Friday, August 27, 2021

TV Quote of the Day (‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ on Shallow But Good-Looking Guys—and the Alternative)

[Mary Richards has been dating a man who holds no interest whatsoever for her—except that he’s really, really good looking.]

Phyllis Lindstrom [played by Cloris Leachman]: “Be honest, Mary. Would you feel the same way about Paul if he were overweight, balding and bow-legged?”

Mary Richards [played by Mary Tyler Moore]: “Phyllis, that is so dumb. If he were that, he wouldn’t be Paul.”

Phyllis: “Well, I would feel the same way about Lars if he were overweight, balding and bow-legged.”

Mary: “Phyllis, Lars is overweight, balding and bow-legged.” —The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Season 5, Episode 2, “Not Just Another Pretty Face,” original air date Sept. 21, 1974, teleplay by Ed. Weinberger & Stan Daniels, directed by Jay Sandrich

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