." It starred Abbott and Costello.

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