Mama's Family

Season 2 Episode 20

Mama Cries Uncle

Aired Unknown Mar 24, 1984 on NBC
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Mama Cries Uncle
As the family is eating dinner, they get a visitor. It is Mama's brother-in-law Roy Harper. He has come to visit Carl for his birthday, not knowing that his brother is dead. Against Mama's wishes, Vint asks Roy to stay for a while. Everyone is thrilled to have Roy stay there, except Mama. At the same time, Sonja is preparing for a beauty pageant. Roy tells the women about the time he met Princess Grace, and that story influences Sonja's look. The day of the pageant comes, and Mama has sent Roy on an errand, but Roy doesn't return home right away. When he does get home, he hasn't gotten what Mama asked for, and she complains. Mama complains about Roy, the two get into a small argument, and Mama ends up revealing she has feelings for Roy that she is afraid to express. After the family leaves for the pageant, Mama and Roy have a talk, and Roy leaves. That night, the family is celebrating Sonja's victory, and wonder when Roy will return. Mama says she is sure he will come back to claim what is his.moreless

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Harvey Korman

Harvey Korman

Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

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)

Karin Argoud

Karin Argoud

Sonja Harper (episodes 1-35)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Roy: I could be a fireman if I wanted to. Just don't happen to want to.
      Mama: Well thank goodness. The Raytown homeowners can rest easy tonight.

    • Roy: Buzz, did I ever tell you about the time I uh, stowed away on a cruise ship and had to earn my passage by shining shoes?
      Mama: Good Lord, is there nothing you haven't done?

    • Roy: Hey come here son. You may learn something about women.
      (Vint leans in)
      Roy: You see... (sees Vint) You too Buzz.

    • Vint: (explaining why he didn't become a fire man) Um, what happened was I married Mitzi, and uh, she wasn't the kind of woman you could leave alone at night.
      Roy: Yeah, I thought your wife's name was Naomi.
      Vint: Oh, Naomi's my second wife. It turned out Mitzi wasn't the kind of woman you could leave alone during the day either.

    • Vint: He's been practically everywhere.
      Mama: Everywhere there's loose women and cheap booze.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Both Betty White (Ellen) and Rue McClanahan (Fran) would also work with Murray Hamilton (Uncle Roy) on the Golden Girls, where Murray would play Big Daddy.

    • This was the Last 'First Run' episode of the NBC years.

    • The show was not picked up by NBC for their fall 1984-1985 season (although it returned in repeats in the summer). Two years later (in the Fall of 1986), the show was re-launched in syndication with a couple of new cast members (Bubba and Iola). While Ellen (who only appeared once after this) along with Eunice, Buzz, Sonya, and Aunt Fran was dropped.