Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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You Certainly Are a Big Boy 

Mary knew the architect she's interested in had a son, but she didn't know the son's all grown up.



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Episode cast overview:
Lou Grant
Murray Slaughter
Ted Baxter
Matt Bryan
Matt Bryan Jr.


After he comes by her apartment, he who is interested in the historic value of the building (albeit not a very good history), Mary starts dating renowned local architect Matt Bryan. The fact that he is about fifteen years older than she is doesn't bother her, even after all those in the newsroom continually remind her of it. The fact that he has a son, who she pictures is about nine years old (especially after she sees a photograph of him), doesn't bother her. But when she meets his son, Matt Bryan Jr., who ends up now being a grown man of age twenty-four which is only a few years younger than her, she begins to be bothered by dating Matt Bryan Sr. What bothers her more is that Matt Sr. doesn't seem to want to talk to her, he always taking her to places where they can't talk. When Matt Jr. takes Mary out on date, she learns the reason why Matt Sr. is acting the way he is and has to decide what to do about it. Written by Huggo

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19 February 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ted's birthday is in January (he says he's eight months older than Matt Bryan Jr. after he says that he was born in September). See more »


References Gidget (1959) See more »


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A Little Reality for Mary
6 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is another episode in Mary's revolving door of handsome men. A handsome architect shows up at her door and wants to sketch her apartment for a book he is writing. They hit it off right away. It's interesting how many people just walk into her place. Anyway, they begin dating and while they have a nice time, he is really closed up. There is also a kicker. He is divorced and has a son. But it turns out that the son is 24 years old. For Mary, she suddenly realizes that this isn't so unusual if you're thirty and meet a person a few years older. It leads to some interesting developments. One is that the young guy is a Junior, same name as Dad. So when Ted Baxter meets him, he thinks he is the guy dating Mary. It's pretty funny.

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