Mama's Family

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Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 11/5/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama's reign as the Church Ladies League President only has two weeks to go and being that it's limited to one term Mama needs someone to nominate her for a second term. So she drafts Iola to take on the CCL's power broker in Alberta Meechum. but it doesn't quite go as planned as a very nervous Iola stumbles through her nomination of Mama. Thelma versus Iola Alberta makes it clear that she thinks it's unfair to ask anyone to carry the load of being president for another two years. So in a shocking twist she nominates Iola and it's soon decided to have an election. The campaign turns nasty quick and Mama challenges Iola to a public debate. One which features a new more confident Iola. With Vint, Naomi and Bubba at her side, Mama makes a passioniate plea to be re-elected. Which only starts the name calling back and forth between the her and Iola. In the end neither of them are elected as they began fighting and have to be broken up by Lolly Purdue, who in turn is then elected to be the new president in Mama's place.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)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Mama: It is just like in the insect world. There are worker bees, and there are queen bees. Iola, you are a worker. I am the Queen. Vint: And what are we Mama? Mama: You’re the drones.

    • Vint: Mama, why’d I hafta wear my old Army uniform. I feel so dumb. Mama: Vinton, when don’t you feel dumb? Now you be proud of your military record. There ain’t no National Guard in the Harper House.

    • *Bubba asks Mama to help him study for his American History test* Mama: I don’t know anything about American History. Vint: Oh sure you do Mama. You lived through most of it. *laughs and snorts* Mama: Shut up, you post nasal drip.

    • *Mama is talking about her work for the CLL interfering with her home life* Mama: I have a higher duty. *looks up* Vint: Cleaning the attic. Mama: No cleaning the cobwebs from between your ears.

    • *Naomi and Vint leave the kitchen a bit upset since Mama is neglecting her household duties for the CLL* Iola: What’s the matter with them? Mama: I dropped Vinton on his head when he was a baby. I’m not sure what her excuse is.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Mama says that she's only got three minutes to talk. Iola had four charts and graphs on stage. How did she display all that in the short time of 180 seconds? Alberta could have given her more time, but Mama was limited.

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