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The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 2 Episode 11

The Six-and-a-Half-Year Itch

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Nov 27, 1971 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mary, Rhoda and Lou go to a John Wayne movie, where they spot Lou's son-in-law with an unknown woman.

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  • Lou Grant Offers His Stance on Fidelity.

    This episode surprisingly scored low here on this site in general opinion, but it ranks among the most memorable for me in some ways. First of all, I love Lou Grant's devotion to his wife Edie, which once again comes out in this episode. His defense of being a one-woman man is articulated in his usual gruffness, and simply melts me when I hear the little talk he has with his son-in-law, whom he caught getting ready to cheat. I also like the subject matter that is dealt with here, and the allusions to the different sides of the culture war that really began full-fledge in the beginning of the 1970s. The humor and dialogue to which we're treated is also fantastic, and I love the dynamic that is present when Lou, Mary, and Rhoda are all brought together. Watching Lou trying to come to terms with his wrath is also an interesting study: it's amazing how much we can love and sympathize with him, even more so when he's biting everyone's head off in the newsroom!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ted: You like my new jacket, Lou?
      Lou : No, I don't like your new jacket! At this moment, I don't like your face, your voice, your fingernails, your name! Waddya say to that?
      Ted : (looks slightly troubled) Would you like it better in green?

    • Lou : I haven't been this mad at anybody since…1944. Yeah…1944. That was the last time I let it all out.
      Mary: Did anything – much - happen?
      Lou: Huh? Oh. I captured a town in Germany.

    • Murray: (to Mary, about Lou) The way he was talking to me…the way he was talkin' to you before…like you were nothing! Like you didn't exist! I mean, he was treating you like I treat Ted!

    • Lou: You don't like Felinni, do you Ted?
      Ted: No, I don't eat Italian…too fattening.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Rhoda alludes to Helen Gurley Brown when talking about where she gets her ideas. Helen Gurley Brown in 1962 became the best-selling author of Sex and the Single Girl and was Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan for many years, beginning in 1965.

    • Mary tells Lou that she and Rhoda are going to see the new Fellini film. Frederico Fellini is an Academy Award-winning, Italian filmmaker who rose to fame following World War II. His distinctive films often portrayed dreamlike scenes and hallucinations. In the 1970s, Fellini was at his peak in popularity.