Mama's Family

The Mama of Invention

Season 5, Ep 22, Aired 5/6/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Iola meets a man that is interested in one of her inventions.But as it turns out Vint,Naomi and Bubba have an invention of their own,the Petlocks.When Mr. Wheeler arrives he barely glances at Iola's invention before noticing Vints' invention and saying he thinks it's a brilliant idea.He asks for 800 dollars in Good faith money to start,with which he will match with 800 of his own. Mama is skeptical and refuses to let Vint have the money.That's when Detective Sneed shows up and drops the news that Wheeler is a con artist.He enlists Mama and Iola in a plot to catch Wheeler red-handed.Sneed gives Mama 800 dollars in marked money and has her wear a wire to record the conversation. Vint decides at the last minute that Mama is right and the lock idea is dumb,and Mama has to talk him out of it. Wheeler arrives to pick up the money with Sneed parked across the street in an unmarked fan. They quickly agree on the deal and Sneed busts in and arrests him.He outsmarts them and pulls a gun,and tries to make a get away.But he's recaptured by Iola and her Invalid tosser.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 (8)

    • Iola: Well, I just couldn’t wait to tell y’all the excitin’ news. I met a man . . . Naomi: Well that’s not exciting; that is down right miraculous.

    • Mama: I don’t know when I’ve ever seen Vinton so mad in my life. There was a moment there when those cold eyes were fixed on me, I swear, he almost looked like a man.

    • Vint: Mama, I’m warning you, if you turn your back on me now I’m never gonna speak to you again! Mama: Just keep talkin’ Vinton. You’re making this easier and easier.

    • Sneed: Don’t tell anyone about this, not even your family. We wouldn’t want them actin’ strange. Mama: Well, I don’t think there’s any way we can avoid that.

    • Sneed: Would you be comfortable wearing a wire? Mama: Are you kiddin’? I’m a 44D. I’ve been wearing a wire since the sixth grade.

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    Notes (2)

    • The actor that plays Keith Wheeler (James Hampton) was on the sitcom F-Troop with the actor that plays Vint (Ken Berry). On F-Troop, Berry was Captain Parmenter and Hampton was Private Dobbs.

    • The second and final appearance of Officer/Detective Sneed. He's received quite a promotion on the police force since Episode 64, "The Key To The Crime."

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