Mama's Family

Educating Mama

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 9/26/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Bubba's teacher lets him know he won't be graduating high school unless he goes to night school to make up a course in English that he did poorly in during the semester. So while Mama's making a big stink about Bubba not graduating, the news comes out that Mama never finished high school either. So she joins Bubba at night school to try and get her high school diploma. But she is soon faced with the same problem she was some 40 years ago. It seems the reason she quit in the first place was the teacher wanted her to read "The Scarlett Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. But when she couldn't get past the first page he humiliated her in front of the entire So she left and never went back. So what do you think the first book the is asked to read in this time around? Iola comes over and Mama is once again struggling to get past the first page, but once she figures out it's all about sex and romance, she can't put it down. While Bubba tries to slide by (along with every other person in the class) with Raynotes (a version of crib notes). As it turns out Mama's the only one who actually took the time to read the book.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: (flipping through the book) Good Lord, not even a picture to give you a hint. Iola: Knock knock, how's the book coming, Thelma? Thelma: I've been on the first page for an hour, I'm just no good at this. Iola: I've seen you read through large books before. Thelma: Yeah but those were romance novels. Iola: The Scarlett Letter was about romance too. Thelma: (getting interested) It was?

    • *Mr. Tucker tells Mama if she keeps up her good work she could get an A* Mama: Say there, Mr. Tucker. About that A? Mr. Tucker: Yes? Mama: I won't hafta wear it on my chest, will I?

    • *Mama is expressing her outrage towards how women were treated in The Scarlett Letter* Mama: You men are scum. Mr. Tucker: Please, Mrs. Harper, I hardly knew Hester.

    • *The teacher calls everyone else but Mama who has her hand uo* Mama: What am I, invisible?!

    • Iola: Don't you know why Hester wore that letter A on her blouse? Mama: She was a cheerleader? Iola: No, she was an adultress. Mama: You mean in those days they advertised?

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    Notes (2)

    • In the first day of class scene, you can see the people in the background laughing.

    • This is actually the second time that Thelma mentions that she never finished high school. The first time was during her job interview in episode 7, "Mama Gets a Job".

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1983 movie titled, Educating Rita, which starred Michael Caine.

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