Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter 

Mary runs into her old journalism teacher, and boyfriend, Dan Whitfield. Things get complicated when Mary and Rhoda show up at his engagement party.



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Barra Grant ...
Judy Conrad
Judy's Father
Arthur Abelson ...
Man in Elevator
Woman at Party


Mary runs into her old journalism teacher and one time boyfriend, Dan Whitfield. She is happy to see him in a somewhat romantic way until she learns that he is engaged, with his fiancée, Judy Conrad, being the woman standing right behind her. Regardless, Dan invites Mary and Rhoda to their engagement party. Mary isn't sure why she ends up going, but upon her and Rhoda's arrival, it is obvious that Judy doesn't want her there and that Judy and Dan have been fighting about her. Mary ends up being the reason for Judy and Dan breaking up. In turn, Dan and Mary start dating again. Everything between them is moving very quickly, with Mary believing that Dan is soon going to ask her to marry him. Although she thinks she loves Dan and loves him more than any man she has ever known, she gets the feeling that he's more in love with the idea of being in love than he is with her. If that is indeed the case, Mary and Dan have to figure out if there is any future for them at all. Written by Huggo

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23 December 1972 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Mary first runs into Dan on the elevator, when the door opens, the hall is the same set used for Dr. Bob Hartley's office floor, on the Bob Newhart Show - which was another MTM produced series at this time. See more »


Referenced in Mary Tyler Moore: One Boyfriend Too Many (1975) See more »


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Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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So YOUR Mary...
22 July 2016 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A terrific episode, which so defines Mary.

The episode is in 2 parts; the first, is reuniting with her love, Dan, and the 2nd, is a question; now that you have the 'perfect' man, will she, or won't she, and, more importantly, why.

The first half of this episode, is one of the funniest of the 3rd season. Mary's run into Dan, who she had originally met when he was a teacher at a night-school journalism class she went to. Apparently, it was a very good match, but, something happened, along the way, and the 2 lost lost touch, only to be re-connected here, in one of the most awkward wedding parties imaginable.

The 2nd half has Mary reunited with Dan, but, even though he's ready to tie the knot, Mary isn't.

One has to try and understand the context of the episode's place in time - women were finally entering the work-force, full-on, at this time, and here's Mary - who's at a very important crux; she has - not just a job, but, a career, and, with it, a surrogate family. On the other hand, is Dan, and he represents old-style security, for a woman.

But, happening at thIs period in time, Mary is left wondering; is marriage to Dan all she needs? Is she ready for this? More important, is the sacrifice she, as a 70's career woman would have to make - is she willing to do it?

I've loved this series from the beginning, and seeing Mary now, asking these questions, is something a lot of woman asked - does a woman 'automatically' give up career once a spouse/partner appears? Will a woman be fulfilled - giving a career up, to just 'be' a housewife?

The first half of this episode is hysterical, as Judy - Dan's fiancée does everything she can to hold on to him. And Mary - even though she might claim to be innocent in what ultimately happens, is definitely a guilty conspirator, as I don't think anyone - unless the still had some feelings - would go to an ex's wedding party.

A great guest cast, with Michael Tolan as Dan, Steve Franken as Jonas, and Barra Grant as Judy.

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