Mama's Family

My Phony Valentine

Season 5, Ep 14, Aired 2/18/89
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  • Episode Description
  • It's Valentine's day and Naomi feels unloved and Vint buying her cheap stuff for doesn't help. Mama and Iola however are busy making hearts for the Valentine's day banquet at the church. Naomi starts bugging Iola about not having a date,so she says she had one but turned it down, while getting some snacks Mama hears this. Feeling sorry for her, Mama tells Iola that the movie they were gonna watch tonight is off and she should get herself a date. Mama then comes up with the story that she too has a date. Now Mama has to try and find a gentleman to go out with. Iola comes over later the afternoon and tells Thelma that Roselle got a date from "Rent-A-Gent". So feeling desperate Thelma calls "Rent A Gent" and gets a date herself. When he arrives however she finds out that he's a 30 something,not a 70 something like she had ordered,seems they run low on them around this time of year. Naomi and Bubba's date are insulted when they find out that Mama got a heart shaped box of chocolates and roses while they got cheap junk. Thelma then sends her date home. Later that night Iola comes in and tells Thelma that she made the whole thing up because Naomi made her feel jealous.They sit together and agree from now on they'll be more trithful with each other.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 (9)

    • *Bubba and Vint say they’re giving the girls their gifts* Bubba: Okay, close your eyes. *Naomi, Bunny, and Mama close their eyes* Vint: Not you Mama. We don’t have any presents for you. Mama: Well, there’s a blessing.

    • Mama: I bet you we pull an even bigger crowd than that stripper who found God.

    • Naomi: I want to be with child. *Vint comes in* Vint: Here’s the paper, baby. I got dibs on the funnies. I can’t start my day without Little Lulu. Mama: And you think you’re not with child.

    • Vint: Oh, Naomi’s gonna love that. She goes nuts on Valentines. Mama: Yeah? What’s her excuse the rest of the year?

    • Mama: How’d it go with your chiropractor? Did he try and jump your bones?

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    Trivia (1)

    • Just before the 2nd commercial break, Vicki Lawrence gets a little too caught up in dialing the number for Rent A Gent and knocks some prop off its shelf by shaking the wall too much. It appears to be some kind of salt/pepper shaker or other condiment dispenser.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song, "My Funny Valentine". It was written by Richard Rogers and included in the Broadway musical "Babes in Arms". Ella Fitzgerald's recording of it is very popular.

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