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"Mary Tyler Moore" A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend (TV Episode 1971) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Ida Morgenstern, Rhoda's mother, comes to Minneapolis for a visit, specifically because she thinks she's found the perfect man... for Mary. Rhoda is slightly irked that Ida has gone to mothering Mary when she, in Rhoda's words, hasn't finished mothering Rhoda. But when Ida sees the friendly relationship Phyllis has with Bess and hears about the friendly relationship Mary has with her mother, Ida decides her and Rhoda's relationship would be better served if she was Rhoda's best friend. Armed with Phyllis' parenting books, Ida does try to become Rhoda's friend, in some respects the way Phyllis is with Bess, an adolescent. But Ida and Rhoda also come to the realization that being friends means talking about Rhoda's dates in a frank manner. Ultimately, will over thirty years of being Rhoda's overprotective mother change just because she wants it to? And what will Rhoda have to say in the matter?

    - Written by Huggo
  • Rhoda's visiting mother decides to become Rhoda's "friend."

    - Written by Ohhrob <richardgorelick@hotmail.com>

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