Mama's Family

Season 2 Episode 18

Harper Versus Harper

Aired Unknown Mar 10, 1984 on NBC
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Harper Versus Harper
Naomi is tired of the way Mama treats her because she won't let her do anything for her husband or stepchildren. Mama's vacuum cleaner has broken, and Vint tells her that she can use Naomi's. When Naomi finds out, she is very upset. Mama uses it, but it blows up. Naomi blames Mama for ruining her vacuum cleaner, and Mama blames Naomi's vacuum cleaner for ruining her rug. Vint examines the vacuum and finds Naomi's keys. Mama and Naomi blame one another for this and take each other to court. In court, Mama causes trouble, and Mama and Naomi's bickering angers the Judge. The Judge also gets mad at Fran when she "confesses" to taking off the tag of the rug. In the end, he finds them both Mama and Naomi in contempt of court, fines them each one hundred dollars, and orders that they pay their own damages. When they all get home, Mama and Naomi continue to fight, and Vint yells at them and tells them he'll solves both problems, which quiets them.moreless

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  • Episodes like this are exactly why I love Mamas Family I can only sit back and laugh myself silly when I see this episode cause the plot and the script was very well written about what people take each other to small claims court for.moreless

    This episode has to be one of my favorite if not

    my favorite episode of the series, Everytime I watch this episode I can't stop laughing because it shows

    the reality of our society today of the stupid and idiotic

    reasons that people take to small claims court whether it's

    because of a hair place colering someone's hair wrong or

    in this case a vaccum cleaner that mama's was operating

    burned out the moter. Vint lets mama use Naomi's vacuum

    cleaner(that Naomi has never used)so when Mama turns it

    on and starts vacuuming the floor it starts making a loud

    sound then the moter burns out and they discover that

    Naomi's keys are what caused the moter to burn out. Naomi

    then tells Mama to pay her for the vacuum that she destroyed

    when Mama refuses Naomi takes her to small claims court, Mama countersues because the vacuum burned a hole in her rug. The courtroom scenes are just hilarious because Mama

    and Naomi both start fighting and acting like children and

    the Judge has to deal with both their complaints, finally in the end the Judge has had enough of listening to both of them and fines them both and orders them to pay their own damages. Anyone out there who is a Mama's Family fan this

    is an episode you must see cause it's episodes like this one for why I love this show. The bottom line is this: I would venture to say that many small claims courts see hundreds of cases like this and goes to show how childish

    people can be, that's what makes this episode so hilarious.moreless
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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Mama: Boy, is he hot under the collar.
      Naomi: Yeah! And I'm gonna get to him before he cools off!
      Mama: Well, get to him down in the basement. I've already got one hole burned in my rug.

    • Judge: I'm going out for a beer. As for you Vinton Harper, if you have a half a brain in your head, you'll join me.

    • Naomi: I would like to call my star witness - Vinton Harper!
      Mama: I object!
      Judge: TO WHAT?!
      Mama: Is it legal in this state for a man to testify against his own mother?! His own flesh and blood?! The one who brought him into this world! Who wiped his nose and diapered his behind! Before Pampers! Is that legal?!
      Judge: Yes, it is!
      Mama: Just asking.

    • Fran: You know that ugly little tag that sticks out at the side that says "Do Not Remove Under Penalty Of Law?"
      Judge: Yes.
      Fran: Two years ago, I removed it!
      Judge: I'll tell ya what. Normally, this is a capital offense. But if you'll just sew it on, we'll forget the whole thing.
      Fran: I don't sew.

    • Mama: You can't believe a word this woman says, you know! She's been married three times.
      Judge: So have I!

    • Judge: Now, Mrs. Naomi Harper, did you lend the vacuum cleaner to your mother-in-law?
      Naomi: No! It was my husband who actually lent it to her. Had I been present at the time, I would've said "No."
      Mama: Ha! She ain't never said "No" in her life.

    • Mama: Well sir, I was vacuuming, as I have been doing my entire life, when suddenly this vacuum started making a real funny noise.
      Naomi: May I respond to that please, Your Honor?!
      Judge: No!
      Naomi: Are you gonna let him speak to me like that honey?!
      (Vint gets up)
      Judge: Sit down!

    • (Vint promises Naomi that she will get her love nest one day)
      Naomi: Oh baby!
      (Naomi and Vint start kissing)
      Judge: STOP THAT!

    • Mama: Yes, Your Majesty.
      Judge: Your Honor.
      Mama: Thank you.

    • (Vint brings out Naomi's vacuum for Mama to use)
      Naomi: Vinton, what is that?!
      Mama: Something you wouldn't know anything about.
      Naomi: That is my vacuum cleaner!
      Mama: Good answer. Tomorrow we'll learn what a dish rag is.

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