Mama's Family

Season 3 Episode 16

Have it Mama's Way

Aired Unknown Jan 24, 1987 on NBC
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Have it Mama's Way
Iola shows up to announce the Church Ladies League is setting up a trip to Hawaii. The vacation will run $900 per person, which would wipe out Mama's savings. While Naomi wants her and Vint to go, but it would costs them twice as much. Vint wants to use the money on a "new" used pick-up truck, the pick-up of his dreams. Which results in a fight between them. Meanwhile,Bubba is about apply for a job at a burger joint, when Mama sees his application and forces him to re-write it. After the manager tells Bubba he's had a lot of applicants, Mama (trying to get Bubba a job) talks her way into a job at the restaurant. Both end up getting a job and start on the same morning. Mama firsts starts out being nice and too slow for the Manager's liking (Bubba had already waited on 4 customer's to Mama's one), she then goes for speed and is too rude for his liking, so he tells her he'll give her one more chance. That's when the family comes in with Iola. Naomi goes over to Bubba, and Iola wants lunch instead of breakfast, so Mama gets fed up and throws a huge fit, and gets herself fired.moreless

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  • Have It Mama's Way

    Love this episode. Mama is hilarious as a fast food worker,
  • Howlarious Episode

    Absolutely hilarious episode in which Thelma gets a job at the same fast-food restaurant with Bubba. Needless to say, Mama is not patient with customers who take their time ordering or paying. The entire sequence is great, and topped off when Thelma goes nuts and bangs on a table loaded with customers' food. This episode has many funny and memorable lines as well.
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


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Commentary/ObservationWhen the family shows up at the restaurant, Vint annoys Mama by throwing a fit when she won't go back and cook eggs the way he wants them. I know Vint is supposed to be a dimwit, but it's stretching for him not to understand he can only order off the menu.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Mama: "It has nothin' to do with age. Mr. Herdman hired another senior citizen, and she is working out just fine."
      Vint: "Yeah? Well, what's she got over you?"
      Mama: "One big advantage. She ain't got any living relatives."

    • Iola: "What would Hawaii be without all of you? Just paradise."

    • Mama: "Vint, we don't serve that here."
      Vint: Well, why not? Ya got eggs, don't cha?"

    • Iola: "Each night the hotel gives us a complimentary platter of poo-poos."
      Mama: "Of what?"
      Iola: "Poo-poos. You know. In Hawaii that's what they call hors d'oeuvres."
      Mama: "Well Good Lord, I hate to hear what they call the main course."

    • Bubba: "Man with a job is a man on his own. He doesn't need anybody. He walks his own path."
      Mama: "Ya want me to drive you there baby?"
      Bubba: "You bet!"

    • Bubba: "It's my first step toward independence - my own job. It'a s regular right of manhood!"
      Mama: "Yeah. Well, I'll take sellin' burgers over that other right of manhood anyday."

    • *Vinton orders several items not on the menu's at McRay's*
      Mama : "Vinton, I can only serve you what's on the menu. This is not McMama's!"

    • Mama: "Hey! Yeah, you with the God-awful purse! Haul it on over here."

    • Mama: "All right Iola, what will you have?"
      Iola: "Well Thelma, I believe I will have a Big Ray and some fries."
      Mama: "Iola we don't serve lunch until 11:30!"
      Iola: "Well Thelma you know I don't eat breakfast."
      Mama: "Well than what the hell are you doing here?"

  • NOTES (0)


    • Mama tells Vint "This ain't McMama's". McMama's is a parody name of the fast food restaurant McDonalds.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the fast food restaurant chain Burger King's slogan, "Have It Your Way." The slogan was first used in 1974 for this chain.