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(1983–1990)

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Season 4

26 Sep. 1987
Educating Mama
Thelma reveals that she never finished high school because the professor humiliated her in front of the class. To inspire Bubba to get his diploma, Thelma enrolls in night school to get hers as well. But all doesn't go well when she clashes with the new professor and is faced with the challenge of giving a report on The Scarlet Letter.
 
3 Oct. 1987
Zirconias Are a Girl's Best Friend
Mama discovers at-home television shopping, and soon has a house full of tacky bric-a-brac and cheap jewelry. Her family realizes they must intervene when the credit card bill arrives.
 
10 Oct. 1987
The Key to the Crime
Raytown is plagued by a rash of burglaries, and the police believe Vint is responsible. Mama and Iola aim to find the real culprit.
 
17 Oct. 1987
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Vint and Naomi have a terrible fight and part ways. It is Mama, however, who suffers for it.
 
24 Oct. 1987
A Big Hand for Mama
After Mama narrowly misses death during a thunderstorm, she vows to turn over a new leaf and be more generous to her family.
 
31 Oct. 1987
Flounder's Day
Mama's disdain for Raytown Founder's Day goes back to a painful incident from her youth, but she gets a chance to right the wrongs of the past.
 
7 Nov. 1987
Teacher's Pet
Mama has fallen for her handsome night-school teacher, Mr. Hansen. Naomi and Iola give her advice on how to attract him, but Mama finds out she would do better just being herself.
 
14 Nov. 1987
Child's Play
The Harpers are put through hell when they must babysit Reverend Meechum's wayward grandson.
 
21 Nov. 1987
Mama Mania
A female TV wrestler turns out to be one of Naomi's old schoolmates, and ends up needing her help (and Mama's) in her upcoming match.
 
28 Nov. 1987
Gift Horse
To earn money for a VCR, the Harpers decide to hold a yard sale. The items include Iola's unique handmade gifts to the family. The Harpers plan to do this without Iola's knowledge, as Iola is away for the weekend. But everyone gets a surprise when Iola returns unexpectedly.
 
5 Dec. 1987
Workman's Holiday
An old lunchbox that Mama made for Vint as a child gets unearthed, causing a chain of events that leaves Vint injured and perhaps unemployed.
 
12 Dec. 1987
Mama Sees Red
The Harpers host a Soviet citizen as part of a State Department exchange program. Their guest soon finds American life too comfortable to give up.
 
19 Dec. 1987
A Room with No View
Bubba is tired of his bedroom being so near to Mama's watchful eye. Vint and Naomi are tired of living down in the basement. When they follow Iola's suggestion to swap rooms, Mama must find a way to thwart the new living arrangements.
 
9 Jan. 1988
The Sins of the Mother
When Bubba comes home drunk one night, Mama punishes him severely the next day. The family is mystified by Mama's harsh attitude, until Iola explains that this stems from a humiliating incident involving Bubba's mother, Eunice, getting drunk as a teenager.
 
16 Jan. 1988
A Friend Indeed
Mama has had it with Iola's constant intrusion into her home and family life. But when Iola starts spending all her time with a new friend, Mama feels left out and must find a way to get her back.
 
23 Jan. 1988
I Do, I Don't
After attending a family wedding along with their own significant others, Mama, Iola, and Bubba daydream about what marriage could be like for each of them.
 
30 Jan. 1988
Mama Gets the Bird
Mama's beloved uncle dies and leaves her his pet parrot. The bird speaks in rhymes that the family believes are clues to the late uncle's hidden fortune.
 
6 Feb. 1988
Mama's Girls
Mama, Aunt Effie, and several other senior citizen ladies take up tap dancing as a form of exercise. They enjoy it so much that they decide to form their own professional tap dancing troupe. But the possibility of their dancing becoming an insurance liability may force their show to close down.
 
13 Feb. 1988
Mama on Jeopardy!
The producers of "Jeopardy!" are holding auditions in Raytown, so Iola decides to try out. Mama answers all the questions on William Shakespeare which Iola misses and is chosen to appear on the game show.
 
20 Feb. 1988
Mama Goes Hawaiian: Part 1
Mama is a fan of "Jeopardy!" and so is Iola. When the show's staff comes to town looking for contestants they both try out. Iola flops but thanks to Thelma's outgoing personality and ability to answer at least something correct,she gets chosen. She finishes last but gets a consolation prize of a trip to Hawaii! The family (and tag along Iola) all head for Honolulu. Naomi get sunburned on day one,ruining her romantic nights with Vinton. He goes golfing and gets mistaken for a Wall Street genius by some vacationing corporate executives. Iola,Bubba & Mama experience ...
 
27 Feb. 1988
Mama Goes Hawaiian: Part 2
In part 2;Iola,Bubba & Mama's romances continue in Hawaii. Iola spends time and finds much in common with a sailor from Sweden. Bubba has found a local young Hawaiian beauty,who may not be what she seems. Mama is desperate to ditch her "beach bum" admirer but finds out something about him later that's quite surprising at a lavish luau. Vinton's new executive golf buddies,are still convinced that he and now Naomi are financial market experts.
 
5 Mar. 1988
Bubba's Double Date
After Bubba's date, Wanda Lynn, lets him down before the prom, Mama and Iola arrange for him to take Iola's shy young niece, Vernette, instead. But when Wanda Lynn suddenly becomes available again, Bubba, who is reluctant to let Vernette down, faces a conflict.
 
12 Mar. 1988
Bed and Breakdown
Mama's stove is falling apart. In order to earn money for a new one, she decides to rent out a room in her house to a couple in town for the county fair. But Naomi and Bubba have also rented out their rooms, and the house becomes overcrowded with the very different--and clashing-- crowd of guests.
 
19 Mar. 1988
Naomi's Identity Crisis
A hit to Naomi's head leaves her an amnesiac. When she asks Mama to fill her in on who she used to be, Mama convinces her she was a housekeeping and cooking whiz.
 
26 Mar. 1988
Pomp and Circumstance
Mama and Bubba are about to graduate from high school --indeed, Mama is to be the class valedictorian. But when Bubba learns that his parents won't be coming up from Florida for the ceremony, he is deeply hurt and decides not to attend the graduation.
 

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