Mama's Family

Fran's Dress

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 3/26/83
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  • Episode Description
  • Fran and Vint both have big nights, which they are nervous about. Vint, who has a bowling tournament, wants Mama to wash and iron his shirt and have dinner ready early. And Fran, who has an awards banquet that night, asks Mama to iron the dress she plans to wear. Ellen comes by to pick Mama up and has to remind her of an appointment she has. Mama isn't paying attention to what she is doing, and because she is in a rush to get to her hair appointment, she accidentally burns a hole in Fran's dress. Mama and Ellen rush to Neidermeyer's, hoping they can find the exact same dress. They come home with one they were promised was the same, but it turns out it is different. Fran gets home early and tries on the dress. Vint gets home, learns Mama didn't wash his shirt or make dinner, and storms out. Fran comes downstairs in the dress and asks why it is different. Mama reveals what happened. Fran freaks out about the dress and other things Mama has messed up. Mama breaks down and starts worrying that she is losing it. Fran tells her not to worry and decides to wear another dress.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

  • Eric Brown

    Vinton "Buzz" Harper, Jr. (episodes 1-35)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Ellen: Today is the twelfth. Mama: Are you sure? Ellen: No Mama. I just had the calendar changed to torment you.

    • (Mama is comparing Fran's dress and the dress she bought to replace it) Mama: This dress ain't got a tuck in sight, and this sucker's got tucks comin' out its ears.

    Notes (4)

    • Shown as episode 3 in syndication.

    • Dick Clair promoted from Co-Producer to Producer

    • Jenna McMahon promoted from Co-Producer to Producer

    • Ed Simmons added as Supervising Producer

    Trivia (3)

    • Mama says that she used to have "4 screaming kids" under her feet. If she was talking about her own children, where did the fourth one come from?

    • Vint is supposedly out bowling that night. Take a good close look when Fran and Mama are talking in the kitchen after she realizes it wasn't her dress; Vint has left his bowling bag and ball in the kitchen on top of the garbage compact where the breadbox is.

    • Goof: Notice how the grandfather clock has been taken out and replaced with mirror for Fran's scene, but without explanation. It returns in the next episode for the rest of the series.

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