Mama's Family

Season 5 Episode 9

Bedtime for Bubba

Aired Unknown Jan 14, 1989 on NBC
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Bedtime for Bubba
Mama's sitting up late waiting for Bubba when Vint and Noami come in and start telling her about the new best seller they just bought.It seems the book gives couples ideas on how to get pregnant more easily.One of them they seem intent on trying is doing it in different places. Bubba finally does come in and introduces his new study buddy Toni Malone,a girl.Mama flips and refuses to leave them alone until Bubba threatens to move into the college's Co-ed dorm.Which convinces Mama to go to bed. The next morning,while cleaning Bubba's room they find a black lace bra in the sheets.Thinking it's Toni's,Mama tries to get Bubba to admit to it over dinner,but he doesn't.So Mama and Iola get the idea to stitch bells to his mattress,that way if Bubba and Toni do decide to do something they'd be caught.But in the middle of the stitching job,they hear someone coming so they hide in the closet. It's Vint and Naomi,and as it is soon revealed,the bra was Naomi's and they where in Bubba's room the night before. So now Mama's convinced she can trust Bubba,and the next time she happily goes to bed as he and Toni begin to study.They start making out though as soon as Mama's leaves.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)

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Naomi: Are we the only normal ones in this family?
      Mama: Hey, if you two fruits of the loom are normal, then I am proud to be a pervert!

    • Naomi: We're just trying out a few helpful hints from this new best seller, 101 Ways To Pregnancy.
      Mama: You mean there's more than one?

    • *Naomi is questioning why Mama is in Bubba's room*
      Naomi: Say, what do you do? Hide in different closets around the house hopin' to get lucky? Is that how you get your kicks?

    • *Iola tells Mama that the bra Mama found could possibly his*
      Mama: Wait a minute; this couldn't possibly belong to Bubba. A big, strapping boy like him, he would need at least a D cup.

    • *Naomi tells Mama that she can go to bed*
      Vint: Me and Naomi can wait up for Bubba. Looks like we're gonna be awake a while longer.
      Mama: On a weeknight? Usually by this time you two have been in bed for hours and asleep for minutes.

    • *Bubba tells Mama he has to tell her something about him and Toni*
      Bubba: Well, she thinks that I'm not ready for that final tomorrow, so, well I, I was wondering if we could come here tonight after the library closes and pull an all-nighter.
      Mama: An all-nighter?
      Bubba: Yeah. Toni says I need it really bad.
      Mama: I'll just bet she does.

    • *Vint is looking at the boxers Naomi bought for him*
      Vint: Gee Skeeter, they seem kinda roomy.
      Naomi: Well honey, they're for the baby.
      Vint: Well, they'd really be big on him.

    • *Naomi shows Vint the banana boxers she bought for him*
      Mama: Good night. Where'd ya buy those, Banana Republic?

    • Vint: What's wrong with Mama? She's so nice.

    • Iola: Now maybe it's not what you think. Maybe there's a logical explanation.
      Mama: You're right. Let's examine the facts. First Bubba and a gorgeous girl come in way after midnight. Then he insists that I leave him alone to study with her, in private. Then, the next morning, I find a black brassiere in his unmade bed.
      Iola: Now, what can we deduce from these facts?
      Mama: That I'm GONNA KILL HIM!

    • Mama: You don't need that kind of trash to make a baby. You just have accidents like I did.
      Vint: Thanks a lot Mama.

    • Naomi: Oh come on honey. I know this is difficult for you. But I wanna get pregnant we have got to stop making love.

  • NOTES (1)

    • When Mama asks about there being more than one way to get pregnant from Naomi's book on pregnancy, you can hear someone in the audience say, "Oh my God."


    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1959 movie titled, "Bedtime for Bonzo." It was one of the more well known movies by the actor Ronald Reagan.