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"Mary Tyler Moore" The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter (1972)

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Mary Tyler Moore: Season 3: Episode 15 -- Mary once again finds herself cast in the role of the "other woman" when an ex-boyfriend invites her to his engagement party--much to the dismay of his new fiancée.


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Original Air Date:
23 December 1972 (Season 3, Episode 15)
Mary runs into her old journalism teacher, and boyfriend, Dan Whitfield. Things get complicated when Mary and Rhoda show up at his engagement party. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Jay Sandrich 
Writing credits
James L. Brooks (created by) and
Allan Burns (created by)

David Pollock (written by) &
Elias Davis (written by)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
Allan Burns .... executive producer
Lionel A. Ephraim .... associate producer
Ed. Weinberger .... producer
Michael Zinberg .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams  (as Pat Williams)
Cinematography by
Paul Uhl (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Douglas Hines 
Art Direction by
Lewis E. Hurst Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr.  (as Raymond Boltz)
Makeup Department
Donna Cox .... hair stylist (as Donna M. Cox)
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist (as Ben Nye II)
Production Management
Lionel A. Ephraim .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John C. Chulay .... assistant director
Art Department
Gene Cox .... property master
Sound Department
Cam McCulloch .... sound mixer (as Cameron McCulloch)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Bustany .... camera coordinator
Roy Kight .... key grip
Sam Ozment .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Hall .... costumer: women
Donald MacDonald .... costumer: men (as Don MacDonald)
Music Department
Sonny Curtis .... composer: theme music
Sonny Curtis .... performer: theme music
Patrick Williams .... conductor (as Pat Williams)
Other crew
Cheryl Blythe .... production assistant
James L. Brooks .... script consultant
Allan Burns .... script consultant
Marjorie Mullen .... script supervisor

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Writing credits
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James L. Brooks  created by
Allan Burns  created by

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Additional Details

USA:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
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So YOUR Mary..., 22 July 2016
Author: U.N. Owen from NYC

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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