Mama's Family


Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 11/3/83
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  • Episode Description
  • Naomi, Ellen, and Eunice are in a panic at the hospital because Mama has had an accident. Vint comes and asks what has happened. But each of the women has their own tale about how it happened. In Naomi's story, she is Mama's darling and Eunice and Ellen fight and accidentally hit Mama with the pot. In Ellen's story, Ellen is the saint, Naomi acts like a child, Eunice is mean, Mama is two cans short of a six-pack, and it is Naomi and Eunice who accidentally hit Mama. In Eunice's version of the story, Ellen is an evil, rich snob, Naomi is a complete tramp, and Ellen and Naomi hit Mama with the pot. After the stories are told, Mama is released, and Vint asks who hit her, but she says she's never seen any of them before in her life. Later at home, they are sampling the jam, and Vint helps Mama clean up, accidentally hitting her with the pot.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harvey Korman

    Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

  • Dick Martin

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • (Eunice is complaining to Mama about how she is more worried about the jars) Eunice: I just told you I spent the whole morning dodging semis across three lanes of public highway! Naomi: Well, isn't that dangerous?! Eunice: Come here. Look at me. Are you in there?

    • (Mama comments on how the jars Eunice got sparkle like diamonds) Ellen: Let me see? (dumps the gooseberries on the jars) Oops. How clumsy. (in a lower, more sadistic tone) I've ruined the jars!

    • (The women are cleaning the jars Naomi: Well, I don't know when I have had so much fun. I've never done anything like this before. Eunice: It's about the only thing you haven't done before.

    • Mama: Why isn't my own girls can't see the beauty in sharing a warm family moment? Eunice: Well, I'm the one that brought the dirty jars. You wouldn't have this warm family moment if it wasn't for me.

    • Mama: Eunice, where in blue blazes have you been? Eunice: For your information Mama, I was almost spalttered over that highway. Naomi, move it! (pushes Naomi out of her chair) Ellen, get me a beer!!!

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    Notes (1)

    • Shown as the 6th episode (19th overall) of the Second NBC season in syndication.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode, as well as the generic theme, comes from the Akira Kurosawa picture, Rashomon. In feudal Japan, a rape and murder is told and retold from the point of view of four different observers, who are each suspects. Each paints himself in a far better light than what they really are; each story reveals a little more detail than the other. The central theme is, in the end, about truth: which story was the real one, and, by definition, what really is truth as a conceptual whole?

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