Mama's Family

The Big Wheel

Season 5, Ep 15, Aired 2/25/89
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  • Episode Description
  • The entire family is abuzz with Lotto fever, except Mama that is, who just wants Iola to get back with the cinnamon so they can start on the snickerdoodles for the church bake sale. Iola returns with a lottery ticket she bought with the change from Mama's money. Trying to pick her numbers, Mama suggestions Iola can borrow her kids birthdays. The night of the drawing, Bubba and Naomi have two tickets each while Vint spent his entire check on tickets. To everyone's surprise, Iola matches all 6 numbers and wins a chance to appear on the Lotto Show. That is until Mama decides she wants her ticket back, Iola refuses and Vint announces he matched all of the numbers too (just not all on the same ticket). So after a huge fight, Mama invites Iola back over and they convince her to share the ticket with them. Mama is picked to spin the big wheel for a chance at 2 million dollars. It lands on the million slot, but as they start celebrating it moves again and lands in the 100 dollar slot.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 (14)

    • Iola: Hey, Thelma, let me put this on. Us Boylens always wear it for good luck. Mama: Well, Iola, how lovely! I don’t believe I’ve ever seen pearls quite so big. Iola: Well, they’re not pearls; they’re Mother’s gall stones. Mama: Well Good Lord! Get these things off of me! Get em off right now! Good night, I need luck, not body parts!

    • *Vint takes out his lotto tickets* Naomi: Honey, how many of those did you buy? Vint: A whole pay check’s worth. Naomi: Well . . . Vint: But, now I figure my odds of winning are down to only 100,000 to 1. Mama: Is that all? Well, I don’t know why the chicken even bothers; they oughtta just hand you the grand prize.

    • Vint: Oh, I wish that chicken would slow down. I can’t keep up. Mama: You can’t keep up with Big Bird on Sesame Street.

    • Larry: Tell us Chad, what are your plans for the money if you win the grand prize. Chad: I’m going to invest 50% of it in real estate and the rest in C.D’s and T. Bills. Mama: Well Chad, what a fun guy.

    • *Mama says she is making Snicker doodles for the Daughters of Raytown Tea* Vint: Oh, snicker doodles. You used to always make those for me whenever I did something to make you proud. Remember Mama? Mama: Yep. I haven’t baked these suckers in over forty years.

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    Notes (1)

    • Neil Lebowitz promoted to Co-Producer

    Trivia (2)

    • When Mama gives Iola the numbers, she gives them in order of birthday. But when they are named on TV, they aren't in the order Mama gave. When you win, they numbers must all be in order, unless Iola switched them all around.

    • Mama says Vint was born on March 10th, however in episode #53 he says he was born on April 23rd.

    Allusions (1)

    • When Mama says, "That chicken is more talented than Vanna," she was referring to Vanna White on the TV game show Wheel Of Fortune.

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