Mama's Family

Grandma USA

Season 3, Ep 18, Aired 2/7/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama is surprised to learn she was entered in the Grandma USA contest by Bubba. She is at first reluctant to compete, but changes her mind when she finds out the grand prize is a dream kitchen, complete with a self cleaning oven. Vint then starts to wonder why they would select Mama over all the other entries, Bubba says it's because he sent in Naomi's picture instead of Mama's. A fact this is only discovered after they are greeted by the host, Raytown personality Eddie Edwards, and he thinks Noami is entering. After considering his options, Edwards agrees to let Mama compete instead, thinking it might be a novelty to have someone in the pageant who really looks like a Grandma. Which, as it turns out, none of the other's certainly don't. For the talent competition, Mama sings a song her daddy taught her when she was young, so she could sing to his buddies at the Jigger (now the Bigger Jigger). Mama makes the final three, but ends up finishing second in the final vote. A result she doesn't take well, as she takes over the show and demands a recount.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)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Mama's entered in the Grandma USA pageant & she's the only contestant who really looks like a grandmother...

    By bouncin_frog, Oct 29, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Eddie: The question is how old are you. Thelma: And the answer is none of your damn business.

    • Vint: "By the way Mama, how old are you?" Mama: "Let me put it to you this way Vinton. My age and your IQ are runnin' neck and neck."

    • Mama *to one of the contestants* : "When did you get married anyway, in the seventh grade?!"

    • Naomi: "I cannot believe that anyone would mistake me for a grandmother." Iola: "I can."

    • Vint: "Now Mama, calm down. Just put everything out of your mind. The judges, the competition, the TV cameras, the fact that thousands of people at home are gonna be watching you're every move." Mama: "Alright Vinton, I'll do that. Thank you." Vint: "Those cords you might trip on, those dangerous lights that could fall down on your head." Mama: "Vinton, if you don't shut up, I'm gonna punch your lights out!"

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    Notes (1)

    • Betty Bunch (Grandma Betty) would return in the episode Mama's Girls to play Belle Scogins.

    Trivia (1)

    • Vint asks Mama how old she is. Why don't her kids know her age? They remember her birthday, but they never seem to know how old she is.

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