Mama's Family

Season 5 Episode 23

Hate Thy Neighbor

Aired Unknown May 13, 1989 on NBC
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Hate Thy Neighbor
Mama's sworn enemy and next door neighbor, Fred Gebhart blows leafs back into Thelma's yard which starts a screaming match that has to be broken up by Iola.She then makes Bubba rake up the leafs,where he meets Fred's grand daughter Terri,who just moved to Raytown.The attraction is instant between them. After only two dates Bubba and Terri announce their getting married.Which makes both Fred and Thelma insist they break up.Vint and Naomi think it's great as does Iola,as this becomes the topic of conversation until Thelma can't handle it anymore. Fred then comes to visit and they come to realize that since their gonna be in-laws they had better try to settle the feud.It comes out that the whole fued had nothing to do with them,it was actually there spouses who did everything.So they bury the hatchet. Just then Bubba announces the engagement is off because he and Terri have differing opinions on where they should go on there honeymoon.Which brings Thelma and Fred into the fight and the fued starts again.moreless

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  • A favorite classic episodes of two feuding Neigbors that act childish

    This episode is one of my favorite episodes of the series

    because it was very well written about two adult neighbors

    that have had a fued for the last 30 years or so. Mama and

    Fred Gebhart have fought for years over a misunderstanding

    and when Bubba takes an interest in his blond flakey granddaughter Teri and then gets engaged to her then the feud gets worse and Fred and Mama

    fight even more by sticking out their tongues at each other and calling each other childish names, then Fred tries to call a truce then Bubba and Teri start fighting about their honeymoon then Fred Gebhart and Mama start fighting like children all over again but I thought this episode was written extremely well and it's funny to watch two grown adults act like two kids. Everytime I see this episode I laugh my self silly, it's worth watching.moreless
  • Bubba Dates A Painted-Up Floozy

    Feisty Thelma is at it again: her neighbor, Fred Gebhart, is cleaning his lawn and blowing the leaves on to Thelma's. This fuzes a verbal rampage between the two sworn enemies:

    Thelma: "Blow back where you came from, you good-for-nothing Gebhardt!"

    Fred: "Listen you hideous Harper! If you trim your tree once in a while, we wouldn't have this problem!"

    Thelma: "Yeah, well if you trim your nose hairs once in a while, you wouldn't gross out the whole neighborhood!"

    Things get even worse when Bubba announces he is dating Fred's beautiful blonde granddaughter Terri (Heidi Kozak). Thelma and Fred go ballistic when Bubba and Terri stay out past curfew.

    Thelma: "Don't you go blaming this on Bubba! He's never given me a moment's trouble until he took up with that teenage jezebel of yours!"

    Fred: "I'll have you know I sent her to a good convent school!"

    Thelma: "That painted-up floozy? Which one was it, Our Lady of Revlon?"

    When Bubba announces that he and Terri are engaged, this throws their grandparents into a frenzy. Luckily, a disagreement on where they want to honeymoon causes the two to break off their engagement.

    Vicki Lawrence is flawless as usual as the ever-cranky Thelma, and she really lets Fred have it! Scream Queen Heidi Kozak, as ditzy Terri, has great chemistry with Bubba - they're an adorable couple of dimwits.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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Naomi: I'm not about to spend my afternoon getting all hot and sweaty over some slimy slug.
      Mama: Why not? That's the way you spend your nights.

    • Naomi: Bubba, I think it is so romantic that children of feuding families could fall in love at first sight.
      Iola: Oh yes. It's the Montagues and the Capulets all over again.
      Vint: Do they live on this block too?

    • Naomi: She must be taking Bubba's engagement very hard.
      Vint: Yeah. I haven't seen Mama this depressed since we got married.

    • Naomi: Bubba is very fickle. He falls in love every other day.
      Vint: Yeah. He'll go out with her once, have a few laughs and then move on to somebody better.
      Mama: Oh yeah? I said the same thing about you and Naomi.

    • Fred: They are going to Hot Sulfur Springs, and that is final!
      Mama: Why?! So they can be miserable like you and Pookie.
      Fred: Her name was Elaine! Pookie was the Pomeranian!
      Mama: Well I never could tell the two dogs apart!

    • Bubba: This isn't the Middle Ages anymore.
      Mama: No. If it was, you'd be fitted for a chastity belt.

    • Mama: You start loving thy neighbor, I'm gonna kick thy butt!

    • Fred: Thelma, Fred Gebhart. Can I come in?
      Mama: Not by the hair on my chiny chin chin.
      (Frank comes in)
      Fred: I don't have time to talk about your change of life problems.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Mama says, "I'm going to wind up in Oz." Mama was talking about The Wizard Of Oz, a movie from 1939 that featured Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Margaret Hamilton.

    • Mama tells Fred Gebhart that she'd rather have Bubba date someone from the Manson family. The Manson Family was a cult led by Charles Manson that killed several people, including actress Sharon Tate, in 1969.

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