Mama's Family

Gert Rides Again

Season 2, Ep 8, Aired 12/1/83
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama's Aunt Gert is having a birthday, and Mama is heading down to the nursing home to visit her. But when she is down there, she sees that Gert is very bored and is not lively and exciting like she normally is. When she is there, the nurse says that Gert will have a surprise party the next day, but not to ruin the surprise. When Mama gets home, she starts fearing that she will end up like Gert, especially when the family treats her the same way they treated Gert. So Mama decides to head down to the surprise party. But Mama accidentally spills the beans about the surprise party and tells Gert to get dressed and ready. After a while, Gert becomes her old self and picks out a dress. After she arrives at her party, she and Mama brighten it the boring event up and everyone has some fun. The next day, Gert and her friend Alvin show up and tell Mama they are moving into their own place, having just spent the night together.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 (1)

    • (Vint and Naomi are kissing on the couch) Mama: If wrapping a present turns anybody on like that, then it'll be one humdinger of a Christmas this year.

    Notes (2)

    • This episode was never aired on TBS when they reran Mama's Family. According to TBS, the master tape of this episode was destroyed. However, when the show started airing on Ion, this episode was repeated once during the first airing of the series. It was never repeated after that.

    • *Originally* Shown as the 8th episode (21st overall) of the Second NBC season in syndication

    Trivia (1)

    • Gert and Thelma perform "Ain't Misbehavin'". The song was written by Waller Fats and performed by the great Ella Fitzgerald. In 1978, a Broadway show opened by the same name and included this song. Nell Carter starred in the Broadway production.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to two movies. "Destry Rides Again" was released in 1939 and starred Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" was released in 1979 and starred Don Knotts and Tim Conway. The connection to this movie is strong, since Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Conway worked together on the Carol Burnett Show including the skits that lead to this series.

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