Mama's Family

The Sins of the Mother

Season 4, Ep 14, Aired 1/9/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Bubba comes in drunk from a post football party, well after his curfew (around 1:00 AM). Mama flies off the handle and promptly grounds him for 4 weeks and then quickly makes it six as her anger boils over. Iola shows up and the reason for Mama's seemingly unreasonable anger is revealed.It seems that when Eunice was Bubba's age she begged Mama to get her on the Mother's Day show at the church, so she could showcase her singing case. The day of the event Eunice's long time crush Duke Reeves and his friends invites her on a picnic with the popular kids, and wants her to bring the food.This makes her late for the show with Mama and when she does show up, she's drunk. Her and Mama end up getting in a huge fight in front of everyone and it ruins the day. Bubba then realizes why she was so hard on him and promises to never do it again. So she lets him go to his swim meet.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 (10)

    • Young Eunice: I didn’t ask to be born! Mama: Well, if your daddy hadn’t gotten me as drunk as you are now, you never would have been!

    • Iola: I think Thelma was reminded of the most embarrassing moment of her life. Vint: You mean when the mailman saw her naked?

    • *Eunice and Mama are fighting on stage* Eulalie: Thelma, I want this spectacle stopped at once! Mama: Oh, sit down and shut up, you lavender dragon! You wanted a mother-daughter show, well by golly you got one!

    • Young Eunice: The man I wanna share my life with! Mty dreams with! My bed with! Mama: She shares a bed with her sister Ellen, always has. *The Mothers and daughters gasp*

    • Mama: I guess the apple don’t fall far from the tree. Vint: It does if the tree’s planted on a hill.

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    Notes (1)

    • *Famous Guest Star Alert* Young Iola is none other than Nikki Cox, in her very first recorded role. She who would eventually grow up to star in the series Unhappily Ever After and Las Vegas and date Bobcat Goldthwait, among other things in life. One such distinction was being named #89 in a top 100 list of the world's sexiest women in a 2002 issue of Stuff magazine.

    Trivia (4)

    • In Rashomama, Mama says how Eunice was her last born and how the third time was a charm in the story Eunice told. But in this episode, Eunice is several years older than Vinton.

    • Bubba was saying how his team won, but at this time in the school year, the sports' seasons would be over.

    • Bubba says that it was Dwayne's father that drove him home. But whoever dropped him off kept honking the horn like they could have had too much to drink. Why would a father have done this or have allowed it? It was late at night and that can disrupt the whole neighborhood.

    • As young Eunice leaves the kitchen to go to the picnic with Duke, a napkin can be seen falling out of the picnic basket. She apparently didn't know that it fell out, or was too happy to care.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the idea addressed frequently in the Bible: "Sins of the Fathers." It is also a phrase used by Euripides (c. 485-406 B.C.), Phrixus, fragment 970: "The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children."

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    • popcycle Jul 14, 2014

      Heather Kerr did a fantastic job of protraying Eunice