Mama's Family

Child's Play

Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 11/14/87
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  • Episode Description
  • After the family acts like a bunch of hooligans in church, the Reverend and Mrs. Meechum come by to ask Thelma if she would watch little Eugene while they visited the shut-ins at the hospital. Of course, being the president of the Church Ladies League, she could not say no. Eugene is no picnic to be with. Firstly, while Thelma is making her stew, Eugene tells her that Papa always takes him to Burger Boy on Sundays. When she tells him that he is having stew there with the family, he calls her fat. As soon as she leaves the kitchen, he steals the bottle of hot sauce and plans to use it against the family. While Thelma and Naomi are fixing the table for lunch, Vinton and Bubba are playing hide-and-go-seek with Eugene. Then, Eugene comes into the dining room and tells them that the boys got tired of playing that, and he didn't know where they went to. After that, Eugene complimented Naomi on how lovely her dress was. Then, he pinched her butt. She told him to keep his hands to himself and to sit down and eat.Vint and Bubba come into eat all dirty and scummy. When asked what happened to them, the explained that Eugene had locked them in the garage and that they had to break themselves out. Thelma is dusting when Eugene put a sign on her butt that says "Caution: Wide Load" on it. He is drawing at the table, and he draws a big picture of a farm scene. When Thelma asks where he got such a big piece of paper, he reveals that he drew all over the good tablecloth. While Eugene has himself locked in the bathroom to hide from Thelma, Iola comes over with a gift for him. It turns out to be a ball on a stick. Eugene doesn't like it, and he breaks the ball off. When Iola sees this, she breaks the toy in half and threatens to stab him with it. Just when Thelma thinks that the nightmare is over, Alberta explains that Lloyd was run over by a wheelchair at the hospital and that she needs to be with him. So, Thelma is volunteered to babysit Eugene overnight. As Thelma goes to walk up the stairs for the night, Eugene asks her if she will tell him a story. She does, and he falls asleep on her. Not wanting to wake him, she sleeps with him on the couch. Thelma wakes up and finds herself tied up. Vint thinks that they are playing a game, so he thinks nothing about untying her. The Meechums arrive later, and then they untie her. Thelma tells them about how bad he is, and how he deserves to be spanked. Alberta says that they do not believe in that, but Lloyd has a different idea. You can hear Lloyd spanking Eugene as the show closes.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)

    • *Eugene fills Mama's bathroom with Vint's shaving cream* Mama: My john looks like an explosion at the Cool Whip factory!

    • Alberta: Now you tell little Eugene that his Ma Ma just loves him to death. Mama: Love him to death? That's one I hadn't thought of.

    • Alberta: Wouldn't you love to have one just like him? Iola: If I wanted one like him, I'd get a pitbull.

    • Iola: Thelma, children do not respond to threats. Mama: Well, I can't hit him when he's behind that door!

    • Mama: Do you know what we do to smart Alec artists around here?! We tar and feather em! Eugene: You can’t do that to me. I’m only a kid! Mama: Well, that means we just use a little less tar!

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    Notes (1)

    • This is the only episode we meet Reverend Meechum's grandson.

    Trivia (2)

    • When Eugene kicks the reverend Meecham in his broken leg, it sounds like he swears, but he actually says "Shadrach!" (who, in the bible, was one of the 3 men thrown in the furnace by Nebuchadnezzar for refusing to bow)

    • Eugene claims that Reverend Meechum always takes him out to a burger place on Sunday for a meal. But, how many pastors engage in any kind of buying or selling on Sunday? In fact, many church books of "law" forbid it for their members.

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