Mama's Family

Season 6 Episode 20

Bye-Bye -- Baby!

Aired Unknown Feb 24, 1990 on NBC
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Bye-Bye -- Baby!
Naomi is upset because her baby is late, so Mama tries to calm her down by telling her that the Harper men always come through when their women are in need. She tells her how sweet Carl was when they had their first child, and this calms Naomi. But after she leaves, Mama tells Iola that Carl didn't do anything and she took a bus to the hospital. Later that night, after Vint gets home from work, Naomi comes up and tells everyone she is in labor. Mama tries to organize everything and calls the doctor, but Vint shouts for her. Naomi says the baby is coming now, and Mama has Vint get the pickup, which he smashes. Naomi goes into labor and Vint passes out. Later on, Iola and Bubba get home and learn Mama helped Naomi deliver a baby girl.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

    Beverly Archer

    Beverly Archer

    Iola Boylen (1986-1990)

    Allan Kayser

    Allan Kayser

    Bubba Higgins (episodes 36-130)

    Stephanie Wrate

    Stephanie Wrate

    Tiffany Thelma Harper

    Guest Star

    Rebecca Wrate

    Rebecca Wrate

    Tiffany Thelma Haper

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Like father like daughter, as it turns out. Tiffany wasn't born in a hospital, just as Thelma had revealed Vint wasn't in the episode Birthright. (He was born in a hen house.)

    • QUOTES (8)

      • (Mama is telling the doctor Naomi is about to give birth)
        Mama: What do you mean Naomi-who? The cheap blonde in the leopard-skin jump suit!

      • (Mama is preparing to call the doctor because Naomi went into labor)
        Naomi: Wait! I forgot the most important thing!
        Mama: Your checkbook? Your medical insurance card?
        Naomi: No, my hot rollers!
        Mama: Your hot what?!
        Naomi: Yeah, Mrs. Harper. I don't want my baby seeing its mother for the very first time looking like something the cat dragged in!
        (Naomi leaves)
        Mama: Well, good Lord. Either way that kid's in for a shock.

      • (Mama tells Vint he has to be sensitive to Naomi)
        Vint: Sensitive. Got it.
        (Naomi enters)
        Vint: Naomi, you look awful.
        Mama: That's my boy.

      • (Mama lies to Naomi about how Carl treated her when Vint was born)
        Iola: What really happened with Carl?
        Mama: Oh, I don't wanna talk about it. Well, it was an overcast day.

      • (Mama and Naomi hear a loud crash and Vinton comes running in a moment later)
        Vint: Mama, I smashed the pick-up!
        Naomi: And you said it was Foo Foo!
        Mama: (trying to calm Vint down) Alright now, there's no need to panic here. Just go get my car.
        Vint: That's what I smashed into!

      • (Mama talking to Grandma Crowley in the second flashback)
        Mama: Mother, I don't care if Niedermayers is on the way to the hospital. I ain't got time to stop and buy you a waffle iron!

      • (Vint is talking baby talk to his new daughter)
        Mama: (to Iola) Looks like Vinton's finally found someone to talk to.

      • Vint: Water Polo? I never understood that sport. How do they get the horses to hold their breath underwater?

    • NOTES (3)

      • Ken Berry, who plays Vinton Harper, plays Thelma's late husband Carl Harper in this episode.

      • Schedule: This episode was the last 'First Run' episode of the series.

      • On-Screen: The end credits are shown against a shot of the trailer in the driveway. This is the only episode, besides the Hawaii ones and "An Ill Wind", that doesn't show the credits against a shot of the front of the house.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The title of this episode is an allusion to the Broadway musical titled, "Bye Bye Birdie." It was first performed in 1960 and was written by Charles Strouse. The movie version was released in 1963. It was about a superstar singer akin to Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'N Roll.