Although the domestic scenes in this opening episode in the series were hit-and-miss, there are a number of very entertaining moments here that call for a higher rating than I might have otherwise given.
The scene between Mary Tyler Moore as a nervous Laura and Mary Lee Dearring as Janie, the almost stoic sitter, is one of the highlights of the show, right up through the moment that Rob carries Laura off bodily to get her to stop giving instructions.
The entertainment the writers put on at the party is the other highlight of the episode, making the whole thing worthwhile in spite of the earlier awkward domestic moments.
Over the course of the five seasons of this show there were a lot of moments that modern audiences will probably find very old-fashioned, but happily, few of them equalled the almost archaic feel of the scenes between Rob and "Laurie" in this episode. The chemistry probably wasn't really there yet, but the writing didn't help much. Richie was Richie. Not much more can be said on that line.