Mama's Family

Season 3 Episode 8

The Love Letter

Aired Unknown Nov 15, 1986 on NBC
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The Love Letter
Naomi is giving Bubba and Vint a love test to see how romantic they are, from the latest issue Lady's Circle.As it turns out Vint is a "cold fish" and Bubba is a "Red Hot Romeo". So Vint decides to try and be more romantic and talks Bubba into writing her a love letter.

Vint puts it in her make up case, but Bubba moves it to her purse while Naomi watches.Thinking Bubba wrote it to her she begins to worry. Slipping it into the Lady's Circle, which is where Iola finds it,thinking Vint wrote it her. She then leaves it accidentally on George's clipboard while he working on Mama's refrigerator.

Iola shows up minutes later ready to claim Vint as her own, while Naomi tries to explain to Bubba,and Mama is freaked out thinking George is after her. Soon enough it is revealed though that the where the letter came from.moreless

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  • Naomi is looking for romance from Vinton. Bubba helps Vinton write a love letter. At first Naomi assumes Bubba wrote it for her. The letter gets all around the house, and each person assumes another person wrote it for them. It's love chaos at Mama's!moreless

    NOTE: Spoilers below

    This episode was so funny! It's like the most funniest one of them all. This is exactly why I watch Mama's Family. This episode was absolutely hillarious. It starts out with Naomi complaining that Vinton isn't romantic enough. So Bubba helps Vinton ride a 'love letter' to impress Naomi. Vinton puts it in her manicure kit, but Bubba takes it back out and puts it into her yellow purse. Naomi sees Bubba from the top of the stairs, as Bubba walks off. She check her purse, and reads the letter. She's shocked. She assumes Bubba wrote it for her. Then it goes on later to where, Iola gets the letter, and assumes Vinton wrote it for her. Then Iola leaves it on the kitchen table, next to where the plumber (who's working on the refrigerator the whole time) left the bill. The plumber tells Thelma that he 'left a surprise' on the table, meaning the bill, but Thelma reaches for the letter. Thelma reads it, and is shocked. She starts going 'oh, oh, oh' breathing hard and deep. It was so funny. Then the plumber does some stunts that are probaly casual to him, but seem like a turn to Thelma. In the living room, Naomi has a talk with Bubba, about 'his love'. She accuses him of writing the letter, and he confesses (assuming she figured out Bubba wrote it for Vinton). He says he did, but didn't make it clear it was for Vinton. Naomi goes "But you're my nephew!". It was so funny! Then Iola is on the porch with Vinton. Dressed fancily, she acts 'romantically' to Vinton, who doesn't have a clue. The she gives him a big reach with her arm, and is hanging on him. Vinton is shocked, and goes hysterical, yelling, "Mama! Mama!". Then all 6 of them (inc. the plumber) meet in the living room, and they argue over about the letter until it's straightened out. The whole epsiode was just so funny. I wish I could see it again.moreless
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)

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  • QUOTES (15)

    • Naomi: "And you thought Vinton had written it to you?"
      Iola: "I did not."
      Mama: "Well then what are ya doin' in that God-awful dress?!"

    • Mama: "You take one more step and I'm gonna scream. Hell, I'm gonna scream anyway. HELP! HELP! HEEELLLPPP!"

    • Iola: "Oh, wouldn't ya love to be lying on the Riveara right now?"
      Vint: "Yeah. It's always been my dream to go to Las Vegas."

    • *George is talking about knocking some money off of Mama's bill, while Mama thinks George is trying to get with her*
      George: "Ah, come on Thelma. Don't act so surprised. You've been hangin' around the kitchen all day hintin' about it."
      Mama: "I've been what?!"
      Gerorge: "Thelma, you know all the handy men in town talk, and they say ya pull the same thing with them."

    • Mama: "And knock it off with that winkin'! It looks like ya got a tick!"

    • Bubba: "Hey Grandma, it says here that during the Civil War that many of the Southern women were left unprotected. You must have been really scared."
      Mama: "To tell ya the truth Bubba, I was too busy loadin' muskets to notice."

    • George: "And just ta show ya my heart's in the right place, I'mma make your old lady's day. I'm knockin fifteen bucks off her bill."
      Vint: "Oh. Well, that's real nice of ya George."
      George: "Nah! It's nothin."
      *Vint leaves the kitchen*
      George: "I overcharged her anyways."

    • Iola: "So poetic, so misspelled."

    • Iola: "Ah, the Civil War. A house divided will not stand."
      Bubba: "I thought a house divided was a du-plex."

    • Naomi: "That's not how you spell eternal."

    • Vint: "Mama, have you seen Naomi?"
      Mama: "Vinton, I got enough to do keepin' an eye on Gorgeous George here without watching your wife's every move. She's in the living room."

    • *Mama tells George she'll make him a cool glass of lemonade*
      Mama: "Well, like yourself I charge fifteen bucks an hour. I figure that little glass of lemonade, parts, and labor will be about $9.50."

    • Vint: "Are you sure that's the way you spell eternal?"
      Bubba: "Sure. Just sound it out. E, turn, t-u-r-n, ul, u-l. Eturnul."

    • Vint: "Oh, all them romantic lover boys, they're not real men ya know. Remember that good-lookin' Phil Sumter that used to work at Kwik Keys?"
      Naomi: "Yeah."
      Vint: "Well he could sweet talk the gals alright, but he couldn't set a tumbler worth beans."
      Mama: "Well he must of been good at somethin'. He married that rich widow up in Ray Heights right after he put in her locks."
      Vint: "Yeah, but their mansion is not secure."

    • George: "Well, from what I can see, ya got a cracked butt plate."
      Mama: "You better be talkin' about the ice box!"

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