Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Favorite Episodes of TV Shows: Rhoda, the Beautiful, Mary Tyler Moore
There are so many great epsodes to choose from in MTM's catalog but this is my favorite--one of the few that made me cry rather than laugh. Always loved the episodes where Rhoda was featured. This and the one where she and Lou date are my favorites.
In RHODA, THE BEAUTIFUL, Rhoda, Mary's best friend and neighbor goes on a diet with Murray, Mary's colleage at the news station and loses a lot of weight.She's been covering up her weight loss with baggy clothes but finally Mary discovers it and persuades her to enter a beauty contest at the store where she designs the windows.
The best thing about this episode for me is that when Rhoda wins, she can't admit it and claims she was a runner-up. The writing on this episode shows you how deeply the writers understood both Rhoda and women. It deals with women's body issues at a time when little was known or discussed about it.
Love Valerie Harper and hope she is doing okay. MTM did so much right. They knew when to hold them and knew when to fold. And they did it all with class.
This episode was written by James Brooks, Allan Burn and Treva Silverman.