Gimme a Break!

Season 6 Episode 25

Mama's Date

Aired Unknown May 12, 1987 on NBC
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Mama's Date
When Grandpa comes to get the boys pajamas, since they are sleeping in his apartment because Addy is sick in bed, he tells Nell that her mother has a date. Nell wonders why her mother would have a date, and when her mother shows up, she meets her date, Ernie, a man from her past. It turns out that he was a jazz musician that knew her mother before she married Nell's father. When they were young, he took her to a dance contest, and asked her to go on the road with him, but she rejected. Nell can't believe that this is true. In the end, as Ernie waits outside for Maybelle, Nell asks her mother if the two of them ever had sex, and Mama Maybelle tells her that Nell should know the answer to that question, and tells her she has a lot of growing up to do, and that she must realize that her mother is a woman, just like herself.moreless

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    Rosetta LeNoire

    Rosetta LeNoire

    Mama Maybelle Harper [ seasons 5-6 ]

    Telma Hopkins

    Telma Hopkins

    Addy Wilson [ seasons 3-6 ]

    John Hoyt

    John Hoyt

    Grandpa Stanley Kanisky [ seasons 2-6 ]

    Nell Carter

    Nell Carter

    Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper

    Rosie O'Donnell

    Rosie O'Donnell

    Maggie O'Brien [ season 6 ]

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • (These were the final lines of the show):
        Mama: You know Nell? You've got a lot of growing up to do. And when you do, you'll realize that your mama is a woman, just like you.
        Nell: Ma..just one question. You know, that night at the Tweedledee Hotel, did you and know...did you two...
        Mama: Nell, I'm ashamed of you. I think you know the answer to that question, and I trust that this subject will never come up again.
        Nell: Ma, please wait, I'm sorry, I mean, I shouldn't have...I'm really sorry.
        Mama: Well you should be...Hmph! (Turns her face from Nell and walks out the door)
        (Nell looks at her childhood picture from Alabama and thinks to herself "is Ernie really her father?")

    • NOTES (3)

      • According to the E! True Story, Telma Hopkins stated that at the end of the year wrap up party, the cast got the news that they were canceled, which made Nell burst into tears. Therefore, "Mama's Date" was only intended to be the season ender. Instead, however, it ended up being the show's final episode altogether.

      • This is the final episode of the series. The show was cancelled after this episode aired, and plans of bringing the show back for a 7th season were possibly not even thought up.

      • On TV Child Stars of the 80's, Lara Jill Miller was interviewed, and said that Gimme A Break! had ended abruptly in the spring of 1987. In fact, according to the book The Show Must Go On (written by Douglas Snauffer), there were plans to revamp the series for the 1987-88 season by having Nell become a housemother at Samantha's college dorm. But those plans were canceled along with the show.

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