Mama's Family

Season 3 Episode 18

Grandma USA

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Aired Unknown Feb 07, 1987 on NBC
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Mama is surprised to learn she was entered in the Grandma USA contest by Bubba. She is at first reluctant to compete, but changes her mind when she finds out the grand prize is a dream kitchen, complete with a self cleaning oven. Vint then starts to wonder why they would select Mama over all the other entries, Bubba says it's because he sent in Naomi's picture instead of Mama's. A fact this is only discovered after they are greeted by the host, Raytown personality Eddie Edwards, and he thinks Noami is entering. After considering his options, Edwards agrees to let Mama compete instead, thinking it might be a novelty to have someone in the pageant who really looks like a Grandma. Which, as it turns out, none of the other's certainly don't. For the talent competition, Mama sings a song her daddy taught her when she was young, so she could sing to his buddies at the Jigger (now the Bigger Jigger). Mama makes the final three, but ends up finishing second in the final vote. A result she doesn't take well, as she takes over the show and demands a recount.moreless

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  • Mama's entered in the Grandma USA pageant & she's the only contestant who really looks like a grandmother...

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    Bubba enters Mama in the Grandma USA pageant but puts in Naomi's picture instead. After some argument with Eddie Edwards, the pageant's host, Mama gets to compete in the pageant. All the other grandmothers are thin & mute while Thelma's a full figured loud mouth. When the other contestants do tap numbers, she belts out a tune. When they arrive in their swimsuits, she leaves her robe on and smacks the host's hand when he tries to take it off. The audience loves her and she ends up a finalist but while the other finalists are asked typical beauty pageant fare, she's asked "How old are you?". I love her response to this: "And the answer's none of your damn business!!" She also gets creeped out by Grandma Francine jutting her fake breasts out for the judges & protests as we all would when she is first runner up to this person.



    Watching Mama try to learn the pageant walk is hilarious.moreless
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)

Betty Bunch

Betty Bunch

Contestant #1

Guest Star

Rosemarie Costellano

Rosemarie Costellano

Contestant #2

Guest Star

Joy Claussen

Joy Claussen

Contestant #3

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Vint asks Mama how old she is. Why don't her kids know her age? They remember her birthday, but they never seem to know how old she is.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Eddie: The question is how old are you.
      Thelma: And the answer is none of your damn business.

    • Vint: "By the way Mama, how old are you?"
      Mama: "Let me put it to you this way Vinton. My age and your IQ are runnin' neck and neck."

    • Mama *to one of the contestants* : "When did you get married anyway, in the seventh grade?!"

    • Naomi: "I cannot believe that anyone would mistake me for a grandmother."
      Iola: "I can."

    • Vint: "Now Mama, calm down. Just put everything out of your mind. The judges, the competition, the TV cameras, the fact that thousands of people at home are gonna be watching you're every move."
      Mama: "Alright Vinton, I'll do that. Thank you."
      Vint: "Those cords you might trip on, those dangerous lights that could fall down on your head."
      Mama: "Vinton, if you don't shut up, I'm gonna punch your lights out!"

    • *Iola and Naomi are teaching Mama how to walk for the pageant*
      Naomi: "Mrs. Harper, that is all wrong."
      Mama: "I got here didn't I!"

    • *Bubba enters the kitchen to find Mama with her head in the oven*
      Bubba: "Hi Grandma. What are you up to?"
      Mama: "Well, take your pick Bubba. I'm either cleaning the oven or committing suicide."

    • Thelma: "If she's a grandma then I'm Vanna White!"

    • Bubba: "Boy, I'll bet that Grandma Francine's gonna look great in her new Corvette."
      Mama: "Well, she ought to. They probably both came off the same assembly line."

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