The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) s01e23 Episode Script

Smokey the Bear Wants You

How will you make it on your own This world is awfully big And, girl this time you're all alone But it's time you started living It's time you let someone else do some giving Love is all around No need to waste it You can have the town Why don't you take it You might just make it After all You might just make it after all Thanks again for the ride, Chuck.
- It was really nice meeting you.
- We have to do it again sometime.
Yes, I'd like that.
Well, uh, I'll see you again.
Bye-bye.
- Well - [Knocking] Is it too soon to be "again"? No, of course not.
Come on in.
- We don't mind.
- If your wife doesn't.
What makes you think I'm married? - Anybody who looks like you has got to be married.
- Really? How do I look? - Great.
What do you think, Mar? - Well, I think, uh, that I don't know why we're talking about whether or not he's married.
Even though he hasn't told us whether or not he is.
- Well, I'm not.
- Sit down, Chuck.
[Mary] Thank you again for the lift.
I thought we were gonna spend the night in the gas station waiting for her car to be fixed.
I don't know what I'm gonna do about that car, Mar.
Three new batteries in two weeks.
I'm getting sick of driving into gas stations and saying, "A gallon of gasoline and a new battery, please.
" I'll tell you, your car may not be much, but you've fixed your apartment up great.
- [Together] Thank you.
- We like it.
How long have you lived here? - About eight months.
- Two years.
You see, Chuck, I moved in first.
Ah.
Now, that that's beautiful.
Yeah, we like it.
You can see almost the entire skyline of downtown Minneapolis.
Oh, yeah.
I, uh I didn't notice that.
I was looking at the maple tree out there.
Oh, yes.
Every morning, we go out there on our little balcony and get fresh maple syrup for our pancakes.
But I guess nobody's really interested in simple, old-fashioned girls anymore.
Uh, listen.
Speaking of pancakes, - would anyone like a cup of coffee? - We grind it ourselves.
No, thanks.
Really, I've got to get going.
I'm a little late for a meeting now.
Would, uh Would you like to have dinner with me Saturday night? Oh! Oh, uh, well - I realize it's short notice, but - Oh, no, no.
Short notice is when you ask me Sunday morning for Saturday night.
Chuck, I would love to have dinner with you.
- Well, great.
How's 8:00? - It's a nice hour.
- Nice meeting you, Mary.
- Nice meeting you, and thank you again for the ride.
My pleasure.
I'll see you Saturday night, huh? Yes.
Saturday, Chuck.
Bye.
Mary, did you notice what just happened here? Well, let's see.
Uh, you mean, you accepted a date? That's right.
An extremely attractive person had his choice of asking two women out you and me.
And he chose me.
That doesn't happen too often.
Well, I guess he just prefers the old-fashioned type.
And this apartment Why did you tell him it was ours? A guy like that walks in here and admires the place, you want me to tell him it's not mine? Rhoda, that's not exactly honest.
What do you mean, "not exactly honest"? It's a lie.
Okay, will you just stop kidding for a minute, - because I'd like to say something.
- What? No, I wouldn't.
Because if I do say something about whether or not you should go out with Chuck, - I know that you're gonna think that I'm - You're jealous.
- Jealous.
- No, not at all.
Honestly, how much do you know about him? Look, it's not like it was a pickup in a bar.
Okay, so we met him in a gas station.
It wasn't just any gas station.
They sell name-brand gasoline there.
Okay.
Forget it.
I'm sorry I mentioned it.
You know, though, Mar.
There is one little thing I'd like to know about Chuck.
- What's that? - His religion.
- Makes a difference to you? - You bet it does.
I'd have to convert by Saturday night.
Okay, people.
Cut the work.
I got an announcement to make.
I just found out we're gonna be preempted tonight.
The first guy that says "No news is good news" is fired.
- What happened, Lou? - The parade we're carrying is running late.
Uh, at last count, there were still 12 floats, and 5 high-school bands to go.
- Why is it running so late? - They made the mistake of putting the senior citizens' band in front.
Preempted by a crummy parade.
Don't worry about being preempted, Ted.
It's not me I'm worried about.
It's my poor TVviewers.
[Giggling] Oh, Ted.
Oh, I'm sorry.
I thought you were k-kidding.
What's happening with Rhoda and that guy? Are they still dating? - You mean Chuck? - Yeah.
- Yeah.
Are they still going to those expensive places for lunch and dinner? Well, Murray, I'm sure Mr.
Grant isn't interested in all this.
Don't worry about me.
I'm not even listening.
Do you know that she still hasn't told him that we're not roommates? Last night I had to go to a movie I didn't want to see just because he was coming over for dinner.
No kidding? What's the movie? That, uh That's not the point, Ted.
Well, what is the point? The point is that she is very interested in him, and I would be delighted for her, except that one thing bothers me.
- What's that, Mary? - Well, he keeps spending all this money on her, and he doesn't seem to do anything for a living.
You know, I have examined myself very honestly, trying to figure out whether I am suspicious because I'm genuinely concerned or, you know, a little jealous.
- Why don't you talk to Rhoda about it? - I can't do that.
I mean, she already thinks that I'm a little jealous.
But I'm not.
I just honestly don't want to see her get hurt.
Okay.
Okay.
Some of this I couldn't help overhearing.
And I know what you mean.
Why? Because I am the father of three daughters.
And once in a while, one of'em would bring home a boy I felt sure was up to no good.
It used to drive me crazy wondering what was going on.
Just drove me right up the wall.
But I learned three things.
I learned that you have to let people make their own mistakes.
I learned that I was wrong about almost every suspicion I had.
I learned how to follow somebody in a car without being spotted.
- Chuck's not here yet, huh? - Uh, no.
Oh, good.
I'd hate not to be living here when he shows up.
Hey, Rhoda.
How much longer is this gonna go on being our place? Listen, Mar.
I'm going to tell him soon.
I'm waiting for the right moment.
Do you have any turpentine at your apartment? What do you mean, up at my apartment? This is my apartment.
- Do you have any turpentine? - Sure.
I use it to take my makeup off.
- Why should I have turpentine? - I don't know.
I just need it.
Why don't you call an all-night turpentine store? Maybe they'll deliver.
Mary, look.
Before Chuck gets here, I got to ask you something.
Do you ever take gifts from the guys you're dating? Well, uh, depends.
Like what? Like, uh Well, like, uh Like, uh, a car.
A car? He gave you a car? No, he didn't give me a car.
He offered me a car.
A used car.
His car used.
Rhoda, his expensive car used is worth three other cars new.
Hey, look.
It's not as wild as it sounds.
He had a reason.
What reason could he have for offering you his car? I said I liked it.
Rhoda, I hope you don't think I'm being overly concerned, but I think that offering you a car is not normal.
That's what I thought, Mar.
And there's been other things I've been worried about too.
- Like what? - Well, like, he asked me, does it make any difference what he does for a living.
I said, "Of course not" lying through my teeth.
The way I figure it, any man who says, "Does it make any difference what I do for a living" is probably not a United States senator.
All right.
Let's try to figure it out.
Now, who has lots of money and plenty of free time and can't even mention what his work is? Mary, I have been up with that one all night long.
And I can only come up with two occupations: spying and organized crime.
Rhoda, there are no spies in Minneapolis.
Okay.
All right.
I know he's not a spy.
I'm as sure of that as I am that he is in organized crime.
- Rhoda! - Think about it, Mar.
He drives a foreign car black.
He's spending a lot of money.
A lot.
And he never seems to work.
Besides that, he's always going off to meetings somewhere.
Well, now, that's something.
Organized criminals do meet a lot, don't they to plan and everything.
- Right.
That's my feeling.
- Nah.
It can't be.
- [Knocking] - Oh, that's him.
I don't know what I'm being so picky about.
Back home in New York, anybody out on bail was considered to be a professional man.
Hi.
Sorry I'm a little late.
- Hi, Mary.
How are you? - Good.
Fine, thanks.
And you? - Good.
Fine, thanks.
- You don't have any turpentine with you, do you? - [Snaps Fingers] - Just ran out.
You're painting that? Yeah, I thought I would.
Why? Well, I mean, it's wood, and wood is so beautiful.
I mean, it probably took about a hundred years for it to get that way.
You're just gonna slop gunk all over it? Uh-uh.
No, I won't.
I won't do that.
- I mean, you can.
It's all right with me.
- No, no, I won't.
It's just my, uh You should put a little natural stain on it.
Natural stain.
I'll do that.
Oh, listen, Rhoda, I promised somebody I'd stop by and say hello tonight.
- Besides, I'd like you two to meet each other.
- Okay.
Who is it? My Uncle Frank.
Well, he's not really my uncle, but he's an old friend of the family my godfather.
His godfather.
- You don't mind, do you? - Oh, no, no.
Of course not.
It should be interesting.
I don't think we'll be back too late, Mary.
Bye, kid.
- Bye.
- [Clicks Tongue] See ya.
[Clicks Tongue] Mary? I guess she went out.
- Good.
- Chuck! - She always seems to be here.
- Yeah, that's the trouble with having roommates.
- You want a drink? - You got any scotch? - I'll check.
- Okay.
Would you like some music? - Yeah, music.
- How do you turn this thing on? - I don't know.
- You don't know how to turn on your own record player? Oh.
Well, see, Mary does that.
Sure.
We divide up the work around here.
I do the vacuuming and laundry; she turns on the record player.
- Did you say scotch? - Or whatever.
What do you got? - Well, you know, I can't find where she keeps her liquor.
- "Her liquor"? Oh, well, yeah.
Uh, see, we each have our own supply, and I'm out.
Oh.
Well, it doesn't matter.
I mean, I didn't really want anything anyway.
Your godfather is really nice.
- Yeah, he liked you too.
I could tell.
- How could you tell? Well, he talked about his work so much.
He never does that.
That sort of runs in your family.
Okay.
I guess I've been keeping it from you long enough.
If you want to keep it from me a little longer, it's all right.
No, no, no.
If you don't want to see me anymore after I've told you, I'll understand.
Chuck.
It would have to be pretty bad.
[Sighs] Sit down.
Okay.
Well, you see, for the last ten years, I worked for and was finally made a, uh, a vice president of the Hercules Lawn Mower and Snow Blower Company.
I wish you'd have been honest with me in the beginning.
I would have broken it off then.
I admit it occurred to me.
Sometimes I'd wake up in the middle of the night.
It would hit me Maybe he's the vice president of a lawn mower, snow blower corporation.
And I'd say, " No, Rhoda! Put it out of your mind! It can't be! Not that!" - Are you finished? - Yeah, I'm finished.
- May I continue? - Mm-hmm.
Would you sit down? Now, one night a couple of months ago, I noticed that sales of our number sixty-two combined mower/blowers were down one percent.
And I was upset.
I mean, I was really upset.
I was taking my fourth antacid pill when it hit me.
I mean, what's the difference how many Hercules mower/blowers are sold in Minneapolis? Offhand, I can't answer that question.
- I can't either.
That's why I quit.
- Quit? - Ajob that had to pay, what, 20 - Thirty.
- Thousand dollars? - Yeah.
I quit a couple months ago, and now my vacation is almost over because I've got just enough money left to do what I've always wanted to do since I was a kid.
Buy out a candy store.
Don't do it.
I did it last week.
It's not all it's cracked up to be.
Believe me.
Okay.
I won't interrupt you again, Chuck.
I promise.
I'm going to go back to college.
- All right.
- For two years.
- Okay.
- Because I want to get another degree.
Terrific.
So that I can become a, uh, forest ranger.
- Rhoda? - Eucalyptus.
- What do you say? Uh - You think I'm crazy for doing this, don't you? No.
I don't think you're crazy.
- As long as forest rangers make 30,000 a year.
- No, it's more like 9,000.
You're crazy.
Rhoda, look.
I don't want to spend the rest of my life worrying about how to turn a four percent profit into a six percent profit.
- I can understand how you feel, Chuck.
I really can.
- You can? What I can't understand is why you feel you have to do something about it.
Why don't you try it before you put it down? - How can you try a thing like that? - I'm going on a camping trip this weekend.
- Come with me.
- Oh, gee, Chuck.
l Oh, come on.
It's just one weekend in the woods.
Uh, listen.
I can I can come back later.
Oh, no, no, Mary.
Look, as a matter of fact, why don't you come too? A bunch of us are going on a camping trip this weekend.
Hey.
Hey, that sounds like fun.
I haven't gone camping in years.
- You mean you did that one time? - Oh, sure.
Well, I'd better go now.
Look, Rhoda, I'll call you tomorrow about the hike, huh? - Yeah, about the hike.
Call.
- Good night, Mar.
Good night.
- Come.
You'll enjoy it.
- Okay.
Good night, Chuck.
Good-bye, Chuck.
I should have known.
Rhoda Pelligrini.
It just doesn't sound right.
Okay.
What did you find out? What does he do? What? He's a forest freak, that's what.
- Just because he asked you to go on a hike? - No.
Because he just gave up a vice presidency of a big company to go back to college to study to become get this a forest ranger.
A forest ranger? Uh, why? Mmm.
He had some stupid idea about being happy.
Why, oh, why couldn't I have met him five years ago? By now I could have had him so far in debt he couldn't even think about being a forest ranger.
- I don't even know what they do.
- Well, they, uh They stand around in towers and look through, uh, you know, for forest fires.
- Yeah? That's it? - l Can you imagine me living up in a tree house with a guy in a Boy Scout hat? Think of the exciting evenings when Chuck is there pressing leaves into a book.
Or, when we have Smokey the Bear over for dinner.
Hey, Rhoda, this is really a guy you like, right? Oh, yeah.
Good point.
Okay, kid.
I'm gonna try it the hike.
- Maybe he's on to something.
- Good for you.
- Oh, Mary.
- What? Oh.
All that fresh air.
My lungs have been raised on exhaust fumes and industrial waste.
I'm not sure they could take the shock.
[Ted] Tonight this reporter will be at the Twin Cities' German/ American society to serve as a judge in the annual potato pancake contest.
This is Ted Baxter wishing you out there in television land a wonderful weekend, and to all my German friends, auf Wiedersehen.
- Oh, boy.
- Now that he's demolished English, he's branching out.
I'll say.
Oh, Mary.
Marie wanted me to ask you over for Sunday brunch.
Oh, gee, Murray.
I'd love to, but I can't.
I'm going on an overnight hike.
Hey, not bad for making up a quick excuse.
No, it's not an excuse.
I really am going hiking.
- Who are you going hiking with? - With Rhoda and Chuck and his friends.
Chuck? Isn't that the same guy you were so suspicious about? Yeah.
It turns out he's an executive who's dropped out and is going back to college to become a forest ranger.
- Hmm.
- You have to admire him for that.
- If I didn't have a wife and kids - Yeah? I probably still wouldn't do it.
- Hi, guys.
- Speaking of dropouts.
Murray, really, have you ever thought about it? If you could do something different with your life, anything at all, what would you do? Oh, I'd do a lot of things.
I'd climb some of the world's great peaks.
I'd build a little raft and sail it to Tahiti.
Wallpaper my rec room.
When you're married, you learn to compromise.
- How about you, Mr.
Grant? - Me? I'm happy just doing what I'm doing.
I'm happy running this newsroom, and I'm happy telling people that this conversation doesn't interest me.
Uh, wait a minute.
Don't I get a chance? Sure, Ted.
What would you do? - If I could be anything I wanted to be? - Right.
Anything.
I'd be Cary Grant.
That's a person.
We are talking about a way of life.
- I don't understand.
- What else is new? Good night.
See you all Monday.
- Happy hiking.
- [Mispronouncing] Auf Wiedersehen, Mar.
Now, look, Ted.
Just forget about a specific person.
What would you like to do if you dropped out? - You mean, if I couldn't be Cary Grant? - Right.
I don't know.
I haven't given it much thought.
I guess I'd be a king.
Hey, Rhoda, you want to come in? I want to.
I don't know if I can.
Oh, boy.
All I want to do is stand under a hot shower.
Me too.
I may not even take off my clothes.
Oh, boy, Mary.
I ache all over.
You want some help? No, I think I can ache all by myself.
You probably wouldn't be so exhausted if you hadn't carried all that extra junk.
The makeup case, all the extra clothes.
You were the only girl on the hike who dressed for dinner.
That's true.
But you'll never know the thrill of having a raccoon watch you change.
Mary, tell me something, 'cause I missed it.
Why do people hike? You learned something about survival, didn't you? I learned about survival in the New York subways.
Okay, Rhoda, but a forest is a lot prettier than a subway.
It depends on the stop.
Aw, Mary, let's face it.
I just didn't fit in with that group of Chuck's friends.
All those tall, Nordic, Amazon girls with the long, blond hair and rosy cheeks.
Wait a minute.
I was on that hike.
I don't have long, blond hair.
But my cheeks do get a little rosy, don't they? And your personality is definitely blond.
I know what you mean about Chuck's friends, though.
I don't think I've ever been in a group of eight where three of the men were named Sven.
'Course, last night around the campfire, you got to admit that was fun.
- Singing the old camp songs - Oh, yeah.
Sitting around a fire singing "A Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall.
" Terrific.
Wouldn't have been so bad if when we'd finally gotten down to the one bottle of beer on the wall, one of those Svens hadn't yelled, "One more time!" When I want wildlife, I want wild life.
Not wildlife.
[Knocking] - Hi.
Rhoda here? - Just barely.
Come on in.
I was, uh, just leaving.
Uh, Rhoda, if you want me, I'll be upstairs at Florence's.
- Who? - Florence's.
Oh.
Oh, yeah.
Florence.
Uh, listen, you didn't have so much fun on the hike, huh? - What makes you say that? - 'Cause you kept telling me how much you hated it.
- I was right.
- Hmm.
Chances are if we do it again, you won't like it any better.
Actually, I think I'll like it worse.
And it's not really terribly appealing to a girl like you to be going out with a 35-year-old student, is it? Especially when that student's determined to become a forest ranger.
We don't seem to have too much going for us, do we? I guess not.
- Maybe I'd better just bow out of the picture then.
- I didn't say that.
Did you hear me say that? I don't think a person in this room heard me say that.
I don't want you to bow out.
Is that clear? I want you to bow with So we have totally different values.
Let's not try to change one another.
Let's just accept each other as we are, huh? And see what happens.
See what happens? Uh, Florence isn't home.
And, uh, I don't know where she keeps her key.
Do you know where Florence keeps her key? Yeah.
As a matter of fact, Mary, it's very lucky I happen to have a duplicate.
- Good.
- Of her key, right.
Bye.
Hey, Chuck? Was it really all that bad being vice president of the Hercules Lawn Mower, Snow Blower Company, huh? Ah, don't answer me.
I promised myself I would never, ever ask you that question.
But was it really that bad? - What is that you're reading? - A book on tree diseases.
- What? - A book on tree diseases.
Is anything wrong with learning about oak tree root rot? No, no.
I guess not.
What are you making faces? There is nothing wrong with acquainting one's self with the various parasites which present our national park service with one of its biggest problems.
- Besides, it works two ways.
- Rhoda, aren't you working on getting Chuck to go back into lawn mowers? No.
I would never attempt to change his interest in trees.
I'm just trying to redirect it a little.
Do you know how much money there is in lumber? [Chattering, Indistinct] [Mews]