Mama's Family

Season 2 Episode 14


Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1984 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Mama is getting annoyed with Naomi at Food Circus and tells all her customers to go to a different checker. Mr. Palmer, the manager, gets to talking with Mama, who gives him advice, and he ends up offering her a job. She will be the Customer Consultant and give the customers advice and is put right next to the express lane. Naomi isn't pleased with any of this. Things get even worse when Mr. Palmer tells Naomi to train Mama to be a checker and gives Mama Naomi's check stand. Mama does okay on the test run, but when the customers come, Mama has trouble. When some products don't scan, she has trouble entering them by hand. And with one particular can of chili, Mama can't find the price. By the time she does find it, there is a long line of customers. Mama has even more trouble and ends up quitting. After she does so, everything is well again in the Harper house.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

Eric Brown

Eric Brown

Vinton "Buzz" Harper, Jr. (episodes 1-35)

Karin Argoud

Karin Argoud

Sonja Harper (episodes 1-35)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Thelma and Naomi are scanning the groceries and the buzzed ones come up, you can clearly see that they are not even scanning the bar code.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Vint: Ya just made a total jackass outta yourself just because I asked ya.
      Mama: Well, that's alright Vinton. You've always done the same for me, and I've never even had to ask.

    • Mama: (in the microphone) Sue Lampasey, your break is over. Get up here, quick. Mr. Palmer, take this job and shove it!

    • Mama: (To heavy customer) Well, I'll tell ya what. Why don't ya go over and get yourself a fresh package. Uh, better still, you don't need this junk. Go over to the diet section and get you some Lean Cuisine.

    • Customer: I never waited like this with Naomi.
      Mama: I'm movin' as fast as I can chubs.

    • Mama: Long Horn Chili. Here it is! Two dollars and . . .
      (Everyone applauds)

    • Mr. Palmer: (to Naomi) Starting tomorrow morning, you're gonna teach her everything you know!
      Mama: About checkin'. Anything else she could teach me I closed the book on years ago.

    • Mr. Palmer: I can't force people to buy our baked goods.
      Mama: Well, if ya give out some free samples. Shoot, I know plenty of girls got their husbands doin' that.

    • Naomi: (to Mama) I don't have a home life; I have a basement life!
      Mama: Well, get down in it where you belong.

    • (Mama scans an item that won't ring up and can't find the price)
      Mama: I guess these are free today.

    • (Mama finally finds the price of an item on the list of specials and gives the customer his total)
      Customer: (frustrated) How long will it take for change?
      Mama: You're getting on my nerves four eyes! (gets the change) There's your change!
      Naomi: Thank you sir, and come again.
      Mama: Don't encourage him to come back.

    • Mama: (to Naomi) For somebody who's allergic to baggin', you sure are in an all-fire hurry to jump in the sack!

    • Customer: I have a question for Ask Thelma.
      Mama: Ask Thelma is busy right now!
      Customer: I just need to know what to do about a tea stain in the rug.
      Mama: Put a chair over it!

  • NOTES (1)


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