Mama's Family

For Better or For Worse

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 1/29/83
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  • Episode Description
  • As the family is sitting down to dinner, Naomi comes over and announces that she has sold her home and is going to move away. To celebrate, she and Vint head to the Bigger Jigger. After drinking and celebrating, they return to Mama's, and Naomi ends up spending the night. The next morning, Mama sees Naomi leaving and freaks out. She tells Vint he cannot see Naomi anymore, and Vint tells Naomi. But Naomi has a plan to move to Arizona to manage a trailer park that wants a husband and wife team. Vint ends up asking Naomi to marry him, and she says yes. Vint tells Mama, who is in shock. She calls Naomi a tramp, and Naomi puts Mama in her place. They say they plan to just get married on their way out of time. But Mama tells them they can get married at her house.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harvey Korman

    Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

  • Rue McClanahan

    Francis "Fran" Crawley (episodes 1-35)

  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Fran: My goodness Vint, can’t you unwind having a pleasant meal with your family? Mama: She’s right. Now sit down and be pleasant, damn it!

    • Naomi: I'm gonna teach Vinton to stand on his own two feet. Mama: Well, if he'd of stayed on feet last night in the basement, we wouldn't have a problem right now!

    • Vint: You know my Mama would die if she thought this was going on down here. Naomi: Honey, your Mama’d die if she thought this was going on anywhere.

    • Vint: We're gonna get married! Mama: FRAN! Call the paramedics! Fran : What is it Thelma? Is it your heart? Mama: No, I'm gonna kill Vint!

    • Sonja: (on the phone with a friend) Andrea, I've got to hang up. My Grandma needs to yell at my dad.

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    Notes (2)

    • The Bigger Jigger is mentioned for the first time.

    • Shown as the 5th episode in syndication.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the comic strip by Lynn Johnson by the same name. The strip was first published in 1979 and is about a family as it matures and deals with life and death.

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