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1989

7 Jan. 1989
Full House
Vint wants to join a poker circle and, unsurprisingly, needs Mama's help. But her "help" may do more harm than good.
 
14 Jan. 1989
Bedtime for Bubba
Mama finds evidence suggesting that Bubba has been engaging in hanky panky, and convinces Iola to help her catch him in the act.
 
21 Jan. 1989
What a Dump
It's Mama vs. City Hall when the town decides to turn her neighborhood into the new landfill.
 
28 Jan. 1989
Mama Bell
The Harper family has gotten an answering machine. Meanwhile, Mama is unaware that the rest of the family is hiding a dog -- which Naomi has named "Old Lady" -- in the garage, and are trying to find a home for it. When messages turn up on the answering machine offering a new home for "your Old Lady", Mama thinks the rest of the family is trying to get rid of her.
 
4 Feb. 1989
Very Dirty Dancing
Mama finds herself competing against Vint and Naomi in a dance contest. The kind of dancing she must do to win makes her unsure of the whole thing.
 
11 Feb. 1989
Mama's Layaway Plan
After attending a barebones funeral with no mourners, Mama vows her own funeral will be an unforgettable extravagance. Her all-consuming plans alienate her family.
 
18 Feb. 1989
My Phony Valentine
It's Valentine's Day, and romance is in the air. But Cupid has less-than-romantic plans for everyone.
 
25 Feb. 1989
The Big Wheel
Mama and Iola quarrel over ownership of a winning lottery ticket. The winner appears on TV to try for more money, but things don't go as expected.
 
4 Mar. 1989
More Power to You
Mama believes the electric company has made an error on her bill, and refuses to pay it. They respond with expected results.
 
11 Mar. 1989
Mama in One
A weekend alone seems like Mama's dream come true, but the quiet and loneliness prove more than she can handle.
 
25 Mar. 1989
There's No Place Like... No Place
Mama has no sympathy or understanding for the homeless. But after being accidentally arrested during a police round-up of homeless people,she lands in jail and gets to know them better...and is surprised to find her cousin Cora among them.
 
1 Apr. 1989
April Fools
Vint, Naomi, and Bubba subject Mama to pranks every April Fools Day. Mama thinks she's finally going to outprank them, but it seems her plan isn't so watertight.
 
15 Apr. 1989
Reading the Riot Act
Lolly Purdue has been an inept President of the Church Ladies League, forgetting directions and piling mailing list duties onto Mama and Iola, among other things. Mama, Iola, and two other CLL members, Florence and Inez, have a secret meeting to discuss impeaching Lolly. But then, Mama discovers the reason behind Lolly's seeming incompetence, and decides to turn the situation around to help her.
 
22 Apr. 1989
A Taxing Situation
Mama does some creative accounting on her income tax return. Her victory over Uncle Sam is short-lived, however, when an IRS agent comes calling.
 
6 May 1989
The Mother of Invention
Iola believes her invention is a million dollar idea. But when the product's marketer favors Vint's brainless idea over Iola's, Mama smells trouble.
 
13 May 1989
Hate Thy Neighbor
Mama's age-old feud with her neighbor reaches a new boiling point when Bubba becomes smitten with the neighbor's granddaughter.
 
20 May 1989
Dependence Day
Mama emboldens Iola to finally stand up to her domineering mother. When the old woman responds wrathfully, it's Mama who suffers the surprising consequence.
 
27 May 1989
And Mama Makes Three
After receiving a discouraging report from their fertility doctor, Vint and Naomi decide to adopt. Everything seems to go well until the adoption agency psychologist asks to meet Mama. The interview is a disaster; and the outlook for Vint and Naomi's starting a family is bleak. But then, Naomi receives some astonishing news.
 
23 Sep. 1989
Mama's Medicine Show
Naomi and Vint read in a magazine how it will cost $168,000 dollars to raise their kid. So they set about coming up with a scheme to make some fast money. Just then Bubba comes home feeling bad, and Mama gives him some of her "Mother Harper's Tonic" and that gives Vint and Naomi an idea. They could sell the tonic and make a fortune. So Naomi gets some bottles from the recycling bin at Food Circus and they start to bottle it. It sells fast and everyone wants more. So Bubba takes it to his swim meet and Thelma takes it with her to the Church Ladies League meeting. ...
 
30 Sep. 1989
An Affair to Forget
Vinton has been spending his evenings away from Naomi, educating a new locksmith. When Mama and Iola find out that the new trainee is a beautiful young woman, they fear the worst, and try to shield the pregnant Naomi from this information.
 
7 Oct. 1989
Mr. Wrong
Iola would like a husband and family of her own. Mama encourages Iola to date, but is not pleased by Iola's choice: a boorish loudmouth.
 
14 Oct. 1989
Now Hear This
Vint and Naomi buy an intercom for their new baby's nursery. But when Mama, and later Vint and Naomi, use it to spy on each other's private conversations, they overhear some unflattering opinions.
 
21 Oct. 1989
Tri-State's Most Wanted
Vint and Naomi have been following the TV show, "Tri-State's Most Wanted", in order to earn big rewards by catching crooks. But after seeing him appear on the show, Mama believes that the handsome new actor at the Pepperpot Playhouse is one of the criminals.
 
28 Oct. 1989
Mama Fights Back
Mama is not satisfied with the advice she receives from a local consumer affairs radio show. She calls in to complain, and offers advice to other callers on how to resolve their complaints. The radio station is so impressed by Mama's knowledge of local merchants and products, that they give her a radio program of her own.
 
4 Nov. 1989
A Blast from the Past
Mama is reluctant to go to her junior high reunion because of the untrue nickname given to her by the class jerk: "Hot Pants". But then, she decides to go in order to set the record straight.
 
11 Nov. 1989
Psychic Pheno-Mama
Mama is dubious when a psychic visits the house; but is surprised when the psychic gives Mama messages from Carl -- with personal information no one outside the family could possibly know.
 
18 Nov. 1989
Take My Mama, Please
When Mama heckles a comic at the Big Jigger, the comic challenges her to do better, and invites her back for "Open Mike" night.
 
25 Nov. 1989
Bubba's House Band
Bubba invites a punk rock band, the Bonecrushers, to stay at Harper House.
 
2 Dec. 1989
Mama Takes Stock
Vint fears he will lose his job when Kwik Keys is taken over by the Bernice Corporation and turned into a frozen yogurt shop. But then, Mama discovers that she actually has stock shares in Bernice -- and a say in whether they can take over Kwik Keys.
 
9 Dec. 1989
War of the Roses
When a unique hybrid rose shows up in Mama's garden, Mama and Iola quarrel over its ownership, as Iola believes one of her roses cross-pollinated with one of Mama's to produce the beautiful rose.
 
16 Dec. 1989
Mama Takes a Dive
After Mama is turned down for a bank loan for a new furnace, she slips and falls on a roll of pennies left on the floor of the bank. Her injuries are minor, but the rest of the family encourages Mama to sue the bank for a million dollars for negligence.
 
23 Dec. 1989
Mama Gets Goosed
Mama's cousin sends her a live goose for Christmas. The rest of the family wants to keep it as a pet; but Mama wants to have it for Christmas dinner.
 

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