The Mary Tyler Moore Show/The Care and Feeding of Parents

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The Care and Feeding of Parents
Season 2, Episode 20
Airdate February 5, 1972
Production Number 7114
Written by Dick Clair and
Jenna McMahon
Directed by Jay Sandrich
Produced by David Davis
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The Care and Feeding of Parents is the twentieth episode of the second season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the forty-fourth 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), Lisa Gerritsen (Bess), Jon Locke (Mr. Turner), Brad Trumbull (Mr. Mitchell)

and Special Guest Star: Cloris Leachman (Phyllis Lindstrom)


Plot Overview

Mary finds herself in a sticky situation when her landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, asks for help in getting an essay her daughter Bess wrote for English class published.


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The Show

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