Mama's Family

Steal One, Pearl Two

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 11/29/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Bubba wants to borrow $200 to buy a new drum set, while Iola's upset that she can't get her jewelry box open to put her pearls away, so she brings the box over for Vint to open. When he can't, Bubba quickly borrows a bobby pin and opens it easily. Iola heads home only to return a few minutes later in search of her beloved pearls, which have mysteriously disappeared. Iola is quick to accuse Bubba, who comes in with a brand new drum set, claiming he borrowed them from a friend of a friend who's name he forgets. Pretneding to defend Bubba, Mama throws Iola out. Now convinced, she too accuses Bubba. Feeling betrayed by his own family Bubba attempts to run away from home. She finds him at the "Rayhound" station and tells him the story of what happened when Eunice tried ran away (she only made it across the river to Bump). Saying she believes him now, Bubba decides to come home. In the end they find the pearls, where they had been all along, stuck to the back of a pillow on the couch.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 (12)

    • *Vint finds Iola's pearls stuck to a pillow* Iola: "You see, I said there was a logical explanation." Mama: "Iola, can I help ya put them pearls around your neck?!"

    • Iola: "Did Bubba happen to bring anything with him?!" Mama: "Yes ma'am he did. He brought his grandmother."

    • Vint: "Well I sure learned my lesson. From now on, I'm goin' to church. At least there I can sleep."

    • *Mama tells Bubba she doesn't think he took Iola's pearls, and for all she knows, the gypsy could have taken them* Mama: "Shoot, they'd probably look better on him then they would Iola."

    • Mama: "And when I walked inside, what do you think I saw?" Bubba: "What?" Mama: "A big ol' wild eyed gypsy with a scarf tied around his head and a shiny gold tooth." Bubba: "Did he have a peg leg?" Mama: "He was a gypsy, not a pirate."

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    Trivia (1)

    • Watch carefully when Iola receives her pearls from Mama. She puts them into her pocket and later on in the episode, they wind up behind a cushion on the sofa. Makes you wonder, how'd they get there?

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to a very popular knitting stitch pattern: "Knit One, Purl Two."

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