Mama's Family

Obscene Call

Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 11/10/83
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  • Episode Description
  • Naomi is trying to win the Friendly Employee of the Month at Food Circus by being extremely kind to everyone, but Mama isn't pleased with this because she is taking her time. Naomi ends up winning, and while the family is celebrating, she gets an obscene phone call. Naomi doesn't tell the family, but the guy calls again. Then she reveals what is going on. The phone rings a third time, and Mama has Vint answer, but he gives the phone to Naomi. The family tries to figure out why this guy is after Naomi and how to avoid this, but the tries fail. After Buzz and Sonja leave, the family tries to figure everything out, and Mama, Fran, and Vint start blaming Naomi for getting the calls, and she storms out. The next day, the guy calls again, and talks to Mama, Fran, and Vint. They now feel for Naomi and head to Food Circus to apologize. After a while, she accepts the apology, but when they get back home, the obscene phone caller calls again. This time Mama answers and tells him off, and he hangs up.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harvey Korman

    Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

  • Rue McClanahan

    Francis "Fran" Crawley (episodes 1-35)

  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Vint: Last night has been the first night since we've been married that we haven't . . . that we didn't. Fran: There goes the Guiness Book of Records.

    • Naomi: Vinton, I wear a nametag! Vint: Well, I wear a nametag too. No dirty old men are calling me! Mama: You keep walkin' like Naomi and they might.

    • Naomi: He said, "I . . . your . . .ice cubes . . .my . . .all night." Mama: Well, I've never heard such filth!

    • Mama: I don't like this. I don't allow no weirdos on the phone unless it's family.

    • Mama: Hello operator, get me the police. No, I'm just callin' to check last night's ratings on Hill Street Blues!

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    Notes (1)

    • Shown as the 10th episode (23rd overall) of the Second NBC season in syndication.

    Trivia (1)

    • The caller asks specifically for Naomi each time, even when someone else answers the phone. Since the resolution of the show demonstrates that he would talk to anyone, why wait to talk to Naomi Additionally, it's a little unlikely he would talk that way to Vint. Not impossible, just unlikely. Finally, if this guy keeps calling and asking for Naomi, why do they keep handing her the phone?

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