Mama's Family

Season 2 Episode 11

Mama Learns to Drive

Aired Unknown Jan 07, 1984 on NBC
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Mama Learns to Drive
Mama desperately wants to go to the mall and pick up a hat she really wants, but no one can drive her. The family suggests that she learns to drive. Mama refuses because she says that she is too old. When Mama leaves, the family starts trying to figure out who will teach her, and it becomes Vint. He teaches her about the different keys. Then Buzz and Sonja decide to teach her the rules of the road. Mama doesn't do well in that. Mama asks Fran to drive her to the mall, but Fran has Mama drive instead. It doesn't go well and Mama gets in an accident. Ellen decides to help teach Mama to drive in the Mall's empty parking lot. Mama ends up crashing Ellen's car into a plant in the center of the lot. Soon after, the store calls and tells Mama if she doesn't pick up her hat in forty-five minutes, they won't hold it any longer. Mama borrows Fran's car, picks up her hat, and heads to the DMV for her driver's license. She has some trouble there, but gets her temporary license and tells the family, who has been worried about Fran's missing car and Mama, all about her day. The family is really impressed, but they refuse to lend her their cars.moreless

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    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)

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • (Mama wrecks Ellen's car)
        Mama: I was trying to avoid that little kid in the parking lot.
        Ellen: That was a Cabbage Patch doll in the toy store window!

      • (Everyone refuses to let Mama borrow their cars)
        Buzz: Looks like they took the wind out of your sails, Grandma.
        Mama: Well, don't worry Buzz, I'm going to let the air of their tires.

      • Fran: I hope that whoever stole my car didn't kidnap Thelma.
        Ellen: Why? Who would want her?

      • Motor Vehicle Clerk: Oh, it's you again.
        Mama: Yeah, it's me, old End-Of-The-Line Harper.

      • Mama: Tell me something I don't know.
        Fran: Like what?
        Mama: What's a prindle.
        Fran: A what?
        Mama: Prindle. P-R-N-D-L, right there.
        (Mama points to the steering wheel)
        Fran: Thelma, honey. That is your gear designation. That is Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive, and Low.

      • Buzz: What does a green light mean?
        Mama: It means I'll have to yell at Ellen, or we'll be there all day.
        Buzz: What does a red light mean?
        Mama: It means Fran's gonna check her makeup in the rearview mirror.
        Buzz: What does a yellow light mean?
        Mama: It means Naomi's gonna speed up and kill us both.

      • Motor Vehicle Clerk: Now I need some additional information. What is your height?
        Mama: Five foot five.
        Motor Vehicle Clerk: How much do you weigh?
        Mama: Why that's none of your business, you skinhead!
        Motor Vehicle Clerk: I need your weight.
        Mama: You need my hair!
        Motor Vehicle Clerk: Now listen here, I don't have to give you a license! Next!
        Mama: Just a minute here. Now you listen up, you chrome dome. My taxes pay your salary and as your boss I'm telling you, either you give me that license or I'm gonna get you a new job as a reflector button on the highway.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Fran's car has Missouri license plates. This would appear to put Raytown in Missouri. An actual Raytown, Missouri(pop approx 31,000) exists just outside of Kansas City, Missouri.

      • Shown as the 13th episode (26st overall) of the Second NBC season in syndication.

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