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  • Rhoda which began in the fall of 1974, began each episode (at least the 1st season) with Valerie Harper stating: "My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, New York in December, 1941. I've always felt responsible for World War II. The first thing I remember liking that liked me back was food. I had a bad puberty, it lasted 17 years. I'm a high school graduate, I went to art school. My entrance exam was on a book of matches. I decided to move out of the house when I was 24, my mother still refers to this as the time I ran away from home. Eventually I ran to Minneapolis where it's cold, and I figured I'd keep better. Now I'm back in Manhattan. New York, this is your last chance!" Rhoda is the successful spin-off to the classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Rhoda returns to New York where she eventually marries Joe Gerard, and later divorces him. She finds comfort from her sister, Brenda (Julie Kavner). Her biggest problem is her mother, Ida (Nancy Walker). In 1978, after 110 episodes, Rhoda went off the air. It being the second most successful spin-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show - the first being Lou Grant. During its short run Rhoda earned two Emmys (one for Valerie Harper in 1975, and one for Julie Kavner in 1978) and two Golden Globes (one for Harper and one for the series itself, both in 1975). All together it earned 11 Emmy nominations and 7 Golden Globe nominations. The series has since earned itself a reputation as a classic in its own right. NOTE: CBS left four episodes unaired. Spinoff of: The Mary Tyler Moore Show First Telecast: September 9, 1974 Last Telecast: December 9, 1978 Episodes: 110 Color Episodes CBS Broadcast History September 1974-September 1975----Mondays----9:30 p.m. September 1975-January 1977----Mondays----8:00 p.m. January 1977-September 1978----Sundays----8:00 p.m. September-December 1978----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) #6 in the 1974-1975 Season #8 in the 1975-1976 Season #25 in the 1977-1978 Seasonmoreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Brenda Runs Away


  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Earl's Helping Hand


  • S 5 : Ep 11

    Martin Swallows His Heart


  • S 5 : Ep 10

    The Date in the Iron Mask


  • S 5 : Ep 9

    The Total Brenda

    Aired 12/9/78

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harold Gould

    Martin Morgenstern (1974-1976, 1977-1978)

  • Nancy Walker

    Ida Morgenstern (1974-1976), (1977-1978)

  • Ron Silver

    Gary Levy (1976-1978)

  • David Groh

    Joe Gerard (1974-1977)

  • Valerie Harper

    Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (67)

    • Ida: (to Rhoda, about her date) This time, don't be as choosy! If I was as choosy as you, you'd only be three years old now.

    • Ida: Brenda, I'm very worried about you, It's bad enough that you live in this neighborhood but there's a drunk sleeping in your lobby. You ought to tell the doorman. Brenda: That is the doorman

    • Ida: So, how come you're not wearing a bra? Rhoda: Ma, I'm 33 years old. Ida: All the more reason!

    • Ida: You don't think I understand your problems, but I do! Rhoda: No, you don't, Ma! For the last 37 years, your life has been settled! You don't have to worry about a job, or a place to live, or wonder every day if Pop is the right one. Ida: You think I still don't have doubts about your father? Rhoda: C'mon, Ma! Will you give me a break, please? Ida: Listen, every evening when we sit in the living room, watching television, I look at him, and I think Who is he? What am I doing here with this strange man? Maybe I should have tried to make a go of it with Johnny Delvecchio.

    • Rhoda: (about Rhoda's date) Lenny, huh? Last time I saw him, it was ten years ago. He was just starting puberty. Brenda: Well, he's just about coming out of it now.

    • Brenda: You don't know how tough it is to find an apartment in New York. Rhoda: Oh, no? Listen, I remember the time when we used to read the obituaries to look for vacancies. Now, if someone coughs, you follow them around.

    • Rhoda: Well! So, Donnie…(thinks for a moment, then looks enthused) how's school? (Donnie stares back at her blankly.) I don't believe I asked that question. That's so dumb, asking a kid how he likes school. Bet everybody you ever meet asks you that, right? Donnie: Uh-huh. Then they usually say how big I'm getting. Rhoda: I used to get that, too…until last year, in fact.

    • Joe: Sleep with my ex-wife? Why would I do something like that? Rhoda: For the same reason I ate two pizzas last night. Joe: You want to know what happened? Alright, I'll tell you. Marion and I had a terrible argument—a beaut. Rhoda: Oh. Well, I hope you patch it up. I want your divorce to run smoothly.

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    Notes (48)

    • The idea was to bring Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern back to TV in a new series, but it was down-graded to a TV movie instead.

    • In a scene where Mary Tyler Moore is shown running to catch a dog, she insisted on doing the scene herself rather than using a stuntwoman. The scene called for her to leap over a barrier. She missed the jump, fell, and broke her wrist. She had to wear a removable cast for the remainder of the film shoot.

    • For some reason, the opening and closing tag scenes featuring Mary Tyler Moore's guest appearance were removed when this series was sold into syndication. ...In 1992, this episode was released onto home video (VHS), with the cover art advertising that it was "uncut" - but Mary's scenes were still missing!

    • Unlike the rest of season one, the intro is slightly extended in this episode. After "the first thing I remember liking that liked me back was food", Rhoda continues "in school my grades were okay, mostly Bs and Cs, except for self control", while clips of flashing letters are shown. She then continues with "I had a bad puberty". The music is slightly differently arranged to fit with the longer intro.

    • Dialogue from this episode was quoted in the Will & Grace episode "Rules of Engagement" (11/01/2001). Trying to encourage Grace in her relationship with Nathan (Woody Harrelson), Will refers to when Joe asked Rhoda to move in with him and blurted out that she wanted to be married.

    • Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin McLeod, Edward Asner, and Georgia Engel cross-over their characters from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    • The week this episode aired, both Valerie Harper and Mary Tyler Moore appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.

    • The song played by the accordian player at the wedding, Lady of Spain, was replaced with a sound-alike tune for syndication and home video release, so as to avoid expensive music licensing fees.

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    Trivia (7)

    • When Mary is leaving Jonah's office after being hired, her purse switches from on to off to back on her shoulder between shots

    • We learn Ida's maiden name is Nessel.

    • When you see Rhoda arrive at Joe's apartment with her stuff, she is entering a building on Sutton Place South in Manhattan, right near the Queensboro Bridge.

    • This episode features the most on-screen time Carlton the doorman ever spent - although he is a guest at Rhoda's party, we never see his face as he is wearing a gorilla mask.

    • Rhoda finally tears down the beads hanging in the doorway from her living room to the hallway, claiming she's had them since living in Minneapolis - but in a season 5 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou had moved into Rhoda's old apartment, where the beads continued to hang.

    • Evidence that Nancy Walker's absence from the previous season had been deeply felt: upon her entrance in the first scene, Ida receives tearful hugs from Rhoda and Brenda, as well as applause from the studio audience.

    • Upon Martin's return, he got tearful hugs from Rhoda, Brenda, and even Benny--as well as applause from the studio audience.

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    Allusions (6)

    • The episode title is a play on Eugene O'Neill's 1928 play, Strange Interlude.

    • The episode title is a play on T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock".

    • Rhoda sarcastically says, "Love is all around!" which was the title of both the theme song to and pilot episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the show that spun-off Rhoda.

    • The episode title is a reference to the advertising jingle for McDonald's at the time of this episode's airing.

    • The episode title is a play on the 1974 movie, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, which inspired the TV show, Alice.

    • The episode title, and plot, are borrowed from the historical Man in the Iron Mask, a prisoner held in the Bastille, and other prisons, whose identity has never been established.

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  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Brenda

    By JackPeterson3996, Dec 20, 2015

  • Hysterically funny show about a woman trying to make it in New York on her own.

    By Lokar, Jul 10, 2006

  • From the seventies.

    By loverob, Jul 31, 2006

  • A classic show

    By JPPT1974, May 02, 2006