The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Rhoda's Sister Gets Married

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Rhoda's Sister Gets Married
Season 4, Episode 3
Airdate September 29, 1973
Production Number 7309
Written by Karyl Geld
Directed by Jerry Belson
Produced by Ed. Weinberger
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Rhoda's Sister Gets Married is the third episode of the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the seventy-fifth episode overall.

Starring: Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards)

Co-Starring: Edward Asner (Lou Grant)

with Valerie Harper (Rhoda Morgenstern), Gavin MacLeod (Murray Slaughter), Ted Knight (Ted Baxter)

Additional Cast: Nancy Walker (Ida Morgenstern), Brett Somers (Aunt Rose), Liberty Williams (Debbie Morgenstern)

Special Guest Star: Harold Gould (Martin Morgenstern)


Plot Overview

Rhoda invites Mary to accompany her for an exciting weekend in New York City to attend the wedding of Rhoda's younger sister, Debbie Morgenstern. The weekend doesn't end up being quite what Mary expected when she agreed to go. Instead of staying at a hotel, Mary is invited to stay with Rhoda's parents. And as the impartial third party, Mary ends up being the mediator between Rhoda and Ida in what is the major issue of the weekend. As Debbie is her younger daughter, Ida believes that Rhoda is unhappy being the proverbial old maid. So Ida does whatever she can to ruin Debbie's wedding to make Rhoda happy. Rhoda, in turn, is happy for her sister and does whatever she can to leave before the wedding so that Ida won't ruin Debbie's wedding. The cycle between mother and oldest daughter goes full circle when Ida believes Rhoda's want to leave is because of her unhappiness in Debbie getting married first, which strengthens Ida's resolve to ruin Debbie's wedding. A thirty year old letter may give both mother and oldest daughter a little perspective in the situation. Meanwhile, back at the newsroom, Ted is filming a series of new promotional spots to make him seem like an anchorman who is active in the pursuit of news stories. The filming doesn't go quite as easily as Lou had hoped.


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