for the nostalgic, Despite being her mother's favorite, Ellen (like her siblings) isn't spared Thelma's criticism, insults, or wrath. Fran often stood up to her opinionated sister, although at times she would let her hair down and have some fun. 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It hurt Thelma to see Bubba drunk and it reminded her all too clearly of the first time Eunice drank. Episodes in seasons five and six depicted the two women spending time together at the theater and the mall, and also supporting each other (with Iola aiding Naomi when she was being sexually harassed by her boss in "Naomi's New Position," and Naomi helping organize a search party for Iola's missing mother in "The Big Nap"). Iola had told Bubba, Vint and Naomi the story the day after Bubba's drinking incident and he tearfully apologized to Thelma, telling her she was the last person in the world he ever wanted to hurt. Vinton Harper Jr. , better known by his nickname, "Buzz", played by actor Eric Brown, was the younger of the two children of Vinton Harper and his first wife, Mitzi. After Fran's funeral in "Farewell Frannie", it was later revealed in "Where There's a Will" that she left a last will and testament and Thelma contacted the executor of Fran's last will and testament, Larwin P. Finstadler. Iola Boylen (1986-1990) Bubba's two best friends were Dwayne and T-Boy. Do not upload anything which you do not own or are fully licensed to upload. Mitzi had just abandoned Vinton and her family to move to Las Vegas as the series began, finding work there as a cocktail waitress, and Vint and his two children moved in with his mother after being evicted from their house. There was a great deal more squabbling in "The Family" sketches than on Mama's Family. Among other things, Ed is a fiercely ill-tempered, slovenly, unsuccessful buffoon in The Family sketches. Eunice, Ed, and Mama go see Bubba's teacher in this classic Family sketch from episode #909 of the Carol Burnett Show that aired on 15 November, 1975. |, Please read the following before uploading. One Sunday in church, Eugene carved initials into the pews; and ran up and down, screaming and throwing paper airplanes at the choir. This earned him the wrath of Eunice, who wanted to sing at the wedding but was turned down by almost everyone in the family. Although the two women were best friends, multiple episodes and story lines would depict conflicts that would arise between the two when fighting over the same things (e.g., a position as president of the CLL; a rose-growing contest; a chili cook-off; a winning lottery ticket, etc.). As a child and as an adult, he was often at the mercy of his older sisters, snobbish Ellen and temperamental, tempestuous Eunice. Directed by Roger Beatty, Harvey Korman. Ellen was born on June 30 in Raytown and is the oldest of Carl Harper and Thelma Crowley Harper's three children. During this argument, Naomi wasn't spared Eunice's tongue-lashing and neither was Vinton. After two years of living with his grandmother, he and Sonja moved to an unknown location and did not appear in the syndicated episodes. This, added to the fact that Ellen was Carl and Thelma's clear favorite, added to the explosive rivalry between the two sisters. The only mention of Buzz and Sonja was in the first syndicated episode, when Thelma lamented that they could not attend Fran's funeral. Right after Mitzi had run off to Las Vegas to work as a cocktail waitress) he, along with his father and his sister, Sonja Harper moved in with his grandmother, Thelma Harper, after they were evicted from their house. This was a shock to Ellen, who refused to have any part of it, and fought her own family to try to stop it. This is indicated during the first season episode "Cellmates," in which Thelma and Eunice are in jail together, with a prostitute who sets them both straight (briefly). Vint was born on April 23. When first introduced, the character of Iola seemed to be an antagonist for Mama, but this role was quickly dropped and most episodes depicted Iola as a second banana to Thelma in her schemes throughout the series' run. After years of living in the basement of the Harper home, they purchased a trailer and lived in the backyard, out of the house, but never out of Thelma's shadow. During the NBC run of the series (1983-1984), Vint was portrayed as clumsy, temperamental and unafraid of confrontation. During the wedding, Eunice decided to destroy the festivities, by railing and ranting at every member of her family, because once again, she was overshadowed by them. Mama's son Phil comes home to visit in this classic Family sketch from episode #723 of the Carol Burnett Show that aired on 16 March, 1974. Shortly after her divorce from Bruce Jackson, Ellen began to date a much younger man named Glenn, to which Thelma vehemently objected. They would often be involved in civic work together, most notably the Church Ladies' League (CLL). He wasn't as selfish as she was, but he was temperamental and stubborn. Alberta Meechum was played by Anne Haney. He was married to the most trying of women, Eunice Harper Higgins. They ultimately abandoned Bubba while he was in juvenile hall, moving to Florida without telling him. The family can't understand why Mama dislikes celebrating her birthday. He was played by Alan Oppenheimer. ($3,500), This page was last edited on 17 February 2021, at 03:17. Although he regularly drives his family crazy, they truly love Bubba. While the Harpers' behavior wasn't sterling, Mrs. Meechum was not willing to control Eugene's behavior. As a blue-collar worker from the heartland, a few episodes during the NBC run revolved around his family's inability to act with grace and class in public, much to the embarrassment of the more cultured members of the family. Her ability to do anything well irritated her resentful younger sister, Eunice, to no end. There is also a continuity error with how many prior times Naomi has been married. During a mother-daughter banquet, where Eunice and Thelma were supposed to sing "MOTHER," they instead got into a violent argument about all the things that her mother had thought she had done and wrecked. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Another sore spot with Sonja was that even though she was older, she perceived Buzz to be favored by his father. large family, find out what ever happen to the 1983 TV series, Mama's Family. Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Beverly Archer, and Allan Kayser reunite to talk about the show. They had wanted that room, and were angered that Bubba got it, promise or no promise. After everyone else gave some ridiculous and even some not-so-subtle excuses for not wanting to doing so, Buzz said that he had no excuse and therefore would help her. Ellen was clearly resentful towards her mother when she decided to run against her boyfriend for mayor. When Ed comes to bail the women out, he and the prostitute recognize each other suggestively. It was Leonard (played by Jerry Reed) who had the last name of Oates. Then, while the Meechums were visiting shut-ins, the Harpers were saddled with Eugene. Ellen's relationship with her brother Vinton "Vint" Harper tends to be amicable, although, like the rest of the family, she usually dismisses him for being a bit dim. As always, trouble began when, during a senior citizen's group meeting at Thelma's house, she challenged the usually unopposed Mayor in his next election. She later began seeing Alvin Tutweiler, mayor of Raytown. However, in "The Family" sketches on the Carol Burnett Show, Ellen has no qualms about snapping back at her mother, when she is annoyed with her. whenever she entered the Harpers' house, usually around dinner time. Mama's brother-in-law, Roy Harper, shows up and charms the entire family except for Mama, … At least Buzz kept his things in an orderly fashion and for this won favor from Fran, while Sonja was more messy and unorganized and therefore more frustrating to Fran. When he first arrived, he didn't win any favor with his uncle Vinton and aunt Naomi Harper, when he got the prized bedroom that was left open when Thelma's sister, Fran Crowley, died. She was also stuck-up by virtue of her strong position in the church. Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper: Ken Berry ... Vinton Harper: Dorothy Lyman ... Naomi Oates Harper: Beverly Archer ... Iola Lucille Boylen: Allan Kayser ... Bubba Higgins: Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Jennifer Richards ... Luann Fayette When the series began running in syndication in 1986, Vint's children Buzz and Sonja had moved out of the house and his aunt (Thelma's sister Fran) had recently died. Another particular cross was that she had to share a bathroom with the kids. Mama's Family is … This allowed her to somewhat control her husband. Played by Dorothy Van, who also wrote several episodes. This made the house a Raytown historical landmark. Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper. He got through his probation, and started to attend junior college. It turned out to be a sapphire ring that had belonged to her father, which she had coveted for some time. He maintained good relationship with his grandmother and great-aunt Fran Crowley. ensemble cast, Remember: Abuse of the TV.com image system may result in you being banned from uploading images or from the entire site – so, play nice and respect the rules! That was why Thelma was so strident against drinking. Thelma thoroughly disliked the two from the outset, and often forbade Bubba from hanging out with them, but he usually wound up doing so and angering her in the process. With Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Eric Brown. 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