Mama's Family

Season 3 Episode 24

The Best Policy

Aired Unknown Mar 21, 1987 on NBC
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The Best Policy
Vint brings home a new electric blanket he received for signing up for a life insurance policy. A few minutes later, his insurance agent arrives for him to sign the papers, and as it turns out it's an old boyfriend of Naomi's, Stony Hall. Stony explains that the policy is worth $200,000 in case of accidental death and much to Mama's dismay, Vint announces that Naomi is his sole beneficiary. Following the announcment, Vint starts having accidents. First, he almost electrocutes himself while working on Naomi's hair dryer (while it's still plugged in) and then falls down the basement stairs, slipping on a bottle of Naomi's nail polish and spraining his ankle in the process. This gives Iola the idea that Naomi is trying to bump Vint off for the money. She becomes convinced, as does Mama, after Bubba spies Naomi and Stony eating at a Chinese restaurant with the insurance policy in hand. Mama and Iola watch closely as Naomi fixes Vint a bowl of soup, and mixes in a mysterious powder, thinking it's poison they rush to his defense. After stopping him from eating the soup, they began to smell gas and assume it's coming from the heater. When the pilot light blows out, Naomi comes to the rescue and stops the gas. Then, at last, Naomi explains that they decided to not take the policy, simply because it was too expensive.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)

      • In this episode there is a casual reference to a Chinese restaurant in Raytown that serves Moo Goo Gai Grits.  This same joke was referenced about ten years earlier in the pilot episode of Welcome Back, Kotter when Freddie Washington says he shared his "background" with a Chinese family downstairs.  Apparently, one of the writers was still thinking about this joke he heard years ago.  It is too off the wall to be a coincidence.

    • QUOTES (11)

      • Mama: Now Naomi, you know that deep down out of all my in-laws, you are my most very favorite.
        Vint: Oh Mama, what a sweet thing to say.
        Mama: Well, Vinton, what'd you expect? The woman's holding a meat cleaver.

      • Naomi: Hold it! He's my husband, and if anyone's gonna make him soup, it's gonna be me.
        Mama: Forget it, he's in enough pain already.

      • Mama: I will not hear another bad word against Naomi! Good Lord, I never thought I'd live to hear myself say that.

      • Mama: I know Naomi. She may be lazy and she may be no account. And Lord knows she's the woman every mother fears her son will marry, but she is not a murderess.
        Iola: Well, how do you know? Who knows what's lurking in a killer's hear of hearts?
        Mama: Oh, come off it Iola. Every time you read about one of these murderers in the paper, the neighbors are always so shocked. "Such a nice quiet person. The sweetest, kindest person you'd ever hope to meet." Well that sure doesn't sound like Naomi.

      • Iola: Thelma, I've discovered something horrible. *holds up the nail polish Vint slipped on*
        Mama: Oh. No, I think that's one of Naomi's nicer shades. What do they call that one again? Oh yeah, Mucho Mango.
        Iola: I am not referring to the color Thelma.
        Mama: You know something, this goes perfect with this lavender dress. Ya think I'm too old for the wet look?

      • Iola: I didn't know you had a trick ankle.
        Vint: Yeah, it's an old football injury.
        Mama: Yeah, he slipped on an old football in the garage.

      • *Mama puts on Bubba's headphones*
        Mama: Well Good Lord Bubba, I thought you said this was Van Heflin!
        Bubba: Van Halen!
        Mama: Van Halen?! Well, they sounded a lot better when they had David Lee Roth!

      • Stony: As you know, the purpose of life insurance is to provide for your loved ones in the event of your death.
        Naomi: Oh, I don't want to hear anymore! How much is it for, baby?

      • Vint: Ain't he somethin'?
        Mama: Yeah, but what?

      • Vint: You two know each other?
        Naomi: Well sure. Stony and I used to date years ago. I don't believe this.
        Mama: Well, why not? You've dated every man in town except for Mr. Larry at the beauty parlor and a few shut-ins.

      • Naomi: Oh, if I lived in this great, big, expensive house, I wouldn't lift a finger.
        Mama: Well, it's nice to know that money wouldn't change ya.

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