Mama's Family

Season 6 Episode 3

Mr. Wrong

Aired Unknown Oct 07, 1989 on NBC

Episode Recap

Naomi is so happy to finally be pregnant, proclaiming her life is complete. This gets Iola to start thinking about her life and how she wants to have a family of her own some day. But Mama thinks she's too picky when it comes to choosing a man and convinces her to go to some of the singles events in town. None of them go well, but the hayride is the last straw for Mama's plan to get Iola hitched. The event was full of newlyweds, and after Iola fell off the wagon, no one noticed she was even gone, and she was forced to walk home five miles.

But to the surprise of everyone, Iola does find a man, and they start dating. Mama invites Iola and her new beau, Burt Cooper, to dinner. Iola tells Mama that he might ask her to marry him and she plans to say yes if he does. Burt and Iola arrive, and Burt tries impressing everyone with his magic and wild stories, but it doesn't work on Mama, who can't stand him. Burt has a lot of old fashion ideals, and he expects Iola to wait on him hand and foot. Iola says that it doesn't really bother her, and she is intent on staying with Burt.

Mama brings up the subject of living with in-laws. Burt announces that when they marry, he and Iola are going to send her Mom and Dad to a retirement home, and the cheaper the better. Iola refuses, telling Burt there is no way, her parents are spending their golden years in a place known as "Leisure Hell." Iola also adds that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last medical salesman on Earth. Burt calls Iola a "pitiful old maid," which prompts Mama to spray him with whipped cream, and Iola tops it off with the strawberries.