The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 2 Episode 10

Don't Break the Chain

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Nov 20, 1971 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mary gets a chain letter from Lou, and she is persuaded to send it on. To her surprise, one of the recipients comes for a visit, giving Mary a less than pleasant time dealing with him.

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  • An unusual episode.

    A strange episode, this one, which might explain the low rating it gets on this site. To enjoy it you have to accept the idea that Lou Grant might send a chain letter. An explanation is given (one of Lou's broadcasting heroes is on the list), but it remains a stretch. Halfway through, it changes into a rather classic comedy about a woman trying to get rid of two unwanted suitors. Again, the characters are exaggerated. We are expected to believe that Mary is just too nice to turn down an invitation from a pushy man who keeps repeating he's divorced, just because it's his birthday.

    If the episode is saved, it's because of Rhoda and a rather funny scene with the travelling salesman.moreless
Jack De Mave

Jack De Mave

Armond Lynton

Guest Star

Gino Conforti

Gino Conforti

Roy Martoni

Guest Star

John Amos

John Amos

Gordy Howard

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Rhoda: How come you're not watching that documentary on TV? It's on how much fun us single swingers are having.
      Mary: How come you're not watching it?
      Rhoda: I didn't want to watch it alone. It's too depressing.

    • Rhoda: (to Mary, who needs addresses for a chain letter) I just thought of the perfect person you can send that letter to.
      Mary: Who?
      Rhoda: My mother.
      Mary: Oh, yeah. Good.
      Rhoda: Sign my name. She loves to hear from me.

    • Mary: Rhoda, why are you putting strange men in my address book?
      Rhoda: He's not a strange man. He's the guy I invited to that party you gave as my date, and he showed up with his wife.
      Mary: Oh, yes. I remember her. Nancy.
      Rhoda: I remember him. Armond.
      Mary: It still doesn't explain why you wrote him in my address book and not yours.
      Rhoda: I don't have one. I've been getting by for years on the back of a cocktail napkin.

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