Mama's Family

Cat's Meow

Season 3, Ep 7, Aired 11/8/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Iola is distraught when her cat Midnight dies,although everyone else is thankful,noting that the cat was as mean as a rattlesnake. But Iola refuses to let go and nothing can console her---until she decides to have it freeze-dried.She goes all out and buys a model that meows when you pet it.She leaves it with Mama for a while and Mama takes it out to the front porch and leaves it. That's where Vint falls on it as he, Naomi and Bubba are bringing in a trunk they just bought from the police surplus. Thinking they killed the cat, they bury it,and go into to open the trunk.Which has a hole on the side of it and is the home of a Mama cat and her kittens.One of which looks just like Iola's former pet.Who adopts it immediately.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 (16)

    • Iola is reacting to the death of her cat Midnight) Iola: I don't know how I'm gonna break this to mother, what, with her high blood pressure and all. Mama: Well, you could do it gradually, like, crossing cat food off the grocery list.

    • Iola: It's much better to have a real live kitty than a freeze dried memory. Mama: Words to live by.

    • Bubba: "Who ever heard of calling a black cat Sunshine?" Mama: "Will you shut up, she's fallin' for this!"

    • Mama: "You mean to tell me the three of you couldn't catch a dead cat."

    • Mama: "Okay Thelma, now think. Somewhere out there, on the prowl, is a freeze dried cat. I hate that thought."

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    Notes (2)

    • When Iola tells Thelma that she had Midnight freeze dried, someone in the audience audibly enough to be recorded on the soundtrack says, "Oh, my god!" quite disgustedly.

    • While the cats are never seen afterwards, Iola did have other pets, at least one. She eventually had Thelma baby sit Herman, her pet goldfish, while she was gone in Mama In One. Although how she was able to keep the cat she took from eating Leland is guesswork.

    Trivia (4)

    • Not once, during the entire time Vint and the others were moving the trunk, did they notice a hole the size for a cat to enter it? Not once, during the entire time the trunk was moved, did the cats inside make ANY attempt to escape through the hole or make any noise at all?

    • The other cats found in the trunk seem to be awfully old or very large for kittens for a mother cat. Plus, the mother cat makes no attempt to stop anyone from picking up her or her kittens? Nor do the kittens try to scratch their way out, either? Lastly, none of the cats in the trunk resemble each other in any way in terms of fur colors, patterns, eye colors, etc. In fact, they appear to be of different breeds each.

    • The cats Thelma and the others keep are never seen again in the series. Even though in future episodes, other animals that should have attracted their attention (a parrot, a dog, a goose) appear around the house and yard.

    • This is the first episode in which Naomi's hair is permed.

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