Mama's Family

Where There's a Will

Season 3, Ep 2, Aired 10/4/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Mama finds Frannie's dairy when she goes to get Bubba for breakfast. Inside is a note telling Mama to call the executor of her will, Larwin P. Finstadler. When Mr. Finstadler arrives he informs Mama that Fran was worth $35,000. Fran's will stipulated 10% of that would go to the "Ray of Hope Home for Wayward Girls". But the other $31,500 was to be split evenly between Mama, and Vint and Naomi. Only one stipulation stands between Mama and the money, she has to keep from losing her temper for a period of two weeks and it's totally on her honor. So for the next two weeks Vint and Naomi wait on her hand and foot, trying to keep her from getting upset. Including paying Bubba $10 to do his homework and doing the dishes and most of the other housework. While they begin to bicker among themselves, Mama relaxes and takes it easy. On the last day, Mr. Finstadler arrives, and Mama comes back from the Beauty Spot in a terrible mood. Her car was smashed up and the guy left a note just to fool the witnesses into thinking he was leaving his name and address. Then she sat in paint waiting for the bus, destroying her new dress. Mr. Finstadler says the dress doesn't suit her anyway and she tells him off and throws him out. So the entire estate goes to the "Ray of Hope Home for Wayward Girls".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 (7)

    • Finstadler: "Relax, Mrs. Harper. Relax. That dress doesn't do a thing for you." Mama: "And who the hell are you? Calvin Klien?!"

    • Naomi: "I'm a whiz with figures." Mama: "Now we know the other thing you're good at."

    • Finstadler: "You know, I believe I'll have one of those La Vienna cookies." Mama: *slaps his hand away* "You've had enough damn cookies!"

    • *Finstadler is describing how he wanted to repaint his office* Mama: "Save it for House Beautiful!"

    • Vint: "Whoo! I almost got run over at the corner. That guy didn't even st . . . " *See's Bubba's STOP sign* "Stop."

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    Notes (1)

    • Beverly Archer does not appear in this episode.

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