Mama's Family

Mama's Layaway Plan

Season 5, Ep 13, Aired 2/11/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Vint, Naomi and Bubba are preparing for the upcoming Bowl-A-Thon, hoping to beat the Huflanders, who've won 8 years in a row. When Mama returns with Aunt Effie from their Cousin Ludie's funeral, were they where the only mourners. Deciding this won't happen to her, Mama begins to plan her own funeral. Including spending the $1200 the family had saved for their Grand Canyon trip. Having to replace Mama on their team, Vint, Naomi and Bubba choose Iola, as Mama refuses to go, saying it's to expensive. Soon after they leave though, Mama gets a shock from the lamp and passes out. Dreaming about her own funeral and how everyone walked out to go bowling. She wakes up to find out, the family won the Bowl-A-Thon, after the Huplanders had to forfeit. She decides postpone payment on her dream funeral and announces their going to the Grand Canyon next weekend.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 (11)

    • Bubba: That's our Grand Canyon money! Thelma: Well what's the difference? They're both holes in the ground. I can either spend 3 days looking at the big one or eternity in the smaller one.

    • Mama: Naomi, see that this obituary gets printed in the paper verbatim. Naomi: Okay. Except Mrs. Harper, you don’t wear a size four dress. Mama: Just shut up and print it!

    • Bubba: What are you doin’ up there anyhow? Mama: I’m thinkin’ of becoming a go-go dancer. *starts dancing on the coffee table she’s standing on* Vint: I think you’re gonna hafta make that dress a lot shorter.

    • Naomi: Funerals are very depressing. Mama: Well of course they’re depressing. What do you expect with a dead body in the room, a hoe down?!

    • Vint: Mama will bowl like a pro. She’s always real up after a family funeral. Bubba: Why is that? Vint: Because they’re dead and she’s not.

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    Notes (2)

    • The reports of Dorothy Van's passing may have been greatly exaggerated, as the quote goes. Other sources say she lived up until 2002, dying from Parkinson's Disease.

    • This is Dorothy Van's final appearance as Aunt Effie, sadly she committed suicide in 1995.

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