Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Mary puts Rhoda's visiting mother up in her apartment when Rhoda refuses to see her.



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Mary finds a strange woman with a suitcase sitting outside her apartment door. She quickly learns that that woman is Rhoda's mother, Ida Morgenstern, who is visiting from the Bronx. She's at Mary's place since Rhoda isn't home, or so she believes. In actuality, Mary learns directly from Rhoda that she doesn't want to see her mother, with whom she has a love-hate relationship. As such, Mary puts Ida up for as long as she is staying in Minneapolis. Mary, who becomes Ida's surrogate daughter, soon understands the frustration that Rhoda feels in being Ida's daughter. Regardless, Mary tries to get Rhoda to at least see her mother and hopefully come to an understanding mother-daughter relationship with Ida before she heads back to New York. Written by Huggo

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24 October 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first of four appearances by Nancy Walker as Ida Morgenstern. Walker continued to play the character in over forty episodes of the 1974-78 spin-off series Rhoda (1974). See more »


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The Invasion of Mrs. Morgenstern
27 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The arrival of Ida Morgenstern disrupts the quiet of Mary's apartment. Because they fight whenever they see each other, Rhoda refuses to see her. You guessed it. She moves in with Mary. She is a horrible roommate. She is too kind on the one hand and totally demanding on the other. She give presents and then assumes they aren't good enough. Anyway, Mary can't ever hurt anyone's feelings, so she lives with it. But it begins to affect her work life. There is one of those really great scenes in Mr. Grant's office where he actually threatens to fire her. Of course, he has not intention of doing so, but things that transpire are hilarious. Nancy Walker, one of those actresses that always grated on me, is the perfect Jewish mother, prickly and protective.

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