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Season 03, Episode 01 Farewell Frannie

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Sep 27, 1986
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Farewell Frannie Sep 27, 1986 Mama finds Frannie's dairy when she goes to get Bubba for breakfast. Inside is a note telling Mama to call the executor of her will, Larwin P. Finstadler. When Mr. Finstadler arrives he informs Mama that Fran was worth $35,000. Fran's will stipulated 10% of that would go to the ""Ray of Hope Home for Wayward Girls"". But the other $31,500 was to be split evenly between Mama, and Vint and Naomi. Only one stipulation stands between Mama and the money, she has to keep from losing her temper for a period of two weeks and it's totally on her honor.So for the next two weeks Vint and Naomi wait on her hand and foot, trying to keep her from getting upset. Including paying Bubba $10 to do his homework and doing the dishes and most of the other housework. While they begin to bicker among themselves, Mama relaxes and takes it easy.On the last day, Mr. Finstadler arrives, and Mama comes back from the Beauty Spot in a terrible mood. Her car was smashed up and the guy left a note just to fool the wi

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Season 03, Episode 02 Where There's a Will

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Oct 4, 1986
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Where There's a Will Oct 4, 1986 The family is in the middle of a game of scrabble when Ellen stops by with a gift for Mama and to attempt to once again apologize for missing her Aunt Fran's funeral. Mama refuses to forgive her and throws her out. Later, Naomi comes in and says she heard that Ellen was in the hospital about to under go surgery. With that, Mama drags the rest of the family to the hospital to visit her.The visit soon turns very uncomfortable for Ellen as Mama begins yelling at the family for one and then another. Not able to stand it any longer, Ellen calls for the nurse and orders her to throw the family out and post an armed guard at the door. Mama finally sends everyone home, but sneaks back in herself and stays with Ellen through the night.Mama and Ellen soon forgive one another for all the years of fighting and Ellen finally reveals to Mama why she is the hospital in the first place, she's having a fanny tuck. Mama then makes some revelations of her own, when she says out of all her kids, she alw

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Season 03, Episode 03 Best Medicine

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Oct 11, 1986
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Best Medicine Oct 11, 1986 Mama is the editor of the years church bazaar cookbook, in it she plans to use her own recipe for Chili. Iola objects thinking it should be hers that Mama uses. Soon Naomi too throws her hat in the ring, saying she makes the best Chili. So the three decide to have to a chili cook-off with the winner getting her recipe in the cookbook. Vint, being stuck in the middle of this brewing argument, is choosen, against his will, as the judge of the contest.All three have identical supplies, with Mama and Iola also have identical ingredients. While Naomi's chili is far different from the other two as it includes two giant cans of store bought chili, plus beer, cheetos and several other items not usually associated with chili. Each bringing back a certain memory from one of her ex-husbands or boyfriends.Each bowl is lettered as the contest begins and Vint decides the 'B' bowl is the best, which belongs to Iola, and she runs home to show her father and dare her mother to throw it out again. As

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Season 03, Episode 04 National Mama

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Oct 18, 1986
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National Mama Oct 18, 1986 When Mama's dreams start providing the names of winning horses, the family figures they're in the money.

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Season 03, Episode 05 Soup to Nuts

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Oct 25, 1986
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Soup to Nuts Oct 25, 1986 Mama's sister, Frannie, has just passed away, and even if she can't bring herself to tell how Frannie actually died (it was by inhaling a tooth pick in the ladies room at the Bigger Jigger). Mama is never the less determined to give her late sister something she never had, a ""perfect day"". But things soon turn from perfect to terrible as one disaster after another strikes.First Mama finds out Don and Loraine won't be there and ofcourse Buzz and Sonya won't either (for unexplained reasons) and Ed and Eunice have moved to Florida (a blessing). Then Ellen calls and says she's got something more pressing business and can't make it either. Later, as the the family gets home from the funeral, we find out Vint forgot to shut the hearse door, resulting in the coffin flying out of the hearse and down the on-ramp to the free way.The house is a mess and they believe they've been robbed, but it is soon revealed that Eunice and Ed's son Bubba (just out of reform school) has arrived after finding

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Season 03, Episode 06 Mama and Dr. Brothers

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Nov 1, 1986
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Mama and Dr. Brothers Nov 1, 1986 In this Thanksgiving episode, Mama, Bubba, Vinton, Naomi, Iola, and Aunt Effie (Dorothy Van) all go for cover in the basement when an unexpected tornado passes by Raytown.

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Season 03, Episode 07 Cat's Meow

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Nov 8, 1986
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Cat's Meow Nov 8, 1986 Iola is distraught when her cat Midnight dies,although everyone else is thankful,noting that the cat was as mean as a rattlesnake. But Iola refuses to let go and nothing can console her---until she decides to have it freeze-dried.She goes all out and buys a model that meows when you pet it.She leaves it with Mama for a while and Mama takes it out to the front porch and leaves it.That's where Vint falls on it as he, Naomi and Bubba are bringing in a trunk they just bought from the police surplus. Thinking they killed the cat, they bury it,and go into to open the trunk.Which has a hole on the side of it and is the home of a Mama cat and her kittens.One of which looks just like Iola's former pet.Who adopts it immediately.

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Season 03, Episode 08 The Love Letter

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Nov 15, 1986
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The Love Letter Nov 15, 1986 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 accidently 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.

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Season 03, Episode 09 An Ill Wind

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Nov 22, 1986
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An Ill Wind Nov 22, 1986 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 accidently 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.

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Season 03, Episode 10 Steal One, Pearl Two

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Nov 29, 1986
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Steal One, Pearl Two Nov 29, 1986 Bubba wants to borrow $200 to buy a new drum set, while Iola's upset that she can't get her jewelry box open to put her pearls away, so she brings the box over for Vint to open. When he can't, Bubba quickly borrows a bobby pin and opens it easily. Iola heads home only to return a few minutes later in search of her beloved pearls, which have mysteriously disappeared.Iola is quick to accuse Bubba, who comes in with a brand new drum set, claiming he borrowed them from a friend of a friend who's name he forgets. Pretneding to defend Bubba, Mama throws Iola out. Now convinced, she too accuses Bubba. Feeling betrayed by his own family Bubba attempts to run away from home.She finds him at the ""Rayhound"" station and tells him the story of what happened when Eunice tried ran away (she only made it across the river to Bump). Saying she believes him now, Bubba decides to come home. In the end they find the pearls, where they had been all along, stuck to the back of a pillow on the couch.

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Season 03, Episode 11 Where's There's Smoke

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Dec 6, 1986
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Where's There's Smoke Dec 6, 1986 Vinton is chosen to play Santa @ the Raytown Mall. However, with too much practice, he loses his voice! So Mama fills in the last second as Santa Claus. She deals with many brats, but was touched by a little girl who wanted tools for her unemployed daddy.Mama's also upset that her star's missing (the one her husband made for her on their 1st Christmas).

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Season 03, Episode 12 Fly Naomi

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Dec 13, 1986
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Fly Naomi Dec 13, 1986 Unhappy with the rut she's gotten into, Naomi decides to make a change and arrives home with the news that, after seeing an ad in the paper, she's decided to attend school to train as a flight attendant. Vint gets upset because she didn't ask him first. While, Bubba joins the debate team to be near a girl he likes.Naomi aces her first exam, which only serves to make Vint more upset. With a growing rift between Vint and Naomi, Iola tries to make her move and asks Vint to have ice cream with her one night. What Vint views as innocent, Mama see clearly as Iola trying to get her claws into Vint and tells him so in no uncertain terms.Naomi tries to get everyone in the family to help her train for that night's big test, but the only one who will is Mama. Who quickly proceeds to drive her nuts. Later, Bubba annouces he's been kicked off the debate team for not knowing the Electoral College had nothing to do with electricty. Just as the family gets excited about all the free flights they'll

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Season 03, Episode 13 Santa Mama

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Dec 20, 1986
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Santa Mama Dec 20, 1986 Vinton is chosen to play Santa @ the Raytown Mall. However, with too much practice, he loses his voice! So Mama fills in the last second as Santa Claus. She deals with many brats, but was touched by a little girl who wanted tools for her unemployed daddy.Mama's also upset that her star's missing (the one her husband made for her on their 1st Christmas).

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Season 03, Episode 14 Desperately Seeking Anyone

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Jan 10, 1987
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Desperately Seeking Anyone Jan 10, 1987 Mama and Naomi's plan to find a date for Iola backfires when the date is more interested in Mama.

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Season 03, Episode 15 Porn Again

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Jan 17, 1987
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Porn Again Jan 17, 1987 Mama is appalled when she finds a girlie magazine named Casanova under Bubba's bed while cleaning. She firsts wants to know were Bubba could get such a magazine. It soon comes out that Naomi, who wasn't paying much attention, sold it to him a few days before at Food Circus. Thinking something needs to be done, Iola has the idea to boycott Food Circus until they stop selling magazine's like that.Iola, Mama, Aunt Effie and Pearl form MOP (Mothers Opposing Pornography), and set out to picket in front of Food Circus, much to the dismay of Naomi. Who insists they go home. First Pearl breaks ranks for a tuna offer and then Effie needs to use the bathroom, and finally Iola leaves when the store offers Triple Coupons. Just as it seems all hope is lost, the media arrives and they end up getting on the National news.Continuing the fight, the quartet are busy planning their next move, when they get a call from Hollywood about a movie offer. Naomi comes in, wanting to negotiate, Mama plays hard

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Season 03, Episode 16 Have it Mama's Way

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Jan 24, 1987
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Have it Mama's Way Jan 24, 1987 An anonymous letter convinces Vint that he's adopted, so he sets out to find his biological mother.

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Season 03, Episode 17 Birthright

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Jan 31, 1987
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Birthright Jan 31, 1987 An anonymous letter convinces Vint that he's adopted, so he sets out to find his biological mother.

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Season 03, Episode 18 Grandma USA

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Feb 7, 1987
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Grandma USA Feb 7, 1987 Mama is surprised to learn she was entered in the Grandma USA contest by Bubba. She is at first reluctant to compete, but changes her mind when she finds out the grand prize is a dream kitchen, complete with a self cleaning oven. Vint then starts to wonder why they would select Mama over all the other entries, Bubba says it's because he sent in Naomi's picture instead of Mama's.A fact this is only discovered after they are greeted by the host, Raytown personality Eddie Edwards, and he thinks Noami is entering. After considering his options, Edwards agrees to let Mama compete instead, thinking it might be a novelty to have someone in the pageant who really looks like a Grandma. Which, as it turns out, none of the other's certainly don't.For the talent competition, Mama sings a song her daddy taught her when she was young, so she could sing to his buddies at the Jigger (now the Bigger Jigger). Mama makes the final three, but ends up finishing second in the final vote. A result she doe

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Season 03, Episode 19 Buck Private Bubba

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Feb 14, 1987
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Buck Private Bubba Feb 14, 1987 Mama emerges as a contender in an arm-wrestling competition.

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Season 03, Episode 20 Mama's Cousin

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Feb 21, 1987
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Mama's Cousin Feb 21, 1987 Mama's worldly cousin (Vicki Lawrence in a dual role) annoys Mama with her neverending stories.

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Season 03, Episode 21 Mama with the Golden Arm

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Feb 28, 1987
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Mama with the Golden Arm Feb 28, 1987 Mama emerges as a contender in an arm-wrestling competition.

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Season 03, Episode 22 It Takes Two to Watusi

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Mar 7, 1987
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It Takes Two to Watusi Mar 7, 1987 Naomi's best friend Luann has just been divorced and Naomi wants to set her up with a friend of her's for a double date with her and Vint to play miniature golf. But before Luann ever arrives, her date calls to say he can't make it. Naomi then suggests Bubba could be a last minute stand-in. Mama nearly goes through the roof and says no. Not wanting Bubba to associate with the likes of Luann.After a lengthy discussion, Mama gives in and let's Bubba decide for himself, while trying to lay a guilt trip on him. It's fails miserably and the foursome is soon ready to be off, until Mama announces she's coming too, with her partner Iola. Mama and Iola win the game of golf, and are ready for a game of Yahtzee, but Vint and Naomi refuse and go on to bed.Mama goes on to bed herself as Bubba walks Luann to her car, she asks for a glass of water and he runs back inside to get it for her, but what he doesn't know is she followed him in and they soon end up making out. Which makes Bubba drop and

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Season 03, Episode 23 Fangs Alot, Mama

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Mar 14, 1987
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Fangs Alot, Mama Mar 14, 1987 Vint's former Army Sargent come to town on a recruiting trip and he and Vint go out for a night of beers. Meeting Bubba a little later, Sarge remarks what a fine soldier he'd make. Of course, has no real interest in joining up, until he gets dumped by his girlfriend. Taking some advice from the Sargent he enlists in the military. Problem is, the break up doesn't take.Bubba soon regrets his enlistment when his girlfriend comes back to apologize and they get back together. Already having signed the papers, he prepares to leave for basic training. That is until Mama discovers a loop hole in the Army handbook she looks through with Iola. Just as Bubba is about to take the oath of allegiance, Mama rushes in and breaks the news that Bubba can't join the army because he's a convicted felon.

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Season 03, Episode 24 The Best Policy

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Mar 21, 1987
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The Best Policy Mar 21, 1987 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, thin

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Season 03, Episode 25 After the Fall

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Mar 28, 1987
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After the Fall Mar 28, 1987 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, thin

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