Mary Tyler Moore: Season 5, Episode 18

Phyllis Whips Inflation (18 Jan. 1975)

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When Phyliss goes to look for a job she finds that she has no current skills.



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Lars and Phyllis are arguing about her exorbitant spending habits, in part because of their stocks taking a tumble and Lars' business being down. He ultimately places her on a budget and cuts off access to her credit cards. So Phyllis decides to look for a job. In her search for a job, Phyllis comes to some realizations about her place in working society, which makes her compare her life to Mary's. Meanwhile, the Lindstroms' money woes make Mary examine her own finances. And Sue Ann, named woman of the year by the local Elks Club, does whatever she can to get her story on the six o'clock news. Written by Huggo

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The character Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman) explains that the drop in the price of her Polaroid stock is because the company hired Laurence Olivier to do their television commercials. She says they should have saved money and hired Durward Kirby. The dialogue references a Polaroid commercial that Kirby did on The Garry Moore Show (1958) in which Kirby forgot to pull the tab after taking a picture of Moore holding his Christmas list. After nearly a minute of one of Polaroid's people yelling "Pull the tab!" from the audience, the 6'4" Kirby gave a mighty yank with his long arms and pulled all seven remaining pictures out of the camera. This required a fair amount of strength, not only to burst the developer pods, but to rip through the stop pins on the film roll. See more »

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