“It’s called a prayer plant. But don’t worry, it’s non-denominational.”

Season 3Happy summer, Retrowatchers! At long last! I had my doubts as to it ever being warm again, but am writing this while wearing a sundress sporting a tan. Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief: Ahhh!

We’ve made it to the end of season three. And what a season it has been: Lou Grant bought a bar, had a bullet removed from an unmentionable area, and went on an awkward Man Date with Mary’s father. We finally met Mary’s parents and Rhoda’s dad. Rhoda won a beauty contest, pondered a move to New York, and (spoiler alert) opened her own store. Ted hired an agent and briefly dabbeled in commercials, became temporary BFF’s with Lou, and got a girlfriend. Phyllis, of all people, came out of the season the most progressive, encouraging Mary to go out for a promotion and hardly batted an eye when she found out her brother is gay. Murray…well…nothing much happens to our Murray. (Nothing ever happens to Murray.) As for Mary – she had quite a year as well. She finally got a raise, reconnected with her father, and nearly got engaged before realizing she’s not looking for Prince Charming. (Retrowatching HQ remains firmly #TeamDanWhitfield.) We met some new people – some good (Georgette, Walter Richards, Ben Sutherland, Philly); some not so good (the majority of Mary’s dates, most especially he-who-shall-not-be-mentioned-again, Warren Sturges.) The writers started to change structure a bit in season three, experimenting with subplots and comic runners. These mostly went to Ted; a few went to Rhoda. And speaking of writers, the question still remains: Who is this season’s MVP?

The answer will be revealed at the end of this post. First, let’s finish out season three. This time, we will discuss episodes 21-24, including:
Episode 21: Murray Faces Life
Episode 22: Remembrance of Things Past
Episode 23: Put On a Happy Face
Episode 24: Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady

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“I’d like to help you Mary, but I just don’t know how to make it appear that anybody likes and enjoys Ted Baxter.”

mary-tyler-moore-show-season-3-opening-credits-mary-waving-review-episode-guideHappy Holidays, Retrowatchers! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was smashing. If not, I hope you had a good Wednesday. We are in the final full week of the year, which is usually a time of reflection. 2013 has been pretty good. I’m grateful that I started this blog, and one of my resolutions for 2014 is to get back to regular postings. The last few months of the year are always crazy, and January serves as the reset button to a normal schedule.

Two things before we start:

1.) Santa surprised me with this book. I had no idea it existed, but am excited to delve in. I will share any insightful facts, fun stories, or juicy secrets with you. Also, I must point out the name: Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. Please note who DIDN’T make the title. (coughcoughMurraycoughcough)

2.) While out Christmas shopping a few weeks ago, I found an Andy Warhole-type painting of Mary, Rhoda, and Phyllis at a funky shop called Miss Pixies.  Retrowatchers, it took everything in me not to buy it.  (Well, that and the somewhat steep price tag.) I wish the painting was showcased on the store website so I could link to it. I’ve never seen anything so random, so awesome, and so connected to something that is currently a big part of my life. So, dear reader: If you are ever at Miss Pixies and the painting is still there, let me know.

And now, season three! This week, we discuss the first four episodes of the third season of Mary Tyler Moore, including:
Episode 1: The Good-Time News
Episode 2: What is Mary Richard Really Like?
Episode 3: Who’s In Charge Here?
Episode 4: Enter Rhoda’s Parents

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