The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 2 Episode 22

You Certainly Are a Big Boy

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Feb 19, 1972 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mary begins dating an architect and is astonished to learn that his son is only six years younger than she is.

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  • Mary sets her designs on a hottie architect

    I classified this episode as "nothing happened" and gave it an okay rating. What kept this from being simply a bad episode was the presence of darkly handsome Bradford Dillman, who lit up the screen with his very beautiful features and velvety voice.

    This episode had potential and it did have some funny moments (the comedy of errors with Ted mistaking young Matt for his father and vice versa was great), but the writers could have done so much more for this episode, especially with the whole story revolving around the son being closer in age to Mary than his father who was dating her. They could have gotten a lot more laughs out of that, and they could have had young Matt developing a crush on Mary or there being some conflict with his father for her attentions. Instead, Mary finding out that her newest love interest is afraid of commitment and therefore simply doesn't "talk" seemed extraordinarily lame.

    This is another love interest for Mary - and the best-looking one of the bunch to grace the set - that we just never hear anything from again, and it's a shame because they could have done so much with the storyline.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)

Edward Asner

Edward Asner

Lou Grant

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Matt: I guess you know this house is a Frank Reich?
      Mary: A Frank Lloyd Wright?
      Matt: Oh, no, no,no. Reich!
      Mary: Reich?
      Matt: Right. The two were often confused, but, in fact, Frank Reich died in 1936 of acute frustration.

    • Mary: Phyllis, I didn't say he doesn't want to talk about marriage. I said he doesn't seem to ... want to talk.
      Phyllis: Mary, when they don't seem to want to talk, marriage is what they're always not talking about.

    • Ted: I've heard of that guy.
      Murray: Who've you heard of, Ted?
      Ted: Frank Lloyd Wright - one of the Wright brothers!

    • Lou Grant: (speaking to Mary and Murray about his feelings on looking his age) I like the respect that comes from a "well-seasoned" look. In fact, in High School, the teachers called me "sir."

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was filmed on September 17, 1971.

    • Mary's house becomes the subject of talk in this episode when it catches the eye of an architect, who claims it is one of many in Minneapolis that were "poorly made" by an architect named Frank Reich. The house in real life is an 1892 Queen Anne Victorian, built by Edward Stebbins, that was put on the market for $3.6 million in 2007 in Minneapolis. While filming the show, the house was used for outside shots only, while Mary's and Rhoda's apartments were studio sets.


    • Rhoda: (to Mary) When you're over thirty and not married, there's no such thing as "just dating"...unless you're Gidget.

      Rhoda is alluding to the character in the film Gidget that was eventually adapted into the television series Gidget. It featured a young girl, Gidget, who dates her long-time boyfriend, Moondoggie, throughout several movies and then the television series.