Mama's Family

Season 3 Episode 23

Fangs A Lot, Mama

Aired Unknown Mar 14, 1987 on NBC
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Fangs A Lot, Mama
Naomi is worried sick because Vint is late getting home and hasn't called.When he does arrive home,he announces he's been invited to join the The Mystical Order of the Cobra,a local Men's club.He has to memorize the entire contents of the Cobra hand book so he heads off to the basement to study,alone.

Naomi is excited at first,but Mama tells her the story of a woman whose husband joined and soon ended up leaving her.Vint is soon having trouble learning everything he needs when,Bubba suggest he use crib notes,which he gives to Mama in an envelope to give to Vint.But Mama,not wanting Vint to make it in,changes the cards with her recipes.Iola helps Vint get ready for the induction crermony that night,by lending him,her father's old robe.

Later as Mama tells what she did,Iola tells a story of what will happen if Vint doesn't get in,he'll be hissed out.So Mama, not wanting that to happen to Vint,rushes to the ceremony and sneaks in.She takes away Vint's crib cards after he misses his first two questions and they mistake the cards as her's and they hiss her out.In the end Vint gets in after getting the last question correct.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 (0)

    • QUOTES (15)

      • Mama: "It's not everyday you go through this much trouble to make an asp out of yourself."

      • Bubba: "Well, he did spend a lot of time with those crib notes. Maybe he actually learned something."
        Iola: "Oh, maybe they just asked him something that required common sense."
        Mama: "Either way, he's doomed."

      • *Vint is taking the Cobra test, using recipes he thinks are the answers*
        Grand Viper: "Question number one: What do you do to a fellow Cobra when he breaks the Cobra oath?"
        Vint: "Ahh, uh, whip vigorously until frothy."
        *Cobras start hissing*
        Grand Viper: "Wrong! Not yet."
        *Hissing Stops*
        Grand Viper: "Question number two. Now think carefully. How long must you serve as a Cobra before you can become Grand Viper?"
        Vint: "Uh, it takes only thirty minutes for the scum to rise to the top."
        *Cobras hiss*

      • Grand Viper: "Are you willing to take the challenge?"
        Inductees: "We are willing."
        Mama: "Willing."
        Grand Viper: "Are you bold enough to see it through?"
        Inductees: "We are bold."
        Mama: "Bold."
        Grand Viper: "Then, will you dance the Dance of a Thousand Tails?"
        Inductees: "We will dance."
        Mama: "Dance?"

      • *Mama puts on the Cobra outfit to go save Vint*
        Mama: "How do I look?"
        Naomi: "Like an idiot."
        Mama: "Good. I'll fit right in."

      • Iola: "Well, obviously you don't know the Owen Pierceson story."
        Naomi: "Is that the one with Jack Lemmon where he drinks?"
        Mama: "Good Lord! Is that the only kind of movies you see?!"

      • Vint: "Naomi, this is an emergency! I don't have time for supper. You can warm it up for me later tonight. Iola, wait for me!" *leaves*
        Naomi: "Vinton Harper, I may never WARM UP FOR YOU EVER AGAIN!"
        Mama: "Oh, well, I'll bet the neighbors are just lovin' this!"

      • Iola (about Vint and Naomi): "Shoot, I thought those two could find romance in pretzals and a six pack."

      • Mama: "Funny how men always see themselves as something that belongs behind bars."

      • Vint: "There's so much to remember. The Chain of Command. The Ceremonial Slither. The Six Levels or Molting."

      • Mama: "Well, obviously you have never heard the Lucille McGallon."
        Naomi: "Is that the one with Susan Hayward where she drinks?"

      • Naomi: "I stand by my man. I want him to be all that he can be."
        Mama: "Oh, for pity's sake Naomi, he's joining the Cobras, not the Army."

      • Vint: "Women are strictly forbidden to look inside this book."
        Mama: "Yeah? What's it got in there, a snake centerfold?"

      • Mama: "Ah, hiss off!"

      • Billy Bob: "Hail Cobra. Hissssssss."
        Mama: "Well, to hell with you too!"
        Billy Bob: "From the bottom of my pit, I salute you!"
        Thelma: "Well, off the top of my head, I say howdy!"
        Billy Bob: "Gosh, I've never learned that one."

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)