<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->

Mama's Family: Farewell Frannie

Mama's has to deal with the death of her sister, Franny, and the arrival of Eunice and Ed's troublesome son, Bubba. The first of which came as a surprise, Franny died at the Bigger Jigger, and the second is also a surprise.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 302
Airdate: Saturday September 27th, 1986

Director: Dave Powers
Writer: Rick Hawkins

Guest Stars
Dorothy VanDorothy Van
As Aunt Effie
Earl BoenEarl Boen
As Reverend Meachum
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Mr. Conroy
Main Cast
Vicki LawrenceVicki Lawrence
As Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper
Ken BerryKen Berry
As Vinton Harper
Dorothy LymanDorothy Lyman
As Naomi Oates Harper
Beverly ArcherBeverly Archer
As Iola Boylen
Allan KayserAllan Kayser
As Bubba Higgins
Episode Notes
The picture of Fran in the memorial should look familiar, it is the same picture used for Rue's credit as Aunt Fran, for season 2.

This is the last episode where Buzz and Sonja are mentioned, as Mama says that they can't come. But we never find out where they would be coming from.

This episode is sometimes noted as the first syndicated episode.

Episode Quotes
Thelma: She was fiddling with that toothpick and I decided to have a joke with her, so I put one of the fish fins in my teeth and I busted in there saying 'Just be glad you didn't order the fish'. She was so shocked that she inhaled the toothpick and ran into the stall before I could help her, and she never come out.
Bubba fears his parents died when he is told there will be a funeral
Mama: No, it was your sweet Aunt Fran."
Bubba: "Who?"

Mama "This is the same dress I buried your Daddy in."
Vint "Gee, I always thought he was wearin' a suit."

Mama "Funeral or no funeral, this is gonna be the happiest day of Fran's life."
Mama tells Vint that he must be a pall barerer, and he is afriad to be close to the corspe
Mama "That's casket's got handles. I ain't askin' ya to give her a piggy back ride."
Vint "No Ed and Eunice."
Mama "There's a blessing."

Naomi "Say Iola, I think the silver ware belongs at the other end of the line."
Iola "I am a home economics major Naomi. I believe I know how to lay a buffet."
Naomi "I'll bet that's the only thing."

Mama "And you do somethin' with that hair!"
Naomi "What's the matter with my hair?"
Mama "It's too big. We're going to a funeral, not the Country Music Awards."

Vint asked what Mama means by natural causes
Mama "It means she wasn't murdered or beamed up my martians."

Mama "I'm in mourning, damn it!"

Mama offers Aunt Effie a snack
Mama: "Hors d'oeuvres, Effie?"
Effie: "It just looks like plain old peanut butter on a cracker. What do you call it?"
Mama: "Plain old peanut butter on a cracker!"

Episode Goofs
Mama tells Ellen to return her broach. This is the same broach she borrowed in the episode "Country Club." Did Ellen never return the broach before, or did she borrow it again?

Missing Information
Click here to add Music
Click here to add Cultural References
Click here to add Episode References
Click here to add Analysis