Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Enter Rhoda's Parents 

Rhoda's parents' visit takes a left turn when Rhoda's suspicious mother, Ida, walks out on her her husband, Martin - to make him 'happy'.


Jay Sandrich


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Nancy Walker ... Ida Morgenstern
Harold Gould ... Martin Morgenstern


Rhoda's parents, Martin and Ida Morgenstern, are in Minneapolis for a visit. This visit marks the first time Mary meets Mr. Morgenstern, who she immediately likes. Ida is afraid that Mary's reaction is the reaction that all other women have to Martin, who she thinks is having an affair. As such, she thinks their marriage is on the rocks, despite Martin having no idea that Ida feels that way. So he is totally surprised when Ida walks out on him. From Ida's perspective, she wants Martin to be happy and she thinks that means him being free to pursue other women. Both Rhoda and Mary are caught in the middle of the marital crisis between Martin and Ida, although sometimes Ida and Martin wish Mary wasn't there, even though they want to have their discussion in her apartment. Can Martin and Ida come to the same understanding about the status of their marriage? Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

7 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The attractive blonde woman - first seen when Martin Morgenstern holds the door open for her at WJM, and then later, standing next to the 'rabbi' (series creator, James Brooks, is nm14004 (listed in the credits as'women's costumes'). The 2 outfits Ms Hall is seen wearing in the episode were both worn several times by Mary Richards (in fact, it was Ms Hall's innate fashion sense which got her the job, and many times, it was outfits she, herself wore, which ended up in Mary Richards' closet. See more »


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The Usual Frantic Pace With Nancy Walker
7 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Rhoda's mother and father come to visit. But it's not see Rhoda; it's for her mother to announce that their marriage is falling apart. Of course, her father is unaware that there is anything wrong. He is quite a handsome guy and it is assumed he is having an affair. So that sets things up. Eventually, she takes off from their motel and embeds herself in Mary and Rhoda's building. It's the usual insecurity and upset that drags everyone down. Nancy Walker is good as Rhoda's mother, Ida, but she drives me crazy. There is the usual wonderful scene where Lou is in his office and the parents walk in on him. He yells at Mary for having to make small talk with them for a long period of time. Naturally, that office is his sanctum sanatorium and some of the best writing on the show came from Mary's visits. Imagine how dull the show would have been if they had had a small conference room.

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