Mary Tyler Moore: Season 3, Episode 17

My Brother's Keeper (13 Jan. 1973)

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Phyllis's beloved brother Ben comes to town for a visit and, much to her dismay, hits it off not with Mary but with Rhoda.

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Phyllis' brother, Ben Sutherland, is coming to town. Phyllis, who adores him, wants him and Mary to meet so that they will start dating each other and get married. It's love at first sight... for Phyllis, who upon seeing the two together for the first time believes even more strongly that they are meant for each other. But Phyllis' pressure becomes too overwhelming for Mary to even know if there is an attraction. No such pressure exists when Rhoda enters Mary's apartment when Ben is there, Rhoda who is immediately attracted to him despite their difference in interests. Rhoda and Ben start spending all their time together while he's in town. Phyllis is appalled, and Rhoda, who knows Phyllis is appalled, can't help but pour salt in Phyllis' wound. Are Rhoda and Phyllis destined to be in-laws? The unfortunate recipient of Phyllis' ill feelings is Mary's lavish once a year party. Written by Huggo

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Spoiler: According to a 2013 interview with Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman on The Doctors (2008), the Moore series was the first television show in history to use the word 'gay' to refer to homosexuality. Rhoda tells Phyllis that Phyllis's brother is gay. See more »

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Phyllis Lindstrom: I just treat the piano casually as if it had always been there. Lars, of course, keeps bumping into it and cursing.
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Featured in Rhoda: Rhoda's Wedding: Part 2 (1974) See more »

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