Mary Tyler Moore: Season 2, Episode 18

Baby Sit-Com (22 Jan. 1972)

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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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Episode cast overview:
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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Mary finally wears the dress she had picked out for the governor's assistant, in the episode; The Five Minute Dress (#2.15) 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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