Mama's Family

Season 6 Episode 12

War of the Roses

Aired Unknown Dec 09, 1989 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Iola's flower is the Dainty Bess. The Dainty Bess is an exquisitely beautiful rose from the 1920's. The rose has charming single blooms and an elegant stature.

  • Quotes

    • (Vint is reciting the poem he wrote for Naomi)
      Vint: Dear Skeeter, I am feeling really bad that I made you cry and sob. Now please don't be so mad, cause you're not a fat old slob. (pauses and looks at Bubba, who looks shocked) I was a fool to mention your water retention.
      Bubba: Uncle Vint . . .
      Vint: My heart you have stolen, though your ankles are swollen.
      Bubba: Uncle Vint, t-that's enough. That's enough!
      Vint: Well, what's the matter? Too sentimental?

    • (Mama is fantasizing about winning the Crystal Thorn Award)
      Mama: I would like to thank all of the little people who made this possible. But the hell with them!

    • (Vint and Naomi come home from the Java Hut fighting)
      Vint: Skeeter, what did I do?!
      Naomi: You know perfectly well what you did. You have ruined the Java Hut for me forever!
      Mama: Vinton Harper, did you try and order off the Children's Menu again?!

    • Mama: There are three things you never ever mention in front of a pregnant woman: touching your toes, the words "teeny tiny," and the Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated.

    • Bubba: What we have here is a little rose hanky-panky.
      Naomi: Yes. A little lust in the dust.
      Vint: Right in our front yard?!

    • Iola: Isn't that romantic?
      Mama: Whatever.

    • (Mama tells Iola her Dainty Bess will fill out in time)
      Iola: That's what Mother said about my figure. I'm still waitin'.

    • Vint: Everytime I see a rear ender, I think of our love.

    • Mama: (about Mae June) Lord, that woman has a green thumb and a lead foot.

    • Mama: Oh treachery, thy name is Iola.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to wars fought in Europe. The Wars of the Roses (1455 - 1485) were a series of civil wars fought over the throne of England between adherents of the House of Lancaster and the House of York. Both houses were branches of the Plantagenet royal house, tracing their descent from King Edward III.