Mama's Family

Mama on Jeopardy

Season 4, Ep 19, Aired 2/13/88
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  • Episode Description
  • When Iola hears that Jeopardy's holding local auditions in Raytown, she drags Thelma along instead of going to the white sale. Iola is mostly interested in meeting Alex Trebek (who isn't in town). So as it turns out Mama is the only one who could answer more than two questions correctly (both about Shakespeare) and they end up inviting her to appear on the show. Her opponents on Jeopardy quickly jump out to a huge lead and Mama has a hard time getting into the game. At the end of the Double Jeopardy! round, Mama lucks up and answers a thousand dollar question right and then gets a Three Stooges question and manages to get herself out of the hole by $100 and is elgible to play Final Jeopardy! The Final Jeopardy! category is Shakespeare, but the question completely stumps her, and the champion wins again! Thelma thinks she's going home with Press-On Nails, but announcer Johnny Gilbert tells her she's won a trip for 4 to Hawaii. She kisses Alex, which makes Iola faint & annouces she's taking her worthless family with her to Hawaii.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

  • Beverly Archer

    Iola Boylen (1986-1990)

  • Allan Kayser

    Bubba Higgins (episodes 36-130)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Alex: Let's move on to Cynthia and let's see if she came up with the correct question. (Cynthia reveals her response) Alex: What is Marlowe? No. I'm afraid that's wrong, Cynthia. And what did you bet? Cynthia: All of it, Alex! Mama: Oh! What a shame. That leaves you with nothin'.

    • Alex: (after Ludlow's incorrect response) How much did you bet? Mama: All of it, please. All of it! (Ludlow reveals his wager) Alex: $200. Mama: You gutless wonder!

    • Alex: With Thelma having $100, she will be able to stick around and play Final Jeopardy! Thelma: That is correct, Alex!

    • Naomi: While you’re down there Mrs. Harper, will you pick Vinton and me up a new set of sheets? Vint: Yeah. Our old ones are all worn out. Mama: Again? Lord, I think you two oughtta give up on sheets and cover your mattress in Astroturf.

    • Alex: Do you have any hobbies, for instance? Ludlow Baxter: Oh, yes I do Alex. Uh, to unwind I like to play chess with my computer and memorize Encyclopedias. Mama: Well get down Ludlow.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: Even though clearly in the episode "Pomp and Circumstance" Thelma, and Bubba graduate, but in the beginning of the episode they mention they have to do work in school!

    • Timeline: This is the 2nd time the family goes on a Game Show. The first time was episode 7, "Family Feud."

    • Goof: During Gameplay, sometimes they would answer when the timer lights on their podeum went out. But, in actual gameplay, their turn would have been over. And someone else would answer.

    • Goof: Unlike when the family went on Family Feud, Mama must have been on some strange live television version of Jeopardy. She's not there at the Harper House while the rest watch her on TV, so, it must be inferred she's on the game show in real time as she's being watched. Usually, it takes 1 to 2 months from taping a Jeopardy to editing it, distributing it, and airing it.

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    • MaureenOHaraF Aug 19, 2013

      I love how the stuff in the trivia section is wrong