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
Did You Know?
The character of Ted Baxter was openly patterned after the character Oscar North - an egotistical actor in the 1967 series He & She
(1967) (for which series creator, Leonard Stern
gave permission). Oscar North was played by Jack Cassidy
, who portrays Ted's brother here. The role of Ted Baxter was originally offered to Cassidy who turned it down, not wanting to commit full time to a series and fearing the role might typecast him. See more