Mama's Family

Fangs A Lot, Mama

Season 3, Ep 23, Aired 3/14/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Naomi is worried sick because Vint is late getting home and hasn't called.When he does arrive home,he announces he's been invited to join the The Mystical Order of the Cobra,a local Men's club.He has to memorize the entire contents of the Cobra hand book so he heads off to the basement to study,alone. Naomi is excited at first,but Mama tells her the story of a woman whose husband joined and soon ended up leaving her.Vint is soon having trouble learning everything he needs when,Bubba suggest he use crib notes,which he gives to Mama in an envelope to give to Vint.But Mama,not wanting Vint to make it in,changes the cards with her recipes.Iola helps Vint get ready for the induction crermony that night,by lending him,her father's old robe. Later as Mama tells what she did,Iola tells a story of what will happen if Vint doesn't get in,he'll be hissed out.So Mama, not wanting that to happen to Vint,rushes to the ceremony and sneaks in.She takes away Vint's crib cards after he misses his first two questions and they mistake the cards as her's and they hiss her out.In the end Vint gets in after getting the last question correct.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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  • Quotes (15)

    • Mama: "It's not everyday you go through this much trouble to make an asp out of yourself."

    • Bubba: "Well, he did spend a lot of time with those crib notes. Maybe he actually learned something." Iola: "Oh, maybe they just asked him something that required common sense." Mama: "Either way, he's doomed."

    • *Vint is taking the Cobra test, using recipes he thinks are the answers* Grand Viper: "Question number one: What do you do to a fellow Cobra when he breaks the Cobra oath?" Vint: "Ahh, uh, whip vigorously until frothy." *Cobras start hissing* Grand Viper: "Wrong! Not yet." *Hissing Stops* Grand Viper: "Question number two. Now think carefully. How long must you serve as a Cobra before you can become Grand Viper?" Vint: "Uh, it takes only thirty minutes for the scum to rise to the top." *Cobras hiss*

    • Grand Viper: "Are you willing to take the challenge?" Inductees: "We are willing." Mama: "Willing." Grand Viper: "Are you bold enough to see it through?" Inductees: "We are bold." Mama: "Bold." Grand Viper: "Then, will you dance the Dance of a Thousand Tails?" Inductees: "We will dance." Mama: "Dance?"

    • *Mama puts on the Cobra outfit to go save Vint* Mama: "How do I look?" Naomi: "Like an idiot." Mama: "Good. I'll fit right in."

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    Notes (1)

    • Brent Spiner's 2nd and last appearance on the series, previously appearing in Episode 3.2.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the saying that Vint uses regularly, "Thanks a lot, Mama!"

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