Mama's Family

Season 5 Episode 19

April Fools

Aired Unknown Apr 01, 1989 on NBC
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April Fools
April fools day has Mama in a particularly foul mood, as always. First Bubba gets her with a hand buzzer and Vint scares her with a plastic snake. Before leaving Naomi gets her too with a sign on her back that Iola finds. The fun though isn't contained to the family as Iola gets her too with a special 'lemon sponge cake', that turns out to really be a lemon and sponges. All this time, Mama is hoping to win the golden troll award. The last draw is when Naomi, Vint and Bubba blow off yard work for a day on the lake watching the ski show. While Mama's next door, the family gets a call telling them they've won the award and should expect the media around 4 0'clock. Only problem is Mama doesn't believe them when she's informed of the wonderful news. Thinking the family's pulling another big joke on her. Mama and Iola plan their own April Fools day joke, by covering the front yard with all the junk from the garage. Only to find out it wasn't a joke by the family, so then Naomi, Vint, Bubba and Iola go about doing the work they had promised to do earlier. In the end, Mama announces that the whole thing was a joke of hers, she had called from next door and set it all up.moreless

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Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence

Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

Ken Berry

Ken Berry

Vinton Harper

Dorothy Lyman

Dorothy Lyman

Naomi Oates Harper

Karin Argoud

Karin Argoud

Sonja Harper (episodes 1-35)

Beverly Archer

Beverly Archer

Iola Boylen (1986-1990)

Allan Kayser

Allan Kayser

Bubba Higgins (episodes 36-130)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Notice when Vint answers the phone to Eda Mearl Pfefferman and covers his mouth in the shaving cream, you can see Ken Berry mutter the words "Ah sh--!", though drowned out by the audience's laughter.

    • In this episode, Bubba, Vint, and Naomi fight over the shower upstairs. But in More Power To You, Naomi and Vint say they are using the shower in the basement. Was this shower forgotten in all the excitement?

  • QUOTES (11)

    • *Vint is having a cup of coffee, pouring what's in the salt shaker in it, unaware Mama switched it back*
      Naomi: Honey, you're putting the salt in your coffee!
      Bubba: Ha, no he's not. We switched the salt and sugar this morning.
      *Vint drinks the coffee and has a strange look*
      Vint: Now that's coffee!

    • Naomi: Because of you, I now have grass stains all over my dress!
      Mama: Well, I'm sure it's not the first time.

    • Naomi: Eda Mearl Pfefferman called here herself. Vinton spoke to her!
      Vint: That's right Mama. She spelled her name and everything. Cross my heart and hope to die.
      Mama: Spell it!
      Vinton: P-F-E-F-F-E-R-M-A-N.
      Mama: Uh-oh.

    • *The family finished working in the yard*
      Naomi: Hold it! Don't anybody move! It's gone!
      Vint: Oh, what is it Skeeter? You're wedding ring?
      Naomi: No, one of my Lee press-on nails!

    • *Mama is describing past April Fool's pranks the family pulled*
      Mama: Last year they wrote "For a good time, call Thelma" on the men's room at the Bigger Jigger.
      Iola: They didn't?
      Mama: I got sixteen heavy breathers, half of em collect.

    • *The family is complaining about Mama trashing the front yard*
      Mama: Well, I just thought they should capture us the way we really are.
      Vint: But it looks like a bunch of pigs live here!
      Mama: You got it, eh de eh Porky.

    • Naomi: Alright Bubba, I'm going to make you whatever kind of sandwich you want: peanut butter with strawberry jelly or peanut butter with grape.

    • *Mama is pulling weeds and falls from her crouching down position to sitting*
      Vint: Oh. Taking a little rest Mama?
      Mama: No Vinton, I'm posing for the House and Garden centerfold.

    • *Naomi find her undies hanging on the front porch*
      Naomi: Mrs. Harper! You are parading my panties for the whole town to see!
      Mama: Well, that's alright sweetie. Half the town's seen em already.

    • *Mama comes in covered in dirt*
      Naomi: Mrs. Harper, you look horrible.
      Mama: Well, I've been working in the yard. What's your excuse?

    • Vint: Shame on you Mama! That was the most rottenest joke I ever heard!
      Mama: Oh, it certainly is not. You pulled a much bigger joke on me!
      Vint: When?!
      Mama: The day you were born!

  • NOTES (1)