Mama's Family

The Really Loud Family

Season 5, Ep 4, Aired 11/26/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama's already annoyed and trying to avoid Roselle so she won't have to head up the latest charity drive. While Bubba's late for dinner, which of course annoys Mama even more. He's learning to use the school video camera as he's planning to make a film about the Harper family for a school project. So to begin he has everyone gather at the dining room table, problem is their all decked out in their best clothes. Bubba catches Mama on film talking to Roselle, which forces her to agree to do the charity event. But Bubba soon realizes that everyone is acting to stiff so he scraps the project and starts again. First by talking to Naomi about her former puppy. Then he talks to Uncle Vint, who tells a funny story about Mama plastering the bathroom. Next he talks to Iola who tells the story of Eunice and Ellen's dolls. Mama then has her say on the way kids are being raised today and a few comments about her own family. Lastly, Bubba catches the whole family fighting in the front yard and Mama mouthing off about Roselle. Problem is the camera had a short in it and only caught some of what Bubba taped. The end result has Naomi looking like a tramp and Mama looking like a drunk and a bad mother. But it gets her out of the toy drive.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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  • Quotes (23)

    • *The edited version of Naomi’s documentary with Naomi talking about love* Naomi: “Even when I was a child I knew who was hot…” *recorder pause* “…Ever night I’d leave my window open, and Marlon would sneak into my room. He’d sleep in my bed all night long. I’d rub his belly, and he would lick my face.”

    • Naomi: Bubba, you’ve ruined my reputation! Mama: Aw, what reputation, ya tramp!

    • Mama: This is one pleasant family meal he’s just gonna miss out on. Pass the damn rolls!

    • Naomi: But Mrs. Harper that might have been somebody important. Mama: Nobody important is gonna be calling us. *Iola comes in* Iola: Knock, knock. I just tried calling you. Mama: See?

    • *Mama is spinning the crank for the Jack in the Box when it pops out at her* Mama: Well, Good Lord. If I had a face like that, I’d hide in a box too.

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    Trivia (1)

    • While this is no doubt one of the best episodes of the entire series, there is a small issue of artificiality that keeps this episode from getting a perfect score of 10. For example, when Naomi says in the unedited version of Bubba's film, "I'd rub his (the dog's) belly and he would lick my face." she says it in a loving way and finished the quote with a higher pitch in her voice. However when she says the same thing in the edited version with the camera shorting out, Naomi has a more sensuous and abrupt tone. It is clear that this version is actually a second recording made by the actors and not the original version that just happened to have the camera shorting out.

    Allusions (1)

    • After the family watches Bubba's movie on television, Vint tells Mama not to be so hard on herself, as she's not that bad of a mother. Mama responds, "I know that you pea-brain. Cecil B. De-moron put words in my mouth." This is an allusion to the famous film director Cecil B. DeMille.

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    • JoanEarley Aug 18, 2014

      This is on my list of all time favorite episodes, along with the wedding part 2, rashomama, iola's feeze driedcat and the one about the vcr