Mary Tyler Moore: Season 3, Episode 2

What Is Mary Richards Really Like? (23 Sep. 1972)

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Mary may live to regret agreeing to be interviewed by a hypercritical newspaper columnist.

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Mary is nervous about an upcoming interview she has with newspaper columnist Mark Williams, who has asked her for the interview since she is sole female working in a position of authority in the newsroom. Her nerves are solely about representing herself and the newsroom well, until everyone tells her that he hates everything associated with television, and he uses his position primarily to increase his social standing. Because of Mark's reputation, Lou would rather Mary not do the interview, but feels it is too late for her to back out. And Ted, despite Mark's reputation, does whatever he can to make himself the focus of the article. Without yet having seen the printed article, Mary, who likes Mark as a person, agrees to go out with him. The article, which doesn't turn out quite the way she had hoped, may make her change her mind about the date, especially after an unexpected move by Mark which totally baffles her. Written by Huggo

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Our 'Mare' has hit her stride (I just realised the pun! Read on, WJM'ers)
10 April 2012 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This review of this episode, is more a review of the template that's set here, and will serve MTM beautifully.

Most series that are 'hits,' didn't necessarily start out that way. They need time to 'gestate,' for the actors to grow into their character's skin.

That's a rarity, and if a show doesn't perform well - and quickly - they're canceled.

Likewise, The Mary Tyler Moore Show didn't come out an automatic winner. Yes, it had a terrific pedigree both behind and in front of the camera - with an awesome cast, and terrific writing, but it needed time to develop.

With the opening episode of the third season of The Mary Tyler Moore show, the cast, finally hits it's stride, and kicks into high gear. It began to run like a beautifully tuned machine, that would last the next 4 years - only leaving the air because of Ms. Moore's decision that the show had run it's course (a rarity, as most networks will run any show into the ground).

Gone is the long hair (a wig) that Mary had worn, and Rhoda's looking svelte. In their place, is a more mature Mary - a woman who's finally got a full sense-of-self (and I say that with a chuckle. Read the next paragraph).

A big credit to Ms. Moore, is (and she's said this herself), she's not a comedienne. She's a 're-actor.' Her hemming, hawing, stuttering and stammering begins to truly flower in this season, starting in this episode (watch when Lou tells about his promotion, and him having to fill in his old position. Mary does a terrific job, just reacting, and it's hysterical).

Another big credit goes to the writers, who have taken the time the past two years have given them, to finely hone the character's timing, their peccadilloes, and play on those strengths - Mary's hemming and hawing, and Ted being...well, Ted, and all the rest.

I've been a fan of this series since it's first run, when I was a little boy, and would faithfully watch it with my mom and pop (I could put Rosie O'Donnell, the self-professed 'expert' on MTM trivia to shame. I can tell which episode it is just from listening to the version of the opening THEME - ha!), and, I'm so happy it's back on the Hallmark Channel - though I'm really irked they cut the opening theme just to the 'tam toss,' and the closing them's non-existent. SHAME, Hallmark!!!!

So, while I've not said much about his episode in particular, it is clear from here that with this episode, the Mary Tyler Moore show has grown into full bloom, and, 'What Is Mary Richards Really Like' shows it off beautifully.


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