Mama's Family

Season 2 Episode 10

The Mama Who Came to Dinner

Aired Unknown Dec 22, 1983 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Mama Who Came to Dinner
Vint and Naomi return from a dinner party, but Naomi is complaining. She is upset because she cannot host any parties or invite anyone over. But Fran comes up with a way Vint and Naomi can have a dinner party. Mama is against it, until Naomi says anything they could have at Mama's would be second rate. Mama then decides to let Naomi have her party. The food is served buffet style. But the night of the big dinner, right before the family leaves to go to a movie, Mama bends over to pick something up and has a back spasm. The family lays her on the floor in the middle of the living room. Fran, Buzz, and Sonja leave to go to the movies. Naomi and Vint's friends come over, and Mama ends up ruining the mood of the party. The guests leave only an hour and fifteen minutes after arriving. Vint is angry with Mama, but Naomi helps calm him down. After Vint leaves, Naomi teaches Mama a lesson by putting a "table" over her, covering her with a tablecloth, and leaving her there.moreless

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Harvey Korman

Harvey Korman

Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

Francis "Fran" Crawley (episodes 1-35)

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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Naomi tries to feed Mama a bite of chicken casserole that is too big, Mama says, "Well good lord Naomi, I couldn't eat a bite that big with all the PoliGrip in the world." In the episode "Teacher's Pet," Mama tells her night school teacher Mr. Hanson that she doesn't wear dentures.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Mama says they will see "E.T.")
      Fran: What is it with you and E.T.?!
      Mama: Sorta reminds me of Vinton when he was a baby.

    • Mama: Well, don't just stand there; your company's here. Open the damn door, and let the good times roll!

    • Nita: You know Mrs. Harper, it is one of the responsibilities of the upper class to rise above the slings and arrows of the petty and the jealous.
      Mama: You know Nita, you have got a lot of class for a dame with a rip in her drawers.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The title of this episode is a reference to the 1942 movie titled, The Man Who Came to Dinner, which starred Bette Davis and Jimmy Durante.