Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The Square-Shaped Room 

Mary arranges for Rhoda to redecorate Mr. Grant's living room.



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Rhoda Morgenstern
Murray Slaughter
Ted Baxter


Lou and Edie have a fight over redecorating certain rooms in the house, leading to Edie doing what she always does whenever they have a fight: go to a fat farm to lose some weight. While Edie's away, Lou decides at least to paint the bathroom, which leads to him further deciding to surprise Edie by redecorating the living room. He plans to do the redecoration with the help of an old buddy, the army's decorator, as he doesn't want to spend any money on a real decorator. Mary vows to help Lou find a real decorator who will do it inexpensively (but not cheaply), despite not knowing anyone personally. After thinking about it, Mary decides it would be a perfect job for Rhoda. Rhoda is excited about the prospect as if this job works out, it could lead to another more lucrative career. Rhoda even suggests that Lou pay her whatever he thinks she's worth after he sees the finished room. But Lou is the type of client who can't express what he wants or what Edie would like, but he will not ... Written by Huggo

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11 December 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The painting Lou says; 'I'll bet she went through for other paintings before see choose that one', is a simplified take-off of the famous Futurist/Cubist- inspired painting, I Saw the Future 5 In Gold (1928),by Charles Demuth. See more »


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References The L-Shaped Room (1962) See more »


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The Dream Room
3 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Edie Grant is off to a weight loss spa, leaving the big guy behind. He decides to do something nice for her. She has always wanted to redecorate the living room, so Lou decides to do it for him. First he gets an army guy who has only done barracks. Mary offers to find him a decorator, but they are really expensive. Because Rhoda has done model rooms at Hempels, Mary asks her to do the work. Of course, she looks at it from her perspective, not Mr. Grant's. He is stuck in the past and not very liberal when it comes to change. What transpires is what one might expect. There is a really funny scene when Lou sees the room for the first time.

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