Mama's Family

Harper Versus Harper

Season 2, Ep 18, Aired 3/10/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Naomi is tired of the way Mama treats her because she won't let her do anything for her husband or stepchildren. Mama's vacuum cleaner has broken, and Vint tells her that she can use Naomi's. When Naomi finds out, she is very upset. Mama uses it, but it blows up. Naomi blames Mama for ruining her vacuum cleaner, and Mama blames Naomi's vacuum cleaner for ruining her rug. Vint examines the vacuum and finds Naomi's keys. Mama and Naomi blame one another for this and take each other to court. In court, Mama causes trouble, and Mama and Naomi's bickering angers the Judge. The Judge also gets mad at Fran when she "confesses" to taking off the tag of the rug. In the end, he finds them both Mama and Naomi in contempt of court, fines them each one hundred dollars, and orders that they pay their own damages. When they all get home, Mama and Naomi continue to fight, and Vint yells at them and tells them he'll solves both problems, which quiets them.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

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Episodes like this are exactly why I love Mamas Family I can only sit back and laugh myself silly when I see this episode cause the plot and the script was very well written about what people take each other to small claims court for.

    By cjm77, Feb 16, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Mama: Boy, is he hot under the collar. Naomi: Yeah! And I'm gonna get to him before he cools off! Mama: Well, get to him down in the basement. I've already got one hole burned in my rug.

    • Judge: I'm going out for a beer. As for you Vinton Harper, if you have a half a brain in your head, you'll join me.

    • Naomi: I would like to call my star witness - Vinton Harper! Mama: I object! Judge: TO WHAT?! Mama: Is it legal in this state for a man to testify against his own mother?! His own flesh and blood?! The one who brought him into this world! Who wiped his nose and diapered his behind! Before Pampers! Is that legal?! Judge: Yes, it is! Mama: Just asking.

    • Fran: You know that ugly little tag that sticks out at the side that says "Do Not Remove Under Penalty Of Law?" Judge: Yes. Fran: Two years ago, I removed it! Judge: I'll tell ya what. Normally, this is a capital offense. But if you'll just sew it on, we'll forget the whole thing. Fran: I don't sew. Judge: WELL THEN PIN IT ON! AND SIT DOWN!

    • Mama: You can't believe a word this woman says, you know! She's been married three times. Judge: So have I!

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    Notes (1)

    • Shown as the 12th episode (25th overall) of the Second NBC season in syndication.

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