Mama's Family

I Do, I Don't

Season 4, Ep 16, Aired 1/23/88
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  • Episode Description
  • The family along with Iola, Amy and Allan attend the wedding of Cousin Izzy and Ida Sue, which prompts Bubba, Mama and Iola to picture married life with their respective others, or their wanna be others. Bubba first asks if Vint and Allan think it's to soon to give Amy his I.D. bracelet. He then begins to picture his life with Amy as a married couple. They've already got a set of twins, with a set of triplets on the way, not to mention Mama who has gone senile. This unsettling thought makes Bubba think twice about tying himself down so young. So he takes her Amy home so she can wait for some other guy to call. Next Iola has a fantasy about what her life would be like if she married Vint. With her a carbon copy of Naomi and vice versa, while Mama's a lush. Naomi stops by and Mama invites her to dinner, which is Vint and Iola's 2nd wedding anniversary. Mama complains about being out of beer, so she sends Vint and Naomi on a beer run. With Alan talking about his beloved ex-wife Rebecca, Mama has a spooky fantasy about being married to him. In it it's their anniversary and he is trying his best to turn her into his ex-wife, with the aid of her own family and Iola.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)
  • But Rebecca does!

    By sgtpepper1985, Aug 28, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Hanson: REBECCA!

    • Mama: I still feel Carl's presence. In fact, everytime I go in that bathroom it's as if he's sittin' right there with me.

    • *Iola is having her fantasy where she is married to Vint* Vint: Yeah Iola, how bout a beer? Iola: We’re out of beer. That old lush polished off the last six pack after lunch. Mama: She never does keep enough beer in this house. Iola: How can I? It’d take a team of Clydesdales to keep up with your guzzling.

    • *Mama critcizes Naomi's lemonade* Mama: Some wife ya got there Vinton. Vint: Thank you Mama!

    • Mama: I still cannot believe that I caught the bride’s bouquet. Vint: Oh Mama. That means you’re next. Mama: Oh Vinton, you know that’s just a silly superstition. Iola: What cha have to do with that Thelma is seal it in a Ziploc bag and squeeze all the air out. It’ll keep for decades. Allan Hanson: Really Miss Boylen? Sounds like you’ve caught the bride’s bouquet before. Iola: Sixteen times. Mama: I told you it was just a superstition.

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    Allusions (2)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the Broadway musical, "I Do, I Do." The play, written in 1966, was written by Tom Jones.

    • Thelma's dream, where she competes with the memory of Alan's dead wife Rebecca, references themes from the Daphne Du Maurier novel and 1940 Hitchcock film Rebecca.

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