Mama's Family

Season 1 Episode 2

For Better or For Worse

Aired Unknown Jan 29, 1983 on NBC
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For Better or For Worse
As the family is sitting down to dinner, Naomi comes over and announces that she has sold her home and is going to move away. To celebrate, she and Vint head to the Bigger Jigger. After drinking and celebrating, they return to Mama's, and Naomi ends up spending the night. The next morning, Mama sees Naomi leaving and freaks out. She tells Vint he cannot see Naomi anymore, and Vint tells Naomi. But Naomi has a plan to move to Arizona to manage a trailer park that wants a husband and wife team. Vint ends up asking Naomi to marry him, and she says yes. Vint tells Mama, who is in shock. She calls Naomi a tramp, and Naomi puts Mama in her place. They say they plan to just get married on their way out of time. But Mama tells them they can get married at her house.moreless

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Harvey Korman

Harvey Korman

Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

Francis "Fran" Crawley (episodes 1-35)

Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence

Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

Ken Berry

Ken Berry

Vinton Harper

Dorothy Lyman

Dorothy Lyman

Naomi Oates Harper

Eric Brown

Eric Brown

Vinton "Buzz" Harper, Jr. (episodes 1-35)

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Fran: My goodness Vint, can't you unwind having a pleasant meal with your family?
      Mama: She's right. Now sit down and be pleasant, damn it!

    • Naomi: I'm gonna teach Vinton to stand on his own two feet.
      Mama: Well, if he'd of stayed on feet last night in the basement, we wouldn't have a problem right now!

    • Vint: You know my Mama would die if she thought this was going on down here.
      Naomi: Honey, your Mama'd die if she thought this was going on anywhere.

    • Vint: We're gonna get married!
      Mama: FRAN! Call the paramedics!
      Fran : What is it Thelma? Is it your heart?
      Mama: No, I'm gonna kill Vint!

    • Sonja: (on the phone with a friend) Andrea, I've got to hang up. My Grandma needs to yell at my dad.

    • Mama: Well, don't you throw your kids in my face! You didn't give them a thought last night when you were down there in that basement with this tramp!
      Naomi: Tramp?! Now wait just a minute here. I have been called a great many things by a great many people, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna take it from you, you blue haired old dragon!

    • Naomi: Magic moments between a man and a woman are spiritual and ought not to be screwed with.

  • NOTES (2)


    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the comic strip by Lynn Johnson by the same name. The strip was first published in 1979 and is about a family as it matures and deals with life and death.

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