The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 3 Episode 2

What is Mary Richards Really Like?

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Sep 23, 1972 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mary is interviewed by a newspaper columnist and ends up telling a little too much.

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  • Standard Goodness

    A very good episode here with Mary in strong acting form. Peter Haskell's humdrum persona is actually very right for the character and he exudes a nice balance of charisma and oddness. Harper has a couple of nice scenes and her final scene with Mary about her way of handling Haskell and being "over-sexed" is quite topical even over 30 years later. MacLeod gracefully (and finally) lands one of his one-liners about a "duck being better looking than Ted" with a subtelty he rarely shows. Nice writing and the difficulty of matching the costumes with the script in the tricky first scene is very well done. This is another one of those episodes where Mary has a great date and the episode ends with a "let's go out again" theme, yet we never see this character again.moreless
Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman

Phyllis Lindstrom (1970-1975)

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Richards

Ted Knight

Ted Knight

Ted Baxter

Gavin MacLeod

Gavin MacLeod

Murray Slaughter

Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper

Rhoda Morgenstern (1970-1974)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Mary comes into the office dressed like a man, Murray says, 'I bought a suit like that for my son'. Murray doesn't have a son until Season 5 Episode 12 when he adopts a son because he desperately wants a son.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lou: (about Mary's interview) It'll be fun. You get your name in the paper. Your folks will read it. They'll be proud. Sure, have a nice time.
      Mary: Okay, thanks.
      Lou: Just don't say anything.

    • Ted: Say, Murray, just between us guys, if Mary were a man, would she be better looking than I am?
      Murray: Ted, if Mary were a duck, she'd be better looking than you are.

    • Rhoda: (about Mary refusing Mark's advances) It's good what you did. I think he was testing you, to find out what kind of a girl you are. Now he knows, and he'll respect you for it. And he'll call you as soon as he can.
      Mary: Do you really think so?
      Rhoda: No, but my mother does.

    • Ted: (to reporter in crowded restaurant) I sleep in the raw.

  • NOTES (1)