Mama's Family: Season 3, Episode 3

Best Medicine (11 Oct. 1986)

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Mama is angry with Ellen for passing up Aunt Fran's funeral for a bridge tournament; but changes her attitude when she learns Ellen has been hospitalized.



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Ellen's Nurse


Mama is still angry with Ellen for Ellen's having passed up Aunt Fran's funeral for a bridge tournament. When Ellen comes over to try to make amends, Mama refuses to accept her apology. Then, the next evening, Vint and Naomi come home with the news that Ellen has been hospitalized. Now, Mama is alarmed, and she and the rest of the family and Iola rush to the hospital to see Ellen. Is it too late for Mama to make up with Ellen? Written by afsnowbird

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Ellen's final appearance!
12 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ellen Harper Jackson hasn't been a good daughter since she blew off her Aunt Fran's funeral for a bridge tournament. She tries to make amends in this final appearance of Betty White who was now Rose Nylund on Golden Girls. Ironically, her co-star is Rue McClanahan who played Aunt Fran. Mama is playing scrabble with her family and Iola who is like family in the dining room when Ellen arrives with a gift to make amends. Ellen tries to apologize for not being there at the funeral. Regardless, Ellen is in the hospital for a procedure and the family learns that Ellen is there. Not knowing the kind of procedure, Mama and the gang head straight to the hospital without having dinner.

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