Mary thinks there's nothing wrong about dating a younger man, but her friends and co-workers think otherwise.



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Episode cast overview:
Stephen Linder
Girl at Party (as Carole Ita White)
Jon Korkes ...
Beck Wilson


Impulsively, Mary starts dating a man named Stephen Linder, who she met at the market. Despite the two having a good time together doing impulsive things like making angels in the snow, Stephen is, according to Rhoda, not quite Mary's type - he's a little short... in the age department. The idea that Stephen is a few years younger doesn't bother Mary, until she confirms that he is exactly eight years younger than she is. In anticipation of meeting Stephen's friends at a party at his place, Mary tries to compensate for their age difference. With Rhoda along at the party for moral support, Mary comes to a realization about whether dating this mid-twentysomething has a long term future. Written by Huggo

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22 September 1973 (USA)  »

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The boutique where Mary and Rhoda shop in is named Shot Down in Ecuador, Junior See more »


Rhoda Morgenstern: [picks up a small gift book in a store]
Rhoda Morgenstern: Hey Mary - listen to this: "A friend is someone who's friendly... Even when it's raining... Even when it's nighttime... Even when it's snowing... Even when it isn't." $3.50.
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References Love Story (1970) See more »


Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Making Their Point
10 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mary has a new boyfriend, a guy she met at the market. Immediatetly, they hit it off but nosy Rhoda has to ruin things by asking how old is the guy? He appears too young for her, she thinks (not that it's any of her business, but apparently she thinks so. Actually, though, Lou and Ted say the same thing and it's proved to be true.) Anyway, it turns out while Mary is 33 this guy ("Stephen") is just 25.....not THAT huge a gap but......

......The show points out the problems inherent with trying to be involved with someone younger than you. The episode has some funny lines (what MTM show didn't?) but it gets its point across more visually when Mary and Rhoda go to a party at Stephen's ' "pad." Boy, can you see a "generation gap" there, or at least a cultural gap between professional full-worker who dresses as an adult and a 20-something who looks and acts like a late teen. It's exaggerated, of course, to prove the writer's point but it's effective.

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