Mama's Family

Season 4 Episode 16

I Do, I Don't

Aired Unknown Jan 23, 1988 on NBC
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I Do, I Don't
The family along with Iola, Amy and Allan attend the wedding of Cousin Izzy and Ida Sue, which prompts Bubba, Mama and Iola to picture married life with their respective others, or their wanna be others. Bubba first asks if Vint and Allan think it's to soon to give Amy his I.D. bracelet. He then begins to picture his life with Amy as a married couple. They've already got a set of twins, with a set of triplets on the way, not to mention Mama who has gone senile. This unsettling thought makes Bubba think twice about tying himself down so young. So he takes her Amy home so she can wait for some other guy to call. Next Iola has a fantasy about what her life would be like if she married Vint. With her a carbon copy of Naomi and vice versa, while Mama's a lush. Naomi stops by and Mama invites her to dinner, which is Vint and Iola's 2nd wedding anniversary. Mama complains about being out of beer, so she sends Vint and Naomi on a beer run. With Alan talking about his beloved ex-wife Rebecca, Mama has a spooky fantasy about being married to him. In it it's their anniversary and he is trying his best to turn her into his ex-wife, with the aid of her own family and Iola.moreless

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  • But Rebecca does!

    That was hilarious! Iola and Naomi switching places, Allen talking about Rebecca as if he were still in love with her, and Bubba thinking about Matrimony. That episode should be a classic! But Rebecca did! I think Naomi looked better as a brunett. Everytime I see that episode, I get the chills. Brr! Is it cold in here?
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)

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Hanson: REBECCA!

    • Mama: I still feel Carl's presence. In fact, everytime I go in that bathroom it's as if he's sittin' right there with me.

    • *Iola is having her fantasy where she is married to Vint*
      Vint: Yeah Iola, how bout a beer?
      Iola: We're out of beer. That old lush polished off the last six pack after lunch.
      Mama: She never does keep enough beer in this house.
      Iola: How can I? It'd take a team of Clydesdales to keep up with your guzzling.

    • *Mama critcizes Naomi's lemonade*
      Mama: Some wife ya got there Vinton.
      Vint: Thank you Mama!

    • Mama: I still cannot believe that I caught the bride's bouquet.
      Vint: Oh Mama. That means you're next.
      Mama: Oh Vinton, you know that's just a silly superstition.
      Iola: What cha have to do with that Thelma is seal it in a Ziploc bag and squeeze all the air out. It'll keep for decades.
      Allan Hanson: Really Miss Boylen? Sounds like you've caught the bride's bouquet before.
      Iola: Sixteen times.
      Mama: I told you it was just a superstition.

    • Iola: How what do you suppose got into Bubba?
      Naomi: I have no idea. I thought for sure he was gonna give her his ID bracelet. Didn't you honey?
      *Vint shrugs*
      Mama: Well who knows with that lug nut. He probably only bought the thing in the first place to remember who the hell he is.

    • Mama: Well, I thought it was real tacky the way Roselle Huplander made off with four of those right after the reception.
      Vinton: Yeah Mama. You were smart to get there early and take yours before the wedding started.

    • Bubba: Say guys, I heard that going to a wedding gives a girl romantic ideas. Is that true?
      Vint: Oh yeah. Especially if she's the bride.

    • Vint: So Mr. Hanson, how did ya like meeting the entire Harper clan for the first time.
      Allan: Well, it was certainly the rowdiest wedding reception I ever attended.
      Bubba: Yeah, I guess you don't go to too many formal parties where folks still do the limbo.
      Mama: Say, who would've thought that Aunt Effie could get down so low.
      Vint: Must be that new pin in her hip.

    • Mama: I know Cousin Izzy. He's a heartbreaker.
      Vint: Izzy?
      Mama: He certainly is.

    • *In Iola's fantasy she's married to Vint*
      Mama: What the hell is it?
      *looking at the gift that Iola just gave Vint*
      Iola: It's a clorox bottle piggie bank. Isn't it adorable?
      Mama: I should say . What cha do, pose for it yourself?

    • Mama: I've had problems with all of my in-laws. Course I never could respect anybody who'd marry one of my kids.

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    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the Broadway musical, "I Do, I Do." The play, written in 1966, was written by Tom Jones.

    • Thelma's dream, where she competes with the memory of Alan's dead wife Rebecca, references themes from the Daphne Du Maurier novel and 1940 Hitchcock film Rebecca.