Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The Lars Affair 

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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15 September 1973 (USA)  »

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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 »


Phyllis Lindstrom: [after meeting Sue Ann Nivens] Who's Little Bo-Peep?
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »


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Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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The Birth of the Happy Homemaker
11 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a party at Mary's home, where something always seems to go wrong, Betty White, making her first appearance, is taken home by Lars Lindstrom. He begins to have an affair with her while Phyllis tries to figure out what to do. White is phenomenal as the almost psychotic host of the show. She seems to be about as nasty as one can be and also has no conscience. Watch her close the door on the oven after taking a soufflé out. There is some funny stuff in the newsroom. A reporter has been embedded in a police car for three and a half weeks and has not been there for one arrest (just a stop to help a wino tie his shoes). There is also a great scene where Ted blabs to Phyllis that Lars and Su Ann are carrying on right at the station. But the best scene in the show is the confrontation at the very end. I believe Cloris Leachman won an Emmy for her performance in this first episode of the fourth season.

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