Mama's Family

Season 4 Episode 4

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Aired Unknown Oct 17, 1987 on NBC
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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Seperated Vint and Naomi are forced to live with Mama.

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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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  • QUOTES (18)

    • Naomi: Well, for your information, Vinton may not have a lick of sense, and he may be an overgrown adolescent who will never amount to anything, but I love him and I won't hear another word against him!
      Vint: Oh gosh Skeeter. That's the nicest thing anybody's ever said to me.

    • Naomi: Why are you acting so silly when our marriage is falling apart?!
      Mama: I could put on a clown suit and throw a pie in your face, and I wouldn't be acting sillier than you two!
      Vint: What do you mean?!
      Mama: Let's face, you two belong together! You were meant for each other! Nobody else would put up with either one of ya!
      Naomi: Just what is the matter with us?
      Mama: You got an hour?! We could start with you're lack of money, lack of prospects, lack of intelligence, and then go on to your really BIG problems!

    • *Mama gives Vint the tartar sauce, and sees Naomi sitting on the couch eating her dinner*
      Mama: I just happened to be in the neighborhood. I thought I'd drop by. Would you care for some tartar sauce?

    • Mama: I hope you people are good tippers.

    • Mama: Well, I think you've both seperated from your brains.

    • Mama: There's nothing like looking a poor fish with no insides to make your own problems seem small.

    • Vint: So what happened?
      Mama: Nothing. Day before I was supposed to start working, your daddy showed up on his knees, begging for forgiveness. So I took him back. I never could resist a man in that position.

    • Mama: Vinton is like a little, lost soul. I haven't seen him this upset since they canceled Howdy Doody.

    • Mama: This thing looks like a Smurf with tentacles.

    • Mama: Well, for a few days I was pretty broken up. Maybe you remember it. I was real crabby with you kids.
      Vint: Well, that could have been anytime.

    • Vint: You mean he just up and walked out?
      Mama: Yep. Left me a note, saying he was lookin' for something more. Who the hell wasn't?

    • Mama: This place is a pig sty Vinton. Why don't you pick it up?
      Vint: No Mama. I want it to stay just exactly the way Naomi left it.

    • Vint: I'll never be able to face a large-mouth bass again.
      Mama: Still thinking of Naomi, huh?

    • *Vint is crying after Naomi left him*
      Mama: Now baby, that's all right. You still got all of us.
      *Vint looks around and starts crying harder*

    • Vint: I've wanted this SP2000 all my life and you're not making me take it back.
      Naomi: Well, fine. I hope it keeps you warm on those long, lonely nights ahead because I SURE WON'T!
      Mama: Well, I bet the neighbors are just lovin' this.
      Iola: Oh never mind the neighbors. Go ahead you two!

    • *Naomi tells Vint to take the fishing pole back*
      Vint: You got no right to tell me what to do! That's Mama's job!

    • Mama: This is going to be the only meal I ever walked off before I even ate it.

    • Vint: Now hold on. I resent that lack of intelligence crack! I think Naomi's as bright as a button.
      Naomi: You do!?
      Vint: Sure, compared to me.
      Mama: Compared to you, this crappy is a Rhode scholar!

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    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Neil Sedaka wrote the song, which was first published/performed originally in 1962.