Mama's Family

What a Dump

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired 1/21/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama plays host to the neighborhood block party, where Mayor Tutwiller is set to make a major announcement. Mama thinks he's going to award her the "Golden Trowel" award for the best yard in Raytown. But he instead announces that the city council has voted to make Raylane the new city dump and buy all the houses on the block. Mam though refuses to move, even though everyone else is for it. Bubba plans to move into the dorm and Vint and Naomi find a newspaper ad for their dream house, which with the money they'll get from the city for the old house, they can now afford. Meanwhile, Bubba is working on a history paper for on the founder of Raytown, James A. Ray. It seems he can find plenty of facts about his life but nothing about his death. Until he goes to the hall of records. While Mama tries unsuccessfully to start a petition to save the block, then just as the day of demolition arrives, Bubba announces he found out that James A. Ray died at a house at 1 Old Decatur Road. The exact address of Mama's house before the street name was changed. So Mayor Tutwiller is forced to name it a historical landmark.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 (15)

    • Bubba: James A. Ray died in a house of ill-repute. Mama: Well, at least he went with a smile on his face.

    • Mama: Some of the best times of our life have been spent in this room. How can you forget all the dinners we’ve had? All the games we’ve played? All the beers I’ve drunk? Naomi: Come to think of it honey, you and I were married in this room. Mama: I’m talkin’ about the good times.

    • Mama: Carl and me moved in, it was sittin’ all by itself on an old deserted country road. It was so peaceful and serene, Carl snapped it up. Vint: He told me it was because it was so cheap. Mama: It was cheap and serene!

    • *The Mayor tells the citizens that there block is going to be the next municipal collection facility* Iola: Well, imagine that, we’re gonna be a municipal collection facility. What is that? Mama: It sounds like a fancy name for the city dump. Mayor: Right you are. Right you are, Mrs. Harper. It was between your block and the Swamp Bottom. Congratulations, you won. Vint: We won, Mama! We won! Mama: Shut up, you moron!

    • Iola: I just wish Mother was up to comin'. Mama: What's wrong with her this time? Iola: Nothin'. She just hates all the neighbors.

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    Notes (4)

    • This is the only time we see the house all empty.

    • This episode begins an interesting trend. This episode and the next 2 each feature cartoon voice actors as a guest. Alan Oppenheimer (the original Skeletor from He-Man) in this one, the next one Hamilton Camp (Gizmo Duck from Duck Tales) who was just a voice in that episode, and the last one Christopher Collins, aka Chris Latta (the original Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe.).

    • Beverly Archer (Iola) wrote this episode.

    • This is the first appearnce Alan Oppenheimer has made on the syndicated run of the series (Last appearing in episode #34).

    Trivia (1)

    • This could be argued as whether it's a goof or not, but, it's surely a nitpick. :) This is episode #96, aired on 23-Dec-1988. Now, while this obviously doesn't equate with the actual date within the story itself, there's an interesting goof. Mama believes that the Mayor is there to award her the Golden Troll award, even though he's there to say the city block is scheduled to be demolished. BUT the later episode #103, airing on 24-Feb-1989, has the Golden Troll JUDGING as taking place within THAT episode instead. Of course, that may have been all part of Thelma's plan in that episode, i.e. the Golden Troll Award judging wasn't even taking place then. But, if it was, that means the Golden Troll Award takes place at least twice a year, in February AND December?

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