Mother Harper's Miracle Tonic is a thick, black substance reminiscent of motor oil. However, when Mama and Iola are labeling the jars and bottles, it is a yellowish clear, watery fluid.
(Bubba tells Vint and Naomi Mama's secret ingredient is booze)
Naomi: Well, no wonder Old Man Macutchins wanted refills!
Vint: And that would explain why Earl was riding the car lift all afternoon down at Jiffy Lube.
Alberta: Apparently Thelma has something she insists on sharing with us. Go ahead, if you must.
Mama: Well, I wanna thank you Alberta for that warm and generous introduction.
(Mama gives Bubba some of her tonic, which she says heals)
Vint: Yep. I remember when she gave a big dose of that stuff to Rita Rose, and it saved her life.
Vint: Yeah. And believe me, that was one sick hog.
Iola: Well, for heaven's sake Thelma, you're giving your grandson hog medicine.
Mama: Rita Rose was just like a member of the family! Here, have another capful, sweetie.
Naomi: It really works Iola. I used to get terrible headaches; it took them right away.
Vint: Yeah. It's good for anything. One time, I ran out of WD40. That stuff unfroze the lock.
Naomi: Why just think Vinton, you and I could be entrepreneurs.
Vint: Or we could just go into business for ourselves.
(The Family arrives at the CCL meeting to find the ladies drunk)
Naomi: Iola, are you alright?
Iola: (crying) Alright? I'm gonna be Vice President.
Iola: You know Thelma, there something not quite right about all this.
(shot of Alberta taking a shot and the women acting drunk)
Mama: (talking about the miracle tonic) If you're weak, it makes you strong. If you're sad, it makes you happy. If you're irregular, it makes . . .
Iola: Alberta Meachum always nominates the woman who gives the most money to the Church Expansion Fund. She's not about to make an exception for you.
Mama: Why does she dislike me so? I've never said one bad word about that vicious old biddy.
(The family is at the CCL meeting, where the Church Ladies are drunk)
Mama: Guess what I'm gonna be?!
Vint: Hung over.
Mama: I tell ya, a guy selling brains could clean up in this house.
In the opening credits, Allan Kayser has a new picture but the other cast has the same pictures as the previous three seasons.
Rick Hawkins departs as Co-Executive Producer
Kimberly Tushinsky promoted from Production Assistant to Production Coordinator
Neil Lebowitz promoted from Co-Producer to Producer
Jim Evering promoted from Producer to Co-Executive Producer