Mama's Family

Soup to Nuts

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 10/25/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama is the editor of the years church bazaar cookbook, in it she plans to use her own recipe for Chili. Iola objects thinking it should be hers that Mama uses. Soon Naomi too throws her hat in the ring, saying she makes the best Chili. So the three decide to have to a chili cook-off with the winner getting her recipe in the cookbook. Vint, being stuck in the middle of this brewing argument, is choosen, against his will, as the judge of the contest. All three have identical supplies, with Mama and Iola also have identical ingredients. While Naomi's chili is far different from the other two as it includes two giant cans of store bought chili, plus beer, cheetos and several other items not usually associated with chili. Each bringing back a certain memory from one of her ex-husbands or boyfriends. Each bowl is lettered as the contest begins and Vint decides the 'B' bowl is the best, which belongs to Iola, and she runs home to show her father and dare her mother to throw it out again. As soon as she is gone though, Mama and Naomi force Vint to make his real decision, but instead, he dumps both bowls together, saying it's got to be the best chili ever, but after just one bite he starts gagging. Prompting Mama to say "Vint that better be Naomi's half your gaggin on."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 (7)

    • Bubba: What's a guy supposed to do about, um, protection?" Vint: "I'm glad you asked that Bubba. You see, in my day, we didn't use protection. We just accepted the risk, and we took it like a man." Bubba: "Whoa!" Vint: "But, we were wrong. Now, if you're going to act like a man, you got to take responsibility like a man." Bubba: "Whoa!!" Vint: "And protection is something a man should keep on his mind at all times." Bubba: "Well, I know it's on mine." Vint: "All it takes is one little accident, and you are ruined for life." Bubba: " Whoa." Vint: Take it from me Bubba, don't even think about going out there without your protection." *Puts a helmet on Bubba's head* Vint: "And, uh, see to it that Melanie's got a helmet too."

    • Vint: "Well, you know what they say about motorcycles and women?" Bubba: Not exactly. What do they say about motorcycles and women?" Vint: Well, you know. Ha Ha." Bubba: "Yeah?" Vint: "Yeah." Bubba: "Yeah?" Vint: "Yeah." Bubba and Vint: "Yeah!"

    • Vint: "Everybody's entitled to do what they want. What they do best. Ya see, Mama and Iola are in the kitchen because cookin' is what they're good at. And you, well you . . . *Naomi starts kissing Vint* you're good at . . .tannin'."

    • Mama: "Tomato surprise. Tomatoes, mayonaise, and salt. Well surprise, surprise."

    • Iola: "You can't use canned chili." Naomi: "Why not, it's my main ingredient?" Mama: "That ain't cookin, it's heatin."

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    Notes (10)

    • The kitchen door is different than the first 2 seasons.  In The first 2 seasons the kitchen door was a four panel.  In The 3rd season the door has a push plate and a big panel.

    • There is a yellow wall hung rotary dial phone in the kitchen.  In the previous 2 seasons The Harper's had a black rotary dial phone in the living room.

    • In the opening introduction, Naomi's hair is curly in the picture. In the previous two seasons, Naomi's hairstyle is in a pony-tail in the picture.

    • In one of The Carol Burnett Show comedy sketches, Bubba did have a brother, Billy Joe. But in Mama's Family, he was never mentioned.

    • Starting with this episode, the kitchen floor is lighter than that of the season 2 episodes.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Naomi tells Mama and Iola how she used to make chili for her first husband Tommy Lee, but in a previous episode, she said that her first husband's name was Tommy Ray.

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