Mama's Family

Season 5 Episode 20

Reading the Riot Act

Aired Unknown Apr 15, 1989 on NBC
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Reading the Riot Act
Bubba and Vint are playing basketball out back, when Mama comes out and starts talking about Lolly Purdue and how bad a job she is doing as the CCL President. Mama's also trying to avoid Lolly because she doesn't wanna have to hand write the thank you notes Lolly wants. But little does Mama know, that Iola has already agreed to do it. Just as they are finishing Lolly shows up with some bookmarks she wants put in the envelopes, even though they've already been sealed. That gives Mama and Iola the reason they need to try and impeach her. So they schedule a special meeting of the CCL's board. But Lolly shows up unexpectedly, and Mama puts her to work in the kitchen. As Iola and the other ladies move to the porch (then onto her house), Mama makes a major discovery; Lolly can't read. That's why she messed up the recipe and a number of other things. So as her and Mama began to talk, they decide to start a program for people who wanna learn to read and write.moreless

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    Vicki Lawrence

    Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

    Ken Berry

    Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

    Beverly Archer

    Beverly Archer

    Iola Boylen (1986-1990)

    Allan Kayser

    Allan Kayser

    Bubba Higgins (episodes 36-130)

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    • QUOTES (8)

      • Mama: So we were wondering if you, like so many others, have noticed that Lolly's performance as president is just, well, not up to snuff.
        Inez: What did she say?
        Florence: Up to snuff!
        Inez: No thank you. I gave it up years ago. I do take a chaw now and then.
        Mama: What the hell do you do, stick it in your ears?!

      • *Lolly comes in, and Iola starts shaking, causing the platter she is holding to shake. Mama grabs the tray*
        Mama: Get a grip.
        Inez: What did she say?!
        Florence: Get a grip!
        Inez: I just asked a simple question!

      • Mama: Where the hell have you been?
        Iola: Oh, I took the girls over to my house. I could be much more persuasive with my felt board.
        Inez: What did she say?!
        Florence: Felt board!
        Inez: Oh, don't tell me she's dragging that thing out again!

      • Iola: Uh ladies, why don't we step out on the porch where I can speak up?
        Inez: Good. Don't spit up in here!

      • Vint: She's got to chair tomorrow's panel discussion. It's called, "What'll It Be: Paper or Plastic?"
        Mama: Well, let's all drop everything and grab the next Greyhound to Hinkley.

      • Mama: Hey, with Naomi outta town, it's gonna do him good to try sleeping in that bed for a change.

      • Vint: Why didn't ya just tell Lolly no at the meeting?
        Mama: Vinton, a church lady does not say no to her president. Instead, you just smile politely, then ya come home and take the damn phone off the hook!

      • Vint: Hey Mama, pretend this call is Lolly Purdue's head. Show me what you'd really like to do to her.
        Mama: Don't be ridiculous Vinton; Lolly's not nearly that good-lookin'.

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