Ida thinks Rhoda does not pay enough attention to Joe, and that she does not take care of his needs as she should. Ida decides to fill in the gaps by being the "shoemaker's elf" and doing the things she thinks should be done.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Sharma ...
Myrna Morgenstein
Frank Campanella ...
Lorenzo Music ...
Carlton the Doorman (voice) (as L. Music)


Rhoda and Joe are both so busy that what ends up not happening consistently is housework. Neither of them mind as they fit in the cooking and cleaning as need be when it works for one or the other. In seeing what is happening, Ida becomes worried that Rhoda not being the perfect housewife will eventually lead to Joe divorcing her. To satisfy her own need for Rhoda and Joe's apartment to be clean in an effort to "save their marriage", Ida comes in one day and cleans their apartment and cooks them dinner, doing the same for Brenda while she's there anyway. Joe doesn't mind what Ida has done, but he also assures her that the state of his and Rhoda's marriage is no way in trouble because of the housework not being done. Rhoda on the other hand does not want her mother interfering by doing the housework, especially when not asked. An off handed comment by Joe to the group changes the mind of one side, but in turn causes a greater rift between mother and daughters, which can only be ... Written by Huggo

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3 March 1975 (USA)  »

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