Mama's Family

Mama Goes Hawaiian (1)

Season 4, Ep 20, Aired 2/20/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama and the family are packing to leave for Hawaii, when Iola bursts in and announces she going too (now that she's sold her mother's Mink). Arriving in Hawaii, Iola has a hole list of things to do, and first is 'Lover's Grotto'. Where legend has it, if you toss a flower into the ocean, you'll find your true love. Bubba and Iola both toss a single flower, while Mama tosses all of hers. Iola meets her 'True Love' in Lars Johanssen, a cook aboard a tanker, they discover their plans for seeing all the sights are the same and decide to go together. While Bubba meets his 'Love' in Lani, a native who welcomes him to the island. Mama too meets someone, but he's not who he appears to be, she thinks he's a beach bum, because he mooches her drink and sandwich and then won't leave her alone. Meanwhile, Naomi is sunbathing and Vint is busy watching the girl next to he and Naomi. So instead of putting sunscreen on her back as she had asked, he puts on bath gel instead. Which results in Naomi getting a head to toe sunburn and being confined to the hotel for the next few days.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 (12)

    • Mama: Okay, what’s with you two? Iola: I met a man. Bubba: I met a girl. Mama: Bubba, no big surprise. Iola, tell me everything!

    • Naomi: In Hawaii, you and I are gonna have a week of non-stop romance. Vint: Yeah. *Vint and Naomi start kissing* Mama: Will you two please keep that in a darkened basement where it belongs?

    • *Vint is checking out a young girl in a bikini, while Naomi is looking at the ocean* Naomi: Oh baby, can you imagine anything more beautiful? Vint: No. I don’t have that much imagination.

    • Mama: Well, Bubba I’d have to drink every color of the rainbow before I’d have the nerve to show my bathing suit on this beach. Bubba: Come on Grandma. Nobody would even look twice. Mama: Well then what’s the point?

    • Naomi Come along baby. We will make our own Lovers Grotto right across the hall. Mama: Good Lord. Haven’t they ever heard of jet lag?

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    Notes (4)

    • Barney Martin is best known for his future role as Morty Seinfeld on Seinfeld.

    • On Screen: The end credits feature the shot of Hawaii rather than a shot of the house. (this shot is the one used in the resort credit).

    • On Screen: Right before going into the end credits, you see a credit for the resort in Hawaii used for this episode.

    • On Screen: This episode is one of the few to not show the front of the house at the end and during the end credits. The only other time this occurs is the episode "An Ill Wind" in season 3 and the series finale.

    Trivia (5)

    • Iola mentions that she is allergic to hamsters. Later on in "Guess Who's Going to Dinner," she claims that she's raised hamsters for over a decade.

    • When Billy has a cramp in the water, Mama rushes in to save him. But it is a beach, so where exactly is the life guard through all of this? The reason they are there is to help people in trouble. Why was this particular beach lacking?

    • When Iola and Bubba get their flowers back, they get ones identical to the ones they threw in the Lovers Grotto. Mama throws her whole purple lei in. When she gets one back, she says that is exactly like the lei she threw in the water. However, it is not exactly like it. The one she gets is very light purple while the one she received at the airport is a darker purple. So, unlike what Mama said, they are not exactly alike.

    • Goof: Not once in the show do they mention the fact that the trip was won in the previous episode, "Mama on Jeopardy". However, they do say that she *won* a trip, but not where, however.

    • Goof: When Naomi is lying out in the sun and wants that "George Hamilton glow" she's wearing pantyhose. What kind of tan can you get while wearing pantyhose?

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