The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 1 Episode 7

Toulouse-Lautrec is One of My Favorite Artists

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Oct 31, 1970 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Continuity Error: Mary says that in high school she was head cheerleader, but just a few episodes earlier, she told Rhoda that she was never a cheerleader, but a pom-pom girl.

    • Mary Richards reveals her height as 5'7".

  • Quotes

    • (Mary is trying to dance around the fact her date is short)
      Eric: Cigarette?
      Mary: No, thanks, I don't smoke. I never have. Even before all the evidence about smoking came out, I never did. I was always afraid it would stunt my (looks at Eric) health.
      Eric: You know something? I think I'm gonna quit smoking.
      Mary: Good for you. That shows you got real willpower.
      Eric: Nope. I'm out of cigarettes. (He crumples up the pack, throws it over his shoulder at the waste basket and misses.) Hey, did I make it?
      Mary: No, you're short.

    • Eric: I've been on this tour promoting my book so long that all the cities are running together. For instance, the other day I was sitting in my hotel room in Newark, looking out of the window at the beautiful view. Then I realised, if it was a beautiful view, it couldn't be Newark.

    • Rhoda: There are no men friends when you're thirty. They're either fiances or rejects.

    • Rhoda: My father's short.
      Mary: See, it didn't bother your mother did it?
      Rhoda: Bother her? She made him that way.

    • Mary: You know how it is when you're dating someone?
      Rhoda: No.

    • Lou: (To Murray while he fills in for Ted) Keep up the fair work, Murray.

    • Mary: Eric, this is my friend, Rhoda Morgenstern. Rhoda, this is Eric Shrimp! (looking away in complete humiliation at her gaffe about Eric's height.)

    • Mary: Well, I think building a snowman in front of the Women's Liberation Building was...different.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: Toulouse-Lautrec is One of My Favorite Artists

      This is a jab at the shortness of the character Eric Matthews and refers to the artist, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, whose legs ceased to grow after he broke them, presumably because of complications from familial inbreeding, so that as an adult he was only 5 feet tall, developing an adult-sized torso but retaining his child-sized legs. This is also known as Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome.