This episode demonstrates that Mama's Family transcended typical sitcom formulas of the day.
This episode finds Thelma taking a job as a costumer consultant at the Food Circus, causing her to work side by side with Naomi.
The family believes they are now wealthy since Mama starts to provide the names of winning horses.
When Eunice discovers that Mama is responsible for the end of her high school romance with Duke Reeves, who is now running for Congress, Eunice flies into a rage that gets her and Thelma arrested and thrown into jail.
Mama is attracted to her night school teacher, but it not sure how to get his attention.
Vint wins a Mother's Day dinner for two.
Eunice is transformed by a positive-thinking tape and becomes so overly sunny and upbeat that she drives the family to distraction. Her nonstop optimism is put to the test when she is cast in a bit part at the Pepper Pot Playhouse.
The family must intervene Mama's TV home shopping addiction when the credit card bill comes in.
After every single family member gives up in their attempts to help her learn to drive, Mama teaches herself in order to buy a corveted blue organza hat when it goes on sale.
The family learns the news that Fran has died of natural causes. Mama is determined to give her dead sister a "perfect day.":
An anonymous letter have Vint convinced that he is adopted.
Mama dreams that she is a film noir-style detective hired to find her clients mother.
The winner of the chili book-off will get their recipe in the new cookbook.
The Tri-State Fair is held in Raytown. The Harpers decide to rent out a room in their house to make some extra money. This leads to chaos between all the house guests.
Mama has been taken to the emergency room after being knocked out in a family squabble while making gooseberry jam. Eunice, Ellen and Naomi give their individual accounts of the accident to a concerned Vint.
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