Mama's Family

Season 3 Episode 10

Steal One, Pearl Two

Aired Unknown Nov 29, 1986 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Steal One, Pearl Two
Bubba wants to borrow $200 to buy a new drum set, while Iola's upset that she can't get her jewelry box open to put her pearls away, so she brings the box over for Vint to open. When he can't, Bubba quickly borrows a bobby pin and opens it easily. Iola heads home only to return a few minutes later in search of her beloved pearls, which have mysteriously disappeared. Iola is quick to accuse Bubba, who comes in with a brand new drum set, claiming he borrowed them from a friend of a friend who's name he forgets. Pretneding to defend Bubba, Mama throws Iola out. Now convinced, she too accuses Bubba. Feeling betrayed by his own family Bubba attempts to run away from home. She finds him at the "Rayhound" station and tells him the story of what happened when Eunice tried ran away (she only made it across the river to Bump). Saying she believes him now, Bubba decides to come home. In the end they find the pearls, where they had been all along, stuck to the back of a pillow on the couch.moreless

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Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence

Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

Ken Berry

Ken Berry

Vinton Harper

Dorothy Lyman

Dorothy Lyman

Naomi Oates Harper

Karin Argoud

Karin Argoud

Sonja Harper (episodes 1-35)

Beverly Archer

Beverly Archer

Iola Boylen (1986-1990)

Allan Kayser

Allan Kayser

Bubba Higgins (episodes 36-130)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Watch carefully when Iola receives her pearls from Mama. She puts them into her pocket and later on in the episode, they wind up behind a cushion on the sofa. Makes you wonder, how'd they get there?

  • QUOTES (12)

    • *Vint finds Iola's pearls stuck to a pillow*
      Iola: "You see, I said there was a logical explanation."
      Mama: "Iola, can I help ya put them pearls around your neck?!"

    • Iola: "Did Bubba happen to bring anything with him?!"
      Mama: "Yes ma'am he did. He brought his grandmother."

    • Vint: "Well I sure learned my lesson. From now on, I'm goin' to church. At least there I can sleep."

    • *Mama tells Bubba she doesn't think he took Iola's pearls, and for all she knows, the gypsy could have taken them*
      Mama: "Shoot, they'd probably look better on him then they would Iola."

    • Mama: "And when I walked inside, what do you think I saw?"
      Bubba: "What?"
      Mama: "A big ol' wild eyed gypsy with a scarf tied around his head and a shiny gold tooth."
      Bubba: "Did he have a peg leg?"
      Mama: "He was a gypsy, not a pirate."

    • Mama: "You get it through your skull once and for all missy - Bubba did not steal your pearls! And whoever the hell took em did you a big favor cause all they did was attract attention to that geeky pencil neck of yours!"

    • Mama: "What do you want Iola?!"
      Iola: "I just want you to know that I forgive you for rudely throwing me out of your home and for all the thoughtless and cruel things you said to me."
      Mama: "Well thanks so much. Now I can sleep tonight."
      *Mama slams the door in her face*

    • Mama: "Who the hell left the plastic on the cheese?!"

    • Mama: "What are you two goons staring at? If you would have gone to church this morning none of this would have happened?!"

    • Naomi: "Iola has lost her pearls."
      Mama: "Along with her marbles!"

    • Mama: "Naomi Harper, you lied on the Sabbath?! You'd risk an entire eternity in hell just to get out of playing cards with Iola?"
      Naomi: "You bet I would."
      Mama: "Come to think of it, so would I."

    • Vint: "Uh oh. This thing's Austrian. Them Australians sure do make a mean lock."

  • NOTES (0)