|Season Five Episodes (September 23, 1988 - April 27, 1989)|
|The fifth season of the show. The most memorable episode in season five is entitled "Mama Makes Three."|
|Episode Name||Description/Guest Stars||Picture|
| Baby Talk
Sep 23, 1988
| Vint and Naomi try to have a baby, and Mama tries to stick them with watching a friend's baby.
Guest Stars: Tom Williams (Baby Crier)
| Ladies Choice
Sep 30, 1988
| Mama battles Iola for the Church Ladies League Presidency.
Guest Stars: Anne Haney (Alberta Meechum), Doris Hess (Lolly Purdue)
| Naomi's New Position
Oct 7, 1988
| When a new manager takes over at Food Circus, Naomi thinks she's on the verge of getting a promotion to Assistant Manager. Problem is there are several job requirements that she didn't count on when she applied for the job. Like having to make it with Mr Woods.
Guest Stars: Jeff Silverman (Mr. Archie Woods)
| The Really Loud Family
Oct 21, 1988
| Bubba films the Harpers for a school project.
No Guest Appearances
| Many Unhappy Returns
Oct 28, 1988
| On Mama's birthday she finds a gift that Vints boss wants him to hold on to for his wife. But Mama thinks it's for her after she reads the card and it says "to my darling mother," so she takes it back to the store and exchanges to buy gifts for everyone.
Guest Stars: Unavailable
| Found Money
Nov 4, 1988
| Mama visits an automatic teller machine and gives her $800 by mistake.
Guest Stars: Bryan O'Byrne (Mr. Guthrie), Shirley Prestia (Louise Kambeckl), Tom Williams (voice of the Teller Matic)
| My Mama, Myself
Nov 11, 1988
| Mama is haunted by visions of her departed mother, who was always trying to run her daughter's life.
Guest Stars: Vicki Lawrence (Grandma Crowley)
| Full House
Nov 18, 1988
| Vint (Ken Berry) is wild when Mama joins his poker game---and proves to be an ace player.
Guest Stars: Tommy Bush (Walt Billings), Ray Young ("No Coat" George)
| Very Dirty Dancing
Dec 2, 1988
| Vint and Naomi are practicing the latin sizzle for a dance contest. Once at the contest Vint and Naomi tell Mama she should stay sitting cause she gets worn out, so she enters the contest.
Guest Stars: Ron Joseph (Ramon Montenegro), Richard Morof (Chick Minnow)
| Bedtime for Bubba
Dec 16, 1988
| Bubba's all night study partner has a curious Thelma snooping around more when she finds a black lace bra in his bed.
Guest Stars: Cathy Colvin (Toni Malone)
| What a Dump
Dec 23, 1988
| Mama plays host to the neighborhood block party,where Mayor Tutwiller is set to make a major announcement. Mama thinks he's going to award her the "Golden Troll" award for the best yard in Raytown. But he instead annouces that the city council has voted to make Raylane the new city dump and buy all the houses on the block.
Guest Stars: Alan Oppenheimer (Mayor Tutwiller)
| Mama Bell
Jan 6, 1989
| The family gets a new answering machine and Thelma listens to messages about giving an "old lady" away, which she interprets as herself, but is actually for a lost dog.
Guest Stars: Hamilton Camp (voice of Dr. Bishop and Purvis), Roz Witt (voice of Theresa Parker), David Lodge (Dog Barker)
| The Big Wheel
Jan 13, 1989
| Mama goes on TV to spin the Big Lottery Wheel.
Guest Stars: Christopher Collins (Larry McCary), Kevin Carr (Chad Parker)
| Mama's Layaway Plan
Jan 20, 1989
| Mama goes behind the family's back to spend their vacation money on her over priced funeral. NOTE: This is Dorothy Van's final appearance as Aunt Effie.
Guest Stars:Dorothy Van (Aunt Effie), Roy Stuart (Bradford Wellman)
| My Phony Valentine
Jan 27, 1989
| It's Valentine's day and Naomi feels unloved and Vint buying her cheap stuff for doesn't help. Mama and Iola however are busy making hearts for the Valentine's day banquet at the church. Naomi starts bugging Iola about not having a date, so she says she had one but turned it down. Mama then comes up with the story that she too has a date.
Guest Stars: Krista Errickson (Bunny Vanderhaus), David Sederholm (Mel)
| More Power to You
Feb 10, 1989
| Mama refuses to pay an electric bill that is incorrect. The family has important events to prepare for but are ruined because Thelma didn't pay the electricity bill.
Guest Stars: Teddy Wilson (Gus)
| Mama in One
Feb 17, 1989
| Mama is excited for a weekend by herself with her family away. But once their gone she gets very bored.
No Guest Appearances
| April Fools
Feb 24, 1989
| The family and Iola play april jokes on Mama for April Fools day, but she is not amused and tries to get even.
No Guest Appearances
| There's No Place Like...No Place
Mar 2, 1989
| In a big mix-up Mama gets mistaken for a homeless person and is thrown in jail. She later discovers her Cousin Cora is among the crowd in the cell.
Guest Stars: Gloria Dorson (Cora), Ray Young (JoJo), Alexander Folk (Mack), Myra Turley (Bag Lady), Albert T. Berry (Bum), Gregory Scott Cummins (Viet Vet), Michelle Mann (Tillie), Kelley Wright (Tillie's Mother)
| Reading the Riot Act
Mar 16, 1989
| Thelma's discovers her friend Lolly the CCL President can't read.
Guest Stars: Marge Redmond (Lolly Purdue), Natalie Core (Inez), Patrika Darbo (Florence)
| A Taxing Situation
| Vint and Naomi are cheating on their taxes. Thelma finds out she owes money to the government and decides as well to cheat on taxes. Then the family gets a visitor from the IRS.
Guest Stars: Richard McGonagle (Arthur Booth)
| The Mama of Invention
Mar 30, 1989
| Iola, Bubba, Naomi, and Vint fall for a fraud scam where a marketing executive finds new inventions to market.
Guest Stars: James Hampton (Keith Wheeler), Allan David Fox (Detective Sneed)
| Hate Thy Neighbor
Apr 13, 1989
| Bubba falls in love Terri Gebhart a daughter of Thelma's worst enemy, the next door neighbor.
Guest Stars: Jason Wingreen (Fred Gebhart), Heidi Kozak (Terri Gebhart)
| Dependence Day
Apr 20, 1989
| Iola gets thrown out of her house and into Thelma's when she refuses to go with her mother's will.
No Guest Appearances
| Mama Makes Three
Apr 27, 1989
| Vint and Naomi plan to adopt a child after they find out Vint is sterile, but don't have to because Naomi finds out she is pregnant.
Guest Stars: Don Woodard (Dr. Richards)