Mama's Family

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Unknown Nov 03, 1983 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Naomi, Ellen, and Eunice are in a panic at the hospital because Mama has had an accident. Vint comes and asks what has happened. But each of the women has their own tale about how it happened. In Naomi's story, she is Mama's darling and Eunice and Ellen fight and accidentally hit Mama with the pot. In Ellen's story, Ellen is the saint, Naomi acts like a child, Eunice is mean, Mama is two cans short of a six-pack, and it is Naomi and Eunice who accidentally hit Mama. In Eunice's version of the story, Ellen is an evil, rich snob, Naomi is a complete tramp, and Ellen and Naomi hit Mama with the pot. After the stories are told, Mama is released, and Vint asks who hit her, but she says she's never seen any of them before in her life. Later at home, they are sampling the jam, and Vint helps Mama clean up, accidentally hitting her with the pot.moreless

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    Harvey Korman

    Harvey Korman

    Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

    Vicki Lawrence

    Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

    Ken Berry

    Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

    Dorothy Lyman

    Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

    Betty White

    Betty White

    Ellen Jackson

    Recurring Role

    Carol Burnett

    Carol Burnett

    Eunice Higgins

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (16)

      • (Eunice is complaining to Mama about how she is more worried about the jars)
        Eunice: I just told you I spent the whole morning dodging semis across three lanes of public highway!
        Naomi: Well, isn't that dangerous?!
        Eunice: Come here. Look at me. Are you in there?

      • (Mama comments on how the jars Eunice got sparkle like diamonds)
        Ellen: Let me see? (dumps the gooseberries on the jars) Oops. How clumsy. (in a lower, more sadistic tone) I've ruined the jars!

      • (The women are cleaning the jars
        Naomi: Well, I don't know when I have had so much fun. I've never done anything like this before.
        Eunice: It's about the only thing you haven't done before.

      • Mama: Why isn't my own girls can't see the beauty in sharing a warm family moment?
        Eunice: Well, I'm the one that brought the dirty jars. You wouldn't have this warm family moment if it wasn't for me.

      • Mama: Eunice, where in blue blazes have you been?
        Eunice: For your information Mama, I was almost spalttered over that highway. Naomi, move it! (pushes Naomi out of her chair) Ellen, get me a beer!!!

      • (Naomi finishes telling her story to Vint)
        Ellen: You don't believe her, do you?!
        Eunice: He believes she's a natural blonde.

      • (Eunice says that she was almost killed in an accident on the highway)
        Naomi: What was it? A rear ender?!

      • Vint: Mama, who was it hit you with the pot?
        (Mama takes a look at Naomi, Eunice, and Ellen)
        Mama: I've never seen any of you people before in my life.

      • Naomi: Oh Lord, it is so hot in this kitchen. (look down her dress) Whoo! I can practically hear those beads of sweat popping out all over me.
        Mama: It's the berries, you tramp!

      • Mama: Naomi, did you remember to buy the sugar?
        Naomi: Oh I never buy sugar.
        (Naomi pours a bunch of sugar packets out of her purse)
        Eunice: Well Naomi, you unpredictable little scamp. What is all that?
        Naomi: Well this is my sugar packet collection. I pick them up in motels. Each and every one has a different name on it.
        Ellen: "Arthur's Hideaway and Launderette. You tumble; we dry?"
        Naomi: Yeah.
        Mama: Well that is disgusting. I can't take jam to a church bazaar made with X-rated sugar!

      • (The gooseberries start bubbling)
        Naomi: Listen. (pauses and listens) I'll answer the door!
        Eunice: Those are the berries, you nitwit!

      • (The women are going to clean off water spots on the jars with towels)
        Naomi: Well, how does this thing work? I've never dried a dry jar before.
        Eunice: I think you've stepped off one curb too many.

      • Mama: Well, good lord, what is this green stuff?
        Ellen: That's the gooseberry jam, Mama.
        Mama: Well it can't be, Ellen; jam tastes good.
        Ellen: Well, so will that as soon as we put in the sugar.
        Eunice: Boy, if that lady gets any worse, we're gonna have to call out the whoopee squad.

      • Mama: I swear, I don't know why they can't hold these church bazaars in the dead of winter when people can stand to be in their kitchens.

      • (A gurney is being pushed down the hall)
        Vint: That wasn't Mama, was it?
        Eunice: Too tall! Too tall!

      • Eunice: You bird brain! You bought powdered sugar.
        Naomi: Was I supposed to get the liquid?!

    • NOTES (2)

      • This episode is the last episode to feature Carol Brunett on camera as Eunice. She appears later in season 2 in the episode, Mama's birthday, however, only Brunet's voice is used when Eunice calls Thelma on the telephone.

        Brunett was married to executive producer of the show, Joe Hamilton and had divorced him in 1984, the same year this episode aired. Her divorce to Hamilton likely played a part in the reason why Brunett stopped making appearances on the show.

      • Shown as the 6th episode (19th overall) of the Second NBC season in syndication.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The title of this episode, as well as the generic theme, comes from the Akira Kurosawa picture, Rashomon. In feudal Japan, a rape and murder is told and retold from the point of view of four different observers, who are each suspects. Each paints himself in a far better light than what they really are; each story reveals a little more detail than the other. The central theme is, in the end, about truth: which story was the real one, and, by definition, what really is truth as a conceptual whole?