Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Is a Friend in Need 

Rhoda's not having much luck finding a new job, and Mary lies to her about an opening at WJM.



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Rhoda is currently unemployed, she being not too clear to Mary and Phyllis whether she quit (she stating differences in opinion with her boss as the reason for quitting) or was fired from her window dressing job at Bloomfield's department store. Regardless, she is in a bit of a funk being unemployed and worries about having no income coming in. But in especially Phyllis' perspective, Rhoda doesn't seem to be working too hard at finding another job, even an unskilled labor job that would at least pay the bills. Rhoda instead seems content to collect unemployment insurance, sit on Mary's couch and watch television all day long. So when Mary and eventually Rhoda learn that there is an associate art director job open at the station, Mary isn't sure why she lies to Rhoda in telling her that the job is already filled, but she does know that she feels guilty about lying to her best friend, one in need of what that job may have provided both monetarily and in self esteem in being employed ... Written by Huggo

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4 December 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the common expression: A friend in need is a friend indeed. The expression may date back to the 3rd century BC when Quintus Ennius wrote "Amicu certus in re incerta cernitur" or "a sure friend is known when in difficulty". See more »


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Mary the Liar
3 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mary shows her shallow side after Rhoda loses her job. When a job shows up at the station, she tells Rhoda it was filled. This leads to a hilarious encounters in Lou's office (which is a continuing highlight of the show). Phyllis gets her oar in every chance she gets and Rhoda doesn't do much to find new employment. There is an undercurrent of what it is like to be out of work and have bills to pay. Mary's honesty is always on display, even if she has trouble exhibiting it. Rhoda, a New Yorker, would expect to have people playing fast and loose with the truth. Anyway, having betrayed her good graces, she loses a few point in the newsroom. It's an entertaining effort on everyone's part. There is also a cool scene with an old fashioned hair dryer.

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