Mama's Family

Season 5 Episode 5

Many Unhappy Returns

Aired Unknown Dec 03, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • *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.
      Bubba: M.H?
      Vint: Mama Harper.

    • Mama: Now I want you to think back to breakfast this morning. What was it you wanted real bad?
      Vint: Pancakes!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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