Mama's Family

Take My Mama, Please!

Season 6, Ep 9, Aired 11/18/89
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  • Episode Description
  • The Harpers and Iola have dinner at the Bigger Jigger. While comedian Shecky Lewis is on stage performing, Mama heckles him, and the comedian challenges her to perform at Open Mike Night on Monday. The following morning, the family tells Mama she needs a new routine and tries to help her out with their own routines and jokes. But she decides to do material from a book she bought. The big night comes, with Mama going second. But the first guy who goes uses the exact same jokes as Mama. He finishes with the crowd cracking up, and Mama is worried about what she'll do. She gets up on stage and tries to make something up, but fails. After attempting Sylvester Stallone, Bubba suggests she do Jack Nicholson, and Mama makes fun of him, which leads her to make fun of the whole family.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

  • Beverly Archer

    Iola Boylen (1986-1990)

  • Allan Kayser

    Bubba Higgins (episodes 36-130)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Iola: Thelma, I don't appreciate you telling the whole congregation about the Patrick Swayze collage in my bedroom. Mama: Oh, what are you griping about? Shoot, the Reverend's wife offered ya fifty bucks for it!

    • (Mama is doing her Sylvester Stallone impression) Mama: Yo, I'm Rocky! Yo, I'm Rambo! Yo, I'm dead. Bubba: Do Jack Nicholson! Mama: Who? Bubba: You know, the Joker! (imitates the Joker's grin) Wait'll they get a load of me! Mama: Wait till I get a hold of you. (audience laughs) I have to apologize for my grandson Bubba. He's the one who talked me into doing that stupid Rambo impression. I wish he would do an impression of a person with a clean room.

    • Mama: This is my daughter-in-law Naomi, the one over here with all the make-up. Compared to her, Tammi Baker's got the natural look.

    • Vint: It's about time comedy came to Raytown. Mama: Comedy came to Raytown the day you were born.

    • Vint: Well, what about that old saying - The show must go on? Mama: I got another saying, Vinton - The hell with it!

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    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to a famous one-liner, "Take my wife, please." The line was written and frequently used by Henny Youngman (1906 - 1998). The ironic part is that Mr. Youngman was married to the same woman for over 60 years and ended only upon her death.

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