Mama's Family

Zirconias Are a Girl's Best Friend

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 10/3/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Vint's trying to pull Naomi away from the TV, so they can go bowling. But she's hooked on the KRAY teleshopper, he finally does get her to leave. Mama at first thinks it's silly, but after seeing a ring she likes at such a great price and then deciding to order the matching necklace, she quickly becomes hooked on it. Ordering any and everything she sees and refusing to miss a show. She becomes such a regular customer that the on-air host, Travis, knows her by name. Vint, Naomi, Iola and Bubba take notice when the bill for Mama's credit card arrives and it's over $1500. Mama of course refuses to admit she has a problem and complains endlessly as the family boxes up all of her recent purchases to send them back. She holds out several items of jewelry, hoping to get to keep them. But gets caught, because the TV is rigged with an alarm, when she sneaks and tries to watch the Teleshopper again. The family and Iola then go about the task of breaking her shopping habit. It involves watching the shows with her and whenever Mama goes for the phone to place a new order, they whack her in the head with a newspaper (much like you would do a new puppy) and scream "NO". Prompting Mama to say "All I did was use the phone, I didn't make a mess." Safe to say it eventually works.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 (17)

    • Bubba: Grandma, it's for your own good. Mama: If you think beating an old woman senseless is for her own good, you need therapy worse than me!

    • Iola: Well, what shall we watch on TV? Vint: How about Teleshopper? Naomi: Great idea! They have such great bargains! *The whole family sits properly around Mama, about as proper as the way they are talking* Mama: Lord, I feel like I'm watching TV with the Stepford children.

    • Bubba: Now come on Grandma. All ya gotta do is pretend this is an ordinary night, and we're all just gonna watch TV. Mama: Well, that oughta be pretty easy to pretend. Naomi: Yeah! Just one, big happy family. Mama: That'll be a lot harder.

    • Vint: Oh Mama face it, you are a Teleshopaholic. Mama: Oh Lord. And ya always think it's gonna happen to someone else.

    • Mama: I'm in complete control! *sits on the chair and the jewelry hidden in the chair makes a noise* Naomi: What was that noise? Mama: What noise? Bubba: From under your cushion. Mama: Well, for heaven's sake Bubba, I'm an old woman.

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode didn't feature any of Mama's "last words."

    • The opening sequence has been slightly updated. The shots of the house are the same as they were in seasons 1 and 2, and the letterning in the logo and credits is different.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." The song was written by Jule Styne and included in the musical/movie titled, "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds." Marilyn Monroe performed the song in the movie, which was released in 1953.

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