Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The Care and Feeding of Parents 

Pressured by Phyllis, Mary reluctantly agrees to ask the publishing company in her office building to consider Bess's school composition for "Teen Topics' magazine.



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Lou Grant
Murray Slaughter
Ted Baxter
Mr. Turner
Brad Trumbull ...
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Just because Mary's office is located in the same building as Snyder Publishing which publishes Teen Topics magazine, overbearing Phyllis asks Mary to use whatever influence she has to get Bess' two paragraph composition titled "The Care and Feeding of Parents" published in the magazine. Although she states she has no influence whatsoever since she knows no one who works at Snyder Publishing, Mary agrees as she does like Bess' article (as a school composition) and she's just too nice to say no. Mary does use Ted and Lou as conduits into the publishing house to little avail. But based on a conversation Mary has with Lou, Phyllis gets it into her head that Mary wants her and Bess to expand the composition into a full fledged book, that idea which was the furthest thought from Mary's mind. Phyllis continually bothers Mary with thoughts about the book, which makes Mary crazy and Rhoda believe that Mary has to stand up to Phyllis. It also becomes clear that one half of the writing team is ... Written by Huggo

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5 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Bess the Journalist
5 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another in the wishy-washy Mary series. Phyllis comes to Mary with a two paragraph paper that Bess received an A on. She pushes Mary into using connections at the studio to get the work published. Through a series of misunderstandings, the project turns into a book and Phyllis is again overdoing it. There are a couple funny bits. One is when Bess comes to talk to Mary and they use Lou's office. He is forced out and can't get any work done. The other is Rhoda, continually reminding Mary what a pushover she is-- how Phyllis can get her to do anything. A little below average for the series, but it's OK. Lisa Gerretsen is again quite a remarkable child actor.

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