Mary Tyler Moore: Season 1, Episode 11

1040 or Fight (28 Nov. 1970)

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Mary's income-tax returns are audited by an amorous IRS agent.

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Mary has just received notice that she is being audited by the IRS. She isn't overly worried as she keeps meticulous records and she reports all her income... well, almost. She is expecting a grizzled old man as her auditor, so she is surprised to see that her auditor, Robert C. Brand, is a youngish man. He ends up sending Mary mixed messages. On the one hand, he asks her about everything in her tax returns, including the smallest details, and he continually refers to her as Miss Richards (and she in turn continually refers to him as Mr. Brand). On the other hand, he asks her out several times and gives her gifts, both all in the name of business. So she isn't sure if their outings are really dates and if the gifts are meant to be romantic gestures. Only when what ends up being an extremely long audit is completed will Mary really know for sure. Her feelings about Mr. Brand in return may be tempered by the amount she may have to pay the IRS in back taxes. Written by Huggo

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Mary's entire audited income for the previous year was $8,000. The amount she still owed the IRS was $16.73. See more »

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Rhoda Morgenstern: [regarding a piece of candy] I don't know why I'm putting this in my mouth. I should just apply it directly to my hips.
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