*Mama opens her gift from Vint*
Mama: What the hell is this?
Vint: It's a cocktail belt.
Mama: Oh I get it. You need a couple drinks to put it on.
*Vint is reading the features of the watch*
Vint: It's even got a smoke detector.
Mama: It's so important to know when your arm is on fire.
Mama: What the hell do you call your kids anyway, Grandma and Grandpa?!
*Mama gives Iola her imitation satin sheet set*
Naomi: Oh Mrs. Harper. I'm speechless.
Mama: Good. Let's keep it that way.
Iola: Thelma, what are you doing?
Mama: Well Iola, my only son just paid a small fortune on a gift for me. I'm doing what any grateful mother would do. I'm taking it back.
Mama: From now on I'm not giving my family anything but hell!
Mama: I thought it was a birthday present for me.
Mr. Carstairs: He wouldn't spend that kind of money on you.
Mama: I know!
Mama: You mean you didn't buy that bracelet for me?
Vint: Mama, I wouldn't spend that kind of money on you.
Mama: Well, I read the card. It said, 'To my darling mother."
Vint: You're not my darling mother! Mrs. Carstairs is!
Mama: You bought a bracelet for Mr. Carstairs' mother?
Vint: Not for his mother, his wife!
Naomi: You bought jewelry for another man's wife?!
Mama: Is there anybody I forgot? *Vinton raises his hand and moves a bit* Well Vinton, ya gotta go potty?
Mama: Well, nothing pleases me more than bringing joy and happiness to my beloved family. Bubba, get your butt downstairs!
*Vint's boss tells him he has a problem*
Mr. Carstairs: As you probably know, today's my wedding anniversary. Mother and I have been married for 35 years.
Vint: Is that the problem?
Vint: I tell ya, there is nothing like a gift ya made yourself to get Mama all teary eyed.
Bubba: Yeah. Well, if this doesn't make her cry, nothing will.
*Vint is showing Bubba the cocktail belt he made for Mama*
Vint: It's even got her initials on the buckle.
Vint: Mama Harper.
Mama: Now I want you to think back to breakfast this morning. What was it you wanted real bad?
The title of this episode is an allusion to the saying, "Many Happy Returns." The meaning of "Many Happy Returns" is: May you have many, many more happy birthdays!
This expression was first recorded in a letter of 1779 where the writer meant 'Happy New Year.' Up until the 19th century, this was a New Year's Day and even April Fool's Day greeting as well as a birthday greeting.