Mary Tyler Moore: Season 4, Episode 1

The Lars Affair (15 Sep. 1973)

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Phyllis struggles to accept the idea that her husband, Lars, might be having an affair with the saccharine Sue Ann Nivens, WJM's Happy Homemaker.



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Mary is hosting a large party at her apartment. One of her guests, Sue Ann Nivens, who hosts the Happy Homemaker Show at the station, is offered a ride home by an unlikely source: Lars, Phyllis' husband. A few hours later, Lars telephones with a story about why he has yet to return home, a story that is obviously a lie to Mary and Rhoda, but to which Phyllis is seemingly oblivious as to the implication of something going on between Lars and Sue Ann. Every indication is that Lars and Sue Ann are having an affair, which is confirmed by a series of Lars/Sue Ann sightings. Phyllis is still oblivious to the affair until a clueless source spills the beans directly in front of her. To save her marriage, Phyllis' initial reaction is to become more like a real happy homemaker. But she decides to take more direct action, with support from Mary. Written by Huggo

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When Phyllis talks to Mary and Rhoda about her love life, she says: 'Lars turned to me one night, and said; ' jag har slutat,' which translates to 'I have stopped,' so, in context of the conversation, he was telling Phyllis no more sex. See more »


Sue Ann Nivens: Now, if you want to tidy up in a hurry, think of your living room as a big clock. Start at midnight, and then go around the room working clockwise toward the kitchen. You'll be done in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Phyllis Vs. 'The Happy Homemaker'
10 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a party at Mary's house breaks up, "Phyllis" is shocked to hear newcomer "Sue Ann Nivens" commenting about how this nice man is going to take her home. The problem? His name is "Lars!" Yikes, that's Phyllis's husband. What's going on? Is the station's new "Happy Homemaker" stealing Phyllis husband. Well, Phyllis doesn't think so but Rhoda and Mary are suspicious and think their friend is "really naive." What to do?

Being this is the first time in decades I've re-visited this famous show, it was great, once again, to see Mary Tyler Moore as "Mary Richards;" Valerie Harper as "Rhoda Morgenstern;" Ed Asner as "Lou Grant; " Betty White as "Sue Ann Nivens;" Ted Knight as "Ted Baxter;" Cloris Leachman as "Phyllis Lindstrom," and Gavin MacLeod as "Murray Slaughter." It was like going back and see old family again.

By the way, Leachman won an Emmy for her performance on this Season Four opening episode and this show marked the debut of White's character (who certainly was memorable.) Leachman's line about "I'm going to rip her face off," still sounds hilarious.

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