PLAYED BY: Melinda Dillon
MARITAL STATUS/OCCUPATION: Married/housewife
MATERNAL QUALITY WE ADMIRE: Patience. The (mostly) calm pillar of the household, the long-suffering Mrs. Parker, endures a string of calamities and indignities — from a fishnet-legged lamp her husband insists on displaying in a window to a pack of neighborhood dogs that steal a holiday turkey — with a seemingly bottomless reservoirs of humor and good grace.
ELATED, AS SHE DEVISES AN INGENIOUS PLAN TO GET HER YOUNGEST SON TO EAT HIS DINNER: “This is your trough. Show me how the piggies eat. Be a good boy. Show mommy how the piggies eat.”