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The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 2 Episode 16


Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Jan 08, 1972 on CBS
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Episode Summary

An incompetent waitress is fired after Mary complains about her poor service and Mary feels obliged to hire her when she applies for an assistant's job at WJM-TV.

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  • Mary learns what a feeb is.

    Quirky little episode here with Barbara Sharma doing some great guest-spot work as the "feeb." Great direction in the episode as well, the coordination of props/plates in the restaurant scene is really well done and I can imagine took quite a bit of rehearsal. The sexism in the episode is jarring at times and I hope we've come a long way in the workforce for women since then. Mary is in top-form with her do-gooder instincts and passive, meek comic turns. Harper has some nice moments as well in the apartment scenes while educating Mary on what the term "feeb" is all about.moreless
Barbara Sharma

Barbara Sharma


Guest Star

Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett

Doreen Skinner

Guest Star

Jack Manning

Jack Manning

Restaurant Manager

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lou Grant comes across as out-of-character in this episode by seeming less devoted to his wife and more obsessive about leering as he comments on woman after woman who applies for a job. This episode portrays him more as a male chauvinist, which is not why audiences love him.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Murray: Happy Birthday, Ted. (hands him a gift)
      Ted: (shakes it) I'll bet it's a book. (opens it) It is a book. (Reads aloud) Dick and Jane Visit a Farm.

    • Lou: I guess I'm what you'd call a male chauvinist pig.
      Mary: She, uh, she wasn't right.
      Lou: I'm glad we're communicating.
      Mary: What was wrong with her?
      Lou: Well, for one thing, when she walked out of here, I didn't watch her.
      Mary: Oh. You mean, uh… she-she didn't have any, uh-- (Mary motions at her backside)
      Lou: Right. No caboose whatsover.
      Mary: Well, if that is the case, Mr. Grant, why have I been wasting my time for the last two days screening them for skills? I mean, why don't I just march them in here in bathing suits?
      (Lou chuckles)
      Lou: How many more applicants are there?
      Mary: Uh, two. Uh, the first is Doreen Skinner. Her skills are excellent, and she seems to measure up, caboose-wise.
      Lou: Good. Back her in here.

  • NOTES (1)