The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 1 Episode 2

Today I Am a Ma am

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Sep 26, 1970 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mary is upset because she is outside the 15-29 demographic group, which the news channel considers young. However, she really cannot believe it when the mailroom boy calls her Ma am. Rhoda soon takes it upon herself to get Mary to call her old boyfriend to see if they want to get together.moreless

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Jack De Mave

Jack De Mave

Armand Lynton

Guest Star

David Hayward

David Hayward

Mailroom Boy

Guest Star

Sheilah Wells

Sheilah Wells

Nancy Lynton

Guest Star

Richard Schaal

Richard Schaal

Howard Arnell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Howard said that it was no big deal that the film in his camera was exposed, it was only pictures of a total eclipse of the sun. Considering it was 1970, the film in his camera would have been very old since the prior eclipse that occurred in Minneapolis was June 30, 1954.

    • Richard Schaal, who plays the role of Howard, and later in the series the role of Howard's brother Paul, was married to Valarie Harper during this time.

    • This begins the "Battle of the Bulge" for Rhoda, with lines like "I gotta lose 10 pounds before 8:30" and while eating snacks from a bowl, she sees that her date is a newlywed with a beautiful wife and then DUMPS all the snacks out of the bowl into her lap, and starts shoveling them into her mouth.

    • This episode can be seen as the prototype for Mary's disastrous dinner parties. In this episode, the guests all show up expecting dinner, which Mary hasn't prepared as she thought the late start time of the gathering would let them know that dinner would not be served.

    • Goof: When Mary is telling Rhoda about being called a "ma'am" they are eating dinner at the table. Rhoda says something about her mother calling her an old maid and you can see the fork in her hand, then in the next shot she finishes her line, but only the coffee urn and coffee mugs are on the table.

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