Mama Mia Mario

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This article is about the live-action segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! For the character, see Mama Mario.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! live-action segment
"Mama Mia Mario"
Luigi being yelled at by Mama Mario.
Production number 109
Airdate September 18, 1989
Cartoon episode "The Great BMX Race"
Zelda preview "The White Knight"
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"Mama Mia Mario" is the eleventh live-action segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Its corresponding animated episode is "The Great BMX Race." The copyrighted title for the episode in the United States Copyright Office is "Mama mia, Mario". This segment is notable for being the only live-action segment to not have a guest star in it; Mama Mario was played by Lou Albano, while Aunt Luigeena was portrayed by Danny Wells, both also acting as Mario and Luigi respectively.

Plot synopsis[edit]

In Mario Brothers Plumbing, Luigi is in the midst of playing his Nintendo Entertainment System as Mario eats some pizza nearby. Asking Mario if he's going to eat all his pizza, Luigi gets the response from Mario that he's saving some room for supper and gives Luigi a small piece of pizza. As Mario continues to eat, Luigi begins to say that what they are doing is great, simply relaxing without anyone to boss them around or tell them what to do.

Luigi eventually stops his ranting when the phone begins to ring; getting up, Luigi begins to approach the ringing telephone, which is underneath a mold-covered pizza. Moving the germ infested pizza, Luigi answers the phone and soon finds himself bombarded by a rapidly speaking person on the other end.

Hearing Luigi arguing with whoever is on the phone, Mario asks if the caller is complaining about the hot water heater that blew-up last week. Eventually, Luigi, after agreeing to something, hangs-up the phone and tells Mario that the call wasn't about the hot water heater; its worse than that, Mama Mario is coming for a visit. At the sound of this, Mario becomes horrified and tells Luigi that he and Mario should quickly clean-up the apartment and scatter some vegetables around the place.

After cleaning the apartment in a panic and putting a large amount of objects in a garbage can, Mario and Luigi hear their doorbell ring. As Mama Mario begins to yell for Mario and Luigi to open the door, Mario leaves to dump the garbage he's collected somewhere as Luigi goes to open the door. Rushing upstairs, Luigi opens the door, only to be whacked by Mama Mario's purse and bombarded with insults by Mama Mario, who says Luigi should have opened the door quicker.

After being scolded by Mama Mario, Luigi is forced to help her clean the floor of Mario Brothers Plumbing. As Luigi continues to scrub the floor of the apartment, the doorbell rings. Asking who is at the door, Mama Mario gets the response that it's Mario, who claims to be finished cleaning everything up to Flatbush Avenue. Hearing this, Mama Mario commands Mario to go clean the Brooklyn Bridge and proceeds to tell Luigi to go help Mario. After telling Luigi this, Mama Mario leaves Mario Brothers Plumbing through a nearby door.

With Mama Mario gone, Luigi ascends the staircase to the apartment door and opens it, letting Mario in. After Mario enters the apartment, he begins to tell Luigi that having their mother at the apartment is awful. Seemingly hearing Mario's complaining, Mama Mario demands he and Luigi to start working again.

After doing a large amount of work, Mario and Luigi finally say goodbye to Mama Mario, who had won the lottery and was forced to go. With Mama Mario gone, Mario and Luigi can finally go back to relaxing and begin to throw garbage and junk around their apartment.

Finishing making the apartment a mess, Mario and Luigi sit at a table and begin to relax, only to hear their doorbell ring. Believing the person at the door to be Mama Mario, Luigi instructs Mario to not answer the door; it seems Mama Mario hadn't really won the lottery, Luigi had simply faked the phone call telling her she did and now Luigi believed an angered Mama Mario was at the door.

Instructing Mario to answer the apartment door, Luigi leaves the room and goes to get a lottery ticket for who he believes to be Mama Mario. After Luigi leaves, Mario answers the door, only to find his Aunt Luigeena there, much to his horror.


  • At the end of the episode, when Mario and Aunt Luigeena tell the audience to "Do the Mario", the words do not appear.
  • When Luigi is speaking with Mama Mario, the babble when slowed down is actually his dialogue from earlier in the episode when both Mario Bros. were chatting.
  • Years later, when Mario (voiced by Charles Martinet) was asked about his last name at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, he would state that his mother's full name is Mama Mia Mario.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Arriva la Mamma
Mommy is coming
Portuguese Mama Mia