The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

NBC (ended 1991)


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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Here's why cosmetics should come in unbreakable bottles
      Molly's mother introduces Molly, talks about her divorce 3 years ago and a bit about her life now. In the elevator, Molly reads Davey her new poem. Molly arrives at her job at Dennis Widmer's real estate agency. She's been having an affair with him and confronts him for not telling her he was married, which she's just discovered through an anonymous phone call. Molly sells a condo to a rich Indian guy, Birmanyi. Molly has lunch with her mother. Her mother complains about Molly's father retiring and doing nothing more than sitting on the barcalounger and about her brother living on an Indian reservation. She compares Molly with her sister, who's married with kids. In the elevator, Davey offers literary criticism. Later Molly plays piano and her ex-husband Fred uses his apartment key and comes in to listen. We find out that Molly is 33. Fred tells Molly that he's getting married. Molly takes a shower and breaks a cosmetic bottle (thus the episode title).moreless
    • Here's why there are instances when vegetables aren't necessarily good for you
      Begins with Molly writing a poem in the park and her mother's commentary about being uncomfortable with the sensualness of her poems. The door across the hall from her apartment opens and closes and Molly yells at it that inhabitants have been spying on her for years. Davey lets her on the elevator with a load of pregnant women and comments on her biological clock. Her mother is waiting in the lobby and talks with Molly about her irritation with Molly's father. Biranyi (Bill) signs on the condo and asks Molly out for dinner. Molly quits her job. She goes to a jazz club to hear Fred play. (He's a sax player.) She has a flashback to meeting him. He introduces his fiancee, Kirsten. Molly has dinner with Bill. She gets spinach in her teeth (thus the title).moreless
    • Here's why you should stay out of coffee shops if you don't drink coffee
      Intro: Florence narrates as Molly waits for a job interview at an advertising agency. Molly meets her garbage man, Nick Donnatello, played by the show's creator, Jay Tarses; Nick asks her on a date and she declines. Davey tells her that Fred visited in the morning and that her mother is upstairs waiting for her. Molly's mother is cleaning her cabinets and tells Molly that she's staying over and going to a doctor for tests the next day but she won't talk about what kind of tests. No one but Molly knows that she's going for tests. Fred calls and asks Molly to meet him. Molly meets him at the planetarium, where he's composing music for a planetarium show. He asks for her help. He's convinced that an album and fame and fortune will follow. She refuses to help. Fred invites her for coffee at Spiro's and she goes along. It is apparently "their" old place; people greet them as if they're still a couple. The guys from the "old gang" (The Fred Dodd Quintet?) show up. Molly greets them as she leaves. She goes home and climbs the stairs. She finds Davey in her apartment talking with her mother, who has apparently told him about the tests she's getting but still won't tell Molly. Molly drops her mom off at the hospital. She goes home and there's a call on her machine from Nick. She calls Fred with some ideas for his composition.moreless
    • Here's why you should never wear high heels to the bank
      intro: Fred plays sax as Florence narrates, talking about Molly's love of music and Molly's father's musical career Florence continues narrating, explaining that she's fine and will be back, as Molly gets in a cab to go home from a composition setting. Molly sees Nick and they talk; he hits on her. Molly tells Davey that her mother is lost; she isn't in the hospital and can't be found but left a message saying she's fine. When she gets in her apartment, there's another message that her mother is fine. Fred calls. Molly goes to his apartment. She and Fred argue. The phone rings; it's Kirsten. Molly is at a recording session with the whole band. Alex, the trumpet player, freezes up. A woman in the sound booth comes on to Fred. Molly goes to a restaurant with Alex. Molly goes to the Waldorf-Astoria and knocks on a door; her mother answers. Florence explains that something happened to her in the hospital and she's considering her life. Molly goes back to the studio and Fred says he can't pay her because he gave the money from the planetarium to Alex so there's not enough money to finish the project. Molly tells Fred not to do this to her anymore and leaves. She goes to the cash machine. She bangs it with her shoe. The heel breaks and she starts limping down the sidewalk. Nick drives up in a garbage truck, wearing a suit.moreless
    • Here's why it's not good to stare at people in restaurants
      Out on a date with pilot Blake Novack, Molly spots her father, Edgar, dining with a woman who is not her mother. Molly and Blake are again interrupted when Edgar, not realizing Blake is in the bedroom, arrives at her apartment early in the morning to explain.
    • Here's why it's tough to sell watermelons after midnight
      Molly Dodd, on the verge of a breakdown, decides to see a psychologist after she tells Blake, a new boyfriend she thinks is perfect, she can't see him anymore. She realizes she has a problem when she rearranges her living room furniture in the middle of the night.
    • Here's why a torch is too heavy to carry in a purse
      Opens with Florence talking about Nina and Molly's friendship, as Molly and Nina are making pasta.

      Nina encourages Molly to visit her therapist. Fred stops by to get his moon boots. Davy and Molly talk about her considering seeing a therapist; he encourages her to do it. Her mother stops by and they talk about Molly considering seeing a therapist. Molly visits the therapist, Dr. Litchfield. At first she mistakes the therapist for a receptionist. The session starts out awkward, with the therapist taking pesonal calls and Molly chattering awkwardly. Flashback to Molly and Fred's first anniversary. Then Molly settles in to talk about Fred and the therapist turns her attention to her, ignoring the next incoming call.moreless
    • Here's why they call the little one a jingle and the big one the blues
      Steve is talking about writing jingles as he and Molly are composing one.

      Steve and Molly compose a jingle about eggs. Steve talks about what he does when he's stuck composing. Steve prods Molly to sing the jingle to Davey. She reads it to him. Davey gives his commentary. Steve and Molly walk around the city and talk. They hear a jingle they've written and dance. Steve approaches Molly and she gives him a "let's be friends" speech. They get on the Staten Island Ferry. Molly and her mother meet for lunch at a place with a WWII theme. Molly finds out that her mother was engaged to someone before Molly's father. Fred shows up. He invites Molly to a gig the group is putting on the next night, at which he's planning to play some of the planetarium music. Molly and Steve walk by as Fred is playing in an alley outside the club where he's playing. Steve goes in to get a table. Molly and Fred talk; he reminisces about their relationship. Molly goes into the club. Fred and the guys play. Fred gets Molly to sing "When Sunny Gets Blue". Molly drags Fred in to the bathroom, angry, to rehash their 11-year relationship for the last time. Later she and Steve are composing; Steve is falling asleep at the piano. He wakes up and they talk about loving New York.moreless
    • Here's another bedtime story
      The intriguing Birmanyi offers Molly a lucrative job, but the fringe benefits are questionable. Ex-husband Fred is having problems with his fiancée, Kirsten, and asks Molly to help her understand him. Molly and her mother, Florence, take a college extension course together.
    • Here's why it's good to have a cake burning in the refrigerator
      Molly and her two best friends, Nina and Robin, celebrate their 35th birthdays and share dramatic news: Robin is pregnant, and Nina is separated from her husband. But the most personal item Molly can offer is that she had a poem published in an obscure magazine. Molly's mother, Florence, threatens to move into Molly's apartment building.moreless
    • Here's why Henry David Thoreau chose the pond
      Molly tries to get a commission check from her former boss and lover, who delays paying in order to see her again.
    • Here's why you've gotta bake a batch of cookies every once in a while
      Molly's unappealing poetry instructor, Duke, makes a pass at her and kills her desire to be a poet. Also, Molly's mother, Florence, wants to move to Manhattan, but her father, Edgar, refuses.
    • Here's why good guys sometimes wear black
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