Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The Six-and-a-Half-Year Itch 

Lou catches his favorite son-in-law at a movie theater with another woman.



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Bill Phelps
Elizabeth Berger ...
Patti Woods


With Edie away visiting her sister, Lou is looking for someone to hang out with for the evening. To get out of hanging out with Ted, Lou agrees to a dinner and movie with Mary and Rhoda, who were going out anyway. At the movie theater, they run into Lou's favorite son-in-law, Bill Phelps, on a date with a woman named Patti Woods, who doesn't happen to be Lou's daughter and Bill's wife, Sarah. Beyond taking out his frustration and anger on the staff at the newsroom, Lou doesn't know what to do about the situation except avoid Bill and Sarah until he does. Bill ultimately stops by the newsroom to have a chat with Lou. Their discussion brings the situation into a clearer light and a better understanding between father-in-law and son-in-law. Written by Huggo

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27 November 1971 (USA)  »

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The title is from the movie The Seven Year Itch (1955). See more »


Rhoda MorgensternLou Grant: [Mary, Lou and Rhoda all walk into Mary's apartment, after abruptly leaving a movie theatre, because, Mr. Grant saw his son-in-law at the film with another woman. Rhoda's the only one who doesn't know why they left, and why Lou's so mad] I'm not angry. What makes you think I'm angry?
Mary Richards: Mr. Grant, do you think you might feel better if you- you know, talk about it, sort of get it off your chest?
Rhoda Morgenstern: Get what off his chest? Please - give me hint, you two. What does it sound like? What letter does it ...
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Bad Excuse
3 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one is a bit disturbing at times, I have to admit. While Edie is away, Lou is trying to find things to do. In order to avoid Ted, he decides to join Mary and Rhoda for a movie. When they get to their seats, there sits Lou's son-in-law. After some really tense conversation, a young woman comes in. It turns out she is with the guy and a really uncomfortable few moments take place. It is obvious he is stepping out on Lou's daughter. Lou manages to keep it in. Rhoda, who was in the lobby getting some candy, is clueless. There are a few moments where she comes to realize what is going on. There is also a really funny call to Lou's wife where he realizes he can't tell her what is going on. What I found a bit unsettling is the ridiculous excuse the guy uses when he finally see Lou. But it's also quite touching when Lou explains his anger.

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