Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Ted receives a visit from his super-competitive brother, a male model.



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Ted receives a visit from his younger brother, Hal Baxter, the two who have not seen each other in five years. Hal, an actor and ad model, is in town for a modeling job. On first glance, Mary can see that Hal is, in her words, an even more Ted than Ted, the two who are always trying to do and be one better than the other. Hal even corrects people when they refer to him as Ted's brother: in his mind, Ted is his brother. And good looking Hal knows he's good looking, and lets the world also know as much. Because she sees their ultra-competitive nature, Mary reluctantly agrees to pretend to be Ted's longtime girlfriend on a double date with Hal. Since Hal was going to ask Mary, Mary, on Ted's further pleading, asks, as Ted refers to her, her "Israeli friend" (Rhoda) to be Hal's date. As the oneupsmanship between Ted and Hal takes its toll on especially Mary during the course of the date, Mary tries to convince Ted to be the bigger brother and stop all the game playing. Will Ted listen to ... Written by Huggo

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23 October 1971 (USA)  »

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The role of Ted Baxter was originally based upon (and offered to)Ted Cassidy who turned it down, not wanting to commit full time to a series and fearing the role might typecast him. See more »


Hal Baxter: [Ted and his brother, Hal, have just arrived at Mary's apartment, and Hal's just been introduced to Rhoda, and hands her a small bouquet of flowers] Well, well, well.
[Hal chuckles]
Hal Baxter: aren't we pretty?
Rhoda Morgenstern: [Rhoda stops smelling the flowers, and turns to Hal] You mean me, or both of us?
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2 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a really fun episode. Jack Cassidy plays Ted's brother. They are incredibly competitive. Both are incredibly dense, but Ted is the weak link. In order to show off, Ted gets Mary to pretend to be his girlfriend. Rhoda is asked to go on a double date. The two boy spar and try to outdo one another. There are so many funny lines. When the waiter asks Ted to try the wine, he sips it and says, "That's wine alright." Anyway, even when the truth comes out, they fight over who is the worst. Poor Mary is victimized by Ted and, of course, he doesn't care about her discomfort. Cassidy had the same good looks as Ted Knight and it goes very well. I'm sure that you will agree and make it "anonymous."

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