Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Rhoda the Beautiful 

A slimmed-down Rhoda is selected as a contestant for her store's beauty contest, but she's having trouble accepting her new attractive self.



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Using the Calorie Counters program with fellow weight-loss colleague Murray, Rhoda has managed to achieve her goal weight which is twenty pounds lighter than when she started. Despite looking great which everyone - including Phyllis - tells her, Rhoda's unable to celebrate her weight loss, as she feels she no longer has her weight to hide behind as the issue for whatever her problems in life. Even when Rhoda is chosen as one of the 10 semifinalists for Hempel's Department Store's "Fabulous Ms. Hempel" beauty pageant for store employees, Rhoda goes to extremes to be self-deprecating about her looks. Her self-deprecation is strengthened when she's announced as one of the 5 finalists. Rhoda's reaction to Mary and Phyllis about the pageant causes some surprises amongst her friends, until... Written by Huggo

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21 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Who Are We Kidding. She Was Alway Beautiful!
7 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is really a touching episode. Valerie Harper who played Rhoda on this show was always a striking character, quite attractive. They downplay this with big clothes and her outrageous personality. Anyway, she and Murray have been part of what is probably a generic Weightwatchers group. She has lost 20 pounds and really looks nice. To make matters even better, she has been chosen as a beauty contestant at the department store where she works. Of course, he self effacing thing goes on, as if she is not deserving of anything. Phyllis doesn't help much, making everything about her. It has a very touching conclusion. There is one great line. When she stops at the station, Ted asks her to lunch. She says she can't because she is on maintenance. He says, "Well, when you finish cleaning, come and see me."

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