Mama's Family

Season 3 Episode 14

Desperately Seeking Anyone

Aired Unknown Jan 10, 1987 on NBC
out of 10
User Rating
16 votes

By Users

Write A Review

Episode Summary

Desperately Seeking Anyone
Mama and Naomi's plan to find a date for Iola backfires when the date is more interested in Mama.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
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 (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Iola: "There's nothing like the bowling alley to find decent, all-American men."
      Mama: "That's right. And if we hurry, you can catch em while there still sober."

    • Mama: "Oh, get a grip on yourself Iola, that man was scum! He was all over me! And if you would have given him so much as the time of day, he'd had been all over you too!"
      Iola: "Really?!"

    • Ralph: "You know Thelma, you remind me of my late wife Dina. You're built just like her. There's nothing I like better than getting my arms around a full figured girl."

    • Iola: "What if he turns out to be the lover-boy type?"
      Mama: "You can thank me later."

    • *Mama and the family are planning to go bowling, so Iola and her date can be alone at the house*
      Iola: Thelma, where are you going?"
      Mama: "Well I'm either goin' to bowl or load the cannon on the court house square."

    • Vint: "Um Iola, do you think your mother is on to our little scam?"
      Iola: "Oh, I hope not. I told her I was going to St. Ray's to play BINGO."
      Bubba: "All dressed up like that?"
      Iola: "I told her it was Super BINGO."

    • Iola: "It's not to flashy, is it?"
      Naomi: "No, don't worry Iola. No one's gonna confuse you with Cher."

    • *The family is reading through the mail that Iola's singles ad got*
      Mama: Go ahead Vinton, you're first."
      Vint: "Oh, look. There's Pinnochio and Jimminy Cricket ridin' the tea cups."
      Mama: "Look at the picture later Vinton, just read the card."
      Vint: ""I hope you don't mind me writing to you on a postcard, but I had a few extra ones left from my trip to Disney World. It was a real neat trip and I went on all the rides. I drove there in only eight hours. There wasn't much traffic. I stopped for lunch at...". Well that's all there is; he ran outta room."
      Mama: "Well, here I am dying to know where he stopped for lunch. That sucker's got shaft written all over it. Alright Bubba, go ahead."
      Bubba: ""Hi there! I a Devil May Care, semi-ambulatory 85 year old funster. I'm into eating, sleeping, and watching TV. I'd like to take you . . .""
      Mama: "Shaft! Alright, go ahead Naomi."
      Naomi: ""Hey babe, want to play dress up?" Well this sounds promising. "You could be Little Red Riding Hood, and I could be the Big Bad Wolf under the covers waiting . . .""
      Mama: "Give me that damn letter! Good Lord, he even sent fabric swotches."

    • Naomi: "Now come on Iola, don't cha want a nice man who's gonna take ya to expensive restuarants and buy ya presents?"
      Iola: "I already have one: my daddy."

    • *Mama and Naomi are trying to think up a single's ad for the paper*
      Mama: "Ya mean we're gonna lie?"
      Naomi: "No, we're just gonna stretch the truth a little. Now let me think. . . . Sexy Joan Collins look-a-like!"
      Mama: "Well Good Lord. That truth's got more stretch than my control top panty hoise."

    • *Mama is reading an ad in the Raytown Singles*
      Mama: "DM into NBA and NFL seeks SF who digs FMMTV. What the H E double L are they talkin' about?"

    • *Mama is speaking to Roselle about her newly divorced son Harland*
      Mama: "Well you know what they say about falling off the horse. No, I wasn't referring to Evon."

    • Mama: "I've got good news, Iola."
      Iola: "Did they apprehend that maniac in the leisure suit?"

  • NOTES (0)


    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1985 movie titled, "Desparately Seeking Susan". It starred Madonna and Rosanna Arquette.