Mary's committed to watching Bess over the weekend, so when an old flame unexpectedly comes to town, she turns to an unlikely baby-sitter - Mr Grant.



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Lisa Gerritsen ...
Joshua Bryant ...
Anton Styrokowski (Sandy)
Leslie Graves ...
Dee Dee


Mary gladly agrees to sit with twelve year old Bess for the weekend while Phyllis and Lars are away. After agreeing to do this for the Lindstroms, Mary learns that her old boyfriend, Anton 'Sandy' Styrokowski, a renowned concert pianist, is in town only for the weekend for a concert. After Phyllis has already left, Mary receives an invitation from Sandy to go out with him that evening. Bess urges Mary to go, and for Mary either to find another person to sit with her for those few hours or leave her on her own. Mary agrees to get a sitter for the few hours she'll be out that evening. But finding a professional sitter for a Saturday night on the day of is a seemingly impossible task, and all Mary's personal friends, such as Rhoda, can't do it. Once Mary does find a sitter through Murray, Mary feels that she can't leave Bess with who does show up. Mary calls in her last resort, who agrees but who may not be the most obvious choice as a sitter, especially of a twelve year old girl who ... Written by Huggo

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22 January 1972 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The dress Mary wears is NOT the 5 minute dress. That dress has a slit up the left leg. See more »


According to the announcer of the prize fight Lou Grant and Bess watch, the fight (which is audible in its entirety) lasted 38 seconds. However, from the opening bell (at around 53 mins) to when the fighter is counted out (at around 15 mins) only 22 seconds have elapsed. See more »


Mary Richards: Mr. Grant, I just can't thank you enough.
Lou Grant: You may have a point there.
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


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Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Lou, the Baby Sitter, and the Special Milk
5 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Phyllis is going on some husband/wife bonding thing with her husband and talks Mary into babysitting Bess. But an old flame, an orchestra performer shows up, and so she talks Lou into taking over for her. Bess is a doll and Lou does his best (which is none too good) to keep the girl occupied. What transpires is really cute. They end up playing poker. What's interesting to me is that the character of Lou has three grown daughters, yet he seems totally uncomfortable when it comes to little kids. Anyway, Bess is so mature and willing to take the lead for the evening. Eventually, Lou, who appears to be an alcoholic (we didn't talk that way in the 70's) realizes they can bake cookies and he can drink Mary's Scotch. Just a little unsettling for current times.

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