Mama's Family

Naomi's New Position

Season 5, Ep 3, Aired 11/19/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Naomi's on top of the world with the news that she has an interview for the now vacant Assistant Manager's job at Food Circus. While Vint worries if she gets the job she'll never be home. All of this is because a new manager (Archie Woods) has taken over and begins to shakes things up, including firing the old Assistant Manager. Naomi arrives for her interview full of new ideas for the store. Problem is there are several job requirements that she didn't count on when she applied. Like, for instance, having to make it with Mr. Woods if she wants the promotion or for that matter to even keep her old checkers job. She's horrified and it takes a while before she can explain to Mama and Iola what exactly happened. Mama's outraged and heads down to Food Circus to confront Mr. Woods. Who thinks it's Naomi at first but then sees Mama come barreling through his office door. She says Naomi's not interested but she is and begins chasing him around the office, coming on to him. She then secretly turns on the store microphone and gets him to admit what he did to Naomi so everyone could hear. Then she beats the snot out of him with her purse.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 (26)

    • *Iola keeps stabbing the orange with her mother’s hat pin* Mama: Will you knock it off! Who the hell do you think you are? Norman Bates?!

    • Vint: It’s not like Naomi to have something on her mind. Mama: I know sweetie, that’s why you two were meant for each other.

    • Naomi: Face facts missy, you wanna get ahead in this life, you got to put out a little!

    • Naomi: From now on we’re going to be known as “The Friendly Store.” Mama: Hell, if you want a friend you don’t go to the supermarket. Vint: Yeah, you go to a bar.

    • Mama: If by some fluke Naomi did land this job, then we got to encourage her and build her up. That’s what a family is for, to cheer ya on to success. (Naomi walks in looking sad) What’d I tell ya, she fell flat on her face.

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    Notes (1)

    • In this episode, Iola has another one of her bouts of temporary madness when she becomes too absorbed in stabbing the orange with a hat pin. She has had similar breakdowns in the episodes "Soup To Nuts," "Found Money," and "Child's Play."

    Trivia (3)

    • Actually, it is mentioned about Naomi being assistant manager. For example, in "A Taxing Situation" she says that as assistant manager, she fills out forms a lot. And in "More Power To You," she says that she is up for the Assistant Manager of the Year award.

    • When Archie Woods tells Naomi to sit down, he quickly checks out Naomi's butt before she takes her seat.

    • Naomi is said to have become the new Assistant Manager at Food Circus in this episode. Problem is it's never mentioned again in the series. In fact she's referred to in several later episodes as a checker and not the Assistant Manager. So apparently the goofy blond got demoted soon after the new Manager took over.

    Allusions (1)

    • Iola: "Oprah did a whole show on it last week"
      Iola was talking about Oprah doing a show about sexual harassment. But this comment refers basically to the fact that Oprah was at that time one of the top talkers on tv. Amazing to think that some 15 years after this episode first aired that the name Oprah is still one of the best known in the industry. Not to mention one of the most watched daytime shows overall.

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