The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 2 Episode 7

Didn't You Used to Be . . . Wait . . . Don't Tell Me

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Oct 30, 1971 on CBS

Episode Recap

When she receives the latest issue of her high school alumni paper, The Viking Voice, Mary notices that her old rival, Estelle Kamsen Proust, mentions Mary's lack of a husband a few times. She also reads that Leif Erickson High School will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary next Friday. She decides that she might want to go, if only to face Estelle. The person she wants to avoid, however, is Howard Arnell, a man who's been pursuing her since high school. Luckily, she discovers that Howard has accepted a job on the other side of the country.



The next difficulty is getting Friday off. As she doesn't want to lie and call in sick, Mary proposes to make a news story about the festivities. Lou shoots the idea down. Seeing through the ruse, Lou then urges Mary to simply ask for a day off. When she does, he explains that he can't spare her. If she really needs to be elsewhere, she should do what he usually does: call in sick.



After having warned the station that she's too ill to come to work, Mary leaves for Roseburg on Friday morning. Rhoda goes along, hoping to meet recently divorced men. Every room at the high school is reserved for one particular graduation year. Estelle has succeeded in getting the gym hall for 1959. (Rhoda claims to be a graduate of 1962, hoping that no one will ask awkward questions.)



One of the first people Mary meets is the man she wanted to avoid. Howard Arnell has offered to be the proceeding's photographer. Rhoda shows interest in Ed Sims, a nerdy guy who is single. After an hour it becomes apparent that the reunion is a disaster. Of a class of 175 graduates only eleven people show up. Estelle is despondent, Mary tries not to gloat. Principal Vandermast walks in and recognizes Mary.



Howard keeps hanging around Mary and eventually asks her to marry him. As he does so in front of an open microphone, everybody hears it. They can all hear her turn him down. Rhoda's evening hasn't been a success either: the dance that Ed took her to, turned out to be a square dance, literally.



At the end of the evening, Mr. Vandermast announces that he has an award to give to Mary. She wins the tiny award for the person who came the farthest to visit the school again.
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