Mama's Family

Farewell Frannie

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/27/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama's sister, Frannie, has just passed away, and even if she can't bring herself to tell how Frannie actually died (it was by inhaling a tooth pick in the ladies room at the Bigger Jigger). Mama is never the less determined to give her late sister something she never had, a "perfect day". But things soon turn from perfect to terrible as one disaster after another strikes. First Mama finds out Don and Loraine won't be there and of course Buzz and Sonya won't either (for unexplained reasons) and Ed and Eunice have moved to Florida (a blessing). Then Ellen calls and says she's got something more pressing business and can't make it either. Later, as the the family gets home from the funeral, we find out Vint forgot to shut the hearse door, resulting in the coffin flying out of the hearse and down the on-ramp to the free way. The house is a mess and they believe they've been robbed, but it is soon revealed that Eunice and Ed's son Bubba (just out of reform school) has arrived after finding his old home locked up. Mama has to tell him, Ed and Eunice moved to Florida and he has to stay with her, because he's on probation and can't leave the state. Also much to the aggravation of Vint and Naomi, Mama gives Bubba, Fran's old room.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 (11)

    • Thelma: She was fiddling with that toothpick and I decided to have a joke with her, so I put one of the fish fins in my teeth and I busted in there saying 'Just be glad you didn't order the fish'. She was so shocked that she inhaled the toothpick and ran into the stall before I could help her, and she never come out.

    • *Bubba fears his parents died when he is told there will be a funeral* Mama: No, it was your sweet Aunt Fran." Bubba: "Who?"

    • Mama: "This is the same dress I buried your Daddy in." Vint: "Gee, I always thought he was wearin' a suit."

    • Mama: "Funeral or no funeral, this is gonna be the happiest day of Fran's life."

    • *Mama tells Vint that he must be a pall barerer, and he is afriad to be close to the corspe* Mama: "That's casket's got handles. I ain't askin' ya to give her a piggy back ride."

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    Notes (4)

    • In the scene where Bubba comes in upset about Ed and Eunice having moved away, take a look to the left of the screen as Mama says that it's "Fran's Day." The "4th wall" is broken, as you can see into the kitchen where the living room cuts off.

    • This is the last episode where Buzz and Sonja are mentioned, as Mama says that they can't come. But we never find out where they would be coming from.

    • The picture of Fran in the memorial should look familiar, it is the same picture used for Rue's credit as Aunt Fran, for season 2.

    • This episode is sometimes noted as the first syndicated episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • Mama tells Ellen to return Mama's broach. This is the same broach she borrowed in the episode "Country Club." Did Ellen never return the broach before, or did she borrow it again?

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