The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Best of Enemies
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Best of Enemies is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the ninety-first episode overall.
Rhoda comes by the newsroom to pick Mary up so that they can drive home together. In general chit-chat in the newsroom, Rhoda mentions the fact that Mary lied about being a college graduate on her application for her newsroom job. Although no one, including Lou, cares as it does not affect her ability to do her job, Mary is upset that Rhoda would even mention it. Rhoda doesn't understand why her stating that fact is such a big deal, while Mary can't believe how insensitive she believes Rhoda is being about the subject. This disagreement places a wedge in their friendship, the first really big wedge ever in the three years they've been best friends. Mary, who needs reassurance that she is not being overly sensitive, is miserable regardless. Rhoda too is miserable. While their mutual friends, such as Georgette, try to do whatever they can to bring the two best friends back together, either Mary or Rhoda will have to make the first move to repair their friendship, which may not be easy for either to do.