Mama's Family

Season 6 Episode 1

Mama's Medicine Show

Aired Unknown Sep 23, 1989 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • (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.
      Iola: Really?
      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.

  • Notes

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