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Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady 

Mary lends money to Rhoda so she can open a plant store, but when the store takes off, Rhoda doesn't seem anxious about paying the money back.


John C. Chulay


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Louise Lasser ... Anne Adams
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Franklin
Robert Karvelas Robert Karvelas ... Bob
Henry Corden ... Harry
Craig T. Nelson ... Charlie (as Craig Nelson)
Bob Ross Bob Ross ... Salesman


Mary dreams about buying a new car - a convertible - but since her old car is still running perfectly fine, she decides against it. So Rhoda is not averse to asking Mary to borrow some of the money Mary would have used to buy said car - $995 - for a business venture: to open a plant store. After Mary sees what a green thumb Rhoda has, Mary agrees. Rhoda vows to return the money within five weeks. Mary starts to get worried about the amount when Rhoda increases the amount requested by $300. Beyond problems of getting the money out of her term savings account, Mary becomes concerned about getting her money back as she has not seen a dime six and a half weeks later, despite Rhoda implying the store is doing booming business. What's worse for Mary is when she sees that Rhoda has bought herself a whole new wardrobe, and when Rhoda tells her that her car isn't running well after she borrows it, which may mean that Mary has to buy the convertible after all. Mary has to decide if she'll ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

3 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rhoda's plant store proved to be a successful venture, yet the store is never mentioned again. In future episodes, Rhoda is back working at Hempel's department store. See more »


Mary Richards: If I know I can't have it, why look?
Rhoda Morgenstern: If I felt that way I'd never go to a Paul Newman movie.
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Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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All Alone with a Loan is Lonely
11 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Rhoda has a green thumb. She decides to make use of her talent and begin a plant business. But she needs about a thousand dollars and hits Mary up for it. She agrees, but it's painful. So as time goes by, she realizes that Rhoda has completely forgotten the loan, not even talking about it. There is some funny stuff that goes on at the car dealership where Mary routinely brings her car. The manager and the mechanics are so enamored with her wheels that they come out to see if she is as classy as her car. This is one of those episodes where you wonder if what happens is really alright. There is one really funny story that Lou tells about his youth and his purchase of a plant. Hilarious.

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