Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Today I am a Ma'am 

Frustrated with their single status, Mary and Rhoda invite dates to a "little gathering" at Mary's apartment.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lou Grant
Murray Slaughter
Ted Baxter
Armond Lynton
Nancy Lynton
Phyllis Lindstrom


Mary is starting to feel old when she learns at work that at age thirty she is no longer in the young adult demographic, and when a young twenty-something messenger calls her "ma'am", the first time ever she's ever been referred to as such. Mary and Rhoda commiserate about being old and being single and what they should do to progress into married status. Rhoda suggests they each contact someone from their past with whom to connect or reconnect in a relationship-minded pursuit. Rhoda's unconventional choice, Armond Lynton, is a man she just met when she ran over him with her car. On Phyllis' recommendation, Mary's choice is Howard Arnell, a man she dated four years earlier, and who she hasn't thought about in years. Mary and Rhoda decide they will have an after dinner drinks party at Mary's place for the four of them. When Rhoda calls Armond, who accepts the invitation, she knows he won't be the future "Mr. Rhoda Morgenstern" because of some excess baggage he will be bringing to the ... Written by Huggo

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26 September 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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First episode to mention the address of the Victorian house in which Mary, Rhoda and Phyllis live is 119 North Weatherly. See more »


Mary and Rhoda are sitting down at Mary's dinner table eating a salad while discussing the single life. The table is set with 2 plates and a salad bowl. When, all of a sudden in the middle of one of Rhoda's quips about her mother calling her "an old maid" when she turned 21, the camera cuts to a wide shot and they are both drinking coffee and holding mugs with no visible salad bowl or salad plates in sight. This is a continuity issue because it happens right in the middle of Rhoda's sentence. See more »


Rhoda Morgenstern: Allow me to introduce myself, I'm another person in the room - Rhoda Morgenstern.
Howard Arnell: Oh, Howard Arnell, how do you do?
Rhoda Morgenstern: And this is my date, Mr. and Mrs. Armand Lynton.
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Remade as De Sylvia Millecam Show: Mevrouw de Jong (1994) See more »


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The First Disastrous Party
25 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

As time goes on, we will come to realize that Mary Richards became known for some of the lamest parties of all time. In this one, Mary bemoans the fact that a young guy called her Ma'am in the newsroom. She is feeling old (we should look so good) and Rhoda tries to raise her spirits. She gets Mary to call some guy she hasn't seen in four years. She, herself makes a date with a guy she ran over with her car. It turns out he's married and this leads to a remarkably funny, totally awful evening. Mary's date is Richard Schaal who was a hilarious actor at this time. He is so infatuated with Mary that he has a camera and takes a picture of her as she opens the door. The married guests are a couple of really dull people who are actually newlyweds. Rhoda is treated like she isn't there. Anyway, it's a disaster and the writing is fantastic. Oh, we also meet Phyllis Lindstrom played by Chloris Leachman. A great episode showing Mary's non-working side.

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